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Commodus by Simon Turney

Commodus

Simon Turney

Audio CD

Rome is enjoying a period of stability and prosperity. The Empire's borders are growing, and there are two sons in the imperial succession. But all is not as it appears. Two decades of war have taken their toll, and there are whispers of a sickness in...

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One special village by Anna Jacobs

One special village

Anna Jacobs

Large Print

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

Large Print

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

Large Print

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

Large Print

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

Large Print

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 blood of gods by Conn Iggulden

The blood of gods

Conn Iggulden

eBook

Julius Caesar has been assassinated. A nation is in mourning. Revenge will be bloody. Rome's great hero Julius Caesar has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have.....

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The hollow bones

The hollow bones

eBook

Berlin, 1938. The eve of war. Ernst Schäfer, a young, ambitious zoologist, keen hunter and devoted husband of the beautiful Herta, has come to the attention of Heinrich Himmler, who invites him to lead a group of SS scientists to the frozen mountains...

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Emperor's sword by Alex Gough

Emperor's sword

Alex Gough

eBook

A desolate wasteland. A mission gone wrong. An impossible goal. A gripping new series of Ancient Rome. Roman scout Silus is deep behind enemy lines in Caledonia. As he spies on a raiding party, he is abruptly discovered by an enemy chief and his son....

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The pirate queen by Diana Norman

The pirate queen

Diana Norman

eBook

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The missing sister by Dinah Jefferies

The missing sister

Dinah Jefferies

eBook

Belle Hatton has embarked upon an exciting new life far from home: a glamorous job as a nightclub singer in 1930s Burma, with a host of sophisticated new friends and admirers. But Belle is haunted by a mystery from the past - a 25 year old newspaper ...

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The daggerman by Glenn Starkey

The daggerman

Glenn Starkey

eBook

Two men born under the same star on the same night are destined to lead intertwined, yet separate paths - one to save people, the other to kill them. Yeshua is destined to fulfill the prophecies of the Messiah to come, while Hanan fights his country's...

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Daughter of Lir by Diana Norman

Daughter of Lir

Diana Norman

eBook

The powerful story of a woman and country struggling for survival, set against the splendidly drawn background of Ireland in the Middle Ages Educated in the sophisticated confines of the Abbey of Fontevrault, young Finn has only the barest memories of...

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The emerald tablet by Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

The emerald tablet

Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

eBook

"The Suez Canal, 1956. The world teeters on the brink of nuclear war and the Middle East is a tinderbox. Conversely, redeemed archaeologist Benedict Hitchens is enjoying a peaceful existence after years in the professional and personal wilderness. His...

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Fortune by Lenny Bartulin

Fortune

Lenny Bartulin

eBook

"Beginning on the very day Napoleon leads his triumphant Grande Armee into Berlin through the Brandenburg Gate, Fortune traces the fates of a handful of souls whose lives briefly touch on that momentous day and then diverge across the globe. Spanning...

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Bad ideas by Missy Marston

Bad ideas

Missy Marston

eAudiobook

Wildly funny and wonderfully moving, Bad Ideas is about just that--a string of bad ideas--and the absurdity of love. Trudy works nights in a linen factory, avoiding romance and sharing the care of her four-year-old niece with Trudy's mother, Claire. ...

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The gladiator by Ben Kane

The gladiator

Ben Kane

eAudiobook

Historically very little is known about Spartacus. We know that he came from Thrace, a land north of Greece, that he once fought in the Roman legions and that, during two fateful years, he led a slave army which nearly brought Rome to its knees.In Ben...

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The white city by Grace Hitchcock

The white city

Grace Hitchcock

eAudiobook

Mysterious Disappearances Taint the Chicago World's FairStep into True Colors--a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American CrimeWhile attending the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped....

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Die Apokalypse des Blutes by James Rollins

Die Apokalypse des Blutes

James Rollins

eAudiobook

Das leibhaftige Böse treibt auf der Erde sein Unwesen, und die Archäologin Erin Granger ist die Einzige, die es aufhalten kann. Doch dafür muss sie ein uraltes Rätsel lösen, das im Evangelium des Blutes geschrieben steht: Was ist der Kelch des Luzifer...

