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Historical Fiction

The Piano Teacher – Kristie Self

The Piano Teacher is a debut novel that is a must read for fans of Historical Fiction. Set in England with a Downton Abbey feel, the mystery, music and cast of characters will weave their way into your heart, forever leaving their mark. From London to Roderick Glen in the countryside, this Victorian Era novel…

Until We Reach Home – Around The World In 80 Books #40

Setting: Sweden and Chicago, USA Time Period: 1897 Every time I read one of Lynn Austin’s books, I’m blown away by how powerful and deep her stories are. No matter what setting or time period, her novels transport you back in time in such a real, life like way. In this case, “Until We Reach…

Windrush – Around The World In 80 Books #39

Setting: Burma Time Period: 1849 You’ve heard about books that have a “rags to riches” theme, right? Well, this book had a “riches to rags” story line. With the death of Jack’s  father, his mother decides it’s time to reveal that he was actually an illegitimately born son and send him off to the lowest…

The Alabaster Cross – Around The World In 80 Books #38

Setting: Amazon Basin, Brazil Time Period: 1970 The Alabaster Cross isn’t just a story, it’s a reality many people live and a powerful example of how you can change for the better when you face the past. Set in the 1970’s, Bryan Whittaker feels like a failure in life and decides to do something about…

Sword Of Peace – Around The World In 80 Books #37

Setting: Netherlands Time Period: 1531 What would you do if religion cost you your family? In the Netherlands in 1531, that could very well be the case if you weren’t Catholic. “Sword of Peace” by Louisa M. Bauman follows the religious climate in Amsterdam with a story about a young Catholic woman, her Protestant friend…

Secrets Revealed – Around The World In 80 Books #9

Setting: Warsaw, Poland Time Period: 1946 “Secrets Revealed” by Roberta Kagan is the second book in her “Proud To Be A Jew Series” set in post WWII Warsaw, Poland. I downloaded this one as an ebook on my Kindle for my “Around The World In 80 Books” reading challenge. Though I didn’t read the first…

Najila – Around The World In 80 Books #8

“Najila” by C. J. Illinik is a sequel to another book called “The Tablets of Ararat.” (I haven’t read the first book yet.) In the story, Najila, her Christian father and Muslim grandmother leaves Baghdad to return to Constantinople. Young and spoiled, Najila has only known Baghdad as her home and has no desire to…

Where We Belong – Around The World In 80 Books #7

Setting: Sinai Peninsula Time Period: 1860-1890 The gorgeous cover of this book caught my eye the first time I saw it advertised and thought it would make a great addition to the “Around The World In 80 Books” reading challenge I’m doing this year. At first, I thought I would place it under Egypt for…

Keturah – Around The World In 80 Books #6

I’ve been on a little bit of a Lisa Bergren kick lately. I read one of her books for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love with her style. After taking an Eastern Caribbean Cruise with one stop at a British West Indies island at the end of January, I knew…

Glamorous Illusions – Around The World In 80 Books #4

The Grand Tour. Oh, to be among the wealthy in the days when parents sent to their children to England, France and Italy to complete their education in luxury, among the world’s finest cities. (Insert swoon here!) Lucky for us, Lisa T. Bergren takes us around the world on this very tour with Cora, a…