New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

July 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

In the presence of evil / Tania Bayard.

July 19, 2018
Bayard, Tania, author.
London : Severn House Publishers, 2018.
231 pages ; 22 cm.
"Paris, 1393. Scribe Christine de Pizan dreads going to the palace to work, where people believe the mad king can be cured with magic. But a certain spell book leaves murdered bodies in its wake. Then Hugues de Precy is murdered and his wife, Alix, is blamed. Can Christine prove Alix's innocence and save her from being burned at the stake?"--Publisher's description.

The best of intentions

July 19, 2018
Mason, Susan Anne, author.
©2018
349 pages ; 22 cm
"In the aftermath of World War I, Grace hopes to reclaim her nephew, Christian, from the relatives who rejected her sister because of her class. Under an alias, she goes to Toronto and becomes her orphaned nephew's nanny. Observing the family up close, she begins to fall for Andrew Easton, the boy's guardian. Andrew is promised to a spoiled socialite who is sure to make a terrible stepmother. Can Grace protect her nephew... and her heart?"--P. [4] of cover.

Dangerous

July 19, 2018
Spencer, Minerva, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
viii, 360 pages ; 17 cm.

The duke buys a bride

July 19, 2018
Jordan, Sophie, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
351 pages ; 17 cm.
"The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night's drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he's winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he's bought a wife. Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever. Marcus doesn't know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn't duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn't legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he'll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own."--Page 4 of cover

Deseré : a love story of the American South

July 18, 2018
McKenzie, Maria, author.
Columbia, SC : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform , [2017]
i, 302 pages ; 23 cm.
"Deseré, a skilled seamstress and slave, lives on a South Carolina cotton plantation. Fair-skinned and astonishingly beautiful, she is owned by a kindly master and given his permission to marry the man she loves, a carpenter enslaved on a neighboring plantation. Yet when her master dies before her wedding and his nephew inherits the plantation and its slaves, Deseré's marriage is indefinitely postponed, pending consent from her new owner. Lawyer Anthony Sinclair arrives from Ohio on the mend from a broken heart, leaving behind a career derailed by scandal. Owning a plantation presents a vibrant opportunity. Yet torn by inklings of abolitionist beliefs, Anthony struggles with the damning prospect of owning human beings. Upon first seeing the alluring Deseré, Anthony is immediately dazzled by her golden skin, shimmering blond hair and ocean blue eyes. Yet Deseré perceives the tall, dark-haired and handsome 'Masta' Anthony as rather stupid. He knows nothing about running a plantation, nor being a planter. But as long as he allows Deseré to marry the man she loves, she will be happy. Anthony, however, desires Deseré for himself. To what lengths will he go to win the forbidden love of a slave? Will owning Deseré be the only way Anthony can ever possess her while her heart belongs to another man?"--Back cover.

Spring will come

July 17, 2018
Dye, Ginny.
Bellingham, WA : Bregdan Publishing, ©2010.
485 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: On to Richmond.
"As her beloved city of Richmond is transformed into a deadly Civil War battlefield, spirited Carrie Cromwell puts her medical skills to work in a Confederate hospital. While she fights to save unknown soldiers, the one she cares about the most is lost to her. Meanwhile in the North, Carrie's dear friends, former slaves Rose and Moses, have found freedom at last -- only to be separated by war. Can Moses, now a Union spy, elude those who are searching for him as a runaway slave? Rose decides to join Moses in the North's fight. Inspired by a revolutionary young speaker, she becomes a teacher in the Contraband Camps."--Author's website.

Fawkes

July 13, 2018
Brandes, Nadine, 1986- author.
©2018
441 pages ; 22 cm
"Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father's plot to assassinate the king of England."-- Provided by publisher.

The summer wives

July 13, 2018
Williams, Beatriz, author.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
367 pages ; 24 cm
"An electrifying postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island off the New England coast" --Jacket.

Tempting the laird

July 12, 2018
London, Julia, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : HQN, [2018]
374 pages ; 17 cm.
When she meets Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose, who is rumored to have murdered his wife, and makes friends with his young ward, independent Catriona Mackenzie is determined to discover the truth about the brooding duke.

Come from away

July 11, 2018
Graham, Genevieve, author.
©2018
324 pages : map ; 21 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Includes reading group guide.
In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker's three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store. Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after a several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be, but someone else entirely--someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand. Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War.

Queen's progress : a Kit Marlowe mystery

July 11, 2018
Trow, M. J., author.
London : Crème de la Crime, 2018.
219 pages ; 23 cm
1591. The Queen is embarking on a Royal Progress, visiting some of the grandest homes in England, and Kit Marlowe has been sent on ahead to ensure all goes smoothly. When his reconnaissance mission is derailed by a series of alarming and tragic incidents, Marlowe suspects there's a conspiracy to sabotage the Progress. Who is pulling the strings - and why?

