New Arrivals · All Fiction

September 4, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Truest

September 3, 2015
Sommers, Jackie Lea.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
377 pages ; 22 cm
"Westlin Beck's summer is turned upside down when the Hart twins move to town: aggravating, intriguing, and quirky Silas and his mysteriously ill sister, Laurel"-- Provided by publisher.

Vengeance Road

September 3, 2015
Bowman, Erin.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
327 pages : map ; 22 cm
"When her father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers--and justice"-- Provided by publisher.

Dream things true

September 3, 2015
Marquardt, Marie F., 1972-
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
346 pages ; 22 cm
Evan, the nephew of a conservative southern senator, and Alma, who lives with her large, warm Mexican family, fall in love, but when Immigration and Customs Enforcement begins raids on their town, Alma knows she needs to tell Evan her secrets, but how can she tell her country-club boyfriend that she is an undocumented immigrant?

Her lucky cowboy : a Montana men novel

September 3, 2015
Ryan, Jennifer, 1973- author.
©2015
375 pages ; 17 cm.
"Champion rodeo rider Dane Bowden is eight seconds from winning under the Vegas lights, one last hurrah before reluctantly returning to his family's Montana ranch. But his bull has other plans. When Dane wakes up, he's sure he's died and gone to heaven . . . because the doctor who comes to his aid is the same girl who saved his life and disappeared years ago. Bell would do anything for Dane. He's the fantasy that always kept her going. A child genius hidden away by her family, Bell was the secret no one talked about, the girl no one wanted. Despite finding success as a young surgeon, she's still the awkward girl who's never had a boyfriend. So why does Dane, a notorious playboy and sizzling-hot cowboy, insist on taking her on a real date? Bell is the only woman in Dane's heart. When a rodeo rivalry turns deadly, it's his turn to save Bell's life--because he sure as hell won't lose his guardian angel again" -- provided by publisher.

Violent ends : a novel in seventeen points of view

September 3, 2015
Hutchinson, Shaun Daivd.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2015.
338 pages ; 22 cm
Relates how one boy--who had friends, enjoyed reading, playing saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before--became a monster capable of entering his high school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates, as told from the viewpoints of several victims. Each perspective is written by a different writer of young adult fiction.

Firewalker

September 3, 2015
Angelini, Josephine.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2015.
337 pages ; 22 cm.
Back in her own universe and ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side, Lily finds she has more difficulties ahead than just keeping her magic hidden since Lillian, ruthless ruler of the Thirteen Cities, is determined that Lily will come back to the alternate Salem, no matter what it takes.

Jade Dragon Mountain

September 3, 2015
Hart, Elsa.
New York : Minotaur Books, [2015]
321 pages ; 25 cm
"On the mountainous border of China and Tibet in 1708, a detective must learn what a killer already knows: that empires rise and fall on the strength of the stories they tell. Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the Tibetan border, he is surprised to find it teeming with travelers, soldiers, and merchants. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the Emperor himself. When a Jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits. But Li Du suspects this was no random killing. Everyone has secrets: the ambitious magistrate, the powerful consort, the bitter servant, the irreproachable secretary, the East India Company merchant, the nervous missionary, and the traveling storyteller who can't keep his own story straight.Beyond the sloping roofs and festival banners, Li Du can see the mountain pass that will take him out of China forever. He must choose whether to leave, and embrace his exile, or to stay, and investigate a murder that the town of Dayan seems all too willing to forget"-- Provided by publisher.

The wake : a novel

September 3, 2015
Kingsnorth, Paul, 1972- author.
©2013
365 pages ; 21 cm
After his sons are killed at the Battle of Hastings and his family and farm are destroyed by the Norman invaders, Buccmaster leads a group of fighters on a quest of revenge.

