Tag Archive: historical

Mar 06

Review: Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela

I enjoyed the lyrical storytelling style of this novel. It was wonderfully evocative of the setting, both the geography and the family environment. The family was fascinating with the complex network of relationships. I enjoyed the insight into the family’s everyday life as well as the deeper insights into the political situation in Sudan and …

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Sep 09

Book Review: The Blue-Eyed Aborigine by Rosemary Hayes

Summary (Walker Books Australia) Intriguing, hard-hitting story – first half is based on historical events, second half is fictional It is 1629, and there is mutiny in the air aboard the Dutch ship Batavia as she plies her way towards Java with her precious cargo. Jan, a cabin boy, and Wouter, a young soldier, find …

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Jul 02

Book Review: Mosquito Creek by Robert Engwerda

Summary (from Penguin Books website) Huge floodwaters have engulfed a remote Victorian goldfield, reducing the prospect of digging up a fortune from very slim to impossible, and adding disease to the many possibilities of sudden death in harsh conditions. As sickness starts to take its toll and calls mount for the rescue of diggers stranded …

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Apr 06

Book Review – Little Paradise by Gabrielle Wang

Little Paradise by Gabrielle Wang

Title: Little Paradise Author: Gabrielle Wang Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 978-0-14-301147-7 Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Romance Summary (from Penguin website) As Mirabel watched him, she could not bear the thoughts creeping up on her.  JJ was in the Chinese army and his mission in Australia would one day be over.  Then she would be just like …

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Mar 16

Book Review: To A Distant Land by Julianne Jones

To a Distant Land by Julianne Jones

Title: To A Distant Land Author: Julianne Jones Publisher: Ark House Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-92158-914-0 Genre: Christian Historical Fiction Summary (from author website) Wrongly accused and sentenced to seven years transportation, Katie Donovan is not the only one leaving behind everything familiar to travel to a distant land … On the journey Katie finds friends …

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Jun 08

Book Review – Darcy’s Passions by Regina Jeffers

Darcy's Passions by Regina Jeffers

Title: Darcy’s Passions Author: Regina Jeffers Publisher: Ulysses Press (385 pages) ISBN: 978-1-56975-699-7 Genre: General Fiction Grab: some smelling salts and a copy of Austen’s Pride & Prejudice for comparison I approached reading this book with some trepidation, the memory of Meredith’s experiences with Colleen McCullough’s The Independence of Miss Mary Bennett still fresh in …

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