New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

May 26, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The frozen hours : a novel of the Korean War

May 25, 2017
Shaara, Jeff, 1952- author.
©2017
xxvii, 525 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"June, 1950: the North Korean army, a formidable force backed by Soviet arms and training, invades South Korea, with the intent of uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops. But the US is no better equipped than their allies. The American and United nations troops are fighting for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable, and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one. This struggle, and how the Americans respond, form the core of this novel."--Provided by publisher.

Hardcastle's runaway

May 25, 2017
Ison, Graham, author.
©2017
vii, 199 pages ; 22 cm.
March, 1919. The commissioner of police at New Scotland Yard has a task for Divisional Detective Inspector Hardcastle of A Division: find Lily Musgrave, the missing daughter of Ausen Musgrave MP. Hardcastle, aided by Detective Sergeant Charles Marriott, discovers that the headstrong Lily provides risque entertainment for a number of ex-officers. When she return home of her own accord, however, Hardcastle assumes the case is closed and turns his attention to arranging the finer details of his daughter Maud's wedding. But no sooner is the wedding over than Lily Musgrave goes missing again. And this time, finding her might not be so easy.

True as fate

May 25, 2017
Eakes, Laurie Alice, author.
[United States] : Waterfall Press, [2017]
350 pages ; 21 cm
"Lady Chloe Ashford detests going to balls, loathes social pretense, and finds the very idea of hunting for a husband obscene. But she has an even more scandalous secret: she once helped an American--the enemy--escape from Dartmoor Prison. Now, nearly three years later, Ross Trenerry is back--and in trouble again. So is her traitorous heart. He doesn't know she's the one responsible for sending him to a second prison, and she has no intention of telling him. A former privateer, Ross has finally run out of his legendary luck. Only one woman lies between him and freedom. He desperately needs Chloe's help to prove he hasn't committed treason, but he's distracted by the passion that flares between them. They set out on a cross-country adventure together to prove Ross's innocence, but peril soon dogs their heels. As they race to reach their appointed rendezvous on time, they must fight their growing attraction and focus on discovering who is behind this deadly plot. Will they finally admit their love and put the pieces together before it's too late?" --Back cover.

A stranger at Fellsworth

May 24, 2017
Ladd, Sarah E., author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2017]
328 pages ; 22 cm.
As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.

Dragon teeth : a novel

May 24, 2017
Crichton, Michael, 1942-2008, author.
©2017
295 pages : map ; 24 cm
Map on endpapers.
The year is 1876. Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America's western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West. They are hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled Yale student William Johnson. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, so he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. Soon William joins forces with Cope and stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. The struggle to protect this extraordinary treasure tests William's newfound resilience, and pits him against some of the West's most dangerous and notorious characters.

Flame in the mist

May 23, 2017
Ahdieh, Renée, author.
©2017
392 pages ; 22 cm.
"The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place —she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort —a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she's within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she's appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love —a love that will force her to question everything she's ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires" --Amazon.com

The scribe of Siena : a novel

May 22, 2017
Winawer, Melodie, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2017.
452 pages ; 24 cm
"Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother's affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined--a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city. After uncovering the journal and paintings of Gabriele Accorsi, the fourteenth-century artist at the heart of the plot, Beatrice finds a startling image of her own face and is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague. Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: she falls in love--not only with Gabriele, but also with the beauty and cadence of medieval life. As the Plague and the ruthless hands behind its trajectory threaten not only her survival but also Siena's very existence, Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs."-- Provided by publisher.

Beneath a scarlet sky : a novel

May 22, 2017
Sullivan, Mark T., author.
Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2017]
513 pages ; 21 cm
In 1940s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for a beautiful widow, he also becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich's most powerful commanders.

Eagle and empire

May 17, 2017
Smale, Alan (Astronomer), author.
New York : Del Rey, [2017]
544 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"The conclusion of the Clash of Eagles trilogy. Tasked with subjugating North America for the Roman Imperium in 1218 AD, Praetor Gaius Marcellinus lost his entire legion ... but gained a powerful sense of purpose in uniting the peoples of the new world. Ending the seasons-old Mourning War between the five nations of the Iroqua and the plains-based Cahokians, Gaius was able to garner an uneasy truce between these united tribes and a Roman war machine hungry for gold and conquest. But Rome's long-standing conflict with the Mongol Horde has spilled over into North America. As the invaders of the steppes ride over the Rocky Mountains into the central plains, a massive conflict looms on the horizon like a thunderhead. This battle will change this world, and Gaius, forever"-- Provided by publisher.

