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Large print historical fiction new titles

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Browse our collection of the latest historical fiction in large print. This list updates when we add new titles to our collection.
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Wherever you go by Tracie Peterson

Wherever you go

Tracie Peterson

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Mary Reichert is one of the best sharpshooters in the country, and in the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza her skills are on display in every performance. But unless the man responsible for her brother's death is brought to justice, Mary's fame and....

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The scarlet nightingale by Alan Titchmarsh

The scarlet nightingale

Alan Titchmarsh

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As war rages across Europe, one young woman faces an impossible choice. Will she save her country - or the man she loves? It is the late 1930s. In London, socialite Rosamund Hanbury is determined to give up the parties and social sets of which she is...

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The silversmith's daughter by Annie Murray

The silversmith's daughter

Annie Murray

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1915. Margaret and Philip Tallis are happily married, have a thriving business and three children, Daisy, John and Lily. At 20, Daisy is an impassioned, headstrong girl, determined to follow her parents' footsteps in Birmingham's jewellery trade. Whi...

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The house across the street by Lesley Pearse

The house across the street

Lesley Pearse

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Twenty-three year old Katy Speed is fascinated by the house across the street. The woman who lives there, Gloria, is the most glamorous neighbour on the avenue, owning a fashionable dress shop in Bexhill-on-Sea. But who is the woman who arrives in the...

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Ella's journey by Lynne (Novelist) Francis

Ella's journey

Lynne (Novelist) Francis

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Ella is trying to put the past behind her, but the past won't always stay hidden. The truth is, Ella is hiding from a scandal. A scandal that drove her family out of their beloved Lane End Cottage in the tiny Yorkshire village they had lived in all t...

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One special village by Anna Jacobs

One special village

Anna Jacobs

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Lancashire, 1932. Widower Harry Makepeace lives in Manchester with his sickly daughter Cathie, scrimping and saving to get by. But after she suffers a violent asthma attack, doctors advise them to move to the countryside. Harry buys some land and a d...

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The silence of the girls by Pat Barker

The silence of the girls

Pat Barker

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When her city falls to the Greeks, led by Achilles, Briseis's old life is shattered. Abducted and shipped to the Greek camp on the battleground at Troy, she goes from queen to captive, from free woman to slave, awarded to Achilles as a prize of honour....

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The narrowboat girls by Rosie Archer

The narrowboat girls

Rosie Archer

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Elsie Barker is desperate for a new start after her husband leaves her. When her friend Izzy - who needs to escape her abusive boyfriend - tells her about the jobs going for women as narrowboat crew on the canals between London and Coventry, she jumps...

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The blessed child by Rosie Goodwin

The blessed child

Rosie Goodwin

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1865, Nuneaton. For Nessie Carson, life is a constant struggle. When her mother is brutally murdered and her father abandons them, Nessie must keep her family safe and protect her fragile brother, Joseph. Nessie soon attracts the attention of her lec...

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The quarryman's wife by Elizabeth Gill

The quarryman's wife

Elizabeth Gill

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After her daughter Arabella passes away, leaving a poor, motherless child in her wake, Nell Almond doesn't think her life can get any worse. But then tragedy strikes a second time and she finds herself widowed, with her husband's quarry to manage. But...

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The ice maiden by Sara Sheridan

The ice maiden

Sara Sheridan

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1842. Stranded on Deception Island in the South Atlantic, her whaling captain husband lost at sea, Karina is destitute and desperate. Disguised as a cabin boy, she stows away on a British ship, but Karina is about to get a nasty surprise. As she grows...

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Home is where the heart is by Linda Byler

Home is where the heart is

Linda Byler

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"Hannah has put everything into building up her family's homestead in North Dakota. Despite the Great Depression, unpredictable weather, and unforgiving landscape, she and her new husband Jerry stay on even after their Amish friends and family move back...

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Hotel Sacher by Rodica Doehnert

Hotel Sacher

Rodica Doehnert

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"Vienna, 1892. At the height of belle époque splendor, Anna Sacher has taken possession of her late husband's hotel, across the street from the famous opera house. At a time when controlling such a business was an opportunity afforded only to men, Anna...

