New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

October 24, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A dangerous legacy

October 23, 2017
Camden, Elizabeth, 1948- author.
©2017
339 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Lucy Drake's mastery of Morse code has made her a valuable asset to the American news agencies as a telegrapher. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Newly arrived from London, Colin is talented, handsome, and insufferably charming. Despite their rivalry, Lucy realizes Colin's connections could be just what her family needs to turn the tide of their long legal battle over the fortune they were swindled out of forty years ago. When she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, neither of them realizes how far the web of treachery they're wading into will take them.

The Rules of Magic

October 18, 2017
Hoffman, Alice, author.
©2017
367 pages ; 24 cm
"For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique ... From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle ... they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse ... The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy."-- Adapted from book jacket.

The last ballad

October 17, 2017
Cash, Wiley, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
378 pages ; 24 cm
Ella May Wiggins, a young mother desperately trying to hold her family together with the paltry nine dollars a week she earns from the textile mill two miles away, makes up her mind to join the labor union--a decision that will have lasting consequences for her children, her friends, her town, and all that she loves. Intertwining myriad voice, Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America--and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers"--Adapted from publisher information.

In the distance

October 17, 2017
Díaz, Hernán, 1973- author.
Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2017.
256 pages ; 21 cm
"A young Swedish boy finds himself in penniless and alone in California. He travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great push to the West. Driven back over and over again on his journey through vast expanses, Håkan meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend"--Provided by publisher.

Highland Promise

October 17, 2017
McLayne, Alyson, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2017]
378 pages ; 17 cm
"Darach MacKenzie vowed never to let a woman near his heart after his bride-to-be betrayed him, sparking a blood feud between his clan and the Frasers. With all-out war in the wind, Darach can't allow a woman to distract him again--not even a sweet and charming lass who desperately needs his help. When Darach rescued Caitlin MacInnes from the vile Laird Fraser, she vowed never to let men or misery rule her life again. She has a plan, and it involves leaving Darach and the MacKenzie clan no matter how safe and happy she feels. But when Laird Fraser shows up to claim what's rightfully his, it's too late. Darach will have to use all his brawn and brains to protect Caitlin--even if it means losing his heart"--Page [4] of cover.

A hunt in winter : a Joe Swallow mystery

October 17, 2017
Brady, Conor, author.
©2016
viii, 326 pages ; 24 cm
"First published by New Island Books, Ireland"--Title page verso.
"In Dublin, newly promoted detective inspector Joe Swallow's life looks to be taking a turn for the better. In addition to his promotion, he's settled into a comfortable arrangement with his landlady and paramour, Maria Walsh--that is, until his newfound peace is chaotically uprooted when a series of violent attacks against women lead to an outbreak of panic and fear. Swallow is drawn into the chase for a vicious serial murderer down Dublin's dark alleys, and things on the home front are about to change in an unexpected way"--From publisher description.

The indigo girl : a novel

October 16, 2017
Boyd, Natasha, author.
Ashland, OR : Blackstone Publishing, 2017.
342 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
"The story ... was based on true events and historical documents"--Page 335, A note from the author.
The story of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, who ran her father's plantation outside Charleston, South Carolina in the 1700s and struck a bargain with the plantation's slaves--teach her how to make indigo and she would teach them to read.

Homicide for the holidays

October 16, 2017
Honigford, Cheryl, author.
Naperville : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2017]
426 pages ; 18 cm
A hidden key that opens a drawer locked for the past eight years, a mysterious envelope filled with cash, and a threatening note... none of this is what rising radio star Vivian Witchell expects to find in her late father's office. But when Vivian stumbles into trouble, she hardly knows how to steer herself back to safety. With the handsome and maddeningly practical private detective Charlie Haverman at her side, Vivian spends the holiday season uncovering the details of the last weeks of her father's life, following a sinister trail of clues that leads her directly to one of the most notorious mob bosses of all time, Al Capone.

Canary Club

October 16, 2017
Ficklin, Sherry D.
©2017
297 pages ; 21 cm
"When life makes you a criminal, only love can set you free."
"Two worlds collide in this compelling story of star-crossed lovers in gritty prohibition-era New York. 'Bad Luck' Benny is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he'll do anything to make that happen--even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over his head--and worse still--falling for the one dame on earth he should be staying away from. Masie is the daughter of a wealthy gangster with the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free from the politics and manipulation of her father. A pawn in her family's fight for control of the city, and with a killer hot on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to burn them both."--Back cover.

