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2019b ~ Your Historical Fiction Aventures!

Historical Fiction

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1Molly3028
Edited: Jun 30, 2019, 6:51am Top

Collecting another 6 months of historical fiction posts ~ where and when do these tales take place?

ALSO: the Audiobooks group would welcome your input!
http://www.librarything.com/groups/audiobooks

2Cecrow
Jul 2, 2019, 8:07am Top

Travelling with a circus in the aftermath of the American Civil War, in Gary Jennings' Spangle.

3Lynxear
Edited: Jul 4, 2019, 3:38pm Top

Well I am reading another WWII naval novel by Alistair Maclean titled H.M.S. Ulysses. I am on this ship which has borderline mutiny problems in a convoy starting a Murmansk run. I am in the first 50 pages and just getting to know the major characters of the book and I like the story so far.

4tealadytoo
Edited: Jul 4, 2019, 4:24pm Top

>4 tealadytoo: I need to read more MacLean. Ice Station Zebra was one of my top 5 books read last year.

5Limelite
Edited: Jul 4, 2019, 5:51pm Top

>3 Lynxear: Great book that I read as a kid and while I don't remember the details, I do remember the impact it had on me when I finished it.

But the greatest nautical fiction book I ever read, Patrick O'Brian's series notwithstanding, is The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat. Brutal verisimilitude about Royal Navy sailors in the Battle of the Atlantic.

6MissWatson
Jul 5, 2019, 4:09am Top

Continuing the nautical topic, I am enjoying a French graphic novel about a corsair set in 1742: L'Épervier.

7Lynxear
Jul 5, 2019, 10:49am Top

>5 Limelite: Yes it is a great story...I am off the coast of Iceland now in a storm with force 10 winds and snow. Not good at the best of times but on a ship that is near mutiny it is very trying. I like Maclean's naval war books but his attempt at a crime/mystery book fell flat for me.

I have read Cruel Sea , an amazing psychological thriller of WWII Atlantic convoys. I am Canadian and my only disappointment was that there was no mention of Canadian merchant seamen or vessels which comprised a large portion of the Atlantic merchant fleet in WWII.

I am not a great fan of Patrick O'Brian mainly because sometimes the Commander and his surgeon split up and then reunite but you only follow one but not the other. You almost need a dictionary of ancient seamen's language to understand their discussions :)

My favourite naval writers are C.S. Forrester (Hornblower series) and Dudley Pope (Ramage Series). Both are set in the Napoleonic war and are very well written.

8Limelite
Jul 6, 2019, 11:17am Top

>7 Lynxear:

Hornblower was my father's favorite maritime hero; Aubrey and Maturin are mine. Not sure I ever read any Ramage.

Do you know any Canadian authors who have or are writing the stories of the experiences of Canadian services and individuals in WW II? As we all know, that war launched an infinite number of American writers' careers, and still sustains hundreds today.

9nrmay
Jul 6, 2019, 7:36pm Top

I just finished all my love, Detrick by Roberta Kagan, set in Germany - WWII era.

Now reading the book woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Richardson. Appalachian region of Kentucky in the 1930s with the interesting themes of the Pack Horse Librarians and the Blue People of Kentucky.

10Lynxear
Edited: Jul 7, 2019, 1:05pm Top

>8 Limelite: I did some digging and came up with a few that may catch your eye

The Three Pleasures by Terry Watada - Japanese interment in Canada

The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan - the fall of Hong Kong

The Wars by Timothy Findley - WWI

Three Day Road, Joseph Boyden - experiences of an indigenous Canadian in Great war

On to Victory by Mark Zuehike - Canadian liberation of Netherlands

Generals Die in Bed by Charles Yale Harrison - anti-war novel of WWI

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje - post WWII London

When Your Numbers Up by Desmond Morton - the Canadian Soldier in the 1st World War

I have not found any Canadian naval novels but am sure they exist.

11rabbitprincess
Jul 7, 2019, 11:25am Top

>8 Limelite: >10 Lynxear: Storm Below, by Hugh Garner, is about a fictional Canadian naval vessel during WW2.

