Category Archives: historical fiction

January 31

Book review: Earthbound by Mari Collier

Earthbound by Mari Collier, is a very original story that starts out in Ireland during the potato famine and from there to America during the 1800’s. A story about survival against overwhelming odds. Strong family and friendships that overcome war, fire, food shortages and many other trials of the times. The difference is there are aliens […]

January 23

Author Spotlight: Mari Collier, author of Chronicles of the Maca

  International Writers Inspiring Change (IWIC): Tell us about yourself … Mari: I was born on a farm in Iowa and grew up without such things as electricity and a bathroom in the house. At least there was running water. I also attended a one room country schoolhouse through eight grades. Since then I have […]

January 18

Book review: Portrait of a Conspiracy: Da Vinci’s Disciples – Book One, by Donna Russo Morin

Portrait of a Conspiracy: Da Vinci’s Disciples – Book One, by Donna Russo Morin is an excellent historical fiction that takes place in Florence, Italy, during the time of Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo befriends a secret group of women who get together to learn to paint and use their artistic talents. Such behavior in women is […]

January 17

Book review: The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War, by Marina Osipova

The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War, by Marina Osipova, is an excellently written story that draws the reader through every page of this bitter love story, set in World War II and post-war Russia.  It is the dramatic and realistic rendering of one young girl’s journey, through German occupation, to post-war trauma […]

January 15

Author Spotlight: Marina Osipova, author of The Cruel Romance

International Writers Inspiring Change (IWIC): Tell us about yourself … Marina: I was born in Germany and grew up in Russia where I graduated from The Moscow State Institute of History and Archives. I also have a diploma as a German language translator from the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages. I extensively traveled to […]

December 12

Book Review: The House of Crow, by John W. Wood

The House of Crow, by John W, Wood is an awesome 5-star read! The book is an historical fiction, filled with action, about a family of warriors, set in the 19th century when a band of Blackfoot Indians attack a group of Irish immigrants. The story is being told to a young man, the only […]

November 16

Book Review: Who was Joseph Pulitzer? by Terrence Crimmins

Who was Joseph Pulitzer? by Terrence Crimmins, is a very interesting read, both from an historical perspective and from the perspective of a man who had a mission in life and who refused to compromise that mission. Most of us have heard of the Pulitzer Prize, the coveted award given out annually to journalists in […]

November 11

Book Review: A Buss from Lafayette, by Dorothea Jensen

A Buss from Lafayette, by Dorothea Jensen, is a delightful historical fiction for younger women. And if you didn’t already know, the word “buss” means kiss. Being a grandmother, I must say that I enjoyed every word of it. It is well-written, entertaining and a wonderful peek into the life of a girl who had […]

November 03

Author Spotlight: Dorothea Jensen, author of A Buss from Lafayette

IWIC: Tell us about you! Dorothea: My name is Dorothea Jensen. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. I majored in English literature at Carleton College and earned an MA in education at the University of New Mexico. I have been an ESL tutor for refugees, taught junior high and […]

September 05

Book Review of Murder by Ghostlight by J.C. Briggs

Murder by Ghostlight, by J.C. Briggs, is an eloquently written suspense murder thriller, in the genre of Sherlock Holmes, but of course, in this case, the story follows the famous writer, Charles Dickens. Although fictional, the author has cleverly entwined Dickens in the plot, where, Dickens finds himself suspected of murder, and in the story […]