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The lost boys of London  by Mary Lawrence

The lost boys of London

Mary Lawrence

"While her husband fights the Scots for King Henry VIII, Bianca Goddard earns her coin by concocting medicines that offer relief to London's sick. Some unfortunates, however, are beyond any remedies she can provide like the boy discovered hanging from a church...

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When we danced at the end of the pier  by Sandy (Fiction writer) Taylor

When we danced at the end of the pier

Sandy (Fiction writer) Taylor

"Brighton 1930: Maureen O'Connell is a carefree girl, but her family is on the brink of tragedy, war is looming and life will never be the same again. Jack and Nelson have always been dear friends to Maureen. Despite their different backgrounds, they've seen...

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Damned if I duke  by Anna (Romance fiction writer) Bradley

Damned if I duke

Anna (Romance fiction writer) Bradl...

"When her plan to blackmail Jasper Vincent, Duke of Montford, into forgiving her father's debts backfires, Prudence Thorne is forced into a marriage neither wanted - and fighting a desire neither expected - only to discover they are each other's perfect...

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Off-white  by Astrid Roemer

Off-white

Astrid Roemer

"A sweeping family saga chronicling the inner lives of the women of the Vanta family as they tend to Grandma Bee's declining health, exposing the complexities and tensions of young and old, past and present, homeland and homeland, white and off-white."--

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Sincerely, the duke  by Amelia Grey

Sincerely, the duke

Amelia Grey

"Miss Edwina Fine has one shot at finding a husband before the ton learns her secret. With red hair, green eyes and being one of triplets, she knows the superstitions and rumors about women like her. So when a marriage proposal from the Duke of Stonerick...

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The duchess  by Sophie Jordan

The duchess

Sophie Jordan

"It's been a year since her wretched cad of a husband died and Valencia, the Dowager Duchess of Dedham, is finally her own woman. Flitting from party to party, freedom is sweet and life should be perfect. Until the new duke surfaces. Nothing like the haughty...

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If the tide turns  by Rachel Rueckert

If the tide turns

Rachel Rueckert

"Inspired by true figures - real-life pirate Samuel Bellamy and his star-crossed love story with a young woman named Maria - this captivating historical debut, set in the Golden Age of Pirates and in the shadowy aftermath of the Salem witch trials, combines...

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Forgetting to remember  by M. J. Rose

Forgetting to remember

M. J. Rose

"Setting aside grief from the fallout of the second World War and putting her energy into curating an upcoming show critical to her career as the Keeper of the Metalworks at London's renowned Victoria and Albert Museum, Jeannine Maycroft stumbles upon a unique...

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A governess's guide to passion and peril  by Manda Collins

A governess's guide to passion and peril

Manda Collins

"Jane Halliwell once dreamed of exploring the world as an acclaimed journalist - but those dreams (and her dowry) died with her father. Now, she works as a governess, safe on England's shores. But when her current employer is murdered, adventure seems to...

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All the world beside  by Garrard Conley

All the world beside

Garrard Conley

"Cana, Massachusetts: a utopian vision of 18th-century Puritan New England. To the outside world, Reverend Nathaniel Whitfield and his family stand as godly pillars of their small-town community, drawing Christians from across the New World into their fold....

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A proposal to protect his lady

A proposal to protect his lady

A proposal to protect his lady : "Max has done everything he can to forget about his first, unrequited love: Georgia. Now, five years after she wed another man, Georgia is standing outside Max's home, Holdfast Castle. He's horrified to learn of the abuse that...

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The countess's forgotten marriage

The countess's forgotten marriage

"The countess's forgotten marriage : Her memory has returned and she's the Countess of Epping!Mary has arrived home, after months away, following a traumatic encounter with a highwayman that wiped her memory. Back in her grand house, her aloof - but...

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The mark of a murderer  by Susanna Gregory

The mark of a murderer

Susanna Gregory

"On St Scholastica's Day in February 1355, Oxford explodes in one of the most serious riots of its turbulent history. Fearing for their lives, the scholars flee the city, and some choose the University at Cambridge as their temporary refuge. However, they...

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Birds of a feather  by Jacqueline Winspear

Birds of a feather

Jacqueline Winspear

"London, 1929. JMaisie Dobbs is back and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the...

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The dovekeepers  by Alice Hoffman

The dovekeepers

Alice Hoffman

"In 70 AD, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain outside the Judean desert, Masada. Two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic event, The dovekeepers is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinary women in...

