Remarkable Creatures: A Novel

Penguin Books - Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, the townspeople to gossip, she sets the religious community on edge, and the scientific world alight.

A voyage of discovery, and an extraordinary time and place enrich this New York Times bestselling novel by Tracy Chevalier, two remarkable women, author of At the Edge of the Orchard and Girl With a Pearl Earring. Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches.

Remarkable Creatures: A Novel - On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils no one else can see. After enduring bitter cold, and landslips, thunderstorms, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man.

Remarkable creatures is a stunning historical novel that follows the story of two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever.





The Last Runaway: A Novel

Penguin Books - New york times bestselling author of girl with a pearl earring and at the Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement.

Honor bright, a modest english quaker, moves to Ohio in 1850--only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. In her new home honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality. However, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor is drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, where she befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance.

The Last Runaway: A Novel - Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century america is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery.





Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel P.S.

HarperCollins e-books - Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers. Los angeles times from the sugar plantations of saint-domingue to the lavish parlors of new orleans at the turn of the 19th century, Portrait in Sepia tells the story of a mulatta woman, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende Inés of My Soul, The House of the Spirits, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny.





Illumination Night: A Novel

Open Road Media - Elizabeth renny has only made two decisions of consequence in her seventy-plus years. While the first, marrying her husband, had adequate results, the second—deciding she could fly from her bedroom window—is less successful. But her flight sets in motion a series of events that will forever change the lives of six residents of Martha’s Vineyard: a young boy who refuses to grow, a wife stifled by her irrational anxiety, a husband tempted by the unknown, a girl flirting with disaster, a gentle giant tortured by his size, and an old woman with nothing to lose.

Praised as “an intelligent novel” by the new york times and “achingly vivid” by Newsday, yearning, friendship, disillusionment, and desire, youth, Illumination Night is a sparkling and heartbreaking narrative that explores marriage, a book as bright and memorable as the festival of lanterns for which it is named.

Illumination Night: A Novel - A “wondrous” novel of fear, loss, desire, and discovery on Martha’s Vineyard by the New York Times–bestselling author of Practical Magic and Seventh Heaven Chicago Tribune.





The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells: A Novel

Ecco - From the critically acclaimed author of the new york times bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli comes The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, a rapturously romantic story of a woman who finds herself transported to the “other lives” she might have lived. After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy.

Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices? And her former lover is now her devoted husband…but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells: A Novel - In this spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer, each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well—though fearfully masking his true personality.

Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present.





A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa

Berkley - It is a leap of faith that sweeps her away to Africa in an odyssey of personal discovery, tremendous hardship, and profound transformation. Library Journal starred review. Each day brings new tragedy and heartbreak, passion, Emma somehow finds the hope, and each day, and strength of will to press onward.

Twenty years her senior, the mercurial Henry is the object of Emma’s mad first love, intensifying the sensations of all they see and share together. A “lush, evocative, the poisonwood bible, breathtaking”* debut novel from Elaine Neil Orr, “reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver's magnum opus, with elements of Joseph Conrad and Louise Erdrich.

A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa - Also i heard the voice of the lord, saying, and who will go for us? Then said I, Whom shall I send, Here am I; send me. For the earnest, headstrong daughter of a prosperous slave owner, living among the Yoruba people is utterly unlike Emma’s sheltered childhood—as is her new husband, Henry Bowman.

A tale of social and spiritual awakening; a dispatch from a difficult era at home and abroad; and a meditation on faith, and desire, freedom, A Different Sun is a captivating fiction debut. When emma davis reads the words of isaiah 6:8 in her room at a Georgia women’s college, she understands her true calling: to become a missionary.

Through it all, in this strange new world, a simple writing box—with its red leather-bound diary and space for a few cherished keepsakes—becomes her closest confidant, Henry’s first gift to Emma, Emma’s last connection to a life that seems, like a passing memory.





The Lost Sisterhood: A Novel

Ballantine Books - Join the random house Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. Traveling to north africa, diana teams up with Nick Barran, an enigmatic Middle Eastern guide, and begins deciphering an unusual inscription on the wall of a recently unearthed temple. Meticulous research, a delicious mystery, and characters that leap from the story make this brilliant book a Perfect 10

Romance reviews today   “Anne Fortier tells two tales of adventure, mystery and romance. Taking their cue from the inscription, Diana and Nick set out to find the fabled treasure that Myrina and her Amazon sisters salvaged from the embattled city of Troy so long ago. Diana doesn’t know the nature of the treasure, but she does know that someone is shadowing her, and that Nick has a sinister agenda of his own.

