Most of these were titles I mentioned in my post about historical fiction picks at BEA. There were many other titles on that list I didn't get, either because I didn't see them - like The Lantern - or because the signing lines were amazingly long. My back doesn't tolerate standing for long periods, unfortunately, so my waiting 45+ minutes in line for a signed copy of Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers just wasn't in the cards. I looked on jealously as I passed by.
I was pleased to come across a previously unannounced signing of Patricia Falvey's The Linen Queen, though - it's a love story set in Northern Ireland on the brink of WWII. Of the other titles above, Open Wounds is a new YA set in Depression-era Queens, and The Little Women Letters is a mostly contemporary tale about a descendant of Jo March from Little Women who finds letters written by her ancestress. These latter two were giveaways at the blogger con. As with last year, it was great to get the chance to meet so many bloggers, authors, and publishers in person when I was in NY.
Things may be quieter than usual around here, at least in terms of reviews, until after the Historical Novel Society conference in 2.5 weeks. There's a ton that needs doing before then, many loads of laundry included, plus I came home to three freelance assignments with shortish deadlines. One of these is the new Philippa Gregory, so that will be forthcoming in a bit.