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The smuggler's secret  by Lynne (Novelist) Francis

The smuggler's secret

Lynne (Novelist) Francis

"1813. Haunted by her father's death and tired of watching her mother struggle, Meg Marsh will do anything to keep a roof over her family's head. Even if that means getting involved in a dangerous smuggling operation. When Meg catches the eye of a dashing...

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All our yesterdays  by Joel H. (Joel Holloway) Morris

All our yesterdays

Joel H. (Joel Holloway) Morris

"Scotland, the 11th Century. Born in a noble household and granddaughter of a forgotten Scottish king, a young girl carries the guilt of her mother's death and the weight of an unknowable prophecy. When she is married, at fifteen, to the Mormaer of Moray, she...

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The swan's nest  by Laura McNeal

The swan's nest

Laura McNeal

"On a bleak January day in 1845, a poet who had been confined to her room for four years by recurrent illness received a letter from a writer she secretly idolized but had never seen. 'I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett,' Robert Browning...

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The triumph of the lions  by Stefania Auci

The triumph of the lions

Stefania Auci

"Known as the Lions of Sicily, the Florios have officially arrived. Once rich only in ambition, the family has amassed a fortune that includes palaces, factories, ships, silks, and jewels. The city of Sicily admires them, honors them and, above all, fears...

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Finally his bride  by Jody Hedlund

Finally his bride

Jody Hedlund

"A new world. A new hope. An unexpected love. What life awaits these brides? ... With the cotton mills closed and hunger rampant in Manchester, England, Willow Rhodes's family encourages her to join the bride ship bound for the Pacific Northwest, where she is...

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A perilous alliance  by Fiona Buckley

A perilous alliance

Fiona Buckley

"Widow Ursula Blanchard is urged to remarry for the sake of Queen and Country in this latest enthralling historical adventure January, 1576. After three husbands, widow Ursula Blanchard has no desire to marry again. However, she is not in a position to refuse...

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A family of his own  by Stephanie Laurens

A family of his own

Stephanie Laurens

"Toby Cynster is not amused when informed that his new mission is to be his last in the shadowy service of Drake, Marquess of Winchelsea. Courtesy of Toby being the last unmarried Cynster of his generation and the consequent martial obsession of his female...

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Becoming Madam Secretary  by Stephanie Dray

Becoming Madam Secretary

Stephanie Dray

"Raised on tales of her revolutionary ancestors, Frances Perkins arrives in New York City at the turn of the century, armed with her trusty parasol and an unyielding determination to make a difference. When she's not working with children in the crowded...

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The unspeakable acts of Zina Pavlou  by Eleni Kyriacou

The unspeakable acts of Zina Pavlou

Eleni Kyriacou

"London, 1954. Eva Georgiou has just returned from her shift at the glamorous Café de Paris, when she's summoned to her second job: Greek interpreter for the Metropolitan Police. There, she is tasked with representing Zina Pavlou, a Cypriot woman who has been...

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In sunshine or in shadow  by Rhys Bowen

In sunshine or in shadow

Rhys Bowen

"New York, 1908: The days are getting longer - and warmer - in Manhattan. Molly Murphy Sullivan doesn't want to leave her home in the city, but typhoid is back, and she's expecting. So she heads north with the children to summer with her mother-in-law in...

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A dangerous place  by Jacqueline Winspear

A dangerous place

Jacqueline Winspear

"Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability - and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now, all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn...

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How the Duke was won  by Lenora Bell

How the Duke was won

Lenora Bell

"James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to...

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We could be so good  by Cat Sebastian

We could be so good

Cat Sebastian

"Nick Russo has worked his way from a rough Brooklyn neighborhood to a reporting job at one of the city's biggest newspapers. But the late 1950s are a hostile time for gay men, and Nick knows that he can't let anyone into his life. He just never counted on...

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What the mountains remember  by Joy Callaway

What the mountains remember

Joy Callaway

"April 1913. Belle Newbold hasn't seen mountains for seven years - since her father died in a mining accident and her mother married an Indiana gas magnate, Shipley Newbold. But when her stepfather's friend, Henry Ford, invites the family on one of his famous...

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The teashop girls at war  by Elaine Everest

The teashop girls at war

Elaine Everest

"It is 1942, and with the country still at war, the girls who work for Joe Lyons are praying for their loved ones to return home safely. Happily married, Rose is busy with staffing problems at the teashop with many women taking on war work. Rose dreams of her...

