New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

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

The Paris seamstress

September 19, 2018
Lester, Natasha, 1973- author.
New York : Forever, 2018.
453 pages ; 21 cm
First published in March 2018 by Hachette Australia.
When Fabienne Bissette attends the annual Met Gala for an exhibit honoring her grandmother Estella, a famed designer, she begins to learn more about her grandmother's past, uncovering a story of tragedy, heartbreak, and secrets.

Court of shadows

September 19, 2018
Roux, Madeleine, 1985- author.
419 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"After the frightful events of last autumn, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton has settled into her role as a maid at Coldthistle House, but she has not settled into what that means for her humanity. As Louisa struggles to figure out whether she is worthy of redemption, the devilish Mr. Morningside plans a fete- one that will bring new guests to Coldthistle House. From wicked humans to Upworlders, angelic beings who look down upon Mr. Morningside's monstrous staff, all are armed with their own brand of self-righteous justice. Even a man claiming to be Louisa's father has a role to play, though what his true motive is, Louisa cannot tell. The conflicts will eventually come to a head on the grounds of Coldthistle House-and the stakes include Louisa's very soul." -- Publisher's website.

A forgotten place : a Bess Crawford mystery

September 18, 2018
Todd, Charles, author.
354 pages ; 24 cm.
"At the end of the Great War, Bess Crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland"--Dust jacket.

Button man

September 18, 2018
Gross, Andrew, 1952- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
371 pages ; 24 cm
A stirring story of a Jewish family brought together in the dawn of the women's garment business and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in New York City in the 1930s.

The mermaid and Mrs. Hancock : a history in three volumes

September 18, 2018
Gowar, Imogen Hermes, author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
v, 487 pages ; 24 cm
"One September evening in 1785, just beyond the docks of London, Jonah Hancock hears an urgent knocking on his front door. The captain of one of Jonah's trading vessels is waiting eagerly on the front step, bearing shocking news. On a voyage to the Far East, he sold the Jonah's ship for something rare and far more precious: a mermaid. Jonah is stunned--the object the captain presents him is brown and wizened, as small as an infant, with vicious teeth and claws, and a torso that ends in the tail of a fish. It is also dead. As gossip spreads, all of London is curious to see this marvel in Jonah Hancock's possession. Thrust from his ordinary existence, somber Jonah finds himself moving from the city's seedy underbelly to the finest drawing rooms of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of the coquettish Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on--and a shrewd courtesan of great accomplishment. This meeting sparks a perilous liaison that steers both their lives onto a dangerous new course as they come to realize that priceless things often come at the greatest cost."--Jacket.

The lost carousel of Provence

September 18, 2018
Blackwell, Juliet, author.
New York : Berkley, 2018.
x, 367 pages ; 21 cm
"An artist lost to history, a family abandoned to its secrets, and the woman whose search for meaning unearths it all. American photographer Cady Drake shoots local merry-go-rounds, a hobby inspired by a carved wooden rabbit gifted to her following her troubled years in foster care. Now at a crisis point in her life, Cady can't refuse a freelance assignment documenting the antique carousels of Paris. While there, she hopes to track down the true origins of her rabbit, which she has always believed to be carved by French carousel maker Gustave Bayol. Cady's research leads her to Provence, where she discovers a dilapidated carousel carved by Bayol for the grand Château Clement in the early 1900s. After commissioning the carousel, the Clement family struggled to maintain their ancestral home through the two World Wars, buffeted by jealousies passed down through the generations. Despite the carousel's derelict state, Cady longs to restore it--if she can secure the permission of the run-down château's gruff, elderly owner, a man with secrets of his own. As Cady digs deeper into the past, unearthing century-old photographs of the Clement carousel and its creators, she might be the one person who can bring the past to light and reunite a family torn apart"-- Provided by publisher.

Dream country

September 18, 2018
Gibney, Shannon, author.
New York, NY : Dutton, [2018]
335 pages ; 22 cm
2008, Minneapolis. Kollie Flomo, at once too black and not black enough for his African American peers and worn down by the expectations of his own Liberian family and community, turns to violence. 1926, Liberia. Togar Somah, an indigenous Liberian, is on the run from government militias that would force him to work the plantations of the Congo people, descendants of the African American slaves who colonized Liberia almost a century earlier. 1827. The children of Yasmine Wright leave a Virginia plantation with their mother for Liberia, promised freedom by the American Colonization Society. 1980. Ujay and Evelyn dare to believe their love can survive Liberia's approaching revolution. 2018, Minneapolis. A dreamer attempts to weave her family's history into a new future.-- adapted from jacket

Always forward : January - October 1867

September 18, 2018
Dye, Ginny, author.
525 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Shifted By The Winds.
Can America survive the struggle to rebuild? Carrie and Robert's dream comes true, but is Carrie strong enough to survive what comes next? Rose's school comes under attack by vigilantes. No one could have predicted what will happen next. Abby makes the choice to go to Kansas to fight for Woman Suffrage, and almost pays the ultimate price. Violence and hatred run rampant through the country as America tries to come to grips with 2,000,000 freed slaves.