For the winner : a novel of Jason and the Argonauts

October 13, 2017
Hauser, Emily (Fiction writer), author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
x, 349 pages : illustration, map ; 24 cm
Atalanta, the abandoned daughter of the king of Pagasae, disguises herself as a man to win a place on the journey to search for the Golden Fleece, but once she is discovered, she is left in the land of Colchis and forced to make a terrible choice.

Manhattan Beach : a novel

October 12, 2017
Egan, Jennifer, author.
©2017
438 pages ; 24 cm
Colored map on endpapers.
Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished.-- Adapted from book jacket.

The sapphire brooch

October 12, 2017
Logan, Katherine Lowry, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], ©2014.
696 pages ; 23 cm.
A Union soldier risks everything to save the life of Abraham Lincoln, while a Confederate surgeon races through time to preserve Lincoln's legacy. Which one will prevail? Which one will survive?

The orphan of Florence

October 12, 2017
Kalogridis, Jeanne, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2017]
viii, 324 pages ; 21 cm
"Giulia has been an orphan all her life. Raised in Florence's famous Ospedale degli Innocenti, her probing questions and insubordinate behavior made her an unwelcome presence, and at the age of fifteen, she was given an awful choice: become a nun, or be married off to a man she didn't love. She chose neither, and after refusing an elderly suitor, Giulia escaped onto the streets of Florence. Now, after spending two years as a successful pickpocket, an old man catches her about to make off with his purse, and rather than having her carted off to prison he offers her a business proposition. The man claims to be a cabalist, a student of Jewish mysticism and ritual magic, who works for the most powerful families in Florence. But his identity is secret―he is known only as 'the Magician of Florence'―and he is in need of an assistant. She accepts the job and begins smuggling his talismans throughout the city. But the talismans are not what they seem, and neither is the Magician. When Giulia's involvement with him ends with his murder, she's drawn into a treacherous web of espionage and deceit involving the forces of Rome, Naples, and a man known as Lorenzo the Magnificent. Accused of the Magician's murder, Giulia is pursued by the handsome policeman Niccolo, Lorenzo's henchmen, and foreign spies, and in order to survive, she must not only solve the mystery of the mystery of the Magician's murder, but that of her own past.

You were there before my eyes : a novel

October 12, 2017
Riva, Maria, author.
©2017
420 pages ; 24 cm
Sweeping and panoramic, You Were There Before My Eyes is the epic and intimate story of a young woman who chafes at the stifling routine and tradition of her small, turn-of-the-century Italian village. When an opportunity presents itself for her to emigrate to America, her hunger for escape compels her to leave everything behind for the gleaming promises await her and her young husband in Mr. Ford's factories. Determine to survive, and perhaps even thrive, young Jane finds herself navigating not just a new language and country, but a world poised upon the edge of economic and social revolution--and war. As Jane searches for inner fulfillment while building young family, the tide of history ebbs and flows. From the chaos of Ellis Island to the melting pot of industrial Detroit, You Were There Before My Eyes spills over with colorful characters and vivid period details. Maria Riva paints an authentic portrait of immigrant America and poignantly captures the ever evolving nature of the American dream. -- amazon.com

The vineyard : a novel

October 11, 2017
Dueñas, María, 1964- author.
New York, NY : Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017.
534 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published in Spain in 2017 by Planeta as La Templanza.
Mauro Larrea, swamped by debt and uncertainty, gambles the last of his fortune in a daring play that wins him an abandoned house and a vineyard in Andalusia de Jerez in Spain. He has every intention of selling the property and returning to Mexico. Then he meets Soledad Montalvo, the widow of a London wine merchant, who bursts into his life determined to protect her family's legacy. As his feelings for Soledad ripen into a consuming passion, Mauro seeks to restore the vineyard to its former glory, propelling himself toward a future that he never could have imagined.

Highland dragon warrior

October 10, 2017
Cooper, Isabel, author.
©2017
314 pages ; 18 cm.
"Legend claims when Scotland fell to English rule the Highland dragons took a vow: Freedom at any price. The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man. What he needs is Sophia. Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she'd learn to do battle, ride through the stars on the back of a dragon, or catch the eye of a Highland laird. But as her quest turns to sizzling chemistry and inescapable danger, she'll soon discover the thrill of being caught in a dragon's claws..."--Back cover.

Winter warning : an Isaac Sidel novel

October 10, 2017
Charyn, Jerome, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
288 pages ; 24 cm.
In the 1980s, former New York City police commissioner and mayor Isaac Sidel becomes president of the United States after the former president resigns due to corruption, but Sidel must evade assassins sent by a shady cabal of Swiss bankers.

