New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

December 17, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Steadfast heart

December 16, 2014
Peterson, Tracie.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
329 pages ; 22 cm
"Brides of Seattle ; book 1"--Title page
"In 1880s Seattle, Washington, Lenore Fulcher desires love while so many around her are finding it; when lawyer Kolbein Booth arrives searching for his sister at a finishing school for mail-order brides, he and Lenore face danger and uncertainty amidst their growing attraction"-- Provided by publisher.

The assassination option

December 16, 2014
Griffin, W. E. B.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
481 pages ; 24 cm.
" From the #1 New York Times- and Wall Street Journal-bestselling author comes the dramatic second adventure in the brand-new Clandestine Operations series about the Cold War, the fledgling Central Intelligence Agency-and a new breed of warrior. In Top Secret, W.E.B. Griffin introduced a remarkable new cast of heroes as they found themselves on the front lines of an entirely different kind of war. Now, these men and women are going to find out what they've really gotten themselves into. James Cronley thought he had done well-he didn't know he'd done this well. His first successful mission for the about-to-be-official new Central Intelligence Directorate has drawn all kinds of attention, some welcome, some not. On the plus side, he's now a captain; promoted to Chief, DCI, Europe; and in charge of a top secret spy operation. On the minus side, a lot of people would like to know about that operation, including not only the Soviets, but his own Pentagon, as well as a seething J. Edgar Hoover. Cronley knows that if just one thing goes wrong, he's likely to get thrown to the wolves. As if that weren't enough pressure, complications are springing up on all sides. He's discovered a surprising alliance between the former German intelligence chief and, of all things, the Mossad. A German family that Cronley never knew he had has suddenly, and suspiciously, emerged. And he's due for a rendezvous with an undercover agent against the Soviets known only as Seven K. It's when he meets Seven K that he gets the real surprise. "-- Provided by publisher.

The vendetta of Felipe Espinosa

December 16, 2014
Jones, Adam James.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, 2014.
433 pages ; 23 cm

I've got my duke to keep me warm

December 15, 2014
Bowen, Kelly.
New York : Forever, 2014.
336 pages ; 18 cm.
"Calm. Cool. Collected. Gisele Whitby has perfected the art of illusion--her survival, after all, has depended upon it. Years ago, to escape an abusive husband, Gisele "disappeared." Now she must risk revealing her new identity to save another innocent girl from the same fate. But she needs a daring man for her scheme, and the rogue in question shows a remarkable talent...for shattering Gisele's carefully constructed facade and igniting her deepest desires. This isn't the first time Jamie Montcrief has awakened naked and confused from a night of drinking. It is, however, the first time a stunningly beautiful woman offers him payment afterward. Gisele has a business proposition for him, a mission involving cunning thievery and a brazen rescue. How can he say no to a plot this dangerous...and a woman this delectable?"-- From back cover.

The final cut

December 11, 2014
Dobbs, Michael, 1948-
xxiii, 454 pages ; 22 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : HarperCollins, 1992.
Book 3 in the series that inspired House of cards on Netflix.
Francis Urquhart is about to take his place in the record books as the longest-serving Prime Minister this century. Yet it seems the public is tiring of him at last, and the movement to force him from power is growing. But Urquhart is not yet ready to be driven from office.

The iris fan

December 10, 2014
Rowland, Laura Joh, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
346 pages ; 25 cm.
"A novel of feudal Japan"--Jacket.
"Amid the ever-treacherous intrigue in the court, Sano Ichirō has been demoted from chamberlain to a lowly patrol guard. His relationship with his wife Reiko is in tatters, and a bizarre new alliance between his two enemies Yanagisawa and Ienobu has left him bewildered and wary. Yet Sano's dedication to the way of the warrior--the samurai code of honor--is undiminished. Then a harrowing, almost inconceivable crime takes place"-- Provided by publisher.

The secret of Pembrooke Park

December 8, 2014
Klassen, Julie, 1964-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
460 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions, pages 459-460.
In the mysteriously abandoned manor house Pembrooke Park, practical new resident Abigail searches for the treasure that it is rumored to contain.

The arrow : a highland guard novel

December 8, 2014
McCarty, Monica.
viii, 403 pages ; 17 cm.
The talents of legendary marksman Gregor "Arrow" MacGregor are crucial now, as Bruce moves to reclaim his Scottish holdings. Gregor is considered the most handsome man in Scotland, and his fame as an archer is rivaled only by his reputation with the lasses as a heartbreaker. But when his infamous face is exposed during a covert mission, Gregor is forced to lie low. He returns home only to find a new battle waiting: a daring game of seduction involving his now very grown-up and very desirable ward, Cate of Lochmaben. A born fighter, Cate was clinging to life when Gregor rescued her after a vicious English raid on her village left her mother dead. But five years later, the once scrappy orphan Gregor took under his protection has become a woman. Brave, strong, and skilled in warfare, Cate is determined to lay claim to the warrior who refuses to be trapped. The heat in his eyes tells her she has his his desire. But will Gregor allow his heart to surrender before danger finds them, and the truth of Cate's identity is revealed?

