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Arleigh Johnson has worked in the book industry for more than a decade and is the US Children’s & YA Review Editor for the Historical Novel Society. She’s an active member of the book blogging community with her websites Historical-Fiction.com and Royal-Intrigue.net. She has been reviewing books online for 10 years and with Historical Novel Society since 2011. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Georgia. Follow her on Twitter @histfic & @royalintrigue.

Fact and Fiction: Emma, Lady Hamilton

Emma Hamilton, celebrated mistress of British Naval hero, Horatio Nelson, is only a minor character in A Royal Likeness by Christine Trent, but made a positive impression on this reader. I could tell there […]

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Eleanor Hibbert: Letter about Jane Shore in The Goldsmith’s Wife

Just days after the announcement that confirmed Richard III’s remains were found, I received this correspondence (purchased from a document seller on eBay) between Eleanor Hibbert (Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Eleanor Burford, […]

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Edouard Manet and Impressionism

“Concision in art is a necessity and an elegance. The verbose painter bores: who will get rid of all these trimmings?” – Edouard Manet Edouard Manet is sometimes grouped in with the Impressionists of […]

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review: A Pemberley Medley

A Pemberley Medley by Abigail Reynolds This volume contains five short stories based on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice characters, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Some are continuations or alternate endings of the author’s […]

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review: Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her

Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her by Robert Stephen Parry A unique mixture of fact and fiction, this volume contains 14 short chapters on Queen Elizabeth I’s relationships with the […]

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review: In the Company of the Courtesan

In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant Inspired by Titian’s famous painting, The Venus of Urbino, this is the story of Roman courtesan Fiammetta Bianchini as told by her dwarf companion, Bucino […]

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review: Jane Austen’s First Love

Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James At the age of fifteen, Jane Austen spends a summer holiday with her elder brother at his fiancé’s home in Kent. Five families come together to celebrate […]

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interview: Syrie James on Jane Austen’s First Love

JANE AUSTEN’S FIRST LOVE by Syrie James is available for purchase today, August 5, 2014! My review has been posted on GoodReads and will be featured on Historical-Fiction.com tomorrow. Author Syrie James has kindly […]

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review: Heir to a Prophecy

*note: previously titled Thou Shalt Get Kings Heir to a Prophecy by Mercedes Rochelle Those familiar with Shakespeare’s Macbeth will recognize from this story the characters of Banquo, Fleance and the Three Weird Sisters. […]

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review: Darcy and Fitzwilliam

Darcy and Fitzwilliam A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer by Karen V. Wasylowski This Austen continuation explores the first years of Darcy’s marriage, while Colonel Fitzwilliam searches for happiness after the horrors […]

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review: Page from a Tennessee Journal

Page from a Tennessee Journal by Francine Thomas Howard Tennessee, 1913. Annalaura Wells is struggling to feed her four children after her husband takes their money and leaves without a word. Months pass as […]

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review, part I: Inglorious Royal Marriages

I’ve decided to break this into parts, since it’s a hefty book and I’d like to give an extensive review. Chapters 1 through 4 are included in this first part. Inglorious Royal Marriages by […]

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