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Die Principessa by Peter Prange

Die Principessa

Peter Prange

eAudiobook

Rom, 1623. Während die katholische Welt den neuen Papst feiert, trifft in der Ewigen Stadt eine blutjunge Engländerin ein, hungrig auf Leben und Freiheit. Sie ahnt nicht, dass es schon bald um Leben und Tod gehen wird. Im Rom der Kardinäle und Kurtis...

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Billy London's girls  by Ruth Hamilton

Billy London's girls

Ruth Hamilton

Book

"The people of Lancashire called him Billy London, although that wasn't his real name. But he came from London's East End and settled in the north, a mean, dark, secretive man who was interested only in lining his pockets at the expense of those around...

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Delayed rays of a star  by Amanda Koe Lee

Delayed rays of a star

Amanda Koe Lee

Book

"When a photographer captures Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong and Leni Riefenstahl in one frame at a party in Berlin in 1928, no one realizes the extent to which their lives will reflect the tumultuous decades that follow. Marlene crosses the Atlantic...

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Tears of the dragon  by Jean (Novelist) Moran

Tears of the dragon

Jean (Novelist) Moran

Book

"1941. One sultry evening in Kowloon, Dr Rowena Rossiter and Sister Alice Huntley are off-duty and in search of fun - little knowing that their world is on the brink of collapse. That night, Rowena will meet two men who will fight for her heart for the...

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You'll never see me again  by Lesley. author. Pearse

You'll never see me again

Lesley. author. Pearse

Book

"Young Betty dreams of settling down to an ordinary life in Hallsands with her fisherman husband. But when he returns broken and haunted from the Great War, she finds herself persecuted by his distraught mother - and yearns to escape. It is only when...

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The girl from the corner shop  by Alrene Hughes

The girl from the corner shop

Alrene Hughes

Book

"Widowed early in World War Two, heartbroken Helen Heaton is working in the family corner shop, trying to rebuild her shattered life. When the shop is robbed, she meets Matthew, a young police constable and he inspires her to join the Women's Auxiliary...

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The sound of the hours  by Karen Campbell

The sound of the hours

Karen Campbell

Book

"Trapped in Tuscany as war rages along the Gothic Line, Vittoria Guidi doesn't understand where her allegiances should lie. With her Scots-Italian father or Fascist mother? With Mussolini, or her King? With the life she wants, or is told to live? As ...

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The guardian of lies  by Kate Furnivall

The guardian of lies

Kate Furnivall

Book

"1953, the South of France. The fragile peace between the West and Soviet Russia hangs on a knife edge. And one family has been torn apart by secrets and conflicting allegiances. Eloise Caussade is a courageous young Frenchwoman, raised on a bull farm...

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Belonging by Umi Sinha

Belonging

Umi Sinha

eBook

Lila Langdon is twelve years old when she witnesses a family tragedy after her mother unveils her father's surprise birthday present - a tragedy that ends her childhood in India and precipitates a new life in Sussex with her Great-aunt Wilhelmina. From...

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Mission to Paris by Alan Furst

Mission to Paris

Alan Furst

eAudiobook

Autumn 1939, war has been declared, and though bullets and bombs are yet to fly, Frederic Stahl's decision to shoot a film in Paris seems ill-advised. Soon after his arrival, Stahl is drawn into a clandestine world of foreign correspondents, and spies...

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The blue rose  by Kate Forsyth

The blue rose

Kate Forsyth

Book

"Viviane de Faitaud has grown up alone at the Chateau de Belisama-sur-le-Lac in Brittany, for her father, the Marquis de Ravoisier, lives at the court of Louis XVI in Versailles. After a hailstorm destroys the chateau's orchards, gardens and fields a...

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Bethlehem  by Karen Kelly

Bethlehem

Karen Kelly

Book

"A young woman arrives at the grand ancestral home of her husband's family, hoping to fortify her cracking marriage. But what she finds is not what she expected: tragedy haunts the hallways, whispering of heartache and a past she never knew existed. ...

