Reading Archive

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***This list does not include the historical fiction reading I did prior to December 1995 - this included all of my Jean Plaidy reading, the majority of my Sharon Kay Penman and Margaret George reading and the historical novel closest to my heart - "Legacy" by Susan Kay. Reviews are linked to in blue. Favorites/good introductions to the genre are starred.


2013
2012
2011
  • The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent (Colonial Massachusetts)
  • A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (Early 20th Century New York)
  • The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner (Tudor Mystery)
  • A Secret Alchemy (Princes in the Tower) ***********
  • Dissolution by C.J. Sansom (Tudor England) **********
  • The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (WWII)
  • The Maid by Kimberly Cutter (Joan of Arc)
  • Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom (Tudor England)
  • Winter in Madrid by C.J.Sansom (1930s Spain)
  • Sovereign by C.J.Sansom (Tudor England)
  • Revelation by C.J.Sansom (Tudor England)
  • Heartstone by C.J.Sansom (Tudor England)
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (1920s Paris)
  • When We Were Strangers by Pamela Schoenewaldt (19th century Italy)
  • The Dark Lantern by Geri Brightwell (Early 20th century London)
  • The People's Queen by Vanora Bennett (Medieval England)
  • The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne (Revolutionary Russia)
  • A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander (19th century Paris/London)
  • And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander (19th century Paris/London)
  • Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander (19th century Istanbul)
  • To Kill a Tsar by Andrew Williams (Revolutionary Russia)
  • Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell (early 19th century Vienna)
  • The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin (19th century U.S. and England)
  • Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman (Crusades)
  • The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry (mid-19th century London)
  • Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell (Impressionists' Paris)
  • The Players by Stephanie Cowell (Elizabethan England) ***********
2010
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (19th century Texas)
  • Nefertiti by Michelle Moran (Ancient Egypt)
  • Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel (Tudor England) ********
  • The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner (Juana la Loca)
  • Pope Joan by Donna Wolfolk Cross (Dark Ages Europe)
  • Charlotte and Emily by Jude Morgan (19th century England) ********
  • Songcatcher by Sharyn McCrumb (18th century US)
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (Early 20th century mystery)
  • The Widow's War by Sally Gunning (Colonial Massachusetts) *********
  • Bound by Sally Gunning (Colonial Massachusetts)
  • The Rebellion of Jane Clarke by Sally Gunning (Colonial Massachusetts)
  • The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton (Puritan New England) 
  • The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (Edwardian/WWI England)
  • Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay (Stalinist Soviet Union/Modern day Boston) *******
  • Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt (Late Elizabethan/Early Jacobean England) ********
  • Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati (Late 18th century New York)
  • Duchess by Susan Holloway Scott  (Late 17th century England)
  • The Psychick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (Salem Witch Trials)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (1960s Mississippi)
  • My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira (Civil War Washington, DC) *********
  • March by Geraldine Brooks (Civil War)
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig (Napoleonic France)
  • On Agate Hill by Lee Smith (Post Civil War South)
  • The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier (Medieval France)
  • Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King (Dark Ages Scotland)
2009
  • Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Black Plague)
  • Versailles by Kathryn Davis (Marie Antoinette)
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (Frank Llyod Wright) ********
  • The Madonnas of Lenningrad by Debra Dean (WWII)
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Early 20th century US) ********
  • East of the Sun by Julie Gregson (1920s India)
  • Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett (Tudor England)
  • The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent (Salem Witch Trials) *********
  • Sunflowers by Sheraty Bundrick (Vincent Van Gogh)
2008
  • The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye (19th century India)
  • Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland (17th century France)
  • Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Jospehine B. by Sandra Gulland (18th century France)
  • Tale of Passion, Tale of Woe by Sandra Gulland (18/19th century France)
  • The Last Great Dance on Earth by Sandra Gulland (19th century France)
2000-2007
  • Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith (Early 20th century South)
  • Anna's Book by Barbara Vine (19th century mystery)
  • Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (American West)
  • Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
  • Psalm at Journey's End by Erik Hansen (Titanic)
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (Civil War)
  • Lord of Sunset (Danish England)
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
  • The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier *********
  • Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawler Jhabavala (Colonial India)
  • Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier (19th Century England)
  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (19th century US)
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon  (Scotland) **********
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (Scotland)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden  (Japan)
  • City of Light by Lauren Belfer (19th Century U.S.)
  • The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (19th century London) 
  • The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (19th century London and Africa)
  • Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (Scotland)
  • Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Scotland)
  • Ines of My Soul by Isbael Allende (Chile)
  • Roma by Steven Saylor (Ancient Rome)

1995-2000
  • Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman (Simon Montfort) ********
  • The Summer Queen by Alice Graham 
  • Scotland's Queen by Marguerite Vance
  • Fortune Made His Sword by Martha Rofheart  (Henry V)
  • When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman  (Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine)
  • The Severed Crown by Jane Lane  (Charles I)
  • Firelord by Parke Godwin   (Arthur) ********
  • The Lion of Mortimer by Juliet Dymoke  (Edward II)
  • Death Comes as Epiphany by Sharon Newman  (Medieval Mystery)
  • The Vows on the Peacock by Alice Graham
  • The Rose, Red and White by Betty King
  • Satan in St. Mary's by D.C. Doherty (Medieval Mystery)
  • The Player's Boy is Dead by Leonard Tourney  (Medieval Mystery)
  • The Last Pendragon by Robert Rice  (Arthur)
  • Hawk of May by Gillian Bradshaw  (Arthur)
  • Kingdom of Summer by Gillian Bradshaw  (Arthur)
  • In Winter's Shadow by Gillian Bradshaw  (Arthur)
  • The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell  (Arthur)
  • Beloved Exile by Parke Godwin   (Guinevere)
  • I, Victoria by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles  (Queen Victoria)
  • The Eagle's Daughter by Judith Tarr  (Byzantine Empire)
  • 1492 by Newton Frohlich    (Columbus)
  • The Queen's Man by Sharon Penman  (Medieval Mystery)
  • The Memory Cathedral by Jack Dann   (Leondardo Da Vinci)
  • An Army of Angels (Joan of Arc)
  • Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis (Roman Mystery)
  • The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George (Cleopatra) *********
  • Enemy of God by Bernard Cornwell (Arthur)
  • Ramses: The Son of Light by Christian Jacq  (Ancient Egypt)
  • Throne of Isis by Judith Tarr (Ancient Egypt)
  • Lord of the Two Lands   (Ancient Egypt)
  • Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell (Arthur)
  • Ceasar by Colleen McCullough  (Rome)
  • The Grass Crown by Colleen McCullough (Rome)
  • The Course of Honor by Lindsay Davis (Roman Mystery)
  • Sherwood by Parke Godwin (Robin Hood)
  • Robin and the King by Parke Godwin (Robin Hood)