Recently Published and Upcoming Historical Fiction Titles

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Even when I don’t get a chance to read very often, I like to keep up with new releases in my favorite genre: historical fiction. Let me tell you, there have been some awesome titles published lately. Here’s a selection of the ones I’m most excited about.

51ltdzo83pL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams
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From Goodreads:
As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband.

But their relationship subtly shifts when her bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor. Engaging a longstanding family tradition, Theresa enlists the Boy to act as her brother’s cavalier, presenting the family’s diamond rose ring to Ox’s intended, Miss Sophie Fortescue—and to check into the background of the little-known Fortescue family. When Octavian meets Sophie, he falls under the spell of the pretty ingénue, even as he uncovers a shocking family secret. As the love triangle of Theresa, Octavian, and Sophie progresses, it transforms into a saga of divided loyalties, dangerous revelations, and surprising twists that will lead to a shocking transgression . . . and eventually force Theresa to make a bittersweet choice.

51IaM-tZgPL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford
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From Goodreads:
London, 1926. American-raised Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job as a secretary at the upstart British Broadcasting Corporation, whose use of radio—still new, strange, and electrifying—is captivating the nation. But the hectic pace, smart young staff, and intimidating bosses only add to Maisie’s insecurity.

Soon, she is seduced by the work—gaining confidence as she arranges broadcasts by the most famous writers, scientists, and politicians in Britain. She is also caught up in a growing conflict between her two bosses, John Reith, the formidable Director-General of the BBC, and Hilda Matheson, the extraordinary director of the hugely popular Talks programming, who each have very different visions of what radio should be. Under Hilda’s tutelage, Maisie discovers her talent, passion, and ambition. But when she unearths a shocking conspiracy, she and Hilda join forces to make their voices heard both on and off the air…and then face the dangerous consequences of telling the truth for a living.

51fK71fNzLL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_The Royal Nanny by Karen Harper
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From Goodreads:
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.

51lc8GdyULL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Tea Planters Wife by Dinah Jefferies
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From Goodreads:
Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation, determined to be the perfect wife and mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbours treacherous. And there are clues to the past – a dusty trunk of dresses, an overgrown gravestone in the grounds – that her husband refuses to discuss. Just as Gwen finds her feet, disaster strikes. She faces a terrible choice, hiding the truth from almost everyone, but a secret this big can’t stay buried forever…

51fDqL4U+0L._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_The Imperial Wife by Irina Reyn
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From Goodreads:
Two women’s lives collide when a priceless Russian artifact comes to light.

Tanya Kagan, a rising specialist in Russian art at a top New York auction house, is trying to entice Russia’s wealthy oligarchs to bid on the biggest sale of her career, The Order of Saint Catherine, while making sense of the sudden and unexplained departure of her husband.

As questions arise over the provenance of the Order and auction fever kicks in, Reyn takes us into the world of Catherine the Great, the infamous 18th-century empress who may have owned the priceless artifact, and who it turns out faced many of the same issues Tanya wrestles with in her own life.

If you’ve read any of these I’d love to hear about it. Tell me in the comments!

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Recent Buys

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book haul

Here’s what Angela has bought, borrowed, and received lately:

BUYS

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay
The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis
Misery by Stephen King
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams
Future Perfect by Jen Larson

BORROWS

A Practical Wedding Planner by Meg Keene
Take it as a Compliment by Maria Stolan
Hot Pink: The Life & Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli by Susan Goldman Rubin
Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti

GALLEYS

The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams
The Ballroom by Anna Hope
Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz
Wrecked by Maria Padian
The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies
Kid Artists by David Stabler

Now I just need to make time to read all of this! Oy.

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What We’re Watching Wednesday

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Damn, this show is good. I’m only two episodes in but the story has me hooked.

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I know, I know, Stranger Things is all over the internet these days. But seriously? It’s one of the most bizarre, interesting things I’ve ever watched.

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I’m not a fan of video games for reasons I won’t get into here. But I’ve been playing this with my husband constantly. For anyone who likes anything related to Jurassic Park/Jurassic World, this game is for you. And it’s LEGO! Who doesn’t love LEGOs?!

ANGELA

I haven’t had the energy to watch must TV lately, so here’s my quick list.
Suggestions welcome!

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I’m gearing up to watch the TLC series I Am Jazz about transgender teen Jazz Jennings. She has a new book out, Being Jazz: My Life as a Transgender Teen which I’m super excited to read.

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Another Julian Fellowes series? Color me interested! Has anyone watched Doctor Thorne? It looks super interesting, I think I’ll add it to my list!

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Catching up

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Our apologies for the silence around these parts. Here’s an update on everything new that’s been keeping us away from posting regularly.

 

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My husband purchased our first house! Because our closing date was moved a bajillion times we ended up moving right before we were due to go on vacation. Following that we were house/pet sitting for some friends so we are just now getting a chance to settle in to our home! All of that being said- the blog has been on my mind but I’ve had no spare time. Rest assured there will be a slew of new blog posts coming up next week.

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I’m a literal Lady of the Library now! I’ve recently started a new job in my local library’s children’s department! I’ve been loving it so much, but it’s exhausting. I come home every day, say hi to my guy and pass out. Now that I’m finally getting used to the ins and outs of the library, we should be back posting with a vengeance. Look out for new content and an inside scoop on your local library.

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