In non-fiction, I liked Farley Mowat's Grey Seas Under, which is about salvage tugs and covers WW2 at least in part.

12Limelite
Jul 8, 2019, 7:38pm Top

>10 Lynxear: and >11 rabbitprincess:

Thank you both for taking the trouble. Consider my eye caught. Looks like I may have to duck a lot of bullets!

I'll read anything by Ondaatje, even if it's a cookbook. On to Victory interests me because my mother worked as a civilian for the American Occupation Forces cdr. in The Hague while my father worked for the Crown dismantling German factories that had been active in the war effort. Wasn't Mowat himself a WW II vet who saw active duty?

Again, I appreciate your research, even if it means probable disaster to my budget.

13Cecrow
Jul 9, 2019, 7:33am Top

>10 Lynxear:, I'll vouch for Finley's The Wars, it was very good.

14Lynxear
Jul 9, 2019, 11:03am Top

>13 Cecrow: >12 Limelite: Well I have not read any of these to date. The ones that catch my attention for my TBR list would be The Wars. Three Day Road. Generals Die in Bed and When Your Numbers Up.

I have made a note of them for my next used bookstore prowl. :)

I am almost finished HMS Ulysses... a story about a convoy to Murmansk, Russia. It is not an easy read as it is quite a depressive book. Nothing goes right for these guys and they are losing ships one or two at a time each day and the survivors in the water die in minutes from the cold.

15Limelite
Jul 9, 2019, 2:33pm Top

>14 Lynxear:

Exactly what sticks in my mind from youthful reading of "HMS U" too.

Quiet adventure in HF reading since I'm just sitting at table in Castlebridge around Christmas time with members of the Mellstock Quire, discussing the new school teacher, sipping whiskey and warming by the fire as the gentle gossip of Sussex working class friends unwinds around me.

Yes, it's Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy.

16Lynxear
Jul 10, 2019, 12:58pm Top

>!5

Well the last 100 pages went quite fast but without revealing too much, 90% of the characters in the book are dead by the end of the book. I think this was Maclean's first Naval war novel. He certainly communicates the misery, hardship and reluctant gallantry of war. This is my third Maclean novel... I won't be in a hurry to read another.

I am going to try another Historical fiction in A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory. I think this will turn into a Historical Romance from the look of it. I am not a great fan of romance novels though Nevil Shute novels are basically that way and he succeeds in toning down the graphic aspects. Perhaps it will be so in this novel, but right now I need something to take my mind off the futility of war.

17Molly3028
Jul 10, 2019, 5:57pm Top

Enjoying this library audiobook ~

The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory

(Plantagenet and Tudor Novels/mid 1500s/Elizabeth I/Robert and Amy Dudley)

18Unreachableshelf
Jul 22, 2019, 10:27am Top

I'm in Iceland in 1686 in The Glass Woman.

19tealadytoo
Jul 22, 2019, 10:52am Top

Heading back 12th century Shrewsbury Abbey with Brother Cadfael in The Rose Rent.

20Molly3028
Edited: Jul 27, 2019, 6:54am Top

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(part 2/WWII England/Ada is a very independent 11-year-old with a younger brother/middle-grade lit/narrated by Jayne "Flavia" Entwistle)

UPDATE: ****1/2

21rabbitprincess
Jul 23, 2019, 8:24pm Top

I'm in Scotland toward the end of the 13th century with William Wallace in Nigel Tranter's The Wallace.

22Unreachableshelf
Jul 25, 2019, 10:28am Top

Today I'm going to start The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr.

23rocketjk
Jul 30, 2019, 6:39am Top

I finished The Apostle by Sholem Asch. Asch was a Yiddish writer, a Polish Jew who wrote about shtetl life in Europe and became very well known, with his work being translated into many languages. He moved to America in his 30s and began writing about the Jewish immigrant experience here. Late in his career, however, he wrote three books in what became known as his "Founders of Christianity" series: The Nazarene, The Apostle, and Mary. This did not go over well in the Jewish community of the time (The Apostle was published in 1942), and he lost readership and his job. This despite that fact that Asch maintained that the novels were meant to bridge the gap between Jews and Christians by demonstrating in fiction that Christianity was in fact a deeply Jewish phenomenon at its core. As my old man would have said, however, "Lotsa luck." And so I was curious about The Apostle. It is the fictional story of early Christianity as seen through the eyes of Saul, who become the Apostle Paul.

