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Dr Potter's medicine show by Eric Scott Fischl

Dr Potter's medicine show

Eric Scott Fischl

eBook

A disgraced civil war doctor, a drunken dentist, and two accidental outlaws - all are bound up with the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, which cures some, mutates others, and will control both of their destinies.

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The Tuscan child  by Rhys Bowen

The Tuscan child

Rhys Bowen

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"Thirty years after her British bomber pilot father parachuted from his stricken plane into German-occupied Tuscany, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to learn about her father's hidden wartime past."--Publisher's description.

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In places hidden  by Tracie Peterson

In places hidden

Tracie Peterson

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"1905. Caleb Coulter, a lawyer, went missing three months ago. His sister, Camriann, heads to San Francisco to find him. She meets Judith and Kenzie, who also have mysteries to solve in the booming West Coast city. Camri's search leads her deep into the...

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Munich by Robert Harris

Munich

Robert Harris

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"Set over four days against the backdrop of the Munich Conference of September 1938, this story follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Guy Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in...

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An uncommon woman by Nicole Alexander

An uncommon woman

Nicole Alexander

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"It's 1929, and the world is changing. Cars are no longer the privilege of the rich. Hemlines are rising. Movies are talking. And more and more women are entering the workforce. For Edwina Baker, however, life on her family's farm in Western Queensland...

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The reflection by Hugo Wilcken

The reflection

Hugo Wilcken

eAudiobook

Dr Manne isn't himself when he's called out by the police to evaluate a man suspected of psychosis. But the man is perfectly calm, and insists he's not who the police says he is. Manne isn't sure what to believe, but something definitely isn't right....

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The French perfumer by Amanda Hampson

The French perfumer

Amanda Hampson

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"'Shorthand typist required by English speaker in the South of France. Live-in, full board plus salary commensurate with experience.' Iris Turner, an unworldly young Englishwoman, arrives in the French Riviera to take up a secretarial role for the mysterious...

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With a kiss and a prayer by Ellie Dean

With a kiss and a prayer

Ellie Dean

Audio CD

Cliffehaven, 1944. Peggy Reilly is enjoying a rare moment alone in the garden of her Beach View Boarding House. Against the now familiar backdrop of squadrons roaring overhead, it seems both impossible that war continues, and yet inconceivable that it...

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One kind man by Anna Jacobs

One kind man

Anna Jacobs

Audio CD

Lancashire, 1931. When Finn Carlisle loses his wife and unborn child, he spends a few years travelling to keep the sad memories at bay. Just as he's ready to settle down again, his great-uncle dies and leaves him Heythorpe House in Ellindale. Finn finds...

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Music across the Mersey by Geraldine O'Neill

Music across the Mersey

Geraldine O'Neill

Audio CD

In 1940s Dublin, Johnny Cassidy is widowed, out of work and lost as to how to look after his four children. Broken-hearted, he's tempted to look for the answer at the bottom of a beer glass, and it takes another calamity for him to realise help sometimes...

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Still waters by Judith Saxton

Still waters

Judith Saxton

Audio CD

Living on the edge of the beautiful Norfolk Broads with her father, the only ripple in Tess Delamere's calm life is the disturbing dream about her dead mother which haunts her. She yearns to know more but the arrival of a new stepmother heralds the end...

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A rose in Flanders fields by Terri Nixon

A rose in Flanders fields

Terri Nixon

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1917. Driving an ambulance through the mud in Flanders, aristocrat Evie Creswell is a long way from home. At Oaklands Manor she was expected to look pretty and make a good marriage. But with the arrival of World War One everything changed. Evie shunned...

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Munich by Robert Harris

Munich

Robert Harris

Audio CD

September 1938. Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace. The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich. As Chamberlain's plane judders over...

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Enchantress of numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini

Enchantress of numbers

Jennifer Chiaverini

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"The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Estranged from Ada's father, who was infamously "mad, bad, and dangerous to know," Ada's mathematician...

