Yesterday, I talked about the contemporary fiction new releases that I’m most looking forward to this summer. Today, for Top Ten Tuesday, I’m looking at my most anticipated historical fiction new releases for June, July, and August. Technically, the bloggers over at The Broke & The Bookish said to do the last half of 2016 but y’all. That list is out of control. So, for now you get the list of summer 2016 books…. and sometime in August, I’ll tell you what I’m looking forward to for the last few months of the year 😀
Tomorrow, I’m going to focusing on mystery/suspense summer releases. Thursday, I’ll look at upcoming collections, and Friday I’ll look at non-fiction!
I know I’m going to unintentionally overlook a book or two. I did yesterday. There are just SO MANY FANTASTIC books coming out in the next few months!! If your book isn’t on my list, it doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to it – it just means I probably accidentally left it off. 🙂
The Carpenter’s Inheritance by Laurie Alice Eakes (Barbour Books, June 1) – Lucinda Bell wants nothing more than to follow in her father’s footsteps and practice law. But in 1893, the state of Virginia won’t allow a woman lawyer. So she leaves her family and fiancé and buys a dying practice in Massachusetts, determined to prove herself capable of succeeding at the profession—if she can find acceptance and safety as Loveland’s sole lady lawyer first.
Quiet, handsome Matthew Templin, a local carpenter with a questionable past and a potentially dangerous need for a lawyer, is captivated by Lucinda. But he also knows she’s above his touch—and that a hidden truth may destroy her career and possibly his own life.
When faced with a choice, will Lucinda choose career over love? Also includes a bonus historical romance, A Love So Tender by Tracey V. Bateman. Goodreads | Amazon
The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron (Thomas Nelson, June 7) – Rosamund Easling is no stranger to opulence. As the daughter of an earl, she’s grown up with every comfort money can buy. But when hard times befall the family’s Yorkshire estate in the aftermath of the Great War, Rosamund’s father sells her beloved horse, setting the stage for a series of events that would extend beyond even her wildest dreams.
Though expected to marry for a title instead of love, Rosamund feels called to a different life – one of adventure outside the confines of a ladies’ parlor. She abandons all she’s known and follows in pursuit as her horse is shipped to the new owner – an American entertainer by the name of John Ringling. Once introduced to the Ringling Brothers’ circus and knowing she has much to learn, Rosamund agrees to a bareback riding apprenticeship in the shadow of the Ringlings’ winter home—Ca’D’Zan. It is at that mansion, in what would become the last days of the enigmatic Mable Ringling’s life, that Rosamund finds a deeper sense of purpose in the life she’s been given, and the awakening of faith in her heart.
With a supporting cast of characters as mysterious and dazzling as the Ringlings’ big-top world, Rosamund’s journey takes her from the tradition of the English countryside to the last days of America’s Roaring ‘20s—a journey that forever changes what one life might have been. Goodreads | Amazon
No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House, June 7) – Men are optional. That’s the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight–and she knows just the one.
Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s plea arrives, he bolts to Harper’s Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she’s not a girl any longer. She’s a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn’t deserve.
As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive. Goodreads | Amazon
Within The Veil by Brandy Vallance (Lyrical Vine Press, June 28) – They never should have met. But they might be made for each other.
Feya Broon, a Scottish half-gypsy, knows what it is to go hungry. Trapped in the Edinburgh tenements with a father lost to his past and only the faded memory of her mother’s faith, Feya is desperate to provide for her siblings. When an ill-conceived plan leads to thievery, she finds herself in the last place she’d ever want to be–captured by an English palace guard. But there’s something about this man that tears at every preconceived notion she’s ever had.
Alasdair Cairncross never dreamed he’d be forced to transport a gypsy woman halfway across the wilds of Scotland. The timing is disastrous, considering his fiancée’s imminent arrival and his father’s political goals. Not only that, but the fiery young woman threatens to lay bare secrets Alasdair would rather keep hidden. And the farther they travel together, the more conflicted he finds himself with duty–both to the crown and to the plans his family has for him.
As their walls begin to crumble, Feya and Alasdair must fight to survive a decades-old feud, a Highland kidnapping, and the awakening of their own hearts. Goodreads | Amazon
No Way Up by Mary Connealy (Bethany House, July 5) – When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg–and possibly his life–Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch’s will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance’s three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don’t live and work at the home for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative.
Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set–and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future–and a desired future with Sadie–locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all. Goodreads | Amazon
The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray (Zondervan, July 12) – Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything.
After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda’s home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip’s name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone.
Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He’s mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can.
He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn’t prove to be an easy task—Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well. Goodreads | Amazon
An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter (Bethany House, July 5) – Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl.
With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he’s irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance.
