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March/April Reviews

 

The English Duke by Karen Ranney 3 1/2*
Am Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole 5*
A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran 4 1/2*
Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey 4*
My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton 4*
My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch 4*
No Other Highlander by Adrienne Basso 4*
Passion Favors the Bold by Theresa Romain 4*
You May Kiss the Bride by Lis Berne 3 1/2*

 

 


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January/February Reviews

 

Breathless by Beverly Jenkins 4*
The Duke  by Kerrigan Byrne 5*
Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay Sands 3 1/2*
Lady Claire is All That by Maya Rodale 4 1/2
Mogul by Joanna Shupe 4*
Two Suitors for Anna (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel -Book 3 ) by Molly Jebber
Waiting for an Earl Like You by Alexandra Hawkins 4 1/2*

 

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AdC’s Guide for Historical Fiction Lovers

 

As we have seen with the multiple historical fiction novels we have read and reviewed, most of the literary opinions will agree that a general guide to a historical fiction novels is about the past from approximately 50 years or more. Depending on the author, depends on how in-depth the historical fiction shall be. Some authors have a historical setting and some authors do research and include historical events written within the plot. Historical fiction, other than the traditional historical novels have developed into several genres. Historicals can be ancient, medieval, renaissance, Victorian, regency, WW I, WW II, etc. Of course, many authors combine the subgenres, creating historical mystery romance, historical paranormal romances, etc.
 
Historical Subgenres:
 
Mysteries/Suspense: An historical fiction with a twist of mystery and suspense. 
 
Paranormal: Anything is game in an historical paranormal. Anything that has to do with paranormal activities is created with the historical novel. Many add a romance into the formula.
 
Romance: Historical romance is one of the most widely read genres by women. They can range from sweet amoureux to spicy erotica.
 
Sagas: These are usually written in a series of books that concentrate on a family and/or a group of friends over a period of time covering more than one generation.
 
Science Fiction/Fantasy:  Many would put time-travel in this category. However, the science fiction/fantasy genre is a normal genre of its own and adding an historical setting gives itself its own section for readers.
 
Time-travel: Time-travel historicals allow the author and reader to experience the best of both worlds. Most time-travel stories have a character finding themselves caught in a precarious situation, not knowing how they arrived to the world they have been sent. Some sagas have the characters comfortable with the time-travel and fully aware of how and why they go between different worlds.
 
Western: Historical Western novels focus on the American West in its settings including any Native American stories from the tribes who lived west of the Mississippi. 

 
 

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