New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

February 22, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Song of a captive bird : a novel

February 21, 2018
Darznik, Jasmin, 1973- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
401 pages ; 22 cm
"All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel—gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother’s walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glacé. During the summer of 1950, Forugh’s passion for poetry takes flight—and tradition seeks to clip her wings. Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Forugh’s poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. She perseveres, finding love with a notorious filmmaker and living by her own rules—at enormous cost. But the power of her writing only grows stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution. Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzad’s verse, letters, films, and interviews—and including original translations of her poems—this haunting novel uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran—and who continues to inspire generations of women around the world."--Inside dust jacket.

The trouble with true love

February 21, 2018
Guhrke, Laura Lee, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
373 pages ; 17 cm.
"For Clara Deverill, standing in for the real Lady Truelove means dispensing advice on problems she herself has never managed to overcome. There's nothing for it but to retreat to a tearoom and hope inspiration strikes between scones. It doesn't--until Clara overhears a rake waxing eloquent on the art of 'honorable' jilting. The cad may look like an Adonis, but he's about to find himself on the wrong side of Lady Truelove"

Babylon Berlin

February 21, 2018
Kutscher, Volker, 1962- author.
New York : Picador, 2018.
423 pages ; 21 cm.
"James Ellroy fans will welcome Kutscher's first novel and series launch, a fast-paced blend of murder and corruption sent in 1929 Berlin."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) The first book in the international-bestselling series that centers on Detective Gereon Rath caught up in a web of drugs, sex, political intrigue, and murder in Berlin as Germany teeters on the edge of Nazism. It's 1929 and Berlin is the vibrating metropolis of post-war Germany-full of bars and brothels and dissatisfied workers at the point of revolt. Gereon Rath is new in town and new to the police department. When a dead man without an identity, bearing traces of atrocious torture, is discovered, Rath sees a chance to find his way back into the homicide division. He discovers a connection with a circle of oppositional exiled Russians who try to purchase arms with smuggled gold in order to prepare a coup d'Etat. But there are other people trying to get hold of the gold and the guns, too. Raths finds himself up against paramilitaries and organized criminals. He falls in love with Charlotte, a typist in the homicide squad, and misuses her insider's knowledge for his personal investigations. And as he gets further entangled with the case, he never imagined becoming a suspect himself. "The first in a series that's been wildly popular in Germany is an excellent police procedural that cleverly captures the dark and dangerous period of the Weimer Republic before it slides into the ultimate evil of Nazism."-Kirkus Reviews "Conjures up the dangerous decadence of the Weimar years, with blood on the Berlin streets and the Nazis lurking menacingly in the wings."-The Sunday Times (London).

Beneath the darkest sky

February 20, 2018
Overstreet, Jason, author.
New York, N.Y. : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
306 pages ; 24 cm
Includes discussion questions.
International consultant Prescott Sweet's mission is to bring justice to countries suffering from America's imperialistic interventions. With his outspoken artist wife, Loretta, and their two children, he lives a life of equality and continental elegance amid Europe's glittering capitals beyond anything he ever dared hope for. But he is still a man in hiding, from his past with the Bureau, from British Intelligence and from his own tempting, dangerous skill at high-level espionage. So when he has the opportunity to live in Moscow and work at the American Embassy, Prescott and his family seize the chance to take refuge and at last put down roots in what they believe is a fair society.

His sinful touch

February 20, 2018
Camp, Candace, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : HQN, [2018]
376 pages ; 17 cm.
A noble's son and a woman who has lost her memory work together to discover her identity and deliver her from danger.

The Tuscan child

February 20, 2018
Bowen, Rhys, author.
336 pages ; 22 cm
Thirty years after her British bomber pilot father parachuted from his stricken plane into German-occupied Tuscany, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to learn about her father's hidden wartime past.

Where the wild cherries grow

February 20, 2018
Madeleine, Laura, author.
335 pages ; 22 cm
First published in Great Britain by Black Swan, an imprint of Transworld Publishers, a Penguin Random House company.
"A novel of the South of France."--Cover.
"It is 1919, and the end of the war has not brought peace for Emeline Vane. Lost in grief, she is suddenly alone at the heart of a depleted family. And just as everything seems to slipping beyond her control, in a moment of desperation, she boards a train and runs away. Her journey leads her to a tiny seaside village in the South of France. Taken in by caf⥠owner Maman and her twenty-year-old son, Emeline discovers a world completely new to her: of oranges, olives and wild herbs, the raw, rich tastes of the land. But soon secrets from home begin blowing in on the sea waves. Fifty years later, Bill Perch, a young solicitor on his first case, finds Emeline's diary, and begins to trace an anguished story of betrayal and love that will send him on a journey to discover the truth. What really happened to Emeline all those years ago?"--Dust jacket flap.

