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The season  by Sophia Holloway

The season

Sophia Holloway

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"Henrietta Gaydon is making her debut in London society for the Season and while she finds herself popular with 'beaux', her apparent ease disguises the fact that she is out of her depth, and dreads the objective of her Season: finding a husband. She would...

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Kingcastle  by Sophia Holloway

Kingcastle

Sophia Holloway

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"The younger son of a youngest son, Captain William Hawksmoor of the Royal Navy never expected to inherit a marquessate, and is none too pleased when he does so, especially when he learns that the he is required to marry within a year or be forever dealing...

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The hat girl's heartbreak  by Lindsey Hutchinson

The hat girl's heartbreak

Lindsey Hutchinson

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"It's been five years since Ella Bancroft lost the love of her life, Harper Fortescue, and despite her friends' encouragement, she's still not been able to move on. The one thing keeping Ella smiling is the success of her hat shop, Ivella. Her beautiful...

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Love and Miss Harris  by Peter Maughan

Love and Miss Harris

Peter Maughan

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"Titus Llewellyn-Gwlynne, actor/manager of the Red Lion Theatre, has lost a backer who was going to fund a theatrical tour - when unexpected salvation appears. Their home theatre in the East End of London having been bombed during the war, The Red Lion Touring...

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A rose and a promise  by Katie Flynn

A rose and a promise

Katie Flynn

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"Liverpool, 1942. Though they may be posted miles apart, Cadi and Jez's love for one another is stronger than ever - until Cadi receives a heart-breaking call from Jez's base. Cadi races to be with her beau and at his bedside, they make each other a promise...

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Winter's daughter  by Valerie Wood

Winter's daughter

Valerie Wood

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"Hull, 1856. James Ripley and his wife Moira have always looked out for the poor of Hull. When, during one stormy night, there is a flood in a nearby cellar - a popular shelter for the homeless - James rushes to help. Among those rescued is a dark-haired...

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The socialite's guide to murder  by S. K. Golden

The socialite's guide to murder

S. K. Golden

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"It's 1958, and Evelyn Elizabeth Grace Murphy has not left the Pinnacle Hotel in fourteen months. She suffers from agoraphobia, and what's more, it's her father's hotel, and everything she needs is there. Evelyn's always been good at finding things; she...

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Winter swallows  by Maurizio De Giovanni

Winter swallows

Maurizio De Giovanni

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"Christmas has just passed and the city is preparing to celebrate New Year when, on the stage of a variety show, famous actor Michelangelo Gelmi fires a gun at his wife, Fedora Marra. The shooting itself would be nothing strange: it is repeated every evening...

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The invincible Miss Cust  by Penny Haw

The invincible Miss Cust

Penny Haw

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"Must-read historical fiction for fans of Marie Benedict and Tracey Enerson Wood, based on the real life of Britain's first woman veterinary surgeon. Aleen Cust has big dreams. And no one-not her family, society, or the law-will stop her. Born in Ireland in...

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Breaking the circle  by M. J. Trow

Breaking the circle

M. J. Trow

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"Dr Margaret Murray, accomplished archaeologist, and occasional sleuth, calls upon her police connections to investigate who may want to see the Edwardian mediums of London dead. Known for her sharp mind and quick wit, Margaret decides to infiltrate one of the...

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Treachery on Tenth Street  by Kate Belli

Treachery on Tenth Street

Kate Belli

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"Somebody's killing the most glamorous models in Gilded-Age New York, but intrepid Genevieve Stewart is up to the task. As a heat wave engulfs New York in the summer of 1889, the city's top models begin turning up dead, one by one, suggesting the work of a...

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The confessions of Matthew Strong  by Ousmane K. Power-Greene

The confessions of Matthew Strong

Ousmane K. Power-Greene

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"A wildly original, incendiary story about race, redemption, the dangerous imbalances that continue to destabilize society, and speaking out for what's right. One could argue the story begins the night Allegra Douglass is awarded Distinguished Chair in...

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The Lipstick Bureau  by Michelle Gable

The Lipstick Bureau

Michelle Gable

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"1944, Rome. Newlywed Niki Novotná is recruited by a new American spy agency to establish a secret branch in Italy's capital. One of the OSS's few female operatives abroad and multilingual, she's tasked with crafting fake stories and distributing propaganda to...

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The poison machine  by Robert J. Lloyd

The poison machine

Robert J. Lloyd

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"London, 1679 : A year has passed since the sensational attempt to murder King Charles II, but London is still a viper's nest of rumored Catholic conspiracies, and of plots against them in turn. When Harry Hunt - estranged from his mentor Robert Hooke - is...

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The bullet garden  by Stephen Hunter

The bullet garden

Stephen Hunter

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"July, 1944: The lush, rolling hills of Normandy are dotted with a new feature-- German snipers. From their vantage points, they pick off hundreds of Allied soldiers every day, bringing the D-Day invasion to its knees. It's clear that someone is tipping off...

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Hearts of steel  by Elizabeth Camden

Hearts of steel

Elizabeth Camden

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"When successful businesswoman Maggie Molinaro offends a corrupt banker, she unwittingly sets off a series of calamities that threaten to destroy her life's work. She teams up with charismatic steel magnate Liam Blackstone, but what begins as a practical...

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Breaking the marriage rules  by Eva Shepherd

Breaking the marriage rules

Eva Shepherd

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Beguiling the duke - "In this charming Victorian romance, a false identity could lead to true love for an American orphan engaged to an English gentleman. Penniless American Rosie Smith will do anything for her wealthy guardian's daughter. She'd even save her...

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Death on the Walk  by Wendy M. author. Wilson

Death on the Walk

Wendy M. author. Wilson

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"A body plunging off a cliff, a new craze for pedestrianism and the related gambling, a constable willing to walk ninety miles without stopping, and a testing undercover assignment for Mr. Hardy. When a race walking champion is forced off a cliff to his death,...

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The homecoming  by A. M. Stuart

The homecoming

A. M. Stuart

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"1892. It has been almost twenty years since Charlie O'Reilly left Maiden's Creek, the town where she once knew only injustice and fear. Now she returns as acting matron of the local hospital, determined to prove her worth - and to escape the attentions of a...

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Independence  by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Independence

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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"India, 1947. In a village in Bengal live three sisters, daughters of a well-respected doctor. Priya: intelligent and idealistic, resolved to follow in her father's footsteps and become a doctor though society frowns on it. Deepa: the beauty, determined to...

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The Mitford affair  by Marie Benedict

The Mitford affair

Marie Benedict

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"Between the World Wars, the six Mitford sisters - each more beautiful, brilliant, and eccentric than the next - dominate the English scenes. Though they've weathered scandals before, the family falls into disarray when Diana divorces her wealthy husband to...

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Bellatrix  by Simon Turney

Bellatrix

Simon Turney

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"Warrior and combat medic of the Twenty Second Legion, Titus Cervianus, must fight the armies of the fabled Warrior Queen in this thrilling new Roman adventure from Simon Turney. Titus Cervianus is no ordinary soldier. And the Twenty Second is no ordinary...

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Long Bay  by Eleanor Limprecht

Long Bay

Eleanor Limprecht

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"It's Sydney, 1909. A woman dies when Rebecca Sinclair performs an abortion. The verdict sends Rebecca to the Long Bay Women's Penitentiary - just opened - for three years. Complicating the situation still further - Rebecca herself is pregnant. Inspired by...

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The secret society of Salzburg  by Renee Ryan

The secret society of Salzburg

Renee Ryan

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"At first glance, Austrian opera singer Elsa Mayer-Braun has little in common with the young English typist she encounters on tour. Yet she and Hattie Featherstone forge an instant connection - and strike a dangerous alliance. Using their friendship as a...

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The book of everlasting things  by Aanchal Malhotra

The book of everlasting things

Aanchal Malhotra

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"On a January morning in 1938, Samir Vij first locks eyes with Firdaus Khan through the rows of perfume bottles in his family's ittar shop in Lahore. Over the years that follow, the perfumer's apprentice and calligrapher's apprentice fall in love with their...

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The sisters of Sea View  by Julie Klassen

The sisters of Sea View

Julie Klassen

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"When their father's death leaves them impoverished, the Summers sisters open their home to guests to provide for their ailing mother. But instead of the elderly invalids they expect, they find themselves hosting eligible gentlemen. Sarah must confront her...

