New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

May 24, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Tubman command : a novel

May 23, 2019
Cobbs Hoffman, Elizabeth, author.
©2019
326 pages ; 24 cm
It's May 1863. Out-generaled and out-gunned, a demoralized Union Army has pulled back with massive losses at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Fort Sumter, hated symbol of the Rebellion, taunts the American navy with its artillery and underwater mines. In Beaufort, South Carolina, one very special woman, code named Moses, is hatching a spectacular plan. Hunted by Confederates, revered by slaves, Harriet Tubman plots an expedition behind enemy lines to liberate hundreds of bondsmen and recruit them as soldiers. A bounty on her head, she has given up husband and home for the noblest cause: a nation of, by, and for the people. The Tubman Command tells the story of Tubman at the height of her powers, when she devises the largest plantation raid of the Civil War. General David Hunter places her in charge of a team of black scouts even though skeptical of what one woman can accomplish. For her gamble to succeed, "Moses" must outwit alligators, overseers, slave catchers, sharpshooters, and even hostile Union soldiers to lead gunships up the Combahee River. Men stand in her way at every turn--though one reminds her that love shouldn't have to be the price of freedom.

Much ado about Lewrie : an Alan Lewrie naval adventure

May 23, 2019
Lambdin, Dewey, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Lewrie loses his ship and his command when he receives news that Vigilance must return to England to be decommissioned and turned over to the dockyards for a complete refit. Lewrie is grounded, put on half-pay, and his crew disperses to look for new positions. It's late Autumn, and being ashore is heavenly, after a time. Lewrie spends time with his wife Jessica, helps his son Hugh find a new ship, and happily marries off Charlotte. Life onshore is quiet until Lewrie finds himself once again in the headlines of the city papers after discovering a dognapping gang and uncovering stolen Bisquits and Rembrants. The headlines should be positive, but soon the tides turn against Lewrie once again. There's never a dull moment for Lewrie. Dewey Lambdin is the reigning master of maritime fiction, celebrated as the heir to Patrick O'Brian and C.S. Forester. For over twenty years, his devoted fans have followed the adventures of Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, from his days as a midshipmen to captain of his own ship and, though on somewhat dubious grounds, a baronetcy.

The ghost tree

May 22, 2019
Erskine, Barbara, author.
©2018.
580 pages : genealogical table ; 20 cm.
"Beware of the secrets in your family history..." --Cover.
Before you follow the path into your family's history, beware of the secrets you may find. Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile. Left rootless by the death of her estranged father, she is faced with the daunting task of sorting through his possessions. Amidst the dust of her old life, Ruth discovers a hidden diary from the eighteenth century, written by her ancestor, Thomas Erskine. As she sifts through the ancient pages of the past, Ruth is pulled into a story that she can't escape. As the youngest son of a noble family Thomas' life started in genteel poverty, but his extraordinary experiences propel him from the high seas to Lord Chancellor. Yet, on his journey through life, he makes a powerful enemy who hounds him to the death... and beyond. Ruth has opened a door to the past that she can't close.

The song of the jade lily : a novel

May 22, 2019
Manning, Kirsty, author.
New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
450, 17 pages ; 23 cm
"Originally published as The Jade Lily in Australia in 2018 by Allen & Unwin." -- Verso.
"1939, Shanghai: Beautiful local Li and Jewish refugee Romy form a fierce friendship, but the deepening shadows of World War II fall over the women as they slip between the city's glamorous French Concession district and the teeming streets of the Shanghai Ghetto. 2016: Alexandra returns to Australia from London to be with her grandparents, Romy and Wilhelm. Her grandfather is dying, and over the coming weeks Romy and Wilhelm begin to reveal the family mysteries they have kept secret for more than half a century. After Wilhelm dies, Alexandra flies to Shanghai, determined to trace her grandparents' past-- and the truth about her family and herself."-- adapted from jacket.

Darkness at Chancellorsville : a novel of Stonewall Jackson's triumph and tragedy

May 21, 2019
Peters, Ralph, 1952- author.
©2019
384 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
This historically accurate epic captures the high drama, human complexity and existential threat that nearly tore the United States in two, featuring a broad range of fascinating--and real-characters, in blue and gray, who sum to an untold story about a battle that has attained mythic proportions. And, in the end, the Confederate triumph proved a Pyrrhic victory, since it lured Lee to embark on what would become the war's turning point--the Gettysburg Campaign.--Provided by publisher.