The Sacco Gang

July 11, 2018
Camilleri, Andrea, author.
New York, NY : Europa Editions, 2018.
139 pages ; 21 cm
Original title: La banda Sacco published by Sellerio Editore in 2013.
"Raffadali, province of Agrigento, 1920s. The Sacco brothers are free men with strong ideas about Socialism and the State. Their lives change radically one morning when their father, Luigi Sacco, receives an anonymous letter from the local Mafia demanding protection money. Luigi tells the police of the extortion letters, but the police don't know what to do: no one in the village has ever dared denounce the Mafia before. From that moment on, the Sacco brothers must defend themselves from the Mafia, from the authorities, from the Fascist state, from collaborators, traitors, and their neighbors as they are assailed by murder attempts, false accusations, and false testimony.traitors, and from the village's leaders, as they are assailed by murder attempts, false accusations, and false testimony"--Inside front cover.

To catch a Texas star

July 11, 2018
Broday, Linda, author.
©2018
340 pages ; 18 cm
A gentle, beautiful woman with a lifelong secret that threatens to destroy everything she knows saves the son of a notorious outlaw, who yearns to make his life count, when he is left badly injured.

A question of trust

July 11, 2018
Vincenzi, Penny, author.
©2017
xiv, 594 pages ; 24 cm
When the perfect couple's marriage is threatened by the appearance of a sultry fashion model, are there any right choices? In 1950s London, Tom Knelston is charismatic, charming, with a passion for politics and reform. He is a man with ambition--and someone to watch. His wife Alice, a former nurse, shares his ideals. It seems they are the perfect match.--"Seductively readable" (The Times) is a luscious, page-turning read about a precarious situation--both utterly compelling and hugely rewarding.

Bright we burn : a Conqueror's Saga novel

July 10, 2018
White, Kiersten, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
389 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: Now I rise.
To build the country she wants, Lada, the brutal ruler of Wallachia, must destroy everything that came before, including her relationships with brother Radu and former love Mehmed, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

The Romanov empress : a novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

July 10, 2018
Gortner, C. W., author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
427 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Marrying the Romanov heir, nineteen-year-old Danish princess Minnie becomes empress of Russia and treads a perilous path of compromise in a beloved but resistance-torn country where her son becomes the last tsar.

Deep roots

July 10, 2018
Emrys, Ruthanna, author.
©2018
349 pages ; 22 cm.
"Aphra Marsh, descendant of the People of the Water, has survived Deep One internment camps and made a grudging peace with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land. Deep Roots continues Aphra's journey to rebuild her life and family on land, as she tracks down long-lost relatives. She must repopulate Innsmouth or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers, but as she searches she discovers that people have been going missing. She will have to unravel the mystery, or risk seeing her way of life slip away"--Provided by publisher.

Countdown

July 9, 2018
Ramsay, Frederick, author.
©2018.
176 pages ; 22 cm.
Sheriff Privette doesn't take a deep interest in this cold crime, but Jesse is not letting it go. His father's body has been found with a money belt fat with fifty dollars, a small fortune. Twenty of the seventy dollars that Sutherlin Sr. was carrying when he was reported dead of the Spanish flu in 1918 is missing. His heirloom watch given to him for "thirty years' service in the AM and O Railroad which is now the Norfolk and Western is also missing. It was gold and big as an onion." What happened to the money and to "the Onion"? Was all this the work of a thief? Who was the man who showed up at the Sutherlins' door? There's not much to work with. But that won't stop Jesse who investigates as the 1928 boom progresses relentlessly toward 1929.

Against the Inquisition

July 9, 2018
Aguinis, Marcos, author.
Seattle : AmazonCrossing, 2018.
617 pages : map ; 21 cm
"Previously published as La Gesta del Marrano by Plaza & Janes Editores, S.A. in Argentina in 1991"--Title page verso.
"Born in sixteenth-century Argentina, Francisco Maldonado da Silva is nine years old when he sees his father, Don Diego, arrested one harrowing afternoon because of his beliefs. Raised in a family practicing its Jewish faith in secret under the condemning eyes of the Spanish Inquisition, Francisco embarks on a personal quest that will challenge, enlighten, and forever change him. He completes his education in a monastery; he reads the Bible; he dreams of reparation; he dedicates his life to science, developing a humanistic approach and becoming one of the first accredited medical doctors in Latin America; and most of all, he longs to reconnect with his father in Lima, Perú, the City of Kings. So begins Francisco's epic journey to fight for his true faith, to embrace his past, and to draw from his father's indomitable strength in the face of unimaginable persecution. But the arm of the Holy Inquisition is an intractable one. As it reaches for Francisco, he sheds his mask to defend his freedom. Against seemingly insurmountable odds, he will prove that while the body can be broken, the spirit fights back, endures, and survives."--Amazon.com.

