New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

June 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Change of heart

June 26, 2015
Jebber, Molly.
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
345 p. ; 17 cm
"A keepsake pocket quilt novel"--Cover
In 1899, after she is left at the altar, midwife Becca Yost flees her Amish community for the Englischer town of Massillon, Ohio, where she works with Doctor Matt Carrington, whose wealthy mother is determined to keep them apart.

The tide watchers

June 26, 2015
Chaplin, Lisa, 1962- author.
©2015
xi, 454, 9 pages : map ; 21 cm
"In the winter of 1803, one woman stands between Napoleon and the fall of Great Britain. The free-spirited daughter of an English baronet, Lisbeth defies convention by eloping to France. When her husband abandons her, she must find a way to survive and be reunited with her young son, who is in the care of her mother-in-law. A seasoned spy known as Tidewatcher, Duncan apprenticed under Lisbeth's father and pledged to keep his mentor's pretty daughter safe--a promise complicated by the wily Napoleon Bonaparte. The British believe he is planning an attack, and Duncan is sent to search for signs of invasion on the French coast--where he draws dangerously close to adventurous and unpredictable Lisbeth. A sensational new invention may shift the tide of a French victory. A brilliant and eccentric American inventor named Robert Fulton has devised a deadly weapon that can decimate an enemy's fleet. To protect English ships, Tidewatcher must gain control of Fulton's invention and cross enemy lines, but he cannot do it alone. Left with no other options, he enlists Lisbeth's help in outwitting the American inventor and uncovering Bonaparte's secret plans. Going undercover for the handsome and duty-bound spy, Lisbeth risks her freedom and her life as she navigates double agents and submarine warfare to outwit the greatest military tactician in history. The only question is, who can she trust?"--Back cover.

Twice in a lifetime

June 25, 2015
Garlock, Dorothy, author.
New York ; Boston : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
372 pages ; 21 cm
"There is nothing better than Dorothy Garlock at her best". -Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author A brand new novel from New York Times bestselling author Dorothy Garlock, the Voice of America's Heartland"-- Provided by publisher.

The blooding

June 25, 2015
McGee, James, 1950- author.
©2014
ix, 481 pages : map ; 24 cm
"1812: Matthew Hawkwood, soldier turned spy, is stranded behind enemy lines, in America, a country at war with Britain. Heading for the safety of the Canadian border, Hawkwood's route takes him to Albany, where the chance sighting of a former comrade-in-arms--Major Douglas Lawrence--within a consignment of British prisoners stymies to his plans. For as the two men make their escape they uncover an American plot to invade Canada. If it is successful, the entire continent will be lost. The British authorities must be warned. Pursued by a relentless enemy, Hawkwood and Lawrence set off across the snow-bound Adirondack Mountains; the land the Iroquois call 'The Hunting Grounds'. But they are not alone. Buried deep in Hawkwood's past is an old alliance - one that could save both their lives and help turn the tide of war" -- provided by publisher.

Death and Mr. Pickwick

June 24, 2015
Jarvis, Stephen, 1958- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
802 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Jonathan Cape, 2015.
"A novel"--Cover.
"One does not need to have read a single word of The Pickwick Papers to be enthralled by the story of how this extraordinary novel came to be. The creation and afterlife of this masterpiece is the subject of Stephen Jarvis's novel ... This vast, intricately constructed, indeed Dickensian work is at once [an] ... homage to a much-loved book, tracing its genesis and subsequent history in ... detail, and a damning indictment of how an ambitious young writer expropriated another man's ideas and then engaged in an elaborate cover-up of The Pickwick Papers' true origin"-- Provided by publisher.

Secessia

June 24, 2015
Wascom, Kent, 1986- author.
New York : Grove Press, [2015]
ix, 339 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"New Orleans, May 1862. The largest city in the ill-starred confederacy has fallen to Union troops under the soon-to-be-infamous General Benjamin 'the Beast' Butler ... When twelve-year-old Joseph Woolsack disappears from his home, he draws into the unrest his mother Elise, a mixed-race woman passing for white, and his father Angel, whose long and wicked life is drawing to a close. What follows forces mother and son into a dark new world: Joseph must come to grips with his father's legacy of violence and his growing sentiment for Cuban exile Marina Fandal ... Elise must struggle to maintain a hold on her sanity, her son, and her own precarious station, but is threatened by the resurgence of a troubling figure from her past" -- dust jacket flap.