The Boston girl : a novel

December 3, 2014
Diamant, Anita, author.
New York : Scribner, 2014.
322 pages ; 24 cm
"Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine--a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today." She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naive girl she was and a wicked sense of humor"-- Provided by publisher.


December 2, 2014
Horowitz, Anthony, 1955- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
285 pages ; 24 cm
Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall that claimed the lives of Sherlock Holmes and criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase and Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes's methods of investigation and deduction, must track down a sinister figure who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty's successor.

When lilacs last in the dooryard bloomed

December 1, 2014
Greenburg, Bradley.
Highland, Scotland : Sandstone Press ; 2014.
vii, 342 p. ; 20 cm.
"The end of slavery is no guarantee of freedom. When 12 year old Clayton McGhee journeys north with his parents and grandparents in search of a new life, they must build a homestead with their own labour and defend their right to own land from powerful vested interests and deep rooted prejudice. Thirty years later, Clayton is still forced to defend his livelihood and his family's safety from racism and greed. But life is more complex now, as the men of influence in this increasingly mixed community find to their cost. When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed charts the massive changes in the United States following the death of Lincoln. It's also a riveting adventure story about fathers and sons and the difficult moral choices which resound down the generations as America moves haltingly towards freedom and equality."-- Cover.

The duke's guide to correct behavior

November 28, 2014
Frampton, Megan, author.
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
375 pages ; 18 cm.
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford's stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible--but resist she must for the sake of her pupil. As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies--and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He's determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior. But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything...

Never judge a lady by her cover : the fourth rule of scoundrels

November 28, 2014
MacLean, Sarah.
376 pages ; 18 cm.
By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking--in London's darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city's most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered...until now. Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems, and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana's secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear...including her heart.

On her majesty's behalf

November 28, 2014
Nassise, Joseph.
New York : Harper Voyager, [2014]
322 pages ; 21 cm
"At the tale end of 1917 the Germans introduced a new type of gas to the battlefield, T-Leiche, or "corpse gas" as this new weapon is more commonly known, changed the face of the war. Rather than affect the living, it resurrects the bodies of the dead, giving the enemy an almost unlimited source of fresh troops. After surviving the killing fields of France, Burke and Company are sent into the devastated, zombie-infested city of London to rescue Princess Veronica, the sole surviving member of the royal family. However, Kaiser Richthofen, the undead Red Baron and now leader of Germany,also sends a team of his own, led by Burke's infected former teammate, Sgt Moore"-- Provided by publisher.

Sustenance : a novel of the Count Saint-Germain

November 28, 2014
Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn, 1942- author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
474 pages ; 22 cm.

Love unexpected

November 28, 2014
Hedlund, Jody.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
348 pages ; 22 cm
"Beacons of hope ; book 1"--Title page.
"Shipwrecked and stranded at Presque Isle port, Emma Chambers is in need of a home. Could the widowed Great Lakes lighthouse keeper and his young son be an answer to her prayer?"-- Provided by publisher.

A most inconvenient marriage

November 28, 2014
Jennings, Regina (Regina Lea)
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
324 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"To fulfill a Confederate soldier's dying wish, Civil War nurse Abigail Stuart marries him and agrees to look after his sister in the Missouri Ozarks. But then the real Jeremiah Calhoun appears alive"-- Provided by publisher.

How to be both : a novel

November 21, 2014
Smith, Ali, 1962-
New York : Pantheon, [2014]
371 pages ; 22 cm.
"Man Booker Prize finalist"--Cover.
How can one be both--near and far, past and present, male and female? Two characters inhabit the spaces between categories. In one half of the book, we follow the story of Francescho del Cossa, a Renaissance painter in fifteenth-century Italy who assumes a duel identity, living as both a man and a woman. In the novel's other half, George, a contemporary English teenage girl, is in mourning after the death of her brilliant, rebellious mother. As she struggles to fill the void in her life, George finds her thoughts circling again and again around a whimsical trip she and her mother once made to Italy, to see a certain Renaissance fresco... These two stories call out to each other in surprising and deeply resonant ways to form a veritable literary double-take, bending the conventions of genre, storytelling, and our own preconceptions-- Provided by publisher.