The confessions of Frannie Langton : a novel

May 20, 2019
Collins, Sara, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
375 pages ; 24 cm
A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this astonishing historical thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London.

Mistress of the Ritz : a novel

May 17, 2019
Benjamin, Melanie, 1962- author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]
372 pages ; 22 cm
A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II--while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris--from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue. In March 1940, the Nazis sweep Paris and immediately take up residence in one of the city's most iconic sites: The Hotel Ritz. There, under a roof legendary for its unprecedented luxury and for its fabled residents--including Coco Chanel, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Cole Porter, Hemingway, Balanchine, Doris Duke, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and now Hermann Göring--the Nazis rule over a paralyzed city. But two residents of the Ritz refuse to be defeated: its director, Claude Auzello, and his beautiful American actress wife, Blanche. They not only oversee the smooth workings of the hotel, but both Blanche and Claude throw themselves fearlessly into the dangerous and clandestine workings of the French Resistance. This is a true-to-life novel of a courageous woman and her husband who put their marriage--and ultimately their lives--in jeopardy to fight for freedom. Intimate, fearless, and moving, it spins a brilliantly and unforgettably vivid human portrait at a time of unimaginable crisis and sacrifice.

The Inn at Hidden Run

May 17, 2019
Newport, Olivia, author.
©2019
255 pages : color illustration ; 22 cm.
"Meri's family has been producing doctors for so many generations that no one remembers why, so when she flunks out of medical school, she runs as far from her parents as she can get. In the small mountain town of Canyon Mines, Colorado, she takes a job at the Inn at Hidden Run B&B. And waits. It's only a matter of time. What she doesn't count on is genealogist Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father, Nolan, having her back when it takes everything she has not to bolt again but to stay and face the truth that only unfolding her family's history will reveal. While Nolan works on keeping Meri calm--and in town--Jillian pulls out of her gems of information she doesn't know she has and arranges the puzzle pieces. But none of that changes the fact that Meri's family is closing in to haul her back to her 'real' life. When their arrival inflames tensions and Meri finally does bolt, Nolan and Jillian may be out of time"--Page 4 of cover.

Let me hear a rhyme

May 16, 2019
Jackson, Tiffany D., author.
©2019
380 pages ; 22 cm
"Three Brooklyn teens [...] plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he's still alive. Brooklyn, 1998. Biggie Smalls was right: Things done changed. But that doesn't mean that Quadir and Jarrell are cool letting their best friend Steph's music lie forgotten under his bed after he's murdered -- not when his rhymes could turn any Bed Stuy corner into a party. With the help of Steph's younger sister Jasmine, they come up with a plan to promote Steph's music under a new rap name: the Architect. Soon, everyone wants a piece of him. When his demo catches the attention of a hotheaded music label rep, the trio must prove Steph's talent from beyond the grave. As the pressure of keeping their secret grows, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine are forced to confront the truth about what happened to Steph. Only, each has something to hide. And with everything riding on Steph's fame, they need to decide what they stand for or lose all that they've worked so hard to hold on to -- including each other"--Provided by publisher.

The refuge

May 16, 2019
Gabhart, Ann H., 1947- author.
©2019
390 pages ; 23 cm
Darcie and Walter Goodwin join a Shaker village to escape a cholera epidemic, but when Walter dies, Darcie is left alone--and lonely. Can love live again for this widow in a community that doesn't believe in marriage?

A place of light / Kim Silveira Wolterbeek.

May 15, 2019
Wolterbeek, Kim Silveira, author.
©2013
276 pages ; 21 cm
"Caught in a sudden storm and weakened by fasting, Robert of Arbrissel begins preaching in brothels. But it is not his words or his seductive voice as much as his glowing halo that encourages Madeleine, an emotionally damaged prostitute, to join him. Robert gathers followers and the reputation of sainthood, but he knows that his thoughts about Madeleine are not worthy of a holy man. Girard, a monk obsessed with food, finds following Robert only mires him more deeply in his own bottomless needs. Lady Philippa, Duchess of Aquitaine and Countess of Toulouse, first helps Robert's cause with a gift of land to build his vision of an abbey but later seeks refuge there herself. Set in early twelfth-century France, and based on historical events, this book reverberates with violence and beauty, with the parallel realities of prostitution and aristocratic marriage, the harsh aftermath of recent Viking invasions, and the intimate instruction of storytelling"--from Back cover.