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The convent girl  by Tania Anne Crosse

The convent girl

Tania Anne Crosse

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"1941. Maisie yearns for a family of her own. Raised as a charity orphan in a Catholic convent in Ireland, she believed she was all alone in the world. But when she is twelve, her world is turned upside down by a shocking revelation. She is uprooted from the...

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Operation Lightning Bolt  by Hilary Green

Operation Lightning Bolt

Hilary Green

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"Hampshire, 1943. Kim Maxwell has been languishing in the 'cooler' in what she sees as punishment for getting caught - and tortured - by the Nazis, before being freed by Resistance fighters and smuggled back into England. Now she is sent for by the head of...

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Moonrise over New Jessup  by Jamila Minnicks

Moonrise over New Jessup

Jamila Minnicks

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"It's 1957, and after leaving the only home she has ever known, Alice Young steps off the bus into the all-Black town of New Jessup, Alabama, where residents have largely rejected integration as the means for Black social advancement. She falls in love with...

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The wayward daughter  by Catherine Cookson

The wayward daughter

Catherine Cookson

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"Unwanted and unloved, fourteen-year-old Marie Anne Lawson is everything her mother doesn't want her to be - adventurous, outspoken and unusual. As soon as she's old enough, Marie Anne is dispatched from Northumberland to London to live with her Aunt Martha to...

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Talland House  by Maggie Humm

Talland House

Maggie Humm

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"1919 London: When artist Lily Briscoe meets her old tutor, Louis Grier, by chance at an exhibition, he tells her of their mutual friend Mrs. Ramsay's mysterious death - an encounter that spurs Lily to investigate the death of this woman whom she loved and...

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The youngest Miss Ward  by Joan Aiken

The youngest Miss Ward

Joan Aiken

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"Hatti is the most kind of the Ward sisters, but is treated with contempt by all except her dying mother. Packed off to her uncle's estate, she has to endure her cousins and lady Ursula. Soon she and lady Ursula are in competition for a certain...

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The Edinburgh Skating Club  by Michelle Sloan

The Edinburgh Skating Club

Michelle Sloan

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"When eighteenth-century poet Alison Cockburn accepts a light-hearted challenge from her friend Katherine Hume to live as a man, in order to infiltrate Edinburgh's all-male skating club, little do they both realise how her new identity will shape their future....

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Murder on the Oceanic  by Edward Marston

Murder on the Oceanic

Edward Marston

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"Southampton, 1910. When the Oceanic sets sail its ultimate destination is New York. But it must make one very important stop first: at Cherbourg, to pick up internationally renowned financier and art collector J. P. Morgan, fresh from a continental buying...

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Secrets typed in blood  by Stephen Spotswood

Secrets typed in blood

Stephen Spotswood

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"New York City, 1947: For years, Holly Quick has made a good living off of murder, filling up the pages of pulp detective magazines with gruesome tales of revenge. Now someone is bringing her stories to life and leaving a trail of blood-soaked bodies behind....

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Euphoria  by Elin Cullhed

Euphoria

Elin Cullhed

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"A woman's life, erupting with brilliance and promise, is fissured by betrayal and the pressures of duty. What had once seemed a pastoral family idyll has become a trap, and she struggles between being the wife and mother she is bound to be and wanting to do...

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A Christmas miracle for the railway girls  by Maisie Thomas

A Christmas miracle for the railway girls

Maisie Thomas

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"When Cordelia's daughter Emily falls for a young chap who doesn't meet the approval of her father, Cordelia is reminded of her own first love - a love that she has never forgotten. Mabel is determined to get to the bottom of a spate of local burglaries. Her...

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A mother's heartbreak  by Jennie Felton

A mother's heartbreak

Jennie Felton

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"When her father dies, Abigail Newman is forced to leave her mother and the vicarage she was raised in and take up the position of governess to the son of Sir Hugh Hastings. Arriving at the grand estate of Bramley Court, Abi, who is concealing a heartbreaking...

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The shop keepers  by Nancy Moser

The shop keepers

Nancy Moser

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"1919 New York City: World War I is over and the world tries to recover and start fresh. The ladies of the dress store, Unruffled - Annie, Edna, Maude and Henrietta - have been friends for years. Their bond has grown, as has their dedication to their families,...

