Lost Innocents

Author: Denise Domning

Category: Historical Fiction

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INTO THE WOODSA leper’s daughter is found in the well of a dying hamlet and the only suspect has fled into Feckenham Forest. But the sun is setting and Warwickshire’s sheriff is hunting his new Crowner. That sends Sir Faucon de Ramis and Brother Edmund, his prickly clerk, racing for a nearby abbey only to meet the man he least wishes to see at the abbey gates. Before long, Faucon finds himself riding into the dark at Sir Alain's side as they hunt for yet another lost innocent.

The Royal Nanny

Author: Karen Harper

Category: Historical Fiction

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Based on a seldom-told true story, this novel is perfect for everyone who is fascinated by Britain’s royal family—a behind the scenes look into the nurseries of little princes and the foibles of big princes.April, 1897: A young nanny arrives at Sandringham, ancestral estate of the Duke and Duchess of York. She is excited, exhausted—and about to meet royalty. . . .So begins the unforgettable story of Charlotte Bill, who would care for a generation of royals as their parents never could. Neither Charlotte—LaLa, as her charges dub her—nor anyone else can predict that eldest sons David and Bertie will each one day be king. LaLa knows only that these children, and the four who swiftly follow, need her steadfast loyalty and unconditional affection.But the greatest impact on Charlotte’s life is made by a mere bud on the family tree: a misunderstood soul who will one day be known as the Lost Prince. Young Prince John needs all of Lala’s love—the kind of love his parents won’t…or can’t…show him.From Britain’s old wealth to the glittering excesses of Tsarist Russia; from country cottages to royal yachts, and from nursery to ballroom, Charlotte Bill witnesses history. The Royal Nanny is a seamless blend of fact and fiction—an intensely intimate, yet epic tale spanning decades, continents, and divides that only love can cross.

Michelangelo & the Morgue

Author: Joanne Lewis

Category: Historical Fiction

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In 1492, during a time when the power of the Medici, the ruling family of Renaissance Florence, was growing weaker and a friar named Savonarola was burning vanities, a seventeen-year-old named Michelangelo was making a name for himself as an artist. However, he desired more lessons before he felt he could create the greatest sculptures and paintings. He yearned to carry out autopsies to learn about the inner workings of the human body in order to make his art come to life. Performing autopsies when not a doctor was illegal and punishable by death. Who would take that risk for him? With little convincing, Prior Bichiellini and Arrigo the Medico dared to allow him to sneak into the Santo Spirito morgue each night. Michelangelo was shocked when he began to recognize many of the corpses who, it appeared, had been murdered—including his beloved best friend, Catarina. Was there a connection between these deaths? Did Savonarola have something to do with them? The Medici? Was Prior Bichiellini and Arrigo the Medico responsible? Did he dare risk his own life and try to solve the murders? Or, should he stick to what he knew best, creating art?Most know Michelangelo as the creator of David and the painter of the Sistine Chapel. In Michelangelo & the Morgue, a historical fantasy novella, Michelangelo defies religious and political powers in order to find who is murdering the artists of Florence, learning along the way that the person actually responsible might just be himself.

At the Water’s Edge

Author: Sara Gruen

Category: Historical Fiction

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this thrilling new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Water’s Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands.After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year’s Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the Colonel’s favor is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed—by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster—Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind.   The trio find themselves in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, where the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers. Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news. Yet she finds herself falling in love with the stark beauty and subtle magic of the Scottish countryside. Gradually she comes to know the villagers, and the friendships she forms with two young women open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. Maddie begins to see that nothing is as it first appears: the values she holds dear prove unsustainable, and monsters lurk where they are least expected.   As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but of life’s beauty and surprising possibilities.Praise for At the Water’s Edge  “Breathtaking . . . a daring story of adventure, friendship, and love in the shadow of WWII.”—Harper’s Bazaar   “A gripping, compelling story . . . Gruen’s characters are vividly drawn and her scenes are perfectly paced.”—The Boston Globe   “A page-turner of a novel that rollicks along with crisp historical detail.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram   “Powerfully evocative.”—USA Today   “Gruen is a master at the period piece—and [this] novel is just another stunning example of that craft.”—Glamour

