Historical fiction allows readers to go back in time and experience places, people and events that have shaped history. The library has acquired new titles in this particular genre that are interesting and enticing.
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian is a fascinating tale traveling between Bronxville, New York in 2012 to Aleppo, Syria in 1915. In this novel, a fictional American woman missionary, Elizabeth, comes to the aid of the people and falls in love with an Armenian man, Armen, whose family was part of the death marches out of Turkey into Syria. Years later, her American granddaughter, Laura Petrosian, researches her family history and crafts a moving story which is a tribute to all those who had died.
The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomon is an irresistible World War II story of a forbidden upstairs-downstairs romance in a great English country house. It's the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. So, 19-year-old Elise Landau's parents force her to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming soon, and the world is changing. When the master of Tyneford's young son, Kit, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that transforms Tyneford - and Elise.
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman centers around Tom and Isabel Sherbourne, who maintain the lighthouse on a remote Western Australian island in 1926. One day a boat washes onshore, carrying a dead man and a crying baby, no older than 2 or 3 months. The Sherbournes, still reeling from two miscarriages and the stillbirth of a son just two weeks prior to the event, decide not to report the incident, instead burying the man and raising the child as their own.
Written in verse, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices From the Titanic by Allan Wolf is the story of the Titanic from its launch to its sinking, told in 24 different voices, including those of third-class passengers, first-class passengers, crew, and even the iceberg. We learn of the hopes of young third-class teens, the desperation of a second-class father, the con artist in first class, the valiant musicians, and the new Marconi wireman, plus many more; with the exception of only one, all were real passengers aboard the ship, and all were changed forever when destiny met a waiting iceberg sitting in the dark of the ocean.
Winter of the World by Ken Follett picks up right where the first book ("Fall of Giants") left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political and economic turmoil. The story begins with the rise of the Third Reich, then proceeds through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak. American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events.