Category Archives: Historical

Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King

The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 504 pages, 2004 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I loved loved loved The Other Boleyn Girl. Synopsis: In mid-sixteenth century England, two princesses are battling for the royal throne, along with the religious fate of the country. In her early teens, Hannah Green is sent to the royal court as a […]

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 661 pages, 2001 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: It’s just consistantly come up as a ‘must-read’ over the past few years, so I finally hopped on the bandwagon. Synopsis: The Other Boleyn Girl is set in sixteenth century England, where King Henry is growing weary as his wife, Queen Katherine, has […]

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 449 pages, 1997 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: I initially noticed this one at a used bookstore, but wasn’t really intrigued by the war setting. After I saw the movie, though, which I really liked, I changed my mind. Synopsis: America’s civil war has divided a nation in thought and on […]

An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in mass-market), 698 pages, 1997 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: Raves from a number of sources. Synopsis: A blend of murder, mystery, treason, love, and science, four men tell their side of a mysterious tale set in 17th century England in which motives for a man’s death are numerous and […]

Testament by Nino Ricci

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 456 pages, 2002 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A buzz book; I read Lives of the Saints for a high school English class and enjoyed it. Synopsis: A fictionalized account of the life of Jesus, told by four people – Yihuda, Miryam, his mother, and Simon, a Syrian […]

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 308 pages, 2001 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: Showed up on a lot of people’s best-of lists. Synopsis: A small village is struck with the plague in 1666 England, and is convinced by the town’s minister that they must quarantine themselves to avoid spreading it to other towns. Through the eyes […]

The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 304 pages, 1997 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: I enjoyed Chevalier’s previous books, especially Falling Angels. Synopsis: Told in alternating viewpoints of Ella, a 20th century woman who moves to a small town in France with her husband, and Isabelle, Ella’s ancestor of four centuries before, an outsider in her own […]

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 372 pages, 1999 Rating: 6/10 Reason for Reading: It generated a lot of love/hate opinions at BookCrazy, so I had to see which camp I fell into. Synopsis: An alternate look at the story of Cinderella, told through the eyes of a step-sister made out to be more an ugly victim […]