Once he is converted and begins preaching about the Messiah, Paul schlepps back and forth across the Middle East, founding congregations and converting Jew and Gentile alike to the new faith. Being Jewish myself, I never knew the details of Paul's life nor much about the turning point where Paul stopped preaching only to Jews that their Messiah had arrived and instead insisted on preaching to everyone, thus taking the new religion out of the realm of Judaism. (And that is, of course, to whatever extent this book is faithful to what is know of those events.) So that was interesting. Unfortunately about 95% of the storytelling is done in flat, expository prose. There's almost nothing to draw us into the narrative for its own sake. So I plodded through, chapter by chapter, one chapter at a time over several years, and now I've finished! I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone other than the historically curious about Asch and his career. That's probably a fairly small subset of my LibraryThing friends! I do look forward to going back and reading some of Asch's earlier works, which were much praised when he wrote them and are still highly regarded.

24Molly3028
Edited: Jul 31, 2019, 8:02pm Top

Starting this library audiobook ~

Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

(Ohio, mid 1800s/Honor Bright is a Quaker who left England after a major trauma/Underground Railroad/quilting)

UPDATE: ****

25tealadytoo
Edited: Jul 30, 2019, 9:03am Top

Reading an oldie, Taylor Caldwell's Captains and the Kings, following an Irish immigrant's rise to power in 19th century America. She certainly does love her conspiracy theories. Which is entertaining, if a bit over the top.

26Molly3028
Aug 5, 2019, 12:21pm Top

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

(Hagenheim Castle fairy tales, book #2/Sophie is a Snow-White-type character/Germany/Middle Ages/YA Christian lit)

27MissWatson
Aug 6, 2019, 4:40am Top

I very much enjoyed Der zweite Reiter by Alex Beer, a mystery set in 1919 Vienna which paints a very vivid picture of the post-war chaos and misery.

28Helvala8
Aug 7, 2019, 10:53am Top

I read a lot of Alistair Maclean books in the 70's and they were all, without exception, great reads.

29gmathis
Aug 8, 2019, 8:35am Top

Trying out my first Leon Uris novel; Trinity. Not sure how I've missed him for this many years.

30Molly3028
Edited: Aug 20, 2019, 2:02pm Top

Listening to this library audiobook ~

Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

(Victorian era London/Slater is an archeologist & adventurer/Ursula is the owner of Kern Secretarial Agency/a death due to mysterious circumstances/amateur sleuthing and romance)

31Unreachableshelf
Aug 15, 2019, 12:39pm Top

I'm in 1787 at the moment, just starting Marley.

32Limelite
Aug 15, 2019, 8:47pm Top

Had an email notification from Read It Forward for free giveaway of new novel by Sara Donati (pen name of Rosina Lippi) for her latest novel, Where the Light Enters. Release date 9/10/19. Partial blurb from Booklist starred review: Donati’s saga of a New York family in the 1880s, with its exquisitely realized characters, is apt to inspire repeated readings. Taking up the story begun in The Gilded Hour (2015), Donati extends the experiences of the Savard cousins, Anna and Sophie, both physicians, one white and one multiracial, and the diverse individuals who become their family. . .

Anyone can enter here.

https://www.readitforward.com/giveaways/

33Limelite
Aug 15, 2019, 8:51pm Top

For fans of this popular historical fiction writer. . .

Had an email notification from Read It Forward for free giveaway of new novel by Sara Donati (pen name of Rosina Lippi) for her latest novel, Where the Light Enters. Release date 9/10/19. Partial blurb from Booklist starred review: Donati’s saga of a New York family in the 1880s, with its exquisitely realized characters, is apt to inspire repeated readings. Taking up the story begun in The Gilded Hour (2015), Donati extends the experiences of the Savard cousins, Anna and Sophie, both physicians, one white and one multiracial, and the diverse individuals who become their family. . .

