New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

January 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The wartime sisters

January 22, 2019
Loigman, Lynda Cohen, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2019]
ix, 290 pages ; 25 cm
Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer's wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a "soldier of production." Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.

The wolf in the whale

January 22, 2019
Brodsky, Jordanna Max, author.
New York, NY : Redbook, 2019.
548 pages : map ; 21 cm
A young Inuit shaman's epic quest for survival in the frozen lands of North America in 1000 AD. Born with the soul of a hunter and the language of the gods, Omat is destined to become a shaman like her grandfather. To protect her people, she invokes the spirits of the sky, the sea, and the air. But the gods have stopped listening, the seals won't come, and Omat's family is starving. Desperate to save them, Omat journeys through the icy wastes, fighting for survival with every step. When she meets a Viking warrior and his strange new gods, together they set in motion a conflict that could shatter her world...or save it. The Wolf in the Whale is a powerful tale of magic, discovery and adventure, featuring an unforgettable narrator ready to confront the gods themselves.

The lost girls of Paris

January 22, 2019
Jenoff, Pam, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Park Row Books, [2019]
377 pages ; 24 cm
From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan's Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II.1946, ManhattanOne morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs--each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.-- Publisher's description.

Tombland

January 22, 2019
Sansom, C. J, author.
New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
866 pages ; 25 cm.
Originally published in the United Kingdom by Mantle, a division of Pan Macmillan, in October 2018.
When a distant relative of Princess Elizabeth is found dead, Matthew Shardlake is sent to investigate the murder, which may have connections reaching to a peasant rebellion sweeping the country.

The falcon of Sparta

January 22, 2019
Iggulden, Conn, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
432 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
In an ancient Persian empire torn by civil war, the young soldier Xenophon leads his decimated Spartan army in a confrontation against the legendary warriors of Artaxerxes II.

Learning to see : a novel of Dorothea Lange, the woman who revealed the real America

January 21, 2019
Hooper, Elise, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
362, 14 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"P.S. insights, interviews & more ..."--Cover.

The eulogist : a novel

January 18, 2019
Gamble, Terry, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
310 pages ; 24 cm
"Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family arrives in America in 1819. But in coming to this new land, they have lost nearly everything. Making their way west they settle in Cincinnati, a burgeoning town on the banks of the mighty Ohio River whose rise, like the Givenses' own, will be fashioned by the colliding forces of Jacksonian populism, religious evangelism, industrial capitalism, and the struggle for emancipation. After losing their mother in childbirth and their father to a riverboat headed for New Orleans, James, Olivia, and Erasmus Givens must fend for themselves. Ambitious James eventually marries into a prosperous family, builds a successful business, and rises in Cincinnati society. Taken by the spirit and wanderlust, Erasmus becomes an itinerant preacher, finding passion and heartbreak as he seeks God. Independent-minded Olivia, seemingly destined for spinsterhood, enters into a surprising partnership and marriage with Silas Orpheus, a local doctor who spurns social mores. When her husband suddenly dies from an infection, Olivia travels to his family home in Kentucky, where she meets his estranged brother and encounters the horrors of slavery firsthand. After abetting the escape of one slave, Olivia is forced to confront the status of a young woman named Tilly, another slave owned by Olivia's brother-in-law. When her attempt to help Tilly ends in disaster, Olivia tracks down Erasmus, who has begun smuggling runaways across the river—the borderline between freedom and slavery. As the years pass, this family of immigrants initially indifferent to slavery will actively work for its end—performing courageous, often dangerous, occasionally foolhardy acts of moral rectitude that will reverberate through their lives for generations to come."--Inside dust jacket.

The witches of St. Petersburg : a novel

January 18, 2019
Edwards-Jones, Imogen, author.
New York : Harper, [2019]
xxi, 440, 8 pages ; 21 cm
"As daughters of the impoverished King of Montenegro, Militza and Stana must fulfill their duty to their father and leave their beloved home for St. Petersburg to be married into senior positions in the Romanov court. For their new alliances to the Russian nobility will help secure the future of the sisters' native country. Immediately, Militza and Stana feel like outcasts as the aristocracy shuns them for their provincial ways and for dabbling in the occult. Undeterred, the sisters become resolved to make their mark by falling in with the lonely, depressed Tsarina Alexandra, who—as an Anglo-German—is also an outsider and is not fully accepted by members of the court. After numerous failed attempts to precipitate the birth of a son and heir, the Tsarina is desperate and decides to place her faith in the sisters' expertise with black magic. Promising the Tsarina that they will be able to secure an heir for the Russian dynasty, Militza and Stana hold séances and experiment with rituals and spells. Gurus, clairvoyants, holy fools, and charlatans all try their luck. The closer they become to the Tsarina and the royal family, the more their status—and power—is elevated. But when the sisters invoke a spiritual shaman, who goes by the name of Rasputin, the die is cast. For they have not only irrevocably sealed their own fates—but also that of Russia itself. Brimming with black magic, sex and intrigue..."--Back cover.

