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The Jam Factory Girls by Mary Wood

The Jam Factory Girls

Mary Wood

eBook

An uplifting and emotional novel of friendship set in the heart of London from bestselling author, Mary Wood. Life for Elsie is difficult as she struggles to cope with her alcoholic mother. Caring for her siblings and working long hours at Swift's Jam...

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A time for swords by Matthew Harffy

A time for swords

Matthew Harffy

eBook

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Becoming Leidah by Michelle Grierson

Becoming Leidah

Michelle Grierson

eBook

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The widow queen by Elżbieta Cherezińska

The widow queen

Elżbieta Cherezińska

eBook

Elzbieta Cherezinska's The Widow Queen is the epic story of a Polish queen whose life and name were all but forgotten until now. The bold one, they call her--too bold for most. To her father, the great duke of Poland, Swietoslawa and her two sisters ...

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Last flight to Stalingrad by Graham Hurley

Last flight to Stalingrad

Graham Hurley

eAudiobook

Berlin, 1942. For four years, the men in field grey have helped themselves to country after country across Western Europe. For Werner Nehmann, a journalist at the Promi - the Ministry of Propaganda - this dizzying series of victories has felt like a ...

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In the shadow of the fire  by Hervé Le Corre

In the shadow of the fire

Hervé Le Corre

Book

"In 1871, the Paris Commune’s “bloody week” sees the savage climax of the clashes between the Communards and the French Armed Forces loyal to Versailles. Amid the shrapnel and the chaos, while the entire west side of Paris is a field of ruins, a pho...

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While Paris slept  by Ruth Druart

While Paris slept

Ruth Druart

Book

"Santa Cruz 1953. Jean-Luc thought he had left it all behind. The scar on his face a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi occupation. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door......

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Bobby's war  by Shirley Mann

Bobby's war

Shirley Mann

Book

"On the ground, the crowd of men stood with their mouths agape, watching the wings soar into the air, the tail kept impressively steady and the small plane with a woman at the controls disappearing into the May sunshine. It's 1942 and World War Two is...

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Sincerely, Ethel Malley  by Stephen Orr

Sincerely, Ethel Malley

Stephen Orr

Book

"In the darkest days of World War II, Ethel Malley lives a quiet life on Dalmar Street, Croydon. One day she finds a collection of poems written by her late (and secretive) brother, Ern. She sends them to Max Harris, co-editor of modernist magazine A...

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The halfpenny girls  by Maggie Mason

The halfpenny girls

Maggie Mason

Book

"t is 1937 and Alice, Edith and Marg continue to face hardships every day, growing up on one of the poorest streets in Blackpool. Penniless, their friendship has helped them survive this far, but it'll take more than that to see them through the darkest...

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The deception of Harriet Fleet  by Helen Scarlett

The deception of Harriet Fleet

Helen Scarlett

Book

"1871. An age of discovery and progress. But for the Wainwright family, residents of the gloomy Teesbank Hall in County Durham the secrets of the past continue to overshadow their lives. Harriet would not have taken the job of governess in such a remote...

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The willow wren  by Philipp Schott

The willow wren

Philipp Schott

Book

"The touching and nuanced portrait of the rise and fall of Nazi Germany through the eyes of a resourceful German boy. Ludwig is an odd and introverted child, growing up in Hitler's Germany. While Ludwig's father, Wilhelm, is a senior Nazi and a true ...

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A heart divided  by Yong Jin

A heart divided

Yong Jin

Book

"China: 1200 A.D. In the fourth and final volume of Legends of the Condor Heroes, Guo Jing is at last forced to make a choice between loyalty to the land of his birth and keeping faith with Genghis Khan, who has been like a father to him. When it comes...

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The war girls  by Rosie (Fiction writer) James

The war girls

Rosie (Fiction writer) James

Book

"Can their friendship survive the darkest days of war? When Abigail arrives for a new start in Bristol in the late 1930s, she knows life won’t be easy – particularly as she is the unmarried mother of three-year-old Emily Grace. But as the war starts to...

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The discovery of slowness by Sten Nadolny

The discovery of slowness

Sten Nadolny

eBook

Framing the life of the 19th-century explorer Sir John Franklin, this novel explores not only the adventures of his career, but also enters a world where the quality of life is considered in "slow motion", where ordinary experience becomes wholly new...

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Irena's war by James D. Shipman

Irena's war

James D. Shipman

eAudiobook

September 1939: The conquering Nazis swarm through Warsaw as social worker Irena Sendler watches in dread from her apartment window. Already, the city's poor go hungry. Irena wonders how she will continue to deliver food and supplies to those who need...