Anyone can enter here.

https://www.readitforward.com/giveaways/

34Molly3028
Edited: Aug 20, 2019, 2:03pm Top

Enjoying this Kindle eBook Alexa is reading to me ~

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

(delving into the post-war chapters of this favorite)

35Molly3028
Edited: Aug 26, 2019, 4:58pm Top

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Barron (4+ stars)
(1800s-1921/the life and loves of Winston Churchill's infamous American mother)

FYI
A novel written by Marie Benedict about Winston's wife ~ Clementine ~ is due out in early January.

36Unreachableshelf
Aug 24, 2019, 2:01pm Top

Now I'm in 1863 in A Hope Divided.

37nrmay
Aug 24, 2019, 7:12pm Top

I liked if you want to make God laugh by Bianca Marais.
It's set in South Africa in the 1990s, around the time apartheid ended.

"If you want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans."

38Lynxear
Sep 5, 2019, 6:13pm Top

I have just finished lamentation by CJ Sansom..... a great Historical mystery set in the time of Henry VIII.... about 800 pages and hard to put this book which is the same for all of the Shardlake series...5 stars

39Lynxear
Sep 8, 2019, 9:40pm Top

I have found a new historical fiction writer, Alex Grecian. I have just finished reading the first book in his Scotland Yard series titled The Yard . It starts out pretty slow since you are learning about a host of characters but Grecian has a talent of making you feel you are in London in the 1880's... you walk the streets, you deal with the grime and crime of the city, the morgue, the workhouses. I will read a lot more offerings from this author.

40gmathis
Edited: Sep 9, 2019, 10:34am Top

East Tennessee during the American Revolution, preparing for the battle of King's Mountain by Sharyn McCrumb. Interesting read, but I haven't yet landed on a character that I really liked.

41Molly3028
Edited: Sep 12, 2019, 9:36pm Top

Enjoying this library audiobook ~

Meet Me in Monaco: A Novel of Grace Kelly's Royal Wedding by Hazel Gaynor

(mid 1950s/Sophie is a parfumeur/James is a tabloid photographer/a female and a male narrator)

**Thanks to a Wowbrary.com email, I was #1 in line for this novel**

42tealadytoo
Edited: Sep 12, 2019, 10:42pm Top

Very much enjoying Jocelyn Green's Between Two Shores, set in French Canada during the French and Indian War.

43princessgarnet
Sep 13, 2019, 4:34pm Top

>42 tealadytoo:
I read that novel shortly after it was released. It's quite an interesting read!

44Limelite
Sep 14, 2019, 7:05pm Top

>42 tealadytoo:

You might enjoy Eliot Pattison's early American colonial PA historical novels. They combine the French and Indian War, backwoods unconventional warfare, Indian lore, and murder mystery in intelligent character studies of heroic figures who adventure all over the colonial Americana and Canadian frontiers. One is Bone Rattler: A Mystery of Colonial America.

If French Canadian historical novels are your specific cup of tea, Annie Proulx's recent book, Barkskins: A novel is a lyrical and powerful portrait of the development of the timber industry in Canada from earliest days. Again, an excellent character driven work.

45tealadytoo
Sep 14, 2019, 8:19pm Top

>44 Limelite: Thanks! I'll have to check those out.

46Molly3028
Edited: Sep 21, 2019, 10:30am Top

Enjoying this library audiobook ~

Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander (4 stars)

(1880s/a spinster and a helpful heir to an earldom/Paris trip to track down a missing traveler)

47rocketjk
Sep 22, 2019, 4:00pm Top

I finished Action at Aquila by Hervey Allen. This is an historical novel about the Civil War, originally published in 1938. The physical descriptions of the country around southern Pennsylvania and into the Shenandoah Valley are wonderful, the descriptions of southern Pennsylvania towns who have recently lived through Lee's invasion and retreat, and the experiences of our protagonist, Colonel Nathaniel Franklin of the Union Army, as he travels this territory during a 3-week leave and then rejoins his troop in time to take part in a horrific battle, are often quite engaging (the battle scene is very well done). Some of the characters fall into stereotype, and some of the developments, especially between the characters, are predictable, but all in all I enjoyed reading this novel quite a bit.