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Miss Dauntless  by Grace Burrowes

Miss Dauntless

Grace Burrowes

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"Matilda Merridew, former hoyden of the first water, finds herself widowed, weary, and in want of coin. Along comes Marcus, Lord Tremont, with an interesting-and decent-proposition. Tremont will provide Matilda a handsome salary and keep a commodious roof over...

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Holding the line  by Jennifer Delamere

Holding the line

Jennifer Delamere

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"When widow Rose Finlay notices a young woman about to be led astray by a roguish aristocrat who could ruin both her and her family's reputation, bitter memories arise and she feels compelled to intervene. Rose and the young woman's uncle, John Milburn, join...

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The incandescent threads  by Richard Zimler

The incandescent threads

Richard Zimler

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"Maybe none of us is ever aware of our true significance. Benjamin Zarco and his cousin Shelly are the only two members of their family to survive the Holocaust. In the decades since, each man has learned, in his own unique way, to carry the burden of having...

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The orphanage girls reunited  by Mary Wood

The orphanage girls reunited

Mary Wood

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"Ellen Abandoned by her father for the second time, left scarred from the orphanage, Ellen finally finds happiness and hope - reunited with her long-lost gran. But it cannot compensate for being torn apart from her beloved friends Ruth and Amy. When a...

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The countess of the revolution  by Lana Kortchik

The countess of the revolution

Lana Kortchik

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"Countess Sophia Orlova has it all. With a large fortune, a beautiful palatial home in Petrograd and a husband who loves her, her future is bright. But in March 1917, everything changes, as Sophia watches the revolutionary hordes take over her city and her...

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Forest of foes  by Matthew Harffy

Forest of foes

Matthew Harffy

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"Beobrand finds himself caught between the perilous intrigues of royalty and the Church. AD 652. Beobrand has been ordered to lead a group of pilgrims to the holy city of Rome. Chief among them is Wilfrid, a novice of the Church with some surprisingly...

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Dark waters rising  by Cassandra Clark

Dark waters rising

Cassandra Clark

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"Autumn, 1394. All is not well at Swyne Priory. Dissension has arisen amongst the nuns. The new novices whisper in corners, spreading malicious rumours and sharing dark secrets. The Prioress gives Hildegard an order: search out the cause of this unrest, and...

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A house divided  by Judith Cutler

A house divided

Judith Cutler

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"May 1861, Victorian England. When Matthew and Harriet Rowsley are invited to a house party at Clunston Park by Matthew's cousin, Colonel Barrington Rowsley and his wife Lady Hortensia, Harriet is nervous - surely the aristocratic guests will snub her? After...

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Peril in the parish  by Dorothy Cannell

Peril in the parish

Dorothy Cannell

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"March 1933, Dovecote Hatch, England. Florence Norris knows she has found a good man in George 'Birdie' Bird, the landlord of the local pub, The Dog & Whistle. They are set to marry in a low-key service at the parish church in their beloved village Dovecote...

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The inconvenient German  by Peter Steiner

The inconvenient German

Peter Steiner

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"1944. Captain Charlie Herder's plane is shot down in woods near Munich. A week later, he has managed to evade capture by the SS, but for how much longer? As the American pilot desperately tries to make his way to the French border, a huge manhunt ensues....

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The Forthright woman  by Darry Fraser

The Forthright woman

Darry Fraser

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"1898, South Australia. At the gateway to the Flinders Ranges lies Kanyaka Station, once a thriving sheep and cattle property, now abandoned and in ruins. But a discovery in her late mother's papers draws recently widowed Marcella Ross out to its remote...

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Goodbye, Mersey View  by Lyn Andrews

Goodbye, Mersey View

Lyn Andrews

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"Liverpool, World War II. Monica Eustace and Joan McDonald met as next-door-neighbours living in Mersey View in Liverpool. Their friendship is a close as ever, though they're married now, and sharing Monica's grand house on the other side of the city. But war...

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A dangerous business  by Jane Smiley

A dangerous business

Jane Smiley

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"Monterey, 1851. Ever since her husband was killed in a bar fight, Eliza Ripple has been working in a brothel. It seems like a better life, at least at first. The madam, Mrs. Parks, is kind, the men are (relatively) well behaved, and Eliza has attained what...

