Book Review: The Year of the Snake by M.J. Trow and Mary Coleman

I’m slightly obsessed with Italy. I love the culture, history and most importantly, the food. My dream is to one day retire there but until then I have to make do with some short trips (next up is Turin in April!). So, when a book set in my favourite country comes my way, how can […]

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Book Review: The Caseroom by Kate Hunter

Hello and welcome to Joyful Antidotes, a historical fiction book review site. No, no, just kidding. All book genres are welcome here but I have been recently reviewing a lot of historical fiction. It’s just that there are so many great books in this genre out there. Including this one. The Caseroom* by Kate Hunter […]

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Book Review: The White Cross by Richard Masefield

Contrary to what might be popular belief, this is not a book blog focused solely on historical fiction. I’ve just been graced with some really nice books in this genre lately. Today, I have another but it is a bit different to the others I’ve reviewed so far. The White Cross* by Richard Masefield is […]

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Book Review: Eleanor’s Secret by Caroline Beecham

Eleanor's Secret by Caroline Beecham

Historical fiction has taken centre stage frequently here on Joyful Antidotes, what with The Woolgrower’s Companion and The Silk Weaver’s Wife. I’m going to continue along this vein but today’s review is one of my favourite threads of historical fiction – books set during WWII. Eleanor’s Secret* by Caroline Beecham tells the story of Eleanor Roy who wants […]

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Book Review: The Woolgrower’s Companion by Joy Rhoades

This is the email request I received for my next review: Reasons to ask you: 1. I love your reviews. 2. We’re both called Joy  3. You love histfic (esp. if well-researched (check – I am now mates with more historians than you can imagine); and reflective of its time (check, I’m told) 4. You love books […]

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Book Review: The Silk Weaver’s Wife by Debbie Rix

Hello. My name is Joy and I am a historical fiction addict. You too? Then stick around! The Silk Weaver’s Wife by Debbie Rix is split between 1704 and 2017. In 1704, we meet Anastacia, a young girl desperate to escape her controlling and violent father but who instead finds herself in similar circumstances after […]

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Book Review: What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean

What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean

Well, everyone, I did tell you I was on a bit of a historical fiction kick and this post is no different. Fans of Jane Austen will especially enjoy this one! What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean is set in 1813 and is based around Catherine Bennet following the marriages of her three older […]

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Book Review: Girl in the Castle by Lizzie Lamb

The Girl in the Castle by Lizzie Lamb

Hello! I’m back today with another piece of historical fiction. If you enjoyed the Gaelic vein of The Story Collector, I think you are in for a treat again with this one. Girl in the Castle by Lizzie Lamb is set in the Scottish Highlands. It centres around Dr Henriette Bruar who needs a place […]

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Book Review: The Story Collector by Evie Gaughan

The Story Collector by Evia Gaughan

It is always such an honour to have an Irish author feature on Joyful Antidotes. That may be a bit biased but I’m very proud of my country and our reputation as great storytellers. Galway’s Evie Gaughan is one of these storytellers and I’m excited to introduce this wonderful book to you. The Story Collector […]

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