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New Arrivals - Historical Fiction
An historical fiction about the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, a queen consort of both France and England during the twelfth century and mother of Richard the Lionhearted.
Convinced that he is cursed after the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, 20-year-old Robert Chatham, who, constantly followed by trouble, has lost his will to live, finally shakes his demons until he is forced to make an impossible choice.
Embarking on a shared family life, Harry, Emma, Sebastian, and Jessica find their happiness challenged by Emma's brother's engagement to a fortune-seeker, Sebastian's hedonist pursuits, and a grudge-bearing enemy from the past who would destroy their careers.
"The most beautiful woman in Rome, Lucrezia Borgia, was born into a family--and a destiny--she could not hope to escape...Fifteenth-century Rome: The Borgia family is on the rise. Lucrezia's father, Pope Alexander VI, places his illegitimate daughter and her only brothers, Cesare, Giovanni, and Goffredo, in the jeweled splendor--and scandal--of his court. From the Pope's affairs with adolescent girls to Cesare's dangerous jealousy of anyone who inspires Lucrezia's affections to the ominous birth of a child conceived in secret, no Borgia can elude infamy. Young Lucrezia gradually accepts her fate as she comes to terms with the delicate nature of her relationships with her father and brothers. The unbreakable bond she shares with them both exhilarates and terrifies her as her innocence begins to fade. Soon she will understand that her family's love pales next to their quest for power and that she herself is the greatest tool in their political arsenal. From the inimitable pen of Jean Plaidy, this family's epic legend is replete with passion, intrigue, and murder--and it's only the beginning."--P. 4 of cover.
May, 1863. In the vaunted "Gibraltar of the Confederacy," a siege for the ages will cement the reputation of one Union general -- and all but seal the fate of the rebel cause.
In the declining years of the rule of the Medici over Renaissance Florence, an atmosphere of enlightenment and sophistication prevailed; gorgeous art, relaxed mores, and intellectual freedom were the order of the day. But the puritan ideologue Savonarola began to exert ever more control over the city, and was turning it, bit by bit, into a totalitarian theocratic city-state, burning art and banning books with abandon. It is in this atmosphere that Alessandra, an unusually educated woman, must make the choices of her life: a fascination with the intense, mystical painter who comes to decorate her parents' chapel. As the world becomes increasingly unsafe for her, she must choose her own path and retain her own individuality.
This novel presents a rollicking picture of 18th century London life in that colourful period. Hogarth's epoch-defining paintings and engravings are renowned. He was London's painter par excellence, and supplies the most enduring vision of the eighteenth century's ebullience, enjoyments and social iniquities. From a childhood spent in a debtor's prison to his death in the arms of his wife, this book follows the life of painter Hogarth as he makes a name for himself and as he fights for artists with his Copyright Act. Through his lifelong marriage to Jane Thornhill, his inability to have children, his time as one of England's best portrait painters, his old age and unfortunate dip into politics, and ultimately his death, this is the artist's life through the artist's eyes.
"...The launch of a new trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey. As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert's wife Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady's maid who orders the life of her mistress. Lord Robert can see no financial relief to an already mortgaged estate, and, though the Season is over, his thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife (and dowry) for his son. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend, seems the answer to all their prayers..."--Jacket.
This is an archetypal tale of rivalry and revenge featuring Cervantes' antagonistic relationship with the man who would go on to write his own sequel to Don Quixote.
Chronicles the lives of four Free People of Color from Louisiana, caught between the roles of master and slave before the beginning of the Civil War.
Avraham Bahar leaves Albania to seek a better life in, ironically, Stalinist Russia. A professional barber, he curries favor with the Communist regime, ultimately being invited to become Stalin?s personal barber. In the intrigue that follows Avraham, he is not only barber to Stalin but also to the many Stalin look-alikes that the paranoid dictator circulates to thwart possible assassination attempts.
"Set in the Sierra Nevada railroad outpost of Truckee, California, this story follows the Edwards family, as they struggle to survive in this harsh environment during the turbulent twentieth century. Through Noonan?s heartfelt retelling of the events in the lives of the Edwards family, the reader experiences the family?s aching sadness and stubborn determination to triumph over sickness and hunger. The novel offers insights into human conflicts and family endurance. The lives of Mary Edwards, her family, and the townspeople capture the social transformation of this unforgettable century of prohibition, the woman?s suffrage movement, two world wars, and the transition to modern-day life"--From publisher description.
In belle époque Paris, the Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father, a situation that prompts young Marie's ballet training and her introduction to a genius painter.
Morgan Johanssen is a thirty-something virologist caught between her conscience and work on a secret government project, between childhood tragedy and fear of commitment, and between her loosening grip on sanity and a mysterious child who appears to her in dreams and waking visions. But these are the least of her worries. -From the back cover.
"Maggie Porter returns to the Rocking P Ranch. The sanatorium was not able to save her mother and now her father's health is failing. When the cowboys walk off the job leaving no one to drive the cattle to market, head ranch hand, Alex Bright, cannot convince the men to stay. How could Alex let this happen? Maggie is desperate to save the ranch and she turns to the town's women for help. The new cowgirls must herd, rope, and drive the cattle to market. With only two days left, outlaws charge the small band of cowgirls in an effort to start a stampede. The cattle begin to scatter. Will they lose everything? Where will their help come from?".
"She's a beautiful young widow. He's a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home. It's 1876 and eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge. But Carrie Daly has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Still, she isn't quite ready to set a date with Nate Chastain. Griff Rutledge is passing through to collect an old debt. Formerly a member of Charleston society, Griff has been estranged from his family for years. Determined to lead an unencumbered life, he is on his way to explore the gold fields and cattle ranches of Australia. But when he's asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Hickory Ridge, he decides to stay a bit longer. Despite objections from the townsfolk, and her fear that true happiness has eluded her, Carrie is drawn to Griff's kindness and charm. But Griff isn't sure if he wants to settle down. It will take a leap of faith for them to open their hearts and claim God's promise of beauty for ashes"--Provided by publisher.
The Danes of East Anglia and the Vikings of Northumbria are plotting the conquest of all Britain. When King Alfred's daughter pleads with Uhtred for help, he cannot refuse her request. In a desperate gamble, he takes command of a demoralized Mercian army, leading them in an unforgettable battle on a blood-soaked field beside the Thames.
Novela biografica que narra la vida de Picasso durante los anos de la guerra civil y, mas concretamente, su creacion del Guernica.
When English secret agent Anthony Brooke's cover is blown in the heart of World War One Imperial Germany, he must find a way out of the country and try to trace down a mysterious letter that promises to reveal a spy in England.
When there is no law and order, the renegade will prey on the weak. West of Yuma, beneath the red sandstone bluffs, the comancheros reign with brutal terror. A motley crew of savage men, they ride with lust in their hearts and cruelty on their minds.
Crossing the country with his camera in the late nineteenth century, San Francisco photographer Edward Muybridge meets the emancipated young dancer Holly Hughes, who becomes his life's focus until a corrupt robber baron, interested in Muybridge's talent for technology, comes between them.
"India Black, full-time madam and occasional secret agent, is feeling restless, when one of Disraeli's men calls on her to meet the prime minister--alone. Even though all her previous meetings have been organized by the rakishly handsome spy French, it's been decided this is a mission India must attempt on her own. Revolt has spread across Europe and reached the shores of England--anarchists have begun assassinating lords and earls, one by one. Now India must infiltrate the ranks of the underground group responsible for those attacks, the sinister Dark Legion. To stop their dread plot, India will go from the murkiest slums of London to the highest levels of society, uncovering secrets that threaten her very existence... "Back cover.