2022 Reviews · historical fiction · new release · World War I

New Release Book Review: The Nurses’ War By Victoria Purman

Title: The Nurses’ War Author: Victoria Purman Published: March 30th 2022 Publisher: HQ Fiction – AU Pages: 608 Genres:  Fiction, Historical RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4 stars There is more than one way to fight a war…An extraordinary story of grit, love and loss, based on the true history and real experiences of Australian nurses in World War 1. ‘Heart-achingly raw yet… Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Nurses’ War By Victoria Purman

2022 Reviews · Audible · historical fiction

Audio Book Review: Violeta by Isabel Allende

Title: Violeta Author: Isabel Allende Published: January 25th 2022 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Pages: 336 Genres: Fiction, Historical RRP: $34.99 Rating: 5 stars One extraordinary woman.One hundred years of history.One unforgettable story. Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first daughter in a family of five boisterous sons. From the start, her life is marked by extraordinary events. The ripples… Continue reading Audio Book Review: Violeta by Isabel Allende

2022 Reviews · historical fiction · new release · World War II

New Release Book Review: The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

Title: The Little Wartime Library Author: Kate Thompson Published: February 22nd 2022 Publisher: Hachette Australia Pages: 496 Genres: Fiction, Historical RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4.5 stars A gripping and heart-wrenching novel set in London in World War Two, following the two women who run a secret underground library London, 1944. Clara Button is no ordinary librarian. While the world remains at war, in East… Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

2022 Reviews · historical fiction · new release

New Release Book Review: Dressed by Iris by Mary-Anne O’Connor

Title: Dressed by Iris Author: Mary-Anne O’Connor Published: February 2nd 2022 Publisher: HQ Fiction – AU Pages: 528 Genres:  Fiction, Historical RRP: $29.99 Rating: 4.5 stars A vivid, romantic story of Sydney in the 1930s Depression – the heartbreak, the glamour, the dark underbelly, the struggle towards a better day – and one young woman’s dream of designing her way from rags… Continue reading New Release Book Review: Dressed by Iris by Mary-Anne O’Connor

2022 Reviews · historical fiction · new release

New Release Book Review: The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

Title: The Kitchen Front Author: Jennifer Ryan Published: December 29th 2021 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Pages: 416 Genres:  Fiction, Historical RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4 stars Some wars will be fought at home . . . Two years into the Second World War, and German U-boats are frequently disrupting the United Kingdom’s supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a… Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

2022 Reviews · historical fiction · new release

New Release Book Review: The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont

Title: The Christie Affair Author: Nina De Gramont Published: January 25th 2022 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Pages: 368 Genres:  Fiction, Historical RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4 stars In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days. Only I know the truth of her disappearance. I’m no Hercule Poirot. I’m her husband’s mistress. Agatha Christie’s world is one of glamorous society parties, country house weekends, and growing… Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont

2022 Reviews · historical fiction · new release

New Release Book Review: A Mother’s Story by Maggie Christensen

Title: A Mother’s Story Author:  Maggie Christensen Published: November 2nd 2021 Publisher: Cala Publishing Pages: 286 Genres: Fiction, Historical RRP: $25.00 A lost child. A mother’s grief. A daughter’s journey. In Scotland, in 1941, as WW2 increases in ferocity, Rhona Begg goes against her parents’ wishes and enlists in the ATS—a decision that brings with it heart-breaking consequences. After the war, weighed down… Continue reading New Release Book Review: A Mother’s Story by Maggie Christensen

2022 Reviews · dual time frame · historical fiction · new release · World War I

New Release Book Review: The Secrets of Bridgwater Bay by Julie Brooks

Title: The Secrets of Bridgewater Bay Author: Julie Brooks Published: December 29th 2021 Publisher: Hachette Australia Pages: 400 Genres: Fiction, Contemporary RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4 stars ………………………………………………………………………………………… England, 1919: Rose and Ivy board a ship bound for Australia. One is travelling there to marry a man she has never met. One is destined never to arrive. Australia, 2016: Amongst her late-grandmother’s possessions, Molly… Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Secrets of Bridgwater Bay by Julie Brooks

2021 Reviews · Germany · historical fiction · new release

New Release Book Review: The Girl Behind the Wall by Mandy Robotham

Title: The Berlin Girl Author: Mandy Robotham Published: July 28th 2021 Publisher: Avon GB -HarperCollins Books Australia Pages: 416 Genres:  Fiction, Historical RRP: $29.99 Rating: 4 stars A city divided.When the Berlin Wall goes up, Karin is on the wrong side of the city. Overnight, she’s trapped under Soviet rule in unforgiving East Berlin and separated from her twin sister, Jutta.Two sisters torn… Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Girl Behind the Wall by Mandy Robotham

2021 Reviews · historical fiction · New Zealand · romance · Vietnam War

New Release Book Review: Loving Summer by Carole Brungar

Title: Loving Summer (Return to Nam #4) Author: Carole Brungar Published: September 2nd 2021 Publisher: Leanne Lovegrove Pages: 388 Genres:  Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance Rating: 4.5 stars Scott and Summer’s unforgettable love story will bring joy to your heart and tears to your eyes. It’s Christmas in the killing fields of Vietnam, and when Corporal Scott Taylor calls his men together… Continue reading New Release Book Review: Loving Summer by Carole Brungar