Historical Fiction

Book Review: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Title: Beloved Author: Toni Morrison Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Genre: Historical Fiction, Magical Realism First Publication: 1987 Language: English Major Characters: Baby Suggs, Sethe, Beloved, Paul D Garner, Denver Setting Place: The outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio...

Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The story in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is told from the point of view of Scout (Jean-Louise Finch), a six year old girl, through various events that happen in the town of Maycomb and in particular, the court case of Tom Robinson as her father Atticus Finch acts as Tom’s defence lawyer.

Book Review: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks opens in “Leaf-Fall, 1666”, after the worst of the Plague in their village, with Anna attending to the grief-stricken Reverend Mompellion.

Book Review: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Robert Langdon Series #2)

Counted as one of the most controversial books of all times for the ideas it purports, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown directly challenges the authority of the Vatican, garbing real facts in clever fiction and telling a narrative that's interesting, full of intrigue and thought provoking, not to mention an unforgettable cast of characters and events. 

Book Review: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (Robert Langdon series #1)

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown introduces Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon in a breathtaking adventure to save the Vatican City, Rome from a perilous threat from an ancient brotherhood died four hundred years ago.

Book Review: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier is a sharp, sensitive and absorbing novel of 17th century Netherlands, combining history art and fiction. The remarkable author Tracey Chevalier fleshes out and embellishes the story who the girl in the painting by Johannes Vermeer could be.

Book Review: March by Geraldine Brooks

This story of March by Geraldine Brooks is about Mr. March, the husband and father of the famous family, and his pursuit of self perfection that leads him to join the Union army as a chaplain and help contribute to the cause of freeing the slaves. This was a cause dear to the March family as they had used their home as a stopover on the underground railroad.

Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help by Kathryn Stockett follows the lives of three women living in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi. Two of the women, Aibilene and Minny are black, hired as help to wealthy, or trying to appear wealthy, white families.

Book Review: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Weaving together the stories of two abandoned children, one from the past and one from the present, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline explores the depths of emotion children experience and the devastating consequences of abandonment.

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