All posts tagged: Historical Fiction

Review: The Philosopher’s Flight

The Stats Title: The Philosopher’s Flight Author: Tom Miller Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 13, 2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy, Feminist Literature Trigger Warnings: Sexism, Sexual Language I received this The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller as a part of my Book of the Month club for February. The Review Robert Weekes always dreamed of joining the US Sigilery Corps’ Rescue and Evacuation Department. The only problem is, he would be the first male to ever attempt the feat. Determined to master empirical philosophy, a female-dominated branch of science, Weekes heads off to the all-girls Radcliffe college in Boston. When Robert arrives he learns he isn’t the only male at the school, but the only one with any raw ability for philosophy. With the help of his friends, Weekes battles sexist stereotypes to survive his Contingency year and to prove that he is worthy of (literally) flying with the best of the sigilwomen. With the Great War ramping up, the only thing that could potentially get in Robert’s way is the Trenchers, an extremist anti-philosophical group …

Review: The Alice Network

The Stats Title: The Alice Network Author: Kate Quin Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 6, 2017) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction Trigger Warnings: Abortion, Suicidal Ideation The Review In 1947, Charlie St. Cloud’s mother brings her to Europe for a “Swiss Vacation.” Charlie, however, has something else in mind. Haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her French cousin, Rose, during WWII, Charlies sets off to determine if Rose is still alive. With only two pieces of information – the name of a bureau clerk, Evelyn Gardiner, and the name of a restaurant in Limoges owned by a Monsieur Rene, Le Lethe – Charlie finds Ms. Gardiner. 50 years of age and a drunkard, Eve is nothing how Charlie expected. When Charlie informs Eve about Le Lethe, Eve is thrown for a loop. During the Great War, in 1915, Eve worked at Monsieur René Bourdelin’s Le Lethe, in Lille… as an undercover spy. The trio, Charlie, Eve, and Eve’s driver Finn Kilgore, a Scotsman with a criminal record, embark on wild goose chase across the French countryside …

Review: As Bright as Heaven

The Stats Title: As Bright As Heaven Author: Susan Meissner Publisher: Berkley (February 6, 2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction Trigger Warnings: Discussion of Death I bought As Bright as Heaven as a part of my January Book of the Month club box. Thank you to Book of the Month for providing us the option to purchase an early release copy of As Bright As Heaven. All opinions are my own. The Review A historical fiction novel surrounding the Great War and the Spanish Flu, As Bright as Heaven, is told in the perspective of a mother and her three daughters –  Paulina, Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa Bright. Thomas Bright, the patriarch of the Bright Family, has recently been offered a position at his uncle’s funeral home. Haunted by the loss of their baby boy, Henry, Paulina views living in the funeral home as a means to gain closure. The family packs up their bags to head to the big city of Philadelphia for a better life. The girls all have various opinions regarding the move; but, in a little …

Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

The Stats Book: The Heart’s Invisible Furies Author: John Boyne Publisher: Hogarth (August 22, 2017) Genre: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Literary Fiction, LGBTQA+, Fictional Memoir Awards: Book Of The Month Book of the Year (2017), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction Nominee (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction (2017) Trigger Warnings: Hate Crimes The Review If you have not heard of this book yet; then listen up. I quite possibly have found my favorite book of 2018. Yes… this novel was published in August 2017; but, for whatever reason (my wallet), it took me longer than it should have to finally read The Heart’s Invisible Furies. I am beyond thankful that I did. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a fictional memoir about Cyril Avery’s life. Told in the perspective of Cyril, the story begins in 1940s post-war Ireland. Cyril’s mother, young and pregnant with an illegitimate child,  is banished from her home parish of Goleen. With nowhere to go, she heads to Dublin to fix her situation with an ingenious plan – to give Cyril, upon birth, to a hunchback Redemptorist nun. This …