Category: historical fiction.

Book Review: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

Book Review: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

I’ve always been aware of Ernest Hemingway’s ‘not-so-positive’ reputation. I studied him in school, and was vaguely aware he had a bunch of marriages and an obvious drinking problem, so I had always thought of his personal life as a bit dark....
Book Review: The Storm by Arif Anwar

Book Review: The Storm by Arif Anwar

I love the suspense that a storm brings to the fore in a fictional book; as the winds change, so do our expectations as a reader. This story begins with a storm, and ends with the same storm, pushing the reader in all different directions and time periods, raging...
Book Review: The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Book Review: The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Has anyone else noticed the spate of ‘women in war’ books lately? Not that I’m complaining, but when you read a few novels that are all very similar in topic, you tend to judge them a little more harshly without intending to. I wasn’t...
Book Review: The Unforgotten by Laura Powell

Book Review: The Unforgotten by Laura Powell

How do you feel about books that jump from one time period to another? Is it jarring? Does it annoy you when it’s in a suspense novel especially? Of course it does, when you’re on the cusp of a cliff (hanger), you want to leap to the next page as quickly...
Book Review: Dear Evelyn by Kathy Page

Book Review: Dear Evelyn by Kathy Page

I love a good work of fiction that focuses on marriage. Do I want to read a true story about marriage? Not particularly. But do I want to read about a fake couple and all the trouble they have without feeling guilty or voyeuristic? Absolutely. This is one of the...
Book Review: Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Book Review: Transcription by Kate Atkinson

When Transcription by Kate Atkinson came out in September 2018, there was lots of buzz around it. Many said this was Atkinson’s best book to date, and it has been on a bunch of ‘best of 2018’ lists. Despite this hoopla (and I use the word...