Aug 01, 2015
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Historical Fiction

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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The Secret Ballot

By Matthew Wilson

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

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Passing Through Perfect

By Bette Lee Crosby

Rating:  star star star star star 

Set in the 1950’s, PASSING THROUGH PERFECT is the story of Benjamin’s and his family’s struggle to live in a world that looks down on them for the color of their skin. When one of their own is killed in a hit and run and the justice system refuse to convict the white man responsible, the family must rely on their faith to try and build a new life for themselves in the North.

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Witch’s Dark

By Ken Davis

Rating:  star star star star star 

All is not well in Colonial Massachusetts in 1736.The witches of Salem have become restive, demons prowl the colony and the Rattlesnake Society is challenging the iron fist of the Crown. In order to protect Boston from the spells cast by the witches, Gov. Whitelocke has employed Dr. Ephraim Rush as the colonial Doctor of Magical Sciences.

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Adzul: The Heirs of the Medallion

By David Sage

Rating:  star star star star star 

ADZUL: THE HEIRS OF THE MEDALLION begins some five centuries ago when the Conquistadores destroyed the village of Pattiti in the Peruvian Andes. Adzul, the only survivor, was a young Incan warrior who inherited a strange medallion from his grandfather.

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The Dark Side of Glory

By Richard McMahon

Rating:  star star star star star 

Tasked with writing the biography of a deceased Army veteran, Matthew Clark begins to uncover long-uncovered secrets of the general’s personal life.

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Lake of Slaves

By Brian Duncan

Rating:  star star star star star 

LAKE OF SLAVES is a thoroughly researched historical novel featuring both real and fictional characters centered around a group of British settlers opposed to the slave trade in the 1880s Lake Nyasa region of Africa.

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The Sword and the Well

By Ann Chamberlin

Rating:  star star star star star 

Set in the early days of Islam, when Muhammad is dead but still remembered by the living, The Sword and the Well is tale of interwoven tales, each told by one suffering from years of silence.

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Degrees of Courage

By Shari Vester

Rating:  star star star star star 

This epic story of the lives of three women begins with a death. The loss of her mother in the summer of 1901 redefines the course of Angela’s purpose and the fate of the women who follow.

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The Journey

By John Heldt

Rating:  star star star star star 

A woman gets accidentally sent back in time, and tries to help her younger self find a better future.

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Dreaming Annapurna

By Leon David Dunn

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young Canadian man tries to save a little Nepali girl from Maoist soldiers.