A sword for his lady

June 24, 2015
Wine, Mary, author.
©2015
338 pages ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt from "The Highlander's bride trouble".
London, 1189. After proving himself on the field of battle, Ramon de Segrave is appointed to the Council of Barons by Richard the Lionheart. But instead of taking his most formidable warrior on his latest Crusade, the king assigns Ramon an even more dangerous task-woo and win the Lady of Thistle Keep. Isabel of Camoys is a capable widow with no intention of surrendering her valuable estate on the Welsh border. She's fought long and hard for her independence, and if the price is loneliness, then so be it. But when her land is threatened, Isabel reluctantly agrees to allow Ramon and his army to defend the keep-knowing that the price may very well be her heart.

Do not forsake me

June 24, 2015
Bittner, Rosanne, 1945- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015]
472 pages ; 17 cm

The best of both rogues

June 24, 2015
Grace, Samantha.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2015.
338 pages ; 18 cm
When the man who jilted her at the altar returns to town, Lady Eve Thorn wants nothing to do with Mr. Benjamin Hillary as she prepares to marry another man, but when he vows to win her back, she must make the toughest decision of her life.

Flame Tree Road

June 23, 2015
Patel, Shona, 1959- author.
©2015
396 pages ; 21 cm
1870s India. In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solely by marriage, young Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. When his mother suffers the fate of widowhood--shunned by her loved ones and forced to live in solitary penance--Biren devotes his life to effecting change. Just when his vision for the future begins to look hopeless, he meets Maya, the independent-minded daughter of a local educator, and his soul is reignited.

Refining fire

June 22, 2015
Peterson, Tracie, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
313 pages ; 23 cm
"In 1889 Seattle, Washington, Militine and Thane meet while serving the local poor. Though both carry a dark history and a sense of haunting pain, they begin to grow closer and wonder whether God can build something new and beautiful from the debris of the past"-- Provided by publisher.

Death in Salem

June 16, 2015
Kuhns, Eleanor.
New York : Minotaur, 2015.
326 pages ; 22 cm.
"It's 1796, and traveling weaver Will Rees is visiting Salem, Massachusetts. He's in town to buy a luxurious gift for his pregnant wife, a few yards of well-made fabric from the traders at the famed Salem harbor. While traveling through Salem, however, Rees comes upon a funeral procession for the deceased Mrs. Antiss Boothe. When Rees happens upon Twig, a friend who fought alongside him in the war, he learns that Mrs. Boothe had been very ill, and her death had not come as a surprise. But the next morning, the town is abuzz with the news that Mr. Boothe has also died--and this time it is clearly murder. When the woman that Twig loves falls under suspicion, Twig persuades Rees to stay in Salem, despite the family waiting for him back home in Maine, and help solve the murder. Rees is quickly pulled into the murky politics of Salem and the Boothe family, who have long been involved in the robust shipping and trading industry on the Salem harbor. Everyone Rees meets seems to be keeping some kind of secret, but could any of them actually have committed murder? Will Rees returns in Death in Salem, the next brilliant historical mystery from MB/MWA First Novel Competition winner Eleanor Kuhns"--Provided by publisher.

Wars of the Roses : Margaret of Anjou

June 11, 2015
Iggulden, Conn.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
xxxiv, 414 pages : maps, geneaological charts ; 24 cm
Map on lining papers.
"The brilliant retelling of the Wars of the Roses continues with Margaret of Anjou, the second gripping novel in the new series from historical fiction master Conn Iggulden. As Traitors Advance...A Queen Defends It is 1454 and for over a year King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank. His fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband's interests, hoping that her son Edward will one day come to know his father. With each month that Henry is all but absent as king, Richard, the Duke of York, Protector of the Realm, extends his influence throughout the kingdom. The Trinity--Richard and the earls of Salisbury and Warwick--are a formidable trio, and together they seek to break the support of those who would raise their colors and their armies in the name of Henry and his Queen. But when the king unexpectedly recovers his senses and returns to London to reclaim his throne, the balance of power is once again plunged into turmoil. The clash of the Houses of Lancaster and York may be the beginning of a war that can tear England apart. Following on from Stormbird, Margaret of Anjou is the second epic installment in master storyteller Conn Iggulden's new Wars of the Roses series. Fans of Game of Thrones and The Tudors will be gripped from the word "go." "-- Provided by publisher.

