Kathy Piehl

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A Transcontinental Affair

Marred by stereotypes, including a derogatory term for a Native American woman, as well as improbable plotlines, Daynard’s (A More Perfect Union) novel may have limited appeal for die-hard fans of historical romances set in the frontier West.

The Glass Woman

Readers with a high tolerance for terror and despair or an interest in Icelandic history and lore are the most likely audience for this dark novel.


The Confessions of Frannie Langton

This dark, disquieting story may appeal to historical fiction fans with a penchant for the gothic. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/18.]

The Great Pretenders

Historical romance fans will benefit from some knowledge of the blacklist and early civil rights struggles. Film buffs will appreciate the many cinematic references. [See Prepub Alert, 10/29/18.]

Daughter of Moloka'i

Although Moloka'i is more compelling and complex, this sequel will be welcomed by readers wanting to know more about the family. [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/18.]

A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts

Fowler (Exposure) ably portrays the excesses of the Gilded Age but falls short in her avowed attempt to counteract Alva's reputation as an ambitious social climber. Expect high demand from fans of the author's Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and those who enjoy stories of the rich and famous. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/18.]

Silent Hearts

Highly recommended, especially for fans of Khaled Hosseini.

The Spirit Photographer

Readers seeking straightforward historical fiction may be taken aback by multiple narratives, overlapping reminiscences, and uncertain conclusions. However, they will find much to investigate and discuss in literary historian Varese's debut novel.

Winter Sisters

Oliveira blends mystery, historical detail, and courtroom drama in a compelling story that will please most historical fiction fans, especially those who enjoyed the previous novel. [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.]

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