New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

July 22, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Vixen in velvet

July 21, 2014
Chase, Loretta Lynda, 1949-
New York : Avon, c2014.
375 p. ; 18 cm.
"Lethally charming Simon Blair, Marquess of Lisburne, has reluctantly returned to London for one reason only: a family obligation. Still, he might make time for the seduction of a certain redheaded dressmaker--but Leonie Noirot hasn't time for him. She's obsessed with transforming his cousin, the dowdy Lady Gladys, into a swan. Leonie's skills can coax curves--and profits--from thin air, but his criminally handsome lordship is too busy trying to seduce her to appreciate her genius. He badly needs to learn a lesson, and the wager she provokes ought to teach him, once and for all. A great plan, in theory--but Lisburne's become a serious distraction and Leonie's usual logic is in danger of slipping away as easily as a silk chemise. Could the Season's greatest transformation be her own?"--from cover, p. [4].

Flight of the sparrow : a novel of early America

July 21, 2014
Brown, Amy Belding.
331 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a readers guide.
A historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson. Even before she was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, Mary Rowlandson sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader and made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors' open and straightforward way of life.

The mistress of Normandy

July 18, 2014
Wiggs, Susan.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin MIRA, [2014]
472 pages ; 17 cm
"Refreshed version of The lily and the leopard, newly revised by the author."

A question of bounty : the shadow of doubt

July 18, 2014
Colt, Paul.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, [2014].
359 pages ; 23 cm

A match of wits

July 18, 2014
Turano, Jen.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
348 pages ; 22 cm.
"Zayne and Agatha have always been a match in wits, but will unlikely circumstances convince them they could also be a match made in heaven as they return home to 1880s New York City?"-- Provided by publisher.

Secrets of Sloane House : Chicago World's Fair mystery

July 18, 2014
Gray, Shelley Shepard.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2014]
328 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions and an excerpt from Deception at Sable Hill.
In order to find her sister who went missing while working as a maid for a prominent family in 1893 Chicago, Rosalind Perry hires on as the new housemaid for the same family.

The fortune hunter : a novel

July 17, 2014
Goodwin, Daisy.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
473 pages ; 25 cm
"Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi," is the Princess Diana of nineteenth-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse. Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National--until he meets Charlotte Baird. A clever, plainspoken heiress whose money gives her a choice among suitors, Charlotte falls in love with Bay, the first man to really notice her, for his vulnerability as well as his glamour. When Sisi joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer in England, Bay is asked to guide her on the treacherous course. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that threatens the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and all of their futures. This brilliant new novel by Daisy Goodwin is a lush, irresistible story of the public lives and private longings of grand historical figures"-- Provided by publisher.

Trapped at the altar

July 16, 2014
Feather, Jane, author.
New York : Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2014].
388 pages ; 17 cm
Ariadne Carfax has vowed to be with the man she loves, Gabriel Fawcett. There's just one obstacle. On his deathbed, Ari's grandfather decrees that she marry her childhood friend Ivor Chalfont, thus forging a powerful alliance between the two warring families. Giving Ari no time to protest, the elders plan her wedding the next day, forcing her to follow through on the nuptials. Though she is fond of Ivor, Ari has no intention of consummating their marriage--until he kindles an intoxicating desire that she can't ignore. Ivor has loved Ari for years, but he doesn't want an unwilling wife. He wants Ari to ache with the same irresistible longing he feels. And if that's the way to woo her into his bed and into their new life, he won't rest until his new bride surrenders to true love.

Atonement of blood : a mystery of ancient Ireland

July 14, 2014
Tremayne, Peter.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
338 pages : map ; 25 cm

The Boleyn reckoning : a novel

July 11, 2014
Andersen, Laura, author.
406 pages ; 21 cm
"A Ballantine Books trade paperback original."
"Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, The Boleyn Reckoning heralds the triumphant conclusion of Laura Andersen's enthralling trilogy about the Tudor king who never was: the son of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn--Henry IX--who, along with his sisters and those he holds most dear, approaches a dangerous crossroads. The Tudor royal family has barely survived a disastrous winter. Now English ships and soldiers prepare for the threat of invasion. But William Tudor--known as Henry IX--has his own personal battles to attend to. He still burns for Minuette, his longtime friend, but she has married William's trusted advisor, Dominic, in secret--an act of betrayal that puts both their lives in danger. Princess Elizabeth, concerned over her brother's erratic, vengeful behavior, imperils her own life by assembling a shadow court in an effort to protect England. With war on the horizon, Elizabeth must decide where her duty lies: with her brother or her country. Her choice could forever change the course of history. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more. LAURA ANDERSEN'S NOVELS ABOUT THE IMAGINED SON OF HENRY VIII and ANNE BOLEYN ARE: "excellent. quick-paced" --Booklist (starred review) "delectable and full of intrigue" --New York Times bestselling author Tasha Alexander "impossible to put down" --award-winning author Stefanie Pintoff"-- Provided by publisher.