48Molly3028
Edited: Oct 9, 2019, 11:03am Top

Enjoying this Library audiobook ~

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali (5 stars)

(1950s, Tehran upheaval/love of a young couple/60-year separation/Iranian culture)

49benjclark
Oct 3, 2019, 7:34pm Top

Finished Kopp Sisters on the March by Amy Stewart recently. Reviewed here https://benjaminlclark.com/book-review-kopp-sisters-on-the-march-by-amy-stewart/
New Jersey/ 1917

About to jump into NYC in 1803 with Paddy Hirsch's Hudson's Kill.

50Molly3028
Edited: Oct 20, 2019, 12:07pm Top

Enjoying this library audiobook ~

The Marriage Game by Alison Weir (4 stars)

(1500s/Tudor era England/tale featuring Elizabeth I & Lord Robert Dudley)

51rabbitprincess
Oct 10, 2019, 4:52pm Top

Just finished the fourth book in the Lymond Chronicles: Pawn in Frankincense, by Dorothy Dunnett. Continental Europe (and the Ottoman Empire) in the 1550s.

52rocketjk
Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 1:37pm Top

During this past September, my lovely wife took a cross-country drive with her friend Kathy. They passed through Santa Fe, NM, where they went to a book fair, where my wife bought a book called Saturday Matinee directly from the author, Maxine Neely Davenport, who signed it for her! Anyway, this is a collection of interlocking short stories about a family that decided to stay on their Oklahoma farm, rather than light out for California, during the Great Depression. I decided to sit down with this volume last week. Quite a few of these stories are quite well written. Some are a little less so, but those are still enjoyable. The collection's drawback, I would say, is that while many of the stories effectively show various aspects of family dynamics, often from the point of view of a young girl, and describe farming life as well, there is very little of what we'd expect to read of the hardships of rural life in Oklahoma in the Dust Bowl days. However, as I said, the stories, other than that one proviso, are pretty good, taken on their own merit.

53tealadytoo
Oct 15, 2019, 1:31pm Top

I'm starting a re-read of a favorite of mine from, IIRC, my junior high days, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, set in Colonial New England when persecution of "witches" was a real danger.

I'm interested to see how it holds up against my fond memories. It's an appropriate read as we approach Halloween, anyway!

54Limelite
Oct 16, 2019, 12:05am Top

The Stolen Bicycle is set in Taiwan during the period of Japanese occupation, that lasted 50 years, following First Sino-Japanese war.

55princessgarnet
Edited: Oct 16, 2019, 10:01pm Top

>53 tealadytoo:
I read that novel when I was junior high too. I received the paperback edition of the book, 1988 copyright/printing, from an older cousin. (It features a young woman wearing a red gown on the cover) Since I have extended family living in CT, the town names were familiar!

56Molly3028
Edited: Oct 20, 2019, 12:01pm Top

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt
by Stephanie Marie Thornton

(1900s/the eldest child of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and the only child of Roosevelt and his first wife)

57Unreachableshelf
Oct 22, 2019, 5:14pm Top

I'm currently about 1786 I think and heading towards the French Revolution in Ribbons of Scarlet.

58Unreachableshelf
Oct 28, 2019, 3:41pm Top

I am back to 1863 in An Unconditional Freedom.

59tealadytoo
Oct 28, 2019, 3:50pm Top

I'm back at Shrewbury Abbey with Brother Cadfael in 1142. He's trying to sort out some secrets after learning about The Confession of Brother Haluin.

60Limelite
Oct 29, 2019, 7:00pm Top

Straddling B.C. and A.D. years with Augustus by John Williams told using the diaries, letters, and journals of the Romans surrounding Augustus as he took control as ruler of the empire. Unusual approach to a novel but I really like it!

