Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Stories with fictional characters and events in a historical setting. Includes Amish, Westerns, Cold War, Historical, Ancient History, Roman, Greek, etc. Also includes virtual history and alternative history.

Midnight on the River Grey by Wilson

Rebecca Hunter and her Aunt Joan have lost their home in London and are summoned by her new guardian Mr.Lewis Browning to his reclusive country estate Greybourne Hall. After her brother Jacob’s mysterious death, she is determined to prove Browning is responsible for his murder and see how hanged. He is known by the locals as the Midnight Devil.

Midnight on the River Grey
by Abigail Wilson
Thomas Nelson
July 2019

Arriving at the Hall, Rebecca finds Lewis is not what she imagined and his motivation is unclear. As she and Aunt Jo settle into their new life, she begins her plans to uncover the truth regarding Jacob’s death. Rebecca begins to have nightmares or spells as her mother called them. Her mother was quite mad and Rebecca is sure she will be just like her.

Working on solving the mystery surrounding Jacob’s death, she has little clues to go on. She is beginning to believe Lewis is innocence of murder and Jacob’s death was just a horrible accident. Then Lewis’s friend and solicitor, Mr, Drake, is found dead close to the bridge where Jacob died. Who is behind his murder and why?

Rebecca has found new clues and is sure Jacob is alive. She must find him and learn the truth. Only then can she reveal her true feelings for Lewis.

Will Rebecca be able to unravel the mystery that surrounds Greybourne Hall and find happiness ever after?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It covers a little mystery, intrigue, first love, and betrayal.

Highly recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Unconditional Freedom by Cole

Daniel Cumberland was born free in Massachusetts, but his dreams died the night he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. It is during the Civil War war and people of color are being sold into slavery even if they are free. Daniel is rescued, but he is a changed man. He has lost all hope and is sort of drifting. When he is asked to join the Loyal League, the covert organization of the Black spies, he seizes the opportunity for revenge.

An Unconditional Freedom
The Loyal League 3
Alyssa Cole
Kensington
February 2019

When he is paired with Janeta, a double agent, he is aggravated by her being headstrong and too observant. In the beginning he was not aware that she was a double agent, but soon learned she was working for the the Confederacy and funneling information back that was harming the Union Army. As they embark on the mission to intercept Jefferson Davis and thwart Europe’s meddling into the war, she has misgivings about betraying Daniel as she has developed feelings for him. Daniel wants revenge and plans to kill Davis. She wants to prevent this at all cost.

Will Daniel succeed in his mission or will he find another way to help the Union Army? Will Janeta come to realize her misguided loyalty to the Confederacy?

The book is a well-written story of the hardship that the people of the South endured during the Civil War, especially the people of color.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Ladd

Cordelia Greythorne, a widow, is Governess to five young children at Eastern Park. Their mother had recently passed away and now their father is fighting for his life due to a riding accident. Upon his death, she is informed by the attorney that their uncle is now the children’s guardian and she and the boy’s tutor are to take them to Penwythe Hall on the Cornish Coast. They are to live at the hall and continue their duties.

The Governess of Penwythe Hall
Sarah E. Ladd
Thomas Nelson
April 2019

Penwythe Hall is close to Cornwall where she lived with her late husband before his death. She had been evicted from her home by her mother-in-law and told never to return or there would be dire consequences. Now she is returning and hopes her in-laws will not learn she in the area.

Their arrival at the hall was not a pleasant one. Their uncle had not receive notice they were coming and that his brother was dead. After a rocky start they are soon settled into a routine that is comfortable for the children. Cordelia is beginning to feel comfortable about being so near Cornwell until the night of the Frost Ball where she is confronted by her brother-in-law. She has something they want and they are not giving up until they get it.

Her sister is dying and her brother comes to take her to the vicarage in Whitecross. After being gone for several weeks, Liam, the oldest son, has came to fetch her home. His Uncle Jac soon arrives at the vicarage looking for him. Liam is kidnapped by the Greythornes. Cordelia is to come to the beach and tell them what she knows or they will kill him. Well she and Jac be able to save Liam? Well the authorities catch the Greythornes in their smuggling activities? Will Jac finally declare his feelings for Cordelia?

This is the first book in the Cornwell Novels series introducing the Twetheway family. It is rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the allure of new love.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

In The Shadow Of Croft Towers by Wilson

Sybil Delafield is on her way to Croft Towers. She has been employed as companion to Mrs. Chalcroft. The coach is robbed by highwaymen and Sybil notice a tattoo on the wrist of one of the men. Finally arriving at her destination she is not given a very warm welcome. To her horror she recognizes o the robber. Should she say something or just ignore him? Mister Sinclair, the robber, is her employee’s godson and Lord Stanton’s heir. Just who is Sinclair ?