The flimflam affair

January 17, 2019
Pronzini, Bill, author.
©2018
239 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Carpenter and Quincannon Professional Detective Services is a fixture in San Francisco at the dawn of a new century. Sabina and John will protect their clients, doing what is necessary to run the dregs of society into the arms of the law. Sometimes that involves brute force. Other times, a more subtle touch is needed. Professor A. Vargas, medium extraordinaire, and his partner, Annabelle, don't use picks to open locked doors, and most certainly don't use violence to get what they want. Instead they prey upon hopes and fears to swindle bereaved patrons. Soon John and Sabina find themselves in a dusky room, preparing to take the lying duo down. Then a knife flashes ... and our detectives must discover who is conning whom. Before they themselves are dispatched.

The fire court

January 17, 2019
Taylor, Andrew, 1951 October 14- author.
©2018
440 pages ; 25 cm
"Endpapers show A map of the area of London affected by the Great Fire of London in 1666"--Title page verso.
The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away. When James Marwood's father, a traitor, is run down and killed, he is determined to uncover the truth.

A love to behold : a novel

January 17, 2019
MacLaren, Sharlene, 1948- author.
New Kensington, PA : Whitaker House, [2018]
331 pages ; 23 cm
"Romance novel set after the Civil War centering on a 27-year-old woman who teaches at a new school for the children of former slaves in South Carolina, the villains who oppose her, and her two suitors"--Provided by publisher.

To keep the sun alive : a novel

January 15, 2019
Ghaffari, Rabeah, author.
New York : Catapult, 2019.
x, 273 pages ; 22 cm
The year is 1979. The Iranian Revolution is just around the corner. In the northeastern city of Naishapur, a family, including their friends and servants, ranging from young to old, reveal the personal behind the political, reminding us of the human lives that animate historical events.

The only woman in the room

January 15, 2019
Benedict, Marie, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2019]
254 pages ; 24 cm
Includes a reading group guide on (pages 252-254).
Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. At lavish Vienna dinner parties, she overhears the Third Reich's plans. One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband's castle. She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But Hedy is keeping a secret even more shocking than her Jewish heritage: she is a scientist. She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone -- if anyone will listen to her. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication.

Ten kisses to scandal

January 15, 2019
Lorret, Vivienne, author.
©2019
372 pages ; 17 cm
"Briar Bourne's matchmaking career could be summed up in two words--comic disaster. Unless she can learn about the irresistible forces that draw men and women together, her professional future looks rather bleak. But Briar has an intriguing plan--enlisting London's most irredeemable rake to teach her everything he knows about attraction. Given his notorious reputation, it's no surprise that Nicholas Blacklowe, the Earl of Edgemont, requests one thing in exchange for his tutelage. For every lesson, he wants a kiss in return. And what harm could there be in a simple kiss? After all, Briar would never fall for a scoundrel ... Nicholas has no romantic notions about love, and no intention of changing his ways. He's only helping Briar so that she can find the perfect bride for his jilted cousin. Yet Briar is so clever, so curious, so candid--so blasted tempting--that soon, Nicholas can't stop wondering what it might be like if he was irresistible to her. Ten lessons. Ten kisses. And a million ways to fall hopelessly, scandalously in love."--Amazon.com.

Trailblazer

January 14, 2019
Schmidt, Anna, 1943- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc, [2019]
364 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes.
With her family farm falling on hard times, Grace Rogers applies for a position with the prestigious Fred Harvey Company. Soon she's headed for Juniper, New Mexico to work in the Palace Hotel. There she meets a handsome cowboy who quickly turns her head. Too bad the Harvey Girls are forbidden to fall in love ... Nick Hopkins has a plan: buy a little land, marry, and raise a family--in that order. But after meeting Grace, he can't keep away. Their only choice is to marry in secret ... but between avoiding suspicion, family drama, and a rapidly changing Western frontier, can their love possibly survive?

A dangerous woman from nowhere : a novel

January 14, 2019
Radish, Kris, author.
©2017
265 pages ; 22 cm
"When her husband is kidnapped by ruthless gold miners, frontierwoman Briar Logan discovers that adventures of the heart are almost as dangerous as tracking down lawless killers. Desperate to save her husband and the solitary life they have carved out of the wilderness, Briar is forced to accept the help of a damaged young man and a notorious female horse trainer in her journey to find him. As they face whiskey runners, gold thieves, unpredictable elements and men who will stop at nothing to get what they want, the unlikely trio must forge an uncommon bond in order to survive."--Back cover.

The ice maiden

January 14, 2019
Sheridan, Sara, 1968- author.
©2018
248 pages ; 23 cm.
"1842. Stranded on Deception Island in the South Atlantic, her whaling captain husband lost at sea, Karina is destitute and desperate. Disguised as a cabin boy, she stows away on a British ship. But Karina is about to get a nasty surprise. As she grows closer to ship's surgeon Joseph Hooker, Karina and the rest of the crew find themselves pushed to the limits both physically and emotionally as conditions worsen onboard. Engulfed in the chillingly hostile Antarctic landscape, something extraordinary happens--and Karina's story becomes intetwined with some of the 20th century's bravest Polar exploreres."--provided by publisher

With this pledge

January 11, 2019
Alexander, Tamera, author.
©2019
x, 437 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes recipes.
Includes discussion questions.
When her home is converted into a Confederate hospital Lizzie Clouston must be true to her own heart while standing for what she knows is right.