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Murder by lamplight  by Patrice McDonough

Murder by lamplight

Patrice McDonough

"When a vengeful, sadistic killer terrorizes London twenty years before Jack the Ripper will stalk its same streets, an unlikely duo is prompted to investigate- one of Britain's first female physicians, Dr. Julia Lewis, and Scotland Yard's Inspector Richard...

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Golden terrace. Volume 1  by author Cang wu bin bai

Golden terrace. Volume 1

author Cang wu bin bai

"It is year twenty-five of the Yuantai Era of the Great Zhou Empire. The renowned Marquis of Jingning, commander of the Beiyan Cavalry, Fu Shen is injured on the battlefield at the northern border. Returning with a broken leg to the capital, Fu Shen learns...

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We are only ghosts  by Jeffrey L. Richards

We are only ghosts

Jeffrey L. Richards

"Told from the important and often overlooked perspective of a young gay man imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camps, We Are Only Ghosts evocatively portrays how the things that happen to us, both tragic and beautiful, shape who we are, and how we have the...

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The book of thorns  by Hester Fox

The book of thorns

Hester Fox

"Penniless and stranded in France after a bid to escape her cruel uncle goes awry, Cornelia Shaw is far from the Parisian life of leisure she imagined. Desperate and lacking options, she allows herself to be recruited to Napoleon's Grande Armée. As a...

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Dark days at the Beach Hotel  by Francesca (Novelist) Capaldi

Dark days at the Beach Hotel

Francesca (Novelist) Capaldi

"Helen Bygrove is managing the hotel, now that her husband has been conscripted. Against all expectations, Helen and her team are doing marvellously, despite the shortages brought by war. Even the exacting Lady Blackmore agrees. But then the calm is shattered...

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The hidden life of Cecily Larson  by Ellen Baker

The hidden life of Cecily Larson

Ellen Baker

"Now 94 and living a quiet life, Cecily Larson, lives in Minnesota with her daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson. When her family surprises her with an at-home DNA test, finds the unexpected results not only bringing to light the tragic love story she's...

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The Irish matchmaker  by Jennifer Deibel

The Irish matchmaker

Jennifer Deibel

"Catriona Daly is no stranger to the business of love - even though personally she has yet to find it. Eager for a match of her own and a fresh start away from her sleepy village, she makes grand plans for the annual Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival. She...

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While the city sleeps  by Elizabeth Camden

While the city sleeps

Elizabeth Camden

"Amid the hushed city, two hearts must navigate danger and deception, bound by a love that outshines the stars. Katherine Schneider's workaday life as a dentist in 1913 New York is upended when a patient reveals details of a deadly plot while under the...

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Chasing the horizon  by Mary Connealy

Chasing the horizon

Mary Connealy

"Beth Rutledge and her mother's one chance to escape Beth's tyrannical father is a wagon train heading west. Wagon train scout Jake Holt senses the secretive Beth is running from something and finds a new hope for his future in protecting her. Can they risk...

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The sleeping beauties  by Lucy Ashe

The sleeping beauties

Lucy Ashe

"May 1945 and at long last, Rosamund Caradon is feeling optimistic. As she returns the last few evacuees to London from her Devonshire manor, she vows to protect dance-obsessed daughter Jasmine from further peril. But a chance meeting with a Sadler's Wells...

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Where they lie  by Claire Coughlan

Where they lie

Claire Coughlan

"Dublin, 1943. Actress Julia Bridges disappears. She was last seen entering the house of Gloria Fitzpatrick, who is later put on trial for the murder of a woman whose abortion she facilitated. But it's never proved that Gloria had a hand in Julia's death - and...

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Will  by Jeroen Olyslaegers

Will

Jeroen Olyslaegers

"It is 1941, and Antwerp is in the grip of Nazi occupation. Young policeman Wilfried Wils has no intention of being a hero - but war has a way of catching up with people. When his idealistic best friend draws him into the growing resistance movement, and an SS...

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Elegy for Eddie  by Jacqueline Winspear

Elegy for Eddie

Jacqueline Winspear

"When Eddie Pettit's death is ruled an accident by the police, many believe that this gentle soul was murdered and Maisy Dobbs, determined to do right by Eddie, searches for the truth amid the working-class of Lambeth. Set in London between the two world...

