Category: 2014 HF Challenge

Book Review: The King’s Curse (The Cousins’ War #6) by Philippa Gregory

Book Review: The King’s Curse (The Cousins’ War #6) by Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory returns to her acclaimed The Cousins’ War series with the sixth installment, The King’s Curse. This novel tells the fascinating story of Margaret Pole, Henry VIII’s cousin, and lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon. Picking up years after the previous novel, The White Princess, left off, we find Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, learning of the curse […]

Book Review: Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel

Book Review: Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel

I’ve always been enthralled by Tudor England, even as a child. Growing up in the Episcopal (Anglican) Church, Henry VIII fascinated me, because I couldn’t comprehend how a man (even a king) could break away from the Catholic Church, and form his own during a time when the Pope reigned supreme over Catholic countries. Henry […]

Book Review: The Yard (The Murder Squad #1) by Alex Grecian

Book Review: The Yard (The Murder Squad #1) by Alex Grecian

Alex Grecian’s The Yard tells the story of the twelve detectives of Scotland Yard known as “The Murder Squad.” The novel picks up on the heels of Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror over the London streets. In the wake of those heinous and infamous crimes, citizen moral is as low as their faith in […]

Book Review: The Bronze Horseman Trilogy by Paullina Simons

Book Review: The Bronze Horseman Trilogy by Paullina Simons

“Alexander, were you looking for me?” “All my life.” ― Paullina Simons, The Bronze Horseman Paullina Simon’s epic and monumental love story of Alexander Belov and Tatiana Metanova begins in The Bronze Horseman and continues to its conclusion in the third book The Summer Garden. Their story begins when Hitler’s armies attack Russia causing Russia […]

Book Review: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy Book #2)

Book Review: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy Book #2)

The second book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy is titled, Shadow of Night. The book picks up where A Discovery of Witches left off with Diana and Matthew traveling back in time to 1590. Hoping to get their hands on the manuscript before its been spelled, the lovers soon discover that the past may […]

Book Review: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy Book #1) by Deborah Harkness

Book Review: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy Book #1) by Deborah Harkness

I tend to gravitate towards E-books as they’re easier to carry around, but one day while hanging out at Barnes & Noble I came across Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches. What caught my attention was the book cover, but the synopsis on the back cover is what made me decide to buy it. Since […]

Book Review: Written In my Own Heart’s Blood ( An Outlander Novel) by Diana Gabaldon

Book Review: Written In my Own Heart’s Blood ( An Outlander Novel) by Diana Gabaldon

I’m new to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. In fact, I didn’t begin reading it until I learned Starz was adapting the series for cable. Lots of my friends love the series, but I already have loads of series I’m already reading, and the last thing I wanted was to begin another. Boy, am I glad […]

Book Review: The Space Between (An Outlander Novella) by Diana Gabaldon

Book Review: The Space Between (An Outlander Novella) by Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon’s novella, The Space Between, takes place between books 7 and 8 in the Outlander series, An Echo in the Bone and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. While this story doesn’t feature Jaime and Claire Fraser, it does feature the villainous Comte St. Germaine last seen in the third book, Dragonfly in Amber, […]

Book Review: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Book Review: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

I haven’t been actively participating in the 2014 Historical Fiction Challenge as much as I originally planned, so I was excited when Kathleen Grissom’s The Kitchen House came my way. This novel takes place in the 1700’s, and tells the story of two women, Lavinia and Belle, from the two women’s point of views. Lavinia is […]