Handpicked Kindle Books for Apr 19 2017 Judged by Their Covers

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

Here are our eBook picks for Wednesday, April 19. Today we’re featuring books in the western, historical, and western/historical romance genres.

The Three Fates by Kate Quinn

Genre(s): Historical

Beloved Emperor Trajan is dead. His brutal successor Hadrian draws ever nearer to Rome. And three desperate souls try to forge new paths in a world turned upside down…THE EMPEROR’S NEMESIS. Battered warrior Vix has always been Hadrian’s bitter enemy, and he vows that will never change, even when he is made Praetorian Guard and Imperial watchdog. But with his family’s lives on the line, Vix faces a bitter choice: kill a friend, or serve a foe? THE EMPEROR’S RIVAL. Mild, scholarly Titus might once have been favored as Imperial heir, but he never wanted the throne. All he… (more)

When Eagles Burn by Jack Hayes

Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

September 1944. Germany is being pushed back across Europe but the war is not yet won. A fanatical group within the Nazi hierarchy is determined to do whatever is necessary to tip the balance in the Fatherland’s favour. Their plan? Pinpoint guided V2 rockets. From across the seas, the Nazis will be able to hit a specific location with a large enough warhead to guarantee precision assassinations. Their first target: Winston Churchill. Captain Maddox is a veteran of Britain’s Special Operations Executive. He is sent behind enemy lines to Finland thwart this new menace. But finding and stopping the Germans… (more)

When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior’s Path by Catherine M. Wilson

Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical

In Book I of the trilogy, Tamras arrives in Merin’s house to begin her apprenticeship as a warrior, but her small stature causes many, including Tamras herself, to doubt that she will ever become a competent swordswoman. To make matters worse, the Lady Merin assigns her the position of companion, little more than a personal servant, to a woman who came to Merin’s house, seemingly out of nowhere, the previous winter, and this stranger wants nothing to do with Tamras… (more)

The Haunting of a Duke by Chasity Bowlin

Genre(s): Historical, Romance

Communing with spirits has been both gift and curse to Emme Walters. Now it’s made her a killer’s target. Emme knows why the Dowager Duchess of Briarleigh invited her to a house party–to investigate whether the duke, Rhys Brammel, murdered his wife years ago. But Emme never imagined she would fall in love with the brooding duke. Branded by society as a possible killer, Rhys is suspicious of Emme and her alleged “gift.” Then a late night encounter creates awareness of her other, more attractive, aspects. When Emme’s life is threatened, Rhys becomes her protector. Emme and Rhys find… (more)

The White Queen of Middleham: An historical novel about Richard III’s wife Anne Neville by Lesley Nickell

Genre(s): Historical

For Anne Neville, a timid and delicate child, ignored by her mother, patronised by her elder sister and bullied by her formidable father Warwick the Kingmaker, her childhood friend Richard Plantagenet becomes a source of strength throughout her life.As she moves abruptly from castle to castle, from England to France, with Warwick’s changing fortunes in the turbulent Wars of the Roses, Anne is a pawn in the dangerous games of political intrigue that she struggles to understand.The third son of the ambitious Duke of York, later King Richard III, is a hero in the eyes of the shy… (more)

THE GIFT: A Highland Novella by Margaret Mallory

Genre(s): Romance

Lily’s well-honed sense for trouble tells her no healer is safe in London while gangs roam the city looking for witches to burn. In the dead of night, she escapes on a northbound ship, intending to return after Christmas celebrations calm the city’s witch fever. But when Lily lands in the wilds of Scotland, her skills for surviving in the city can’t save her.Roderick MacDonald is on a secret mission for his chieftain when he finds a lass near death on a barren hillside and is forced to take her with him. Though this mysterious Sassenach may have… (more)

An Ocean Between: The 1646 Journey of Lysbeth Michielsen by Ann Messecar

Genre(s): Historical

Sometimes life surprises us with a different path than the one we expect… War-torn Bavaria. 1646. When fifteen-year-old Lysbeth Michielsen makes a terrible mistake that puts her brother in danger, she has no idea how far she’ll go to fix it. Her perilous escape takes her to the city of Amsterdam, across the stormy Atlantic, and through the beautiful but deadly Caribbean. A determined Lysbeth may dream of becoming refined and educated, but that doesn’t stop the farm girl from brawling with street urchins or dressing like a cabin boy to protect the people she loves. After… (more)

The Day before I Died: Matryoshka in East by Ashi Kalim

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Svetlana had never known pure love, till she meets Brajesh… Brajesh is a fun-loving, mischievous and caring Indian prince who visits Russia and captures Svetlana’s heart. He christens her as “”His Matryoshka.””Once his work gets done, he leaves for India, taking Svetlana’s heart with him. Unable to forget him and confident of his love for her, Svetlana travels to India in search of her prince. Does she find him? What happens to her love? How does the international politics affect her life? Inspired by true life incidents, The Day Before… I Died narrates the love between Svetlana – daughter… (more)

I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith

Genre(s): Historical

Her life would be marked by scandal and suspicion, worship and adoration–At the tender age of fourteen, Livia Drusilla overhears her father and fellow aristocrats plotting the assassination of Julius Caesar. Proving herself an astute confidante, she becomes her father’s chief political asset–and reluctantly enters into an advantageous marriage to a prominent military officer. Her mother tells her, ”It is possible for a woman to influence public affairs,” reminding Livia that–while she possesses a keen sense for the machinations of the Roman senate–she must also remain patient and practical.But patience and practicality disappear from Livia’s… (more)

Heartbreak Trail by Shirley Kennedy

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

1850. Lucy, a pampered New Englander, is dragged by her husband and coldhearted brother-in-law on a wagon train bound for California. The first casualty of the arduous trek is her husband. Lucy longs to return home, but that would mean abandoning her little stepson. How fortunate then that rugged Clint Palance, a former trapper and Indian scout, is watching over them both! As the journey progresses, Lucy faces deprivation, heartache, hardship, and more death. Then, with California just around the bend,Lucy must part from Clint. Will she find him again? Or must she return to a dull… (more)

Blood and Destiny by Chris Bishop

Genre(s): Historical

It is 878 and Wessex stands alone against Guthrum’s Viking hordes as all England cowers beneath their raven banner. With most of his army destroyed following a surprise attack at Chippenham, Alfred King of Wessex, retreats to the desolate marshes at Athelney. Whilst few believe he can ever restore the kingdom, he remains determined – no matter the cost. Among the small band of weary survivors is Matthew, a novice monk who must learn to fight like a warrior if he, along with his brother and fellow Saxons, are to have any chance of defeating the Vikings. As the impending battle… (more)

Burning Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Carl Waters

Genre(s): Historical

The classic tale reborn as an inspiring runaway slave thriller! Young slave George Harris is a self-taught inventor with an owner who despises him. Slavery has forced him apart from his wife, Eliza, and their three-year-old son Harry, who belong to another owner. George dreams of the day he can escape north and work for his family’s freedom, but no amount of careful planning could prepare him for what came next. When Eliza learns that her owner plans to sell Harry to pay off a debt, she runs north at once. George must escape too, if he… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #12, an urban fantasy:
Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel