Category: Historical Fiction

The Underground River by Martha Conway

Posted June 20, 2017 by Minx
The Underground River by Martha Conway

The Underground River is a story set in the late 1830’s. The abolitionist movement was in its infancy and it would be years before the 13th Amendment to the Constitution – the Emancipation Proclamation – would be ratified. The story is a memoir told through the lens of the main character May Bedloe. This is not a book that really focuses on the abolitionists, the underground railroad or the realities […]


The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

Posted June 19, 2017 by Minx
The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

Second chance romances can be a hit or a miss with me. I had not read the previous installments of this series so I had no previous emotions one way or the other on the demise of the relationship for these two characters. Note that I said previous, after reading this book I have all sorts of emotions regarding this story now. I can say that this is absolutely one […]


Where Hearts Meet by Maureen Driscoll

Posted May 19, 2017 by Minx
Where Hearts Meet by Maureen Driscoll

When reading the synopsis for Where Hearts Meet that was the sentence that caught my eye in particular and I knew I had to read this book. I was curious to see how Arabella would go about convincing Jonathan that he, indeed, did not need a wife. Why did Jonathan need to advertise for a wife in the first place? I was delighted to get my hands on a copy […]


The Miseries of Mister Sparrows by Matthew A.J. Timmins

Posted May 16, 2017 by Minx
The Miseries of Mister Sparrows by Matthew A.J. Timmins

The Miseries of Mister Sparrows is not just a title intended to gather your interest. This book is truly about the misery that Robin Sparrows has to endure at the behest of his employers. He has been charged with retrieving an item and delivering it to the most hated criminal of the times. Beyond his task there is not much else that happens that matters to him. That is not […]


Merely a Marriage by Jo Beverley

Posted May 15, 2017 by Minx
Merely a Marriage by Jo Beverley

Let’s start with what I did like. The cover is beautiful and a bit saucy. Alrighty, now we move on to what did not work for me. The main character, Ariana Boxstall. At the start of this story I was just getting to know her and she was okay. I liked that she was looking out for her family and stood up for what she felt was right. I even […]


Taming a Savage Gentleman by Tammy Andresen

Posted May 12, 2017 by Minx
Taming a Savage Gentleman by Tammy Andresen

I do enjoy the Taming the Heart series and this addition is another gem! When I read the synopsis of Taming a Savage Gentleman and realized that this was the story of Tom Maddox I was all in. I adore the Maddox family and was excited to see how the events play out! As this story plays on the background information from the previous books you will get more of […]


The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

Posted April 27, 2017 by Minx
The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

The Baker’s Secret is a powerful tale of the indomitability of the human spirit even under the worst circumstances. This story takes place in the small village of Vergers. This is a quaint town settled on the Normandy coast of France and has been under occupation by the Germans for several years. It is here that we meet Emmanuelle, at the start of the occupation she is the assistant baker […]


Deception in Emeralds by Laura Landon, Review with Excerpt

Posted March 17, 2017 by Minx
Deception in Emeralds by Laura Landon, Review with Excerpt

Deception in Emeralds is a sweet little regency romance. Although it is part of a series it absolutely can be read as a stand-alone. I did not feel that I was missing anything by not having read the previous books.  There is a traitor to the Crown that has proved most nefarious and slippery. Having lost several agents already, this mission has been classified as need to know information only […]


Taming a Rake into a Lord by Tammy Andresen

Posted March 16, 2017 by Minx
Taming a Rake into a Lord by Tammy Andresen

I love it when a series will bring back characters from previous installments and give them a true part in the story. Taming a Rake into a Lord includes the main characters from the previous three books in the Taming the Heart series. Which I just loved. They give the book a family/friendship vibe that is heartwarming and carries through until the end. In order to enjoy this book, it […]


A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

Posted March 15, 2017 by Minx
A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

While reading the synopsis, I thought that the character of Miss Gillian Young was going to be sleuthing out clues to her father’s death. Something more along the lines of a female Sherlock Holmes. The investigation was nothing like that. Mostly it is Gillian asking questions to the police and others in hopes of learning something substantial. There is danger that seems to follow her around and the suspense is […]


Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister, With an excerpt and Giveaway!