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The midwives of Raglan Road by Jenny Holmes

The midwives of Raglan Road

Jenny Holmes

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Summer, 1936. Newly trained midwife Hazel Price returns to the Yorkshire streets of her childhood, only to find that her modern methods and 'stuck-up' ways bring her into conflict with her family and other formidable residents of Raglan Road. Determined...

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Manchester moll by Emma Hornby

Manchester moll

Emma Hornby

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Eighteen-year-old Moll Chambers works her fingers to the bone to support her family. With an ailing father and a wayward mother, Moll is the only one who can look after her siblings, Bo and Sissy. But Manchester is an increasingly dangerous place to live,...

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The captain's girl by Nicola Pryce

The captain's girl

Nicola Pryce

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Cornwall, 1793. As the French Revolution threatens the stability of England, so too is discontent brewing in the heart of Celia Cavendish. Promised to the brutal Viscount Vallenforth, she must find a way to break free from the bounds of a life stifled...

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A mother's choice by Valerie Wood

A mother's choice

Valerie Wood

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For ten years, Delia has had to fend for herself and her son Jack, and as a young unmarried mother, life has never been easy. Every new coat and pair of shoes was bought with what little money she could scrape together as a singer. But when the theatre...

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Workhouse Angel by Holly Green

Workhouse Angel

Holly Green

Audio CD

Angelina was abandoned on the doorsteps of Brownlow Workhouse when she was just a baby. The only clues to her parentage are her golden curls and the rag doll she held in her arms. Nicknamed "Angel", she finds a friend in the little orphan girl May who...

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Monsoon summer by Julia Gregson

Monsoon summer

Julia Gregson

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Oxfordshire, 1947. Exhausted by the war and nursing a tragic secret, Kit Smallwood flees to Wickam Farm to recuperate. There she throws herself into helping set up a charity sending midwives to India. Then Kit meets Anto, a handsome, complicated but charming...

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Edith & Oliver by Michèle Forbes

Edith & Oliver

Michèle Forbes

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Edith was born into a different world. But her rebellious nature brought her to the seedy glamour of the music hall, where she plays the piano by night. Oliver is an illusionist of moderate repute. But he is a man of ambition. He wants to tour the world,...

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The which way tree  by Elizabeth Crook

The which way tree

Elizabeth Crook

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"The dangerous and poignant odyssey of a tenacious young girl who boldly traverses the Texas frontier as she seeks to avenge her mother's death. Early one morning in the remote hill country of Texas, a panther attacks a family of homesteaders, mauling...

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The merest loss  by Steven Neil

The merest loss

Steven Neil

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"When Harriet Howard becomes Louis Napoleon's mistress and financial backer and appears at his side in Paris in 1848, it is as if she has emerged from nowhere. How did the English daughter of a Norfolk boot-maker meet the future Emperor? Who is the mysterious...

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The revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch

The revolution of Marina M.

Janet Fitch

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"From the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman. St. Petersburg, New Year's Day, 1916: Marina Makarova is as old as the century....

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Chance encounters by Rosie Harris

Chance encounters

Rosie Harris

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"A chance meeting in Liverpool will change Megan Lloyd's life in ways she could never have imagined ... August, 1942. 21-year-old Megan Lloyd is determined to do her bit for the war effort - and a chance encounter with an American army officer in Liverpool...

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As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

As Bright As Heaven

Susan Meissner

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"From the darkest hours rises life in all its glory ... From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family...

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The atomic city girls by Janet Beard

The atomic city girls

Janet Beard

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In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesnt officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of monthsa town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant...

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The Atomic City girls by Janet Beard

The Atomic City girls

Janet Beard

eAudiobook

In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes this riveting novel of the everyday people who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II."What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay...

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Miranda  by Elaine Blick

Miranda

Elaine Blick

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"Miranda is a black ex-slave, now the owner of a sugar plantation in Jamaica in the late 18th century. Her battle to overcome prejudice and to raise the status of African slaves by teaching them to read and write makes compelling reading. Her personal...

