New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

February 18, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Lonely Hearts hotel

February 17, 2017
O'Neill, Heather, author.
389 pages ; 24 cm
Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city's underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they'll go to extreme lengths to make them come true.

The lost girl of Astor Street

February 17, 2017
Morrill, Stephanie, author.
349 pages ; 22 cm
When her best friend Lydia disappears, Piper Sail goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, uncovering deep corruption that may lead back to her affluent neighborhood.

Amiable with big teeth : a novel of the love affair between the communists and the poor black sheep of Harlem

February 17, 2017
McKay, Claude, 1890-1948, author.
xlv, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"A monumental literary event: the newly discovered final novel by Claude McKay. A rich and multilayered portrayal of life in 1930s Harlem and a historical protest for black freedom.The unexpected discovery in 2009 of a completed manuscript of Claude McKay's final novel was celebrated as one of the most significant literary events in recent years. Building on the already extraordinary legacy of McKay's life and work, this colorful, dramatic novel centers on the efforts by Harlem intelligentsia to organize support for the liberation of fascist-controlled Ethiopia, a crucial but largely forgotten event in American history. At once a penetrating satire of political machinations in Depression-era Harlem and a far-reaching story of global intrigue and romance, Amiable with Big Teeth plunges into the concerns, anxieties, hopes, and dreams of African-Americans at a moment of crisis for the soul of Harlem--and America."--Provided by publisher.

In the shadow of Lakecrest

February 16, 2017
Blackwell, Elizabeth Canning, author.
Seattle, Washington : Lake Union Press, 2017.
274 pages ; 21 cm
"The year is 1928. Kate Moore is looking for a way out of the poverty and violence of her childhood. When a chance encounter on a transatlantic ocean liner brings her face-to-face with the handsome heir to a Chicago fortune, she thinks she may have found her escape--as long as she can keep her past concealed."--Cover, p. [4]

Lincoln in the bardo : a novel

February 16, 2017
Saunders, George, 1958- author.
New York : Random House, [2017]
341 pages ; 25 cm
On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son's body. Willie finds himself in a strange purgatory-- the bardo-- where ghosts commisserate quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance ... and where a struggle erupts over his soul.

Dance of the Jakaranda

February 16, 2017
Kimani, Peter, 1971- author.
342 pages ; 21 cm
Set in the shadow of Kenya's independence from Great Britain, this story reimagines the special circumstances that brought black, brown, and white men together to lay the railroad that heralded the birth of the nation.-- Provided by publisher.

The coming : a novel

February 15, 2017
Osborne, David, 1951- author.
viii, 519 pages : illustration, maps, genealogical table ; 25 cm
A "novel of native-white relations in North America, intimately told through the life of Daytime Smoke--the real-life red-haired son of William Clark and a Nez Perce woman. In 1805, Lewis and Clark stumble out of the Rockies on the edge of starvation. The Nez Perce help the explorers build canoes and navigate the rapids of the Columbia, then spend two months hosting them the following spring before leading them back across the snowbound mountains. Daytime Smoke is born not long after, and the tribe of his youth continues a deep friendship with white Americans, from fur trappers to missionaries, even aiding the United States government in wars with neighboring tribes. But when gold is discovered on Nez Perce land in 1860, it sets an inevitable tragedy in motion."--Provided by publisher.

The dressmaker's dowry

February 14, 2017
Encyclopedias, Juvenile., author.
x, 347, 24 pages : map ; 21 cm
Includes reading group discussion questions.
For readers of Lucinda Riley, Sarah Jio, or Susan Meissner, this gripping historical debut novel tells the story of two women: one, an immigrant seamstress who disappears from San Francisco's gritty streets in 1876, and the other, a young woman in present day who must delve into the secrets of her husband's wealthy family only to discover that she and the missing dressmaker might be connected in unexpected ways. An exquisite ring, passed down through generations, connects two women who learn that love is a choice, and forgiveness is the key to freedom...San Francisco: 1876 Immigrant dressmakers Hannelore Schaeffer and Margaret O'Brien struggle to provide food for their siblings, while mending delicate clothing for the city's most affluent ladies. When wealthy Lucas Havensworth enters the shop, Hanna's future is altered forever. With Margaret's encouragement and the power of a borrowed green dress, Hanna dares to see herself as worthy of him. Then Margaret disappears, and Hanna turns to Lucas. Braving the gritty streets of the Barbary Coast and daring to enter the mansions of Nob Hill, Hanna stumbles upon Margaret's fate, forcing her to make a devastating that will echo through the generations. San Francisco: Present Day In her elegant Marina apartment overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Sarah Havensworth struggles to complete the novel she quit her job for. Afraid to tell her husband of her writer's block, Sarah is also hiding a darker secret-one that has haunted her for 14 years. Then a news headline from 1876 sparks inspiration: Missing Dressmakers Believed to be Murdered. Compelled to discover what happened to Hannelore and Margaret, Sarah returns to her roots as a journalist. Will her beautiful heirloom engagement ring uncover a connection to Hanna Schaeffer?