Bryant & May and the bleeding heart : a Peculiar Crimes Unit mystery

November 21, 2014
Fowler, Christopher, author.
New York : Bantam Books, 2014.
383 pages ; 22 cm.
"A teenager sees a dead man rise from his grave--and moments later is killed in a sudden hit-and-run accident. Seven ravens housed in the impenetrable fortress that is the Tower of London vanish without a trace--and legend has it that when the ravens leave, the city will fall. Bryant and May must figure out how these two inexplicable, seemingly unrelated mysteries fit together as they begin an investigation that finds them confronting a group of latter-day body snatchers and exploring the corridors of an eerie funeral parlour, all to unearth the truth behind the gruesome legend of Bleeding Heart Yard"-- Provided by publisher.


November 21, 2014
Kogawa, Joy.
New York : Anchor Books, 1994.
331 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Obasan.
Itsuka, the sequel to Obasan, follows the character Naomi Nakane into adulthood, where she becomes involved in the movement for governmental redress. Much more overtly political than Kogawa's first novel, the story focuses on reaching that itsuka - someday - when the mistreatment of those of Japanese heritage during World War II would be recognized. Although during the war both the United States and Canada interned Japanese-Americans and confiscated their property, when the war ended the property of those in Canada was never returned to them. Itsuka is the story of the fight to get government compensation for the thousands of victims of the wartime internment, which was, unbelievably, only just accomplished in 1988. Both a moving novel of self-discovery and a fascinating historical account of the fight for redress, Itsuka's final message is one of inspiration and hope.

The barefoot queen : a novel

November 20, 2014
Falcones de Sierra, Ildefonso, 1959- author.
647 pages ; 25 cm
Translation of: La Reina Descalza.
Published in Spain by Grijalbo, 2013. This translation originally published in Great Britain by Doubleday, 2014.
Facing homelessness after the death of her master, Cuban former slave Caridad becomes a freedom fighter at the side of rebellious gypsy Milagros Carmona, with whom she confronts increasingly hostile elements in mid-eighteenth-century Madrid.

A price to pay : a novel

November 17, 2014
Capus, Alex, author.
London : Haus Publishing, 2014.
233 pages ; 21 cm
Traces three people's lives from the one moment they are all in the same place, Zurich Station, a pacifist who ends up working on the Manhattan Project, an aspiring singer turned Allied spy, and an art forger.

The queen of four kingdoms : an historical novel

November 14, 2014
Michael, of Kent, Princess.
New York : Beaufort Books, [2014]
xvi, 380 pages : map, genealogical table ; 24 cm

The Paris winter : a novel

November 14, 2014
Robertson, Imogen, 1973-
360 pages ; 25 cm
"Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris, she quickly realizes, is no place for a light purse. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling decadence of the Belle Epoque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud is hired by Christian Morel as companion to his beautiful, young sister, Sylvie. But Sylvie, Maud discovers, is not quite the darling she seems. She has a secret addiction to opium and an ominous air of intrigue. As Maud is drawn further into the Morels' world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers. And before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light. Set against the backdrop of the Great Flood, The Paris Winter is a dark and powerful tale of deceit and revenge from a masterful storyteller. "

The final recollections of Charles Dickens : a novel

November 11, 2014
Hauser, Thomas.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, [2014]
161 pages ; 21 cm
"England, 1870: His health failing, his most important work all but done, Charles Dickens is readying himself for the final bed. But there is still one more story that he must tell. As a young journalist just getting his start, Dickens encountered a story that would affect him for the rest of his life. As his "Sketches by Boz" column is just beginning to find acclaim, young Dickens encounters the wealthy and powerful Charles Wingate. While researching the mysterious businessman, Dickens uncovers a horrific story of corruption and violence, centered on a mutilated prostitute and the murder of her lover. Dickens's investigation could wreak havoc on Wingate and, more importantly, his beautiful wife Amanda. Dickens, already betrothed to his publisher's daughter, realizes just how loveless his future marriage will be as he falls in love with Amanda - even as his story threatens to ruin the Wingates. The Final Recollections of Charles Dickensblends a historically-accurate telling of Dickens's life with a gripping portrait of betrayal, murder, obsession, and love. It's the story of Dickens's deflowering and coming of age, caught between the worlds of England's ruling elite and the seamy underside of London society. In this experience we witness the seeds being sown for what will become Dickens's most popular and revered novels, and the social philosophies -rich versus poor -behind them. Meticulously researched and masterfully told, The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens captures the voice of the beloved author, the divided city of London, and the uncertain tenor of the times"-- Provided by publisher.

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