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Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan

Luckenbooth

Jenni Fagan

eAudiobook

Stories tucked away on every floor. No. 10 Luckenbooth Close is an archetypal Edinburgh tenement. The devil's daughter rows to the shores of Leith in a coffin. The year is 1910 and she has been sent to a tenement building in Edinburgh by her recently...

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The German nurse by M. J. Hollows

The German nurse

M. J. Hollows

eAudiobook

A powerful and heartbreaking novel for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Nightingale and Beneath a Scarlet Sky. Guernsey, 1940. As war storms across Europe, Guernsey remains an oasis of peace - until the day Churchill orders the evacuation of t...

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The postmistress by Maggie (Novelist) Sullivan

The postmistress

Maggie (Novelist) Sullivan

eAudiobook

Heartwarming and nostalgic new Saga series from the author of Mother's Day on Coronation Street. One ordinary street in Lancashire is getting ready for war, who knows what else is going on behind the net curtains? Vicky Parrot wanted more out of life...

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See what I have done by Sarah Schmidt

See what I have done

Sarah Schmidt

eAudiobook

A hauntingly gripping novel based on the infamous true case of Lizzie Borden, accused of murdering her father and stepmother in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1892. Told through the eyes of Lizzie's sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, the...

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The Mothers by Rod Jones

The Mothers

Rod Jones

eAudiobook

In 1917, while the world is at war, Alma falls pregnant, and her daughter Molly is born in secret. In 1952, Anna enters a Salvation Army home for unmarried mothers, determined to keep her baby. In 1975, Cathy is living with David, determined not to g...

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The last convict by Anthony Hill

The last convict

Anthony Hill

eAudiobook

'It's a good story, Samuel. You're a piece of living history.' Oxford 1863: Young Samuel Speed sets a barley stack alight in the hope it will earn him a bed in prison for the night. He wants nothing more than a morsel of food in his belly and a warm place...

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The Berlin girl by Mandy Robotham

The Berlin girl

Mandy Robotham

eAudiobook

"From the bestselling author of The German Midwife comes the heart-wrenching story of a country on the brink of war and a woman who puts herself in the line of fire. Berlin, 1938: It's the height of summer, and Germany is on the brink of war. When fl...

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The tour by Andrew Mackie

The tour

Andrew Mackie

eAudiobook

Nineteen-year-old identical twins Violet and Daisie Chettle can hardly believe their luck when they are recruited as maids to accompany the Queen's Lady-in-Waiting on the royal tour to Australia in 1954. It's just the ticket they need away from cold,...

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Greyhound by C. S. (Cecil Scott) Forester

Greyhound

C. S. (Cecil Scott) Forester

eAudiobook

Brought to you by Penguin.'Unbelievably good' James Holland, bestselling author of Normandy '44The Tom Hanks film originally published as The Good Shepherd and acclaimed as C.S. Forester's wartime classic It's 1942. America has just joined the war. G...

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The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

The Rose Code

Kate Quinn

eAudiobook

The brand-new book from the internationally bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress - available to pre-order now! 'Brilliantly researched, beautifully written, and completely unputdownable' bestselling author Jenny Ashcroft 'A thrill...

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You belong here now  by Dianna Rostad

You belong here now

Dianna Rostad

Book

"Montana 1925: An Irish boy orphaned by Spanish flu, a tiny girl who won't speak, and a volatile young man who lies about his age to escape Hell's Kitchen, are paraded on train platforms across the Midwest to work-worn folks. They journey countless m...

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The complete Brigadier Gerard  by Arthur Conan Doyle

The complete Brigadier Gerard

Arthur Conan Doyle

Book

"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Brigadier Gerard stories surely constitute the finest series of historical short stories in literature, mingling the comedy and the tragedy, the pathos and the irony, or, in Napoleon's phrase, the sublime and the ridiculous....

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Names of the women  by Jeet Thayil

Names of the women

Jeet Thayil

Book

"From the Booker-shortlisted author of Narcopolis, in prose of extraordinary power, a novel about the women whose roles were suppressed, reduced or erased in the Gospels. Names of the Women begins with Christ on the cross addressing Mary of Magdala, asking...

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The bohemians by Jasmin Darznik

The bohemians

Jasmin Darznik

eAudiobook

A dazzling novel of one of America's most celebrated photographers, Dorothea Lange, exploring the wild years in San Francisco that awakened her career-defining grit, compassion, and daring."Jasmin Darznik expertly delivers an intriguing glimpse into the...

