Cover of "Her Sky Cowboy"

Cover of "Her Sky Cowboy" (December 3, 2012)

'Her Sky Cowboy'

By Beth Ciotta

Signet Eclipse, $7.99

Amelia Darcy has found the perfect way to restore her family's good name and fortune: compete in — and win — the race to discover a prize-worthy lost invention being held in honor of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Amelia's quest to find Leonardo da Vinci's long-lost workshop takes an unexpected turn, however, when she encounters Tucker Gentry's airship while en route to Italy. Ciotta's delightfully imaginative steampunk historical has just the right mix of adventure and romance.

'The Secret Keeper'

By Kate Morton

Atria Books, $26.99

Fifty years ago, Laurel Nicolson observed a bewildering encounter between her mother, Dorothy, and a stranger who suddenly showed up at their farm, Greenacres. Now Laurel has returned to Greenacres with her three sisters and brother to celebrate Dorothy's 90th birthday — and she wants answers to her questions about that fateful summer day long ago. Picking up the mantle from Rosamunde Pilcher, Morton works her own brand of literary alchemy with this enthralling story of family, friendship and forgiveness.

'City of Dark Magic'

By Magnus Flyte

Penguin, $16

As far as graduate student Sarah Weston is concerned, working with a collection of Beethoven's letters and music at the Lobkowicz museum in the Czech Republic sounds like the perfect summer job. But once Sarah arrives in Prague, she discovers there is more to the post than cataloging papers. A fantastical debut in every sense of the word, "City of Dark Magic" is a weird and wonderful amalgamation of music, magic, science, history, passion and intrigue.

'Charlotte Street'

By Danny Wallace

William Morrow, $14.99

Thirty-something London journalist Jason Priestley's ex-girlfriend may be about to march down the aisle with another man, but Jason doesn't care — he has just met the girl of his dreams on Charlotte Street. One small problem: He doesn't know who she is. The only clue is the disposable camera she accidentally leaves behind. The pacing in Wallace's debut novel might be a tad leisurely for some readers, but there is no denying the book has a distinctively cheeky, occasionally geeky, brand of charm.

'Born to Scandal'

By Diane Gaston

Harlequin, $6.25

Desperately needing a new governess for his two children, the Marquis of Brentwood hires Anna Hill on the spot. Brentwood doesn't realize that Anna is exactly what his son and daughter need — and that she will turn out to be his own salvation as well. Gaston puts her own spin on the quintessential governess romance (think "Jane Eyre"), and the result is a gracefully written, satisfying treat.