Handpicked Kindle Books for May 24 2017 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Western/Historical Wednesday

Here are our eBook picks for Wednesday, May 24. Today we’re featuring books in the western, historical, and western/historical romance genres.


The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood by Martin Turnbull







Genre(s): Historical

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday? Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. George Cukor is in the pool, Tallulah Bankhead is at the bar, and Scott Fitzgerald is sneaking off to a bungalow with Sheilah Graham while Madame Alla Nazimova keeps watch behind her lace curtains. But the real story of the Garden… (more)


Eve’s Diary by Mark Twain







Genre(s): Historical

Mark Twain’s comic short story is now available as an ebook, including an extended excerpt from Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen, a fictionalized imagining of the personal life of America’s most iconic writer, Mark Twain, and his close relationship with his personal secretary… (more)


Fires of Alexandria by Thomas K. Carpenter







Genre(s): Historical

The greatest mystery of the ancient world remains the identity of who set fire to the Great Library in Alexandria. One hundred years later, Heron of Alexandria — the city’s most renown inventor and creator of Temple miracles — receives coin from a mysterious patron to investigate the crime. Desperate to be free of the debts incurred by her twin brother, she accepts and sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the Roman Empire and change the course of history forever… (more)


The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker







Genre(s): Historical

Italy 1899: Fiery-tempered, seductive, medium Alessandra Poverelli levitates a table at a Spiritualist seance in Naples. A reporter photographs the miracle, and wealthy, skeptical, Jewish psychiatrist Camillo Lombardi arrives in Naples to investigate. When she materializes the ghost of his dead mother, he risks his reputation and fortune to finance a tour of the Continent, challenging the scientific and academic elite of Europe to test Alessandra’s mysterious powers. She will help him rewrite Science. His fee will help her escape her sadistic husband Pigotti and start a new life in Rome. Newspapers across Europe trumpet her Cinderella story and… (more)


Sail Upon the Land by Josa Young







Genre(s): Historical

What happens when two fractured families collide in the dynamic social landscape of the last eighty years? An accidental inheritance changes everything for an insecure young man. The mysterious death of a new mother damages the precious continuity of family love. And a gap-year student’s misguided romance ends in life-changing disaster. Or does it… (more)


I, John Culpepper by Lori Crane







Genre(s): Historical

John Culpepper was born into a privileged childhood, surrounded by abundant wealth, vast land holdings, and stately English manors. As he grew, he was expected to follow family tradition — attend law school and serve in Parliament, following which he would retire to a quiet life as a country gentleman. John, however, had different desires. He longed to captain a mighty ship, to hear the snap of the sails, to taste the salty spray on his lips. To follow his dreams, John would have to risk being disinherited by his unyielding father. He would have to defy family convention. He would… (more)


Texas Lily by Patricia Rice







Genre(s): Historical, Western, Romance

Lily Porter is newly a widow with a child to raise and a cattle ranch to run in the Texas frontier aflame with violence, and where a woman is to be seen not heard. She needs a man to stand up for her land. His name is Cade. Part Apache brave and part Mexican grandee, Cade has a past and a secret. But he possesses the power and passion to command all in his path. Lily welcomes Cade into her struggle against treachery and terror — and discovers a love worth risking everything to keep… (more)


Laird of the Wind by Susan King







Genre(s): Romance, Historical

The beautiful Isobel of Aberlady is coveted by many men for the power of her prophetic visions. Isobel’s father has kept her isolated at Aberlady Castle for this very reason. But when he is taken prisoner in battle, Isobel must rely on her own resources to protect her besieged castle and its people.Just when all hope seems lost, James Lindsay, Scottish knight turned outlaw, scales the high castle walls to save her. Isobel obeys the counsel of her guards and escapes with James, certain he will deliver her safely to her betrothed, Sir Ralph Leslie.But James has other… (more)


The Girl on the Mountain by Carol Ervin







Genre(s): Historical

When her husband disappears, young May Rose is stranded in a rough town owned by a company logging the last of West Virginia’s virgin forest. It’s 1899, and a woman alone has few options. As she struggles to sustain herself, she discovers people are not what they seem–not the husband who wooed her with stories and songs, not the wild, dirty child, the sullen cook, nor the stiff boardinghouse proprietor, and certainly not the company manager, pillar of the town. But May Rose is also not the obedient woman she once was. She’s been scorned as the girl on… (more)


The Solitary Envoy by T. Davis Bunn







Genre(s): Historical, Religious

Erica Langston’s comfortable home and loving family living near Washington, D. C., carry no outward hint of the sorrows and fears faced by her Acadian forebears, but she will soon discover that similar determination and fortitude will be required of her. When the British once again invade the nation’s capital and leave death and destruction in their wake, Erica is left to deal with the creditors circling around the crumbling family business. It seems her only recourse is to travel to England to collect on outstanding debts held in British banks. Arriving in London at the home of the United… (more)


Violet by Lauren Royal







Genre(s): Romance, Historical

England, 1673: The Ashcroft family motto is “Question Convention,” and eldest sister Violet agrees with the sentiment completely. For one thing, she’s not planning to marry. Plain Violet is smart enough to realize any suitors would be after her large inheritance, or else interested in her beautiful younger sisters–and she’d much rather spend her time improving her mind than risking her tender heart…Having wasted six years wooing a lady who eloped with another man, Ford Chase, Viscount Lakefield, has had it with women. Ford would much rather spend his time pursuing the sciences and constructing the first watch… (more)


The Huntsman’s Tale by Ann Swinfen







Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

Oxford, Late Summer 1353. On hearing that his cousin is short-handed for the harvest, Nicholas Elyot takes a group of friends back to the family farm to help. When a deer hunt in Wychwood ends in tragedy, suspicion is directed toward the huntsman, a boyhood friend of Nicholas. Yet the victim has made many other enemies, any one of whom could have shot the fatal arrow. Can Nicholas uncover the real killer before it is too late… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #15, a contemporary romance by one of our favorite authors:
The Unraveling of Us by ML Gardner
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