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A man at arms by Steven Pressfield

A man at arms

Steven Pressfield

eAudiobook

From the acclaimed master of historical fiction comes an epic about a reluctant hero, the Roman Empire, and the rise of a new faith. Jerusalem and the Sinai desert, first century AD. In the turbulent aftermath of the crucifixion of Jesus, officers of...

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Destined for you by Tracie Peterson

Destined for you

Tracie Peterson

eAudiobook

Can she withstand the storms of life that blow her way? Gloriana Womack's family is much smaller since scarlet fever killed her mother and two of her siblings. She's dedicated her modest life in Duluth, Minnesota, to holding the remains of her fractured...

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Wild women and the blues by Denny S. Bryce

Wild women and the blues

Denny S. Bryce

eAudiobook

"Why would I talk to you about my life? I don't know you, and even if I did, I don't tell my story to just any boy with long hair, who probably smokes weed. You wanna hear about me. You gotta tell me something about you. To make this worth my while."...

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O by Steven Carroll

O

Steven Carroll

eBook

'A woman writes a story for her married lover. Something she always thought of as a fairy tale. A fairy tale with a dark side, like the best of fairy tales...' Occupied France, 1943. France's most shameful hour. In these dark times, Dominique starts an...

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Promised land by Roger Booth

Promised land

Roger Booth

eBook

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The art of losing by Alice Zeniter

The art of losing

Alice Zeniter

eBook

Naïma has always known that her family came from Algeria - but up until now, that meant very little to her. Born and raised in France, her knowledge of that foreign country is limited to what she's learned from her grandparents' tiny flat in a crumbling...

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The strange adventures of H by Sarah Burton

The strange adventures of H

Sarah Burton

Large Print

"Orphaned young, H is sent to live with her doting aunt in London. H's life is a happy one until her lecherous cousin robs her of her innocence and the plague takes away the city and the people she loves. H is cast out - friendless, pregnant and destitute...

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The fallen women by Lindsey Hutchinson

The fallen women

Lindsey Hutchinson

Large Print

"Since the death of her parents when she was just a girl, orphan Ann Felton has had to struggle to survive. The grimy and gruelling Black Country is no place for a girl all alone and Ann is relieved when she gets works at The Bell public house, and i...

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The Berlin girl by Mandy Robotham

The Berlin girl

Mandy Robotham

Large Print

"Berlin, 1938: It’s the height of summer, and Germany is on the brink of war. When fledgling reporter Georgie Young is posted to Berlin, alongside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm. Arriving to a city swathed...

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Mrs P's book of secrets by Lorna Gray

Mrs P's book of secrets

Lorna Gray

Large Print

"There are no white shrouded spectres here, no wailing ghouls. Just the echoes of those who have passed, whispering that history is set to repeat itself. The Cotswolds, 1946: A young widow leaves behind the tragedy of her wartime life, and returns home...

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Courage, my love  by Kristin Beck

Courage, my love

Kristin Beck

Book

"Rome, 1943. Lucia Colombo has had her doubts about fascism for years, but as a single mother in an increasingly unstable country, politics are for other people - she needs to focus on keeping herself and her son alive. Then the Italian government falls...

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All the children are home  by Patry Francis

All the children are home

Patry Francis

Book

"When Dahlia decided to become a foster mother, she had a few caveats: no howling newborns, no delinquents, and above all, no girls. A harrowing incident years before left her a virtual prisoner in her own home, forever wary of the heartbreak and limitation...

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The zookeeper of Belfast  by S. Kirk Walsh

The zookeeper of Belfast

S. Kirk Walsh

Book

"As the bombs rain down on the city, Belfast's first ever female zookeeper must fight to save the baby elephant in her charge in this gripping, uplifting tale based on a true story. 1941. With the men away fighting, animal-lover Hettie Quin is made B...

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The confessions of young Nero by Margaret George

The confessions of young Nero

Margaret George

Audio CD

In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman - or child. As a boy, Nero's royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure...

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The dictionary of lost words by Pip Williams

The dictionary of lost words

Pip Williams

Large Print

"In 1901, the word 'Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the 'Scriptorium',...

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The ripping tree by Nikki Gemmell

The ripping tree

Nikki Gemmell

eAudiobook

An illustrious family. A beautiful home. A shipwrecked young woman left on its doorstep. Don't think they're going to save her. Early 1800s. Thomasina Trelora is on her way to the colonies. Her fate: to be married to a clergyman she's never met. As t...

