New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

March 5, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Rivals in the city

March 4, 2015
Lee, Y. S. (Ying S.), 1974-
Somerville, Massachussets : Candlewick Press, 2015.
293 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Mary Quinn mystery"--Cover.
Mary Quinn has a lot on her mind. James Easton, her longtime love interest, wants to marry her; but despite her feelings, independent-minded Mary hesitates. Meanwhile, the Agency has asked Mary to take on a dangerous case: convicted fraudster Henry Thorold is dying in prison, and Mary must watch for the return of his estranged wife, an accomplished criminal herself who has a potentially deadly grudge against James. Finally, a Chinese prizefighter has arrived in town, and Mary can’t shake a feeling that he is somehow familiar. With the stakes higher than ever, can Mary balance family secrets, conflicting loyalties, and professional expertise to bring a criminal to justice and find her own happiness?

The Tudor bride

March 4, 2015
Hickson, Joanna, author.
London : Harper, 2014.
580 pages : map ; 20 cm
King Henry V's new French queen, Catherine, dazzles the crowds in England, blithely unaware of court undercurrents building against her. Her loyal companion, Guillamette, suspects conspiracies against her queen. But her warnings are ignored, for Catherine believes herself invincible as she gives birth to an heir. Tragedy strikes when King Henry is struck down by fever back in France and Catherine rushes to his deathbed. A weak and weeping dowager queen follows the slow funeral cortège through France and the King's Harper, Owen Tudor, plays to comfort her. Back in England, the regency council removes the new young king from her care, and a defeated Catherine retires to her dower estates, taking Owen with her as Steward. At the secluded manor of Hadham, a smouldering ember bursts into flame as Catherine and Owen Tudor become lovers. But their love cannot remain a secret forever, and when a grab for power is made by the Duke of Gloucester, Catherine, and those dearest to her, will once again face mortal danger.

Mad, bad, and dangerous in plaid

March 4, 2015
Enoch, Suzanne.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2015.
343 pages ; 18 cm.
"High-spirited Rowena MacLawry has come to the Highlands after a spectacularly successful debut Season in London, and has made it painfully clear that she's outgrown her childhood obsession with Lachlan MacTier. That's just fine with him, as he never had any intention of marrying the lass anyway! Yet how can he ignore the fact that once rough and tumble Winnie has become a very fashionable--and incredibly desirable--young woman ... Brawny, rugged Lachlan is nothing like the aristocratic English gentleman who pursued Winnie--with a passion--in London. Three months away were more than enough to show her a world infinitely more glamorous than untamed Scottish Highlands--and her beloved childhood crush. But now that she's decided to find a prospective husband with a bit more polish, could Lachlan finally appreciate her charms? And is it remotely possible to ignore the wild attraction she feels for him?"-- Provided by publisher.

John the pupil : a novel

March 4, 2015
Flusfeder, D. L., 1960-
©2014
221 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Fourth Estate, an imprint of Harper Collins"--title page verso.
"John the Pupil is a medieval road movie in book form, recounting the journey taken from Oxford to Viterbo in 1267 by John and his two companions. Modeling themselves after Saint Francis, the trio treks by foot through Europe, preaching the gospel and begging for sustenance"-- Provided by publisher.

A heart's disguise

March 4, 2015
Coble, Colleen.
Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, 2015.
x, 96 pages ; 22 cm
"A journey of the heart ; book one"--Cover.
"In theaftermath of the Civil War, a young woman searches for her lost love at the edge of the West. The Civil War has destroyed Sarah Montgomery's marriage before it's even begun. After Sarah receives word that her fiancé, Rand Campbell, has been killed fighting for the Union, her brothers and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to Ben Croftner--despite her strong misgivings. But when Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive--and that Ben Croftner knew it--she indignantly breaks off the engagement and goes in search of Rand. But Ben Croftner does not take rejection lightly--and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. When Sarah is abducted by her treacherous fiancé, Rand finally comes to her aid. only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and intends to take her there as his wife. But could Sarah leave her dying father's side for the love of her life? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?"-- Provided by publisher.

