Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Family. Fans of finely written historical fiction are those most likely to enjoy John Smolens’ novel, Quarantine. Set in 1796 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, the action revolves around the arrival in port of a ship carrying disease. The wide cast of characters allows readers to see the consequences of this sickness in many forms. Smolens uses the closeness of family connection to explore the range of behavior from profligacy to diligence and love. When I read historical fiction I want to feel like I can see and smell and hear the vibrancy of the place and time. Smolens brings this place, this time and these characters to life in an engaging and entertaining way. Rating: Three-star (Recommended) Click here to purchase Quarantine from amazon.com.

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