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The sisters of St Croix by Diney Costeloe

The sisters of St Croix

Diney Costeloe

Audio CD

"A gripping story of love, death and danger in Nazi Occupied France. When Adelaide Anson-Gravetty finds out her father is not the man who raised her, she is both shocked and intrigued. Determined to find out more about her new family, she travels to ...

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The German nurse by M. J. Hollows

The German nurse

M. J. Hollows

Audio CD

"A secret past. A forbidden love. A terrifying choice ... Her past could kill you. Guernsey, 1940. As war storms through Europe, Churchill orders the evacuation of all military personnel from the island. Boats ferry soldiers and vulnerable young children...

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The postmistress by Maggie (Novelist) Sullivan

The postmistress

Maggie (Novelist) Sullivan

Audio CD

"One ordinary street in Lancashire is getting ready for war, who knows what else is going on behind the net curtains? Vicky Parrot wanted more out of life than working all hours in her father’s Post Office. Her dreams were ruined when tragedy came calling,...

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When the world stood still  by Kate Eastham

When the world stood still

Kate Eastham

Book

"Wartime London. Twenty-year-old Emily Burdon has been training as a nurse, learning on the job as she tends to patients from the crowded poorhouses that ring the hospital as well as wounded soldiers. She pours her heart into her nursing while she waits...

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The nine lives of Kitty K  by Margaret Mills

The nine lives of Kitty K

Margaret Mills

Book

Set in a turbulent period of goldfields' history, The Nine Lives of Kitty K. paints a vivid picture of pioneer life as told by the sons and daughters of those who lived it and survived the terrible Depression of the 1890s. Kitty Kirk (1855-1930), arguably...

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A woman undefeated  by Vivienne Dockerty

A woman undefeated

Vivienne Dockerty

Book

"Only she can save herself... Maggie is sixteen years old and barely keeping her family alive in the throes of the Irish famine. As her mother is on her deathbed, Maggie is pressed to accept a proposal from their neighbour, Jack. With few options beyond...

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Dreams can come true  by Vivienne Dockerty

Dreams can come true

Vivienne Dockerty

Book

"Events of the past can undo a lifetime of hopes and dreams... Twenty years have passed since Maggie settled with Jack in north west England after escaping the Irish Famine. They have overcome hardships to raise a family, but not without heartache along...

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The women of Chateau Lafayette  by Stephanie Dray

The women of Chateau Lafayette

Stephanie Dray

Book

"Most castles are protected by powerful men. This one by women ... A reluctant resistor ... 1940. French schoolteacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan's self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occu...

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The girl with the silver bangle  by Linda Finlay

The girl with the silver bangle

Linda Finlay

Book

"London, 1910. A cruel twist of fate means Daisy must give up the job she loves painting for a theatre company and move to Devon. Only the silver bangle she wears on her wrist brings comfort, reminding her of a young man who once promised her his heart....

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The Chanel sisters by Judithe Little

The Chanel sisters

Judithe Little

Large Print

"The unforgettable story of the sisters who changed fashion forever. Gabrielle and Antoinette know they're destined for something better. Abandoned to a convent orphanage, they are raised for simple lives. But at night they dream of a glittering future,...

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The moonlight school by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The moonlight school

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Large Print

"Haunted by her sister's mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain...

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Miriam's song  by Jill Eileen Smith

Miriam's song

Jill Eileen Smith

Book

"In her eventful lifetime, Miriam was many things to many people: protective older sister, song leader, prophetess, leper. But between the highs and the lows, she was a girl who dreamed of freedom, a woman who longed for love, a leader who made mistakes,...

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The flower girl  by Maggie Ford

The flower girl

Maggie Ford

Book

"Since her father's death, Emma Beech has supported her family by selling paper flowers to the theatre crowds in the West End. But when Emma meets street musician Theodore Barrington, she dreams of finally leaving poverty behind. Previously known as the...

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Mrs. Wiggins by Mary Monroe

Mrs. Wiggins

Mary Monroe

eAudiobook

Reminiscent of her captivating, scandalous Mama Ruby series, New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe crafts a story set in the Deep South during the Depression, in this tale of a woman determined to have a respectable life--no matter what it costs...

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A declaration of the rights of magicians by H. G. Parry

A declaration of the rights of magicians

H. G. Parry

eAudiobook

A sweeping tale of revolution and wonder in a world not quite like our own, A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians is a genre-defying story of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom in the early modern world.It is the Age of Enlightenment -- of new...