Stolen beauty : a novel

February 14, 2017
Lico Albanese, Laurie, 1959- author.
306 pages : map ; 24 cm
"From the dawn of the twentieth century to the devastation of World War II, this exhilarating novel of love, war, art, and family gives voice to two extraordinary women and brings to life the true story behind the creation and near destruction of Gustav Klimt's most remarkable paintings.".--From publisher's description.

To name those lost

February 14, 2017
Wilson, Rohan, author.
New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, [2014]
267 pages ; 21 cm
Thomas Toosey, an outlaw in 1874, heads to Launceston, Tasmania, to find his twelve-year-old son, but he has to watch out for Fitheal Flynn, a vengeful Irishman to whom Toosey owes a terrible debt.

The evening road

February 10, 2017
Hunt, Laird, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
278 pages ; 22 cm
"Meet Ottie Lee Henshaw, a startling, challenging beauty in small-town Indiana. Quick of mind, she navigates a stifling marriage, a lecherous boss, and on one day in the summer of 1930 an odyssey across the countryside to witness a dark and fearful celebration. Meet Calla Destry, a determined young woman desperate to escape the violence of her town and to find the lover who has promised her a new life. On this day, the countryside of Jim Crow-era Indiana is no place for either. It is a world populated by frenzied demagogues and crazed revelers, by marauding vigilantes and grim fish suppers, by possessed blood hounds and, finally, by the Ku Klux Klan itself" -- provided by publisher.

The proud sinner : a medieval mystery

February 10, 2017
Royal, Priscilla, author.
224 pages ; 23 cm
In the winter of 1282, as snow and ice ravage East Anglia, seven abbots are riding to meet a papal legate in Norfolk, each hoping to make a case for being raised to a bishopric at the next vacancy. One abbot grows so ill the party has detoured to Tyndal Priory. Despite the limited care Sister Anne can offer, he dies a horrible death. After another abbot becomes ill and dies, followed by another, Sister Anne struggles to determine what killed these men--or who?


February 9, 2017
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
Broadway, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
376 pages ; 17 cm
"As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability, qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town--and none has looked at her with such intensity and heat"--Back cover.

Taking the Titanic

February 9, 2017
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : BookShots/Little Brown and Company, 2016.
146 pages ; 18 cm.
The greatest story in modern history has a new chapter.... Posing as newlyweds, two ruthless thieves board the Titanic to rob its well-heeled passengers. But an even more shocking plan is afoot-a sensational scheme that could alter the fate of the world's most famous ship.

Wait for me

February 8, 2017
Leech, Caroline, author.
361 pages ; 22 cm
On her father's farm in Scotland in 1945, Lorna Anderson's life consists of endless chores, rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Laura is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country? But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him--from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany--the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she's always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she's willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.-- from book jacket.

Texas redemption

February 8, 2017
Broday, Linda. author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2017.
436 pages ; 17 cm.
When Laurel James agrees to marry the town mayor, she thinks she will finally get the respectability she craves. A comfortable life with a well-to-do man is the perfect plan...until Shenandoah comes along.


February 8, 2017
Shupe, Joanna.
New York, New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
x, 406 p. ; 18 cm.
Includes bonus novella Tycoon.
The owner of a well-respected national newspaper, Calvin Cabot, who has the power to bring the upper crust of society to its knees, agrees to help a desperate heiress from his past find her brother who has disappeared, and in the process, finds a love to last a lifetime

Two suitors for Anna

February 8, 2017
Jebber, Molly.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
viii, 307 pages ; 17 cm.

Falling for the highlander

February 7, 2017
Sands, Lynsay, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
376 pages ; 17 cm.
When her half-brother tries to sell her, Lady Murine Carmichael runs away, straight into the arms of Dougall Buchanan, the man who refused her brother's offer, and he becomes her protector as he helps her to escape.