The house at Bishopsgate

May 17, 2017
Hickman, Katie, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
430 pages ; 22 cm
A haunting, magical story of a cursed gem and the people who suffer in its wake, set in seventeenth-century London.

Anne Boleyn, a king's obsession : a novel

May 17, 2017
Weir, Alison, 1951- author.
©2017
541 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
Anne is barely a teenager when she is sent from her family's Hever Castle to serve at the royal court of the Netherlands. There, and later in France, Anne thrives. But her powerful family has ambitious plans for her future that override any wishes of her own. When the King of England himself, Henry VIII, asks Anne to be his mistress, she spurns his advances-- he is a married man who has already conducted an affair with her sister, Mary. This rejection only intensifies Henry's pursuit, tempting Anne even as it proves to be her undoing.

Becoming Bonnie

May 17, 2017
Walsh, Jenni L., author.
New York : Forge, 2017.
303 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Summer, 1927. Bonnelyn Parker is more likely to belt out a church hymn than sling drinks at an illicit juice joint. She plans to overcome her family's poverty, provide for herself, and maybe someday marry her boyfriend, Roy Thornton. When financial woes jeopardize her ambitions, Bonnelyn finds salvation in an unlikely place: Dallas's newest speakeasy, Doc's. When Roy discovers her secret life as a moll, he embraces it-- perhaps too much. But her life is headed for a crash. Bonnie Parker is about to meet Clyde Barrow.

The book of summer

May 16, 2017
Gable, Michelle, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
408 pages ; 24 cm
"Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family's Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Though she's purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave. The Book of Summer unravels the power and secrets of Cliff House as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home's definitive guestbook, and Bess herself. Bess's grandmother always said it was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother's words in ways she never contemplated."--Provided by publisher.

The play of death

May 16, 2017
Pötzsch, Oliver, author.
Boston : Mariner Books, 2017.
xvi, 493 pages : maps ; 21 cm.
First published in 2016 by Ullstein Buchverlag GmbH as Die Henkerstochter und das Spiel des Todes.
"It is 1670 and Simon Fronwieser is in the town of Oberammergau to bring his seven-year-old son to boarding school. As he bids his boy a tearful farewell, news comes of a shocking murder: the man who was to play the part of Christ in the town's Passion Play has been found dead, nailed to the set's cross. As there is no doctor in town, Simon is brought in to examine the body. The chance to spend more time with his son and to investigate the murder quickly convince him to stay. Soon he is joined by his father-in-law, Jakob Kuisl, the Schongau hangman, and the two begin piecing together the puzzle of the actor's death. Was he murdered by a jealous rival? Are the recently arrived and unpopular immigrant workers somehow involved? Or is it a punishment from God for the villagers' arrogance in trying to schedule the play four years earlier than prescribed by ancient custom? Once again, it looks like it is up to the Kuisls to unravel the mystery and bring a town's dark secrets to light"--Provided by publisher.

From Sand and Ash

May 16, 2017
Harmon, Amy, author.
Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, 2016.
375 pages ; 21 cm
Italy, 1943--Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II. As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood. Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church. But Eva can't quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all.

Behind the scenes

May 16, 2017
Turano, Jen, author.
©2017
343 pages ; 22 cm.
"Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn't guaranteed to 'take.' After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she's finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym 'Miss Quill.' Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it's simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country. When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she's determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she'll end up at risk as well. As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there's more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated..."--Amazon.com

Heart's delight

May 15, 2017
Holt, Cheryl, 1954- author.
©2016
436 pages ; 23 cm
"Lost lords trilogy"--Cover.
"Michael Scott grew up an orphan on the streets of London. He has no memories of his past, but he's haunted by terrible dreams and always feels as if he lost something vital and precious along the way. Through cunning and determination, he's become rich, prosperous, and dangerous. As a brigand and criminal, he knows how to fight and survive any battle. But when he had such a rough beginning as a child, how has he managed to thrive so spectacularly? How can he ever learn the truth? Magdalena Wells runs a charity mission in London's worst slums. Although she's heard many vicious rumors about treacherous, deceitful Michael Scott, when she meets him, she can't help but fall under his spell. He is the most extraordinary person she's ever encountered. If ancestry makes the man, how is she to account for his remarkable traits? His drive and accomplishments have propelled him to the highest levels of London society-which is exactly where he seems to belong. How can a ruffian be so brilliant and successful? What is his true history? Can Magdalena help to reveal the secrets he's always been dying to discover?"--Back cover.