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The leopard unleashed  by Elizabeth Chadwick

The leopard unleashed

Elizabeth Chadwick

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"1139. Renard, the well-meaning and dashing, but often restless, heir to the realm, returns from the Crusader kingdom of Antioch with a mistress, the beautiful, crafty dancing girl Olwen. Renard has come home to deal with his father's impending death...

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Hour glass  by Michelle (Novelist) Rene

Hour glass

Michelle (Novelist) Rene

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"Set in the lawless town of Deadwood, South Dakota, Hour Glass shares an intimate look at the woman behind the legend of Calamity Jane told through the eyes of twelve-year-old Jimmy Glass. After their pa falls deathly ill with smallpox, Jimmy and his...

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The songbirds of Colliers Row  by Jennifer Hart

The songbirds of Colliers Row

Jennifer Hart

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"A village without a voice. That's what the locals are saying about Llandegwen, deep in the Welsh valleys. The village choir, once a source of pride for the small mining community, has been forced to disband; the elderly choirmaster heartbroken by the...

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The wives' revenge  by Lindsey Hutchinson

The wives' revenge

Lindsey Hutchinson

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A gritty tale of triumph over hardship, and justice for the downtrodden. Violet Clancy can take no more of her violent stepfather's attentions, so when he meets a tragic end she feels justice has been done. Looking around the bleak and pitiless Black...

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A mother's courage  by Maggie Hope

A mother's courage

Maggie Hope

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"Eleanor Saint has always dreamt of making her mark on the world as a doctor or nurse, but in North-East England in 1851, all she can do is dream. Married off to Francis Tait, a missionary, Eleanor finds herself bound for distant Fiji, following in the...

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The good doctor of Warsaw  by Elisabeth Gifford

The good doctor of Warsaw

Elisabeth Gifford

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"You do not leave a sick child alone to face the dark and you do not leave a child at a time like this. Deeply in love and about to marry, students Misha and Sophia flee a Warsaw under Nazi occupation for a chance at freedom. Forced to return to the...

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Monsieur Ka  by Vesna Goldsworthy

Monsieur Ka

Vesna Goldsworthy

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"The London winter of 1947. As cold as St Petersburg during the Revolution. The Karenins keep their vodka under the layers of snow in their suburban garden, in bottles entombed like their Russian past. But when a young Frenchwoman arrives to work as a...

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The orphans of Ardwick  by Emma Hornby

The orphans of Ardwick

Emma Hornby

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"After a cold, hard winter on the streets, three orphans are about to give up hope when an unexpected turn of events brings them to the doorstep of Bracken House. Taken in by the firm but kind-hearted cook, the young friends can hardly believe their luck....

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Where treasure hides by Johnnie Alexander

Where treasure hides

Johnnie Alexander

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"Working in her family's renowned art gallery, artist Alison Schuyler is determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan. She's certain that true love will lead to tragedy -- until a chance meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin...

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The ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen

The ladies of Ivy Cottage

Julie Klassen

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"In The Ladies of Ivy Cottage friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold. Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village...

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The eagle by Jack Whyte

The eagle

Jack Whyte

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The eagle and the dove by Jane Feather

The eagle and the dove

Jane Feather

eBook

Heading a thundering cavalcade of richly dressed Moorish soldiers, Lord Hassan commands attention with just one glance from his deep black eyes. And with one look, he knew that he had to have the chestnut-haired beauty who returned his stare with such...

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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. Peggy Reilly is enjoying a rare moment alone in the garden of her Beach View Boarding House. Against the now familiar backdrop of squadrons roaring overhead and the wireless humming, it seems both impossible that war continues,...

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The winter station  by Jody Shields

The winter station

Jody Shields

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"An aristocratic Russian doctor races to contain a deadly plague in an outpost city in Manchuria - before it spreads to the rest of the world. 1910: people are mysteriously dying at an alarming rate in the Russian-ruled city of Kharbin, a major railway...

