‘Bitter Greens’ by Kate Forsyth. A richly detailed retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale, weaving together the lives of three different women from the court of Louis XIV in Versailles to Renaissance Venice, this historical fiction is filled with dark magic and evocative descriptions. For lovers of fairy tales and historical fiction.
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The popular Outlander series has also been made into an award winning TV show. It follows Claire who falls through ancient stones in 1960’s Scotland and ends up in 1743. It is a highly enjoyable series with something for everyone.
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Charles Todd is a mother and son writing team with 2 main series set during and after WWI. My favourite is the one about Bess Crawford which employs all the elements of a satisfying mystery, with an absorbing plot and a charismatic heroine.
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Matthew Bartholomew is a physician in medieval Cambridge when the Bubonic plague strikes. In addition he must investigate some mysterious murders. An absorbing mystery with great attention to historical detail.
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