Glimmers of Change : January-August 1866

September 18, 2018
Dye, Ginny, author.
511 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to Carried Forward By Hope.
Carrie and Janie are living their dream in Philadelphia, but what price will they pay when cholera sweeps through America once again? Robert searches for peace on the plantation, but forces are in place that are determined to deny it. Moses and Rose are driven by forces beyond their control to become leaders in the midst of a violent racial revolution. Jeremy discovers love, but will the reality of his heritage make it impossible, and will he survive the forces determined to destroy the factory? And will Matthew finally free his heart?

Horizons unfolding, November 1869 - March 1870

September 18, 2018
Dye, Ginny, author.
523 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Looking to the future.
Follow the continuing struggles and triumphs of Carrie, Moses and Rose, Susan, Thomas and Abby, and Marietta and Jeremy as they work to rebuild their lives as America continues to struggle with post-Civil War realities.

Looking to the future, October 1868 - June 1869

September 18, 2018
Dye, Ginny, author.
521 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Walking into the unknown.
Carrie, Moses and Rose, Marietta and Jeremy, Thomas and Abby, and Janie continue to struggle to rebuild their lives as the nation struggles with post-Civil War realities.

Three queens in Erin : a novel

September 18, 2018
Nicholas, Douglas, author.
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria Paperback, 2017.
282 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"The fourth installment of Douglas Nicholas' acclaimed series continues the dark, thrilling fantasy set in thirteenth century England and Ireland"-- Provided by publisher.

Walking into the unknown, October 1867 - October 1868

September 18, 2018
Dye, Ginny, author.
495 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Always forward.
Carrie, Janie and Matthew, Moses and Rose, Jeremy and Marietta, and Abby continue to rebuild their lives and fulfill their dreams in Richmond, Virginia and elsewhere, all as they adjust to life during the American Reconstruction.

Escaping from Houdini

September 17, 2018
Maniscalco, Kerri, author.
436 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Jimmy Patterson Books."
In 1889, the ship Etruria departs Liverpool, England, for New York carrying Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her crime-solving partner, Thomas, a famous escape artist, and a cold-blooded killer.-- Provided by Publisher.

The Christmas prayer

September 17, 2018
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
© 2014
170 pages ; 18 cm.
Three lone wagons on the California Trail become trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by a sudden snowstorm. Stuck in tight quarters with others makes Cynthia Cooper reevaluate her reasons for being engaged to fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she has to reconsider here dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

My real name is Hanna

September 17, 2018
Masih, Tara Lynn, author.
Simsbuy, Connecticut : Mandel Vilar Press, 2018.
195 pages ; 23 cm
"A riveting story of courage and strength in the face of Nazi terror ... about Hanna, a young Jewish girl, age 14, from a small Ukrainian village and how she and her family survived the Holocaust and eventually emigrated to America."-- Provided by publisher.

City of crows

September 17, 2018
Womersley, Chris, author.
344 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Set in seventeenth-century France--a country in the thrall of dark magic, its social fabric weakened by years of plague--Chris Womersley's City of Crows is a richly imagined and engrossing tour de force. Inspired by real-life events, it tells the story of Charlotte Picot, a young woman from the country forced to venture to the fearsome city of Paris in search of her only-remaining son, Nicolas. Fate (or coincidence) places the quick-witted charlatan Adam Lesage in her path. Lesage is newly released from the prison galleys and on the hunt for treasure, but, believing him to be a spirit she has summoned from the underworld, Charlotte enlists his help in finding her child. Charlotte and Lesage--comically ill-matched but nevertheless essential to one another--journey to Paris, then known as the City of Crows: Charlotte in search of Nicolas, and Lesage seeking a fresh start. Dazzlingly told, with humor and flair, City of Crows is a novel for readers who like their fiction atmospheric, adventurous, spine-tingling, and beautifully written. Pre-revolutionary France, with all its ribaldry, superstition, and intrigue is mesmerizing, and Charlotte Picot's story--the story of a mother in search of her lost son--holds universal appeal." -- Provided by publisher.