Superfluous women : a Daisy Dalrymple mystery

June 10, 2015
Dunn, Carola, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
305 pages ; 22 cm.
"In England in the late 1920s, The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, on a convalescent trip to the countryside, goes to visit three old school friends in the area. The three, all unmarried, have recently bought a house together. They are a part of the generation of "superfluous women"--brought up expecting marriage and a family, but left without any prospects after more than 700,000 British men were killed in the Great War. Daisy and her husband Alec--Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, of Scotland Yard --go for a Sunday lunch with Daisy's friends, where one of the women mentions a wine cellar below their house, which remains curiously locked, no key to be found. Alec offers to pick the lock, but when he opens the door, what greets them is not a cache of wine, but the stench of a long-dead body. And with that, what was a pleasant Sunday lunch has taken an unexpected turn. Now Daisy's three friends are the most obvious suspects in a murder and her husband Alec is a witness, so he can't officially take over the investigation. So before the local detective, Superintendent Underwood, can officially bring charges against her friends, Daisy is determined to use all her resources (Alec) and skills to solve the mystery behind this perplexing locked-room crime"-- Provided by publisher.

The fateful lightning : a novel of the Civil War

June 10, 2015
Shaara, Jeff, 1952-
New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
xiii, 615 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"Civil War ; 4"--Title page verso.
"From New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara comes the riveting final installment in the Civil War series that began with A Blaze of Glory and continued in A Chain of Thunder and The Smoke at Dawn. November 1864: As the Civil War rolls into its fourth bloody year, the tide has turned decidedly in favor of the Union. A grateful Abraham Lincoln responds to Ulysses S. Grant's successes by bringing the general east, promoting Grant to command the entire Union war effort, while William Tecumseh Sherman now directs the Federal forces that occupy all of Tennessee. In a massive surge southward, Sherman conquers the city of Atlanta, sweeping aside the Confederate army under the inept leadership of General John Bell Hood. Pushing through northern Georgia, Sherman's legendary "March to the Sea" shoves away any Rebel presence, and by Christmas 1864 the city of Savannah falls into the hands of "Uncle Billy." Now there is but one direction for Sherman to go. In his way stands the last great hope for the Southern cause, General Joseph E. Johnston. In the concluding novel of his epic Civil War tetralogy, Jeff Shaara tells the dramatic story of the final eight months of battle from multiple perspectives: the commanders in their tents making plans for total victory, as well as the ordinary foot soldiers and cavalrymen who carried out their orders until the last alarum sounded. Through Sherman's eyes, we gain insight into the mind of the general who vowed to "make Georgia howl" until it surrendered. In Johnston, we see a man agonizing over the limits of his army's power, and accepting the burden of leading the last desperate effort to ensure the survival of the Confederacy. The Civil War did not end quietly. It climaxed in a storm of fury that lay waste to everything in its path. The Fateful Lightning brings to life those final brutal, bloody months of fighting with you-are-there immediacy, grounded in the meticulous research that readers have come to expect from Jeff Shaara. Praise for Jeff Shaara's new Civil War series A Blaze of Glory "[An] exciting read. This novel is meticulously researched and brings a vivid reality to the historical events depicted."--Library Journal "Dynamic portrayals [of] Johnston, Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman."--The Wall Street Journal A Chain of Thunder "Shaara continues to draw powerful novels from the bloody history of the Civil War."--Kirkus Reviews "Shaara's historical accuracy is faultless, and he tells a good story. The voices of these people come across to the reader as poignantly clear as they did 150 years ago."--Historical Novels Review The Smoke at Dawn "Beautifully written. Shaara once again elevates history from mere rote fact to explosive and engaging drama."--Bookreporter "Shaara's mastery of military tactics, his intimate grasp of history, and his ability to interweave several supporting narratives into a cohesive and digestible whole. will appeal to a broad range of historical and military fiction fans."--Booklist"-- Provided by publisher.