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Carnegie's maid by Marie Benedict

Carnegie's maid

Marie Benedict

eAudiobook

From the author of The Other Einstein, the mesmerizing tale of what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty.Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest...

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Greasy grass by Johnny D. Boggs

Greasy grass

Johnny D. Boggs

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Johnny D. Boggs turns the battlefield itself into a character in this historical retelling of Custer's Last Stand, when George Custer led most of his command to annihilation at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in southern Montana in 1876.More than forty...

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Leap of faith by Jenny Pattrick

Leap of faith

Jenny Pattrick

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A vivid novel about ingenuity and hard slog, crooks and dreamers, bootleggers and love.Billy is a young, impressionable dreamer. In 1907, he strikes off on his own, keen to prove himself an able worker on the new railroad. It's being cut through steep...

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Land of the brave and the free by Michael R. Phillips

Land of the brave and the free

Michael R. Phillips

eBook

Pursued as a Union spy behind enemy lines, Corrie's escape attempt is cut short by a gunshot wound that leaves her unconscious. When she wakes, she sees her rescuer, Christopher Braxton. But even as she is nursed back to health, she continues to suffer...

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The Tale of Isis and Osiris by Anne Spackman

The Tale of Isis and Osiris

Anne Spackman

eBook

This is a story of the murder and death of King Osiris of Ancient Egypt, and the story of the journey of Isis to find the body of her husband.

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The melody of the soul by Liz Tolsma

The melody of the soul

Liz Tolsma

eBook

By 1943, Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost everything, including her career as a concert violinist and almost her entire family. The only person she has left is her beloved grandmother, and she's determined to keep her safe. But...

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The winter station by Jody Shields

The winter station

Jody Shields

eAudiobook

An aristocratic Russian doctor races to contain a deadly plague in an outpost city in Manchuria-before it spreads to the rest of the world.1910: people are mysteriously dying at an alarming rate in the Russian-ruled city of Kharbin, a major railway outpost...

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Mr. Dickens and his carol by Samantha Silva

Mr. Dickens and his carol

Samantha Silva

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"When his newest book is an utter flop, Charles Dickens' publishers offer an ultimatum: either he writes a Christmas book in a month, or they will call in his debts, and he could lose everything. On one of his long walks, he meets a young woman who might...

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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 Amish...

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Ambulance girls under fire  by Deborah Burrows

Ambulance girls under fire

Deborah Burrows

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"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 Nazi supporter, is released from prison, Celia refuses...

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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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The secrets at ocean's edge  by Kali Napier

The secrets at ocean's edge

Kali Napier

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"1932. Ernie and Lily Hass, and their daughter, Girlie, have lost almost everything in the Depression; all they have keeping their small family together are their secrets. Abandoning their failing wheat farm and small-town gossip, they make a new start...

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Secrets of the East End Angels  by Rosie Hendry

Secrets of the East End Angels

Rosie Hendry

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"London, 1941. The East End Angels - Frankie, Bella and Winnie - are settled into life as ambulance crew members at LAAS Station Seventy-Five. The threat of air raids and other atrocities are a constant worry, but life continues regardless and the weight...

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The atomic city girls  by Janet Beard

The atomic city girls

Janet Beard

Book

"In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant...

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Beyond the wild river by Sarah Maine

Beyond the wild river

Sarah Maine

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"A highly atmospheric and suspenseful historical novel, set in the 1890s about a Scottish heiress who unexpectedly encounters her childhood friend in North America, five years after he disappeared from her family's estate the night of a double murder...

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Things a bright girl can do by Sally Nicholls

Things a bright girl can do

Sally Nicholls

eBook

Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote.Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never...

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In love and war  by Liz Trenow

In love and war

Liz Trenow

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"Three women, once enemies. Their secrets will unite them. July, 1919. The First World War is over. The war-torn area of Flanders near Ypres is no longer home to trenches or troops, but groups of tourists. Controversial battlefield tourism now drives...