The Lost Sisterhood: A Novel - With danger lurking at every turn, and unsure of whom to trust, Diana finds herself on a daring and dangerous quest for truth that will forever change her world. Diana’s colleagues shake their heads at her Amazon fixation. From the author of the new york times bestseller juliet comes a mesmerizing novel about a young scholar who risks her reputation—and her life—on a thrilling journey to prove that the legendary warrior women known as the Amazons actually existed.

Look for special features inside. Her obsession with the amazons started in childhood when her eccentric grandmother claimed to be one herself—before vanishing without a trace.





My Notorious Life: A Novel

Scribner - I loved this novel. Christina baker kline, thrilling novel introducing axie muldoon, Kate Manning’s My Notorious Life is an ambitious, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train A brilliant rendering of a scandalous historical figure, a fiery heroine for the ages. The impoverished child of Irish immigrants, she grows up to become one of the wealthiest and most controversial women of her day.

In vivid prose, axie recounts how she is forcibly separated from her mother and siblings, apprenticed to a doctor, and how she and her husband parlay the sale of a few bottles of “Lunar Tablets for Female Complaint” into a thriving midwifery business. Axie muldoon’s inimitable voice brings the past alive, and her story haunts and enlightens the present.

Axie’s story begins on the streets of 1860s New York. Exquisitely written and richly detailed, My Notorious Life is a marvel. It will take all of axie’s cunning and power to outwit him in the fight to preserve her freedom and everything she holds dear. Inspired by the true history of an infamous female physician who was once called “the Wickedest Woman in New York, a family saga, a love story, ” My Notorious Life is a mystery, and an exquisitely detailed portrait of nineteenth-century America.

My Notorious Life: A Novel - Flouting convention and defying the law in the name of women’s reproductive rights, Axie rises from grim tenement rooms to the splendor of a mansion on Fifth Avenue, amassing wealth while learning over and over never to trust a man who says “trust me. When her services attract outraged headlines, Axie finds herself on a collision course with a crusading official—Anthony Comstock, founder of the Society for the Suppression of Vice.





The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel

Broadway Books - They defy the vicar’s stuffy edict to close the choir and instead “carry on singing, ” resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. We come to know the home-front struggles of five unforgettable choir members: a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past.

National bestseller • “a delightful debut. People  for readers of lilac girls and the nightingale, deceptions, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir unfolds the struggles, affairs, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II. As england becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond.

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel - An enchanting ensemble story that shuttles from village intrigue to romance to the heartbreaking matters of life and death, Jennifer Ryan’s debut novel thrillingly illuminates the true strength of the women on the home front in a village of indomitable spirit.





Jade Dragon Mountain: A Mystery Li Du Novels Book 1

Minotaur Books - Now he is an exile. On the mountainous border of china and tibet in 1708, a detective must learn what a killer already knows: that empires rise and fall on the strength of the stories they tell. He must choose whether to leave, and embrace his exile, or to stay, and investigate a murder that the town of Dayan seems all too willing to forget.

When a jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits. Li du was an imperial librarian. Everyone has secrets: the ambitious magistrate, the nervous missionary, the irreproachable secretary, the East India Company merchant, the powerful consort, the bitter servant, and the traveling storyteller who can't keep his own story straight.

Jade Dragon Mountain: A Mystery Li Du Novels Book 1 - Beyond the sloping roofs and festival banners, Li Du can see the mountain pass that will take him out of China forever. But li du suspects this was no random killing. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the Emperor himself. Arriving in dayan, he is surprised to find it teeming with travelers, the last Chinese town before the Tibetan border, soldiers, and merchants.





People of the Book: A Novel

Penguin Books - In bosnia during world war II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. View our feature on Geraldine Books’s People of the Book. From the pulitzer prize–winning author of march, an australian rare-book expert, the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war In 1996, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, Hanna Heath, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war.

In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism.

People of the Book: A Novel - When hanna, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, salt crystals, wine stains, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics.

In barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.