Time Was... New Historical Fiction

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We can't give you a time machine, but we can give you the next best thing - historical fiction. Explore the world's vast history with these gripping reads.


Dianne Freeman
Description: Wealthy young widow Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, spent the obligatory year in mourning for her philandering husband. With her young daughter in tow, Frances moves from the English countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws to Victorian London, and welcomes her sister, Lily, arriving from New York for her first London social season. When mysterious burglaries start plaguing London's elite, an anonymous tip to the police implicates Frances in her late husband's death. Frances rallies her wits, a circle of gossips, and her dashing new neighbor George Hazelton to uncover the truth.
Call Number: FIC Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 16, 2018
Jo Goodman
Description: Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse is like no physician Ben Madison has ever met-she's a woman. As the newly elected sheriff of Frost Falls, Colorado, Ben is tasked with welcoming Ridley to the community. But while Ben might be tempted by the new doc's charms, getting the town to accept a big-city female doctor is no easy feat. To earn their trust, she'll have to prove herself, and Ben is determined to help her...even if she's the most stubborn woman he's ever met. Then Ridley is threatened, and Ben's protective instincts kick in. Ridley has come to rely on his steady presence and the delicious tension that simmers just below the surface of their easy friendship-but as much as she trusts his warnings, she's never been one to back down from a challenge, and she refuses to abandon her patient. But sticking to your guns can earn you trouble in the rough terrain of the Wild West, and danger threatens Ridley from unexpected places, forcing Ben to confront his deepest fear in order to save the woman he loves.
Call Number: FIC Goo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
John D. Nesbitt
Description: In 1890s Wyoming, seventeen-year-old Alden Clare assumes the responsibility of earning enough money to buy back his family's foreclosed land, taking care of his older brother's family, and helping the attractive daughter of a homesteader who is being harrassed by ruffians.
Call Number: FIC Nes
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Mary Ellen Dennis
Description: "Bernadette McCoy's death is blamed on seven cats, but Police Chief Mad Dog Connolly believes the killer is a servent or her missing niece, Angelique. Ten months earlier, Sean Kelley attends the Cirque de Délices and watches Angelique Aumont perform. He wants the beautiful Parisian rope walker for his traveling circus, and his wife, but she departs for America to live with her Auntie Bernadette. Hired by P. T. Barnum, Sean promotes singer Jenny Lind Barnum's Swedish Nightingale and assembles his circus. Angelique discovers Sean has traveled west and becomes Jenny's lady's maid, determined to find him. Sean's father, Timothy, joins the California Gold Rush. Rather than pan for gold, he learns how to mine the miners. Woven together, Sean, Angelique, and Timothy form a colorful story that enhances the tapestry of the American West.
Call Number: FIC Den
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Vivienne Lorret
Description: "The Duke of Rydstrom requires a wife. Preferably one with a large fortune and a complete lack of curiosity. The last thing he needs is a meddling matchmaker determined to dig up his dark family secrets. All Jacinda wants is to find a bride for a duke. How hard could that be? He's handsome, enigmatic...and hiding something ... Determined to discover what it is, she travels to his crumbling cliffside estate. Yet, by the time she washes up on his beach, she can no longer remember who she is or why the duke is so familiar to her. All she knows is that his kisses are unforgettable--and she intends to use every skill she can to discover whats in his heart."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Lor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
James MacManus
Description: Reimagines the affair between General Eisenhower and Kay Summersby as they traveled through Europe together on the eve of the final assault on Nazi Germany.
Call Number: FIC Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Alison Weir
Description: "25-year-old Jane Seymour wants nothing more than to become a nun. But her ambitious father has forced her to live at court as lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon, a fellow-Catholic whom she soon comes to love and admire. So Jane is appalled when King Henry shunts Katherine aside in his lustful pursuit of Anne Boleyn, but even more so when he takes Anne's life in his rush to wed--Jane herself! Unwilling to marry but terrified to resist Henry's advances for fear she might share Anne's fate, and propelled by her family, Jane becomes Queen of England a mere ten days after Anne's execution. She knows she must produce a male heir without fail. Her very life depends on it"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Wei
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Nick Arvin
Description: Young Henry Phipps is on a quest to realize his dying mother's last wish: to be buried at sea, surrounded by her family. Not an easy task considering Henry's ne'er-do-well father is in debtor's prison and his comically earnest older brother is busy fighting the red coats on the battlefields of Maryland. But Henry's stubborn determination knows no bounds. As he dodges the cannon fire of clashing armies and picks among the ruins of a burning capital he meets looters, British defectors, renegade slaves, a pregnant maiden in distress, and scoundrels of all types. -- Amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Arv
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
David Hirshberg
Description: A story told by a radio raconteur revisiting his past in post-World War II Boston, the playground and battleground for two brothers whose lives are transformed by discoveries they never could have imagined. From the opening line of the book, "When you're a kid, they don't always tell you the truth," the stage is set for this riveting coming-of-age story that plays out against the backdrop of the Korean War, the aftermath of the Holocaust, the polio epidemic, the relocation of a baseball team, and the shenanigans of politicians and businessmen.