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What remains of heaven  by C. S. Harris

What remains of heaven

C. S. Harris

"Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, investigates the identity of two corpses found in an ancient crypt with possible ties to William Franklin, the embittered son of American patriot Ben Franklin."--Publisher.

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Educating Caroline  by Patricia Cabot

Educating Caroline

Patricia Cabot

"Lady Caroline Linford is horrified to discover her fiancé, the Marquis of Winchilsea, in the arms of another woman. Unfortunately, Victorian society considers such masculine peccadilloes a trifle; canceling their imminent wedding would be unthinkable. But...

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The tutor's daughter  by Julie Klassen

The tutor's daughter

Julie Klassen

"Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But after they arrive and begin teaching the...

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To slip the bonds of Earth  by Amanda Flower

To slip the bonds of Earth

Amanda Flower

"December 1903: While Wilbur and Orville Wright's flying machine is quite literally taking off in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina with its historic fifty-seven second flight, their sister Katharine is back home in Dayton, Ohio, running the bicycle shop, teaching...

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Death at Lovers Leap  by Catherine Coles

Death at Lovers Leap

Catherine Coles

"As Valentine's Day rolls around, Martha Miller finds herself unusually melancholy at the state of her own love life. With husband Stan still missing and with her growing feelings for Vicar Luke still shrouded in secrecy, there's only one place Martha can go -...

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1666  by Lora (Historical novelist) Chilton

1666

Lora (Historical novelist) Chilton

"The survival story of the Patawomeck Tribe of Virginia has been remembered within the tribe for generations, but the massacre of Patawomeck men and the enslavement of women and children by land hungry colonists in 1666 has been mostly unknown outside of the...

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The shadow key  by Susan Stokes-Chapman

The shadow key

Susan Stokes-Chapman

"Meirionydd, 1783. Henry Talbot has been dismissed from his post at a prestigious London hospital. The only job he can find is as a physician in the backwaters of Wales where he can't speak the language, belief in myth and magic is rife, and the villagers...

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Secrets of a Scottish isle  by Erica Ruth Neubauer

Secrets of a Scottish isle

Erica Ruth Neubauer

"Isle of Iona, 1927: Cast away on a remote locale, Jane's latest assignment depends on concealing her identity and blending in at an occult gathering. Not even her fiancé, Redvers, can be too close as she uncovers the truth about Robert Nightingale, enigmatic...

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American daughters  by Piper Huguley

American daughters

Piper Huguley

"At the turn of the twentieth century, in a time of great change, two women--separated by societal status and culture but bound by their expected roles as the daughters of famed statesmen--forged a lifelong friendship. Portia Washington's father Booker T....

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A grave robbery  by Deanna Raybourn

A grave robbery

Deanna Raybourn

"Lord Rosemorran has purchased a wax figure of a beautiful reclining woman and asks Stoker to incorporate a clockwork mechanism to give the Rosemorran Collection its own Sleeping Beauty in the style of Madame Tussaud's. But when Stoker goes to cut the...

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Hades  by Mark (Novelist) Knowles

Hades

Mark (Novelist) Knowles

"Decades after the voyage of the fabled Argo, the last remaining Argonauts are scattered to the corners of the Greek world, old men living on past glories.The great victory at Troy is naught but a memory. The gods have abandoned Greece. The last vestiges of...

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Sewing moonlight  by Kyle Mewburn

Sewing moonlight

Kyle Mewburn

"It's winter of 1928, and young German man Wilhelm Erdinger is left stranded in the remote New Zealand village of Falter's Mill. Wilhelm purchases a piece of land capable of providing the kind of sustainable, self-sufficient life he craves, and a shack he soon...

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Fox spirit on a distant cloud  by Lee Murray

Fox spirit on a distant cloud

Lee Murray

"Wellington, 1923, and a sixty-year-old woman hangs herself in a scullery; ten years later another woman ‘falls’ from the second floor of a Taranaki tobacconist; soon afterwards a young mother in Taumarunui slices the throat of her newborn with a cleaver. All...

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Black silk & sympathy  by Deborah Challinor

Black silk & sympathy

Deborah Challinor

A dazzling new series from bestselling historical fiction author Deborah Challinor, exploring the fascinating world of Victorian funeral customs and featuring Sydney's first female undertaker. 'Men have been undertakers for hundreds of years. Not women, men....

