New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

August 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


July 31, 2015
Williams, Naomi J., 1964-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
315 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Reimagines the historical Lapérouse expedition, a voyage of exploration that left Brest in 1785 with two frigates, more than two hundred men, and overblown Enlightenment ideals and expectations, in a brave attempt to circumnavigate the globe for science and the glory of France"--Dust jacket flap.

The woman in the photograph

July 31, 2015
Gynther, Dana.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
322 pages ; 23 cm
"A deeply romantic story of glamor in both love and art, The Woman in the Photograph is the enchanting tale of New York socialite and model Lee Miller, whose looks and joie de vivre captured the eye of Man Ray, one of the 20th Century's defining photographers"-- Provided by publisher.

Malice at the palace

July 31, 2015
Bowen, Rhys, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
292 pages ; 24 cm.
Lady Georgiana Rannoch won't deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn't one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.

The great estate

July 31, 2015
Erwin, Sherri Browning, author.
343 pages ; 17 cm
1909. Sophia Thorne was young and inexperienced when she married the dashing Earl of Averford, and through dark and troubled times, their relationship nearly came to an end. Now she's determined to transform herself into the fiery, ardent lover she always wanted to be, giving them a second chance at love before they're lost to each other forever. It took nearly losing Sophia for Gabriel to realize he had allowed his love for his great estate to distract him from his beautiful wife. But that time is over. Despite all the obstacles standing in their way, Gabriel vows to teach Sophia what it is to truly love and to be loved by a husband devoted heart and soul to her every desire.

Enchantress of Paris

July 31, 2015
Jefferson, Marci.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
x, 319 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel of the Sun King's court"--Cover.
"The alignment of the stars at Marie Mancini's birth warned that although she would be gifted at divination, she was destined to disgrace her family. Nonetheless, Cardinal Mazarin brings his niece to the opulent French court, where the forbidden occult arts thrive in secret. In France, Marie discovers that her powerful uncle rules, using Marie's sister Olympia to hold the Sun King, Louis XIV, in thrall. Desperate to avoid her mother's dying wish that she spend her life in a convent, Marie burns her grimoire, trading Italian superstitions for polite sophistication. As her star rises, King Louis becomes enchanted by Marie's charm. Sensing a chance to grab even greater power, Cardinal Mazarin pits the sisters against each other, showering Marie with diamonds and silks in exchange for bending King Louis to his will. Disgusted by Mazarin's ruthlessness, Marie rebels. She sacrifices everything, but exposing Mazarin's darkest secret threatens to tear France apart. When even King Louis' love fails to protect Marie, she must summon her powers of divination. Fraught with conspiracy and passion, Enchantress of Paris is a captivating historical novel about a woman whose love was more powerful than magic"--Publisher.

The lure of the Moonflower

July 30, 2015
Willig, Lauren, author.
515 pages ; 20 cm.
Portugal, December 1807. Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower (formerly the French agent known as the Moonflower), has been stationed in Portugal and is awaiting his new contact. He does not expect to be paired with a woman--especially not the legendary Pink Carnation. All of Portugal believes that the royal family departed for Brazil just before the French troops marched into Lisbon. Only the English government knows that mad seventy-three-year-old Queen Maria was spirited away by a group of loyalists determined to rally a resistance. But as the French garrison scours the countryside, it's only a matter of time before she's found and taken. It's up to Jane to find her first and ensure her safety. But she has no knowledge of Portugal or the language. Though she is loath to admit it, she needs the Moonflower. Operating alone has taught her to respect her own limitations. But she knows better than to show weakness around the Moonflower--an agent with a reputation for brilliance, a tendency toward insubordination, and a history of going rogue.

The marriage of opposites : a novel

July 28, 2015
Hoffman, Alice.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
369 pages ; 24 cm
"Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle's daughter. But Rachel's life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father's business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France" -- provided by publisher.

If he's noble

July 27, 2015
Howell, Hannah, author.
330 pages ; 17 cm
"The Wherlockes"--Cover.
"For Lady Primrose Wootten nothing has been ordinary since her father the Baron died and his wayward family filled the estate with greed and treachery. Primrose knows if she can just track down her brother, he can send the odious relations on their way. But instead she finds this enormous, powerful stranger, and forgets entirely what she was doing in the first place. Sir Bened Vaughn isn't much afraid of a pistol. But he is a bit afraid of the woman holding it, who stirs up something so primal he's not sure he can shake it off. Vaughn is an honorable man, and he knows he has no right to desire Primrose. Yet he does have an obligation to help her, and as they learn more about her brother's disappearance, he realizes that means staying by her side...and wondering how much longer they can resist temptation" -- provided by publisher.