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Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander

Christmas at Carnton

Tamera Alexander

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"Amid war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas--and of sacrificial love. Set against the backdrop and history of the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee."--

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After Anatevka by Alexandra Silber

After Anatevka

Alexandra Silber

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"A sweeping historical novel in the grand tradition of Russian literature that imagines what happens to the characters of Fiddler on the Roof after the curtain falls."--

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The woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

The woman on the Orient Express

Lindsay Jayne Ashford

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"Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can't neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey."--

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Fortune's fool by Raphael Sabatini

Fortune's fool

Raphael Sabatini

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London 1665 is no place for Randal Holles, a former soldier in Cromwell's army, now that the monarchy has been restored and the exploits of the Republicans are being condemned in the highest degree. Holles, desperate for an escape from his hopeless situation...

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King hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett

King hereafter

Dorothy Dunnett

eBook

It is the eleventh century and in the isles of Orkney a young boy is born. He is named Thorfinn, baptised as Macbeth. To the north are the warring Vikings and south lies Alba -- the Scottish mainland. Orkney is the prize in between, and an unlikely place...

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Like a river from its course by Kelli Stuart

Like a river from its course

Kelli Stuart

eAudiobook

Winner of the 2017 American Christian Fiction Writers' Carol Award--Best Christian Fiction of the Year An epic novel exposing the ugliness of war and the beauty of hope. The city of Kiev was bombed in Hitler's blitzkrieg across the Soviet Union, but the...

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House of dreams by Michael Swanwick

House of dreams

Michael Swanwick

eBook

The fourth in Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Michael Swanwick's "Mongolian Wizard" series of tales set in an alternate fin de siEcle Europe shot through with magic, mystery, and intrigue. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital...

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Behold Your Queen! by Gladys Malvern

Behold Your Queen!

Gladys Malvern

eBook

It is the ancient days of the Persian Empire. Hadassah was content in her quiet life in the Jewish quarter of the city of Babylon with her uncle Mordecai, who had raised her from childhood. But she was old enough to be married, and yet her uncle hadn't...

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The honest spy  by Andreas Kollender

The honest spy

Andreas Kollender

Book

"During one of history's darkest chapters, one man is determined to make a difference. In the tradition of Schindler's List comes the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler's foreign ministry. Recognising that millions...

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The girls in the picture by Melanie Benjamin

The girls in the picture

Melanie Benjamin

eBook

A fascinating novel of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood's earliest female legends--screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford--from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The...

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The restless by Gerty Dambury

The restless

Gerty Dambury

eBook

"This lyrical novel, structured like a Creole quadrille, is a rich ethnography bearing witness to police violence in French Guadeloupe. Narrators both living and dead recount the racial and class stratification that led to a protest-turned-massacre. Dambury's...

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The bride wore spurs by Sharon Ihle

The bride wore spurs

Sharon Ihle

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Kathleen Lacey O'Carroll knew she faced an uncertain future when she arrived in Wyoming as a mail-order bride -- especially when she learned that the man she was to marry hadn't actually ordered her. How could John Winterhawke, a fiercely independent...

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Walking wounded  by Sheila Llewellyn

Walking wounded

Sheila Llewellyn

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"Daniel stared at the white-ish brain matter clinging to the haft and clogging up the eye of the needle. Can it really be as easy as that - to scrape out someone's depression, their melancholy, their anxiety? To scrape out someone's emotions? Set in Northfield,...

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The midwives of Raglan Road by Jenny Holmes

The midwives of Raglan Road

Jenny Holmes

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Summer, 1936. Newly trained midwife Hazel Price returns to the Yorkshire streets of her childhood, only to find that her modern methods and 'stuck-up' ways bring her into conflict with her family and other formidable residents of Raglan Road. Determined...