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The husband gamble  by Jude Knight

The husband gamble

Jude Knight

"The abducted bride; the upright earl. The only place they match is over the chess board.Lady Osbourne's famed matchmaking skills may not be enough to find a match for Miss Amaryllis Fernhill, who was abducted right out of the church in front of her groom and...

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Lady Beast's bridegroom  by Jude Knight

Lady Beast's bridegroom

Jude Knight

"Lady Ariel lives retired in the country after being badly scarred by a fire. She hides her burns from others by donning a mask, only enticing more gossip by Society who has dubbed her "Lady Beast". Now, her second cousin, who inherited her father's title but...

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The shadow network  by Deborah Swift

The shadow network

Deborah Swift

"England, 1942: Having fled Germany after her father was captured by the Nazis, Lilli Bergen is desperate to do something pro-active for the Allies. So when she's approached by the Political Warfare Executive, Lilli jumps at the chance. She's recruited as a...

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A woman of pleasure  by Kiyoko Murata

A woman of pleasure

Kiyoko Murata

"In 1903, a fifteen-year-old girl named Ichi Aoi is sold to the most exclusive brothel in Kumamoto, Japan. Despite her modest beginnings in a southern fishing village, she becomes the protégée of an oiran, the highest-ranking courtesan at the brothel. Through...

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Secrets for the three sisters  by Annie Groves

Secrets for the three sisters

Annie Groves

"Autumn 1940. The Blitz has cast its shadow over London. Everyone is doing their bit to help, including the three Harrison sisters of the East End's Victory Walk. Nurse Rose is snowed under in the hospital tending to victims of the bombings. Her sister Clover...

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Shōgun  by James Clavell

Shōgun

James Clavell

"Shipwrecked English adventurer, John Blackthorn, finds himself a key figure in a vast power struggle that is to plunge medieval Japan into civil war. Set in the exotic world of Oriental intrigue, passions, discipline, courage, and rigid moral and martial...

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The red tent  by Anita Diamant

The red tent

Anita Diamant

"The red tent is the place where women gather during their cycles of birthing, menses, and even illness. Like the conversations and mysteries held within this feminine tent, this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insiders look at the daily life of a biblical...

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London muses  by Amanda McCabe

London muses

Amanda McCabe

To catch a rogue : "When antiquities begin to go missing from London drawing rooms Miss Calliope Chase sets out to restore order. The thief must be a well-connected member of the Ton. And she doesn't need to look much further than Cameron de Vere, Earl of...

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Death of a suffragette  by Anita Davison

Death of a suffragette

Anita Davison

"1903. London is bustling and glamorous. With troubling secrets simmering and worrying signs of war Flora Maguire must solve a deadly mystery which leads right to the heart of the corridors of power. When the body of a London socialite, and leading light of...

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Hereward  by James Wilde

Hereward

James Wilde

"1062, a time many fear is the End of Days. With the English King Edward heirless and ailing, across the grey seas in Normandy the brutal William the Bastard waits for the moment when he can drown England in a tide of blood. The ravens of war are gathering....

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The gilded hour  by Sara Donati

The gilded hour

Sara Donati

"The year is 1883, and in New York City, it's a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her...

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Unconfessed  by Yvette Christiansë

Unconfessed

Yvette Christiansë

"They called her Sila van den Kaap, slave woman of Jacobus Stephanus Van der Wat of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. A woman moved from master to master, farm to farm, and - driven by the horrors of slavery to commit an unspeakable crime - from prison to prison....

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To woo and to wed  by Martha Waters

To woo and to wed

Martha Waters

"West, the Marquess of Weston, and Sophie, Lady Fitzwilliam Bridewell, have lately been spending a considerable amount of time together. But West and Sophie are not new acquaintances. In fact, years ago, they had once been nearly engaged until West's almost...

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Clear  by Carys Davies

Clear

Carys Davies

"1843. On a remote Scottish island, Ivar, the sole occupant, leads a life of quiet isolation until the day he finds a man unconscious on the beach below the cliffs. The newcomer is John Ferguson, an impoverished church minister sent to evict Ivar and turn the...

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Medea  by Eilish Quin

Medea

Eilish Quin

"Discover the full story of the sorceress Medea, one of the most reviled and maligned women of Greek antiquity, in this propulsive and evocative debut in the tradition of Circe, Elektra, and Stone Blind. Among the women of Greek mythology, the witch Medea may...