Dark queen rising

September 17, 2018
Doherty, P. C., author.
213 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Margaret Beaufort Mystery."--Cover.
"First in a brand-new historical mystery series featuring Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII and matriarch of the Tudor dynasty... May, 1471. The Wars of the Roses are reaching their bitter and bloody climax. Edward of York has claimed the English throne, and his supporters are extracting a savage revenge on all who supported the Lancastrian cause. Surrounded by enemies wherever she turns, the position of Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and mother to Henry Tudor, the last remaining hope of the House of Lancaster, is precarious to say the least. Determined to protect her son whatever it takes, Margaret must rely on her sharp-witted clerk Christopher Ulswicke to be her eyes and ears. When four bodies are discovered in a London tavern, their throats slit, and Margaret herself is suspected of being behind the crime, it's up to Ulswicke to prove his mistress's innocence and unmask the real killer."--Publisher's description.

She would be king : a novel

September 14, 2018
Moore, Wayétu, author.
294 pages ; 24 cm
Three extraordinary people use their unusual powers to protect the fledgling state of Liberia.

Freedom's light

September 14, 2018
Coble, Colleen, author.
© 2018
305 pages ; 22 cm
"A young lighthouse keeper, recently widowed, faces war and deprivation to find happiness with a shipwrecked captain who's a spy for George Washington"-- Provided by publisher.

The Red Ribbon

September 14, 2018
Adlington, L. J. (Lucy J.), 1970- author.
271 pages ; 22 cm
As 14-year-old Ella begins her first day at work she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Hers are no ordinary clients. Ella has joined the seamstresses of Birkenau-Auschwitz, as readers may recognise it. Every dress she makes could mean the difference between life and death. And this place is all about survival. Ella seeks refuge from this reality, and from haunting memories, in her work and in the world of fashion and fabrics. She is faced with painful decisions about how far she is prepared to go to survive. Is her love of clothes and creativity nothing more than collaboration with her captors, or is it a means of staying alive?

All change

September 14, 2018
Howard, Elizabeth Jane, author.
London : Mantle, [2013]
xiv, 572 pages : 1 genealogical table ; 24 cm.
It is the 1950s and as the Cazalets' beloved matriarch, the Duchy, passes away, she takes with her the last remnants of a world of great houses and servants, of class and tradition in which the Cazalets have thrived. Louise, now divorced, becomes entangled in a painful affair; while Polly and Clary must balance marriage and motherhood with their own ideas and ambitions. Hugh and Edward, now in their sixties, are feeling ill equipped for this modern world; while Villy, long abandoned by her husband, must at last learn to live independently. But it is Rachel, who has always lived for others, who will face her greatest challenges yet. Events will converge at Christmas at Home Place; on which a new generation of Cazalets will descend. Only one thing is certain, nothing will ever be the same again.

The glass ocean : a novel

September 13, 2018
Williams, Beatriz, author.
408 pages ; 24 cm
May 2013: Author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Breaking a promise to her mother, she opens her great-grandfather's chest from the RMS Lusitania, sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. April 1915: Caroline Telfair Hochstetter's husband, Gilbert, has become pre-occupied with business-- and something else that she can't quite put a finger on. They're traveling to London aboard the Lusitania-- and discovers her old friend Robert Langford is on the same voyage. Also on board is Tessa Fairweather, whose partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they'll leave the game behind.

Dark tide rising : a William Monk novel

September 12, 2018
Perry, Anne, author.
289 pages ; 25 cm
"When a ransom exchange turns violent in the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, Commander William Monk faces an unthinkable possibility: betrayal by his own men. Local businessman Harry Exeter doesn't want the aid of the Thames River Police in tracking down the men who kidnapped his wife, Kate. He only asks them to help him navigate Jacob's Island, a creepy mass of decrepit buildings where he will hand off a large sum of money in exchange for her life. But when they arrive at the meeting place, Commander Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides, and Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans--and why anyone would want to harm Kate Exeter. As Monk follows leads from Kate's worried cousin and a crafty clerk at the bank where Exeter gathered the ransom money, it seems inevitable that one of his own men has betrayed him. Delving into their pasts, he realizes how little he knows about the people he works with every day, including his trusted right-hand man Hooper, the one colleague Monk has always been certain he can count on. Even as they identify one of the kidnappers, the case runs into hurdle after hurdle, causing Monk to choose between his own safety and the chance to solve the case--and figure out where his men's loyalty really lies"-- Provided by publisher.

Miss Kopp just won't quit

September 12, 2018
Stewart, Amy, author.
309 pages ; 24 cm.
"Trailblazing Constance's hard-won job as deputy sheriff is on the line in Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit, the fourth installment of Amy Stewart's Kopp Sisters series"-- Provided by publisher.

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