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The winterkeeper  by Anna Schmidt

The winterkeeper

Anna Schmidt

Book

"Gardiner MT, just outside Yellowstone National Park, Winter, 1933 Three people -- a 14-year-old orphan plus a winterkeeper and his socialite wife - each with the toughness and desire to survive whatever adversity fate throws in their path. But will that...

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The costumier's gift  by Vicky Adin

The costumier's gift

Vicky Adin

Book

"The dual-timeline sequel continuing the family sagas of Brigid, The Girl from County Clare; and Gwenna, The Welsh Confectioner. Set in Auckland, New Zealand. 1903 Jane is the talented principal costumier at Auckland's Opera House in its Edwardian heyday....

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Rags to riches by Maggie Ford

Rags to riches

Maggie Ford

Audio CD

In 1920s London, Amy Harrington leads a privileged life. Her maid, Alice Jordan, lives in the poverty-ridden East End. But when a disgraced Amy is disowned by her parents and fiance, Alice is the only person she can turn to... Lodging with Alice's fr...

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The secret vow by Natalie Meg Evans

The secret vow

Natalie Meg Evans

Audio CD

1918. Young, beautiful and impoverished, Katya arrives in Paris to begin a new life - leaving behind a terrible secret. She is swept up in the city's glamour - particularly the boutiques on the Champs-ɬysees, with their glittering haute couture gowns....

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Gin and gingerbread by Elizabeth Jeffrey

Gin and gingerbread

Elizabeth Jeffrey

Audio CD

For Abigail Chiswell, the Colne riverfront in Colchester, Essex is a second home. With its own sights and sounds - of crowded quaysides, fishing smacks and packed oyster barrels - it means more to her than all the lofty rooms and comforts of her father's...

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Shipyard girls in love by Nancy Revell

Shipyard girls in love

Nancy Revell

Audio CD

Sunderland, 1941. With a brief break in air raids providing some much-needed respite from the war, things are looking up for head welder Rosie, who has fallen head over heels for Detective Sergeant Miller. But how long can their romance last in such ...

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The housekeeper's daughter by Rosie Meddon

The housekeeper's daughter

Rosie Meddon

Audio CD

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

Audio CD

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 daughter of River Valley by Victoria Cornwall

The daughter of River Valley

Victoria Cornwall

Audio CD

Cornwall, 1861. Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall's beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive. Beth has been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her...

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The poor relation by Susanna Bavin

The poor relation

Susanna Bavin

Audio CD

Manchester, 1908. Attractive, intelligent Mary Maitland is furious to learn that her pompous boss will never promote her, simply because she is a woman. Despite financial support from her family, Mary is determined to strike out on her own and earn a...

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The summer queen by Margaret Pemberton

The summer queen

Margaret Pemberton

Audio CD

Osborne House, 1879. Queen Victoria has occupied the British throne for over 40 years. Bringing together her extended family from across Europe offers a chance for old alliances to be strengthened and new unions to be forged. May Teck, daughter of a Duke...

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The castaway hat  by Clark James

The castaway hat

Clark James

Book

"The Castaway Hat is an amusing intrigue of lure and lucre, spanning two generations. A mystery of a straw hat with a faded red ribbon washed among the rocks. The finder, Edgar, by co-incidence, not that he knows it, met the owner the previous night at...

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The golden hour  by Beatriz Williams

The golden hour

Beatriz Williams

Book

"The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora "Lulu" Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. After all, American readers have an insatiable appetite for news of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor,...

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We never told by Diana Altman

We never told

Diana Altman

eBook

Set in an era when unwed mothers were shamed and pressured into giving their newborns away, We Never Told is a slice of America when the Hollywood lifestyle was at its height. That era still haunts us today, because those babies did not disappear; they...