The dying of the light : a novel

July 6, 2018
Goolrick, Robert, 1948- author.
©2018
277 pages ; 24 cm
Diana Cook, born at the turn of the nineteenth century, the only daughter of Virginia gentry, agrees to marry a rich captain to save her family's land. Luckily for Diana, her union with the captain is brief and gives her a beautiful son. But after the son is grown is when the real tragedy begins.

The amazing adventures of Aaron Broom : a novel

July 6, 2018
Hotchner, A. E., author.
New York : Nan A. Talese, 2018.
228 pages ; 20 cm
Street-savvy, almost-thirteen-year-old Aaron Broom is guarding his father's car when he witnesses a robbery gone wrong in a jewlery store across the street. To Aaron's shock, his father, a travelling watch salesman in the wrong place at the wrong time, is fingered as the prime suspect in the murder. Despite seeing the real killer flee the scene, Aaron can't do much to help in the moment--no one will take a kid's word for it. Undaunted, Aaron enlists an unlikely band of friends and helpful adults to clear his father's name. Aaron's unusual mission is complicated by the painful realities of the Depression: His father's longtime business folded, leaving the family in financial straits; his mother is in a sanatorium after nearly dying of tuberculosis. So Aaron is forced to fend for himself while his father is held in wrongful custody. He ducks truant officers and nosy neighbors, landlords and social workers, and he bums meals from friends and relatives alike. In his search for justice, Aaron draws upon the resources of a world-weary paperboy, an aspiring teen journalist, a kindly lawyer, and a neighborhood friend with a penchant for baking. And as they dig into the details of the case, these unconventional detectives reveal a cover-up that goes much deeper than a jewelry-store heist gone sour. Through it all, Aaron's optimistic narration and plucky resourcefulness shine through.

Engraved on the heart

July 6, 2018
Johnson, Tara, 1978- author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2018]
389 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions (pages 287-289).
"Reluctant debutante Keziah Montgomery lives beneath the weighty expectations of her staunch Confederate family, forced to keep her epilepsy secret for fear of a scandal. As the tensions of the Civil War arrive on their doorstep in Savannah, Keziah sees little cause for balls and courting. Despite her discomfort, she cannot imagine an escape from her familial confines―until her old schoolmate Micah shows her a life-changing truth that sets her feet on a new path . . . as a conductor in the Underground Railroad." -- Publisher annotation.

Eagle & crane

July 5, 2018
Rindell, Suzanne, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
434 pages ; 24 cm
"Louis Thorn and Haruto 'Harry' Yamada--Eagle and Crane--are the star attractions of Earl Shaw's Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated relationship, thanks to the Thorn family's belief that the Yamadas--Japanese immigrants--stole land that should have stayed in the Thorn family. When Louis and Harry become aerial stuntmen, performing death-defying tricks high above audiences, they're both drawn to Shaw's smart and appealing stepdaughter, Ava Brooks. After the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and one of Shaw's planes mysteriously crashes and two charred bodies are discovered in it, authorities conclude that the victims were Harry and his father, Kenichi, who had escaped from a Japanese internment camp they had been sent to by the federal government. To the local sheriff, the situation is open and shut. But to the lone FBI agent assigned to the case, the details don't add up. Thus begins an investigation into what really happened to cause the plane crash, who was in the plane when it fell from the sky, and why no one involved seems willing to tell the truth."-- Provided by publisher.

The King's witch : a novel

July 5, 2018
Borman, Tracy, author.
New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018.
442 pages ; 24 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton, a Hachette UK company"--Title page verso.
In March of 1603, as she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth of England, Frances Gorges dreams of her parents' country estate, where she learned to use flowers and herbs to become a much-loved healer. When King James of Scotlant succeeds to the throne Frances is only too happy to stay at home. His court may be shockingly decadent, but his intolerant Puritanism see witchcraft in many of the old customs -- punishable by death. Yet when her ambitious uncle forces Frnces to return to the royal palace, having bought he a position as a lady in the bedchamber of the young Pincess Elizabeth, she becomes a ready target for the twisted scheming of the Privy Seal, Lord Cecil. As a dark campaign to destroy both King and Parliament gathers pace, culminating in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, Frances is surrounded by danger, finding happiness only with the King's precocious young daughter and with Tom Wintour, the one courtier she feels she can trust. But Wintour has a secret that, when revealed, places Frances in conflict with her royal charge and in fear for her own family.

Dear Mrs. Bird : a novel

July 5, 2018
Pearce, A. J. (Amanda-Jane), author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
281 pages ; 24 cm
"London, 1940. Emmeline Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, or who can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles"-- Provided by publisher.

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