Wildfire in his arms

June 9, 2015
Lindsey, Johanna.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
394 pages ; 24 cm
"#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey's passionate new tale about a gunfighter running from his past who finds his future when he escorts a beautiful outlaw to her hanging. Featuring one of Lindsey's most intriguing heroes: the dangerous and mysterious Degan Grant from One Heart to Win. With his work in Montana completed now that the Callahan-Warren feud has ended in marriage rather than bloodshed, Degan Grant sets out for California because it is far away from the home he wants to forget--until the US Marshal who saved his life calls in a favor. All Degan has to do is apprehend three outlaws on the marshal's list and turn them over to the law. Easy enough, he figures, for a man no one wants to tangle with. But then a bold young woman crosses his path. Maxine grew up so pretty and attracted so much unwanted attention in her Texas hometown that events spiraled out of control. She will try anything to escape the handsome, enigmatic gunfighter who intends to turn her over to a corrupt sheriff who will hang her instead of putting her on trial. Saddled with a sassy, spirited young woman who insists she is innocent, Degan must hunt down a vicious killer and keep an old enemy at bay. But forced into intimate proximity with his beguiling prisoner, he finds his desire sparking into a wildfire of passion, and he can no longer deny that it is time for them to risk confronting their pasts so he can have a chance at a future with her in his arms forever"-- Provided by publisher.

The truth according to us : a novel

June 8, 2015
Barrows, Annie.
New York : The Dial Press, [2015]
491 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
"Miss Layla Beck, the daughter of a powerful Senator from Delaware refuses to marry the gentleman her father has chosen for her and is forced to get a job working for the FWP to write the first official account of Macedonian History. Her notions of real life--the social whirl of Newport and New York--are totally upended and she despairs in rooming with the overly eccentric Romeyn family in such a small backwater town. The Romeyn family is a fixture in the town, their identity tied to its knotty history. Layla enters their lives and lights a match to the family veneer and a truth comes to light that will change each of their lives forever in deeply personal and powerful ways. As Layla embarks on this grand adventure to establish historical moments in print, her first friend, the town librarian Ms. Betts wisely cautions: "There is a problem with history. All of us see a story according to our own lights. None of us is capable of objectivity."-- Provided by publisher.

Second Street Station : a Mary Handley mystery

June 8, 2015
Levy, Lawrence H.
New York : Broadway Books, [2014]
318 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reader's guide.
After being fired from her job at the hat factory for insubordinate behavior, Mary Handley, an aspiring detective, finds herself at the murder scene of Charles Goodrich, a former employee of Thomas Edison, and, proving her acumen as a sleuth, is hired by the Brooklyn police department to solve the crime.

Love in the time of scandal

June 4, 2015
Linden, Caroline.
New York : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
378 p. ; 17 cm.
When scandal forces her to marry Benedict Lennox, Lord Atherton, the man she detests, Penelope Weston tries to deny her attraction to the arrogant scoundrel as they start their new life together in name only.

Hearts made whole

June 4, 2015
Hedlund, Jody, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
379 pages ; 22 cm.
"In 1865, Caroline has tended the Windmill Point Lighthouse in Michigan since her father's death, but her home and livelihood are threatened when a wounded Civil War veteran arrives to take her place."-- Provided by publisher.

The surfacing

June 4, 2015
James, Cormac, 1971-
©2014
381 pages ; 21 cm
"Seeking Franklin's lost expedition and threatened by crushing Arctic ice, the Impetus lieutenant discovers a stowaway, pregnant with his child"-- Provided by publisher.

Love's rescue : a novel

June 4, 2015
Johnson, Christine (Christine Elizabeth)
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, 2015.
348 pages ; 22 cm.
"Keys of promise."

The convictions of John Delahunt

June 4, 2015
Hughes, Andrew, 1979- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
348 pages : map ; 24 cm

People of the songtrail

June 3, 2015
Gear, W. Michael, author.
©2015
349 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
On the shores of what is now northeastern Canada, a small group of intrepid settlers have landed, seeking freedom to worship and prosper far from the religious strife and political upheaval that plague a war-ridden Europe... 500 years before Columbus set sail. Vikings, the first European settlers to land on the shores of the new world, intend to make it their home-- in spite of the Skraeling barbarians who stand in their way. In their swift and violent clash of cultures, there are men and women on both sides who are brave enough to work for the fragile hope of peace.

The Pinch : a history : a novel

June 3, 2015
Stern, Steve, 1947- author.
©2015
349 pages ; 24 cm
It's the late 1960s. The Pinch, once a thriving Jewish community centered on North Main Street in Memphis, has been reduced to a single tenant. Lenny Sklarew awaits the draft by peddling drugs and shelving books, until he learns he is a character in a book about the rise and fall of this very Pinch.

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