In The Shadow Of Croft Towers
by Abigail Wilson
Thomas Nelson
January 2019

Sybil is directed by Mrs. Chalcroft to deliver letters, in the middle of the night, to several people in the town. What is in these letters and could she possibly be a spy for the French who is at war with England?

When several of the people who had been on the couch with Sybil are murdered, she is more determine than ever to get to the truth. Is there anyone that she can trust?

Sybil had been educated at a very respectable institution. An unknown benefactor had been paying her tuition. Is Lord Stanton her benefactor and could he possibly be her father? Her main reason for coming to CroftTowers had been to find out information about her parents.

With murderers, smugglers and spies on the loose, no one in Regency, England is what they claim? Will Sybil learn who her parents were and who the traitor is?

The book is a well-written story of betrayal, a little mystery, smuggling and treason.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommended to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Castle on the Rise by Cambron

Ellie and Quinn are getting married in a small chapel. Laine and her daughter Cassie travels overseas to be in her best friend’s wedding. Ellie and Quinn have plans to restore a run-down Castle. Laine is recently divorced and trying to find her way. Laine agreed to accomplish the newlyweds to their home in Ireland. Quinn’s father had inherited a manor house and needed his help. Laine becomes completely enchanted with Ireland, the manor house and the rundown Castle

Castle on the Rise
The Lost Castle 2
by Kristy Cambron
Thomas Nelson
February 2019

It was the Abbey Theatre’s opening night performance of the Minute’s Wait and Lady Isode (Issy) Byrne was in attendance. Also in attendance is Padraig Pearse – leader of the Irish Citizens Army who later led the 1916 Irish Rising during Easter week.

Lady Maeve Ashford finds Eoin O’Byrne on her estate suffering from a gunshot wound and near death. With the help of her housekeeper she hid him and nursed him back to health. Maeve’s father is a strong supporter of the English. He would not be pleased with her housing an O’Bryne who is actually Pearce.

Izzy and the two Connolly Brothers fought with the rebels in their rebellion against England for their freedom. She was the photographer that took the pictures that later became history.

This book is the legacy of three women who had the courage to do what they felt was right.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Fashion Designer by Moser

Annie has a dream to one day have a Dress Shop where she sold ready made dresses to working women at a reasonable affordable price.

The Fashion Designer
By Nancy Moser
Shiloh Run Press
July 2018

Today is the day that Annie, Maude and Edna had waited and hoped for. They had quit their jobs and was starting out on a new adventure to make Annie’s dream come true of establishing a ready-to-wear dress shop for working women.

On a trip to Paris, Annie and her husband Sean had become acquainted with Eleanor and Harold Sampson who agreed to finance their adventure. Annie’s dream was to have simple ready-made clothes for the working class, but Mrs. Sampson had other ideals. She wanted fancy expensive clothes for the wealthy. When Annie didn’t comply with Eleanor’s wishes, their partnership came to an end.

Without funds how were they going to make their dream a reality? Help came from an unexpected source. Henrietta, Annie’s mistress when she had worked as a housemaid, had ran away from home and came to New York. After hearing about Annie’s money problems, she said she would finance her. Unfortunately Henrietta had little money and this too came to an end. They truly were out of money and no help in sight. All they had was prayers and faith that God would provide. Through personal and financial setbacks they kept the faith that God will provide. As always God did by placing the right people with the finances to help.

Today Annie’s dream came true. She opened the doors of Unruffled – Dresses for Unruffled, Unveiled, Unstoppable Women.

Everything is possible with God’s help.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The characters were very realistic and I felt their pain, despair and utter helplessness.

Highly recommended this book to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Freedom’s Light by Coble

Hannah Thomas is a young lady married to John. They take care of the lighthouse on a remote stretch of the coast line in Massachusetts. It is just the beginning of the Revolutionary War and John volunteers to go fight for his new country. Hannah’s world comes crashing down when she learned John has been killed in his first battle.

Freedom’s Light
Coleen Coble
Thomas Nelson
September 2018

Hannah is determined to continue John’s duties of maintaining the lighthouse and prevent ships from wrecking on the rocks close to shore. The work is hard and the isolation and loneliness is getting to her. She convinces her father to send her young sister Lydia, who lives in the South, for a visit. This may or may not have been a good ideal. Lydia is a Torry and really enthralled by the English soldiers. Hannah is a strong Patriot.