Call Number: FIC Hir
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Rupert Thomson
Description: In the years preceding World War I, two young women meet, by chance, in a provincial town in France. Suzanne Malherbe, a shy seventeen-year-old with a talent for drawing, is completely entranced by the brilliant but troubled Lucie Schwob, who comes from a family of wealthy Jewish intellectuals. They embark on a clandestine love affair, terrified they will be discovered, but then, in an astonishing twist of fate, the mother of one marries the father of the other. As "sisters" they are finally free of suspicion, and, hungry for a more stimulating milieu, they move to Paris at a moment when art, literature, and politics blend in an explosive cocktail. Having reinvented themselves as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, they move in the most glamorous social circles, meeting everyone from Hemingway and Dalí to André Breton, and produce provocative photographs that still seem avant-garde today. In the 1930s, with the rise of anti-Semitism and threat of fascism, they leave Paris for Jersey, and it is on this idyllic island that they confront their destiny, creating a campaign of propaganda against Hitler's occupying forces that will put their lives in jeopardy.
Call Number: FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Renee Ann Miller
Description: "Clearly, Emma Trafford's new neighbor is a lady killer--but is the scoundrel with the scar capable of murder? Emma can barely contain her precocious younger sister, Lily--the child swears she spied their neighbor engaged in foul play in his Bloomsbury love nest. But when Lily goes too far searching for "evidence," Emma must save the imp by distracting Simon--with an all-consuming kiss rife with danger and desire."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
M. J. Trow
Description: 1591. The Queen is embarking on a Royal Progress, visiting some of the grandest homes in England, and Kit Marlowe has been sent on ahead to ensure all goes smoothly. When his reconnaissance mission is derailed by a series of alarming and tragic incidents, Marlowe suspects there's a conspiracy to sabotage the Progress. Who is pulling the strings - and why?
Call Number: FIC Tro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 16, 2018
Eliot Pattison
Description: "When a ship arriving from London explodes in Boston Harbor, both the peace of the colonial city and Duncan McCallum's life are shattered. Duncan discovers that the ship was deliberately sabotaged, apparently to cover the theft by French agents provocateurs of a secret document being carried to the Sons of Liberty. Fearing that the intrigues of [John] Hancock and the Sons might set the colonies ablaze, Duncan relentlessly pursues the truth, only to be falsely charged with treason and murder. To escape the hangman's noose and restore his honor, Duncan has no choice but to follow a northbound trail of violence and deception. With the help of unexpected new friends he survives scalp hunters, imprisonment, and his own spiritual crisis, only to realize he cannot resolve the terrible crimes until he first understands the emerging truths about freedom in the American colonies"--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Oliver Pötzsch
Description: The year is 1672. Hangman Jakob Kuisl and his family travel to Munich, the cosmopolitan heart of Bavaria, for a meeting of the prestigious Council of Twelve, the leaders of the empire's hangmen's guild - prestigious for dishonorable hangmen, at least. But something dark is happening behind the scenes: in the past weeks, young women have begun turning up dead. At first, the authorities assume they are a rash of suicides, but when Kuisl notices that each woman possesses a matching amulet, suspicions arise that someone is murdering them. With no suspects, the superstitious townsfolk of Munich blame the hangmen's guild, certain that they have called the devil upon the city. Joined by his daughter Magdalena, son-in-law Simon, the rest of his extended family, and a slew of eccentric hangmen, Kuisl must solve the mystery of who is murdering the women. If he fails, the consequences could reverberate across the empire, affecting all the hangmen in Germany.