Precious pawn

May 15, 2019
Devlin, Mary Martin, author.
©2014
387 pages ; 21 cm

Dawson's fall

May 14, 2019
Robinson, Roxana, author.
New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
xi, 332 pages ; 24 cm
"The story of Dawson, his wife, Sarah, and their family during the violent days following the Civil War. Dawson is the editor in chief of a newspaper in Charleston, SC, trying to bring a dose of humanity and justice to a tumultuous world struggling to right itself"-- Provided by publisher.

Prairie fever : a novel

May 14, 2019
Parker, Michael, 1959- author.
Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019.
311 pages ; 22 cm
Set in the hardscrabble landscape of early 1900s Oklahoma, but timeless in its sensibility, Prairie Fever traces the dynamic between two sisters: the pragmatic Lorena and the chimerical Elise. Their connection to each other supersedes all else, until the arrival of a schoolteacher sunders the sisters' relationship as they both begin to fall for him. With poetic intensity and the deadpan humor of Paulette Jiles and Charles Portis, Parker reminds us of how our choices are often driven by our passions. Expansive and intimate, Prairie Fever tells the story of characters tested as much by life on the prairie as they are by their own churning hearts.

America was hard to find : a novel

May 13, 2019
Alcott, Kathleen, author.
New York : Ecco, [2019]
417 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A family fractures along the political fault lines of the 1960s, setting off a sequence of events ricocheting from anti-Vietnam activism to the Apollo program, in this sprawling multigenerational novel"-- Provided by publisher.

Anna of Kleve, the princess in the portrait : a novel

May 13, 2019
Weir, Alison, 1951- author.
©2019
498 pages : genealogical tables ; 25 cm.
"Published in the United Kingdom as Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets by Headline Review, an imprint of the Headline Publishing Group, London."
"Newly widowed and the father of an infant son, Henry VIII realizes he must marry again to ensure the royal succession. Forty-six, overweight, and suffering from gout, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe's most eligible princesses. Anna of Kleve, from a small German duchy, is twenty-four, and has a secret she is desperate to keep hidden. Henry commissions her portrait from his court painter, who depicts her from the most flattering perspective. Entranced by the lovely image, Henry is bitterly surprised when Anna arrives in England and he sees her in the flesh. Some think her attractive, but Henry knows he can never love her. What follows is the fascinating story of an awkward royal union that somehow had to be terminated. Even as Henry begins to warm to his new wife and share her bed, his attention is captivated by one of her maids-of-honor. Will he accuse Anna of adultery as he did Queen Anne Boleyn, and send her to the scaffold? Or will he divorce her and send her home in disgrace?"--Provided by publisher.

The den : a novel

May 13, 2019
Maxwell, Abi, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
271 pages ; 22 cm.
"A luminous, hypnotic story of youth, sex, and power that tells of two young women who find themselves ostracized from the same small New England community for the same reasons--though they are separated by 150 years."--Provided by publisher.

A web of silk

May 13, 2019
Buckley, Fiona, author.
©2019
217 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Tudor mystery featuring Ursula Blanchard."--Jacket.
"August, 1582. The queen's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, has ordered Ursula to keep an eye on her new neighbor, Giles Frost, who is rumoured to be spying for King Philip of Spain. Arriving at Knoll House on the pretext of teaching his two daughters embroidery, Ursula's secret mission is to feed false information to Frost to pass on to the Spanish. Walsingham has assured Ursula that she'll be in no danger. But events take a decidedly sinister turn when a body is found in the woods near Ursula's home, a stained glass window is smashed and a bridal dowry is stolen. What secrets are contained within the Knoll House...and is Ursula being lured into a lethal trap?"--Publisher's description.

Life of David Hockney : a novel

May 10, 2019
Cusset, Catherine, 1963- author.
New York : Other Press, 2019.
181 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in 2018 as Vie de David Hockney: Roman by Éditions Gallimard, Paris."
"With clear, vivid prose, this meticulously researched novel draws an intimate, moving portrait of the most famous living English painter. Born in 1937 in a small town in the north of England, David Hockney had to fight to become an artist. After leaving his home in Bradford for the Royal College of Art in London, his career flourished, but he continued to struggle with a sense of not belonging, because of his homosexuality, which had yet to be decriminalized, and his inclination for a figurative style of art not sufficiently "contemporary" to be valued. Trips to New York and California--where he would live for many years and paint his iconic swimming pools--introduced him to new scenes and new loves, beginning a journey that would take him through the fraught years of the AIDS epidemic. A compelling hybrid of novel and biography, Life of David Hockney offers an accessible overview of the painter who shook the world of art with a vitality and freedom that neither heartbreak nor illness nor loss could corrode"-- Provided by publisher.