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Front line nurse by Rosie James

Front line nurse

Rosie James

eBook

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The boy with blue trousers by Carol Jones

The boy with blue trousers

Carol Jones

eBook

"On the goldfields of 19th-century Australia, two very different girls are trying to escape their past. English governess Violet Hartley has fled from England after a scandalous liaison. Now she is angling for a rich husband and a new life. Little Cat...

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The dragon lady  by Louisa Treger

The dragon lady

Louisa Treger

Book

"Opening with the shooting of Lady Virginia 'Ginie' Courtauld in her tranquil garden in 1950s Rhodesia, The Dragon Lady tells Ginie's extraordinary story, so called for the exotic tattoo snaking up her leg. From the glamorous Italian Riviera before the...

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Chimes of a lost cathedral  by Janet Fitch

Chimes of a lost cathedral

Janet Fitch

Book

Marina Makarova finds herself pregnant and adrift amid the devastation of the Russian Civil War. She finds new strength and self-reliance to fortify her in her sojourn, and to prepare her for the hardships and dilemmas still to come. Returning to Pet...

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The rapture  by Claire McGlasson

The rapture

Claire McGlasson

Book

"Dilys is a devoted member of a terribly English cult: The Panacea Society, populated almost entirely by virtuous single ladies. When she strikes up a friendship with a new recruit, Grace, finally God seems to be smiling upon her. The friends become closer...

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Rouge  by Richard Kirshenbaum

Rouge

Richard Kirshenbaum

Book

"This fast-paced novel examines the lives, loves, and sacrifices of the visionaries who invented the modern cosmetics industry: Josiah Herzenstein, born in a Polish Jewish Shtlel, the entrepreneur who transforms herself into a global style icon and the...

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The flight girls  by Noelle Salazar

The flight girls

Noelle Salazar

Book

"1941. Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly. It’s why she implored her father to teach her at the little airfield back home in Texas. It’s why she signed up to train military pilots in Hawaii when the war in Europe began. And it’s why she insists...

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The Belfast girl on Galway Bay  by Anne Doughty

The Belfast girl on Galway Bay

Anne Doughty

Book

"When Elizabeth Stewart, the only daughter of Protestant parents, announced that she wants to leave Belfast for the west coast of Ireland, her family can’t help but question her judgement. What could she possibly find in leafy Lisara that isn’t available...

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Deep river  by Karl Marlantes

Deep river

Karl Marlantes

Book

In the early 1900s, as Russia's imperial rule takes its toll on Finland, the three Koski siblings-- Ilmari, Matti, and their sister Aino-- are forced to flee to the United States. Not far from the majestic Columbia River, they settle among other Finns...

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Dubrovnik my love  by Suzanne Brooks-Pinčević

Dubrovnik my love

Suzanne Brooks-Pinčević

Book

Embittered by Tito's communist dictatorship that enslaved his country after World War II, Gaspar is compelled to risk his life by escaping across the Adriatic to the "West". In his search for a better future in a stable country his attempts to escape...

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Feast day of the cannibals  by Norman Lock

Feast day of the cannibals

Norman Lock

Book

"In the sixth stand-alone book in The American Novels series, Shelby Ross, a merchant ruined by the depression of 1873–79, is hired as a New York City Custom House appraiser under inspector Herman Melville, the embittered, forgotten author of Moby-Dick....

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Until the mountains fall  by Connilyn Cossette

Until the mountains fall

Connilyn Cossette

Book

"Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband's brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh's head priest,...

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The ice maiden by Sara Sheridan

The ice maiden

Sara Sheridan

Large Print

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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The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

The Old Drift

Namwali Serpell

eAudiobook

An electrifying debut from the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize for African writing, The Old Drift is the Great Zambian Novel you didn't know you were waiting for On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was...

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Home is where the heart is by Linda Byler

Home is where the heart is

Linda Byler

Large Print

"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

Large Print

"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

Large Print

"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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The factory girls of Lark Lane by Pam Howes

The factory girls of Lark Lane

Pam Howes

Audio CD

"1940, Liverpool: Alice Turner and her best friend, Millie Markham, work for the war effort at Rootes munitions factory, making shell caps and Halifax bombers. Alice's sweetheart Terry is home from the front for a brief period of leave. But the honeymoon...