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The lieutenant's nurse by Sara Ackerman

The lieutenant's nurse

Sara Ackerman

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"November, 1941. She's never even seen the ocean before, but Eva Cassidy has her reasons for making the crossing to Hawaii, and they run a lot deeper than escaping a harsh Michigan winter. Newly enlisted as an Army Corps nurse, Eva is stunned by the ...

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Anna of Kleve by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve

Alison Weir

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"Newly widowed and the father of an infant son, Henry VIII realizes he must marry again to ensure the royal succession. Forty-six, overweight, and suffering from gout, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe's most eligible princesses. Anna of Kleve,...

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Far side of the sea by Kate Breslin

Far side of the sea

Kate Breslin

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In spring 1918, Lieutenant Colin Mabry, a British soldier working with MI8 after suffering injuries on the front, receives a message by carrier pigeon. It is from Jewel Reyer, the woman he once loved and who saved his life--a woman he believed to be ...

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We shall see the sky sparkling by Susana Aikin

We shall see the sky sparkling

Susana Aikin

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Like other well-bred young women in Edwardian England, Lily Throop is expected to think of little beyond marriage and motherhood. Passionate about the stage, Lily has very different ambitions. To her father's dismay, she secures an apprenticeship at ...

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

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Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await...

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The road to Grantchester by James Runcie

The road to Grantchester

James Runcie

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1938: Eighteen-year-old Sidney Chambers is dancing with Amanda Kendall at the Caledonian Club. No one believes, on this golden evening, that there will be another war. Returning to London seven years later, Sidney has gained a Military Cross, and lost...

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Old baggage by Lissa Evans

Old baggage

Lissa Evans

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It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie is a woman with a thrilling past and a chafingly uneventful present. During the Women's Suffr...

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When the lights go down by Pamela Evans

When the lights go down

Pamela Evans

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It is 1938 and the threat of war looms on the streets of London. But, when the lights go down in the cinema aisles, usherette Daisy Blake is transported to a world of glamour and romance. Daisy falls in love with the handsome organist, Al Dawson. Then...

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One kind man by Anna Jacobs

One kind man

Anna Jacobs

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Lancashire, 1931. Finn Carlisle was devastated when he lost his wife and unborn child a few years ago, and has been travelling ever since. Just as he is ready to settle down again, his great-uncle dies and leaves everything to him, including Heythorpe...

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The girls from the local by Rosie Archer

The girls from the local

Rosie Archer

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Gosport, Hampshire, 1943. Ruby has been living and working at the Point of No Return pub since her parents were killed by a bomb. She loves the bustle of the pub; it helps take her mind off worrying about her fiance, Joe, away fighting in France. Singer...

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With a kiss and a prayer by Ellie Dean

With a kiss and a prayer

Ellie Dean

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Cliffehaven, May 1944. The tension is rising for Peggy Reilly and the inhabitants of Cliffehaven as planes continue to roar above the town. There seems to be no end in sight to this war, which has scattered her family and brought conflict right to the...

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The housekeeper's daughter by Rosie Meddon

The housekeeper's daughter

Rosie Meddon

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Kate Bratton dreams of more. It's 1914, and her life is mapped out ahead of her: continue working as a maid in the beautiful Woodicombe House, settle down with Luke the gardener and, of course, start a family. Desperate to run away in search of adven...

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A Cornish orphan by Sheila Jeffries

A Cornish orphan

Sheila Jeffries

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Following a terrible storm, seven-year-old Lottie is rescued from a shipwreck by local Cornishman Arnie Lanroska. Her clothing suggests she comes from a wealthy family, but Lottie's back bears the scars of a severe beating, and how she came to be on a...

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The victory garden, a novel by Rhys Bowen

The victory garden, a novel

Rhys Bowen

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"As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls...

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The indigo girl by Natasha Boyd

The indigo girl

Natasha Boyd

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"The year is 1739. Eliza Lucas is sixteen years old when her father leaves her in charge of their family's three plantations in rural South Carolina and then proceeds to bleed the estates dry in pursuit of his military ambitions. Tensions with the British,...

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Echo Hall by Virginia Moffatt

Echo Hall

Virginia Moffatt

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"In the early nineties, newlywed Ruth Flint arrives at Echo Hall to find an unhappy house full of mysteries that its occupants won't discuss. When her husband, Adam, is called up to the Gulf War, her shaky marriage is tested to the core. During World...

