I have four novels from the previous list on my to-review pile and will be getting to them as I'm able.
A July 2012 novel gets a classy new look (although I loved the original cover too) for its UK release. Billed as "Downton Abbey meets The English Patient," The Sandcastle Girls follows a young Mount Holyoke grad as she arrives in 1915 Syria to take up nursing duties and runs into evidence of an Armenian genocide. A present-day thread tells the story of her descendant. Simon & Schuster UK, hb last August, pb this March; also hb from Doubleday US (different cover).
The story of a young woman physician living through a whirlwind of social changes as they hit 1920s Seattle, a new setting for a Downtonesque saga. A debut novel. Kensington, June 2013.
In this classic British saga, the wealthy Cavendish family of Rutherford Park has a centuries-old legacy of honor and tradition to uphold, but in the year 1913, the heir yearns to break free to live a life of his own, and long-held secrets are about to be revealed. Berkley, July 2013.
In 1917, when little Victoria Bradshaw vanishes from her family's grand country estate at Tyringham park, her older sister Charlotte sees painful secrets from their past brought front and center. This is the UK release of a novel published last October by Poolbeg, a small Irish press. "Period glamour and darkness," says the blurb. Penguin UK, February 2013.
We're heading back to the 18th century with Caroline Sandon's debut novel, set in Burnt Norton in rural Gloucestershire (where the author also lives). In 1731, Sir William Keyt will stop at nothing to protect his family's social standing, even if it means destroying his surviving son's chance at love and happiness. "A powerful story, beautifully told, of greed and love and betrayal and waste," says Julian Fellowes. Head of Zeus (UK), June 2013.
In 1891, the aristocratic Fairbairn family of Lochlee Castle in Argyllshire, Scotland, struggles to free themselves from a terrible curse. The author has written many sagas set around the turn of the 20th century. Severn House, February 2013.
I came across Cinders and Sapphires via a NetGalley promotion. This first in the "At Somerton" series for YAs tells of a friendship between a titled young woman, Ada Averley of Somerton, and her new housemaid... and of a larger scandal that threatens to envelop the Averley family. A nice review from Kirkus, which called it "a thoroughly satisfying romp for Downton Abbey fans." Hyperion, January 2013.
Deanna Raybourn's upcoming novel is one that we'd discussed in the comments of my last Downton post, and I've already preordered it. In 1923, following a major scandal, flapper Delilah Drummond is sent away to Fairlight, her stepfather's savannah manor house in Kenya. Africa is becoming a more prevalent setting for historicals; is this a new trend in itself? MIRA, May 2013.
In 1904, Ravenscliffe of the title is a neglected Victorian manor in a Yorkshire mining village which becomes the new home of a Russian émigré, her good friend, and their families, but their contentment is not to last. This is the sequel to Netherwood though it's been written to stand alone. Sphere (UK), September 2012.
Second in the Jane Eyre Chronicles, a series which imagines the well-known former governess as sleuth. In the 1820s, while their rural home is being renovated, Jane and her husband Edward Rochester relocate to London, where they get caught up in the social scene and Jane investigates the death of a snooty matron. Berkley, April 2013.
An atmospheric mystery with ghosts set in a seaside village in 1920s England, as Oxford student Jillian Leigh investigates who killed her uncle. I'll be conducting an interview with the author for Historical Novels Review and am looking forward to reading this one. NAL, March 2013.