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Mrs Gulliver  by Valerie Martin

Mrs Gulliver

Valerie Martin

"It is 1954, and prostitution is legal in the tropical haven that is Verona Island. Here, among gangsters and corrupt lawmen, Lila Gulliver runs a brothel that promises her exclusive clientele privacy and discretion. When nineteen-year-old Carita, beautiful...

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The general and Julia  by Jon Clinch

The general and Julia

Jon Clinch

"Barely able to walk and rendered mute by the cancer metastasizing in his throat, Ulysses S. Grant is scratching out words, hour after hour, day after day. Desperate to complete his memoirs before his death so his family might have some financial security and...

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Persons of rank  by Anna Jacobs

Persons of rank

Anna Jacobs

"Will she marry below her station? Beatrice Dencey is constantly reminded by her aunt, the Dowager, that she must marry appropriately. And so must the Dowager's beloved granddaughter, Eleanor Graceover. Charged with finding Eleanor a suitable husband, Beatrice...

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The northern lady  by Anna Jacobs

The northern lady

Anna Jacobs

"She is determined to live the life she wants... Cassandra Trent does not like being told what to do. So when she is forced to leave behind her beloved Bardsley and join her aunt in London, she is furious. She wants nothing to do with polite society and...

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If I only had a duke  by Lenora Bell

If I only had a duke

Lenora Bell

"After four failed seasons and a disastrous jilting, Lady Dorothea Beaumont has had more than enough of her family's scheming. She won't domesticate a duke, entangle an earl, or vie for a viscount. She will quietly exit to her aunt's Irish estate for a life of...

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The woman in the sable coat  by Elizabeth Brooks

The woman in the sable coat

Elizabeth Brooks

"At the height of the Second World War in England, Nina Woodrow joins the Royal Air Force and rebels against her careful upbringing by embarking on an illicit affair with an officer. She risks losing everything for Guy Nicholson: her comfortable home, her...

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All the light we cannot see  by Anthony Doerr

All the light we cannot see

Anthony Doerr

"Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of...

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Neferura  by Malayna Evans

Neferura

Malayna Evans

"There are many paths to power. They all come with a price. Neferura, princess and high priestess of Kemet, knows her duty is to her people. When your mother is the great Pharaoh, it is hard to forget. But Neferura's unique position at court comes with high...

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Pelican girls  by Julia Malye

Pelican girls

Julia Malye

"Paris, 1720. The Hospice of La Salpetriere is overrun with 'difficult' women. Halfway around the world, on the American frontier, French settlers are in want of wives. At the asylum, a list is drawn up: eighty-eight women of childbearing age to be shipped to...

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James  by Percival Everett

James

Percival Everett

"From Percival Everett [a recipient of the NBCC Lifetime Achievement Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize, and numerous PEN awards] comes James, a retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and ferociously funny, told...

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The island of mists and miracles  by Victoria Mas

The island of mists and miracles

Victoria Mas

"In 1830 a young novice called Catherine Laboure was granted a vision of the Virgin Mary. Nearly 200 years later, Sister Anne is also waiting for a sign. Which is why she accepts a mission to go to a tiny community on an island just off the coast of Brittany....

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The tower  by Flora Carr

The tower

Flora Carr

"A bold, feminist debut novel, reimagining Mary, Queen of Scots's darkest hour, when she was held hostage in a remote Scottish castle with a handful of loyal women while plotting a daring escape to reclaim her country and her freedom."--Publisher.

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Finding Margaret Fuller  by Allison Pataki

Finding Margaret Fuller

Allison Pataki

"An epic reimagining of the life of Margaret Fuller - America's first feminist and the pioneering journalist who inspired a generation of writers and activists. Young, brazen, beautiful, and unapologetically brilliant, Margaret Fuller accepts an invitation...

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The great divide  by Cristina Henríquez

The great divide

Cristina Henríquez

"It is said that the Canal will be the greatest feat of engineering in history. But first, it must be built. Ada Bunting, a bold sixteen-year-old from Barbados, arrives alone in Panama as a stowaway alongside thousands of other West Indians seeking work in the...

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Sharpe's triumph  by Bernard Cornwell

Sharpe's triumph

Bernard Cornwell

When a bitter English officer defects from the East India Company to join the mercenary forces of the Mahratta confederation, Richard Sharpe hunts down the turncoat and is hurled into the battle of Assay alongside the Duke of Wellington.

