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Church of Marvels

by Leslie Parry Ecco (May 05, 2015)

A ravishing first novel, set in vibrant, tumultuous turn-of-the-century New York City, where the lives of four outsiders become entwined, bringing irrevocable change to them all.

New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill,...


The Fortune Hunter

by Daisy Goodwin St. Martin's Press (July 29, 2014)

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...


Angels Make Their Hope Here

by Breena Clarke Little, Brown and Company (July 08, 2014)

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....


Song of the Shank

by Jeffery Renard Allen Graywolf Press (June 17, 2014)

A contemporary American masterpiece about music, race, an unforgettable man, and an unreal America during the Civil War era

At the heart of this remarkable novel is Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth-century...


The Sea House

by Elisabeth Gifford St. Martin's Press (April 15, 2014)

In 1860, Alexander Ferguson, a newly ordained vicar and amateur evolutionary scientist, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the remote Scottish island of Harris. He hopes to uncover the truth...


The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B

by Sandra Gulland Touchstone (March 17, 2002)

In this first of three books inspired by the life of Josephine Bonaparte, Sandra Gulland has created a novel of immense and magical proportions. We meet Josephine in the exotic and lush Martinico, where an old...


The Mistress of Nothing

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2009

by Kate Pullinger Touchstone (January 04, 2011)

The American debut of an award-winning novel about a lady’s maid’s awakening as she journeys from the confines of Victorian England to the uncharted far reaches of Egypt’s Nile Valley

When Lady Duff Gordon,...


Sin Killer

by Larry Mcmurtry Simon & Schuster (June 01, 2010)

From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry comes the first in a four-volume epic journey through the early American frontier, featuring the Berrybender family, English nobility adrift in the American...


Nevermore

by Harold Schechter Pocket Books (June 29, 2010)

Praised by Caleb Carr for his "brilliantly detailed and above all riveting" true-crime writing, Harold Schechter brings his expertise to a marvelous work of fiction. Superbly rendering the 1830s Baltimore of...


The Visionist: A Novel

by Rachel Urquhart Little, Brown and Company (January 14, 2014)

An enthralling first novel about a teenage girl who finds refuge--but perhaps not--in an 1840s Shaker community.

After 15-year-old Polly Kimball sets fire to the family farm, killing her abusive father, she and...


The Poisoned Island: A Novel

by Lloyd Shepherd Washington Square Press (January 14, 2014)

A brilliant young police officer discovers a series of bizarre deaths are connected to the cargo of a research vessel bound for Kew Gardens in this fantasy-tinged historical thriller set in early nineteenth-century...


The Bully of Order

by Brian Hart Harper (September 02, 2014)

Set in a logging town on the lawless Pacific coast of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century, a spellbinding novel of fate and redemption—told with a muscular lyricism and filled with a cast...


City of God: A Novel of Passion and Wonder in Old New York

New York City #2

by Beverly Swerling Simon & Schuster (December 09, 2008)

City of God, the latest installment in Beverly Swerling's gripping saga of old New York, takes readers to Manhattan's clamorous streets as the nation struggles to find a compromise between slave and free, but...


The New Countess

Love & Inheritance Trilogy #3

by Fay Weldon St. Martin's Press (December 17, 2013)

England, 1905. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne, as well as their entire regal estate, with its hundred rooms, are busy planning for a lavish visit from King Edward VII and his mistress just a few months...


Man in the Shadows

by Gordon Henderson HarperCollins Publishers (July 01, 2014)

Fast-paced, gripping and rich with historical detail, Man in the Shadows builds on the historical record to illuminate one of the most dramatic times in Canadian history

In 1867, three British colonies became...


The Outcasts: A Novel

by Kathleen Kent Little, Brown and Company (September 24, 2013)

A taut, thrilling adventure story about buried treasure, a manhunt, and a woman determined to make a new life for herself in the old west.

It's the 19th century on the Gulf Coast, a time of opportunity and lawlessness....


The Barbary Pirates

Ethan Gage #4

by William Dietrich HarperCollins e-books (March 30, 2010)

“William Dietrich is a born stylist, moving characters around on an historical chessboard with the assured hand of a master novelist firing on all cylinders. Ethan Gage is a wiry, battle-scarred hero, with...


Hell at the Breech

by Tom Franklin HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

In 1897, an aspiring politician is mysteriously murdered in the rural area of Alabama known as Mitcham Beat. His outraged friends -- —mostly poor cotton farmers -- form a secret society, Hell-at-the-Breech,...


