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Oct 18 2016 8:30am

All Hallows Eve: October 2016 Not-Your-Usual Historical Romance Best Bets

October is a month filled with a mountain of miniature chocolate wonders and my secret guilty pleasure – candy corn! (Don’t judge–especially if you willingly eat Peeps ::shudder::).  It’s also a month that is chock full of historical romance.  This small list is but the tip of the iceberg – or in the case of October, the tip of the witch’s hat.  What not-your-usual historicals are you looking forward to this month?

Gender-Bending!

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society.  But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

A couple years ago Thomas was speaking to a group of librarians at an RWA conference.  When asked about what she was working on she teased us with “What if Sherlock Holmes was a woman?” and all our collective ears perked up.  The first in her Lady Sherlock series is finally out this month, the start of a historical mystery series that promises romance as well.

Elizabethan!

The Queen’s Christmas Summons by Amanda McCabe

The Queen’s Christmas Summons by Amanda McCabe

“Royal courts are glittering places. But there can be many dangers there.” 

The words of Juan, the shipwrecked Spanish sailor Lady Alys Drury nursed back to health, echo in her mind as she puts on another courtly smile. 

Then Alys locks eyes with a handsome man amid the splendor of Queen Elizabeth's Christmas court—Juan is posing as courtier John Huntley! Alys is hurt at Juan's deception until she learns he's an undercover spy for the crown… Amid the murky machinations of the court, can true love still conquer all?

McCabe sets her latest against the most dramatic and memorable event of Elizabeth I’s reign – the defeat of the Spanish Armada.  It’s her first Elizabethan set romance since 2012’s The Taming of the Rogue.

Georgian!

Veiled in Blue by Lynne Connolly

Veiled in Blue by Lynne Connolly

It is up to the Emperors of London to protect the throne—without risking their hearts…

Governess Eve Merton would have fallen into serious trouble on her walk home if a handsome stranger had not stopped to help her. But when Mr. Vernon gives her a lift on his horse, he makes no secret of his attraction. As a well brought-up young lady, Eve does her best not to notice, but when he sets about courting her, she knows she’s in trouble. For she has a secret: she is the daughter of a deposed king, which means not only is she without a dowry, but also that her life is in danger…

Little does Eve know that Mr. Vernon has secrets of his own. In truth, his name is Julius, Lord Winterton, and he’s well aware that Eve is the offspring of the Old Pretender. In order to save his sister, he must convince Eve to wed—though he wants nothing to do with love. But as the two grow closer and an attempt is made on Eve’s life, Julius may realize that fighting his heart’s true desire is a battle most pleasurably surrendered…

Connolly is back with this sixth book in her Emperors of London series involving intrigue, politics and the long lost children of the Stuart line.  The author wrote a post about her inspiration for the series for H&H back in 2014 which is a fascinating read. 

Gilded Age!

Baron by Joanna Shupe

Baron by Joanna Shupe

New York City's Gilded Age shines as bright as the power-wielding men of the Knickerbocker Club. And one pragmatic industrialist is about to learn that a man may make his own destiny, but love is a matter of fortune . . .

Born into one of New York's most respected families, William Sloane is a railroad baron who has all the right friends in all the right places. But no matter how much success he achieves, he always wants more. Having secured his place atop the city's highest echelons of society, he's now setting his sights on a political run. Nothing can distract him from his next pursuit—except, perhaps, the enchanting con artist he never saw coming . . .

Ava Jones has eked out a living the only way she knows how. As “Madam Zolikoff,” she hoodwinks gullible audiences into believing she can communicate with the spirit world. But her carefully crafted persona is nearly destroyed when Will Sloane walks into her life—and lays bare her latest scheme. The charlatan is certain she can seduce the handsome millionaire into keeping her secret and using her skills for his campaign—unless he's the one who's already put a spell on her . . .

The second book in the author’s Knickerbocker Club series is once again set in the opulent and extravagant world of Gilded Age era New York.  Like the first book in the series, Magnate, this one has received an RT Book Reviews Top Pick! and a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.

Vikings!

Lord of the Runes by Sabrina Jarema

Lord of the Runes by Sabrina Jarema

Following his father’s murder, Eirik Ivarson plunges into a maelstrom of brutal warfare. As outsiders threaten his homeland and all he holds dear, Eirik vows to maintain his focus and avenge the jarl’s death. In his quest for revenge, he will leave everything behind, all he knows, and all he loves.

Asa Sigrundsdottir, a spirited shieldmaiden with warm brown eyes, is wary of the golden-haired warrior discovered half-frozen in a storm. It is clear Eirik is a man of valor, bestowed with the gift of reading runes and destined for greatness. And despite the shadows in her past, he chooses her to help him on his journey. But when their bond is tested, it will take the strength of a hero to keep their love alive . . .

Jarema is a true Renaissance woman, dividing her time between her show horses, illustrating, music and jewelry making.  Lord of the Runes is her debut novel and the first in a series.

Westerns!

Texas Tall by Kaki Warner

Texas Tall by Kaki Warner

Seeking vengeance for a tragic past, Tyree Benton joined the Rangers and became a different man—but his brutal actions still twist his conscience. Now he’s found a woman he could love, but she deserves more than a man who makes a living getting shot at. If Ty were honorable, he’d leave her alone. But he can’t seem to stay away....

Orphaned at fourteen, Charlotte Weyland has used her talent for numbers to build enough of a fortune to fund Ty’s dream of owning a ranch…if he’s not too stubborn to accept her help. But when Charlotte’s past catches up to her, she finds herself on one side of the law with Ty on the other. To keep their dreams alive, they’ll have to make compromises, but doing so might cost them everything they have...

RITA Award winning author and fan favorite Kaki Warner is back with a brand new historical western.  All About Romance gave it a B grade, highlighting the sweet romance and a particularly memorable heroine.

Learn more about or order a copy of the books mentioned in this post:

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
The Queen’s Christmas Summons by Amanda McCabe
Veiled in Blue by Lynne Connolly
Baron by Joanna Shupe
Lord of the Runes by Sabrina Jarema
Texas Tall by Kaki Warner

H&H Editor Picks:

World Traveler: Not-Your-Usual Historical Best Bets for September 2016

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October 2016 Romance New Releases

 


Wendy the Super Librarian also blogs at WendyTheSuperLibrarian.blogspot.com. So dig that library card out of your pocket and head for the stacks. 

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