Mixed reaction to Ken Follett's Fall of Giants, an overview of world history in early 20th C, focusing on WW I, suffragette movement, and collapse of class society in Europe. Great details of the politics of international relations but not so hot as an introspective novel that features a prominent protagonist. In the vein of Michener historical sagas.

61Cecrow
Oct 30, 2019, 7:25am Top

>60 Limelite:, never heard of (this) John Williams before, his works sound very interesting! How does that one compare to I Claudius or Memoirs of Hadrian?

62Molly3028
Edited: Nov 6, 2019, 7:19am Top

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle (4 stars)

(Rhymes With Love series/London, early 1800s/Louisa Tempest vs. Viscount Wakefield)

63tealadytoo
Edited: Nov 3, 2019, 12:47pm Top

Currently reading Radio Girls by Sarah -Jane Stratford about the early days of the BBC.

64Molly3028
Nov 3, 2019, 3:40pm Top

>63 tealadytoo:

Thanks for the heads up on Radio Girl. I just added it to an OverDrive list.

65Unreachableshelf
Nov 3, 2019, 8:31pm Top

I'm now in 1895 in London in Gilded Cage.

66Molly3028
Edited: Nov 15, 2019, 7:29am Top

Enjoying this OverDrive Kindle eBook ~

Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict (4+ stars)

(1930s and 40s/Austria and the U.S./tale featuring actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr)

67Unreachableshelf
Nov 8, 2019, 4:50pm Top

I'm at about 1913 in New York in The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick.

68tealadytoo
Edited: Nov 8, 2019, 9:26pm Top

I'm in 1811 Cornwall, dealing with smugglers in A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes.

69Limelite
Nov 9, 2019, 8:44pm Top

>61 Cecrow:

I've read "Claudius" but not "Hadrian." The Williams book is built around the historical first-person record of the actual people who, of course, also appear in the novel. So, the fictive portions are not as extensive as in Graves' novel. Augustus is an NBA winner. "Composed of fictional letters, dispatches and memoranda," the committee said of Mr. Williams's work, "this epistolary novel brings to life in very human dimensions the violent times of Augustus Caesar (63 B.C.-14 A.D.)"

Williams also wrote Butcher's Crossing and Stoner, neither of which I've read. I loved "Claudius" and feel safe to recommend "Augustus" to you on that basis.

70Molly3028
Nov 13, 2019, 12:40pm Top

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford

(England, 1920s/tale featuring BBC radio's early days)

71tealadytoo
Nov 18, 2019, 2:38pm Top

I'm reading a fairly interesting WWII novel involving Jewish refugee children who left Europe via the Kindertransport and ending up in Northern Ireland. Specifically two German children who end up in the custody of a distant cousin, the Irish Catholic widow of a Jewish man killed in WWI.

The Star and the Shamrock - Jean Grainger

72Molly3028
Edited: Nov 27, 2019, 12:45pm Top

Enjoying this audiobook ~

His Mistress by Christmas by Victoria Alexander (5 stars)

(an annual fave/Christmas farce/read by Susan Duerden ~ my favorite Regency narrator)

73tealadytoo
Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 10:43am Top

I'm reading about a volunteer nurse for the Union at the start of the American Civil War, in Jocelyn Green's Wedded to War

74MissWatson
Nov 24, 2019, 5:17am Top

I have finished one of the first historical novels ever, Waverley, and enjoyed it very much.

75Molly3028
Edited: Nov 27, 2019, 1:24pm Top

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

Mad About the Major by Elizabeth Boyle (4 stars)

(Bachelor Chronicles novella/London 1818/spoiled daughter of a duke and a rake named Major Kingsley/three favors)

76rocketjk
Nov 29, 2019, 1:08pm Top

I recently finished Rampart Street by Everett and Olga Webber. First published in 1948, Rampart Street is part swashbuckler, part romance that takes place in New Orleans from the years just after the Louisiana Purchase, through the War of 1812 and up into the 1830s or so. Woven into the intrigue, murder and passion, however, are lots of interesting historical threads about life in New Orleans during that time, provided in matter-of-fact exposition that lets us see the conditions as the characters would have seen them. For example, we observe the cultural conflicts between the older Creole society and the upstart American newcomers. When the Yellow Fever epidemic hits it is noted that the rise in the mosquito population is a good thing, as mosquitoes are known to help clear the miasma over the swamps that causes the illness.