The devil's seal : a mystery of ancient Ireland

July 27, 2015
Tremayne, Peter, author.
338 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Originally published: Great Britain : Headline Publishing Group, 2014.
"Ireland, A.D. 671. An Anglo-Saxon delegation arrives in Cashel to debate the new religious rules that have been handed down from Rome. The Abbot of Imleach leads the Irish delegation, which is hostile to the new rules from outsiders. Among the Anglo-Saxon group is Brother Eadulf's own younger brother Egric, whom Eadulf hasn't seen for many years. When the debate quickly becomes acrimonious, a local abbess has to step in as a mediator between the two sides. But not even a day later her body is discovered, bludgeoned to death"--Dust jacket flap.

Death at Dovecote Hatch

July 27, 2015
Cannell, Dorothy, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2015.
251 pages; 23 cm.
Sequel to: Murder at Mullings.
"A Florence Norris mystery"--Cover.
Suspecting foul play when a mild-mannered villager is found dead, housekeeper Florence Norris investigates a surprise will that reveals dark secrets in the victim's family history.

Tremaine's true love

July 27, 2015
Burrowes, Grace.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015]
409 pages ; 18 cm
When he pays a visit to the Earl of Bellefonte, Tremaine St. Michael, an astute man of business, finds himself captivated by the earl's formidable sister, Lady Nita, who he believes needs his protection as she tends to the sick and the poor.

Villa America : a novel

July 27, 2015
Klaussmann, Liza, author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown, and Company, 2015.
426 pages ; 25 cm
A tale based on the real-life inspirations for Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night finds expats Sara and Gerald Murphy sharing freewheeling days, hosting parties and hiding heartbreaking secrets in the 1920s French Riviera.

A lady of good family

July 27, 2015
Mackin, Jeanne, author.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2015]
324 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers guide.
Presents a fictionalized version of the life of Beatrix Farrand, an American woman born into a wealthy family during the Gilded Age, who went on to become a famous landscape designer after being inspired by her visit to the Borghese Gardens in Rome.

Circling the sun : a novel

July 24, 2015
McLain, Paula, author.
366 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman--Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of the classic memoir Out of Africa"-- Provided by publisher.

The last summer at Chelsea Beach

July 24, 2015
Jenoff, Pam, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : MIRA, [2015]
373 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reader's guide.
Young Adelia Montforte flees fascist Italy for America, where she is whisked away to the shore by her well-meaning aunt and uncle. Here, she meets and falls for Charlie Connally, the eldest of the four Irish-Catholic boys next door. But all hopes for a future together are soon throttled by the war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home. Grief-stricken, Addie flees, first to Washington and then to war-torn London, and finds a position at a prestigious newspaper, as well as a chance to redeem lost time, lost family and lost love. But the past always nips at her heels, demanding to be reckoned with. And in a final, fateful choice, Addie discovers that the way home may be a path she never suspected.

The dog master

July 24, 2015
Cameron, W. Bruce.
416 pages : map ; 25 cm
Jacket subtitle: A novel of the first dog.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Thirty-thousand years ago, the fate of humanity rested on our ability to adapt to the last great glaciation, when ice stormed out of the north and forced us out of the trees and onto the steppes, where we were both hunter and hunted. Wolves, too, whose fortunes rise and fall with the health of the herds, could sense something different in the wind. When Silex, the young leader of the Wolfen tribe, brings tribute to a clever she-wolf, everything changes. The alpha wolf learns that in times of famine she can turn to man for food, a lesson passed on to her descendants"-- Provided by publisher.

The tournament

July 20, 2015
Reilly, Matthew, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
When the feared sultan of the mid-16th-century Ottoman Empire issues a chess tournament challenge to European royals, a young Elizabeth I accompanies England's champion, only to witness a brutal murder amid dangerous court machinations.

