Historical Novel Society

The Historical Novel Society Review: San Josef

Reviewed by Jeff Westerhoff, 2021


This novel is about a man who has committed atrocities during the war and tries to seek redemption. Monroe is an old man with nightmares because of “the killing of widows and orphans.” Sometimes he just wants to have someone put a bullet in his back, but first he “needed a place unhounded to set things straight.”

Descriptions of the landscape, especially Vancouver Island, permeate the story, which is rich in historical accuracy. The author paints a thorough picture of life on Vancouver Island at the turn of the 20th century.

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