One dark and foggy night a British ship runs aground on the rocks and there is only one survivor – Captain Birch Meredith. He is injured and Hannah takes him into her home until he is well and able to return to his duties. The Caption, of course, is a Torry which causes Hannah a great deal of concern.

Everything is going reasonably well until Lydia invites Galen Wright, an officer in the British Army, and a long time friend of the family, to visit. Hannah is furious. She had a bad experience with Galen in the past and she was afraid of him.

Question: Will Hannah survive the War and find the peace and love she so richly deserves?

Ms. Coble has written an interesting story of a little mystery, a lot of intrigue and romance. Thoroughly enjoyed Hannah’s journey and highly recommend to all readers. Coble is a masterful story teller and will keep you guessing to the very end.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Griep

Johanna Langley is the owner of a rundown Inn named the Blue Hedge Inn in the town of Dover. Officer Alexander Moore is a member of the Bow Street Runners . Officer Moore is on an undercover assignment to locate the traitor or traitors to the Crown. His instructions were to take up residence at the Blue Hedge Inn, become acquainted with the Vicount’s daughter, propose marriage and arrest the traitor. Not an easy thing to do.

The Innkeeper’s Daughter
by Michelle Griep
Shiloh Run Press
March 2018

Smuggling in this town is taken for granted. Officer Moore is at a loss to who the traitor maybe and what his treason is. Does it have anything to do with smuggling or is it something worse. The innkeeper’s daughter is romance novel with an intriguing mystery that will keep you turning pages well into the night. Johanna is beleaguered by debts and deadbeat lodgers, a traveling band whose music sounds like a bunch of screeching alley cats and a landlord who is trying desperately to take away the Inn.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. This is the first time that I have read any of Ms. Criep’s, and was pleasantly surprised as how she brought all the characters together. You will be amazed at who the actual traitor turned out to be.

Highly recommend this book to readers which like well written romance/mystery novels.

Read it you won’t be disappointed.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Daughters of the Night Sky by Runyan

This book is about the role that women played in the Second World War.

Daughters of the Night Sky
by Aimie K. Runyan
Lake Union Publishing
January 2018

These women were pilots running midnight missions against the German army. They were highly trained intelligent women and excellent Pilots but received very little recognition. Without these pilots, Russia probably would not been as successful in defeating the Germans. Loved it!

5/5 Stars

From the publisher: A novel—inspired by the most celebrated regiment in the Red Army—about a woman’s sacrifice, courage, and love in a time of war.

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she’s dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

After years of arduous training, Katya is assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment—one of the only Soviet air units composed entirely of women. The Germans quickly learn to fear nocturnal raids by the daring fliers they call “Night Witches.” But the brutal campaign will exact a bitter toll on Katya and her sisters-in-arms. When the smoke of war clears, nothing will ever be the same—and one of Russia’s most decorated military heroines will face the most agonizing choice of all.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 86 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

The Crooked Path by Joubert

The time period is just before the start old WW2, during and after. Letty is young girl growing up with her friends in Africa. Her father is the town’s doctor. She hopes to take over his practice when he retires. Marco is a young man living with his family in Italy. He is in love with Rachel, a Jew. This is frowned on – a Jew and a Catholic. Never heard of such a thing.

The Crooked Path
Irma Joubert
Thomas Nelson
November 2017

Hilter and Mussolini have teamed up together to take over Europe, one country at a time. First on the agenda was the persecution of the Jewish people.

Fearing for Rachel and her family, Marco takes them to live in cave in the mountains. The cold and near starvation takes its toll on them and they lose one member of the family.

After several years, they are captured and taken to a German prison camp. They are required to do hard manual labor and given very little food. Many died daily. Maro had no way of knowing if Rachel is dead or alive.

The war finally ends and the remaining survivors are liberated by the Allies. Marco, near death from starvation and illness, is the only one of them that survived. He is returned to his family in Italy to either get well or die.

Marco’s heath isn’t improving. In fact, he seems to be getting worse. His brother, now living in Africa, persuades him to come to Africa where the climate is much warmer and drier than Italy. Letty, who has now become a renowned doctor, takes over his care.

The book was very interesting and well written. I could feel Marco and Rachel’s pain. Their dreams for a future, but the reality that it would never happen.

I like the book and recommend it to all readers over the age of ten.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.