With a Book in Our Hands

Eighteen reviewers telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly

With a Book in Our Hands

Eighteen reviewers telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly

Category: Historical Fiction & Fantasy

February 24, 2021

Zahara and the Lost Books of Light

When Seattle journalist Alienor Crespo travels to Granada to apply for citizenship as a descendant of Jews expelled from Spain in 1492, she uncovers her own family story, along with a hidden treasure trove of medieval Hebrew and Arabic books, saved from the fires of the Inquisition.
With a touch of magic realism honoring the mystics of Andalusia, as well as an emerging romance entangled in mystery, this fast-paced novel is rich with conflict and suspense.

January 26, 2021

The Book of Uriel

Quite possibly the most UNIQUE WWII era book you will ever come across.
The Book of Uriel is a heartbreaking blend of historical fiction and Jewish folklore that will enthrall fans of The Book Thief and The World That We Knew.

December 26, 2020

The Garden of Promises and Lies

The Garden of Promises and Lies by Paula Brackston Publication date: December 15, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Genre: Historical Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy As the bustle of the winter holidays in the Little Shop of Found Things gives way to spring, Xanthe is left to reflect on the strange events of the past […]

October 31, 2020

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova Published June 1, 2005by Little, Brown and Company Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Genre: Historical Fiction, Gothic To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history…. Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to “My dear […]

October 24, 2020

The Paris Affair

The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap Published September 30, 2020 by Books Go Social Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult Marie Antoinette is facing hostility from the populace, inflamed by rumors circulated in pamphlets throughout Paris. The rumors claim that she has dozens of lovers, drinks the blood of poor people, holds satanic masses […]

October 20, 2020

Eli’s Promise

Eli’s Promise by Ronald H. Balson Published September 22, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Genre: Historical Fiction A “fixer” in a Polish town during WWII, his betrayal of a Jewish family, and a search for justice 25 years later—by the winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Eli’s Promise is a masterful work […]

October 7, 2020

When We Were Young & Brave

When We Were Young & Brave by Hazel Gaynor Published October 6, 2020 by William Morrow Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Genre: Historical Fiction China, December 1941. Having left an unhappy life in England for a teaching post at a missionary school in northern China, Elspeth Kent is now anxious to return home to help the war effort. […]

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