Tag: World War I

Review: The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

If you’re trying to avoid thinking about the pandemic, this will NOT be the book for you. Otherwise, it’s another fantastic novel from Emma Donoghue, author of Room and The Wonder. This is a historical novel set in Dublin in 1918 during World War I and… Continue Reading “Review: The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue”

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart

I love this series, which is about a real-life woman in the 1910’s who was one of the first female deputy sheriffs.  Amy Stewart builds the novels in this series around actual people and events and she ends each one with a description of… Continue Reading “Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart”

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

I spent months reading this book, which is unusual for me.  I tend to read a book straight through once I’ve started, but with this book (and maybe given the time I was reading it) I felt I needed to go slow and take… Continue Reading “Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain”

The Bishop’s Girl by Rebecca Burns

I loved Burns’ two books of short stories, Catching the Barramundi and The Settling Earth so I was happy to receive a copy of her first novel, The Bishop’s Girl.  It’s a story about a team of archivists who are trying to solve a… Continue Reading “The Bishop’s Girl by Rebecca Burns”

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Ghost Talkers is an ideal summer vacation read if you like historical and paranormal fiction.  Set in Le Havre during World War I, it’s about a team of women who are helping the British troops by serving as mediums.  Their role is to channel the dead,… Continue Reading “Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal”

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

I wanted to love this book by the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. I didn’t love it, a problem I’m having with a lot of books this year. I expected the book to be different from Major Pettigrew, so that wasn’t the problem. … Continue Reading “The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson”

Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud

When I’m reading a novel about a historical figure, I want the book to be factual enough that I get a good sense of who the person was. I also want it to have an interesting story. And finally, if I admire the person,… Continue Reading “Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud”

An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd

I don’t usually review a Book 2 in a series, but I wanted to write about this one because I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the first. I love a good historical mystery, and Bess Crawford is a strong character as a… Continue Reading “An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd”

The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan

I really enjoyed this historical novel about World War I. It focuses on a very specific group: the lives of Harvard and Radcliffe students at the outbreak of World War I. Helen Brooks is an upper-class student attending Radcliffe in the fall of 1914.… Continue Reading “The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan”

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is Laurie R. King’s take on Sherlock Holmes towards the end of his career.  In this first book of a series, Holmes meet fifteen-year-old Mary Russell, an independent girl who is as clever and observant as he is.  As the title… Continue Reading “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King”

Review of A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd

I was excited about this book, because I’ve been looking for a good historical mystery to sink my teeth into for a while.  I love the Monk series by Anne Perry, and I used to like C.S. Harris’ Sebastian series, but it’s gotten a… Continue Reading “Review of A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd”

Review: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

In my last post, I recommended a book called Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld. Westerfeld is one of my favorite YA writers.  He’s written the Uglies and Midnighters series, and this latest series is set in 1914 in a steampunk version of World War I.… Continue Reading “Review: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld”

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