Yeah. I need more books to read, right? Obviously I do because I am sooooooooooooooooo looking forward to these four novels. Will I be anxiously awaiting other novels? Sure I just haven't heard about them yet!
Doc by Mary Doria Russell on sale May 2011
Two of Russell's novels The Sparrow and Thread of Grace are among the titles that I gift to people on a regular basis. If you have never read I heartily recommend them. I've yet to talk to anyone who has ever read them that did not think they were wonderful.
The Publisher Says...
Nothing yet. Oh well. You can visit Russell's website and read and excerpt from this novel about Doc Holliday.
2. Elizabeth I By Margaret George on sale April 2011
I know. Isn't the world tired of Tudors yet? Not if it's coming from Margaret George! I am going to re-read her two earlier Tudor novels, The Autobiography of Henry the VIII and Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles in preparation of loving Elizabeth I
One of today's premier historical novelists, Margaret George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma-the Virgin Queen who had many suitors, the victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel- bedecked woman who pinched pennies. England's greatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. But what was she really like?
In this novel, her flame-haired, lookalike cousin, Lettice Knollys, thinks she knows all too well. Elizabeth's rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, the mercurial nobleman who challenged Elizabeth's throne, Lettice had been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood. This is a story of two women of fierce intellect and desire, one trying to protect her country, and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family and each vying to convince the reader of her own private vision of the truth about Elizabeth's character. Their gripping drama is acted out at the height of the flowering of the Elizabethan age. Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake-all of them swirl through these pages as they swirled through the court and on the high seas.
This is a magnificent, stay-up-all-night page-turner that is George's finest and most compelling novel and one that is sure to please readers of Alison Weir, Philippa Gregory, and Hilary Mantel.
3. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks on sale May 2011
One of my successful handsells ever is Brooks novel A Year of Wonders and People of the Book isn't far behind. Her historical fiction is more introspective than most and doesn't rely on well known historical figures to capture your attention.
The Publisher Says...
Nothing at this point. The title is listed on their website but no other information yet. ~~sigh~~not even a cover. But not to worry the U.K. publisher has this to say...
Caleb Cheeshateaumauk was the first native American to graduate from Harvard College back in 1665. ‘Caleb’s Crossing’ gives voice to his little known story. Caleb, a Wampanoag from the island of Martha's Vineyard, seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts, comes of age just as the first generation of Indians come into contact with English settlers, who have fled there, desperate to escape the brutal and doctrinaire Puritanism of the Massachusetts Bay colony. The story is told through the eyes of Bethia, daughter of the English minister who educates Caleb in the Latin and Greek he needs in order to enter the college. As Caleb makes the crossing into white culture, Bethia, 14 years old at the novel's opening, finds herself pulled in the opposite direction. Trapped by the narrow strictures of her faith and her gender, she seeks connections with Caleb's world that will challenge her beliefs and set her at odds with her community
Winter Ghosts By Kate Mosse on sale February 2011
The novels of Mosse are big, engulfing mystery romances. Very satisfying. Once you start them they do not leave your sight until you sadly turn to that last page.
The Publisher Says...
In the winter of 1928, still seeking some kind of resolution to the horrors of World War I, Freddie is traveling through the beautiful but forbidding French Pyrenees. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. Dazed, he stumbles through the woods, emerging in a tiny village, where he finds an inn to wait out the blizzard. There he meets Fabrissa, a lovely young woman also mourning a lost generation.
Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories. By the time dawn breaks, Freddie will have unearthed a tragic, centuries-old mystery, and discovered his own role in the life of this remote town.