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Farringdon's fortune  by Linda Finlay

Farringdon's fortune

Linda Finlay

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"One noble family. Five eager daughters. An upcoming ball. Having five daughters, Lord Farringdon has more than enough to keep him busy at Nettlecombe Manor. With his wife Lady Charlotte already in London, Edwin must help his daughter Victoria prepare for the...

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His convenient duchess  by Louise Allen

His convenient duchess

Louise Allen

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His convenient duchess : "Lady Rose Trafford and Marcus Cranford believe they are each entering their marriage agreement for practical reasons - she to protect her younger sisters and the new duke, to spare him a London season - but neither counts on their...

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The talisman ring  by Georgette Heyer

The talisman ring

Georgette Heyer

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"The legend of the Headless Horseman and a proposed marriage doe convenance both have their impact on the mystery of a golden talisman ring and Lord Lavenham's young heir, Ludovic. Neither Sir Tristram Shield nor Eustacie, his young French cousin, share the...

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The gift of rain  by Twan Eng Tan

The gift of rain

Twan Eng Tan

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"1939. Sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton is a loner. Half English, half Chinese and feeling neither, he discovers a sense of belonging in his unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. Philip proudly shows his new friend around his adored island...

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Death among the diamonds  by Fliss Chester

Death among the diamonds

Fliss Chester

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"Everyone in 1920s London knows the Honourable Cressida Fawcett: fiercely independent (though never apart from her little pug Ruby), lover of martinis and interior designer extraordinaire. She's solved many crimes of fashion... so how about murder? Cressida...

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The sleeping car porter  by Suzette Mayr

The sleeping car porter

Suzette Mayr

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"The Sleeping Car Porter brings to life an important part of Black history in North America, from the perspective of a gay man living in a culture that renders him invisible in two ways. Affecting, imaginative, and visceral enough that you'll feel the rocking...

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The road dance  by John MacKay

The road dance

John MacKay

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"The bond between a mother and her child is the strongest in the natural world. So why would a young woman, dreaming of America, throw her newborn baby into the waves of the wild Atlantic ocean? Life in the Scottish Hebrides can be harsh - 'The Edge of the...

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Counterfeit love  by Crystal Caudill

Counterfeit love

Crystal Caudill

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"After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name - and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors' threats leads her to stumble...

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Murder in an Irish castle  by Verity Bright

Murder in an Irish castle

Verity Bright

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"Christmas, 1924. Lady Eleanor Swift has received a rather unexpected invitation to the village Christmas party in the tiny, rural hamlet of Derrydee in the west of Ireland. Eleanor is thrilled about exploring her ancestral roots at her late uncle's estate and...

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Tears of honor  by James A. Ardaiz

Tears of honor

James A. Ardaiz

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"A sweeping novel of history, war, and courage in the face of injustice, Tears of Honor tells the story of the heroic Japanese-American soldiers who fought against Nazi tyranny in Europe, while their families were imprisoned in America. Sammy and Freddy are...

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The affair of the thirty-nine cufflinks  by James Anderson

The affair of the thirty-nine cufflinks

James Anderson

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"Lord Burford had some serious misgivings about hosting yet another house party at Alderley. After all, the previous two could, at best, be described as disastrous. But with family members travelling down for the funeral of an elderly relative, the Earl really...

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Scatterlings  by Rešoketšwe Manenzhe

Scatterlings

Rešoketšwe Manenzhe

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"In 1927 South Africa, when the Immorality Act is passed, prohibiting sexual intercourse between Europeans (white people) and natives (Black people), married couple Alisa and Abram find their bond in tatters, which leads Alisa to commit a devastating act, one...

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The devil's weapons  by Peter N. Kirsanow

The devil's weapons

Peter N. Kirsanow

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"April 1940. By terms of the Soviet Nazi Nonaggression pact, the two dictatorships divided the helpless nation of Poland. Now, the Russians are rounding up enemies of the state in their occupation zone, but one essential target slips away. Dr. Sebastian Kapsky...