Hunger : a tale of courage

February 19, 2018
Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948- author.
259 pages : map ; 22 cm
In the autumn of 1846 in Ireland, twelve-year-old Lorraine and her family struggle to survive during the Irish potato famine, but when Lorraine meets Miss Susannah, the daugher of the wealthy English landowner who owns Lorraine's family's farm, they form an unlikely friendship that they must keep secret due to the deep cultural divide between their two families.

White houses : a novel

February 16, 2018
Bloom, Amy, 1953- author.
x, 218 pages ; 25 cm
Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, "Hick," as she's known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have. She moves into the White House, where her status as "first friend" is an open secret, as are FDR's own lovers. After she takes a job in the Roosevelt administration, promoting and protecting both Roosevelts, she comes to know Franklin not only as a great president but as a complicated rival and an irresistible friend, capable of changing lives even after his death. Through it all, even as Hick's bond with Eleanor is tested by forces both extraordinary and common, and as she grows as a woman and a writer, she never loses sight of the love of her life.--Provided by Publisher.

As bright as heaven

February 16, 2018
Meissner, Susan, 1961- author.
387 pages ; 24 cm
1918. Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Pauline Bright and her husband hope to give their three daughters-- Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa-- a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, and the Brights find themselves in a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. They take in a baby orphaned by the disease, and the child becomes their single source of hope.

The atomic city girls

February 15, 2018
Beard, Janet, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
353, 18 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesnt officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of monthsa town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders. The girls spend their evenings socializing and flirting with soldiers, scientists, and workmen at dances and movies, bowling alleys and canteens. June longs to know more about their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York who oversees the lab where she works and understands the end goal only too well, while her beautiful roommate Cici is on her own mission: to find a wealthy husband and escape her sharecropper roots. Across town, African-American construction worker Joe Brewer knows nothing of the governments plans, only that his new job pays enough to make it worth leaving his family behind, at least for now. But a breach in security will intertwine his fate with Junes search for answers. When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.

Forty dead men

February 15, 2018
Casey, Donis, author.
206 pages : illustration, maps ; 23 cm.
Includes recipes.
Alafair's oldest son returns from war a changed man--but changed enough to kill a stranger? Guilty or innocent, Alafair will go to any length to keep her son from prison.

The gate keeper

February 14, 2018
Todd, Charles, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
306 pages ; 24 cm.
"On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories.s. Hours after his sister's wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet. She swears she didn't kill Stephen Wentworth. A stranger stepped out in front of their motorcar, and without warning, fired a single shot before vanishing into the night. But there is no trace of him. And the shaken woman insists it all happened so quickly, she never saw the man's face. --Provided by publisher.

Dark tracks

February 14, 2018
Gregory, Philippa, author.
307 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Fools' gold.
Luca and Isolde continue investigating for the Order of Darkness in the fourth book in the Order of Darkness series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.

The taster

February 13, 2018
Alexander, V. S., author.
320 pages ; 21 cm
Amid the turbulence of World War II, a young German woman finds a precarious haven closer to the source of danger than she ever imagined--one that will propel her through the extremes of privilege and terror under Hitler's dictatorship. In early 1943, Magda Ritter's parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty--working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the F赨rer's food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned. Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof seems worlds away from the realities of battle. Though terrified at first, Magda gradually becomes used to her dangerous occupation--though she knows better than to voice her misgivings about the war. But her love for a conspirator within the SS and her growing awareness of the Reich's atrocities draw Magda into a plot that will test her wits and loyalty in a quest for safety, freedom, and, ultimately, vengeance.

Lies that comfort and betray

February 12, 2018
Simpson, Rosemary, 1942- author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2018.
391 pages ; 22 cm
"Has the Ripper sailed across the Atlantic to find a new hunting ground? Is some disturbed soul copying his crimes? A former Pinkerton agent, Geoffrey intends to step in where the New York Metropolitan Police seem to be failing, and Prudence is just as determined to protect the poor, vulnerable females being targeted. But a killer with a disordered mind and an incomprehensible motive may prove too elusive for even this experienced pair to outwit"

The most eligible Highlander in Scotland

February 12, 2018
Sinclair, Michele, author.
392 pages ; 17 cm.

Only killers and thieves : a novel

February 12, 2018
Howarth, Paul, author.
319 pages ; 24 cm
It is 1885, and a crippling drought threatens to ruin the McBride family. Their land is parched, their cattle starving. When the rain finally comes, it is a miracle that renews their hope for survival. But returning home from an afternoon swimming at a remote waterhole filled by the downpour, fourteen-year-old Tommy and sixteen-year-old Billy meet with a shocking tragedy.

