Category: Historical Fiction

The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry

The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry

Good Day, Bookworms! It probably says troubling things about my character that I love hooker books so ding dang much, but I do, I so so do. The circumstances that lead young women into lives of prostitution are endlessly fascinating, and it’s a profession that transcends time and culture. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, this revelation comes as no surprise. If you’re new here, I really… Read more »

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Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Dilloway

Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Dilloway

Happy Monday, Bookworms! I hope all of you in the US had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend. I know I did. I read TWO BOOKS! I know. It’s been a while since I’ve had the luxury of pure binge reading with no real obligations and it was glorious. The first of the books I devoured was Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Dilloway. Two of Dilloway’s… Read more »

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The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

Howdy Bookworms! Remember once upon a time when we read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for The Fellowship of the Worms? And it was wonderful? Well. I was browsing NetGalley recently when I noticed that one of the authors of that charming book, Annie Barrows, had another offering coming up called The Truth According to Us. My requesting finger got all twitchy and I asked the publishing czars… Read more »

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The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber

Greetings Bookworms, If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’ll probably know that I have a penchant for what I lovingly refer to as “hooker books.” That’s right, kids, I love a good book about prostitution. Not in a pornographic way, but a historical fiction way. I find them absolutely fascinating to the point where I made a list of them while discussing the brilliant Emma Donoghue’s book,… Read more »

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The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg

The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg

Bonjour Bookworms, Sometimes songs get stuck in my head and it’s a book’s fault. Occasionally, it’s because a song is mentioned in a book. Sometimes it’s because the song and the book just go together. Sometimes it’s because they share a title. I probably should have been kind of suspicious of Elizabeth Berg’s new novel, The Dream Lover, when it succeeded in getting a Mariah Carey tune stuck in my head. My… Read more »

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How to Be an American Housewife (And Other Upsetting Historical Things.)

How to Be an American Housewife (And Other Upsetting Historical Things.)

Konnichiwa Bookworms! Today you get a Japanese greeting because the main character in today’s book hails from Japan. I’m terribly appropriate, I know. A couple of years ago I read a book called The Care and Handling of Roses With Thorns (review) that knocked the socks right off my feet and halfway around the room. I made a mental note to check out ALL THE BOOKS by Margaret Dilloway, and in typical… Read more »

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Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Bring Out Your Dead, Bookworms! Monty Python jokes never, ever, ever get old, I tell you! Seriously though, the bubonic plague was NO JOKE. I just finished reading Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and it was plague-tastic. Y’all know how much I love me some plague, right? That sounds almost as bad as my love affair with “hooker books.” I’m beginning to worry about myself… It’s 1666 in a… Read more »

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First Impressions by Charlie Lovett & GIVEAWAY!

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett & GIVEAWAY!

Dearest Bookworms, You’d think I’d be tired of Jane Austen tributes and spinoffs at this point in my reading career… But you’d think wrong. When I was contacted by the publishers of Charlie Lovett’s new novel, First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen I was really excited. Not only do I love Jane Austen, but I also enjoyed Charlie Lovett’s last novel, The Bookman’s Tale: A… Read more »

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The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

Ahoy Bookworms! One of my favorite things about reading, particularly when I read historical fiction, is learning new things. I mean, you THINK you know all there is to know about WWII and its aftermath and BAM. Something new. Did you have any idea that enough Australian women married British service members to necessitate a post-war trip hauling 650+ war brides to England in an aircraft carrier? And that was… Read more »

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