Skea’s sequel – “A House Divided” is even better than “Turn of the Tide”

I’ll tell the truth, shall I?  I have been a bit annoyed with some of the historical fiction I’ve read recently.  It is my fault for choosing too many books with the storyline [...]

Of Scotland, Selkies, and Survival: The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford

I enjoyed this novel very much.  It’s Elisabeth Gifford’s first and she is a fine storyteller.  This one will sweep away the cobwebs and give you a look into the Scottish Island of Harris – wild, [...]

“Turn of the Tide” charts shifting currents of clan loyalties

It is hard to know where to begin, there were so many things I liked about “Turn of the Tide,”Margaret Skea’s debut novel about the feud between the Montgomeries and the Cunninghams set in 17th [...]

Interview with Scots historical fiction author Marie Macpherson

    Marie Macpherson is the author of “The First Blast of the Trumpet,” her first novel and the first in a trilogy about Scottish Reformation preacher John Knox.  Her novel, [...]

Compelling “what if” novel about the son Anne Boleyn might have had…

What if Anne Boleyn had not miscarried of her son and savior in the winter of 1536 and instead had given Henry VIII the son and heir for whom he was so desperate? Laura Andersen has written her [...]

Marie MacPherson’s debut novel makes John Knox likable

“The First Blast of the Trumpet” is the first of three novels about the life and times of Scottish Reformation preacher John Knox, brilliantly told by Marie MacPherson. The novel [...]

Mary Queen of Scots, CW’s “Reign”, historical accuracy and why I’ll watch anyway

Pity the poor writers and producers of CW’s “Reign.” It has not yet hit TV screens in the US, yet the network is already defending the dramatic license they have taken with the [...]

Rich characters, great plot – Gregory’s “The White Princess” is riveting

So good it trumps my all-time Gregory favorite, The Other Boleyn Girl!  The White Princess is Philippa Gregory’s latest novel in Cousins’ War series. Unquestionably her best book yet.  It is [...]

An accurate portrayal at the expense of empathy? The Forgotten Queen by D. L. Bogdan

I was keen to read a novel about Margaret Tudor, the feisty grandmother of Mary, Queen of Scots.  Unfortunately, I liked Margaret Tudor less at the end of the book than I did at the beginning. [...]

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