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The rib king by Ladee Hubbard

The rib king

Ladee Hubbard

eAudiobook

"Ladee Hubbard's voice is a welcome original."--Mary GaitskillUpstairs, Downstairs meets Parasite: The acclaimed author of The Talented Ribkins deconstructs painful African American stereotypes and offers a fresh and searing critique on race, class, ...

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The last tiara by M. J. Rose

The last tiara

M. J. Rose

eAudiobook

Sophia Moon had always been reticent about her life in Russia and when she dies, suspiciously, on a wintry New York evening, Isobelle despairs that her mother's secrets have died with her. But while renovating the apartment they shared, Isobelle disc...

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Sparks like stars by Nadia Hashimi

Sparks like stars

Nadia Hashimi

eAudiobook

"A fascinating epic tale."--The New York PostAn Afghan American woman returns to Kabul to learn the truth about her family and the tragedy that destroyed their lives in this brilliant and compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Pearl That...

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A beautiful spy by Rachel Hore

A beautiful spy

Rachel Hore

eAudiobook

From the million-copy Sunday Times bestseller comes a thrilling story about a woman with an extraordinary life, based on a true story. Minnie Gray is an ordinary young woman. She is also a spy for the British government. It all began in the summer of...

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The Kitchen Front by Jennifer (Jennifer L.) Ryan

The Kitchen Front

Jennifer (Jennifer L.) Ryan

Large Print

"Two years into World War II, Britain is feeling her losses; the Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The ...

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The girls in the stilt house  by Kelly Mustian

The girls in the stilt house

Kelly Mustian

Book

"Ada promised herself she would never go back to the Trace, to her unbearable life on the swamp, and to her harsh father in Mississippi. But now, after running away to Baton Rouge and briefly knowing a different kind of life, she finds herself with nowhere...

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No good deed by Ewan Lawrie

No good deed

Ewan Lawrie

eBook

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Leonora in the morning light  by Michaela Carter

Leonora in the morning light

Michaela Carter

Book

"As Leonora and Max embark on remarkable journeys together and apart, the full story of their tumultuous and passionate love affair unfolds, spanning time and borders as they seek to reunite and reclaim their creative power in a world shattered by war....

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A sister's war  by Molly. author. Green

A sister's war

Molly. author. Green

Book

"Britain, 1943: Ronnie Linfoot may be the youngest of three sisters, but she’s determined to do her bit… Against her strict mother’s wishes, Ronnie signs up to join the Grand Union Canal Company, where she’ll be working on a narrowboat taking critic...

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Sunflower sisters  by Martha Hall Kelly

Sunflower sisters

Martha Hall Kelly

Book

"Georgeanna 'Georgey' Woolsey isn’t meant for the world of lavish parties and the demure attitudes of women of her stature. So when war ignites the nation, Georgey follows her passion for nursing during a time when doctors considered women on the battlefront...

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The hidden wife  by Joanna. author. Rees

The hidden wife

Joanna. author. Rees

Book

"Paris, 1928 Having fled London and been on the run around Europe, Vita Casey has established a new life for herself, keeping a low profile as a dresser at a cabaret hall where Nancy is part of the risque dance troupe. It's a vibrant world of wild pa...

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The confessions of young Nero by Margaret George

The confessions of young Nero

Margaret George

eAudiobook

In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman - or child. As a boy, Nero's royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure...

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Mr. Beethoven  by Paul Griffiths

Mr. Beethoven

Paul Griffiths

Book

"What if Beethoven had traveled to the United States in their infancy, taking up his commission to write a Biblical oratorio for Boston's Handel and Haydn Society? As Beethoven wrestles with his muse, and his librettist, he comes to rely on two women...

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White shadow  by Roy Jacobsen

White shadow

Roy Jacobsen

Book

"No-one can be alone on an island . . . But Ingrid is alone on Barrøy, the island that bears her name, and the war of her childhood has been replaced by a new, more terrible present: Norway is under the Nazi boot. When the bodies from a bombed battleship...

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The bohemians  by Jasmin Darznik

The bohemians

Jasmin Darznik

Book

"A dazzling novel of one of America's most celebrated photographers - exploring Dorothea Lange's wild years in San Francisco that awakened her career-defining grit, compassion, and daring. In 1918 Dorothea leaves the East Coast for California, where a...

