New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

July 7, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The gods of tango

July 6, 2015
De Robertis, Carolina, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
367 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"February 1913. Seventeen-year-old Leda, clutching a suitcase and her father's cherished violin, leaves her small Italian village for a new home (and husband) halfway across the world in Argentina. Upon her arrival in Buenos Aires, Leda is shocked to find that her bridegroom has been killed. Unable to fathom the idea of returning home, she remains in this unfamiliar city, living in a commune, without friends or family, on the brink of destitution. She finally acts on a passion she has kept secret for years: mastering the violin"--Dust jacket flap.

The exchange of princesses

July 6, 2015
Thomas, Chantal, 1945-
New York : Other Press, 2015.
xii, 332 pages ; 22 cm
"Set in the French and Spanish courts of the eighteenth century, this novel is based on a true story about the fate of two young princesses caught in the intrigues and secrets of the moment Philippe d'Orleans, the regent of France, has a gangrenous heart--the result of a life of debauchery, alcohol, power, and flattery. One morning in 1721, he decides to marry eleven-year-old Louis XV to the daughter of Philippe V of Spain, who is only four. Orleans hopes this will tie his kingdom to Spain. But were Louis to die without begetting an heir--the likeliness of which is greatly increased by having a child bride--Orleans himself would finally be king. Orleans tosses his own daughter into the bargain, the twelve-year-old Mlle de Montpensier, who will marry the Prince of Asturias, the heir to the Spanish throne. The Spanish court enthusiastically agrees and arrangements are made. The two nations trade their princesses in a grand ceremony in 1722, making bonds that should end the historical conflict. Nothing turns out as expected. "-- Provided by publisher.

The flying circus

July 6, 2015
Crandall, Susan, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
357 pages ; 24 cm
"From the bestselling and award-winning author of Whistling Past the Graveyard comes an adventure tale about two daredevils and a farm boy who embark on the journey of a lifetime across America's heartland in the Roaring Twenties. Set in the rapidly changing world of 1920s America, this is a story of three people from very different backgrounds: Henry "Schuler" Jefferson, son of German immigrants from Midwestern farm country; Cora Rose Haviland, a young woman of privilege whose family has lost their fortune; and Charles "Gil" Gilchrist, an emotionally damaged WWI veteran pilot. Set adrift by life-altering circumstances, they find themselves bound together by need and torn apart by blind obsessions and conflicting goals. Each one holds a secret that, if exposed, would destroy their friendship. But their journey of adventure and self-discovery has a price--and one of them won't be able to survive it. As they crisscross the heartland, exploring the rapidly expanding role of aviation from barnstorming to bootlegging, from a flying circus to the dangerous sport of air racing, the three companions form a makeshift family. It's a one-of-a-kind family, with members as adventurous as they are vulnerable, and as fascinating as they are flawed. But whatever adventure--worldly or private--they find themselves on, they're guaranteed to be a family you won't forget"-- Provided by publisher.

A theory of expanded love : a novel

July 2, 2015
Hicks, Caitlin, author.
Durham, NC : Light Messages, 2015.
351 pages ; 20 cm.
Trapped in her enormous, devout Catholic family in 1963, Annie creates a hilarious campaign of lies when the pope dies and their family friend, Cardinal Stefanucci, is unexpectedly on the short list to be elected the first American pope. Questioning all she has believed and torn between her own gut instinct and years of Catholic guilt, Annie takes courageous risks to wrest salvation from the tragic sequence of events set in motion by her parents' betrayal.

A Duke but no gentleman

July 2, 2015
Hawkins, Alexandra, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
292 pages ; 17 cm
"A masters of seduction novel"--Cover.
"London, 1792. The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess of Norgrave are boyhood friends who will still compete at anything. Racing, drinking, gambling, even seduction--until Lady Imogen Sunter crosses their path. Achingly beautiful, and innocent, she has no understanding of the jaded gentlemen who are courting her for favors--of how far they are willing to go to get what they want... Fighting for Imogen's affection should have been no more than their usual spirited rivalry. But when Blackbern discovers his feelings for Imogen have deepened, all bets are off. Norgrave, driven by his own demons, won't forsake his pride--and with one shocking act of betrayal that threatens Imogen and Blackbern's newfound desire, Norgrave will set the course for a generation of Regency bad boys who will go down in history as the Masters of Seduction" -- provided by publisher.