Inventing Victoria

January 10, 2019
Bolden, Tonya, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2019.
264 pages ; 22 cm
Essie, a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, is offered the opportunity to leave her shameful past and be transformed into an educated, high-society woman in Washington, D.C.

The widows

January 10, 2019
Montgomery, Jess, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
327 pages : map ; 25 cm
When Lily Ross learns that her husband, Daniel Ross, the town's widely respected sheriff, is killed while transporting a prisoner, she is devastated and vows to avenge his death. Hours after his funeral, a stranger appears at her door. Marvena Whitcomb, a coal miner's widow, is unaware that Daniel has died, and begs to speak with him about her missing daughter. From miles away but worlds apart, Lily and Marvena's lives collide as they realize that Daniel was not the man that either of them believed him to be--and that his murder is far more complex than either of them could have imagined. Inspired by the true story of Ohio's first female sheriff, this is a powerful debut about two women's search for justice as they take on the corruption at the heart of their community.

Big bang : a nonfiction novel

January 10, 2019
Bowman, David, 1957-2012, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
xxiii, 595 pages ; 25 cm
Set in the 1950's, this epic, Warholian novel presents a brilliant and wholly original take on the years leading up to the Kennedy assassination. Where were you when you first heard President Kennedy had been shot? This is a question most people can answer, even if the answer is "I wasn't born yet." In this epic novel, David Bowman makes the strong case that the shooting on November 22nd, 1963 was the major, defining turning point that catapulted the world into an entirely new stratosphere. It was the second big bang.

The light over London

January 9, 2019
Kelly, Julia, 1986- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
293 pages ; 24 cm
Unable to confront the challenges in her own life, Cara Hargraves immerses herself in work for her antiques-dealer boss, uncovering relics from the life of World War II British "Gunner Girl" Louise Keene and her complicated relationship with a man named Paul.

The perilous adventures of the cowboy king : a novel of Teddy Roosevelt and his times

January 9, 2019
Charyn, Jerome, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2019]
xv, 283 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Jerome Charyn re-creates the voice of Theodore Roosevelt, the New York City police commissioner, Rough Rider, and soon- to-be twenty-sixth president through his derring-do adventures, effortlessly combining superhero dialogue with haunting pathos. Beginning with his sickly childhood and concluding with McKinley's assassination, the novel positions Roosevelt as a "perfect bull in a china shop," a fearless crime fighter and pioneering environmentalist who would grow up to be our greatest peacetime president. With an operatic cast, including 'Bamie,' his handicapped older sister; Eleanor, his gawky little niece; as well as the devoted Rough Riders, the novel memorably features the lovable mountain lion Josephine, who helped train Roosevelt for his 'crowded hour,' the charge up San Juan Hill."-- Provided by publisher.

The hangman's secret

January 9, 2019
Rowland, Laura Joh, author.
©2019
296 pages ; 24 cm.
Photographer Sarah Bain and her friends Lord Hugh Staunton and sometime street urchin Mick O'Reilly are private detectives with a new gig--photographing crime scenes for London's Daily World newspaper. The Daily World is the latest business venture of their sole client, Sir Gerald Mariner, a fabulously wealthy and powerful banker. One cold, snowy January morning, Sarah, Hugh, and Mick are summoned to the goriest crime scene they've ever encountered. A pub owner named Harry Warbrick has been found hanged and decapitated amid evidence of foul play. His murder becomes a sensation because he was England's top hangman and he's met the same fate that he inflicted on hundreds of criminals. Sir Gerald announces that the Daily World--meaning Sarah and her friends--will investigate and solve Harry Warbrick's murder before the police do. The contest pits Sarah against the man she loves, Police Constable Barrett. She and her friends discover a connection between Harry Warbrick's murder and the most notorious criminal he ever executed--Amelia Carlisle, the "Baby-Butcher," who murdered hundreds of infants placed in her care. Something happened at Amelia's execution. The Official Secrets Act forbids the seven witnesses present to divulge any information about it. But Harry had a bad habit of leaking tips to the press. Sarah and her friends suspect that one of the other witnesses killed Harry to prevent him from revealing a secret related to the execution. What is the secret, and who hanged the hangman?

The highland renegade

January 9, 2019
Jarecki, Amy, 1961- author.
New York : Forever, 2019.
348 pages ; 18 cm.
Famed for his fierceness, Laird Robert Grant is above all a loyal Highland clan chief. But when redcoats capture his rival's daughter, he sets aside their feud and races to her rescue. Aye, Janet Cameron is beautiful, cunning, and so very tempting, but a Cameron lass is the last woman he should ever desire. Janet refuses to meekly surrender, not even when surrounded by foes. She takes every chance to escape, first from the English soldiers and then from the wickedly handsome Robert. Yet with each day they spend together, his unexpected gallantry chips away her reserve little by little. As danger and treachery loom, can she trust him enough to choose love over vengeance?

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