Jun 28, 2016
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Historical Fiction

HEAVENEARTH
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Nobility and politics of turbulent Tudor times in: HEAVEN, EARTH OR HELL

By Maeve Nolan

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young nobleman struggles to balance honor with survival in the turbulent politics of the court of Henry VIII.

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Meager beginnings turn into great wealth for sisters in : OUTRAGEOUS

By Neal Katz

Rating:  star star star star star 

The lives of two clairvoyant sisters make a drastic shift into the world of wealth when they befriend one of the richest men in the nation.

HEMBRY
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An American in England turns her nose up at aristocratic expectations in: WHEN IT RAINED AT HEMBRY CASTLE

By Meredith Allard

Rating:  star star star star star 

A 20-year old, willful American beauty arrives at Hembry Castle with her widowed father, the second son of the 8th Earl of Straton, to begin her resistant acquaintance with Victorian-era England.

EMMYNATION
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A woman decides whether to watch or join the feminist movement in: EMMY NATION – UNDERCOVER SUFFRAGETTE

By L. Davis Munro

Rating:  star star star star star 

Harking back to the era when voting rights for women were still a faraway dream, EMMY NATION focuses on one young woman’s personal quandary: to spy on the women’s movement…or join it.

FAB
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A world where John Lennon plays the politician in: FAB

By Mark Gillespie

Rating:  star star star star star 

In an alternate history, John Lennon enters politics after his assassination is thwarted, leading to unexpected consequences.

CATS
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A cat’s eye view of Jesus’s life in: THE CATS OF REKEM

By CL Francisco

Rating:  star star star star star 

A family of cats and humans are required to learn how to live by a new religion, after their lives are touched by Yeshua of Nazareth.

PASTLAST
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A curious group of pioneers explore Polynesia in: PAST THE LAST ISLAND

By Kathleen Flanagan Rollins

Rating:  star star star star star 

A motley group of explorers, misfits, inventors and dreamers sails away from the world they know in order to discover new lands and new homes.

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A boy on the verge of manhood faces a changing world in: UNDER THE MAGINOT

By N. J. Knowlton

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young man finds love, adventure, danger and evil in pre-World War II Europe.

LostGround
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Set in Finland, LOST GROUND’s World War II story is unique and compelling.

By Ulla Jordan

Rating:  star star star star star 

Many stories that take place during World War II come from an American point of view, but few of them are set in Finland.

SOUTH
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A prominent and spunky young protagonist grows up on a colorful southern farm in SOUTH OF EVERYTHING.

By Audrey Taylor Gonzalez

Rating:  star star star star star 

SOUTH OF EVERYTHING follows the story of a precocious and thoughtful young girl as she grows up on her wealthy family’s plantation in west Tennessee during the 1940s.

Dreamland
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Historical Cameos, humor and suspense create comedic juxtapositions in THE DEVIL IN DREAMLAND

By Ray M. Schultze

Rating:  star star star star star 

A spy thriller set in WWII-era Hollywood, full of intrigue and daring escapes.

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In the House of Leviathan

By B.D.Bruns

Rating:  star star star star star 

Nestled along the Italian coastline, the seas rage outside Amalfi, threatening the fishermen that sustain the city, while a terrifying spirit haunts the Apuzzo family at their paper mill.

Abracadabra
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Mummy’s the word in: Abracadabra Tut

By Page McBrier

Rating:  star star star star star 

Fletcher Perry, a somewhat nerdy middle school student and amateur magician is the unexpected recipient of an Egyptian coffin that was sold at an auction.

LastHanging
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Two groups struggle to find solace in a hectic world in: The Last Hanging in Scots Bend

By Jack Hammond Jr.

Rating:  star star star star star 

In the aftermath of the Civil War, a simmering rivalry between two families boils over as Stash Harris avenges his mother and father’s murder. The sentence is death by hanging.

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A hijacking on the Panama Isthmus railroad in: Isthmus

By Gerard LaSalle

Rating:  star star star star star 

As war gathers in the United States in 1860, a train is hijacked in Panama, bringing disparate personalities together as hijackers, hostages, lawmen, and innocent bystanders are all drawn into a violent, life-or-death drama.

Ballot
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The Secret Ballot

By Matthew Willson

Rating:  star star star star star 

A stirring alternate history that asks what would have happened if the 2008 American presidential election had used computerized voting. In an alternative 2008, it is two weeks until the election and the debut of a new, fully computerized federal election system.

Anna
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Anna’s Bear: 5 Days of Moral Conflict and Pursuit – A young girl evokes compassion in Nazi Germany.

By O.W. Shumaker

Rating:  star star star star star 

Three followers of the Third Reich learn that their Nazi beliefs don’t fit well into reality when they are forced to face the horrible truth of Nazism as it relates to the health and survival of a sick child. They decide on their own to do something drastic in order to save her.

Widow
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Tensions build in the changing face of the colonial Northwest in: Widow Walk

By Gerard LaSalle

Rating:  star star star star star 

LaSalle weaves together several narratives about cultural and territorial tensions in this novel of the Old Pacific Northwest.

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Ere àwòrán

By Michael Jay Nusbaum

Rating:  star star star star star 

A well-researched tale of an African slave and two abolitionists during the American Civil War. Ere àwòrán means “little statue,” referring to the carved figurine that Osumaka, gives to his young son Bwana as a reminder that his father is always with him even when off on a hunt.

Becky
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A woman falls from grace in: The Confessions of Becky Sharp

By David James

Rating:  star star star star star 

In THE CONFESSIONS OF BECKY SHARP, the protagonist of Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair” recounts her life story.

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Letters from Melite

By Michael J. Sant

Rating:  star star star star star 

LETTERS FROM MELITE is a deep dive into medieval history.

COURT
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A man struggles for redemption by rescuing jewish refugees in: Before The Court Of Heaven

By Jack Mayer

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young German nationalist, a collaborator in the assassination of Walter Rathenau, finds healing and redemption in rescuing refugees from the Nazis he once supported.

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Gettysburg 1913

By Alan Simon

Rating:  star star star star star 

GETTYSBURG 1913 takes place 50 years after the battle, at the Great Reunion of both Union and Confederate veterans, many in their 80s, who came together one last time to commemorate the battle.

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The Immigrant

By Alfred Woolacott III

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young Scotsman is brought to America as an indentured servant and must build a new life for himself and his family.