To The Manor Born

As weather turns toward spring, thoughts turn toward love…and those of us who adore lushly romantic period drama sigh and miss "Downton Abbey" ...

History Refreshed | Wily Women

There's something about the cold and gloom of winter that makes it the perfect time to snuggle up by the fire or the heater with a hot beverage ...

Art and Passion

It's a cliché that artistic people feel more intensely than non-artist types, are more driven by their passionate vision—and frequently live ...

War And Remembrance

Inspired by the release of the new film “Dunkirk,” which explores the rescue of the trapped British Expeditionary Force (by every vessel the ...

Enterprising Women

For many historical fiction fans, one of the draws of the genre is watching woman of past confront challenges and restrictions to open up new ...

Lives Of The Rich And Famous

Spring always brings a sense of anticipation. The cold and gloom of winter brighten into the season of warmth and rebirth, where new life seems ...

The Imperial View

Inspired by the lush PBS mini-series “Victoria,” this month we’ll look at fiction that explores the world of imperial rulers—and check ...

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER—Alienor of Aquitaine

As frost immobilizes the ground and chill winds blow, I think of cold castles and harsh rulers—which brings to mind the medieval period, and ...

The Mystery Of The East

We’ll continue our exploration of the exotic this month with a group of novels set in the Far East, in lands full of beauty, rich in history ...

History ReFreshed | Sheiks And Harems

With the PBS series “Indian Summers” now running, this month we’ll stay with the exotic and look at a genre of books that has proven ...

History ReFRESHed | A RETURN TO “INDIAN SUMMERS”

With the lush PBS Masterpiece series “Indian Summers” soon to begin Season Two, it’s time to look at another round of novels that explore ...

Blockbuster Summer Of World War II Hits

With children out of school and folks going on vacation, summer is traditionally the time for blockbuster movies, usually action-adventure or ...

From Grit To Glamour: Between The Wars

Who doesn’t love to peek into the lives of the rich, famous and influential? To spark your summer reading, this month we will take a look at ...

Merrie Olde England

In May, thoughts turn to the May Pole dances and Spring celebrations in Merrie Olde England. This month’s selections illumine the worlds of ...

Paris In The Spring—Love And Power

When spring is in the air, thoughts turn to romance…and what is more romantic than springtime in Paris? Or to be more exact, springtime in ...

History ReFreshed: God Love Ireland

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this month we’ll give a nod to the wearin’ of the green with a series of stories featuring Irish characters ...

History ReFRESHed | The Romance of Italy

What could be more romantic than Italy? The hush of a gondola plying the waters of a Venetian canal, the painted beauty of the countryside ...

Downton Revisited

Are you as distressed as I am that Downton Abbey will soon be ending FOR GOOD? (sob) Given the world-wide popularity of the show, there are ...

Lady Of The War Of Roses: An Interview With Philippa Gregory

FRESH FICTION is delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling novelist Philippa Gregory.  Ms. Gregory, well-known for her novels of the ...

The Sweetbriar’s Thorns: Wars Of The Roses Part II

History ReFreshed Exploring what's "new" on the historical shelves The previous column focused on the personages who began the Wars of the ...

History ReFreshed | The Sweetbriar’s Thorns: Wars Of The Roses Part I

The old story goes that during the tumultuous days of fighting between rival branches of the English ruling Plantagenet family, courtiers ...

History ReFreshed | Meet The Borgias

HISTORY REFRESHED…What's New in Historical Fiction "Over a decade in the making, the Showtime Original Series The Borgias is the sordid ...