Heart's demand

May 15, 2017
Holt, Cheryl, 1954- author.
©2015
288 pages ; 23 cm
"Lost lords trilogy"--Cover.
"Bryce Blair was five years old when his family was ripped apart. But he was too young to understand what had happened to cause the tragedy. He grew up an orphan and charity case, but he always felt a great destiny waiting for him out on the horizon. As he investigates his past and discovers the hidden secrets about his parents, he learns that his deceased father was an African explorer. He decides to follow in his father's footsteps by adventuring down the Nile in Egypt. Her Royal Highness, Katarina Morovsky, is a princess without a kingdom. Her father was king of the small European country of Parthenia, and with his death, her despicable cousin seized the crown for himself. Katarina was stripped of her heritage and title. Worried for her safety, she's fled her home country and traveled to Egypt. But life on the run is perilous and full of hazards. When she finds herself in need of a brave, trustworthy bodyguard, Bryce Blair seems the best choice. Bryce is fascinated by beautiful, mysterious Katarina and can't help but agree to her request for protection, but it's not easy to guard a royal princess. Nor is it easy to love her. With a throne at stake and fortunes in the balance, she will be a difficult prize to claim. But Bryce Blair-the Lost Lord of Radcliffe-has learned to fight and win any battle he wages."--Back cover.

Jaffa Beach

May 15, 2017
Horowitz, Fedora.
North Charleston, S.C. : CreateSpace, ©2013.
449 pages ; 23 cm
Part I : Palestine, 1943 -- Part II : Palestine, 1944-1948 -- Part III : New York & Israel, 1968-1972.
"Fedora Horowitz, born in Romania, is a professional musician who continued her musical career in Israel and in United States. Living amongst Arabs and Jews in Israel inspired her to write Jaffa Beach. This is a love story set in the volatile context of the founding of the State of Israel, and the concomitant rise of Palestinian longing for a homeland. In this novel of epic proportions, spanning many decades and three generations, the author finds the common humanity of both Arabs and Jews. The reader will find himself steeped in the stringent rigidity of Hassidic fanaticism while in the Arab world he will be introduced to a life style, adherent to the strictures of Islamic theocracy. Jaffa Beach is a story of clashing cultures, deeply held secrets, and one young woman’s (Shifra) journey from her happiness with Musa to the abyss of despair when all she holds dear in both worlds start to slip away. She must make a life altering decision. Through the eyes of a Jewish girl, the reader is taken into a world seldom seen by both sides of the Jewish/Arab conflict" --Amazon.com

Heart's desire

May 12, 2017
Holt, Cheryl, 1954-
©2015
308 pages ; 23 cm
Includes an excerpt of Heart's demand (pages 296-308).
"Lost lords trilogy"--Cover.
"Matthew Harlow is England's hero. After almost single-handedly rescuing passengers from a foundering ship--including a trio of royal cousins--he's being lauded throughout the kingdom. But at heart, he's just a soldier, a captain in the King's army, and he finds the spotlight a great nuisance. Yet he's dashing and dynamic, a natural leader of men, and heroics rest well on his broad shoulders. As an orphan, with no memory of his parents or past, he often wonders where he came by his penchant for fearlessness and daring. What is to account for his extraordinary courage and valor? Clarissa Merrick is a poor relative and spinster who lives with her cruel cousins at their bucolic Greystone estate. Even in her small corner of rural England, everyone has heard of brave, remarkable Captain Harlow. When he arrives at Greystone, he shoots through her world like a blazing comet, and nothing will ever be the same. Who is Matthew Harlow? What is his true history? How could a lowly orphan be possessed of such a forceful character and potent charisma? Can Clarissa help him find answers to the mystery that has plagued him all his life?"--Back cover.