As we begin our story, the brave and noble merchant captain John Carrick has just fought off an attack in the Gulf of Mexico by a Barbary pirate ship. Carrick is an American is trying to win the hand of the beautiful young Elizabeth, from a Creole family and already betrothed to a rich but (of course) dastardly Creole adventurer. Adventure and intrigue ensues. This book is a lot of fun, if one is in the mood for this sort of thing. Also, while I was prepared to wince at the treatment of race and slavery, expecting a "that's just the way things were" sort of attitude, the book does hold some mildly nice surprises in that regard. The workforce on the property our hero eventually acquires is noted as being all black, but we are told specifically that Carrick will have only free, hired help, and will not own slaves. Also, the last half of the book deals strongly with the absurdity and tragic nature of the city's race laws, wherein a person with even a single drop of black ancestry is black, and therefore of low caste if not an outright slave. That's a distinctly mild form of social consciousness, certainly, but given the time of publication, the setting and the genre, any amount of thoughtfulness in those regards was welcome.

77Molly3028
Edited: Dec 1, 2019, 6:58pm Top

Enjoying these OverDrive audiobooks ~

Merchant's Daughter (Fairy Tale Romance Series, book 3) by Melanie Dickerson
(England, 1352/a 'Beauty and the Beast' tale/YA Christian lit)

and

Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry
(Dickens-type tale)

78Molly3028
Dec 13, 2019, 9:44am Top

A Christmas Carol (Reissue)

by Charles Dickens (Author), Patrick Stewart

(Stewart's one-man show on CD
https://www.librarything.com/work/1549/book/176458281)

79Marshalee_Matthews
Dec 15, 2019, 6:14pm Top

Hello everyone

Searching for a historical romance novel that starts with a scene like this...a man and a woman is about to get it on (could be a duke/rake - not sure), when there is a knock on the door, the butler i think opens the door to find a frail and wet girl seeking shelter. Apparently she ran away from where she was staying....

Th hero is arrogant but falls for the this girl...

80Unreachableshelf
Dec 18, 2019, 2:15pm Top

I'm near London somewhere around 1850, I think (the second edition of Jane Eyre is out, but I'm not sure how recently) in Jane Steele.

81Molly3028
Edited: Dec 20, 2019, 4:41pm Top

Enjoying this library MP3 audiobook disc ~

Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries, book 1) by Rhys Bowen

(around 1900, NYC/Irish immigrant/woman detective)

82Limelite
Dec 20, 2019, 1:03pm Top

About two-thirds through the fascinating "all in the dynasty" saga of the Godwin family of Wales in The Wheel of Fortune by Susan Howatch -- a real doorstop of a book! Could be used as a building block in a Gothic cathedral. No one would know the difference.

83Unreachableshelf
Dec 28, 2019, 1:42pm Top

I'm in the 19th century southern United States, moving back and forth in time before and after the Civil War, in Conjure Women.

84Molly3028
Dec 29, 2019, 6:38pm Top

Final 2019 audiobook ~

Lady Osbaldestone And The Missing Christmas Carols (Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Chronicles, book 2) by Stephanie Laurens

(1800's/village in England/historical fiction)

85rocketjk
Edited: Dec 31, 2019, 1:01pm Top

Just squeaked one more into 2019, finishing up Gods and Generals Jeff Shaara's Civil War prequel to his father's famous novel of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels.

86Marshalee_Matthews
Apr 1, 9:38pm Top

hello searching for a novel that is about a heroine that is very skinny but still beautiful the hero falls for her even though he doesnt want to and has a mistress... the heroine gets pregnant and runs away

87Marshalee_Matthews
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>86 Marshalee_Matthews: you may want to ask in the “Name that Book” group.

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