A devil in Scotland

February 12, 2018
Enoch, Suzanne, author.
New York : St. Martin's Paperback ; 2018
311 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes excerpt from the author's "My one true highlander."
"1806, Scotland. Wild, reckless Callum MacCreath is in no hurry to become someone's husband. But when his responsible, steady older brother Ian announces his engagement to their childhood friend Rebecca, Callum makes a startling discovery: he wants the lovely young lass for himself. But it's too late, and when Ian banishes him for his duplicity, Callum is only too happy to leave Scotland forever. "-- page [4] of cover.

Free from all danger

February 12, 2018
Nickson, Chris, author.
Sutton, Surrey : Severn House Publishers, 2017.
201 pages ; 23 cm.
October, 1736. Lured out of retirement to serve as Constable once again, Richard Nottingham finds Leeds very different from the place he remembers. Many newcomers have been attracted by the town's growing wealth -- but although the faces have changed, the crimes remain the same, as Nottingham discovers when a body is found floating in the River Aire, its throat cut. What has changed is the fear that pervades the town. With more bodies emerging and witnesses too frightened to talk, Nottingham realizes he's dealing with a new kind of criminal, someone with no respect for anything or anyone. Someone who believes he's beyond the law; someone willing brutally to destroy anyone who opposes him. To stop him, Nottingham will need to call in old favours, rely on trusted friendships, and seek help from some very unlikely sources.

The uncertain season

February 12, 2018
Creel, Ann Howard, author.
Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, ò017.
308 pages ; 21 cm
When her lovely, charming, and disgraced cousin Etta arrives, Grace finds her place in society, and in her mother's heart, threatened. In a reckless moment, Grace reveals Etta's scandalous past, and as punishment, she's sent to work in Galveston's back alleys, helping the poor. There, a silent waif known only as Miss Girl opens Grace's eyes to new love and purpose. She's determined to save this girl who lost her entire family in the hurricane and now slips along the shadows of the unfinished seawall with a mysterious resolve.

Wild justice : a medieval mystery

February 9, 2018
Royal, Priscilla, author.
Scottsdale, Arizona : Poisoned Pen Press ; 2018.
222 pages ; 22 cm.
It is Spring 1282, and England is at war again with Wales. Baron Hugh of Wynethorpe is preparing to join the King's army, and asks his sister, Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal Prior in Norfolk, for a favor. He needs her to deliver a letter to Prioress Amicia at the Mynchen Buckland Priory. When Eleanor, Brother Thomas, and Sister Anne arrive, they discover Amicia imprisoned for murder. In an unfamiliar place, the murder victim buried, and nothing left at the crime site, what can the Tyndal trio unearth?

After the bloom

February 9, 2018
Shimotakahara, Leslie, author.
321 pages ; 22 cm
"Rita Takemitsu is a newly single mother raising her daughter in 1980s Toronto. When her mother, Lily, goes missing, Rita sets out to find her. In the course of her quest, Rita uncovers a host of secrets surrounding her mother's internment at a camp in the California desert during the Second World War and the truth about her mysterious father."-- Provided by publisher.

All things bright and strange

February 8, 2018
Markert, James, 1974- author.
xiv, 354 pages ; 22 cm
"In the wake of World War I in the small, Southern town of Bellhaven, South Carolina, the town folk believe they've found a little slice of heaven in a mysterious chapel in the woods. But they soon realize that evil can come in the most beautiful of forms. The people of Bellhaven have always looked to Ellsworth Newberry for guidance, but after losing his wife and his future as a professional pitcher, he is moments away from testing his mortality once and for all. Until he finally takes notice of the changes in his town ... and the cardinals that have returned. Upon the discovery of a small chapel deep in the Bellhaven woods, healing seems to fall upon the townspeople, bringing peace after several years of mourning. But as they visit the "healing floor" more frequently, the people begin to turn on one another, and the unusually tolerant town becomes anything but. The cracks between the natural and supernatural begin to widen, and tensions rise. Before the town crumbles, Ellsworth must pull himself from the brink of suicide, overcome his demons, and face the truth of who he was born to be by leading the town into the woods to face the evil threatening Bellhaven"-- Provided by publisher.

Beyond scandal and desire

February 8, 2018
Heath, Lorraine, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
372 pages ; 17 cm.
"At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn't satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won't acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke's legitimate son--and woo the heir's betrothed into his own unloving arms..."

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