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The familiars by Stacey Halls

The familiars

Stacey Halls

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Pendle Hill Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth is with child again. As the mistress of Gawthorpe Hall, she is anxious to provide her husband with an heir. But none of her previous pregnancies have come to term. Then she discovers a hidden letter from her p...

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At the wolf's table by Rosella Postorino

At the wolf's table

Rosella Postorino

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"Germany, 1943: Twenty-six-year-old Rosa Sauer's parents are gone, and her husband Gregor is far away, fighting on the front lines of WWII. Impoverished and alone, she makes the fateful decision to leave war-torn Berlin to live with her in-laws in th...

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Auschwitz lullaby by Mario Escobar

Auschwitz lullaby

Mario Escobar

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"On an otherwise ordinary morning in 1943, Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for the day when the German police arrive at her home. Helene's worst fears come true when the police, under strict orders from the SS, demand that her children...

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The snow gypsy by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

The snow gypsy

Lindsay Jayne Ashford

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"At the close of World War II, London is in ruins and Rose Daniel isn't at peace. Eight years ago, her brother disappeared while fighting alongside Gypsy partisans in Spain. From his letters, Rose has just two clues to his whereabouts, his descriptions...

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Leading men by Christopher Castellani

Leading men

Christopher Castellani

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"An expansive yet intimate story of desire, artistic ambition, and fidelity, set in the glamorous literary and film circles of 1950s Italy In July of 1953, at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy, Tennessee Williams and his ...

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The western wind by Samantha Harvey

The western wind

Samantha Harvey

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Oakham, near Bruton, is a tiny village by a big river without a bridge. When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday, an explanation has to be found. Was it murder, or suicide, or an accident? The whole story is relayed...

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Lost roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Lost roses

Martha Hall Kelly

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"It is 1914, and New York socialite Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and now Eliza is embarking on the trip of a lifetime to see th...

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A silken thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

A silken thread

Kim Vogel Sawyer

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"Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and "take care of Mama" by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the...

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The last year of the war by Susan Meissner

The last year of the war

Susan Meissner

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"Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa 14-year-old in 1943 - aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal US resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an ...

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A tender hope by Amanda Cabot

A tender hope

Amanda Cabot

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"As far as Thea Michener is concerned, it's time for a change. With her husband murdered and her much-anticipated baby stillborn, there is nothing left for her in Ladreville. Having accepted a position as Cimarron Creek's midwife, she has no intention...

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The parting glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino

The parting glass

Gina Marie Guadagnino

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"By day, Mary Ballard is lady's maid to Charlotte Walden, wealthy and accomplished belle of New York City high society. Mary loves Charlotte with an obsessive passion that goes beyond a servant's devotion, but Charlotte would never trust Mary again if...

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That Churchill woman by Stephanie Barron

That Churchill woman

Stephanie Barron

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"The Paris Wife meets PBS's Victoria in this enthralling novel of the life and loves of one of history's most remarkable women: Winston Churchill's scandalous American mother, Jennie Jerome. Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Je...

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Elsewhere by Ken McCoy

Elsewhere

Ken McCoy

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Eleven-year-old Billy Clegg and his big sister Peggy disappear from their home in Leeds after a suspicious fire in a local mill. The owner says the children caused it by lighting fireworks on Mischief Night. Their widowed mother Betty, badly injured in...

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Lizzie Flowers and the family firm by Carol Rivers

Lizzie Flowers and the family firm

Carol Rivers

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1934: Lizzie Flowers has been mother and protector to her East End family, the Allens of Langley Street, since she was fifteen. Even when her doomed marriage to Frank Flowers collapses, she sacrifices her own happiness to keep the family united. But ...

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The summer maiden by Dilly Court

The summer maiden

Dilly Court

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Wapping, London, 1873. When Carrie Manning's father dies unexpectedly, her family is plunged into mourning. The curtains are drawn, the clocks stopped and with an increasing feeling of dread, Carrie learns that the family's fortunes have floundered. A...

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The child left behind by Gracie Hart

The child left behind

Gracie Hart

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Victoria Wild is only four years old but already knows about heartbreak, having been abandoned by her unwed mother when she was only a baby. Luckily her Aunt Eliza was there to take her in but times are still hard on Pit Lane and while Eliza does her...

