Book Review: My MacArthur by Cindy Fazzi

Today I'm travelling far across the world to the Philippines, and then onto the United States, for my next book review. Are you ready to join me? My MacArthur* by Cindy Fazzi is set in Manila in 1930 where Douglas MacArthur is the most powerful man in the Philippines, a United States colony. He’s fifty … Continue reading Book Review: My MacArthur by Cindy Fazzi

Book Review: Belfast Central by A.K. Amherst

Regular readers will know by now that I'm a fan of historical fiction. This time round I was lucky enough to be offered a great book set in Northern Ireland. If this is an area that interests you and you prefer your historical fiction to be more recent, read on. Belfast Central* by A.K. Amherst … Continue reading Book Review: Belfast Central by A.K. Amherst

Book Review: The Eyes That Look by Julia Grigg

I absolutely love Italy, not that I've never mentioned that in a blog post before... Today, I'm happy to go back to my favourite country to discover Venice, northern Italy and the art scene of the mid-sixteenth-century. The Eyes That Look* by Julia Grigg centres around young Francesco Bassano and his journey to find out why … Continue reading Book Review: The Eyes That Look by Julia Grigg

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

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 … Continue reading Book Review: The Caseroom by Kate Hunter

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 … Continue reading Book Review: The White Cross by Richard Masefield

Eleanor's Secret by Caroline Beecham

Book Review: 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 … Continue reading Book Review: Eleanor’s Secret by Caroline Beecham

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 … Continue reading Book Review: The Woolgrower’s Companion by Joy Rhoades

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