Sharpe's Fortress

The Sharpe Stories #3

by Bernard Cornwell HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

"The greatest writer of historical adventures today."

Washington Post

Critically acclaimed, perennial New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell (Agincourt, The Fort, the Saxon Tales) makes real history...


Sharpe's Devil

The Sharpe Stories #21

by Bernard Cornwell HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, another exciting adventure in the world-renowned Sharpe series, chronicling the rise of Richard Sharpe, a Private in His Majesty’s Army at the siege...


Sharpe's Battle

The Sharpe Stories #12

by Bernard Cornwell HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the twelth installment in the world-renowned Sharpe series, chronicling the rise of Richard Sharpe, a Private in His Majesty’s Army at the siege of...


The Widow's War

by Sally Cabot Gunning HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Married for twenty years to Edward Berry, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaler's wife in the Cape Cod village of Satucket, Massachusetts—running their house herself during her husband's long absences...


Long Live the King

Love & Inheritance Trilogy #2

by Fay Weldon St. Martin's Press (May 07, 2013)

From the award-winning writer of the original Upstairs Downstairs—the second novel in an irresistible trilogy about an Earl's family and his servants at the turn of the twentieth century.

As 1901 comes to...


The Barbed Crown

Ethan Gage #6

by William Dietrich Harper (May 07, 2013)

In The Barbed Crown, the sixth tale of rogue and adventurer Ethan Gage by William Dietrich, our hero returns to Paris and London. Against a background of imperial pomp and the gathering clouds of war, Gage plots...


Long Remember

by MacKinlay Kantor & Jeff Shaara Tom Doherty Associates (August 07, 2000)

Long Remember is the first realistic novel about the Civil War. Originally published in 1934, this book received rave reviews from the NY Times Book Review, and was a main selection of the Literary Guild. It...


The Battle of Milroy Station

by Robert H. Fowler Tom Doherty Associates (March 01, 2004)

What is the nature of true courage?

In March of 1896, Andrew Jackson Mundy, a senator from the Deep South, is secretly urged by Marc Hanna, the rich kingmaker, to become William McKinley's running mate in the...


The House Girl

by Tara Conklin William Morrow (February 12, 2013)

The House Girl, the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.

Weaving together the story of...


Habits of the House

Love & Inheritance Trilogy #1

by Fay Weldon St. Martin's Press (January 15, 2013)

From the award-winning novelist and writer of Upstairs Downstairs, the launch of a brilliant new trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey

As the Season...


Spirit of the Eagle

by Vella Munn Tom Doherty Associates (March 15, 1997)

It is 1872. American Expansionism is at its peak. Lands once thought uninhabitable are coveted by white settlers, miners, and traders who are spreading through the West. The last of the Modoc tribe are being...


Wind Warrior

by Vella Munn Tom Doherty Associates (March 15, 1999)

The Chumash tribe dwelled in harmony with the land, worshiping their gods and spirits. In the 1880s the Spanish drove them from their homes, forcibly converted them to Christianity, and made them slaves under...


Daughter of the Mountain

by Vella Munn Tom Doherty Associates (April 15, 1994)

She'd set out for California, following her father's dream--a disaster haunted dream that had killed her family and threatened the child she struggled to save. Snow-cloaked mountains, beautiful but heartless,...


Seminole Song

by Vella Munn Tom Doherty Associates (March 15, 1998)

Amid rising tensions that will tear apart the United States, Florida in the 1830s is in turmoil. The Seminole Indians have been ordered to leave their ancestral lands for reservations in Kansas and Oklahoma,...


The River's Daughter

by Vella Munn Tom Doherty Associates (July 15, 1993)

Oregon--a land flowing with milk and honey, a land of towering timber, snow-capped peaks, lush, fertile valleys. A land of gold. To the pioneering settlers, it was a garden of Eden. And to the Rogue Indians,...


Cheyenne Summer

by Vella Munn Tom Doherty Associates (July 14, 2002)

Summer, 1800. There is no rain. Heat bakes the prairie. What little game survives on the trickles of water in the shrinking creeks is fiercely hunted not just by the Cheyenne, but by their enemies, the Pawnee....


Daughter of the Forest

by Vella Munn Tom Doherty Associates (February 15, 1995)

The forests of the Pacific Northwest are lands of mist and rain, of towering trees and salmon-choked rivers. Where forest approaches sea, there live the Tillamook and the Nisqually, two tribes tied to each other...