The way things were

July 2, 2015
Taseer, Aatish, 1980-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
565 pages ; 24 cm
"An absorbing family saga set amid the commotion of the last forty years of Indian history"-- Provided by publisher.

The wild girl

July 2, 2015
Forsyth, Kate, 1966- author.
©2013
495 pages ; 25 cm
"First published in Australia by Vintage ... previously published in Great Britain by Allison & Busby Limited"--Title page verso.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Dortchen Wild lives in the small German kingdom of Hesse-Cassel in the early 19th century. She finds herself irresistibly drawn to the boy next door, the handsome but very poor fairy tale scholar Wilhelm Grimm. It is a time of tyranny and terror: Napoleon Bonaparte wants to conquer all of Europe, and Hesse-Cassel is one of the first kingdoms to fall. Forced to live under oppressive French rule, Wilhelm and his brothers quietly rebel by preserving old half-forgotten tales that had once been told by the firesides of houses grand and small over the land. As Dortchen tells Wilhelm some of the most powerful and compelling stories in what will one day become his and Jacob's famous fairy tale collection, their love blossoms"--Amazon.com.

Queen of tomorrow

July 1, 2015
Ficklin, Sherry D., author.
[The Colony, Texas] : Clean Teen Publishing, 2015.
266 pages ; 22 cm.
Sophie--now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia--had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things start to look up. As a new day dawns, Catherine thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces that try to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Catherine soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia and her new empire. While navigating the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.

The map of chaos : a novel

July 1, 2015
Palma, Félix J., author.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
574 pages ; 24 cm
"The action of the wondrous final volume in Spanish author Palma's speculative thriller trilogy (which began with "The Map of Time" unfolds in several Victorian eras in parallel universes, beginning with esteemed biologist Herbert George Wells' attempt to create a virus that will allow the residents of his doomed steampunk world to escape to another realm free of threat"-- Provided by publisher.

A study in death

July 1, 2015
Huber, Anna Lee.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
viii, 323 pages ; 24 cm
Seeking a respite from her pregnant sister's wedding plans in 19th-century Scotland, Lady Kiera Darby accepts a commission to paint the portrait of an abused baroness who is subsequently murdered.

Pastel orphans

June 30, 2015
Liviero, Gemma, author.
©2013
344 pages ; 21 cm
"A novel"--cover.
"In 1930s Berlin, young Henrik, the son of a Jewish father and Aryan mother, watches the world around him crumbling: people are rioting in the streets, a strange yellow star begins appearing in shop windows, and friends are forced to move, or they simply disappear. After his father becomes gravely ill, Henrik and his little sister, Greta, are taken by their mother to Poland for safety. However, not even the pastoral surroundings of their new home can protect them from the terrors of war. When the Nazis invade and Greta is kidnapped, Henrik must shed his youthful innocence and search for his lost sister, a quest that will further reveal a harrowing landscape of violence and struggle, but also unexpected connections. Uniquely told from the perspective of youth plunged into adult chaos, Pastel Orphans is a coming-of-age story that explores profound lessons in self-belief, kindness, and human endurance."--Back cover.

Garden of the falling star

June 30, 2015
Myers, Steven J., author.
©2013
93 pages ; 21 cm
"Esther Marie only wants to help a homeless little girl, but her family and fiancé strongly object. Threatened with commitment and declared incompetent, she consents to being treated by a quack doctor. Her only hope for escape, in a time where women are powerless, is with a mysterious stranger. However, the stranger is on a private mission that involves carrying a gun, and a cell of anarchists are building a bomb. She is caught in a time when the forces of power and rebellion are ready to collide and explode"--Page [4] of cover.

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.

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