Savage country : a novel

October 9, 2017
Olmstead, Robert, author.
©2017
293 pages ; 22 cm
September 1873. Elizabeth Coughlin, a widow bankrupted by her husband's folly and death, embarks on a buffalo hunt with her estranged brother-in-law, Michael. She hopes to salvage something of her former life and the lives of the hired men and their families who depend on her. The buffalo hunt that her husband had planned, she now realizes, was his last hope for saving their land. As they ride across the Deadline demarcating Indian Territory from their home state, Kansas, they're on borrowed time: the Comanche are in winter quarters, and the cruel work of slaughtering the buffalo is unraveling their souls.

Caught by the Scot

October 6, 2017
Hawkins, Karen, author.
©2017
371 pages ; 18 cm.
Dashing Scottish privateer Conner Douglas must marry a respectable, well-born woman; and soon, if he wants to secure his rightful inheritance. Determined to still explore the high seas as well as his mistresses' beds, he aims to find a pliable wife who'll turn a blind eye to his antics. And he knows just the woman, childhood friend and mousy spinster Miss Theodora Cumberbatch-Snowe. Unbeknownst to Conner, meek and plain Theodora has been hopelessly in love with him for years. But unwilling to wait forever for what will never happen, Theodora plans to wed a kind, if unexciting, local landowner, leaving behind the wild Highlander of her dreams. Yet Conner refuses to let his perfect wife get away. He chases her to Gretna Green and is shocked to discover the real Theodora is an ardent and wildly sensual woman. Soon he realizes his passion to win her has nothing to do with securing his inheritance and everything to do with earning the love of the unforgettable woman.

I, Eliza Hamilton

October 5, 2017
Scott, Susan Holloway, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2017.
444 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler was captivated by Alexander Hamilton, a charismatic, ambitious aide to George Washington. They marry and despite the tumult of the American Revolution, Eliza is confident in her brilliant husband and in her role as his helpmate. Publicly Eliza becomes an adored member of society, respected for her fierce devotion to Hamilton as well as her grace. Behind closed doors, she manages their household and assists her husband with his political writings. Through public scandal, betrayal, personal heartbreak, and tragedy, she is tested again and again.

The Scotsman who saved me

October 5, 2017
Howell, Hannah, author.
©2017
314 pages ; 17 cm.
When he comes to the rescue of Emily Stanton, a beautiful Englishwoman who should be his enemy, Scotsman Iain MacEnroy finds his life transformed in ways he never imagined.

This side of murder

October 5, 2017
Huber, Anna Lee, author.
©2017
289 pages ; 21 cm.
Lured to Umbersea Island to attend the engagement party of one of her late husband's fellow officers, Verity mingles among the men her husband once fought beside, and discovers dark secrets--along with a murder clearly meant to conceal them. Relying on little more than a coded letter, the help of a dashing stranger, and her own sharp instincts, Verity is forced down a path she never imagined--and comes face to face with the shattering possibility that her husband may not have been the man she thought he was. It's a truth that could set her free--or draw her ever deeper into his deception ...

The duke : a devil's duke novel

October 5, 2017
Ashe, Katharine.
©2017
398 pages ; 17 cm.
When a woman from his past arrives at his castle in the Highlands, demanding answers, Gabriel Hume, known to society as the Devil's Duke, embarks on a game of wit and desire with Lady Amarantha Vale to keep her from learning his darkest secret.

Caroline : Little House, revisited

October 4, 2017
Miller, Sarah Elizabeth, 1979- author.
©2017
367 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Maps on end sheets.
"In the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril--the Kansas Indian Territory. The pioneer life is a hard one, especially for a pregnant woman with no friends or kin to turn to for comfort or help. The burden of work must be shouldered alone, sickness tended without the aid of doctors, and babies birthed without the accustomed hands of mothers or sisters. But Caroline's world is also full of tender joys. In adapting to this strange new place and transforming a rough log house built by Charles into a home, Caroline must draw on untapped wells of strength she does not know she possesses. For more than eighty years, generations of readers have been enchanted by the adventures of the American frontier's most famous child, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in the Little House books. Now, that familiar story is retold in this captivating tale of family, fidelity, hardship, love, and survival that vividly reimagines our past."--Provided by publisher.

Dogs at the perimeter

October 4, 2017
Thien, Madeleine, 1974- author.
©2011
253 pages ; 21 cm
Set in Cambodia during the regime of the Khmer Rouge and in present day Montreal, Dogs at the Perimeter tells the story of Janie, who as a child experiences the terrible violence carried out by the Khmer Rouge and loses everything she holds dear. Three decades later, Janie has relocated to Montreal, although the scars of her past remain visible.

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