The Marriage Portrait – Maggie O’Farrell

The author of Hamnet—New York Times best seller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner—brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life in this unforgettable fictional portrait of the captivating young duchess Lucrezia de’ Medici as she makes her way in a troubled court. “O’Farrell pulls out little threads of historical detail to weave this story of a precocious girl sensitive to the contradictions of her station … You may know the history, and you may think you know what’s coming, but don’t be so sure.“ —The ...



The Many Daughters of Afong Moy – Jamie Ford

A Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! “One of the most beautiful books of motherhood and what we pass on to those that come after us.” —Jenna Bush Hager, Today The New York Times bestselling author of the “mesmerizing and evocative” (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet returns with a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations. Dorothy Moy breaks her own heart for a living. As Washington’s former poet laureate, that’s how she describes channeling her ...



Mercury Pictures Presents – Anthony Marra

The epic tale of a brilliant woman who must reinvent herself to survive, moving from Mussolini’s Italy to 1940s Los Angeles—a timeless story of love, deceit, and sacrifice from the award-winning author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena “A genuinely moving and life-affirming novel that’s a true joy to read.”—Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere “A great literary read.”—Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House Like many before her, Maria Lagana has come to Hollywood to outrun her past. Born in Rome, where every Sunday her father took ...

The Runaway Orphans – Pam Weaver

‘Spellbinding. Once you start reading you don’t want to put it down. It is emotional and your heart will go out to these children… I loved it. I couldn’t put it down’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Two sisters. One secret. A daring wartime journey… Desperate to escape their stepfather’s house, sisters Amy and Lillian stow away aboard a train full of children being evacuated from London and the threat of Hitler’s bombs. Arriving in the seaside town of Worthing, they are taken in by kindly Norah and her husband Jim. With ...



The Librarian Spy: A Novel of World War II – Madeline Martin

“Readers will be on the edge of their seats….  A brilliant tale of resistance, courage and ultimately hope.”  –Kelly Rimmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Warsaw Orphan. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London comes a moving new novel inspired by the true history of America’s library spies of World War II. Ava thought her job as a librarian at the Library of Congress would mean a quiet, routine existence. But an unexpected offer from the US military has brought her to Lisbon with ...

Forgotten Dragons – Dai Pryce

300 Years’ before Columbus — the little known story of a Welsh prince named Madoc. Cherokee legends tell of a brave group of moon-eyed, pale-skinned explorers who many generations ago crossed a great water to reach their lands. These people called themselves Welsh, and their story begins here . . . The North Wales princedom of Gwynedd mourns the death of its greatest leader, Owain. Not all grieve though, his son Dafydd, positions himself for an ambitious power grab. When Owain’s bastard son, Prince Madoc ...

Till a Better World – Nadija Mujagic

One is scarred by a brutal war. Motherhood evades the other. When two women are faced with the possibility of new life, what is the cost of conception? Bosnia, 2008. Selma Karic can’t shake the burden she carries. With her days forever darkened by the shadows of genocide, the traumatized survivor works to pick up the pieces and redefine her sense of purpose. But trust hits an ugly low when an intimate moment of solace leaves her confused… and pregnant. USA, 2008. Emma Harris is ...



Storykeeper – Daniel A. Smith

The struggles of a culture to survive, and the importance storytelling has always played in that effort frames the historical novel, Storykeeper. It is an epic adventure, based on three surviving Spanish journals written during the expedition of Hernando de Soto, but it is told from the perspective of the ancient people of the Mississippi River Valley, who lived and survived America’s deadliest invasion. A century later, Manaha empowered by a dream and against the taboos of her small tribe of survivors, fights to keep ...



Horse – Geraldine Brooks

“Brooks’ chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling.” —The New York Times Book Review “Horse isn’t just an animal story—it’s a moving narrative about race and art.” —TIME A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse ...

Discerning Grace (The White Sails Series Book 1) – Emma Lombard

As the first full-length novel in The White Sails Series, DISCERNING GRACE captures the spirit of an independent woman whose feminine lens blows the ordered patriarchal decks of a 19th century tall ship to smithereens. Wilful Grace Baxter will not marry old Lord Silverton with his salivary incontinence and dead-mouse stink. Discovering she is a pawn in an arrangement between slobbery Silverton and her calculating father, Grace is devastated when Silverton reveals his true callous nature. Refusing this fate, Grace resolves to stow away. Heading ...



The Good Left Undone – Adriana Trigiani

“[An] immersive saga. . . . A celebration of family and a paean to the power of storytelling.”—People, “Book of the Week” “Trigiani conveys the beauty of Italy, the hardships of war, the taste of family recipes, and the enduring love of family.”—Library Journal (starred) “The beauty of any book by Adriana Trigiani is her ability to interweave life and fiction. . . . Don’t miss your chance to take this unforgettable journey with the Cabrelli women!” —Lisa Wingate, Book of the Month From “a master of visual ...



Portrait of a Thief – Grace D. Li

Named A Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Marie Claire Washington Post Vulture NBC News  Buzzfeed Veranda PopSugar Paste The Millions Bustle Crimereads Goodreads* Bookbub Boston.comand more! “The thefts are engaging and surprising, and the narrative brims with international intrigue. Li, however, has delivered more than a straight thriller here, especially in the parts that depict the despair Will and his pals feel at being displaced, overlooked, underestimated and discriminated against. This is as much a novel as a reckoning.” —New York Times Book Review. ...



The Quintland Sisters – Shelley Wood

“A historical novel that will enthrall you… I was utterly captivated…” — Joanna Goodman, author of The Home for Unwanted Girls. AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER. For fans of Sold on a Monday or The Home for Unwanted Girls, Shelley Wood’s novel tells the story of the Dionne Quintuplets, the world’s first identical quintuplets to survive birth, told from the perspective of a midwife in training who helps bring them into the world. Reluctant midwife Emma Trimpany is just 17 when she assists at the harrowing birth of the Dionne quintuplets: five tiny ...



The Diamond Eye – Kate Quinn

The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story. In 1937 in the snowbound city of Kiev (now known as Kyiv), wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son—but Hitler’s invasion of Ukraine and Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from ...