Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Historical Fiction

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds tells the story of a family broken apart and healed by the Dust Bowl. A childhood illness left Elsa Wolcott sickly and weak, at least in her family's eyes. She was destined to stay single, living with... Continue Reading →

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane is a delightful coming-of-age story about a fourteen-year-old girl from a rigid and sheltered home who enters a completely different world when she gets a summer job as a nanny for a neighboring couple, the Cones, who are... Continue Reading →

All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis

All the Children Are Home is a story about a family, foster parents Dahlia and Louie, and the four children who stayed long enough to burrow deep into their hearts, Jimmy, Zaidie, Jon, and Agnes. The first three had been... Continue Reading →

Blue Desert by Celia Jeffries

Blue Desert tells the story of Alice George, a young woman who is abducted after a car accident and becomes a prisoner of some Tuareg tribesmen. She is safe and protected and falls into the rhythms of the desert and... Continue Reading →

Vera by Carol Edgarian

Vera is a fast-paced historical fiction about a young girl who is 15 going on 45 in many ways. She is the secret daughter of San Francisco's most infamous madam, Rose of The Rose and is being raised by an... Continue Reading →

Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten

Tsarina is a historical novel that tells the story of Catherine I of Russia. The arc of her life is amazing. She was born a serf and became the Tsarina of Russia, ruling in her own name for two years... Continue Reading →

The Inspector of Strange and Unexplained Deaths by Olivier Barde-Cabuçon

The Inspector of Strange and Unexplained Deaths is the first of eight French mysteries featuring Volnay, a man who was made the Inspect of Strange and Unexplained Deaths after saving Louis XV from an assassin. He is called to investigate... Continue Reading →

Snow by John Banville

Snow is a historical mystery set in 1957. Ireland has been independent for thirty-five years, but after centuries of occupation and years of civil war, the wounds of the past are fresh and deeply felt. It is a Catholic country... Continue Reading →

Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards

Mortmain Hall is the second Rachel Savernake mystery. Rachel, her staff, Jacob Flint the reporter, and her favorite Scotland Yard officer return to a very different story. Rachel warns a man he will be murdered but offers to save him.... Continue Reading →

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne is a historical mystery taking place in 1703 when colonization and exploration had sparked a mania for collecting from around the world. Sir Barnaby Mayne was the collector's collector. Few could indulge his furious collecting of... Continue Reading →

Don’t You Know There’s a War On? by Janet Todd

Don't You Know There's a War On? is a hard book to review. Ir is bracketed by a woman named Phyllis, a special friend of Maud, the daughter of Joan Kite, the diarist who writes down a bleak memoir at... Continue Reading →

Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang

Opium and Absinthe is a historical murder mystery featuring a heroine that is somewhat of a Cowardly Lion. She is timid in society and scared of new things and challenges. She's a reader who wants to be left alone, but... Continue Reading →

The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luess

The Key to Everything is a sentimental coming of age story. Peyton is fifteen when his father is injured in an accident and dies. All his life he has heard about his father's bike ride from Georgia to Key West.... Continue Reading →

The Cold Last Swim by Junior Burke

The Cold Last Swim is a strange and imaginative book. It creates an alternative history that imagines James Dean shot Ronald Reagan in an act of method-acting run amok. Was it accidental or impulsive or premeditated? There is a trial... Continue Reading →

A Bond Undone by Jin Yong

A Bond Undone is a picaresque adventure novel featuring two young lovers, Guo Jing and Lotus Huang. They travel around China, learning kung fu from the masters, saving people, getting saved. Lotus ran away from her father who is one of... Continue Reading →

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