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Nobody's girl by Tania Anne Crosse

Nobody's girl

Tania Anne Crosse

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The boom years immediately after the Great War bring nothing but happiness for wealthy industrialist Wigmore Stratfield-Whyte and his wife Clarissa - until tragedy robs them of their greatest treasure. Many years later, a horrific fatal accident brings...

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The blacksmith's wife by Anne Doughty

The blacksmith's wife

Anne Doughty

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County Armagh, 1845. Married to the local blacksmith, young Sarah Hamilton spends her days looking after John and his apprentices at the forge. Her happiness is intensified by the steady love of her husband and the beautiful green landscape of her home...

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The shipbuilder's daughter by Emma Fraser

The shipbuilder's daughter

Emma Fraser

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Glasgow, 1928. Margaret lost both of her brothers in the Great War and is now the last remaining child of wealthy and powerful shipyard owner William Bannatyne. Without a male heir to carry on the family business, William expects his daughter to marry...

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The dead woman of Deptford by Ann Granger

The dead woman of Deptford

Ann Granger

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On a cold November night in a Deptford yard, dock worker Harry Parker stumbles upon the body of a dead woman. Inspector Ben Ross is summoned from Scotland Yard to this insalubrious part of town, but no witness to the murder of this well-dressed, middle-aged...

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The translation of love by Lynne Kutsukake

The translation of love

Lynne Kutsukake

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1946: Thirteen-year-old Aya Shimamura is released from a Canadian internment camp and repatriated with her father to Tokyo, now occupied by the Americans. Aya's status at school as the 'repat girl' makes her a social pariah, until her seatmate - a fierce,...

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Toward the sea of freedom  by Sarah Lark

Toward the sea of freedom

Sarah Lark

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"In mid-nineteenth-century Ireland, charming Kathleen and dashing Michael harbour secrets and dreams. Imagining a life beyond the kitchen and fields of the wealthy family they both work for, they plot to leave their homeland, marry, and raise the child...

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Four respectable ladies seek part-time husband  by Barbara Toner

Four respectable ladies seek part-time husband

Barbara Toner

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"It's September 1919. The war is over, and everyone who was going to die from the flu has done so. But there's a shortage of husbands and women in strife will flounder without a male to act on their behalf. And in the southern New South Wales town of...

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The mermaid and Mrs Hancock  by Imogen Hermes Gowar

The mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Imogen Hermes Gowar

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"One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door and finds that one of his captains has sold Jonah's ship for what appears to be a mermaid. As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and...

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Until we find home  by Cathy Gohlke

Until we find home

Cathy Gohlke

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"In the early days of WWII, American Claire Stewart smuggles five French Jewish children across the channel before the Nazis storm Paris, and brings them to her estranged aunt's Lake District estate as refugees. Lady Miranda Langford agrees to take them...

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Blessing  by Lyn Cote

Blessing

Lyn Cote

Book

"United by a common foe Blessing Brightman and Gerard Ramsay are drawn together by an attraction neither can deny. Can two people worlds apart find love?"--Publisher's description.

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Faith  by Lyn Cote

Faith

Lyn Cote

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"The Civil War battlefield is the last place Quakeress Faith Cathwell thought she’d find herself. But with a gift for nursing, Faith seizes this opportunity to join the fight for abolition—and to search for Shiloh, a freeborn childhood friend who was...

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Defenders of the faith  by Jean Plaidy

Defenders of the faith

Jean Plaidy

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"These are dark days for England; the Tudor succession hangs precariously in the balance, along with the lives of its people. The wrong religion can all too easily mean a brutal death in a time when the difference between 'faithful' and 'heretic' rests...

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The night language  by David Rocklin

The night language

David Rocklin

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"The story of a young man, Prince Alamayou of Abyssinia, who is taken from his home and the Abyssinian war to the court of Queen Victoria--a world he knows nothing about. With him is Philip Layard, a young apprentice to one of the doctors on the battlefield...