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The circus train  by Amita Parikh

The circus train

Amita Parikh

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1938. Lena Papadopoulos has never quite found her place within the circus. The daughter of headlining illusionist Theo, Lena uses a wheelchair after a childhood bout of polio. She rescues Alexandre, an orphan with his own secrets and mysterious past. As World...

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The dressmakers of Prospect Heights  by Kitty Zeldis

The dressmakers of Prospect Heights

Kitty Zeldis

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"For fans of Fiona Davis, Beatriz Williams, and Joanna Goodman, a mesmerizing historical novel from the bestselling author of Not Our Kind about three women in post-World War I New York City and the secrets they hold. Brooklyn 1919. As New York City continues...

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Mischief and marriage  by Liz Tyner

Mischief and marriage

Liz Tyner

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Saying I do to the scoundrel: "A scoundrel of the ton...her knight in shining armor? Katherine Wilder will do anything to escape her forced marriage, even ask Brandt Radcliffe to kidnap her! Only she doesn't expect a man so disreputable to say no! With her...

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Dying is easier than loving  by Ahmet Altan

Dying is easier than loving

Ahmet Altan

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"The third book in the Ottoman Quartet, set in the years leading up to WWI, is steeped in the tumultuous events and the political struggle that shaped 20th century Turkey, from the war against the Bulgarian army and the coup that resulted in the nation's...

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The land girls of Goodwill House  by Fenella-Jane Miller

The land girls of Goodwill House

Fenella-Jane Miller

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"August 1940. As Autumn approaches, Lady Joanna Harcourt is preparing for new guests at Goodwill House - land girls, Sally, Daphne and Charlie. Sally, a feisty blonde from the East End, has never seen a cow before, but she's desperate to escape London and her...

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How to cheat the marriage mart  by Millie Adams

How to cheat the marriage mart

Millie Adams

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How to cheat the marriage mart : "George Claremont, Marquess of Curran, has cultivated his rakish reputation to enable his covert work helping children in England's workhouses. Now the destruction of these institutions hinges on a well-laid marriage proposal....

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The son of light  by Christian Jacq

The son of light

Christian Jacq

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"Ramses II, the most famous of the pharaohs, who reigned for 60 years, is just 14 years old. His worshipped father, Seti, has built up the most powerful empire in the world. But who will succeed him? Should it be the calculating oldest son, Shaanar, or the...

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Napoleon's run  by Jonathan Spencer

Napoleon's run

Jonathan Spencer

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"London, 1798. A coded dispatch is received late one night at the Admiralty: Napoleon Bonaparte is about to launch the largest invasion fleet in history. Destination: unknown. The Admiralty prepares to unleash Nelson, and calls in the one man who can uncover...

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Lords of the Nile  by Jonathan Spencer

Lords of the Nile

Jonathan Spencer

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"Malta, June 1798. Captured by the French after hurling himself into enemy ranks, Hazzard is now a prisoner of his arch-nemesis, spycatcher Citizen Derrien, but has uncovered the true purpose of Napoleon's armada: the conquest of Egypt. Their bold plan is to...

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The boy with the suitcase  by Cathy Sharp

The boy with the suitcase

Cathy Sharp

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"As the shadows of the Blitz hang over London, young Davey finds himself the man of the house when his father leaves to fight in the war. Trying his best to support his mum and to protect his sister, Davey's good intentions find him mixed up with the wrong...

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Death at the falls  by Rosemary Simpson

Death at the falls

Rosemary Simpson

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"October 1890. Prudence and Geoffrey settle into the most elegant hotel in Canadian Niagara, they observe a popular tourist area torn between natural beauty and industrial power. They also notice the antics of daredevil Crazy Louie Whiting, determined to be...

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The flight of Anja  by Tamara Goranson

The flight of Anja

Tamara Goranson

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"Anja Freydisdottir has always heard whispers of her mother's adventures in Vinland. All she longs for is to spread her wings and follow them but she's trapped by the expectations of 11th-century society. Liberation comes from an unexpected source when she is...

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The gentleman's book of vices  by Jess Everlee

The gentleman's book of vices

Jess Everlee

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"London, 1883. Finely dressed and finely drunk, Charlie Price is a man dedicated to his vices. Chief among them is his explicit novel collection, though his impending marriage to a woman he can't love will force his carefully curated collection into hiding....