A fireproof home for the bride

March 4, 2015
Scheibe, Amy.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
x, 371 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"[Emmaline] Nelson and her sister Birdie grow up in the hard, cold, rural, Lutheran world of strict parents, strict milking times, and strict morals. Marriage is preordained, the groom practically predestined. Though it's 1958, southern Minnesota did not see changing roles for women on the horizon. Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the ferment of the 1960s, Emmy doesn't see that she has any say in her life, any choices at all. Only when Emmy's fiancé shows his true colors and forces himself on her does she find the courage to act--falling instead for a forbidden Catholic boy, a boy whose family seems warm and encouraging after the sere Nelson farm life"-- Provided by publisher.

World gone by

March 2, 2015
Lehane, Dennis.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
309 pages ; 24 cm
Working as a consigliere to the Bartolo crime family, traveling between Tampa and Cuba, former crime kingpin Joe Coughlin, who has everything -- money, power, anonymity and a beautiful mistress -- is forced to pay for his lifetime of sin when the dark truth of his past emerges.

Agnes Canon's war : a novel

March 2, 2015
Lincoln, Deborah.
Saint Louis, MO : Blank Slate Press, [2014]
299 pages ; 23 cm

Diary of an accidental wallflower

February 26, 2015
McQuiston, Jennifer, author.
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
370 pages ; 18 cm.
Pretty and popular, Miss Clare Westmore knows exactly what (or rather, who) she wants: the next Duke of Harrington. But when she twists her ankle on the eve of the Season's most touted event, Clare is left standing in the wallflower line watching her best friend dance away with her duke. Dr. Daniel Merial is tempted to deliver more than a diagnosis to London's most unlikely wallflower, but he doesn't have time for distractions, even one so delectable. Besides, she's clearly got her sights on more promising prey. So why can't he stop thinking about her? All Clare wants to do is return to the dance floor. But as her former friends try to knock her permanently out of place, she realizes with horror she is falling for her doctor instead her duke. When her ankle finally heals and she faces her old life again, will she throw herself back into the game? Or will her time in the wallflower line have given her a glimpse of who she was really meant to be?

The tempting of Thomas Carrick

February 26, 2015
Laurens, Stephanie, author.
©2015
456 pages ; 17 cm.
Thomas Carrick, wealthy owner of Carrick Enterprises located in bustling Glasgow, is one of that city's most eligible bachelors. He fully intends to select an appropriate wife from the many young ladies paraded before him--yet no young lady captures his eye, much less his attention, in the way Lucilla Cynster does. For over two years, Thomas has avoided his clan's estate because it borders Lucilla's home, but disturbing reports from his clansmen force him to return to the countryside, only to discover that his uncle, the laird, is ailing, a clan family is desperately ill, and the clan healer is unconscious and dying. Duty to the clan leaves Thomas no choice but to seek help from the last woman he wants to face. Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla has been waiting for Thomas to return and claim his rightful place by her side. He is the only man for her, just as she is his one true love. And, at last, he's back. Thomas can never forget Lucilla, much less the connection that seethes between them, but to marry her would mean embracing a life he's adamant he does not want. Lucilla remains as determined as only a Cynster can be to fight for the future she knows can be theirs.

Sisters of Shiloh

February 26, 2015
Hepinstall, Kathy, author.
New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
247 pages ; 22 cm
"Two Southern sisters, disguised as men, who join the Confederate Army--one seeking vengeance on the battlefield, the other finding love"-- Provided by publisher.

Rebel queen : a novel

February 26, 2015
Moran, Michelle, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
354 pages ; 24 cm
"When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest ... But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge. Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies--one male and one female--and rides into battle, determined to protect her country and her people. Although her soldiers may not appear at first to be formidable against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi refuses to back down from the empire determined to take away the land she loves"-- Provided by publisher.

Gwendolen : a novel

February 26, 2015
Souhami, Diana, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
320 pages ; 21 cm.
"[Gwendolen] is also the heroine of George Eliot's novel Daniel Deronda and is writing to Deronda"--Cover flap.
"Gwendolen Harleth, an exceptionally beautiful upper-class Englishwoman, is gambling boldly at a resort when she catches the eye of a handsome, pensive gentleman. His gaze unnerves her, and she loses her winnings. The next day, she learns that her widowed mother and younger sisters, for whom she is financially responsible, have lost their family's fortune. As a young woman in the 1860s with only her looks to serve her, Gwendolen's options are few, so when Henleigh Grandcourt, a wealthy aristocrat, proposes to her, she accepts, despite her discovery of an alarming secret about his past"--Amazon.com.