Tomb of Ancients

May 10, 2019
Roux, Madeleine, 1985- author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
375 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
Although Louisa and her friends moved to London to escape Coldthistle House, Louisa knows she must return to find the gateway between worlds and to fight her father's evil influence.

The Satapur moonstone

May 9, 2019
Massey, Sujata, author.
New York, NY : Soho Press, Inc., [2019]
349 pages : map, genealogical table ; 22 cm
"India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Satara mountains southeast of Bombay, where the kingdom of Satapur is tucked away. A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur's royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic accident. The kingdom is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur's two maharanis, the dowager queen and the maharaja's widow. The royal ladies are in dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer's council is required--but the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, India's only female lawyer. Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince's future, but knows she is breaking a rule by traveling alone as a woman into the remote countryside. And she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace's deadly curse?"--Provided by publisher.

The Egyptian antiquities murder

May 9, 2019
Rosett, Sara, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : McGuffin Ink, [2019]
258 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"Secrets never die...October 1923. Lady detective Olive Belgrave has a new case. Lady Agnes doesn't believe in curses--especially ancient curses--and she hires Olive to prove her uncle wasn't the victim of a malevolent mummy. Olive investigates and discovers the truth is much worse--it's murder. Can Olive debunk the curse and reveal the true culprit before the mummy curse claims another victim?"--Back cover.

Resistance women : a novel

May 8, 2019
Chiaverini, Jennifer, author.
©2019
594 pages ; 24 cm
After Wisconsin graduate student Mildred Fish marries brilliant German economist Arvid Harnack, she accompanies him to his German homeland, where a promising future awaits. In the thriving intellectual culture of 1930s Berlin, the newlyweds create a rich new life filled with love, friendships, and rewarding work--but the rise of a malevolent new political faction inexorably changes their fate. As Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party wield violence and lies to seize power, Mildred, Arvid, and their friends resolve to resist. Mildred gathers intelligence for her American contacts, including Martha Dodd, the vivacious and very modern daughter of the US ambassador. Her German friends, aspiring author Greta Kuckoff and literature student Sara Weiss, risk their lives to collect information from journalists, military officers, and officials within the highest levels of the Nazi regime. For years, Mildred's network stealthily fights to bring down the Third Reich from within. But when Nazi radio operatives detect an errant Russian signal, the Harnack resistance cell is exposed, with fatal consequences.

Westside : a novel

May 8, 2019
Akers, W. M., author.
©2019
291 pages : map ; 24 cm
"New York is dying, and the one woman who can save it has smaller things on her mind. It’s 1921, and a thirteen-mile fence running the length of Broadway splits the island of Manhattan, separating the prosperous Eastside from the Westside—an overgrown wasteland whose hostility to modern technology gives it the flavor of old New York. Thousands have disappeared here, and the respectable have fled, leaving behind the killers, thieves, poets, painters, drunks, and those too poor or desperate to leave. It is a hellish landscape, and Gilda Carr proudly calls it home. Slightly built, but with a will of iron, Gilda follows in the footsteps of her late father, a police detective turned private eye. Unlike that larger-than-life man, Gilda solves tiny mysteries: the impossible puzzles that keep us awake at night; the small riddles that destroy us; the questions that spoil marriages, ruin friendships, and curdle joy. Those tiny cases distract her from her grief, and the one impossible question she knows she can't answer: 'How did my father die?' Yet on Gilda's Westside, tiny mysteries end in blood—even the case of a missing white leather glove. Mrs. Copeland, a well-to-do Eastside housewife, hires Gilda to find it before her irascible merchant husband learns it is gone. When Gilda witnesses Mr. Copeland's murder at a Westside pier, she finds herself sinking into a mire of bootlegging, smuggling, corruption—and an evil too dark to face. All she wants is to find one dainty ladies' glove. She doesn't want to know why this merchant was on the wrong side of town—or why he was murdered in cold blood. But as she begins to see the connection between his murder, her father’s death, and the darkness plaguing the Westside, she faces the hard truth: she must save her city or die with it."--Inside dust jacket.

A bend in the stars

May 8, 2019
Barenbaum, Rachel, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, [2019]
456 pages ; 24 cm
"An epic love story and heart-pounding journey across WWI-era Russia, about a brilliant young scientist racing against Einstein to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the universe"-- Provided by publisher.

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