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Fiction: Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas book coverAs much as we enjoy our modern luxuries, there’s something about Jane Austen’s era that keeps us coming back for more. It seems a simpler, less harried, and more genteel time, and especially around the holidays that may truly appeal. What would the Christmas season have been like for the author herself? Stephanie Barron imagines exactly that in Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas, but she also throws in a dead body or two. No need to worry that our heroine will swoon; the very qualities that make her a keen observer of character also lend themselves to identifying motive, and she is no stranger to inquests, this being her twelfth mystery. Exquisite historical detail and hints of characters that will come to be make this a gift-wrapped read for any self-respecting Janeite.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on November 24, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

New: Historical Fiction and Romance

Every other Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Historical Fiction Books

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Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe
Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
Ballroom by Alice Simpson

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Sleep in Peace Tonight by James MacManus
The Legend of Sheba by Tosca Lee
The Hormone Factory by Saskia Goldschmidt

New: Romance Books

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Jilted by Rachael Johns
Indecent Proposal by Molly O’Keefe
Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux
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Never Marry a Viscount by Anne Stuart
Unleashed by Rachel Lacey
The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 14, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, New Arrivals, Romance

List: Booklist Online’s Top Ten Debut Novels

Booklist Online developed a list of the top 10 debut novels reviewed between October 15, 2013 and October 1, 2014. The titles are diverse, featuring everything from racial reassignment surgery to the decline of the newspaper. Check out some of the titles below, or you can go to Booklist Online to see the whole list.

 

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Your Face in Mine by Jess Row
Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom
Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May

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The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson
The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland
Three Bargains by Tania Malik

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on October 24, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Lists, Literary

New: Historical Fiction and Romance

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste

New: Historical Fiction Books

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The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory
Song of the Shank by Jeffery Renard Allen
O, Africa! by Andrew Lewis Conn

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The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Euphoria by Lily King

New: Romance Books

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Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Red Bikini by Lauren Christopher
Long, Hot Texas Summer by Carolyn Brown

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The Maiden of Ireland by Susan Wiggs
Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogby Mary Jane Hathaway

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on September 19, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, New Arrivals, Romance

Staff Pick: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Barb B. staff picks photoThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak is superbly written almost in a poetic way. In 1939 Germany, Death has never been busier, yet it’s captivated by a young orphan who learns to find comfort in the written word. After the Nazis burn the town’s books, Liesel steals from the mayor’s own library and shares with a Jewish man hiding in her home. You will not be able to put this book down because of its award-winning writing.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on September 2, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks

Fiction: There Is No Lovely End by Patty Templeton

There Is No Lovely End book coverIt all begins with Hester Garlan, a spitfire outlaw who sees the dead. After a mid-jailbreak encounter results in an inconvenient pregnancy, her sensitivity to rogue spirits is transferred to her child, a son she can’t abandon fast enough. When she discovers her second sight is gone, Hester sets off to trade the boy’s life for her gift’s restoration. Meanwhile, a young woman unsuited to expected society roles is thrown together with the founder of the Winchester rifle empire, and though there is a mutual attraction, happily-ever-after may not be in their tea leaves. There Is No Lovely End by Patty Templeton is a debut that drips with acid-tongued banter, tintype settings, and otherworldly imaginings. It’s a modern take on an old-fashioned tale, and you’ve never read anything quite like it.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 25, 2014 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Horror

New: Historical Fiction and Romance

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Historical Fiction

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Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough
No Country by Kalyan Ray
Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks

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Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden
When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

New: Romance

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Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase
The Longest Night by Kara Braden
Never Surrender by Lindsay McKenna

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Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins
Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
The Escape by Mary Balogh

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 15, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, New Arrivals, Romance

Fiction: Christy Award Winners

Burning Sky book coverIf your end-of-summer reading needs a little extra inspiration, look to the Christy Awards, which honor excellence in Christian fiction. Burning Sky by Lori Benton is the standout winner of Best First Novel, Best Historical, and Book of the Year. The story of a young woman returned to her New York family after twelve years with the Mohawk Indians is a powerful testament to strength, love, and faith. Winners in other categories include

Best Contemporary in a Series:  Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren
Best Contemporary Romance/Suspense:  Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris
Best Suspense:  Outlaw by Ted Dekker
Best Contemporary:  Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 11, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Historical Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Romance

Fiction: An Accomplished Woman by Jude Morgan

An Accomplished Woman book coverAs a young woman, clever, self-reliant Lydia Templeton scandalized Regency society by rejecting the county’s most eligible bachelor. Ten years later, she is the rare lady who values knowledge and accomplishment over marriage. When asked to accompany a relative to Bath in pursuit of a marriage match, she is outspoken about the young suitors’ failings, but then she herself is confronted with the man she declined so long ago. Is her heart the closed book she thinks it is? In An Accomplished Woman, a light comedy of manners, author Jude Morgan captures the tone and style of Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer with a heroine who is fun, independent, and who says what is on her mind.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 28, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Romance

New: Historical Fiction and Romance

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Historical Fiction Books

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– The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg

The Pelican Bride by Beth White

— Glorious by Jeff Guinn

— China Dolls by Lisa See

— The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor

— Dark Aemilia by Sally O’Reilly

— The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

— A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable

New: Romance Books

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The Heart's Pursuit book cover

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The Marriage Pact by Linda Lael Miller

The Heart’s Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher

The Best Medicine by Tracy Brogan

– The Kissing Bridge by Tricia Goyer

– A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander

– Uncommon Romance by Jove Belle

– Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

– Flirting with Forever by Molly Cannon

By MPPL on July 4, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, New Arrivals, Romance