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Bookmarks: Recently released novels

Published: Saturday, April 7 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

"THE DARLINGS," by Cristina Alger (f): It's 2008 and New York City is reeling from a financial crisis. The firm Paul Ross worked for imploded, and his billionaire financier father-in-law offers him a position to head a legal team at a hedge fund, but it tests his loyalties to his family and to the company as a scandal threatens to erupt.

*****

PAPERBACKS

"THE MAID OF FAIRBOURNE HALL," by Julie Kassen, Bethany House, $14.99, 400 pages (f)

In this Regency-era novel, Margaret Macy flees London disguised as a housemaid to escape her stepfather's plans for her to marry so he can take her inheritance. She ends up in a house of her former suitors, fumbles through the first real work she has ever had to do and struggles to keep her identity secret while protecting those she loves. But she's not the only one keeping secrets in this clean and enjoyable historical novel.

*****

More paperbacks recently released:

"THE ROSE OF WINSLOW STREET," by Elizabeth Camden (f): In this historical novel set in the town of Colden, Mass., Libby Sawyer's simple life is disrupted when Michael Dobrescu and his Romanian family arrives claiming her family home, and the battle is taken to the courts. Each has secrets and loyalty to their families, but a growing attraction forms between them as they seek a place in the world.

"BIG NATE AND FRIENDS," by Lincoln Peirce (f): A collection of "Big Nate" comics.

"IN THE DARKNESS," by Nick Lake (f): Fourteen-year-old "Shorty" is trapped by the earthquake in Haiti, and his story is intertwined with that with revolutionary Toussaint L'Ouverture. Contains some swearing.

"MONSTRESS," by Lysley Tenorio (f): These short stories explore the relationships, including clashes and melding, of the Filipino and American communities in California.

"THE ART OF HEARING HEARTBEATS," by Jan-Philipp Sendker (f): When Julia's reticent father disappears after her law school graduation, she sets out to find him, which takes her across the world to Myanmar with an old lover letter in her hand.

"BLOODLAND," by Alan Glynn (f): A young journalist who digs into a death three years earlier finds connections to other seemingly disconnected yet violent events in this thriller.

"THE CAPTIVE HEART," by Dale Cramer (f): An expatriate Amish family in Paradise Valley, Mexico, finds life there harder with conflicts and illnesses, and Miriam must decide if the Mexican native she loves is worth the sacrifice.

"AT THE MERCY OF THE QUEEN: A Novel of Anne Boleyn," by Anne Clinard Barnhill (f): Lady Margaret Shelton is summoned to serve as a lady-in-waiting to the queen at 15. She is the confidant to Queen Anne Boleyn as she bears a daughter and suffers miscarriages. She is also at the behest of the Queen when she asks Margaret to go to the King — to distract his roving eye — but Margaret loves another man.

"THE FLOWERS OF WAR," by Geling Yan (f): In 1937, when the Japanese had taken Nanking, China, a group of schoolgirls hide in a church compound, but despite any rules of warfare, their lives are in danger. Translated from Chinese. Contains some swearing.

"GILLESPIE AND I," by Jane Harris (f): In 1888, Harriet Baxter arrives in Glasgow for the International Exhibition, meets young artist Ned Gillespie and is soon wrapped up in the lives of his family members, including a kidnapping and a criminal trial.

"BROADWAY BABY," by Alan Shapiro (f): Miriam Bluestein wanted a life on the stage, but she put that on hold for marriage and family, until a son shows an inclination toward acting.

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REPRINTS

"THE INVASION YEAR: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure," by Dewey Lambdin (f); "NIGHT ROAD," by Kristin Hannah (f); "CAVEAT EMPTOR: A Novel of the Roman Empire," by Ruth Downie (f); "WEST OF HERE," by Jonathan Evison (f).

Email: rappleye@desnews.com

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