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Blackpool lass by Maggie Mason

Blackpool lass

Maggie Mason

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A gritty, emotional tale of 1930s Blackpool from bestselling saga author Mary Wood, writing as Maggie Mason. Blackpool, 1932. When Grace's Ma passes away and her Da's ship sinks with all hands, Grace is utterly alone in the world. She's sent to an orphanage...

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Spring comes to Emmerdale by Pamela Bell

Spring comes to Emmerdale

Pamela Bell

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Based on the hugely popular soap opera, this saga explores the lives of Emmerdale's much-loved families during the Great War and beyond. Can the nation's favourite village keep calm and carry on? World War I rages on and the families of Emmerdale are...

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House of glass by Susan Fletcher

House of glass

Susan Fletcher

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June, 1914: Clara Waterfield is summoned to a large stone house in Gloucestershire, to fill a greenhouse with exotic plants from Kew Gardens and create a private paradise. Yet on arrival, Clara hears rumours: something is wrong with quiet wisteria-co...

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All among the barley by Melissa Harrison

All among the barley

Melissa Harrison

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"Set on a farm in Suffolk just before the Second World War, it introduces a girl on the cusp of adulthood. Fourteen-year-old Edie Mather lives with her family at Wych Farm, where the shadow of the Great War still hangs over a community impoverished by...

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Love is blind by William Boyd

Love is blind

William Boyd

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"When Brodie Moncur is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist abruptly alters his path -...

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An orphan's wish by Molly Green

An orphan's wish

Molly Green

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Between two shores by Jocelyn Green

Between two shores

Jocelyn Green

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"Montreal, 1759. The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father, Catherine Duval is content to trade with both the French and the British. She is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiancae, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by...

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The eulogist by Terry Gamble

The eulogist

Terry Gamble

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"1819. Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family settle in Cincinnati. After losing their mother in childbirth and their father to a riverboat headed for New Orleans, James, Olivia, and Erasmus...

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Hope on the plains by Linda Byler

Hope on the plains

Linda Byler

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"Hannah, a feisty young Amish woman, lives on her family's farm in North Dakota. After moving halfway across the country and struggling to land on their feet, Hannah's family is finally feeling settled. The cattle business is doing well, and other Am...

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Once upon a time by Diane Setterfield

Once upon a time

Diane Setterfield

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"A dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs,...

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The forgiving kind by Donna Everhart

The forgiving kind

Donna Everhart

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"For twelve-year-old Martha Sonny Creech, there is no place more beautiful than her family's cotton farm. She, her two brothers, and her parents work hard on their land--hoeing, planting, picking--but only Sonny loves the rich, dark earth the way her...

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The silence of the girls by Pat Barker

The silence of the girls

Pat Barker

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"The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman: Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war's outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one...

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Flame in the night by Heather Munn

Flame in the night

Heather Munn

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"In occupied France, a teen is torn between hate and love Julien Losier has just turned eighteen. But this is Vichy France in 1942, and his coming of age is marred by the Nazi occupation of his homeland. His father has always taught him that evil is ...

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Isaiah's daughter by Mesu Andrews

Isaiah's daughter

Mesu Andrews

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Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name-- Zibah, delight of the Lord-- thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. As the years pass, Zibah's lively...

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My heart belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania by Murray Pura

My heart belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Murray Pura

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"When war reaches Clarissa's back door, the trustworthy become even fewer. Journey into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, of 1863 where Clarissa Avery Ross lives a full life. By day she is the daughter of a respectable shoemaker being courted by seminary student...

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The queen's promise by Brenda Rickman Vantrease

The queen's promise

Brenda Rickman Vantrease

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1642. England rushes towards a war between the King and Parliament. Two women face difficulties ahead. The unpopular Queen Henrietta can no longer rely on those in the royal courts of Europe. And the Countess of Carlisle must remain loyal to the King,...

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When you are near by Tracie Peterson

When you are near

Tracie Peterson

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After her father's death, Lizzy Brookstone, the star trick rider of the all-female Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, loses interest in performing. What she longs for is a life with the Brookstone ranch foreman, Wesley DeShazer, the man who once broke...

