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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading