New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

April 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The home for unwanted girls : a novel

April 19, 2018
Goodman, Joanna, 1969- author.
©2018
364 pages, 23 cm.
In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility--much like Maggie Hughes' parents. Maggie's English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don't include marriage to the poor French boy the next farm over. But Maggie's heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents send the baby Elodie to an orphanage where she receives horrible treatment. Seventeen years later, Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both.

The soul of a thief : a novel

April 19, 2018
Hartov, Steven, author.
©2018.
293 pages ; 22 cm
"Shtefan Brandt, adjutant to a colonel of the Waffen SS, has made it through the war so far in spite of his commander's habit of bringing his staff into combat, and a pair of secrets that are far more dangerous than the battlefield. Shtefan is a Mischling and one of the thousands of German citizens of Jewish descent who have avoided the death camps by concealing themselves in the ranks of the German army. And he is in love with Gabrielle Belmont, the colonel's French mistress. Colonel Himmel has other concerns, however. He can see the war's end on the horizon and recognizes that he is not on the winning side... So he has taken matters into his own hands, hatching a plot to escape Europe. To fund his new life, he plans to steal a fortune from the encroaching Allies. A fortune that Shtefan, in turn, plans to steal from him"-- Provided by publisher.

A promise given : a Henrietta and Inspector Howard novel

April 18, 2018
Cox, Michelle (Historical fiction writer), author.
©2018
366 pages ; 22 cm
"This third book in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series provides a delightful romp through the English countryside and back. Anxious to be married, Henrietta and Clive push forward with their wedding plans despite their family differences, made worse now by Oldrich Exley's attempts to control the Von Harmons. When the long-awaited wedding day arrives, there is more unfolding than just Clive and Henrietta's vows of love. Stanley and Elsie's relationship is sorely tested by the presence of the dashing Lieutenant Harrison Barnes-Smith and by Henrietta's friend Rose --a situation that grows increasingly dark and confused as time goes on. As Clive and Henrietta begin their honeymoon at Castle Linley, the Howards' ancestral estate in England, they encounter a whole new host of characters, including the eccentric Lord and Lady Linley and Clive's mysterious cousin, Wallace. When a man is murdered in the village on the night of a house party at the Castle, Wallace comes under suspicion and Clive and Henrietta are reluctantly drawn into the case, despite Clive's anxiety at involving his new bride and Henrietta's distracting news from home. Delicately attempting to work together for the first time, Clive and Henrietta set out to prove Wallace's innocence, uncovering as they do so some rather shocking truths that will shake the Linley name and estate forever."--Page [4] of cover.

Every other weekend : a novel

April 18, 2018
Summerfield, Zulema Renee, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
282 pages ; 24 cm
"The year is 1988, and sun-scorched Southern California is full of broken homes. Nenny is a simultaneously precocious and nervous eight-year-old, adjusting to a newly rearranged life after her parents split. Nenny and her mother and two brothers have just moved in with her new stepfather and his two kids. With her old life replaced by this unfamiliar configuration, Nenny's natural anxieties intensify, and both real and imagined dangers entwine: earthquakes and home invasions, ghosts of her stepfather's days in Vietnam, Gorbachev knocking down the door of her third-grade class and recruiting them all into the Red Army. Knock-kneed and a little stormy-eyed, she is far too small for the thoughts that haunt her--yet her fears are not entirely unfounded. With an irresistible voice, Zulema Renee Summerfield taps into the unease that was bubbling under the surface of life in America in the 1980s, bottles it, and serves it up in devastating, heartfelt, and even occasionally hilarious doses. Every Other Weekend beautifully and unsettlingly captures the terrible wisdom that children often possess, as well as the surprising ways in which families fracture and re-form."--Dust jacket.

Love & war : an Alex & Eliza story

April 18, 2018
De la Cruz, Melissa, 1971- author.
©2018
366 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Alex & Eliza: a love story.
"1781. Albany, New York. As the war for American independence rages on, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler begin their new life as a married couple. Still, Alex is as determined as ever to prove his mettle and secure his legacy... even if that means leaving his beloved Eliza behind to join the front lines at the Battle of Yorktown. But when the war unexpectedly arrives on Eliza's doorstep, she must fight for a better future-- for their fledgling country and for her marriage. Yet even after the Revolution comes to its historic close, Alex and Eliza's happily-ever-after is threatened. Eliza struggles to build a home in the hustle and bustle of New York City just as Alex's burgeoning law practice brings him up against his greatest rival-- the ambitious young lawyer Aaron Burr. And with Alex's star on the rise, Eliza can't help but feel neglected by a husband who seems to have time for everyone but her. Torn apart by new trials and temptations, can Alex and Eliza's epic love survive life in the big city?"--Back cover.

Suitors and sabotage

April 18, 2018
Anstey, Cindy, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2018.
330 pages ; 22 cm
In 1917 Kent, England, eighteen-year-old Imogene Chively's father has chosen Ernest Steeple as her future husband, but his younger brother, Benjamin, wins her heart while she is giving him drawing lessons, all while someone seeks to do them harm.

Perfection : a novel

April 18, 2018
Wade, Kathleen, author.
[Las Vegas, NV] : Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press, 2018.
v, 387 pages ; 20 cm
"Maggie Walsh has entered the convent. Her brother thinks she's wasting her life. Her sister doubts she has what it takes. Her mother is heartbroken; her father is happy. Her boyfriend pledges to wait until she "gets it out of her system." Abandoning her dreams to be an actress or a writer, Maggie embraces Church teaching that says the convent is the path to perfection. She sets out to prove--to herself and her family--that she can do it. She'll follow her higher calling, no matter what. It is 1960. Church reform is a few years away, but when it comes, radical changes unfold swiftly. Maggie embraces that change. Her brother, Jack, who tries at every turn to get Maggie to come to her senses, involves Maggie in civil-rights and anti-war activities-- forcing her into conflict with her superiors. Should she keep the peace in the convent or follow her conscience? A charismatic fellow teacher, Will, captures Maggie's time and attention. Then Stan, Maggie's first love, returns home from a Navy tour. Seeking perfection seemed so simple; now, it is anything but. Maggie must choose: a solitary life with God or the true love of another person?"--Back cover.

Searching for Lincoln's ghost

April 18, 2018
Dzikowski, Barbara J.
South Bend, Indiana : Wiara Books, ©2011.
160 pages ; 23 cm
A novel about coming-of-age during the tumultuous 1960s, exploring such disturbing topics as personal isolation, fear and depression, bullying, social and racial intolerance. Peppered with Lincoln folklore and history, it is a timeless tale of the power of love, empathy, and how the actions of one person can profoundly impact another. --Back cover.

Woman of the ashes

April 17, 2018
Couto, Mia, 1955- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
viii, 254 pages ; 22 cm
The first in a trilogy about the last emperor of southern Mozambique by one of Africa's most important writers. Southern Mozambique, 1894. Sergeant Germano de Melo is posted to the village of Nkokolani to oversee the Portuguese conquest of territory claimed by Ngungunyane, the last of the leaders of the state of Gaza, the second-largest empire led by an African. Ngungunyane has raised an army to resist colonial rule and with his warriors is slowly approaching the border village. Desperate for help, Germano enlists Imani, a fifteen-year-old girl, to act as his interpreter. She belongs to the VaChopi tribe, one of the few who dared side with the Portuguese. But while one of her brothers fights for the Crown of Portugal, the other has chosen the African emperor. Standing astride two kingdoms, Imani is drawn to Germano, just as he is drawn to her. But she knows that in a country haunted by violence, the only way out for a woman is to go unnoticed, as if made of shadows or ashes.

The spirit photographer : a novel

April 17, 2018
Varese, Jon Michael, author.
©2018
312 pages ; 24 cm
Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. He lures grieving widows and mourning mothers into his studio with promises of catching the ghosts of their deceased loved ones with his camera. Despite the whispers around town that Moody is a fraud of the basest kind, no one has been able to expose him, and word of his gift has spread, earning him money, fame, and a growing list of illustrious clients. One day, while developing the negative from a sitting to capture the spirit of the young son of an abolitionist senator, Moody is shocked to see a different spectral figure develop before his eyes. Instead of the staged image of the boy he was expecting, the camera has seemingly captured the spirit of a beautiful young woman. Is it possible that the spirit photographer caught a real ghost? When Moody recognizes the woman in the photograph as the daughter of an escaped slave he knew long ago, he is compelled to travel from Boston to the Louisiana bayous to resolve their unfinished business--and perhaps save his soul. But more than one person is out to stop him.

Hotel on shadow lake

April 17, 2018
Tully, Daniela, author.
©2018
245 pages ; 24 cm
"Suspenseful and compelling, Daniela Tully's Hotel on Shadow Lake is at once an intricate mystery, an epic romance, and a Gothic family saga. When Maya was a girl in Germany, her grandmother was everything to her: teller of magical fairy tales, surrogate mother, best friend. Then, shortly after Maya's sixteenth birthday, her grandmother disappeared without a trace, leaving Maya with only questions to fill the void. Twenty-seven years later, her grandmother's body is found in a place she had no connection to: the Montgomery Resort in upstate New York. How did she get there? Why had she come? Desperate for answers, Maya leaves her life in Germany behind and travels to America, where she is drawn to the powerful family that owns the hotel and seemingly the rest of the town. Soon Maya is unraveling secrets that go back decades, from 1910s New York to 1930s Germany and beyond. But when she begins to find herself spinning her own lies in order to uncover the circumstances surrounding her grandmother's death, she must decide whether her life and a chance at true love are worth risking for the truth." -- Provided by publisher.

Murder in St. Giles

April 17, 2018
Gardner, Ashley, author.
©2018
300 pages ; 22 cm.
"When Brewster, my bodyguard, comes to me about a murder of a pugilist--and what's more, says his wife has summoned me--I must hasten to St. Giles to find a killer before Brewster is arrested for the crime. This is made difficult because my wife's late husband's odious cousin has materialized to try to wrest her son into his care. After all, seven-year-old Peter is a viscount, and his cousin wants to get closer to the title. But how close? If Peter's life is in danger, I must remain, but Brewster risks hanging for the death of his wife's brother-in-law. He's done too much for me to turn my back on him, but the devil if I'll let the Breckenridge cousin get his clutches on Peter. It will take all my perseverance, and a few wiles, to plough through these difficulties. In the meantime, I meet a runner who teaches me about crime and punishment in this enlightened age, and Brewster's old trainer, who made him the excellent pugilist--and thief--he is today"--Back cover.

The killing site : a Liberty Lane mystery

April 17, 2018
Peacock, Caro, author.
©2018
220 pages ; 23 cm
July, 1847. Now a happily married mother-of-two, Liberty Lane is undertaking very few private investigative assignments. But when she is kidnapped from outside a smart London townhouse, where she had been attending a dinner party with her husband Robert, she must call on all her old investigative skills to discover who has taken her, and why. As Libby tries to formulate a plan of escape, her old friends, former street urchin Tabby and groom Amos Legge, desperately search for her. Convinced that somebody in the Maynard household, where the dinner party was held, knows something about Libby's disappearance, Tabby keeps watch on the house - and makes a truly shocking discovery.

Bats in the belfry : a London mystery

April 17, 2018
Lorac, E. C. R., 1894-1958.
©2018
231 pages ; 19 cm.
Reprint. Originally publisher: London : British Library, 1937
"Bruce Attleton dazzled London's literary scene with his first two novels - but his early promise did not bear fruit. His wife Sybilla is a glittering actress, unforgiving of Bruce's failure, and the couple lead separate lives in their house at Regent's Park. When Bruce is called away on a sudden trip to Paris, he vanishes completely - until his suitcase and passport are found in a sinister artist's studio, the Belfry, in a crumbling house in Notting Hill. Inspector Macdonald must uncover Bruce's secrets, and find out the identity of his mysterious blackmailer. This intricate mystery from a classic writer is set in a superbly evoked London of the 1930s."--Provided by publisher.

Disoriental

April 16, 2018
Djavadi, Négar, 1969- author.
New York : Europa Editions, 2018.
338 pages : 23 cm
Originally published in the French as Désorientale.
"Kimiâ Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five and facing the future she has built for herself as well as the prospect of a new generation, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves. In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them"--Amazon.

A match made in bed

April 16, 2018
Maxwell, Cathy, author.
©2018
374 pages ; 17 cm.
A bluestocking heiress is wooed for her dowry by a man from a family that her father ruined.

Speakeasy

April 16, 2018
Smith, Alisa, 1971- author.
©2017
233 pages ; 22 cm
"Set during World War II, a code-breaker fights to keep a deadly secret as her Bonnie-and-Clyde past threatens to catch up with her. Thirty-year-old Lena Stillman is living a perfectly respectable life when a shocking newspaper headline calls up her past: it concerns her former lover, charismatic bank robber Bill Bagley. A romantic and charming figure, Lena had tried to forget him by resuming her linguistic studies, which led to her recruitment as a Navy code-breaker intercepting Japanese messages during World War II. But can Lena keep her own secrets? Threatening notes and the appearance of an old diary that recalls her gangster days are poised to upset her new life. Whom can she really trust? Is there a spy among the code-breakers? And who is it that wants her dead?" --Provided by publisher.

Inquisition

April 16, 2018
Gibbins, David J. L., author.
©2017
viii, 272 pages : map ; 25 cm.
AD 256. Pope Sixtus passes on relics belonging to Christians being persecuted to a follower who entrusts it to the Jewish community in Spain. 1684. Samuel Pepys goes to Tangier in an attempt to retrieve an incredible treasure that has resurfaced after more than a thousand years. Present-day. Jack Howard and his team are excavating a 17th-century shipwreck and realizes that the wrecked cargo contains clues to an ancient mystery - the lost treasure of Christendom, the fabled Holy Grail.

The body on the doorstep

April 13, 2018
MacKenzie, A. J., author.
©2016
264 pages : map ; 20 cm.
Kent, 1796. Shocked to discover a dying man on his doorstep - and lucky to avoid a bullet himself - Reverend Hardcastle finds himself entrusted with the victim's cryptic last words. With smuggling rife on England's south-east coast, the obvious conclusion is that a dodgy deal has gone wrong. But why is the leader of the local Customs service so reluctant to investigate? Ably assisted by the ingenious Mrs Chaytor, Hardcastle sets out to solve the mystery for himself. But smugglers are not the only ones to lurk off the Kent coast, and the more he discovers, the more he realises he might have bitten off more than he can chew.

The magnificent Esme Wells : a novel

April 12, 2018
Sharp, Adrienne, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
334 pages ; 24 cm
The irrepressible daughter of a two-bit gangster and a movie showgirl comes of age in golden-era Hollywood and a nascent Las Vegas before her beauty captures the attentions of one of the Strip's most powerful men.

Ecstasy : a novel

April 12, 2018
Sharratt, Mary, 1964- author.
©2018
xi, 387 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel of Klimt's muse and Mahler's greatest love: Alma Mahler, the woman whose life would define and defy an era"--Provided by publisher.

The house of Erzulie

April 12, 2018
Kasai, Kirsten Imani, author.
Albany, New York : Shade Mountain Press, [2018]
274 pages ; 23 cm
"The house of Erzulie tells the eerily intertwined stories of an ill-fated young couple in the 1850s and the troubled historian who discovers their writings in the present day." --Back cover

Beyond a darkened shore

April 11, 2018
Leake, Jessica, author.
©2018
421 pages ; 22cm
Princess Ciara of Mide, who has the ability to control others' minds and actions, has been using her powers to protect her people from the plundering Northmen, but when she captures Lief, a young Northman leader, she learns she is not the only one to harness this power.

Country dark

April 11, 2018
Offutt, Chris, 1958- author.
©2018
231 pages ; 22 cm
Tucker, a young veteran, returns from war to work for a bootlegger. He falls in love and starts a family, and while the Tuckers don't have much, they have the love of their home and each other. But when his family is threatened, Tucker is pushed into violence, which changes everything. The story of people living off the land and by their wits in a backwoods Kentucky world of shine-runners and laborers whose social codes are every bit as nuanced as the British aristocracy,

The Kremlin ball

April 10, 2018
Malaparte, Curzio, 1898-1957, author.
New York : New York Review Books, [2018]
xvi, 223 pages ; 21 cm.
"Perhaps only the impeccably perverse imagination of Curzio Malaparte could have conceived of The Kremlin Ball, which might be described as Proust in the corridors of Soviet power. The book is set at the end of the 1920s, when the Great Terror may have been nothing more than a twinkle in Stalin's eye, but when the revolution was accompanied by a growing sense of doom. In Malaparte's vision it is from his nightly opera box, rather than the Kremlin, that Stalin surveys Soviet high society, its scandals and amours and intrigues among beauties and bureaucrats, including the legendary ballerina Marina Semyonova and Olga Kameneva, a sister of the exiled Trotsky, who though a powerful politician is so consumed by dread that everywhere she goes she gives off the smell of rotting meat. This extraordinary court chronicle of Communist life (for which Malaparte also contemplated the title God Is a Killer) was published posthumously and appears now in English for the first time"-- Provided by publisher.

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