This debut romantic novel set in Restoration London, a glorious city about to be invaded by the plague, stars Susannah Leyton, daughter of a Fleet Street apothecary. A surprising marriage proposal rescues her from an unpleasant family situation but causes other problems. Piatkus (UK), August.
Does 1968 count as historical for you? I wasn't around then, so it does for me. This debut novel by a prizewinning short story writer takes place at a New England prep school which, through a clerical mistake, enrolls its first female student - a brilliant black teenager. Knopf, June.
The title of Dennis's 18th-century romantic adventure derives from Alfred Noyes's poem "The Highwayman," and the plot retells the story in epic fashion. The heroine, Elizabeth "Bess" Wyndham, is a writer of Gothic novels who meets a man remarkably like one of her books' characters. First pb release of a novel previously published for the library market. Sourcebooks, August.
This debut novel by a Midwestern academic takes me back to my old stomping grounds of southern New England. In Warwick, Rhode Island, in the summer of 1934, Anne Dodge comes face to face with her Portuguese heritage and the truth about her parents' marriage. Overlook, July.
This lengthy saga is the product of AmazonEncore, a bookseller imprint specializing in identifying highly-rated self-published works and reissuing them for a wider market. It spans four generations of Vietnamese women - a royal concubine and her descendants - throughout the 20th century. A copy arrived in my mail last week. AmazonEncore, April.
Fiorato writes lyrical historical fiction about strong women from Italian history. Her latest takes place (per the title) in Siena in the early 18th century, at the time of the Palio - the city's famous horse race. Can I just say I want this gown for myself (the color is perfect) and the book itself is gorgeous - it's on my pile to review. St. Martin's Griffin, May.
Green's Daughters of War is first in a new trilogy about nurses during WWI; in the Balkans, two young women render aid on the battlefield and discover unexpected romance. Severn House, August.
From the title, you'll have guessed this YA historical novel centers around witches. In 16th-century Somerset, a servant girl at Montacute House is accused of witchcraft following the disappearance of several boys from her village. Hyperion, April.
The story of Abigail Lovell, a young woman in Revolutionary-era Boston, who goes to great lengths (even defying her Loyalist father) to aid the American rebellion. The blurb compares it to Sally Gunning's Bound, which is enough to get me to pay attention. Pegasus, September.
The girl in the green dress is Bertha, orphaned daughter of Emma Bovary, who leaves her grandmother's farm in the French countryside to make a new life for herself in high-society Paris, as the apprentice to fashion designer Charles Frederick Worth. Bantam, August.