Above us only sky

February 26, 2015
Young-Stone, Michele, author.
[New York] : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
237 pages ; map, genealogical table ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
" On March 29, 1973, Prudence Eleanor Vilkas was born with a pair of wings molded to her back. Considered a birth defect, her wings were surgically removed, leaving only the ghost of them behind. At fifteen years old, confused and unmoored, Prudence meets her long-estranged Lithuanian grandfather and discovers a miraculous lineage beating and pulsing with past Lithuanian bird-women, storytellers with wings dragging the dirt, survivors perched on radio towers, lovers lit up like fireworks, and heroes disguised as everyday men and women. Prudence sets forth on a quest to discover her ancestors, to grapple with wings that only one other person can see, and ultimately, to find out where she belongs. Above Us Only Sky spans the 1863 January Uprising against Russian Tsarist rule in Eastern Europe to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Lithuania gaining its independence in 1991. It is a story of mutual understanding between the old and young; it is a love story; a story of survival, and most importantly a story about where we belong in the world" -- provided by publisher.

Lady of the eternal city

February 26, 2015
Quinn, Kate.
New York : Berkley Books, 2015.
518 pages ; 21 cm
"Elegant, secretive Sabina may be Empress of Rome, but she still stands poised on a knife's edge. She must keep the peace between two deadly enemies: her husband Hadrian, Rome's brilliant and sinister Emperor; and battered warrior Vix, who is her first love. But Sabina is guardian of a deadly secret: Vix's beautiful son Antinous has become the Emperor's latest obsession. Empress and Emperor, father and son will spin in a deadly dance of passion, betrayal, conspiracy, and war. As tragedy sends Hadrian spiraling into madness, Vix and Sabina form a last desperate pact to save the Empire. But ultimately, the fate of Rome lies with an untried girl, a spirited redhead who may just be the next Lady of the Eternal City"-- Provided by publisher.

Mrs. Jeffries serves at six

February 26, 2015
Brightwell, Emily.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
501 pages ; 23 cm.
Mrs. Jeffries pinches the post -- Mrs. Jeffries pleads her case -- Mrs. Jeffries sweeps the chimney.
"Everyone's awed by Inspector Witherspoon's Scotland Yard successes, but they don't know about his secret weapon. Her name is Mrs. Jeffries, and she keeps house for the Inspector-and keeps him on his toes. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, her polished detection skills are up to the task. Because as she knows all too well, a crimesolver's work is never done. Mrs. Jeffries Pinches the Post: the dubious dealings of ruthless businessman Harrison Nye have finally done him in. But with his associate keeping secrets and his maid missing, Witherspoon and Mrs. Jeffries have their work cut out for them as they make it their business to find the culprit. Mrs. Jeffries Pleads Her Case: When the death of Harlan Westover is ruled a suicide after a slipshod investigation, it's up to Mrs. Jeffries and her staff to gently nudge the Inspector in the right direction before a killer gets away with another murder. Mrs. Jeffries Sweeps the Chimney: A dead man dressed like a vicar is discovered outside a church. An address found on the man leads Witherspoon to a dilapidated house where a skeleton is stuffed in the chimney. Luckily he has Mrs. Jeffries to help him sweep up this mess of a case."-- Provided by publisher.

Mistress Firebrand : renegades of the American Revolution

February 26, 2015
Thorland, Donna.
New York : New American Library, 2015.
387 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers guide.
"British Occupied Manhattan, 1777. With her witty comedies, American actress Jennifer Leighton has been packing the John Street Theater, but she longs to escape the provincial circuit for the glamour of the London stage. When the playwright General John Burgoyne visits the city, fresh from a recent success on the Continent, she seizes the opportunity to court his patronage. But her plan is foiled by British intelligence officer Severin Devere. Severin's mission is to keep the pleasure-loving general focused on the war effort and away from pretty young actresses. But the tables are turned when Severin himself can't resist Jennifer Leighton . . . . Months later, Jenny has abandoned her dreams of stage glory and begun writing seditious plays for the Rebels under the pen name "Cornelia," ridiculing "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne and his army-and undermining the crown's campaign to take Albany. By the time Severin meets up with Jenny once again, she is on a British hanging list, and Severin is ordered to find her-and deliver her to certain death. Soon, the two are launched on a desperate journey through the wilderness, toward a future shaped by the revolution-and their passion for each other"-- Provided by publisher.