A bright moon for fools

September 3, 2015
Gibson, Jasper.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, 2015.
350 pages ; 24 cm
"A Herman Graf Book"
"Harry Christmas is unable to cope with the death of his wife and has been bouncing from one bad decision to the next. After a terrifying assault by the son of a woman he has conned, he makes up his mind to leave the country. Now Harry Christmas is on the run. On a mission to track down his wife's ancestral village, Christmas arrives in Venezuela certain that his fortunes are about to improve. He's dead wrong. Soon out of money and luck, he is forced into yet more deceit--with devastating consequences for those he has fooled. Lost, drunk, and lurching across rural Venezuela, Christmas reaches the point of breakdown. He wakes up in a village at the end of the world. He is hanging by one leg from a tree. Inspired by the mighty Lola Rosa, he tries to crawl out of his spiritual abyss and find a way to live amongst these fishermen and farmers--but love isn't easy when you are a career liar still married to the dead. As the real trouble begins, can redemption survive? Published in the UK to great acclaim, A Bright Moon for Fools is a comic novel that is as funny as it is heartbreaking. Jasper Gibson's debut marks the arrival of a bold new voice in fiction"-- Provided by publisher.

Only a kiss

September 3, 2015
Balogh, Mary, author.
©2015
394 pages ; 18 cm.
Since witnessing the death of her husband during the wars, Imogen, Lady Barclay, has secluded herself in the confines of Hardford Hall, their home in Cornwall. The new owner has failed to take up his inheritance, and Imogen desperately hopes he will never come to disturb her fragile peace.

Game of queens : a novel of Vashti and Esther

September 3, 2015
Edghill, India.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xii, 386 pages ; 25 cm
The story of power and treachery, blood and deception, bravery and romance that surrounds the court of Ahasuerus and two of the most celebrated female heroines in all of history"-- Provided by publisher.

The desert and the blade

September 3, 2015
Stirling, S. M., author.
©2015
viii, 612 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"In his Novels of the Change, New York Times bestselling author S.M. Stirling presents 'a devastated, mystical world that will appeal to fans of traditional fantasy as well as post-apocalyptic SF.'* Continuing their quest that began in The Golden Princess, two future rulers of a world without technology risk their lives seeking a fabled blade... Reiko, Empress of Japan, has allied herself with Princess Órlaith, heir to the High Kingdom of Montival, to find the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, a legendary treasure of an ancient dynasty that confers valor and victory to its bearer. Órlaith understands all too well the power it signifies. Her own inherited blade, the Sword of the Lady, was both a burden and a danger to her father, Rudi Mackenzie, as it failed to save the king from being assassinated. But the fabled sword lies deep with the Valley of Death, and the search will be far from easy. And war is building, in Montival and far beyond. As Órlaith and Reiko encounter danger and wonder, Órlaith's mother, Queen Matildha, believes her daughter's alliance and quest has endangered the entire realm. There are factions both within and without Montival whose loyalty died with the king, and whispers of treachery and war grow ever louder. And the Malevolence that underlies the enemy will bend all its forces to destroy them. *Publishers Weekly (starred review)"-- Provided by publisher.

Dragon heart

September 3, 2015
Holland, Cecelia, 1943- author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
286 pages ; 22 cm
Where the Cape of the Winds juts into the endless sea, there is Castle Ocean, and therein dwells the royal family that has ruled it from time immemorial. But there is an Empire growing in the east, and its forces have reached the castle. King Reymarro is dead in battle, and by the new treaty, Queen Marioza must marry one of the Emperor's brothers. She loathes the idea, and has already killed the first brother, but a second arrives, escorted by more soldiers. While Marioza delays, her youngest son, Jeon, goes on a journey in search of his mute twin, Tirza, who needs to be present for the wedding.

Tipping the valet : a workplace mystery

September 3, 2015
Beck, K. K.
McKinleyville, California : John Daniel & Company, 2015.
205 pages ; 22 cm
"Affable young parking valet Tyler Benson, a master of bad timing, is accidentally involved in cases of auto theft and murder on the lot at Alba, an upscale Seattle restaurant. There's a body in a parked car, and someone shooting at tech zillionaire Scott Duckworth. Mysterious Italian beauty Flavia Torcelli and even Tyler's spectacularly unsuccessful dad seem somehow connected to the crime wave. The more Tyler tries to sort things out, the more the police are convinced he's the guilty party. Oh, and a collection of inept but homicidal Russian mafiosi seems to be after him, too"--back cover.