Now and in the hour of our death

July 11, 2014
Taylor, Patrick, 1941-
New York : Forge, 2014.
382 pages ; 25 cm
Originally published: Insomniac Press, 2005.
"A novel of the Irish troubles"--Jacket.
"Nine years ago, the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland tore apart two young lovers ... Now, in 1983, Davy McCutcheon and Fiona Kavanagh find themselves worlds apart. Davy, once a bomb-maker for the Provisional IRA, is serving a twenty-five-year sentence in a British prison. Having seen enough of death and violence, he wants nothing more to do with the struggle that cost him his freedom and his love. But old loyalties die hard and, despite himself, Davy is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy on behalf of his fellow Provos. Meanwhile, Fiona has forged a new life for herself in Vancouver, British Columbia, far away from the war-torn streets of Belfast"

Blade of the samurai : a Shinobi mystery

July 10, 2014
Spann, Susan.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
viii, 293 pages : map ; 22 cm
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Master ninja Hiro Hattori is trying to sleep when he has an unexpected visit from his friend Kazu, a fellow shinobi and member of the same ninja clan working undercover at the shogunate. Kazu says that Saburo, the Shogun's cousin, has been stabbed to death within the walls of the Shogun's palace with Kazu's dagger, and that though he is innocent, he fears he will be blamed for the murder. He begs Hiro's help in escaping the city. But before he can flee, Hiro and Father Mateo, the Jesuit priest under Hiro's protection, are summoned to the palace to aid in the investigation"-- Provided by publisher.

Obsidian & blood : the collected Acatl novels

July 10, 2014
Bodard, Aliette de.
Nottingham, UK : Angry Robot, 2012.
986 p. ; 20 cm.
Servant of the underworld -- Harbinger of the storm -- Master of the house of darts.
Acatl, the high priest of the dead, investigates mysterious deaths and disappearances in Tenochtitlan, where gods walk among men, sorcery runs rampant, and thousands of slaves are sacrificed every day.

Wayfaring stranger : a novel

July 9, 2014
Burke, James Lee, 1936-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
435 pages ; 25 cm
"WAYFARING STRANGER begins in West Texas in 1934. At age sixteen, Weldon Holland encounters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker traveling with their accomplices after having just pulled off one of their notorious armed robberies. Weldon is smitten by Bonnie, but because of Clyde and Bonnie's duplicity and the disrespect they show his grandfather, Weldon ends up putting a bullet through the rear window of Clyde's stolen automobile. The story then jumps to 1944 and the Ardennes Forest and the Battle of the Bulge, where Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland saves his sergeant, Hershel Pine, from death by suffocation when he is buried alive in his foxhole under the treads of a Waffen SS Tiger tank. Weldon and Hershel survive the executions of the wounded by the SS and escape on a freight train deep into Nazi Germany. There, they stumble into an extermination camp deserted by the SS, and discover among the stacked bodies a young woman named Rosita Lowenstein, who is not only a remarkable woman but a relative of Rosa Luxemburg (known as "Red Rosa," whose mother's name was Lowenstein). Eventually, Weldon will make her his bride, and the three friends will return to Texas to seek their fortunes. But when Weldon, Hershel, and Rosita form a pipeline corporation, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart--one of the wealthiest men in Texas and a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific--and Roy's wife Clara, a vicious anti-semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita's life a nightmare"-- Provided by publisher.

Land of love and drowning

July 8, 2014
Yanique, Tiphanie.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2014.
358 pages : map ; 24 cm
" A major debut from an award-winning writer-an epic family saga set against the magic and the rhythms of the Virgin Islands. In the early 1900s an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea, just as the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule. Orphaned by the sunk vessel are two sisters and their half-brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them. Chronicling three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s, Land of Love and Drowning is a novel of love and magic, set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world. Wholly unique, with echoes of Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the author's own Caribbean family history, the story is told in a language and rhythm that evokes an entire world and way of life and love. Following the Bradshaw family through sixty years of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, love affairs, curses, magical gifts, loyalties, births, deaths, and triumphs, Land of Love and Drowning is a gorgeous, vibrant debut by an exciting, prize-winning young writer"-- Provided by publisher.