What Colin doesn’t know is that Georgina’s desperate social aspirations are driven by the shameful secret she harbors. Association with Colin McCrae is not part of Georgina’s plan, but as their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make. Goodreads | Amazon
Sarah’s Surrender by Vickie McDonough (Shiloh Run Press, July 1) – When Sarah Worley rejects Luke McNeil’s proposal to pursue property in the Oklahoma Territory land lottery in 1901, the ranch hand pulls up stakes and goes after her. But he’s the last person she wants to see.
The land lottery gives Sarah the chance to realize her dream of independence and a home of her own. But with it comes challenges she never considered. When her dream becomes a nightmare, she must decide whether to stay on her land or give up and return to the life she left.
Luke hopes that by winning a claim, he can give Sarah the home she’s always wanted. How can he prove his love and show the stubborn woman that he’s the right man for her? Goodreads | Amazon
Courageous by Dina Sleiman (Bethany House, July 5) – Inspired by the vision of the Young Lady Sapphira, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a group of men, women, and children as a defender of the cross, seeking to free captives from prisons near Tripoli. She gladly gives herself to the cause, as she’s haunted by a tragic mistake and no longer deserves such joys as marriage and family might bring.
Sir Randel Penigree was reared to serve in the church, but dreams of protecting the innocent as a knight. Joining a crusade to escape humiliation at home, he finds himself drawn to Rosalind as they partner to train and protect a group of young adolescents. When they face political machinations, danger, and an unknown enemy bent on their destruction, they are forced to reconsider their priorities and the very nature of the God they serve. Goodreads | Amazon
Two Ways Home by Sondra Kraak (Trail House Publishers, July/Aug) – Mary Smith was never one to back down from a challenge. Her father’s health may be failing, but their dairy farm was her mother’s dream, and Mary will do whatever it takes to keep her father from selling it—even if it means sneaking off to the next town to earn money by playing the piano in a questionable establishment. No one seems to understand why home is so important to her, least of all her childhood nemesis who’s just wandered back into town.
When injured Texas Ranger Luke Thomas is forced to return to Pine Creek, Washington, he’s hailed as a hero and thrust into the town’s first race for sheriff. But no one knows the secret he carried to Texas, nor the secret he’s brought home. Setting his perfect aim on returning south, he refuses to get tied down by the town’s admiration, his brother’s disapproval, or the spirited, hardworking dairy girl who’s less annoying than he remembers.
But strange things are happening at the Smith dairy and in Pine Creek, and Luke’s instincts tell him Mary is in far more trouble than she realizes. One thing is certain: “home” is about to get more complicated for them both. More info
So Rare A Gift by Amber Lynn Perry (Liberty Publishing, July) – Escape is Anna Rone’s only option. Never again will she be trapped in a loveless marriage. A new life in America means safety—and discovering the truth behind her beloved brother’s death. But when she is nearly captured and forced to return to England, her vow to never marry for anything but love is forgotten when she must marry for protection. Perhaps the handsome man she accepts is truly as caring as he seems. If he is not, her future in America is darker than ever before.
Captain Henry Donaldson aided the colonists too many times. And now, the British army intends to make him pay with his life. Without his friends in Sandwich, he would be a dead man. He’s already changed his name, and when the kind, courageous woman he rescued offers to become his bride, he accepts despite the risks. His past taught him that women are not to be trusted and that love can cut deeper than the sword. Only time will reveal if this choice will bring the greatest pain he’s ever known. More Info
A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears (Bethany House, August 2) – Lydia King knows what it’s like to be in need, so when she joins the Teaville Moral Society, she genuinely hopes to help the town’s poor. But with her father’s debts increasing by the day and her mother growing sicker by the week, she wonders how long it will be until she ends up in the poor house herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that the moral society’s president is her suitor’s mother. Her first task as a moral society member—to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town—should be easy . . . except he flat-out refuses.
Despite appearances, Nicholas wants to help others but prefers to do it his own way, keeping his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, though Nicholas has a few surprises up his sleeve. Neither foresee the harrowing complications that will arise from working together. When town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs—and hearts—truly align. Goodreads | Amazon
Castles in the Clouds by Myra Johnson (Franciscan Media, August 26) – Young and impressionable, Larkspur Linwood mistakes a college professor’s interest for romantic love. When he offers her the chance to join his efforts to start a school in Kenya, she pictures herself bringing the light of knowledge to hundreds of African children eager to learn. But the menial tasks she’s assigned at the school aren’t so different from life on the farm where she grew up. Worse, her fragile heart is broken when she realizes her feelings for the charismatic professor are not returned. Miserable and deflated, she gives up and returns home.
