Exploring what's "new" on the historical shelves
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 surprisingly few
books set in the Edwardian era that incorporate the upstairs-downstairs,
love-interest and drama that make the show so engaging (to say nothing of the
yummy fashions.) But, in an attempt to offer solace, I’ve gathered a few volumes
which segue in and beyond Read More...
Christmas is filled with traditions whose repetition year after year provide a
sense of continuity and joy, as we remember favorite moments from childhood and
anticipate adding new memories to that book of mental treasures. Since many of
our traditions date from the Victorian period, I wanted to offer an array of
historical fiction from that era as a special Christmas tribute. However, as I
began to scan the real and digital shelves, I found Read More...
Earlier this month in Anaheim, Blizzard Entertainment held its annual
showcase upcoming releases by this originator of some of the most popular and
games on the market. In honor of one of its signature brands, World of
medieval-like fantasy landscape of warriors and weapons, we will look this time
BOHEMIAN GOSPEL by Dana Chamblee Carpenter
Two things historical fiction readers love: historical dramas brought to television,
usually by the BBC,
and series of books featuring the same characters and settings. In honor of
new fall historical series Home Fires, which highlights the women of one small
village and their
work to further the war effort in the opening days of World War II, we’ll look at three
authors who have
created series that also Read More...
With PBS set to begin another lush historical series, Indian Summers, set in the waning days
of British rule in 1930s India, it’s time to look at fiction that illuminates that fascinating and
THE RAJ QUARTET by Paul Scott
There’s something about summer that makes me think of sipping mint juleps on
the front porch swing
under a lazy fan, lush ferns in pots, and the sound of bees buzzing in the
hydrangea bushes. For this
column, we’ll visit Roaring Twenties-to-World War II-era fiction set in the
South, New York and
MAGNOLIA CITY by Duncan W. Alderson
Justiss joins Fresh Fiction for another installment of the History ReFreshed
column. Welcome, Julia!
In a nod to the recent releases of movies Unbroken and American
Sniper, in this installment, we’ll examine a selection of novels that
explore life and love during World War II. In keeping with the world-wide scope
of that conflict, one book Read More...
Fresh Fiction is thrilled to welcome historical fiction author Julia
Justiss for another installment of the History ReFreshed column. Austen
lovers--this one is for you!
Can’t get enough of Pride and Prejudice? Did PBS’s recent DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY Read More...
Can't get enough of Downton Abbey fiction? Here's a new lineup of
contenders for your English upstairs-downstairs addiction.
CAVENDON HALL Read More...
Can't get enough Downton Abbey? Although Downton-like fiction is
still rarer than the more literary multi-generation family secret-type (don't
worry; more new Downton-type stories are coming) here are a few
keep you going between seasons.
THE AMERICAN HEIRESS
We've gone from the medieval match of Charles V of England to the final moments
of Richard III's disputed reign. Now, to the resolution of the struggle!
Elizabeth of York, who ended the bloodshed by uniting the two warring
factions, is the featured heroine of several novels. Daughter of Edward IV, she
wed Henry Tudor, exiled knight who defeated Richard III at the Battle of
Bosworth Field to become Henry VII Read More...
The previous column
focused on the personages who began the Wars of the Roses,
from Henry VI's claim for the throne being challenged by his cousin
Richard of York until the death of Edward IV. Now the stage is
set for the final decisive struggle between the Plantagenet heirs, represented
by Edward IV's brother Richard, and the Read More...
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