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June, 2017

By: Susan Rivers
Placidia is a strong-willed teenager living on her father's plantation in South Carolina during the Civil War. While attending a wedding, she meets Gryffth Hockaday, a widower with an infant son. After knowing each other for only one day, Gryffth, who must return to the battlefield, asks for and receives Placidia's hand in marriage. Arriving at Gryffth's remote farm, Placidia is left in charge of his land, his son, and his slaves. Life on Gryffth's farm is an enormous and dangerous struggle and years pass without the couple seeing each other. At the end of the war, Gryffth returns to discover rumors that his young wife gave birth to a child in his absence and that she then murdered this child. The reader will discover what really happened. This is an excellent piece of historical fiction.
By: Beth Underdown
Young widow Alice Hopkins returns home to her brother Matthew's house in Essex, England in 1645. In the five years that she has been gone, Matthew, always an awkward child, has become a strict and unforgiving man. Even worse, Alice discovers that Matthew has been charged with rooting out witches in their county. Forced to accompany him on his journeys, Alice resists his commands as much as possible but is horrified to be assisting the witchfinder. Readers will be intrigued to learn that this book is based on actual fact -- Matthew Hopkins did serve as a witchfinder.

May, 2017

By: Sophie Kinsella
"When Katie Brenner is fired from her dream job in advertising in London, she's desperate to get away from her mad boss Demeter, and her crush, Alex, who she thought shared her feelings of adoration but didn't. Seeking refuge, she goes home to her father's farm in Somerset to help make her stepmother's dream of turning their land into a glamping retreat come true. Applying her savvy marketing smarts, Katie masterminds a glamorous upscale resort. But when Demeter shows up unnannounced, with Alex not far behind, Katie is forced to rethink her revenge fantasies and her assumptions about family, love, and office politics and realize how much she may have misjudged everyone--and everything--around her"--Provided by publisher.
By: Jessica Shattuck
At the end of World War II, Marianne von Lingenfels returns with her children to her dead husband's ancestral home in Bavaria. She begins to gather up a few of the widows of her husband's co-conspirators in a plot to assassinate Hitler. Beautiful Benita was married to Marianne's childhood friend, Connie. She has been brutalized during the Soviet occupation of Berlin. Unbeknownst to Marianne, Ania was a member of the Nazi party at one time, but she became horrified by the actions of her fellow Germans as the war progressed. These three women and their children gather at the castle and try to carry on with their lives. The author describes the lives and motivations of each of these women in the present and the past. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this well-written novel.