Shoes for Anthony : a novel

February 7, 2017
Kennedy, Emma, 1967- author.
394 pages ; 22 cm
"This 1944 World War Two drama tells the story of Anthony, a boy living in a deprived Welsh village, anticipating the arrival of American troops. Suddenly, a German plane crashes into the village mountain. A Polish prisoner-of-war survives and is brought into the community where he builds a close relationship with Anthony. Later, the villagers discover one of the Germans on the plane has survived and is still on the mountain. Joyous, thrilling, and nostalgic, Emma Kennedy's Shoes For Anthony will have you wiping your eyes one moment and beaming from ear-to-ear the next. This is a small gem of a novel that reviewers (and readers) will cherish"-- Provided by publisher.

The unseeing : a novel

February 7, 2017
Mazzola, Anna, author.
386 pages ; 21 cm
The Unseeing is a work of fiction, based on fact. All of the newspaper extracts used in The Unseeing are real, as are many of the details of the crime itself and the subsequent investigation and trial. However, at some points the truth is twisted and characters invented in order to make a better story. The murder of Hannah Brown became known as "The Edgeware Road Murder."
"Originally published in 2016 in the United Kingdom by Tinder Press, an imprint of Headline Publishing Group" -- Verso title page.
"In 1837, a woman's dismembered body is found scattered across London. Sarah Gale, a seamstress and fallen woman, is sentenced to hang for her alleged role in the murder; although she professes her innocence, she is hiding darkness in her past. Edmund Fleetwood is the young, idealistic lawyer tasked with Sarah's case. The stakes for both are high: Edmund has untold gambling debts he must urgently settle, and Sarah is desperate to escape the gallows. But as the two grow closer, the barriers between confessor and penitent start to blur, and Edward can't be sure if Sarah is a victim or a murderer" -- Provided by publisher.

Two empresses

February 7, 2017
Purdy, Brandy.
[New York] : Kensington Books, [2017] ©2017
325 pages ; 21 cm
Includes Reading group guide.
French Martinique, 1779. Two beautiful well-bred cousins have reached marriageable age. One goes on to marry Napoleon, and become Empress of France. The other, captured by pirates, is taken to the Sultan of Turkey's harem. From the war-torn streets of Paris to the bejeweled golden bars of a Turkish palace, this is a vivid account of two remarkable women and their extraordinary destinies.

Fräulein M.

February 7, 2017
Woods, Caroline (Caroline Courtney), author.
Blue Ash, OH : Tyrus Books, [2017]
302 pages ; 22 cm
"Berlin, 1931: Sisters raised in a Catholic orphanage, Berni and Grete Metzger are each other's whole world. That is, until life propels them to opposite sides of seedy, splendid, and violent Weimar Berlin. Berni becomes a cigarette girl, a denizen of the cabaret scene alongside her transgender best friend, who is considering a risky gender reassignment surgery. Meanwhile Grete is hired as a maid to a Nazi family, and begins to form a complicated bond with their son. As Germany barrels toward the Third Reich and ruin, one of the sisters must make a devastating choice. South Carolina, 1970: With the recent death of her father, Janeen Moore yearns to know more about her family history, especially the closely guarded story of her mother's youth in Germany. One day she intercepts a letter intended for her mother: a confession written by a German woman, a plea for forgiveness. What role does Janeen's mother play in this story, and why does she seem so distressed by recent news that a former SS officer has resurfaced in America?"-- Provided by publisher.

The echo of twilight

February 7, 2017
Kinghorn, Judith, author.
New York : Berkley, 2017.
375 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers' guide.
"From the acclaimed author of The Last Summer, a captivating and moving story of the unlikely relationship between a lady and her maid on the eve of World War I. As I watched him his long legs striding the narrow path through the heather, his golden hair catching the sun I had a hideous feeling in the pit of my stomach. For it seemed as though he was already marching away from me. In 1914, despite the clouds of war threatening Europe, Pearl Gibson's future is bright. She has secured a position as a lady's maid to a wealthy Northumberland aristocrat, a job that will win her not only respect but an opportunity to travel and live in luxury. Her new life at Lady Ottoline Campbell's Scottish summer estate is a whirlwind of intrigue and glamour, scandals and confidences and surprisingly, a strange but intimate friendship with her employer. But when violence erupts in Europe, Pearl and Ottoline's world is irrevocably changed. As the men in their lives are called to the front lines, leaving them behind to anxiously brace for bad news, Pearl realizes she must share one final secret with her mistress a secret that will bind them together forever"-- Provided by publisher.

An uncommon courtship

February 6, 2017
Hunter, Kristi Ann, author.
346 pages ; 22 cm.
Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister's shadow--which worked until her sister got married. Even with the pressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation. Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn't be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He's free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes grand plans of wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he doesn't know, his dream of a marriage like his parents' seems lost forever. Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent's relationship survive the pressures of London society?

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