The sea keeper's daughters

September 3, 2015
Wingate, Lisa.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xii, 432 pages ; 22 cm
"From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt's WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny. Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina's Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney's estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney's only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?" -- provided by publisher.

Germanica

September 3, 2015
Conroy, Robert (Joseph Robert), 1938- author.
©2015
vi, 343 pages ; 25 cm.
"Best-selling alternate history master Robert Conroy returns to World War II, this time for a dangerous last stand of the Nazis in the heart of the Alps. GERMANICA, UBER ALLES! Deep in the heart of Europe's Alps in the redoubt called Germanica, Nazi propaganda master Josef Goebbels and a battalion of Nazi zealots hold out against a frantic final Allied push to end World War II. With Churchill losing his election, De Gaulle consolidating his rule over a newly liberated France, and Stalin asserting his own nefarious land-grab in Eastern Germany, only America, led by its untried new president Harry Truman, remains to face the toughest of Nazi warriors as they hunker down for a bitter fight to the last man. Goebbels knows that if he can hold out just a bit longer, the war weary of the Western nations will back away from unconditional surrender for Germany, and he and his zealots can remain in power never to answer for their war crimes, and able to prepare for the moment when their hateful Nazi ideology is ready once again to rise from its alpine grave and strike at the heart of humanity! But there are Americans and a few stalwart Europeans just as determined to put a final stake in the Nazi heart. It is now up to heroes in the making such as newly minted O.S.S. operative Ernie Janek, commando Captain Scott Tanner, and formerly enslaved Czech "Jew" Lena Bobek, to bring down the dark Nazi menace growing like a cancer in the mountainous heart of the continent. About Robert Conroy's Rising Sun: "Conroy extrapolates a new and militarily plausible direction for WWII. A thrilling adventure."--Booklist About Robert Conroy's Himmler's War: "[Conroy] adds a personal touch to alternate history by describing events through the eyes of fictional characters serving on the front lines. VERDICT: Historical accuracy in the midst of creative speculation makes this piece of alternate history believable."-Library Journal About Red Inferno: 1945 "An ensemble cast of fictional characters. and historical figures powers the meticulously researched story line with diverse accounts of the horrors of war, making this an appealing read for fans of history and alternate history alike."--Publishers Weekly "[E]ngrossing and grimly plausible.the suspense holds up literally to the last page."--Booklist About 1945: " moving and thought-provoking."--Publishers Weekly "Realistic."--Booklist About 1942: ".fans of Tom Clancy and Agent Jack Bauer should find a lot to like here."--Publishers Weekly "A significant writer of alternate history turns here to the popular topic of Pearl Harbor, producing. this rousing historical action tale."--Booklist "A high-explosive what-if, with full-blooded characters."--John Birmingham, bestselling author of Without Warning About 1901: ".cleverly conceived.Conroy tells a solid what-if historical."--Publishers Weekly ". likely to please both military history and alternative history buffs."--Booklist"-- Provided by publisher.

Maternity leave

September 3, 2015
Halpern, Julie, 1975-
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin's Press, [2015]
276 pages ; 22 cm
"The profane, profound and just plain funny story of a professional woman who thinks she's ready for a baby but her maternity leave proves otherwise. Thirty six year old Annie Schwartz-Jensen is a middle school teacher on maternity leave-a time she imagined as uninterrupted, blissful bonding with her baby. Instead she is dealing with her body leaking from every possible orifice, a baby who won't sleep, a husband who still wants to have sex with her (is he nuts??), single friends who are clueless, and a mother who picked now to take a vacation. The only people who REALLY understand Annie are the wonderful people she spends sleepless nights with on QVC: Keep those velveteen table runners and non-jiggle stretch pants coming! As Annie navigates life with her new baby, she realizes that not all Mommies are created equal. But she is determined to find her way, love her baby, her husband, herself--even if she has to wear nipple protectors for the rest of her child-bearing life"-- Provided by publisher.

