An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole

Staff Pick

As someone new to romance, I must sing Alyssa Cole’s praises for blending historical fiction with romance to make an entertaining novel. Elle is a free black woman who goes undercover for the Union Army during the Civil War. She then meets Malcolm, a white Union Army agent, also undercover as a Confederate soldier.  An unexpected romance blossoms between them, while each must serve their country and fight for their unconventional love. For those interested in reading romance, this is a great place to start.

An Extraordinary Union: An Epic Love Story of the Civil War (The Loyal League #1) By Alyssa Cole Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496707444
Availability: Backordered
Published: Kensington - March 28th, 2017

The Day of the Duchess - Sarah MacLean

Staff Pick
After disappearing from society years earlier, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, abruptly marches into Parliament and demands a divorce from her husband, Malcolm. But Malcolm still loves her and is convinced that if she could move beyond their past failings, she might realize she feels the same. While Sera tries her best to push him into someone else’s arms, he schemes to win her heart (again). Sarah MacLean is a master of combining pop references and history, and this novel is best described as the Kardashians meets the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meets The Bachelor meets The Philadelphia Story, set in Victorian England. In other words, the perfect vacation romance read.
The Day of the Duchess: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book III By Sarah MacLean Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062379436
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Published: Avon - June 27th, 2017

Destiny's Embrace - Beverly Jenkins

As one of the queens of historical romance, Beverly Jenkins has a terrific track record—over thirty novels to her name, all of which feature dynamic African-American characters living in the 19th century. In Destiny's Embrace, the first book in her Destiny Trilogy, we follow seamstress Mariah Cooper as she leaves her domineering mother and spineless ex-fiance behind in Philadelphia to take a job as housekeeper for California rancher Logan Yates. The tension between the two crackles as the equally stubborn characters first deny, then eventually give in to, their mutual attraction.

Destiny's Embrace (Destiny Trilogy #2) By Beverly Jenkins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062032652
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Published: Avon - January 29th, 2013