The hidden man

February 26, 2015
Blake, Robin, 1948-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
344 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Cragg & Fidelis mysteries ; 3"--Title page verso.
"A mystery"--Cover.
"Blake continues the series Booklist calls "a solid winner" with a darkly rich mystery centered on an apparent suicide that leads Cragg and Fidelis down a treacherous path.The year is 1742, and the people of Preston are looking forward to their ancient once-every-twenty-years festival of merriment and excess, the Preston Guild. But the prospect darkens as the town plunges into a financial crisis caused by the death of pawnbroker and would-be banker Philip Pimbo, shot behind the locked door of his office. Is it suicide? Coroner Titus Cragg suspects so, but Dr Luke Fidelis disagrees. To untangle the truth Cragg must dig out the secrets of Pimbo's personal life, learn the grim facts of the African slave trade, search for a missing Civil War treasure and deal with the machinations of his old enemy Ephraim Grimshaw, now the town's mayor. Cragg relies once again on the help and advice of his analytical friend Fidelis, his astute wife Elizabeth and the contents of a well-stocked library.As in his previous Cragg and Fidelis stories, Robin Blake brings a vivid cast of characters to the page in this third historical mystery about the dramas that breeds below the surface of life in a provincial Georgian town."-- Provided by publisher.

Anna's crossing

February 26, 2015
Fisher, Suzanne Woods, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
328 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes an excerpt from The imposter.
"An Amish beginnings novel"--Title page.
"A young Amish woman fends off the matchmaking efforts of her fellow passengers on the Charming Nancy--the ship that brought the first wave of Amish to America in 1737"-- Provided by publisher.

His wicked reputation

February 25, 2015
Hunter, Madeline.
New York : Jove Books, 2015.
423 pages ; 17 cm
Includes excerpt from Tall, dark and wicked.
"Gareth Fitzallen is celebrated for four things: his handsome face, his notable charm, his aristocratic connections, and an ability to give the kind of pleasure that has women begging for more. Normally he bestows his talents on experienced, worldly women. But when he heads to Langdon's End to restore a property he inherited--and to investigate a massive art theft--he lays plans to seduce a most unlikely lady. Eva Russell lives a spinster's life of precarious finances and limited dreams while clinging to her family's old gentry status. She supports herself by copying paintings while she plots to marry her lovely sister to a well-established man. Everyone warns her of Gareth's reputation, and advises her to lock her sister away. Only it is not her sister Gareth desires. One look, and she knows he is trouble. One kiss, however, proves she is no match for this master of seduction."--Author's website.

The buried giant

February 25, 2015
Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954-
©2015.
317 pages ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi book."
"The Romans have long since departed, and the Britian is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember"--Dust jacket.

Too bad to die

February 25, 2015
Mathews, Francine.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2015.
xvi, 348 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
A tense and enthralling historical thriller in which British Naval Intelligence officer Ian Fleming attempts to foil a Nazi plot to assassinate FDR, Churchill, and Stalin.

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule : a novel

February 23, 2015
Chiaverini, Jennifer.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2015]
386 pages ; 24 cm
"The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln's Rival imagines the inner life of Julia Grant, beloved as a Civil War general's wife and the First Lady, yet who grappled with a profound and complex relationship with the slave who was her namesake-until she forged a proud identity of her own. In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom's abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress's closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia's eyes to the world. And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks-becoming general in chief of the Union Army-so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband's side. Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women-Union and Confederate-she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women's paths continued to cross throughout the Grants' White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant's Tomb. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule is the first novel to chronicle this singular relationship, bound by sight and shadow"-- Provided by publisher.

The siege winter

February 20, 2015
Franklin, Ariana, author.
New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015].
338 pages ; 24 cm
A traumatized apprentice archer, disguised as a boy, and the young chatelaine of a strategically important fortress risk their lives to support the Empress Matilda's campaign for the throne of mid-12th-century England

Married to a perfect stranger

February 20, 2015
Ashford, Jane, author.
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015]
372 pages ; 18 cm
Includes an excerpt for The Bride Insists (pages 362-372).
Quiet and obliging, Mary Fleming and John Bexley marry to please their families and John immediately leaves on a two-year diplomatic mission. Now John is back, and everything they thought they knew about each other was wrong.

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