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Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables

Sarah McCoy

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"New York Times best-selling author McCoy takes us to Green Gables before Anne's time, when Marilla Cuthbert inherits a farmwife's responsibilities at age 13 with her mother's death. But she connects to the outside world through a whip-smart spinster...

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The general's cook by Ramin Ganeshram

The general's cook

Ramin Ganeshram

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Philadelphia 1793. Hercules, President George Washington's chef, is a fixture on the Philadelphia scene. He is famous for both his culinary prowess and for ruling his kitchen like a commanding general. He has his run of the city and earns twice the salary...

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Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

Finding Dorothy

Elizabeth Letts

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"Hollywood, 1938. MGM is adapting her late husband's masterpiece for the screen, and seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum wants to be on the set. The moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of "Over the Rainbow," Maud recognizes the...

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Tony's wife by Adriana Trigiani

Tony's wife

Adriana Trigiani

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"Set in the lush Big Band era of the 1940s and World War II, this spellbinding saga from beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani tells the story of two talented working class kids who marry and become a successful singing act, until...

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Woman 99 by Greer Macallister

Woman 99

Greer Macallister

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"She's only a number now. When Charlotte Smith's wealthy parents commit her beloved sister Phoebe to the infamous Goldengrove Asylum, Charlotte knows there's more to the story than madness. She risks everything and follows her sister inside, surrendering...

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Josephine Baker's last dance by Sherry Jones

Josephine Baker's last dance

Sherry Jones

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"From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures. Discover the fascinating and singular life story of J...

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A bound heart by Laura Frantz

A bound heart

Laura Frantz

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"Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds. Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera; Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing ...

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The wartime sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The wartime sisters

Lynda Cohen Loigman

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"Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of World war II. While one siter lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer's wife,...

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Annelies by David R. Gillham

Annelies

David R. Gillham

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"It's 1945, and sixteen-year-old Anne Frank has survived the Holocaust. She lost her mother and sister, but reunites with her father, Pim, in newly liberated Amsterdam. But it's not as easy to fit the pieces of their life back together. Anne is adrift,...

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The huntress by Kate Quinn

The huntress

Kate Quinn

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"On the icy edge of Soviet Russia, bold and reckless Nina Markova joins the infamous Night Witches - an all-female bomber regiment - wreaking havoc on Hitler's eastern front. But when she is downed behind enemy lines and thrown across the path of a lethal...

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The island of sea women by Lisa See

The island of sea women

Lisa See

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"A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island. Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best ...

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Peace comes to Honeyfield by Anna Jacobs

Peace comes to Honeyfield

Anna Jacobs

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Armistice Day, London, 1918. Fiercely independent Georgie is tired of being told what's best for her by men. When she defies her father's wishes by attending the peace festivities, she tries to help a woman being attacked and encounters Patrick, a ga...

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Ambulance girls under fire by Deborah Burrows

Ambulance girls under fire

Deborah Burrows

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In times of war, how do you know who to trust? Celia Ashton has driven ambulances throughout the Blitz for the Bloomsbury Auxiliary Ambulance Depot. Cool under fire, she revels in her exciting and extremely dangerous job. When her husband, a known Na...

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Miss Nightingale's nurses by Kate Eastham

Miss Nightingale's nurses

Kate Eastham

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Ada Houston's life is shattered when her brother Frank goes missing following an accident at the docks. She hears a rumour that he survived and left Liverpool to fight a foreign war, so she boards a ship to bring him home. But the battlefields of the...

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The Liverpool matchgirl by Lyn Andrews

The Liverpool matchgirl

Lyn Andrews

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Liverpool, 1901. The Tempest family is all but destitute, barely able to put food on the table. When Florrie falls ill with pneumonia and Arthur is imprisoned after a drunken fight, their thirteen-year-old daughter Lizzie finds herself parentless, de...

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Wrecker by Noel O'Reilly

Wrecker

Noel O'Reilly

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Shipwrecks are part of life in the remote village of Porthmorvoren, Cornwall. When, after a fierce storm, Mary Blight rescues a man half-dead from the sea, she ignores the whispers of her neighbours and carries him home to nurse better. Gideon Stone is...

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The cursed wife by Pamela Hartshorne

The cursed wife

Pamela Hartshorne

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Mary is happily married to a wealthy merchant, living a charmed life in Elizabethan London. But there's a part of her past she can't forget. As a small girl, she was cursed for causing the death of a vagrant child - a curse that predicts she will hang....