The making of Mollie

May 11, 2017
Carey, Anna, 1975-, author.
©2016.
303 pages ; 20 cm.
It's spring 1912, and 14-year-old Mollie Carberry lives in Drumcondra with her loving but distracted parents, her older sister Phyllis, her spoiled older brother Harry and her saintly little sister Julia. Mollie's convinced that her life is boring until she discovers that Phyllis is a secret suffragette. After attending a suffrage meeting, Mollie wants to do something for the movement too and she soon convinces her best friend Nora to join her. At last, they have some excitement in their lives! While some of their classmates approve of their new cause, others can't see the point. Their timid schoolfriend Stella worries that Mollie and Nora are going to get into trouble. And their classmate Grace, who also happens to be Nora's cousin, disapproves of anybody who steps out of line. Despite this general apathy, as the weeks go by, Mollie and Nora become even more determined to do something for the cause. Even though nobody in the cause seems to particularly want their help.

The baker's secret : a novel

May 11, 2017
Kiernan, Stephen P., author.
©2017
309 pages ; 24 cm
After her kind mentor is arrested because of his Jewish heritage, a young baker's apprentice in Normandy engages in discreet resistance activities, baking contraband loaves of bread for the hungry using surplus ingredients taken from occupying forces.

There your heart lies : a novel

May 11, 2017
Gordon, Mary, 1949- author.
©2017
320 pages ; 22 cm
"From the award-winning, much loved writer: a deeply moving novel about an American woman's place during the Spanish Civil War, the lessons she took from it, and how her story will shape her granddaughter's path. Marian cut herself off from her conservative, wealthy Irish Catholic family when she volunteered during the Spanish Civil War--experiences she has always kept to herself. Now in her nineties, she shares her Rhode Island cottage with her granddaughter Amelia, a young woman of good heart but only a vague notion of life's purpose. As the narrative unfolds, their daily existence is intertwined with Marian's secret past--the blow to her youthful idealism when she witnessed the brutalities on both sides of Franco's war, and the romance that left her adrift in Spain with yet another family who misunderstood her. When Marian is diagnosed with cancer, she speaks at last about what happened to her in Spain--which compels Amelia to journey to Spain herself, to reconcile Marian's past with her own uncertain future. With the exquisite female bond at its core, this novel of how character is forged in a particular moment in history and passed down through the generations will linger long with its readers"-- Provided by publisher.

The bad luck bride

May 11, 2017
MacGregor, Janna, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
viii, 337 pages ; 17 cm.
"St. Martin's Paperbacks historical romance."
" 'All were shocked at the announcement of the 'cursed' Lady Claire Cavensham to Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, especially since she is already engaged to another unfortunate Lord. Perhaps she will make it to the altar this time with one of these fine gentlemen!' ―Midnight Cryer. No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn't in a position to refuse... Alexander requires the hand of his enemy's fiancée in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It's his good fortune that the 'cursed' woman is desperate. However, what begins as a sham turns into something scandalously deeper..." --Back cover.

Though this be madness

May 11, 2017
Richards, Penny, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2017]
260 pages ; 21 cm.
"Lilly Long mysteries"--T.P. facing.
Shakespearean actress turned Pinkerton detective Lilly Long and her reluctant partner, Cade McShane, travel to New Orleans to save a young widow from a fate worse than deatha 1881, Chicago. Assigned to her second case as a Pinkerton, Lilly still needs to prove herself-both as a novice detective and as a woman in a man's world. Ordered to once again work with Lilly, Cade needs to redeem himself for conduct unbecoming to a Pinkerton-a grief-driven drunken brawl. As if their forced partnership wasn't bad enough, the agents must pose as husband and wife servants in the troubled household of a wealthy New Orleans family. An acting challenge if ever there was onea The elderly matriarch of the Fortenot family is convinced her grandson's former widow has been unjustly committed to an insane asylum by her second husband. She believes the man is attempting to wrest the family fortune away from his new wife. Soon, behind the beautiful fapade of the Fortenot mansion, the detectives uncover secrets, betrayal, voodoo curses-and murder. Even as Lilly and Cade chafe against their roles, they must work together to expose the true villain of this tragedy before the hapless widow faces her final curtain call.

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