Enter Professor Anson Schafer, whom she met briefly in Kenya. Partially blinded from an eye infection he contracted there, Professor Schafer cannot return to Africa. He has come to Lark’s school to recruit teachers like her for a more modest venture—the founding of schools and relief efforts here in the U.S. for those struggling through the Depression.
Still stinging from her experience in Kenya, Lark is reluctant to risk leaving her familiar surroundings, but she knows how great the need has become, and—although this isn’t the exciting life she’d envisioned—she finally agrees. As they work side by side, Lark begins to realize that the deepest satisfaction comes not so much from what you do, or where you do it, but from the attitude of your heart. She also slowly realizes that the gentle, determined Anson is the true love of her life. Goodreads | Amazon
The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof (Mason Jar Books, August 1) – Virginia, 1890 / Raised amid the fame and mystique of the Big Top, Charlie Lionheart holds the audience in the palm of his hand. But while his act captivates thousands, it’s away from the spotlight where his true heart lies. Here he humbly cares for his pride of lions as if they were his brothers, a skill of bravery and strength that has prepared him for his most challenging feat yet—freeing an orphaned infant from the dark bondage of a sideshow. A trade so costly, it requires his life in exchange for hers, leaving him tarnished by the price of that choice.
As the circus tents are raised on the outskirts of Roanoke, nurse Ella Beckley arrives to tend to this Gypsy girl. All under the watchful eye of a guardian who not only bears a striking resemblance to the child, but who protects the baby with a love that wraps around Ella’s own tragic past, awakening a hope that goodness may yet reign. When their forbidden friendship deepens, Charlie dares to ask for her heart, bringing her behind the curtain of his secret world to reveal the sacrifice that gave hope to one little girl—boldly showing Ella that while her tattered faith is deeply scarred, the only marks that need be permanent are his own. Goodreads | Amazon
What about you? What historical releases are you most excited about this summer?
Great list, as always!
I’m most excited about the new novels from Melissa Jagears and Karen Witemeyer – they’ve topped my most anticipated list all year. I’m also excited about Mary Connealy’s new series and reading my first Kristy Cambron.
How did I completely miss that Laurie Alice Eakes has a new book coming out? I’ll be adding it, and any others from your list not already there, to my TBR for 2016.
*Somehow* I knew this post would add to my TBR 😉
Haha!! Laurie Alice’s is actually a reissue but I haven’t read this one of hers yet!
It’s still new to me 😉 I’ve only read her contemporary The Mountain Midwife – which was great – need to get started on her back catalog at some point!
yes! I love her books! 🙂
You have given me MORE books to read, this is wonderful! I finished “No Other Will Do” over the weekend, such a witty, classic Witemeyer story!
Ahhh can’t wait to read it!!!
Question? The Carpenter’s Inheritance, is this the same book that was released as a “Truly Yours” back in 2013? The paperback seems to just have the added bonus.
Yes, it’s a reissue. Different publisher, different cover, etc.
Okay, I was confused for a minute. If I remember correctly it was a great book! I may just add it to my re-read list.
I really want to read Melissa Jagears “A Heart Most Certain” and Karen Witemeyer’s “No Other Will Do”
Those promise to be fantastic!!
Looks like you have A LOT of reading ahead of you! Have fun with these interesting historicals!
So. Much. Reading. Lol
Wow, I’m so honored to have my book on this list! Thank you so much!! You know full well how I feel about you and your amazing blog…but I’ll repeat it again, if I need to. *wink* LOL
Thanks again and I just hope you like the story!!
HA! You are so fun, Amber 🙂 HUGS back!
Carrie, I love your list! I really excited about Kristy Cambron’s The Ringmaster’s Wife. 🙂
thanks, Caryl! Me too!!
Ahhhh…help me…I’ve added so many books to my TBr today :/
hahaha! I know – today is killer on the TBR lists
Great list. There’s a few on here I hadn’t heard of. I love finding out about new books.
Yay! Me too! 🙂
Castles in the Clouds sounds like an emotional and beautiful story! Here’s hoping that you fall head over heels in love with that story along with the rest of the books you have listed. Happy Reading! 🙂
thanks, Jen! 🙂
Thanks, Jen! I hope it lives up to expectations!
I love how you split up the topic in different genres and limited it to summer only 🙂 The TBR pile is going completely out of control! But nobody really minds I guess 🙂
Ha! No real book addict minds, true 😉
Oh my gosh, I’m totally in love with Within the Veil’s cover. It’s stunning! So many interesting books being released over the summer!
isn’t it gorgeous?!?
Fabulous lists today and yesterday – eager to see your others this week! Amber Lynn Perry is a new-to-me author. The cover of all books in her Daughters of His Kingdom series are beautiful – so soft and ethereal.
aren’t they? I agree! Thanks, Valerie! 🙂
Such great titles! We will have to compare thoughts on The Ringmasters Wife! Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier 🙂
yes!! Absolutely, let’s 🙂
I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, which is weird because I love history, but they all look really good. I’m definitely going to have to check them out!