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Angels of the resistance  by Noelle Salazar

Angels of the resistance

Noelle Salazar

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"As bombs fall across Europe, fourteen-year-old Lien Vinke fears that the reality of war is inescapable. Though she lives a quiet life with her mother and older sister, Elif, in their small town of Haarlem, they are no strangers to heartache, having recently...

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A winter wedding at Bletchley Park  by Molly Green

A winter wedding at Bletchley Park

Molly Green

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"Life has been tough for Rosie Frost, jilted on her wedding day and pregnant at just sixteen. Things are only just beginning to look up when she gets a position as a Wren, passing her tests with flying colours. But when they discover her secret daughter, she's...

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Death at the Savoy  by Ron Base

Death at the Savoy

Ron Base

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"An atmospheric, entertaining new mystery series introducing a plucky Canadian heroine and set in the world's most famous hotel. It's 1968. London is in full swing and the Savoy Hotel is at the height of its legendary glitz and glamour, welcoming the rich,...

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Bloodlines  by Chris Bishop

Bloodlines

Chris Bishop

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"WESSEX 893 AD. As the threat of yet another Viking invasion looms over his troubled realm, Alfred, King of Wessex, reviews and strengthens his defences. Among his many concerns is the fate of Edward, his stable boy, who he believes to be the bastard son of...

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Florence Grace  by Tracy Rees

Florence Grace

Tracy Rees

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"Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It's a hard existence but Florrie is content; she runs wild in the mysterious landscape. She thinks her destiny is set in stone. But when Florrie is fifteen, she inherits a...

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Emperor's fate  by Alex (Historical novelist) author. Gough

Emperor's fate

Alex (Historical novelist) author. ...

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"Caracalla is on the warpath. Time, he has decided, to put his enemies in their place. To invade the Parthians at the edge of the Empire. To destroy everything in his way. For Imperial Assassin Silus, this is a time of crisis. Forced to guard the Emperor as...

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The Bletchley women  by Patricia Adrian

The Bletchley women

Patricia Adrian

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"From debutante to farmer's daughter, all roads lead to Bletchley.... In a different world, Evie Milton would have accepted her fate, married an aristocrat and become the doyenne of one of England's finest estates, just like her mother. In a different world,...

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An unjust death  by Terry Carson

An unjust death

Terry Carson

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''Luke, has had more than his fair share of bad luck. Orphaned at a young age and later due to a misunderstanding expelled from his missionary foster family, he is trying to make his own way in rapidly changing colonial New Zealand. On board ship returning...

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Hinterland  by Arno Geiger

Hinterland

Arno Geiger

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"The year is 1944 and Veit Kolbe, a young German soldier, injured fighting in Russia, is recovering at Mondsee, a village and a lake below Drachenwand mountain, close to Salzburg in Austria. Here he meets Margot and Margarete, two young women who share his...

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Murder on the Celtic  by Edward Marston

Murder on the Celtic

Edward Marston

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"New York, 1910. George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield have crossed the Atlantic Ocean numerous times in their capacity as ship's detectives. On those crossings they've had the pleasure, and in some cases the trouble, of sailing with very famous passengers....

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Last day of school  by Jack Sheffield

Last day of school

Jack Sheffield

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"Change is in the air for Jack Sheffield and the Ragley village school. It's 1987, and after a decade as head teacher at Ragley-on-the-Forest School, Jack Sheffield is looking to the future. He and his wife are expecting a new baby, the school is preparing for...

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Salonika burning  by Gail Jones

Salonika burning

Gail Jones

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"Macedonia, 1917. The great city of Salonika is engulfed by fire as all of Europe is ravaged by war. Amid the destruction are those who have come to the frontlines to heal- surgeons, ambulance drivers, nurses, orderlies and other volunteers. Four of them -...

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Up all night with a good duke  by Amy Rose Bennett

Up all night with a good duke

Amy Rose Bennett

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"Artemis Jones - 'respectable' finishing-school teacher by day and Gothic romance writer by night - has never lost sight of her real dream: to open her own academic ladies' college. When Artemis is unexpectedly called upon by a dear friend, a fellow Byronic...

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