Still time : a novel

September 3, 2015
Hegland, Jean, author.
©2015
233 pages ; 24 cm
"From the author of Into the Forest, a moving novel about memory, Shakespeare's green worlds, and the power of reconciliation. Until John Wilson met the warm, wise woman who became his fourth wife, the object of his most intense devotion had always been the work of William Shakespeare. From his feat of memorizing Romeo and Juliet and half a dozen other plays as a student to his evangelical zeal as a professor, John's faith in the Bard has shaped his life. But now his mental powers have been diminished by dementia, and his wife has reluctantly moved him to a residential care facility. Even there, as he struggles to understand what's going on around him, John's knowledge of the plays helps him make sense of his fractured world. Yet, when his only child, Miranda-with whom he has not spoken since a devastating misunderstanding a decade ago-comes to visit, John begins to question some of his deepest convictions. In his devotion to Shakespeare, did he lose his way? Did he wrong the child who wronged him? The story of an imperfect father and a wounded daughter's efforts to achieve some authentic connection even now, Still Time celebrates redemption and the gift of second chances. It is that rare novel that ends on a resounding note of hope, reminding us that there is always time to live fully and love deeply, so long as we are alive. "-- Provided by publisher.

Break your heart

September 3, 2015
Helms, Rhonda, author.
New York : Kensington Books, 2015.
234 pages ; 21 cm
Fearless and flirtatious, Megan Porter isn't your typical math major. On the fast track to graduating with honors, a spot in her school's masters program is nearly guaranteed. But her senior year is quickly turned upside-down by her new thesis advisor, cryptography professor Dr. Nick Muramoto. Young, effortlessly good-looking, and intellectual, he's far more intriguing than the immature jocks Megan usually goes for. And as she decodes the hidden messages he leaves in the margins of her assignments and in their emails, she realizes this might be more than a schoolgirl crush--especially after they share a passionate kiss... Soon Nick and Megan grow closer, and their different worlds begin to merge. But if their relationship is discovered, Nick's career could be over. With Megan's parents close to campus on business, hiding their love becomes an even greater challenge. Yet keeping secrets will lead Megan to discover hers is just one piece in a much larger puzzle--next to her mother's stash of painkillers--that may put her carefully laid plans for the future in jeopardy.

Archangel's enigma

September 3, 2015
Singh, Nalini, 1977- author.
New York : Jove Books, 2015.
371 pages ; 17 cm.
"Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required--those more common to predatory animals than to man. Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets is fascinated by his nature--at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it's too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows ... and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare"-- provided by publisher.

Texas thunder

September 3, 2015
Raye, Kimberly, author.
[New York] : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2015.
280 pages ; 18 cm.
"A rebel moonshine novel"--Cover.
"The most infamous moonshiners in Lone Star history, the Tuckers and the Sawyers have been feuding for over a hundred years. Sure, the days of buckshot and bloodshed are long gone, but it's not over yet. To save the family business, Callie Tucker has to find the recipe for the legendary Texas Thunder moonshine. But first she'll need to make a devil's bargain--with a red-hot hellraiser named Brett Sawyer. A Sawyer through and through, Brett was raised to never trust a Tucker--especially one as pretty as Callie. But desperate times call for desperate measures. With his ranch going bankrupt, Brett agrees to help Callie find the recipe, sell the rights, and split the profits. Of course, it won't be easy for these two enemies to work together. But it's even harder to ignore the sparks of attraction--when just one kiss delivers a kick stronger than any swig of moonshine"-- provided by publisher.

Night's surrender

September 3, 2015
Ashley, Amanda.
New York, New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
345 p. ; 17 cm.
"Children of the night"--Cover.
Born the only human child in a centuries-old family of vampires, aspiring actress Abbey Marie Cordova is determined to remain mortal until she meets mysterious Niklaus Desanto, a vampire and the only man who has ever made her feel so beautiful, so cherished and so passionately desire.

Allegiance : a novel

September 3, 2015
Roosevelt, Kermit, 1971- author.
New York : Regan Arts, 2015.
392 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Serving as a Supreme Court law clerk during World War II, Caswell "Cash" Harrison investigates the suspicious death of a colleague that may be related to the debate within the U.S. government surrounding the imprisonment of thousands of Japanese Americans.

Amber smoke

September 3, 2015
Cast, Kristin, author.
New York : Diversion Publishing, 2015.
250 pages ; 22 cm
When the cage of the damned is open, the Furies send their only son, Alek, to try to bring those souls back. Meanwhile Eva hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.