Uncertain soldier

July 20, 2015
Bass, Karen, 1962- author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Pajama Press Inc., 2015.
287 pages ; 21 cm
It is World War II. Erich, a young German prisoner of war who dislikes Nazism, and Max, the twelve-year-old son of German immigrants, become friends when Erich is sent to work at a Canadian logging camp near Max's town. But with a saboteur haunting the logging camp and anti-German feeling running high in town, their friendship puts them both in danger.

Dead man's reach

July 17, 2015
Jackson, D. B., author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
364 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Boston, 1770: The city is a powder keg as tensions between would-be rebels and loyalist torries approach a breaking point and one man is willing to light the match that sets everything off to ensure that he has his revenge. The presence of the British Regulars has made thieftaking a hard business to be in and the jobs that are available are reserved for Sephira Pryce. Ethan Kaille has to resort to taking on jobs that he would otherwise pass up, namely protecting the shops of Torries from Patriot mobs. But, when one British loyalist takes things too far and accidentally kills a young boy, even Ethan reconsiders his line of work. Even more troubling is that instances of violence in the city are increasing, and Ethan often finds himself at the center of the trouble. Once Ethan realizes why he is at the center of all the violence, he finds out that some enemies don't stay buried and will stop at nothing to ruin Ethan's life. Even if that means costing the lives of everyone in Boston, including the people that Ethan loves most"-- Provided by publisher.

The red collar

July 17, 2015
Rufin, Jean-Christophe, 1952- author.
New York, NY : Europa Editions, [2015]
158 pages ; 21 cm
Original title: Le collier rouge.
"In 1919, in a small town in the province of Berry, France, under the crushing heat of summer heat wave, a war hero is being held prisoner in an abandoned barracks. In front of the door to his prison, a mangy dog barks night and day. Miles from where he is being held, in the French countryside, a young extraordinarily intelligent woman works the land, waiting and hoping. A judge whose principles have been sorely shaken by the war is traveling to an unknown location to sort out certain affairs of which it is better not to speak. Three characters. In their midst, a dog who holds the key both to their destinies and to this intriguing plot. Full of poetry and life, The Red Collar is at once a delightfully simple narrative about the human spirit and a profound work about loyalty and love."--provided from

Courage in the little suitcase

July 17, 2015
Herzig, Andrea Angell, author.
xi, 168 pages ; 23 cm
"Based on real-life events, this is the story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising told through the eyes of its youngest survivor. All her life, Deborah's Mother has warned her not to open the door to the cedar closet at the end of the upstairs hall. But now Deborah, who has just celebrated her tenth birthday, decides she is old enough to explore the secrets of the forbidden closet. Tucked in among the ordinary hat boxes, blanket chests and garment bags, Deborah discovers a little suitcase. Opening it, Deborah realizes her true past and a pathway to her future. In Twenty-first Century America, people look back on the Holocaust and ask, "Why didn't someone fight back?" This historical fiction for middle grade answers that question by telling the true tale of some young people who resist the Nazis."

The midwife's tale

July 16, 2015
Parr, Delia, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, 2015.
332 pages ; 22 cm.
"Originally published by St. Martin's Press in 2002 as A Place Called Trinity."
"In 1830s small-town Pennsylvania, midwife Martha Cade's world changes when she faces tense relationships, a new doctor in town whose arrival threatens her job, a town scandal, and an unexpected romance."-- Provided by publisher.

The girl who wrote in silk

July 16, 2015
Estes, Kelli.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2015]
390 pages ; 21 cm
Inara Erickson's discovery of an elaborately stitched piece of fabric in her deceased aunt's island estate leads her to the century-old story of Mei Lien, and a difficult truth about her about her family.

Put up your duke

July 16, 2015
Frampton, Megan, 1964-
New York : Avon Books, 2015.
372 p. ; 17 cm
Honoring an arranged marriage to keep his estate afloat, the new Duke of Gage weds Lady Isabella, a beautiful woman who longs for independence, and discovers that none of his previous exploits were half as pleasurable as wooing his own wife.

Naked : a novel of Lady Godiva

July 13, 2015
Redgold, Eliza.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
xiii, 302 pages ; 21 cm
"We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don't know her true story. We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva's ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for 'peeping Tom') and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax. Naked is an original version of Godiva's tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice"-- Provided by publisher.

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