Category Archives: historical fiction

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane – Lisa See

Li-yan often helps her mother, the village midwife. As tradition dictates, she will fill the role someday. High in the mountains of Yunnan, the Akha, an ethnic minority, seem to be living in an earlier century, not in 1988. Their … Continue reading

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In This Grave Hour: A Maisie Dobbs Novel – Jacqueline Winspear

As the wireless crackled to life, conversation stopped and tension mounted. Maisie waited in the drawing room with her best friend, Priscilla, and Priscilla’s husband and boys. It was Sunday, September 3, 1939, and they were all prepared for what … Continue reading

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An Eagle in the Snow – Michael Morpurgo

Britain’s most decorated private during World War I Henry Tandey. This is the fictionalized account of his life, his heroics, his bravery, and his morals.  Morals so strong he could not bring himself to shoot an injured German.  Years later, … Continue reading

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Poppy – Mary Hooper

Poppy Pearson is a young maid in service to the aristocratic de Vere family during the outbreak of World War I.  Poppy is urged by a former teacher to take advantage of the expanding opportunities to women due to the … Continue reading

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Three Sisters, Three Queens – Philippa Gregory

Princess Margaret is so full of her importance.  She is so much more grown up than her 5-year-old sister, Mary. She is so unwilling to befriend the bride of her beloved brother, Arthur, as only a girl can be who … Continue reading

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I Will Send Rain – Rae Meadows

One year in the life of a small farming family in the Oklahoma Panhandle during the beginning of the Dust Bowl is the focus of this short novel.  Amidst the descriptions of dust storms, grit and desolation, the reader is … Continue reading

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Barkskins – Annie Proulx

I hate to use clichés, but there is no other way to put it.  This is a sweeping novel, an epic covering two families and three hundred years. It all begins in the 17th century, with Rene Sel and Charles … Continue reading

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