New books by HNS members, February 2019
If you’ve written a historical novel or nonfiction work published (or to be published) in November 2018 or after, please send them in to us (or tweet the news to Sarah Johnson @readingthepast ) by April 7: author, title, publisher, release date, and a blurb of one sentence or less. Details will appear in May’s magazine. Submissions may be edited for space. Congrats to the following authors on their new releases!
In By Sword and Storm by Margaret Skea (Sanderling, Oct. 3rd, 2018), third in her Munro family saga, set in 1598 as the French Wars of Religion draw to a close, the exiled Adam and Kate Munro seek to build a new life in Paris, despite their lingering nostalgia for Scotland and the friendship of the Montgomeries; but religious tensions remain high, and for the Munros and Montgomeries alike these are troubled times.
In Elaine Russell’s In the Company of Like-Minded Women (Belles Histoires, Oct. 14, 2018), “the summer of 1901 in Denver sees the reunion of three sisters in this historical novel that hails the burgeoning independence of women… passionate female characters deliver a valuable message” (Kirkus Reviews).
In Athena’s Champion (Canelo, Nov. 8, 2018), co-written by Cath Mayo and David Hair, Prince Odysseus of Ithaca is about to have his world torn apart; he’s travelled to the oracle at Pytho to be anointed as heir to his island kingdom; but instead the Pythia reveals a terrible secret, one that tears down every pillar of his life, and marks him out for death.
In Holly Green’s Leonora series (Frontline Nurses, Frontline Nurses on Duty, and Secrets of the Frontline Nurses; Penguin UK, Nov. 1), Leo and Victoria are desperate to escape the constraints of Edwardian society, but when they set off for Bulgaria to join the Women’s Sick and Wounded Convoy, to nurse soldiers injured in the First Balkan War, they set in motion a chain of events which will carry them through WWI and bring them danger and romance. (Originally published by Severn House as Daughters of War, Passions of War, and Harvest of War.)
The Highlander Who Protected Me by Vanessa Kelly (Kensington Zebra, Nov. 2018), is the USA Today bestselling book in the author’s new Clan Kendrick Series of Highlander historical romances.
Workhouse Nightingale by Holly Green (Penguin UK, Nov. 11, 2018), set in 1860s Liverpool, focuses on Dora, half-caste and illegitimate, who is raped by her half-brother, left pregnant, and thrown onto the street by her step-mother; what are her chances of being accepted at the Nightingale School for Nurses?
Sherry Jones’s Josephine Baker’s Last Dance (Gallery/Simon & Schuster, Dec. 4, 2018), a tale of the life and times of the first black superstar, chronicles Ms. Baker’s ascent from a childhood of poverty and abuse to fame, fortune, and activism, including work as a WWII spy for the French Resistance and as a leading civil rights activist in the U.S.
Set in mid-18th century England, Nancy Bilyeau’s The Blue (Endeavour Quill, Dec. 3) is a novel of suspense revolving around a young Huguenot painter who becomes a spy at a porcelain factory, seeking the formula for the most beautiful color in the world.
In The Forging of Frost, book two of The Maggie Chronicles by Donna Croy Wright (Moonset Press, Jan.), Maggie Smith is lured by two old texts into New Haven Colony’s puritanical, 17th-century world, where indentured servant John Frost must conquer a malevolent master, political intrigue, and penalty of death to gain his freedom and the chance to marry—that is, if the very real trials found in those old texts, from arson to fornication, don’t get in the way.
Louisa M. Bauman’s Sword of the Prophet (indie, Feb.), book 2 in the Sword of Münster series after Sword of Peace, takes us to the Munster Rebellion in 1535 at the time of the Reformation, when Janneken sets out to find her family, and ends up in Münster, Westphalia, Germany where the Anabaptists overthrow the government.
In When Valleys Bloom Again, a WWII romance by Pat Jeanne Davis (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., Feb.), after fleeing impending war in England, nineteen-year-old Abby Stapleton works to correct her stammer and to become a teacher in America, only to discover this conflict has no boundaries and that a rejected suitor is intent on destroying her name, fiancé, and fragile faith.
In Janet Hancock’s literary novel Beyond the Samovar (The Conrad Press, Mar.), a young English couple, Livvy and Peter, and their baby leave Baku, capital of newly-independent Azerbaijan, in 1919, cross the border into Russia, and bluff and bribe their way across Bolshevik and White Russian territory to Archangel on the north coast, although only two of them will board a British ship to an England much changed after an absence of more than five years.
A Stranger Here Below (Skyhorse, Mar. 5), by Charles Fergus, takes place in Pennsylvania’s iron-making backcountry in 1835, when a young sheriff unearths disturbing links among a judge’s suicide, a trial and hanging 30 years ago, and a recent murder; to conduct his investigation, he must relive his own mother’s murder, a crime that remains unsolved.
The adventures of Capt. Peter Wake return in Robert N. Macomber’s newest novel, Honoring the Enemy (USNI Naval Institute Press, Mar. 15), set during the summer of 1898 in the Spanish-American War, the 14th maritime thriller in his award-winning Honor Series.
Rosemary Poole-Carter’s Only Charlotte (Top Publications, Ltd., Apr. 1), set in an atmosphere of misogyny and racism in post-Civil War New Orleans, unwinds a Southern Gothic tale of entanglements, both amorous and murderous.
The Forgotten Village by Lorna Cook (Avon/HarperCollins UK, Apr.) is a dual-time novel set in the real-life requisitioned village of Tyneham in Dorset in WW2 and the present day.
In Kris Waldherr’s Victorian-set debut novel The Lost History of Dreams (Atria, Apr. 9) a post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future.
Set in 1880s Arizona Territory, Whispers in the Canyon by Gifford MacShane (Soul Mate, Aug.) is a story of abuse and recovery; damaged almost beyond hope, Jesse Travers inherits a bankrupt ranch, and her survival comes at an inconceivable price: she must learn to trust the man who killed her brother.
As Minnesota becomes a territory, its native inhabitants are met with harrowing tragedy in Colin Mustful’s Resisting Removal: The Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 (History Through Fiction, Sept. 30).