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Swearing off stars  by Danielle M. Wong

Swearing off stars

Danielle M. Wong

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"Amelia Cole--Lia for short--is one of the first women studying abroad at Oxford University in the 1920s. Finally free from her overbearing Brooklyn parents, she finds a welcome sense of independence in British college life--and quickly falls for Scarlett...

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The lost season of love and snow  by Jennifer Laam

The lost season of love and snow

Jennifer Laam

Book

"The unforgettable story of Alexander Pushkin’s beautiful wife, Natalya, a woman much admired at Court, and how she became reviled as the villain of St. Petersburg. At the age of sixteen, Natalya Goncharova is stunningly beautiful and intellectually...

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The painted lady  by Maeve Haran

The painted lady

Maeve Haran

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"Sixteen-year-old Frances Stuart arrives at the Restoration court to find her innocence and beauty are highly-prized commodities, envied by the women and desired by the men. Before long, King Charles II falls passionately in love with her and will stop...

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The alphabet of heart's desire  by Brian Keaney

The alphabet of heart's desire

Brian Keaney

Book

"In 1802 Thomas de Quincey, a young man who will one day write the famous book ‘Confessions of an English opium eater’, collapses on Oxford Street and is nursed back to health by a teenage prostitute. Their lives and that of a freed slave cross and re-cross...

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The poppy girls  by Margaret Dickinson

The poppy girls

Margaret Dickinson

Book

"Thwarted in her desire to become a doctor like her brother, Robert, Pips Maitland rebels against her mother's wishes that she settle down and raise children. However, when Robert brings home a friend from medical school, Giles Kendall, it seems perhaps...

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The tattooist of Auschwitz  by Heather Morris

The tattooist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris

Book

"The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved. Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow...

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Lily's war by June Francis

Lily's war

June Francis

eBook

Busy bringing up her motherless brothers and sisters, romance is the last thing on Lily Thorpe's mind. But when the handsome preacher Matt Gibson asks Lily to return with him to Australia as his wife, she finds it very hard to say no. But with rumours...

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The safe house by Christophe Boltanski

The safe house

Christophe Boltanski

eBook

In Paris's exclusive Saint-Germain neighborhood is a mansion. In that mansion lives a family. Deep in that mansion. The Bolts are that family, and they have secrets. The Safe House tells their story. When the Nazis came, Étienne Boltanski divorced his...

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The girls of Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke

The girls of Mulberry Lane

Rosie Clarke

Audio CD

Maureen Jackson is a prisoner of her father's blackmail. Three years ago, she'd been hoping to marry Rory, the man of her dreams. However after her mother's death Maureen was left to care and work for the overbearing father who claimed he couldn't manage...

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Christmas on Coronation Street by Maggie Sullivan

Christmas on Coronation Street

Maggie Sullivan

Audio CD

Elsie Grimshaw is desperate to escape from the drudgery of working at the local mill. Grabbing at the slim chances that come her way, Elsie emerges from the heartbreak of first love and her marriage to bad boy, Arnold Tanner at only 16 years old. Going...

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The workhouse children by Lindsey Hutchinson

The workhouse children

Lindsey Hutchinson

Audio CD

When Cara Flowers' beloved grandmother dies she leaves her, not only an enormous fortune, but also a huge responsibility - to find their estranged family. Cara's quest leads her to the doors of the imposing Bilston workhouse, where families are torn apart...

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Winter on the Mersey by Annie Groves

Winter on the Mersey

Annie Groves

Audio CD

Kitty has seen her fair share of tragedy and instead of thinking about romance, is determined to do her bit for King and country. Her life as a WREN means she is kept busy much of the time, but when Kitty finds herself stationed back home on Merseyside,...

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The girls from the local by Rosie Archer

The girls from the local

Rosie Archer

Audio CD

Gosport, 1943, and even in the middle of war the local pub provides a warm welcome, thanks to its trio of barmaids. 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;...

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