Historical Fiction, Works in Translation, & More

  • Magical Midlife Madness

    Magical Midlife Madness by K.F. Breene

    Magical Midlife Madness by K.F. Breene is 99c at Amazon! This is described as paranormal women’s fiction and I’ve been noticing more and more of these sorts of books popping up. Have you read any of them?

    A woman starting over. A new house with an unexpected twist. A cape wearing butler acting as the world’s worst life coach.

    “Happily Ever After” wasn’t supposed to come with a do-over option. But when my husband of twenty years packs up and heads for greener pastures and my son leaves for college, that’s exactly what my life becomes.

    Do-over.

    This time, though, I plan to do things differently. Age is just a number, after all, and at forty I’m ready to carve my own path.

    Eager for a fresh start, I make a somewhat unorthodox decision and move to a tiny town in the Sierra foothills. I’ll be taking care of a centuries old house that called to me when I was a kid. It’s just temporary, I tell myself. It’ll just be for a while.

    That is, until I learn what the house really is, something I never could’ve imagined.

    Thankfully forty isn’t too old to start an adventure, because that’s exactly what I do. A very dangerous adventure that will change my life forever. I have a chance to start again, and this time, I make the rules.

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  • Wild Women and the Blues

    Wild Women and the Blues by Denny Bryce

    Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce is $2.99! This historical fiction was mentioned on a previous Hide Your Wallet, and look at that beautiful cover! There’s also a dual timeline element here. Have you read this one?

    In a stirring and impeccably researched novel of Jazz-age Chicago in all its vibrant life, two stories intertwine nearly a hundred years apart, as a chorus girl and a film student deal with loss, forgiveness, and love…in all its joy, sadness, and imperfections.

    “Why would I talk to you about my life? I don’t know you, and even if I did, I don’t tell my story to just any boy with long hair, who probably smokes weed.You wanna hear about me. You gotta tell me something about you. To make this worth my while.”

    1925: Chicago is the jazz capital of the world, and the Dreamland Café is the ritziest black-and-tan club in town. Honoree Dalcour is a sharecropper’s daughter, willing to work hard and dance every night on her way to the top. Dreamland offers a path to the good life, socializing with celebrities like Louis Armstrong and filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. But Chicago is also awash in bootleg whiskey, gambling, and gangsters. And a young woman driven by ambition might risk more than she can stand to lose.

    2015: Film student Sawyer Hayes arrives at the bedside of 110-year-old Honoree Dalcour, still reeling from a devastating loss that has taken him right to the brink. Sawyer has rested all his hope on this frail but formidable woman, the only living link to the legendary Oscar Micheaux. If he’s right—if she can fill in the blanks in his research, perhaps he can complete his thesis and begin a new chapter in his life. But the links Honoree makes are not ones he’s expecting . . .

    Piece by piece, Honoree reveals her past and her secrets, while Sawyer fights tooth and nail to keep his. It’s a story of courage and ambition, hot jazz and illicit passions. And as past meets present, for Honoree, it’s a final chance to be truly heard and seen before it’s too late. No matter the cost . . .

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  • The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

    The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh by Ella Quinn

    The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh by Ella Quinn is $1.99! It looks like this one has gotten a cover redesign and is the second book in The Marriage Game series. Both the hero and heroine want to marry each other, so I don’t know what the conflict is here quite yet.

    For Ella Quinn’s bachelors, courtship is all about gamesmanship, until the right woman shows them how much they have to learn. . .

    Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife. . .

    Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh. . .

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  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold

    Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

    Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi is $2.99! I mentioned this book in one of my Get Rec’d posts. It’s a tender, bittersweet book where people are given a chance to redo a moment in their life.

    What would you change if you could travel back in time?

    Down a small alleyway in the heart of Tokyo, there’s an underground café that’s been serving carefully brewed coffee for over a hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers its customers something else besides coffee—the chance to travel back in time.

    The rules, however, are far from simple: you must sit in one particular seat, and you can’t venture outside the café, nor can you change the present. And, most important, you only have the time it takes to drink a hot cup of coffee—or risk getting stuck forever.

    Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the café in the hopes of traveling to another time: a heartbroken lover looking for closure, a nurse with a mysterious letter from her husband, a waitress hoping to say one last goodbye and a mother whose child she may never get the chance to know.

    Heartwarming, wistful and delightfully quirky, Before the Coffee Gets Cold explores the intersecting lives of four women who come together in one extraordinary café, where the service may not be quick, but the opportunities are endless.

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