Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Claire Cameron: Grimsby Author Series

The Last Neanderthal was not only an entertaining story but encourages a reader to reconsider the experiences of living 40,000 years ago.  It helps to reconsider history and understand new discoveries following the sequencing of neanderthal DNA in 2010.  Readers … Continue reading

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Jennifer Robson: Bell City Author Series

In January, the Brantford Public Library began the Bell City Author Series with a fabulous evening with Jennifer Robson.  After previously meeting her in Burlington (May 2017) and learning about Goodnight from London, I was thrilled that she spent most of … Continue reading

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5. Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Madeleine Thien)

“I assumed that when the story finished, life would continue and I would go back to being myself.  But it wasn’t true.  The stories got longer and longer, and I got smaller and smaller”. Do Not Say We Have Nothing … Continue reading

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100. Christmas in Paris (Gaynor & Webb)

As part of my Christmas Reading Challenge, Christmas in Paris was set during the Great War in both London and France.  It told the story of Tom, who was reflecting back on his life after the passing of his wife. … Continue reading

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89. Caroline: Little House Revisited (Sarah Miller)

Reading Caroline:  Little House Revisited was like a guilty pleasure.  It enabled me to revisit the lives of Charles, Caroline, Mary and Laura Ingalls as they travelled from the Little House in the Big Woods to Kansas in 1870.  As … Continue reading

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88. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Lisa See)

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is my December book club pick.  My hold came available very quickly, from the library,  so I “read” it early (via audio book).  It is historical fiction set in the remote village of Yunnan … Continue reading

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81. Alias Grace (Margaret Atwood)

Alias Grace has been waiting on my bookshelf for a long time.  I am lucky to have signed copy after meeting Margaret Atwood this past November as she spoke about The Heart Goes Last.  She has been in the news … Continue reading

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76-77. Summer Reading Blitz # 3

76. The Town that Drowned (Riel Nason) As part of the Cross-Canada Summer Reading Challenge, The Town that Drowned was my choice from New Brunswick.  Described as a Young Adult novel it was a fictional story of a family impacted … Continue reading

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66. Manhattan Beach (Jennifer Egan)

Thank you to Simon and Schuster who sent a copy of Manhattan Beach through a Goodreads Giveaway!  It was fantastic to read an advance reader copy before it was on sale in stores! Manhattan Beach is a historical fiction novel … Continue reading

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59. Tell (Frances Itani)

This summer, the County of Brant library hosted a literary bingo filling the squares with Canadian authors.  Although I did not complete the card (since I was so busy reading through the provinces and territories with my Cross Canada Challenge), … Continue reading

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