Your perfect life : a novel

September 3, 2015
Fenton, Liz, author.
New York : Washington Square Press, 2014.
287 pages ; 22 cm
Includes readers club guide.
"Washington Square Press fiction original trade."
"Sometimes, you to have to walk a mile in someone else's shoes to see what's in her heart. Best friends since childhood, Casey and Rachel couldn't lead more different lives. While workaholic Casey rubs elbows with celebrities daily as the host of Gossip TV and comes home nightly to an empty high-rise apartment, stay-at-home mom Rachel juggles an oops baby, two fiery teenagers and a husband who only physically resembles the man she fell in love with two decades before. After an argument at their twentieth high school reunion, they each throw back a shot to get the night back on track. Instead, they get a life-changing hangover. Waking up in each other's bodies the next morning, they must figure out how to navigate their altered realities. Rachel is forced to face the broadcasting dreams she gave up when she got pregnant in college and Casey finally steps out of the spotlight to face the real reason why she's alone. They'll soon discover they don't know themselves--or their best friend--nearly as well as they thought they did" -- Provided by publisher.

The annihilation score

September 3, 2015
Stross, Charles, author.
New York : Ace Books, 2015.
x, 401 pages ; 24 cm.
"Mo's latest assignment is to assist the police in containing an unusual outbreak: ordinary citizens suddenly imbued with extraordinary abilities of the superpowered kind. Unfortunately these people prefer playing super-pranks instead of performing super-heroics"-- Provided by publisher.

The Amish bride

September 3, 2015
Miller, Emma, author.
New York, NY : Harlequin, 2015.
247 p. ; 17 cm.
"Ellen Beachey's dreams of being a devoted Amish wife and mother are finally within her reach. But she didn't expect she'd have to choose between two brothers. Golden-haired Micah has a heart filled with adventure and a ready smile. Serious but gentle elder brother Neziah is a devoted and caring father of two. But Ellen and Neziah share a heartbreaking past that might prevent any hope of a future. Ellen never imagined an arranged union as a way to find true love. She wants to be loyal to her family, but she needs to follow her heart...if only she can figure out what it wants."--Page [4] of cover.

Made with love

September 3, 2015
Goyer, Tricia.
Eugene Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2015]
345 pages ; 22 cm.

Playing to win

September 3, 2015
Burton, Jaci, author.
New York : Heat, 2012.
308 p. ; 21 cm.
Football star Cole Riley parties hard and fights harder, but if he doesn't clean up his act, his career is over. Cole reluctantly agrees to work with image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks, but he's not used to being told what to do, especially by some (admittedly hot) Southern belle. As for Savannah, she's not convinced she can transform this cocky (and aggressively sexy) force of nature. But she's determined to give it her best shot. If she can turn off the tingle she feels every time Cole gives her a hot stare with his gorgeous baby blues, he can turn off his desire as well. But for two people determined to have it all, a hands-off policy can only last so long before one of them yields.

Viper : no resurrection for Commissario Ricciardi

September 3, 2015
De Giovanni, Maurizio, 1958- author.
©2012
325 pages ; 21 cm
Springtime proffers fragrant temptations to the men and women of Naples. But evil also lurks in the sweet-smelling spring air. It is one week before Easter, Naples, 1932. At the high-class brothel in the center of town known as Paradiso, Viper, the most famous prostitute of all, is found dead. Suffocated with a pillow. Her last client swears that when he left her she was alive and well. But when her next client arrived, he found her dead. Who killed her and why? Ricciardi has to untangle a complex knot of greed, frustration, jealousy and rancor in order to solve the riddle of Viper's death. As he does so, he will discover no end of conflicting emotions just beneath the surface of a city that lives on passion.

The shepherd's crown

September 3, 2015
Pratchett, Terry, author.
©2015
276 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Tiffany Aching adventure"--Jacket.
Tiffany must gather all the witches to prepare for a fairy invasion.

