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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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Review:On my Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

This is my second reading of Ann-Marie MacDonald’s  historical novel Fall On Your Knees and I enjoyed the page turner just as much as the first time. The story is basically a saga of the Piper family living in New … Continue reading

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Review: The Birth House by Ami McKay

The Birth House, Ami McKay’s debut novel is about the struggle of a small fishing village in Nova Scotia trying to come to terms with the advances of modern medicine. Marie Babineau is an elderly Acadian midwife and trusted healer … Continue reading

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Review: Away by Jane Urquhart

Jane Urquhart’s enchanting novel, Away, is a touching tale of love and abandonment that spans four generations and covers two continents. Esther, an elderly woman narrates her great-grandmother Mary’s poor beginnings on the northern Irish coastline and her desperate move … Continue reading

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Review: Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden’s powerful historical war novel, , takes place in the mid-1600 in Lower Canada when First Nations tribes and French Jesuit priests collided with each other in their quest for supremacy. Like all wars then and now, battles were … Continue reading

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Review: The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

This is Moth Renwick’s story, a twelve year  trying to survive life in the slums of Manhattan in the 1870’s, who must decide to be, or not to be, a whore. Abandoned by her father, and sold to an abusive … Continue reading

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Review: The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

Jane Urquhart’s historical novel, The Stone Carvers, is about ordinary people dealing with the aftermaths of the Great War and the building of the Canadian War Memorial in Vimy, France. Set in the backdrop of Bavaria, to the countryside of Ontario, … Continue reading

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Review: The Siver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain

This historical novel takes place in biblical times and tells the story of Basil, a young sculptor illegally sold into slavery. Because of his talent, his freedom is bought back by Luke, one of Jesus’ apostles. He is commissioned to … Continue reading

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Review: Of Mice and Men by John Steinback

Rereading, John Steinbeck’s short novel, Of Mice and Men, is like revisiting a master at work. The opening scene presents the two characters in an idyllic backdrop of nature beside the Salinas River: George, a simple migrant worker, with his … Continue reading

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