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Those Hamilton sisters  by Averil Kenny

Those Hamilton sisters

Averil Kenny

Book

"Beautiful, irrepressible Esther Hamilton had a reputation in the small Queensland town of Noah Vale. That was until she ran away, twenty years ago, under a cloud of shame. It's now 1955 and following their mother's death, the Hamilton sisters - Sonnet,...

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The widow queen  by Elżbieta Cherezińska

The widow queen

Elżbieta Cherezińska

Book

"Elzbieta Cherezinska's The Widow Queen is the epic story of a Polish queen whose life and name were all but forgotten until now. The bold one, they call her - too bold for most. To her father, the great duke of Poland, Swietoslawa and her two sister...

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Libertie  by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Libertie

Kaitlyn Greenidge

Book

"Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her mother, a physician, has a vision for their future together: Libertie will go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie...

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In the palace of flowers  by Victoria Princewill

In the palace of flowers

Victoria Princewill

Book

"Set in the opulent Persian royal court of the Qajars at the end of the 19th century, In The Palace of Flowers is an atmospheric historical novel following the lives of two Abyssinian slaves, Jamila, a concubine, and Abimelech, a eunuch. Torn away from...

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Prisoner from Penang  by Clare Flynn

Prisoner from Penang

Clare Flynn

Book

"After Penang is attackedd by the Japanese at the end of 1941, Mary Helston believes Singapore will be a safe haven. But within weeks the supposedly invincible British stronghold is on the brink of collapse to the advancing enemy. Mary and her mother...

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The steel beneath the silk  by Patricia Bracewell

The steel beneath the silk

Patricia Bracewell

Book

"In the year 1012, England's Norman-born Queen Emma has been ten years wed to an aging, ruthless, haunted King Æthelred. The marriage is a bitterly unhappy one, between a queen who seeks to create her own sphere of influence within the court and a su...

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The dressmaker's secret  by Karen. author. Dickson

The dressmaker's secret

Karen. author. Dickson

Book

"Dorset, 1876. When young Beatrice Cullen shows up in the local church with her illegitimate child in her arms, Reverend Michael Redfern takes it upon himself to help her. He finds her daughter, Lily, at home with a kindly couple. But when, at the age...

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Ariadne  by Jennifer. author. Saint

Ariadne

Jennifer. author. Saint

Book

"Ariadne, Princess of Crete, grows up greeting the dawn from her beautiful dancing floor and listening to her nursemaid’s stories of gods and heroes. But beneath her golden palace echo the ever-present hoofbeats of her brother, the Minotaur, a monster...

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The second marriage by Gill Paul

The second marriage

Gill Paul

eBook

"From the internationally bestselling author of The Secret Wife comes a tale of love, sacrifice and betrayal, available now. Published in the US as Jackie and Maria. JACKIEWhen her first marriage ends in tragedy, Jackie Kennedy fears she'll never love...

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A beautiful spy by Rachel Hore

A beautiful spy

Rachel Hore

eBook

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Lionhearts by Nathan Makaryk

Lionhearts

Nathan Makaryk

eBook

History and myth collide in Nathan Makaryk's Lionhearts, a riveting story of vengeance, redemption and war, perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.All will be well when King Richard returns . . . but King Richard has been captured. To raise the money for...

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Whatever the cost by Michael Kurland

Whatever the cost

Michael Kurland

eBook

"September 1939. Germany has declared war on Poland, and in German Pomerania, Professor Josef Brun is on the run from the SS, carrying secret documents that could change the course of the war. If he can make it to France or Britain. If he can survive......

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The lyre dancers  by Mandy Haggith

The lyre dancers

Mandy Haggith

Book

"Northern Britain, c. 300 BC. Former slave, indomitable survivor and now matriarch Rian returns with her daughters to her Celtic homeland and navigates changing fortunes from plundered riches and feuding warlords to betrayals and menacing curses. But...

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The Air Raid girls  by Jenny Holmes

The Air Raid girls

Jenny Holmes

Book

"May, 1941. Meet the Air Raid Girls: three young women keen to do their bit during the Yorkshire blitz. Connie's life has taken an unexpected turn since her husband died - she's living at home and working in the family bakery - but night shifts as an...

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In times of rain and war  by Camron Steve Wright

In times of rain and war

Camron Steve Wright

Book

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Stocking, a German-born Jew, hides in 1940 London, hoping someday to reunite with her family while pretending to be a British citizen. American Lieutenant Wesley Bowers arrives in England the same day as the beginning of the...

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