Call Number: FIC Pot
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Paddy Hirsch
Description: "Seven years after a financial crisis nearly toppled America, traders chafe at government regulations, racial tensions are rising, gangs roam the streets and corrupt financiers make back-door deals with politicians... 1799 was a hell of a year. Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America has recovered from the panic on the Devil's Half Mile (aka Wall Street), but the young country is still finding its way. When young lawyer Justy Flanagan returns to solve his father's murder, he exposes a massive fraud that has already claimed lives, and one the perpetrators are determined to keep secret at any cost. The body count is rising, and the looming crisis could topple the nation"--Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Hir
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 25, 2018
Beth Kanell
Description: "When Alice Sanborn and best friend Jerushah cross paths with a bounty hunter in rural northern Vermont, the teens stage a daring rescue for former slave Sarah Johnson -- but winter weather, politics, and challenges of mountain life bring more danger. It's March 1850 in small-town Vermont, and tempers flare over the "right kind" of Abolition. When the two fifteen-year-olds suspect Alice's older brother William is taking dangerous risks to shelter a fugitive hiding at the inn, they see Sarah's safety at risk. With help from the skillful but mysterious Solomon McBride, the girls head toward the wilder countryside along the Canadian border. Perils abound, including back at home. Is it all Alice's fault? What should she do? Even a teen can take strong action - but which way is right, and how can she choose?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kan
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Rachel Halliburton
Description: "It is 1797 and in Georgian London, nothing is certain anymore: the future of the monarchy is in question, the city is aflame with conspiracies, and the French could invade any day. Amidst this feverish atmosphere, the American painter Benjamin West is visited by a dubious duo comprised of a blundering father and vibrant daughter, the Provises, who claim they have a secret that has obsessed painters for centuries: the Venetian techniques of master painter Titian. West was once the most celebrated painter in London, but he hasn't produced anything of note in years, so against his better judgment he agrees to let the intriguing Ann Jemima Provis visit his studio and demonstrate the techniques from the document. What unravels reveals more than West has ever understood--about himself, the treachery of the art world, and the seductive promise of greatness."--Inside dust jacket.
Call Number: FIC Hal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Tatjana Soli
Description: Traces the intertwining stories of Civil War hero George Armstrong Custer, his frontierswoman wife Libbie, and fifteen-year-old Anne Cummins, a captive of the Cheyenne after surviving a homestead attack.
Call Number: FIC Sol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Ismail Kadare
Description: "At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the main square of Constantinople, a niche is carved into ancient stone. Here, the sultan displays the severed heads of his adversaries. People flock to see the latest head and gossip about the state of the empire: the province of Albania is demanding independence again, and the niche awaits a new trophy. Tundj Hata, the imperial courier, is charged with transporting heads to the capital--a task he relishes and performs with fervor. As he travels through obscure and impoverished territories, he makes money from illicit side-shows, offering villagers the spectacle of death. The head of the rebellious Albanian governor would fetch a very high price indeed." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kad
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Norman Lock
Description: When U.S. Army chaplain Robert Winter first meets Emily Dickinson, he is fascinated by the brilliance of the strange girl immersed in her botany lessons. She will become his confidante, obsession, and muse over the years as he writes to her of his friendship with the aspiring politician Abraham Lincoln, his encounter with the young newspaperman Samuel Clemens, and his crisis of conscience concerning the radical abolitionist John Brown.
Call Number: FIC Loc
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
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A Lady's Guide To Etiquette And Murder
Dianne Freeman
FIC Fre
Never Deceive A Viscount
Renee Ann Miller
FIC Mil
A Touch Of Flame
Jo Goodman
FIC Goo
Queen's Progress : A Kit Marlowe Mystery
M. J. Trow
FIC Tro
Castle Butte
John D. Nesbitt
FIC Nes
Savage Liberty : A Mystery Of Revolutionary America
Eliot Pattison
FIC Pat
Cirque
Mary Ellen Dennis
FIC Den
The Council Of Twelve
Oliver Pötzsch
FIC Pot
How To Forget A Duke
Vivienne Lorret
FIC Lor
The Devil's Half Mile
Paddy Hirsch
FIC Hir
Ike And Kay
James MacManus
FIC Mac
The Long Shadow
Beth Kanell
FIC Kan
Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen : A Novel
Alison Weir
FIC Wei
The Optickal Illusion : A Novel
Rachel Halliburton
FIC Hal
Mad Boy : An Account Of Henry Phipps In The War Of 1812 : A Novel
Nick Arvin
FIC Arv
The Removes
Tatjana Soli
FIC Sol
My Mother's Son : A Novel
David Hirshberg
FIC Hir
The Traitor's Niche : A Novel
Ismail Kadare
FIC Kad
Never Anyone But You
Rupert Thomson
FIC Tho
The Wreckage Of Eden
Norman Lock
FIC Loc