Here is a list of my most anticipated books being released in March.
Some of these already are out, but most are being released in the upcoming weeks.
‘In Farleigh Field,’ by Rhys Bowen
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate.
After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is tasked covertly with determining if the man is a German spy.
The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: She has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.
As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?
Bowen writes two mystery series that I love, the Molly Murphy Mysteries and Her Royal Spyness series.
When I saw she had written a World War II novel, I was extremely excited.
Bowen is an extremely talented novelist and her historical fiction always is well researched. Those who enjoy World War II novels definitely should check out “In Farleigh Field.”
‘Extracted,’ by RR Haywood
In 2061, a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected — the end of the world.
A desperate plan is formed: Recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.
Safa Patel is an elite police officer, on duty when Downing Street comes under terrorist attack. As armed men storm through the breach, she dispatches them all.
“Mad” Harry Madden is a legend of the Second World War. Not only did he complete an impossible mission — to plant charges on a heavily defended submarine base — but he also escaped with his life.
Ben Ryder is just an insurance investigator. But as a young man he witnessed a gang assaulting a woman and her child. He went to their rescue, and killed all five.
Can these three heroes, extracted from their timelines at the point of death, save the world?
The first novel in the Extracted series looks to be a really interested sci-fi ride. I haven’t read this yet, so I can’t attest to how good it is, but I did recently download it to my Kindle. I have to admit I am picky about my sci-fi, but hopefully it’s one of the good ones that I love. I’m definitely excited to give it a try.
‘Hunted,’ by Meagan Spooner
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones — and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva secretly is relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas … or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune might have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey — the creature he’d been tracking obsessively just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory — a cursed valley, a ruined castle and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive — the Beauty or the Beast?
I love “Beauty and the Beast” and I love fairy tale re-tellings, so this seems like a read that is right up my alley. It could be good, it could be bad — but I am looking forward to giving it a shot either way.
‘The Wanderers,’ by Meg Howrey
In four years, Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshi Tanaka and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they’re the crew for the job by spending 17 months in the most realistic simulation ever created. Retired from NASA, Helen had not trained for irrelevance. It is nobody’s fault that the best of her exists in space, but her daughter can’t help placing blame.
The MarsNOW mission is Helen’s last chance to return to the only place she’s ever truly felt at home. For Yoshi, it’s an opportunity to prove himself worthy of the wife he has loved absolutely, if not quite rightly. Sergei is willing to spend 17 months in a tin can if it means traveling to Mars. He at least will be tested past the point of exhaustion, and this is the example he will set for his sons.
As the days turn into months, the line between what is real and unreal becomes blurred, and the astronauts learn that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space. “The Wanderers” gets at the desire behind all exploration — the longing for discovery and the great search to understand the human heart.
After I so thoroughly enjoyed “The Martian,” this sounded like an enjoyable follow-up. I have heard some good buzz around about this book, so I have high hopes.
‘A Bridge Across the Ocean,’ by Susan Meissner
February 1946: World War II is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Resistance spy.
Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic and be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. When the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark…
Present day: Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a 70-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides and ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings.
I really enjoy novels with dual timelines, ships and World War II, so this seems right up my alley. Early reviews on Goodreads have it rated at almost four stars, so I have pretty high expectations for this one. I’m going to start reading this book soon, so look for a review in the coming weeks.
‘Brother’s Ruin,’ by Emma Newman
The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice.
Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance.
For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Ben’s life and their own livelihoods.
But Benjamin Gunn isn’t a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting, she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect.
When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all of her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret, and her city.
This might be my most anticipated release of the month. It is a novella — only 160 pages long — and the first in a series called Industrial Magic. I assume all of the future stories will be similar in length.
I received an early eGalley of this and am about 20 percent into it. I am really enjoying it so far. This is another read I’ll be reviewing in the near future.
‘The Collapsing Empire,’ by John Scalzi
Our universe is ruled by physics and faster-than-light travel is not possible — until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars.
Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war — and a system of control for the rulers of the empire. The Flow is eternal — but it is not static.
Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity.
When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster-than-light travel forever, three individuals — a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency — are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.
I have heard a lot of good things about Scalzi’s writing, pacing and world building. His Old Man’s War series is supposed to be amazing, but I want to delve into his stand-alone novels before I commit to a series even though this one has caught my interest.
‘Girl in Disguise,’ by Greer Macallister
For the first female Pinkerton detective, respect is hard to come by. Danger, however, is not. In the tumultuous years of the Civil War, the streets of Chicago offer a woman mostly danger and ruin — unless that woman is Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective and a desperate widow with a knack for manipulation.
Descending into undercover operations, Kate is able to infiltrate the seedy side of the city in ways her fellow detectives can’t. She’s a seductress, an exotic foreign medium or a rich train passenger, all depending on the day and the robber, thief or murderer she’s been assigned to nab.
Inspired by a true story, this seems really intriguing and I can’t wait to pick it up.
‘Almost Missed You,’ by Jessica Strawser
Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.
So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach — just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.
Caitlin and Finn have been best friends since way back when, but when Finn shows up on Caitlin’s doorstep with the son he’s wanted for kidnapping, demands that she hide them from the authorities and threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy her own family if she doesn’t, Caitlin faces an impossible choice.
Strawser is the editor of Writer’s Digest and that alone made me curious about this book. When I read the description, I was even more intrigued. I am sure this novel will be extremely well-written and feature beautiful prose. So, if literary fiction is your thing, you definitely should have “Almost Missed You” on your radar.
‘Blood Red Rebellion,’ by Rosalyn Eves
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells.
Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell — an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic — Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful, but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose — deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.
I am getting pickier when it comes to young adult fiction as I get older, but this series sounds like it could be quite good.
It has all the things that I love — Victorian England, magical elements, etc. — so I have high hopes.