Mary – Mrs. A. Lincoln

Author: Janis Cooke Newman

Category: Historical Fiction

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A novel about the life of Mary Todd Lincoln, narrated by the First Lady herself, a USA Today choice for Best Historical Fiction of the Year.   The wife of Abraham Lincoln is one of history’s most misunderstood and enigmatic women. She was a political strategist, a supporter of emancipation, and a mother who survived the loss of three children and the assassination of her beloved husband. She also ran her family into debt, held seances in the White House, and was committed to an insane asylum—which is where Janis Cooke Newman’s debut novel begins.   From her room in Bellevue Place, Mary chronicles her tempestuous childhood in a slaveholding Southern family and takes readers through the years after her husband’s death, revealing the ebbs and flows of her passion and depression, her poverty and ridicule, and her ultimate redemption, in a novel that is both a fascinating look at a nineteenth-century woman’s experience and “an old-fashioned pleasure to read” (The Plain Dealer).   A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

The Garden on Sunset

Author: Martin Turnbull

Category: Historical Fiction

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Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. George Cukor is in the pool, Tallulah Bankhead is at the bar, and Scott Fitzgerald is sneaking off to a bungalow with Sheilah Graham while Madame Alla Nazimova keeps watch behind her lace curtains.But the real story of the Garden of Allah begins with its first few residents, three kids on the brink of something big.Marcus Adler has a lot to prove after his father catches him and the police chief's son with their pants down. He flees Pennsylvania for Hollywood with his mouth shut and his eyes open, and begins to write the lines all those starlets will say out loud. Can a smart, sensitive guy find his own voice in a town that's just learning to talk?Kathryn Massey's childhood was a grinding routine of auditions, but she couldn't care less about being a movie star. When she takes off with her typewriter, determined to become a newspaper reporter, she finds that breaking into the boys' club is tougher than breaking free of her bossy mother. To make it in this town, she'll need some serious moxie.Gwendolyn Brick is a sweet Southern beauty who's come a long way to try her luck on the big screen. She's hoping the same succulent lips the guys want to kiss will land her more than a bit part on a casting couch. She's going to need some help keeping everyone in line.Nobody gets a free pass in Hollywood, but a room at the Garden on Sunset can get your foot in the door.The Garden on Sunset is the first in Martin Turnbull's series of historical novels set during Hollywood's golden age.Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels:Book 1: "The Garden on Sunset"Book 2: "The Trouble with Scarlett"Book 3: "Citizen Hollywood"Book 4: "Searchlights and Shadows"Book 5: "Reds in the Beds"Book 6: "Twisted Boulevard"Book 7: "Tinseltown Confidential"Book 8: "City of Myths"Book 9: "Closing Credits" - due out November 2018Martin Turnbull's Garden of Allah novels have been optioned for the screen by film & television producer, Tabrez Noorani.INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORYour Garden of Allah novels are rich in the history and lore of classic era Hollywood. What was your original inspiration?I came across an online article about the Garden of Allah Hotel, which opened on Sunset Boulevard in 1927, just before "The Jazz Singer" ushered in the talkies, and closed in 1959, the year that "Ben-Hur" announced the last hurrah of the studio system. The Garden's residents witnessed the unfolding evolution of Hollywood and actively participated in it.How has writing these novels changed your view of this golden age that we perceive as the greatest era of film production?L.A. was a much less densely populated city. Consequently, all movie industry workers were far more likely to know each other. People moved from MGM to Paramount to Twentieth Century-Fox to RKO to Warner Bros. Two or three degrees of separation were usually enough!Why did you not go the safe route and change the names of the major players to suit your story?The whole point of recounting the history of Hollywood through the eyes of the Garden's residents was because so many celebrities lived there. Harpo Marx and Sergei Rachmaninoff were neighbors, F. Scott Fitzgerald played charades with Dorothy Parker, Errol Flynn got drunk, Ginger Rogers was always looking for a tennis partner, and Bogart courted Bacall. I figured: Why tell it if I'm going to change the names?Do you think stories set in old Hollywood are becoming more popular because of Turner Classic Movies?Yes! TCM has produced a whole new audience for them. Consequently there is a greater interest in the time and place from which these movies sprung.