The shadow behind the stars

September 2, 2015
Hahn, Rebecca, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
240 pages ; 22 cm
Chloe, Serena, and Xinot, the Fates, live on a secluded island spinning, measuring, and cutting the threads of human life but when Aglaia, a mortal, finds them Chloe must try to keep her sisters from getting attached to the girl and involved in her dark fate that could unravel the world.

Whippoorwill

September 2, 2015
Monninger, Joseph, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
275 pages ; 22 cm
In rural New Hampshire, sixteen-year-old Clair Taylor and her neighbor, eighteen-year-old Danny Stewart, fall into an unlikely relationship as they work together to save Wally, a loveable but mistreated dog kept chained in a junk-filled yard by Danny's cruel father.

Secondhand souls

September 2, 2015
Moore, Christopher, 1957- author.
©2015
335 pages ; 24 cm
"Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone, or something, is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He's trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall "meat puppet" waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host." - Publisher

Vivian Apple needs a miracle

September 2, 2015
Coyle, Katie, author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
296 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Vivian Apple at the end of the world.
"The predicted Rapture was faked by Pastor Frick's Church of America and 3,000 Believers are now missing or dead. Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple and her best friend Harpreet are revolutionaries, determined to expose the Church's diabolical power grab...and to locate Viv's missing heartthrob Peter Ivey"-- Provided by publisher.

Best boy : a novel

September 2, 2015
Gottlieb, Eli, 1956- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
248 pages : map ; 25 cm
A middle-aged autistic resident of a therapeutic community where he was sent as a young child rebels against changes in his environment by attempting to return to a family home and younger sibling he only partially remembers.

When a Scot ties the knot

September 2, 2015
Dare, Tessa, author.
New York : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
376 pages ; 18 cm
"Avon Books historical romance" -- spine.
"On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy, pretty, and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart. A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter . . . and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely. Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep--handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He's wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters . . . and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep" -- provided by publisher.

Don't fail me now

September 2, 2015
LaMarche, Una, author.
[New York] : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2015]
273 pages ; 22 cm
Interracial half-siblings come together for the first time and embark on a cross-country road trip to confront their absentee father before he dies.

Your voice is all I hear

September 2, 2015
Scheier, Leah.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2015]
328 pages ; 21 cm
"When her only friend transfers to a different high school, April braces for the worst year of her life, until she meets a charismatic boy named Jonah, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia. When his health declines, April must make an impossible choice: stick with the boy she loves or let him go so they can both heal"-- Provided by publisher.

Smoked

September 2, 2015
Mancusi, Mari.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2015]
368 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Shattered.
"When Team Dragon finally rescues Emmy--now a full-grown dragon--they think the future is safe. Until Emmy reveals a secret: she's laid two dragon eggs, and her offspring may bring about the fiery apocalypse they've all fought so hard to prevent"-- Provided by publisher.

Everything, everything

September 2, 2015
Yoon, Nicola, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more"-- Provided by publisher.

The burying ground : a Thaddeus Lewis mystery

September 2, 2015
Kellough, Janet, author.
Toronto : Dundurn, [2015]
286 pages ; 18 cm.
"Someone is digging up the graves at the Strangers' Burying Ground in Toronto--the final resting place of criminals, vagrants, indigents, and alcoholics--and the only person who seems to care is the sexton, Morgan Spicer. The authorities are unconcerned; after all, for years the growing village of Yorkville has been clamouring to have the bodies moved and the Burying Ground closed. The distraught Spicer enlists the aid of his old friend Thaddeus Lewis, who has unexpectedly returned to preaching on the Yonge Street Circuit. The graveyard's secrets lead Lewis and his son Luke into the hidden heart of 1851 Toronto where they discover a trail of corruption and blackmail tied to an old sexual scandal and a dangerous enemy intent on vengeance." -- Provided by publisher.

Girl waits with gun

September 2, 2015
Stewart, Amy, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
408 pages ; 24 cm
Living in virtual isolation years after the revelation of a painful family secret, Constance Kopp is terrorized by a belligerent silk factory owner and fights back in ways outside the norm for early twentieth-century women.