The Summer Queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

July 8, 2014
Chadwick, Elizabeth, 1957-
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Landmark, c 2014.
504 p. : maps, geneal. tables ; 21 cm.
Young, golden-haired and blue-eyed Eleanor has everything to look forward to as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood is over. Forced to marry the young prince Louis of France, she barely adjusts before another death catapults them to being crowned King and Queen of France. Leaving everything behind, Eleanor must face the complex and vivacious French court. She is only 13. Barely out of childhood, and forced to deal with great scandals, fraught relationships and forbidden love at every turn, Eleanor finally sees what her future could hold if she could just seize the moment.

Sisters of treason

July 8, 2014
Fremantle, Elizabeth.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
436 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
"Originally published in 2014 in Great Britain by Penguin Group"--Title page verso.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Beginning early in Mary Tudor's turbulent reign, [this book] explores the lives of a pair of sisters as dangerously close to the throne as their sister Lady Jane Grey, who died on the executioner's block at the age of 16, after being queen for nine days"-- Provided by publisher.

Love comes home : a novel

July 8, 2014
Gabhart, Ann H., 1947-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
377 pages ; 22 cm
World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are busy welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future as they learn to hold their plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them.


July 7, 2014
McNeal, Laura Lane.
x, 337 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"When Ibby Bell's father dies in a tragic accident in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother, Fannie, and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's Victorian house is like no place Ibby has ever been--and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum every once in a while--is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, her black cook, Queenie ... and Queenie's feisty daughter Dollbaby take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets"-- Provided by publisher.

The long shadow

July 7, 2014
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia.
London : Sphere, 2007.
367 p. :geneal. table ; 18 cm.
Reissue of 1993 Warner Books edition.
Originally published: London: MacDonald & Co., c1983.

The campaigners

July 7, 2014
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia.
London : Sphere, 2006.
580 p. : map, genealogical tables ; 18 cm.
Originally published: London : Macdonald, 1990.

The escape

July 1, 2014
Balogh, Mary.
New York : Dell, 2014.
394 pages ; 18 cm
Includes the author's short story, The suitor (pages [343]-394).
"After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws--until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey. Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other's arms."--from cover, page [4].

Wars of the Roses : stormbird

June 30, 2014
Iggulden, Conn.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2014.
xxxii, 460 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
After gentle Henry VI takes the throne and is promised a royal bride from France, the rival royal line, the House of York, begins their quest to oust him.

Angels make their hope here : a novel

June 27, 2014
Clarke, Breena, author.
275 pages ; 25 cm
"Russell's Knob is not paradise. But already in 1849 this New Jersey highlands settlement is home to a diverse population of blacks, whites, and reds who have intermarried and lived in relative harmony for generations. It is a haven for Dossie Bird, who has escaped north along the Underground Railroad and now feels the embrace of the Smoot family. Duncan Smoot presides as accidental patriarch, protector of his enterprising sister, Hattie, and his two rambunctious nephews. As Dossie busies herself with cleaning, cooking, and tending the chickens at Duncan's homestead, she wonders: Could this man, her rescuer--so godlike in her eyes, so much older than she--expect her to become his helpmeet? Tentatively, Dossie begins to put down roots--until a shocking act of violence propels her away from Russell's Knob and eventually into the mayhem of New York City's mean streets."-- Publisher's website.

Spartans at the gates

June 27, 2014
Smith, Noble Mason, 1968-
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, [2014].
308 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"Thomas Dunne Books."
"The Peloponnesian War has begun. An army of merciless Spartan invaders have arrived at the gates of Plataea, bent on obliterating the city and its inhabitants. Plataea's oldest allies, the Athenians, are spread too thin in their own campaigns to send help. Cut off and alone, the Plataeans dig in behind their high walls for the coming siege, while the ruthless Spartans gather outside. On a rugged mountain road a young Plataean warrior named Nikias rides to Athens on an urgent quest. He carries with him a bag of ill-gotten gold, hoping to raise an army of mercenaries to help defend his city from the coming Spartan assault. But in the sprawling stronghold of Athens, Nikias encounters perils that prove to be more dangerous than those he has faced on the battlefield. Noble Smith's Spartans at the Gates is a thrilling action-adventure novel set during the war between the great powers of Ancient Greece"-- Provided by publisher.

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