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Aug 14 2017 11:00am

5 Unusual Historical Best Bets for August 2017

What unusual historicals are you looking forward to this month?

August is all about series for our anticipated unusual historical reading.  A beloved series coming to an end, a new series getting spun off with fan favorite characters, two continuing series and even the return of a debut novel that traveled back to the future from 2002. 

Spies and Lies!

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

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Séverine de Cabrillac, orphan of the French revolution and sometime British intelligence agent, has tried to leave spying behind her. Now she devotes herself to investigating crimes in London and finding justice for the wrongly accused.

Raoul Deverney, an enigmatic half-Spaniard with enough secrets to earn even a spy's respect, is at her door demanding help. She's the only one who can find the killer of his long-estranged wife and rescue her missing twelve-year-old daughter.

Séverine reluctantly agrees to aid him, even though she knows the growing attraction between them makes it more than unwise. Their desperate search for the girl ​unleashes treason and murder. . . and offers a last chance for two strong, wounded people to find love.

I realize that Regency era spies are a dime a dozen, but Bourne’s Spymasters have been rooted in the French Revolution and this is the sixth and final book in the beloved series.  H&H’s Janet Webb said in her First Look for our sister site, Criminal Element, that “Séverine and Raoul make formidable adversaries…” and that this is “a worthy conclusion…” to a “mesmerizing series.”   

Western!

Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday

Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday

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Duel McClain has lost everything he's ever loved: his wife, his son, his sense of self. But when a strange twist of fate—and a poker game he'll never forget—leaves an innocent little girl in his care, Duel vows to defend his new family to his very last breath. If only he knew a single thing about taking care of babies...

Just as Duel swears his life can't get any more complicated, a beautiful woman stumbles into the light of his campfire, desperate for help. Jessie Foltry is hungry, tired, and running for her life. She agrees to help Duel care for the child in exchange for his protection, even as she fights to guard her broken heart. But Duel will do whatever it takes to make Jessie see that the Texas plains have more than one kind of knight, and perhaps their salvation is closer than either of them could have dreamed...

A blast from the past, this was Broday’s debut novel when it was first published by Dorchester in 2002.  Rights have now sold to Sourcebooks, who have given it a beautiful new cover.  I reviewed it 15 years ago for a now defunct website and remarked that “Western romances seem to come in two speeds - harsh and gritty or quaint small town - and this debut author tries something different by including both elements in the same story.” 

A Marriage Deal with the Outlaw by Harper St. George

A Marriage Deal with the Outlaw by Harper St. George

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Castillo Jameson has been hunting a murderer for years. The notorious outlaw never expected his search to lead to a standoff on a train—or having to save a beautiful woman caught in the crossfire… 

Caroline Hartford has her own troubles—she wants to become a physician, but her parents demand she marry first. Then Castillo arrives at the wedding she's attending, and Caroline has the perfect solution. She will keep the outlaw's true identity a secret…if he'll pretend to be her fiancé! 

The second book in the author’s Outlaws of the West series has RT Book Reviews declaring: “Readers will revel in becoming reacquainted with the Jameson family as St. George enlivens the Old West through her characters’ fast-paced story, which sizzles with sensuality and action.”

Medieval!

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The Knight’s Scarred Maiden by Nicole Locke

The Knight’s Scarred Maiden by Nicole Locke

Mercenary knight Rhain is living on borrowed time. With a vengeful warlord pursuing him, he has accepted his fate—though first he must get his men to safety. 

When he rescues mysterious and deeply scarred Helissent from her attackers, Rhain soon wishes he wasn't marked for death. He can never be the man she deserves—his scandalous lineage alone dictates that—but Rhain can't resist the temptation to show this innocent maiden how beautiful she truly is… 

Locke continues her Lovers and Legends series with her fifth release with Harlequin Historical.  RT Book Reviews says it’s, “…a beautifully written tale of loss, faith and the magic of love between a scarred maiden and the deadly mercenary she rescues.”

Georgian!

Fearless by Lynne Connolly

Fearless by Lynne Connolly

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When Lady Charlotte Engles receives an offer of marriage from an eligible suitor, she’s finally ready to let go of her long-held hope that her engagement to Lord Valentinian Shaw will result in marriage. For despite the betrothal their families made between them, Val shows no interest in leaving his reckless life behind in favor of one with Charlotte. But when her plea to end their arrangement ends in a heated embrace, suddenly Val seems reluctant to let her go . . .

The last thing Val wants is a wife, despite how desirous his lovely bride-to-be has become. But when he discovers sweet Charlotte is planning to marry a dastardly man, he feels duty bound to keep her safe, even if that means making good on his marriage pledge. Then Charlotte is taken hostage by her dangerous suitor and suddenly Val is ready to risk everything for the woman who has won his heart

H&H blogger Lynne Connolly is back with the start of a new series for Kensington Lyrical.  The Shaws proved so popular as secondary characters in the author’s Emperors of London series, that they’re having their own moment in the spotlight.  This first book found Connolly researching how 18th century English law worked in practice and discovering that the court at Bow Street was in the open air!  As in, no roof!  Knowing it would have been authentic to include that in the story, she wasn’t sure many readers would believe it – so in a bit of creative license, Bow Street court got a roof.


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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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Kareni
1. Kareni
I read Joanna Bourne's Beauty Like the Night as I flew home cross-country. It made for a pleasant traveling day!
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