Did you ever have a family

September 2, 2015
Clegg, Bill, author.
©2015
293 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter's fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke--her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor. Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak. From the couple running a motel on the Pacific Ocean where June eventually settles into a quiet half-life, to the wedding's caterer whose bill has been forgotten, to Luke's mother, the shattered outcast of the town--everyone touched by the tragedy is changed as truths about their near and far histories finally come to light" -- provided by publisher.

The gates of Evangeline

September 2, 2015
Young, Hester, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
407 pages ; 24 cm
"When New York journalist and recently bereaved mother Charlotte "Charlie" Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children--visions of injured children, dead children--she's sure that she's lost her mind. Yet these are not the nightmares of a grieving parent, she soon realizes. They are messages and warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees, if only she can make sense of them. After a little boy in a boat appears in Charlie's dreams asking for her help, Charlie finds herself entangled in a thirty-year-old missing-child case that has never ceased to haunt Louisiana's prestigious Deveau family. Armed with an invitation to Evangeline, the family's sprawling estate, Charlie heads south, where new friendships and an unlikely romance bring healing. But as she uncovers long-buried secrets of love, money, betrayal, and murder, the facts begin to implicate those she most wants to trust--and her visions reveal an evil closer than she could've imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

Is fat Bob dead yet? : a novel

September 2, 2015
Dobyns, Stephen, 1941- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2015]
351 pages ; 24 cm
Witnessing a gruesome motorcycle accident in the seaport city of New London, Connecticut, newcomer Connor Raposo sees a strangely familiar man with an Elvis haircut at the scene and is embroiled in a small-time con operation.

Hollow man

September 2, 2015
Pryor, Mark, 1967- author.
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
271 pages ; 21 cm
Dominic is a prosecutor, a musician, and an Englishman living in Texas. He's also a psychopath.

The gilded hour

September 2, 2015
Donati, Sara, 1956- author.
©2015
viii, 741 pages ; 24 cm
The year is 1883, and in New York City, it's a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie--both graduates of the Woman's Medical School--treat the city's most vulnerable, even if doing so may put everything they've strived for in jeopardy. Anna's work has placed her in the path of four children who have lost everything, just as she herself once had. Faced with their helplessness, Anna must make an unexpected choice between holding on to the pain of her past and letting love into her life. For Sophie, an obstetrician and the orphaned daughter of free people of color, helping a desperate young mother forces her to grapple with the oath she took as a doctor--and thrusts her and Anna into the orbit of Anthony Comstock, a dangerous man who considers himself the enemy of everything indecent and of anyone who dares to defy him.

The blue between sky and water : a novel

September 2, 2015
Abulhawa, Susan.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2015.
293 pages ; 22 cm
"There was a time when they lived in the village of Beit Daras, and the sun was hot and the earth was rich. There were ruins dating back to the Crusades; now their homes, too, are ruins, and they are refugees in the small strip of Gaza. And yet, when young Khaled dies, and moves on to the afterlife, it is back in Beit Daras that he finds himself. And from here he may slip through history, watching the continuing the story of his matriarchal family. He sees his grandmother, Nazmiyeh, once the prettiest, baddest girl in the town, the eternal ringleader. The other girls felt she hung the sky. He sees his mother, Alwan, who loves quietly and strongly, and who sustains the family through her embroidery work, stitching the stars and moon in place. He sees the great-aunts and cousins, and his sunny little sister, Rhet Shel. Finally, there is the branch of the family that moves to Kuwait, and then to America, where Nur, his mother's cousin, begins to lose herself. She will return to Mediterranean shores to find her past, and rediscover the ties of kinship that transcend distance and even death. Born of the violent, troubling history which continues to rage forth and claim its dead, The Blue Between Sky and Water is very much a novel of survival, and of the vivid, powerful women whose world they manage, with each day, to enlarge and to enliven"--Publisher.

The story of the lost child

September 2, 2015
Ferrante, Elena, author.
New York : Europa Editions, 2015.
473 pages ; 21 cm
"[This is the tale] of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery uncontainable Lila. In this book, both are adults; life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship, examined in its every detail over the course of four books, remains the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up—a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Yet somehow this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, unforgettable! Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, this story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty. Lila and Elena clash, drift apart, reconcile, and clash again, in the process revealing new facets of their friendship."--Provided by publisher.

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