Nicole @ Reading Books With Coffee
all of these authors are amazing so i expect the books will be too! 🙂
I’ve been in the mood for historical fiction lately, so your list came at a great time. I love all the variety.
yay!! Enjoy 🙂
What a GREAT list! I am slowly making my way into reading more and more historical so I really enjoyed your list. 🙂
i highly recommend all of these authors!! 🙂
This list is fabulous!!! I know someone who will LOVE to see these titles!! We need more titles like these for the library and we have a hard time finding them 🙂 Yeah, there’s the mainstream authors but these names are mostly new to me – might be the historical titles 🙂
pst. LOVE your blog – sooo cute!
yay! I love introducing readers to new-to-them authors 🙂 And thanks!! 😀
I love how you broke it into months. My list could easily have gotten out of control, too. Being book lovers, I think we all are looking forward to tons of books. 🙂
Yes for sure lol!!
What a joy to see The Lady and the Lionheart on your list, Carrie. And among such great company and friends makes it extra special!
Ahhh so many books coming out right??!?? IT’S HARD TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO FIND TIME TO READ THEM ALL. *starts quest for time turner* XD I hope you get a chance to devour these soon, Carrie! 😀
oh a time turner would be BRILLIANT!
These are all new to me but I do like a historical every now and again so I will have to check them out!!! Great list!!
I see that I missed a few yesterday. I forgot about Vickie Mcdonough’s and Myra Johnson’s upcoming books. Also, I love the cover for The Lady and the Lion Heart. I’m excited to see another historical by Joanne!
I’ve already read Joanne’s – it is FABULOUSLY AMAZING! 🙂
O.. Thanks for adding some good ones on my list!!!!
my pleasure 😉
Why are there so many books being released? I can’t keep track of them all! I really want a robot that will go through all of the new releases and keep track of them based off my reading interests. Now I really want one. Great list! 🙂
Oh that’s a brilliant idea!! I want one too please!
The Carpenter’s Inheritance sounds great! I hope you have a great time with all of these. 🙂
I’m not familiar with any of these, but I hope you enjoy all of them! I’ll definitely have to check some of these out too! 😀
Here are my Top Ten!
I love historical fiction, especially set at the circus, so The Ringmaster’s Wife and The Lady and the Lionheart both pique my interest. Great list!
Those are both excellent choices!!
I have Karen Witemeyer’s “No Other Will Do” sitting on my bookshelf near my bed, waiting ever so patiently for me to finally have time to pick it up and read. I’m so excited to read it! It’s calling my name even now… 😉
i know that feeling!! lol
I’ve hardly read any historical fiction but it looks like a very interesting genre with a great variety of choices! Great list!
thank you – these are all great authors 🙂
I don’t usually read historical fiction (even when I try to get something other than YA fantasy, I still end up getting YA fantasy, oops!) this seems like a great list! 🙂
haha! thanks 🙂
I tend to get trapped in the world of YA, so I love that I have a few new adult titles to add to my list!
yay!! it’s always good to expand a bit 🙂
I picked up a copy of The Ringmaster’s Wife at BEA. I’m excited to read it. I loved Water for Elephants and The Night Circus. Circuses are just interesting.
You would love The Lady & The Lionheart then too!
I have seen The Lady and the Lion Heart on a bunch of lists today and now I’m intrigued! Great List!
Thanks for stopping by The Local Muse
it’s an amazing book – i’ve already had the privilege of reading it!
Courageous and Castle in the Clouds will have to be added to my list!
The Ringmaster’s Wife is excellent.
It is sitting here, calling my name
Great picks! I’ll have to check out some of those!
Thanks for stopping by my TTT!
I liked how you broke up your titles according to month! Very neat and good looking! I’m not familiar with most of these titles. Will have to look them up! Thanks for sharing!
Within the Veil has such a beautiful cover! All the books look great! 🙂
Isn’t it gorgeous?
I actually haven’t seen any of these yet, but I’m definitely going to be checking out more than a few! I love historical fiction! Great list!!
Yay! I highly recommend them all!
Yay for the addition of Kristy’s and Joanne’s novels. Both promise to be amazing stories! Cannot wait to discover what’s inside those pages. 🙂
Happy reading, Carrie – and as always, thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland. 🙂
Oh, you sure read a lot of historical fiction! I haven’t heard of any of these actually, but I think I might add some to my TBR. Great list! 🙂
i highly recommend all of these authors!
So many good books! I need to learn to read faster!!!
oh, me too! lol