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Review: Chikara by Robert Skimin

Robert Skimin’s historical novel, Chikara, is an epic family drama of the two great countries, America and Japan. It spans from 1905 through the 1980’s and covers the early American racism against the Japanese settlers of California, the anti-American sentiment … Continue reading

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Review: Bride of New France by Suzanne Durocher

Bride of New France, Suzanne Durocher’s’ debut historical novel introduces us to the famous Filles du Roi, sent over to populate the French settlements along the St-Lawrence River of Canada in the late 1600’s. These women, either orphans, the destitute, … Continue reading

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Review: A Dangerous Game by Ken Follett

Follett’s novel, A Dangerous Fortune, deals with a major London bank at the end of the 19th century. The story starts at an exclusive Windfield School for boys where cruelty and treachery will seal the fate of a small group … Continue reading

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Review: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

We find ourselves immersed in American history in Charles Frazier’s epic novel, Cold Mountain, where North and South face each other in a Civil War between their own countrymen. Three years after the outbreak of war, the characters are presented … Continue reading

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Review: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese’s heart-wrenching novel, Indian Horse, about racial discrimination against the Ojibway First Nation of northern Ontario in 1960s Canada,is a profound read. The emotions are raw and the pain is real. It describes the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse  … Continue reading

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Review: Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan

Considered to be a Canadian classic, Hugh MacLennan’s novel, Two Solitudes, deals with a historic view of Québec’s journey as a French speaking people deeply rooted in the Catholic religion and surrounded by a Protestant English-speaking majority. The two solitudes … Continue reading

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Review: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

Kim Edwards’ captivating novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, shows how one lie told on the spur of the moment, can greatly affect the lives of those around you. Nora’s labour starts during a snowstorm and her doctor can’t make it … Continue reading

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Review: A Polish Woman’s Struggle to Survive in Nazi Germany by Christoph Fischer

Christoph Fischer’s historical novel, Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany is a riveting page-turner that presents human drama at its best.In this World War II novel, Ludwika Gierz, a young beautiful Polish woman, suffers the loss … Continue reading

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Review: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Ken Follett’s gripping, and extremely detailed historical epic, The Pillars of the Earth, takes place in England during the twelfth century. The backdrop is the continuous battle for the English throne between King Stephen and the Empress Maud. Tom Builder, … Continue reading

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Review: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

Having read Colleen McCullough’s historical romance, The Thorn Birds, years back, and having been a fan of the TV series, I decided to reread the 692 page novel to see why I had enjoyed it then. I was reintroduced to … Continue reading

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