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The House on Biscayne Bay

Cleeton artfully weaves together two storylines, each featuring a different but equally sympathetic heroine, to create a compelling mystery with plenty of gothic atmosphere. Recommended for fans of suspenseful historical fiction about courageous women determined to uncover the truth no matter the cost.

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A Beautiful Rival: A Novel of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden

Paul vividly captures her dueling protagonists in this entertaining read about the early days of the beauty industry. She deftly balances the fun of a good feud with the emotional pull of well-developed characters living through sobering events both in the world and in their personal lives. Recommended for fans of Renee Rosen and Fiona Davis.

The Cuban Heiress

Highly recommended for readers looking for an engrossing page-turner about wronged women willing to risk everything to turn the tables on dangerous men.

The King’s Pleasure: A Novel of Henry VIII

Even at just over 600 pages, Weir’s novel has to maintain a fairly brisk pace to cover all the events of Henry’s life from adolescence onward, making this read best suited for those already familiar with the basics of his life and marital history. Tudor fiction written from Henry’s perspective is relatively rare, and Weir offers just enough of a different take here to satisfy the era’s many enthusiastic fans eager to revisit this fascinating period one more time.

Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl

Gloria is a likable protagonist who makes bad decisions due to her unresolved guilt over her family’s past. Readers will enjoy rooting for her to find her happy ending in this highly recommended read.

The Golden Doves

This well-written and emotional tale of daring women, espionage, and lasting friendship should appeal strongly to fans of Kelly’s previous novels, especially Lilac Girls, which shares a few characters as well as the setting of the Ravensbrück concentration camp. This is also a great read-alike pick for the novels by Kate Quinn, Pam Jenoff, and Ariel Lawhon that feature women spy protagonists.

Essex Dogs

Highly recommended for fans of Bernard Cornwell or Ken Follett who are looking for a high-stakes, immersive war story.

The Night Travelers

Correa’s novel stands out in its attempt to trace the lingering individual and social consequences of wartime trauma in postwar Germany and revolutionary Cuba. It can be hard to keep track of all the characters and their intersecting lives, but this moving, if relentlessly bleak history of one family should appeal to fans of multigenerational stories set against the backdrop of global events.

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