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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

 

Baron by Joanna Shupe 4 stars
Christmas at Dove Creek by Scarlett Dunn 4 1/2 stars
Dance to the Devil's Tune by Adrienne deWolfe 4 1/2
A Date at the Altar by Cathy Maxwell 4 1/2 stars
The Earl by Katharine Ashe 4 stars
Hearts Aflame by Jill Hughey, Anna Markland, Catherine Kean, Nancy Morse 4 stars
The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman 5 stars
The Scottish Duke Avon by Karen Ranney 4 stars
Solitary Horseman by Deborah Camp 4 stars
Tempting the Earl by Rachael Miles 4 stars
While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan 4 stars
The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath 4 stars

 

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

 

A Date at the Altar by Cathy Maxwell 4 ½*
Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare 4 ½*
If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell 4 ½*
The Earl by Katharine Ashe 4*
No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke 4 ½*
The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel by Jennifer McQuiston 4 ½*

 

  

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AdC’s Guide for Historical Fiction Lovers

 

As we have seen with the multiple historical fiction novels we have read and reviewed, most of the literary opinions will agree that a general guide to a historical fiction novels is about the past from approximately 50 years or more. Depending on the author, depends on how in-depth the historical fiction shall be. Some authors have a historical setting and some authors do research and include historical events written within the plot. Historical fiction, other than the traditional historical novels have developed into several genres. Historicals can be ancient, medieval, renaissance, Victorian, regency, WW I, WW II, etc. Of course, many authors combine the subgenres, creating historical mystery romance, historical paranormal romances, etc.
 
Historical Subgenres:
 
Mysteries/Suspense: An historical fiction with a twist of mystery and suspense. 
 
Paranormal: Anything is game in an historical paranormal. Anything that has to do with paranormal activities is created with the historical novel. Many add a romance into the formula.
 
Romance: Historical romance is one of the most widely read genres by women. They can range from sweet amoureux to spicy erotica.
 
Sagas: These are usually written in a series of books that concentrate on a family and/or a group of friends over a period of time covering more than one generation.
 
Science Fiction/Fantasy:  Many would put time-travel in this category. However, the science fiction/fantasy genre is a normal genre of its own and adding an historical setting gives itself its own section for readers.
 
Time-travel: Time-travel historicals allow the author and reader to experience the best of both worlds. Most time-travel stories have a character finding themselves caught in a precarious situation, not knowing how they arrived to the world they have been sent. Some sagas have the characters comfortable with the time-travel and fully aware of how and why they go between different worlds.
 
Western: Historical Western novels focus on the American West in its settings including any Native American stories from the tribes who lived west of the Mississippi. 

 
 

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