Posted March 13, 2017 by Minx
Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister, With an excerpt and Giveaway!

Praise for Girl in Disguise “The best book I read in 2016 hasn’t been published yet. Historical fiction at its best…. a rollicking tale. ” – Publishers Weekly “Electrifying…a rollicking nineteenth-century thrill ride.”  ―Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Girl Waits with Gun “an exciting, well-crafted historical novel. Loaded with suspense and action, this is a well-told, superb story. ” – Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review “You’re going to […]


Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

Posted March 9, 2017 by Minx
Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

Can’t Buy Forever is a story about love, loss, and forgiveness. It also has fantasy elements, religious elements, and folklore. It was so much more than I expected. This story follows the lives of Odessa and Nicholas. At the start of the book, they have a connection that is amazing. There have been no physical actions on either of their parts to consummate the attraction because Odessa is young and […]


The Bishop’s Girl by Rebecca Burns

Posted February 6, 2017 by Minx
The Bishop’s Girl by Rebecca Burns

I was intrigued at the start of this story. A group of men are gathered around a grave, waiting for a coffin to be revealed. Desecrating a grave is no little thing and everyone is a bit edgy. Then the diggers hit something, but it is not what they expect. It is a soft material; something is in this material. There is a woman wrapped in a tarp laid atop […]


My Highland Rebel by Amanda Forester

Posted December 29, 2016 by Minx
My Highland Rebel by Amanda Forester

Cormac MacLean was born into rotten circumstances. No matter how he tried to escape it, his parentage haunted him but when his dad is the feared warlord Red Rex, it is to be expected. All Core’s life his dad has either ignored him or tormented him but since Red has not produced another male heir he is determined to make Cormac a warlord or kill him trying. Trying to out […]


Taming A Duke’s Wild Rose by Tammy Andresen

Posted December 8, 2016 by Minx
Taming A Duke’s Wild Rose by Tammy Andresen

Exciting, romantic, and heartfelt! I tore through this book in a matter of hours. It is a fantastic read that I could not put down. Something that is nice, even though I did not read the first book I did check out the series and I can say that the previous protagonists from the first book in this series are written into a few scenes in this story. So, if […]


To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin

Posted November 23, 2016 by Minx
To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin

I enjoyed the details that were a part of this story. So many wonderful details! I love when I am reading a story and the particulars are built upon, layer after layer. It is as if the author took my hand and led me through this story and discussed with me at length the world she created. I felt all the emotional pulls that were intended and I was engrossed […]


Unraveling the Earl by Lynne Barron

Posted November 9, 2016 by Minx
Unraveling the Earl by Lynne Barron

Georgie Buchanan was not given very many options in life and had to use the tools at her disposal. Although I absolutely wouldn’t condone those choices in life I like how this character was portrayed. She was not a wanton hussy but used her options as she moved towards the goal she had in mind. Her character is a strong woman trying to protect herself because she can rely upon […]


Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

Posted October 7, 2016 by Minx
Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

Set mostly during the Vietnam War era, this story follows Betsy at the start of her downward spiral that is brought on after the death of her cherished brother Nathan. I appreciate that the author truly set the scene in the beginning with pop-culture references and ideas from the seventies. It made it very clear the time setting and therefore easier to settle in to the story. The heartbreak and […]


The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders

Posted August 12, 2016 by Minx
The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders

Have you ever read David Copperfield by Charles Dickens? If you had and wished for some exploration on the characters or some slight differences in their outcomes then I whole-heartedly suggest you read this tale. If you have never read David Copperfield then no worries, if you like crime, mystery and suspense then I also suggest this book to you. This book is touted as a new crime series and […]


A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Posted May 2, 2016 by Minx
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Veronica Speedwell is a lepidopterist, a person who studies butterflies, and she has just lost her spinster aunt, the only family she had left. Now she is free to make her own choices and she relishes this opportunity. Unfortunately for her she did not have the chance for that adventure. It all started with a break-in that the heroine interrupted mid-progress and Veronica made a poor choice of chasing the […]