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The silver bone  by Andreĭ Kurkov

The silver bone

Andreĭ Kurkov

"Kyiv, 1919. The Soviets control the city, but White armies menace them from the West. No man trusts his neighbour and any spark of resistance may ignite into open rebellion. When Samson Kolechko's father is murdered, his last act is to save his son from a...

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The toffee factory girls  by Glenda Young

The toffee factory girls

Glenda Young

"In 1915 three women start work at a toffee factory in the market town of Chester-le-Street, Durham. Anne works for the enigmatic owner Mr Jack. She is highly efficient and whips Mr Jack's disorganised office - and Mr Jack himself - into shape. However, behind...

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The lost Book of Bonn  by Brianna Labuskes

The lost Book of Bonn

Brianna Labuskes

"Germany, 1946: Emmy Clarke is a librarian not a soldier. But that doesn't stop the Library of Congress from sending her overseas to Germany to help the Monuments Men retrieve and catalog precious literature that was plundered by the Nazis. The Offenbach...

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The divorcées  by Rowan Beaird

The divorcées

Rowan Beaird

"Lois Saunders thought that marrying the right man would finally cure her loneliness. But as picture-perfect as her husband is, she is suffocating in their loveless marriage. In 1951, though, unhappiness is hardly grounds for divorce - except in Reno, Nevada....

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A love discovered  by Tracie Peterson

A love discovered

Tracie Peterson

"The heart finds its way when one least expects it--even in the most unforgiving frontiers. Invited by a friend to trek west and help establish the newly formed town of Cheyenne, Edward Vogel is prepared to leave the haunting memories of his wife and son's...

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The Ark and the Dove  by Jill Eileen Smith

The Ark and the Dove

Jill Eileen Smith

"Only Noah and his family know that God's judgment is coming soon. He and his wife Emzara dedicate themselves to God's command to build an ark. After years of preparing for the end of life as they know it, can they survive what lies ahead or will they simply...

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The sister queens  by Justin Scott

The sister queens

Justin Scott

"Two rival queens. History's greatest playwright. And a deadly plot for the crown. London, 1600. With no legitimate heir to Queen Elizabeth's throne, and no clear successor with her modern vision of a civilization that thrives in peace and diversity, England...

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Daughter of no one  by Maria (Writer) Lewis

Daughter of no one

Maria (Writer) Lewis

"Cairo, 824 - In the bowels of prison, escape is out of the question. The best Roshan can hope for is a quick death. She certainly doesn't expect a second chance offered by a cloaked stranger who says Roshan is exactly what they need: Someone who can...

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A celebration on Coronation St.  by Maggie (Novelist) Sullivan

A celebration on Coronation St.

Maggie (Novelist) Sullivan

"Josie Grimshaw has moved to Coronation Street to live with her mother's old friend, Elsie Lappin. The street is excited for the upcoming coronation of the new queen, Elizabeth, but Elsie is finding it hard to celebrate anything after the loss of her husband....

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The brightest day, the darkest night  by Brendan Graham

The brightest day, the darkest night

Brendan Graham

"Ellen O'Malley, together with her natural daughter Mary and adopted daughter Louisa, helps tend the wounds of the soldiers who have fallen in battle. In the killing fields of Virginia, she toils, not realising that her estranged son, Patrick and Lavelle, the...

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King Nyx  by Kirsten Bakis

King Nyx

Kirsten Bakis

"Set in November 1918 on the opulent, castle-like island estate of an eccentric millionaire, Claude Arkel, this atmospheric, compellingly readable novel reimagines the life of Anna Filing Fort, whose husband, Charles Hoy Fort, was the most famous 'anomalist'...

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A lady's guide to marvels and misadventure  by Angela Bell

A lady's guide to marvels and misadventure

Angela Bell

"Victorian socialite Clara Stanton strives to protect her eccentric family's reputation, but that proves to be difficult when her grandfather takes off on a flight of fancy. Thrown together with vagabond tinker Theodore Kingsley, Clara sets off to follow her...

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A mother's secret  by Katie Flynn

A mother's secret

Katie Flynn

"1941: Libby's life on the sprawling farm at Hollybank is a far cry from the bustling streets of London where she grew up, but after the tragic death of her parents she moved to Liverpool to be closer to her long-lost aunt and uncle. When she discovers they...

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