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Summer Sunlight by Childe Hassam

Summer is just around the corner and many people like to lounge around during the hot months, catching up on their reading. New books are coming out by the truck loads. I scrutinized some pre-published reviews to bring a small selection of 19th century inspired titles for you to peruse, so you may go pester your local bookstore or librarian for a copy. All mini reviews are from the Baker and Taylor Forecast. What book will be in your beach bag?


Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green

When a horrific battle rips through Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Library Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering—and a Confederate scout who awakens her long dormant heart. Second in the series.

Seduction: A novel of suspense by M.J Rose

A mythologist, hoping to uncover Celtic secrets about the Isle of Jersey, is invited there by a man who has sinister intentions—that involve the lost transcripts of Victor Hugo.

Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

Kidnapped by a ruthless early 19th-century woman pirate and ordered to serve exquisite Sunday dinners or forfeit his life, renowned chef Own Wedgwood transforms meager shipboard supplies into sumptuous meals while the pirate queen pushes her exhausted crew to track down a deadly privateer.

Rapscallion: A Regency crime thriller by James McGee

Regency era spy Matthew Hawkgood investigates reports that former warships, called hulks, now being used as floating prisons, are being used for smuggling operations in the third adventure of the series following Ratcatcher and Resurrectionist.

Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty

Hired to authenticate and purchase an original draft of Bram Stoker’s Dracula on behalf of a reclusive member of the oldest family in Transylvania, manuscript expert Joseph Barkeley becomes a prisoner at legendary Bran Castle and is ordered by his captor to decipher cryptic messages to discern the burial site of Darcul family members. Horror. A first novel.

Good Man Friday by Barbara Hambly

Benjamin January’s search for a missing man takes him into a dark world filled with grave robbers and slave stealers in 1838 New Orleans. Mystery and Detective.

One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey

A landmark 50th novel by the best-selling author or the Malory series finds Tiffany reluctantly traveling to 1880s Montana Territory to end a family feud, a journey during which a train robbery and a case of mistaken identity lands her in her alluring fiancé’s ranch home.


Nelson: The sword of Albion by John Sugden

An epic portrait of the celebrated naval commander separates fact from myth and draws on largely overlooked primary documents, letters and diaries to provide coverage of the private lives of Lord Nelson’s family, the commander’s military strategy and the injures and debt that dominated his existence.

Queen Bee of Tuscany: The redoubtable Janet Ross by Ben Downing

A portrait of the Victorian-era writer and Anglo-Florentine colony doyenne includes coverage of her work for the London Times, achievements as as an avid agriculturalist and relationships with such contemporaries as Mark Twain and Bernard Berenson.

The Civil War: The third year told by those who lived it

A third volume of eye witness narratives spans the crucial months from January 1863 to March 1864 and draws on dozens of letters, diary entries, speeches, articles, messages and poems by forefront contributors to document famous battles, the Richmond bread riot, the New York draft riots and the controversies surrounding the use of black soldiers.

America’s Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the slow march toward Civil War by Joseph Kelly

An account of the 200-year practice of slavery in Charleston examines its hotly contested debates and early slave rebellions through the Nullification crisis and the secession that sparked the Civil War, offering insight into how Charleston became a focal point for nationwide slavery disputes while examining the roles of key contributors.

The Feud: The Hatfields and Mccoys by Dean King

Describes the little-known truths behind the well-known feud between two Appalachian families that ultimately killed 13 members in a dispute that became newspaper fodder and ultimately went to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Forgotten Conservative: Rediscovering Grover Cleveland by John Pafford

Tracing the political career of forgotten conservative Grover Cleveland, a man of strong faith and principles, this insightful volume encourages politicians to use the leadership examples of this president who promoted many policies that would set conservatives nodding today.

Lincoln Unbound: How an ambitious young rail-splitter saved the American Dream-and how we can do it again by Richard Lowry

This fascinating volume, tracing Abraham Lincoln’s ambitious climb from a provincial upstart to political powerhouse, shows how the lessons of Lincoln, who lived the American Dream and succeeded in opening it for others, must be applied today to preserve a fluid economy in which individuals can thrive.

The Manor: Three centuries at a slave plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold

Documents the rich history of Long Island’s centuries-old Sylvester Manor and its ownership by 11 generations of the same family, drawing on years of research and archaeological findings to explore how the property also reflects lesser-known practices of Northern slavery.

Duel with the Devil: The true story of how Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr teamed up to take on America’s first sensational murder mystery by Paul Collins

Documents the sensational 1799 murder mystery that inspired rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr to join forces, reveal the links between the accused killer and both men and the public outcry that nearly prevented the suspect’s fair trial.