The Right-Hand Shore

by Christopher Tilghman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 24, 2012)

A masterful novel that confronts the dilemmas of race, family, and forbidden love in the wake of America's Civil War

Fifteen years after the publication of his acclaimed novel Mason's Retreat, Christopher Tilghman...


Tides of War

by Stella Tillyard Henry Holt and Co. (October 25, 2011)

A Library Journal Top Ten Best Books of 2011

An epic novel about love and war, set in Regency England and Spain during the Peninsular War (1812-15), by the acclaimed historian and bestselling author of Aristocrats...


The Long Song

Walter Scott Prize 2011

by Andrea Levy Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 27, 2010)

THE AUTHOR OF SMALL ISLAND TELLS THE STORY OF THE LAST TURBULENT YEARS OF SLAVERY AND THE EARLY YEARS OF FREEDOM IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY JAMAICA

Small Island introduced Andrea Levy to America and was acclaimed...


Dreams Beneath Your Feet

by Win Blevins Tom Doherty Associates (November 25, 2008)

Eighteen years have passed since Sam Morgan came West from Pennsylvania and learned the perilous business of trapping in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains.

Now, in 1840, he seems to face a bleak future. The...


The Devil in Bellminster

by David Holland St. Martin's Press (April 01, 2011)

It is 1833, and you are invited to enter the quaint, quiet world of Bellminster, a pretty cathedral town in the English countryside with secrets and shadows around every corner.

Venture into a world of petty...


The Devil's Acre

by David Holland St. Martin's Press (December 10, 2003)

It is 1833, and you are invited to enter the quaint, quiet world of Bellminster, a pretty cathedral town in the English countryside with secrets and shadows around every corner.

Venture into a world of petty...


Downriver

by Richard S. Wheeler Tom Doherty Associates (January 05, 2004)

Barnaby Skye, seaman-deserter from the Royal Navy, Rocky Mountain trapper, and frontiersman extraordinaire, brings his Crow Indian wife, Many Quill Woman (whom Skye calls "Victoria"), to the trappers' rendezvous...


An Obituary for Major Reno

by Richard S. Wheeler Tom Doherty Associates (November 29, 2005)

Major Marcus Reno is a controversal figure, a man accused of being responsible for the worst disaster ever to befall the army of the United States. He had been one of George Armstrong Custer's senior officers...


The Fire Arrow

by Richard S. Wheeler Tom Doherty Associates (May 02, 2006)

Barnaby Skye, the most durable and unforgettable character in modern Western fiction, returns in this harrowing tale of survival from his early years in the Rockies.

In the midst of a brutal winter, Skye's beloved...


Dancing for the Devil

by Marie Laval Accent Press (April 17, 2018)

Can her love heal his haunted heart? - Cape Wrath, Scotland, November 1847. Bruce McGunn is a man as brutal and unforgiving as his land. Discharged from the army, he is haunted by the spectres of his fallen...


The Angels Weep: The Ballantyne Series 3

Ballantyne #3

by Wilbur Smith Zaffre (January 01, 2018)

The third book in the epic Ballantyne series

"The lion rose lightly into the air, and settled like a huge yellow bird on the horse's back, crushing Jan Cheroot beneath his massive, blood-streaked body. At that...


A Falcon Flies: The Ballantyne Series 1

Ballantyne #1

by Wilbur Smith Zaffre (January 01, 2018)

The first book in the epic Ballantyne series

"She heard another movement pass behind her turn shoulder, a whisper of sound, yet so chilling that she felt all power of movement drained from her legs. He was here,...


The Leopard Hunts in Darkness: The Ballantyne Series 4

Ballantyne #4

by Wilbur Smith Zaffre (January 01, 2018)

The fourth book in the epic Ballantyne series

Craig got no further, for Tungata's anger turned to red fury. He was shaking with it, it clouded his gaze and knotted the muscles at the points of his heavy lantern...


Men of Men: The Ballantyne Series 2

Ballantyne #2

by Wilbur Smith Zaffre (January 01, 2018)

The second book in the epic Ballantyne series

Zouga was left alone, as alone in spirit as he had ever been in any of his wanderings across the vast African continent. He had spent almost the last penny he owned...


The Lost Season of Love and Snow

by Jennifer Laam St. Martin's Press (January 02, 2018)

"A captivating tale in which Natalya Pushkin is vividly imagined. [A] sensitive and skillfully written novel... sure to enchant." - Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home

The...