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Master of his fate by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Master of his fate

Barbara Taylor Bradford

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"Working at his father's market stall in Victorian England, James Lionel Falconer determines to become a merchant prince. Hardworking and trustworthy, he catches the eye of Henry Malvern, head of the most prestigious London shipping company. When thr...

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With this pledge by Tamera Alexander

With this pledge

Tamera Alexander

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"On the night of November 30, 1864, a brutal battle in Franklin, Tennessee, all but decimates the Confederacy and nearly kills Captain Roland Ward Jones. A decorated Mississippi sharpshooter, Jones has a vision on the battlefield and, despite the severity...

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Beautiful exiles by Meg Waite Clayton

Beautiful exiles

Meg Waite Clayton

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"Headstrong, accomplished journalist Martha Gellhorn is confident with words but less so with men when she meets disheveled literary titan Ernest Hemingway in a dive bar. Their friendship, forged over writing, talk, and family dinners, flourishes int...

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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry

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"London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne's husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was an unhappy one. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space, she leaves for coastal Essex, accompanied by her...

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The tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The tattooist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris

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"The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked ...

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The hour of separation by Katharine McMahon

The hour of separation

Katharine McMahon

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"March 1939. Christa is the only child of middle-class parents, living a protected life in the London suburbs. She longs for adventure and to break free from the life expected of her. Estelle is the headstrong daughter of a heroine of the Resistance -...

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The evacuee summer by Katie (Novelist) King

The evacuee summer

Katie (Novelist) King

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"June 1940. Twins Connie and Jessie are reminded every day the difference between Yorkshire summer and what they had known previously in London's Bermondsey. But as the peace of the Phoney War ends, the evacuee children are oblivious to the darkening...

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The thief's daughter by Victoria Cornwall

The thief's daughter

Victoria Cornwall

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"Eighteenth-century Cornwall is crippled by debt and poverty, while the gibbet casts a shadow of fear over the land. Yet, when night falls, free traders swarm onto the beaches and smuggling prospers. Terrified by a thief-taker's warning as a child, Jenna...

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An orphan's war by Molly Green

An orphan's war

Molly Green

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"Liverpool, 1940. When her childhood sweetheart Johnny is killed in action, Maxine Grey loses more than her husband – she loses her best friend. Desperate to make a difference in this awful war, Maxine takes a nursing job at London’s St Thomas’s hospital....

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The lost girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

The lost girls of Paris

Pam Jenoff

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"1946, Manhattan Grace Healey is rebuilding her life after losing her husband during the war. One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, she finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her ow...

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The girl from Berlin by Ronald H. Balson

The girl from Berlin

Ronald H. Balson

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"An old friend calls Catherine Lockhart and Liam Taggart to his famous Italian restaurant to enlist their help. His aunt is being evicted from her home in the Tuscan hills by a powerful corporation claiming they own the deeds, even though she can produce...

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The sealwoman's gift by Sally Magnusson

The sealwoman's gift

Sally Magnusson

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"In 1627, Barbary pirates raided an island off the Iceland coast - and abducted the 400 inhabitants into slavery in Algiers. Among them was a pastor, his wife and their three children. The pastor was sent back on a failed mission to seek ransom. But...

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Sisters of gold by Annie Murray

Sisters of gold

Annie Murray

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"Sisters Margaret and Annie lost their mother years ago, they long for her every day. Their protective and devout father keeps the girls close. But he can't protect them all the time . . . When a scandal rocks this family unit to their core, the girls...

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An orphan's courage by Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sharp

An orphan's courage

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

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"St Saviours children's home in London's East End has provided a safe refuge for local children for decades and Sister Beatrice and her team are as busy as ever. New staff member Jinny is glad to escape the lewd advances of her drunken and slovenly m...

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The ophan girl by Lindsey Hutchinson

The ophan girl

Lindsey Hutchinson

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"When the very worst happens to her, orphan Lily Rae knows scrubbing the scullery floors of Ryder House can no longer provide refuge from the sadistic Sebastian Ryder ... Tilley Green has nothing to her name except a fine figure her worn, patched-up ...

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