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Wartime for the district nurses by Annie Groves

Wartime for the district nurses

Annie Groves

Audio CD

Alice Lake and her friend Edith have had everything thrown at them in their first year as district nurses in London's East End. From babies born out of wedlock to battered wives, they've had plenty to keep them occupied. As rationing takes hold and H...

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Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor

Shadowplay

Joseph O'Connor

Audio CD

"Henry Irving, the Chief, is the volcanic leading man and impresario; Ellen Terry is the most lauded and desired actress of her generation, outspoken and generous of heart; and ever following along behind them in the shadows is the unremarkable theat...

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Anna of Kleve by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve

Alison Weir

Large Print

"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

Large Print

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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Katherine by Anya Seton

Katherine

Anya Seton

Audio CD

"Anya Seton tells the true story of the love affair that changed history, that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's...

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The long flight home  by Alan Hlad

The long flight home

Alan Hlad

Book

"It is September 1940-a year into the war-and as German bombs fall on Britain, fears grow of an impending invasion. Enemy fighter planes blacken the sky around the Epping Forest home of Susan Shepherd and her grandfather, Bertie. After losing her parents...

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One night in Georgia  by Celeste O. Norfleet

One night in Georgia

Celeste O. Norfleet

Book

"Set in the summer of 1968, a provocative and devastating novel of individual lives caught in the grips of violent history--a timely and poignant story that reverberates with the power of Alice Walker's Meridian and Ntozake Shange's Betsey Browne.At the...

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We shall see the sky sparkling by Susana Aikin

We shall see the sky sparkling

Susana Aikin

Large Print

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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Flight of the hawk  by W. Michael Gear

Flight of the hawk

W. Michael Gear

Book

"John Tylor figures everything is finally coming his way. He's got what he wants: a free shot into the wilderness where no one will ever know his name or his shame. As he and Will Cunningham head west into the northern Plains, Tylor rescues a wounded...

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Red dog  by Willem Anker

Red dog

Willem Anker

Book

"In the eighteenth century, a giant strides the border of the Cape Colony frontier. Coenraad de Buys is a legend, a polygamist, a swindler and a big talker; a rebel who fights with Xhosa chieftains against the Boers and British; the fierce patriarch of...

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The last collection  by Jeanne Mackin

The last collection

Jeanne Mackin

Book

"Paris, 1938. Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli ("Schiap") are fighting for recognition as the most successful and influential fashion designer in France, and their rivalry is already legendary. They oppose each other at every turn, in both their politics...

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The orphan's song  by Lauren Kate

The orphan's song

Lauren Kate

Book

1736. Violetta has a secret: When she climbs out of her window at The Hospital of the Incurables, the revered music school and orphanage that has always been her home, she can look out over the city and dream. But when she stumbles upon Mino, a violinist...

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A Liverpool girl  by Elizabeth (Actor) Morton

A Liverpool girl

Elizabeth (Actor) Morton

Book

"Her father is dead and her mother doesn't want her... When Babby's dad is killed in a senseless bar room brawl it changes their family forever. She is sent away only to return home a few years later, unmarried and pregnant. Her mother is incandescent...

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The lost daughter  by Sylvia Broady

The lost daughter

Sylvia Broady

Book

"1930, Hull, East Yorkshire. Alice Goddard is fleeing through a rain lashed street from her violent, bullying husband Ted and fearing for her life and that of her two-year-old daughter Daisy. Running to the police station for help, she becomes involved...

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Star path  by W. Michael Gear

Star path

W. Michael Gear

Book

Cahokia recovers from a year of chaos following a near civil war and the god incarnate, Morning Star, has declared that his human sister Night Shadow Star and her slave Fire Cat must make a dangerous journey to far off Cofitachequi. For an old threat...

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Return to Bonnybrae by Gwen Kirkwood

Return to Bonnybrae

Gwen Kirkwood

eAudiobook

1919. Miss Rina Capel, granddaughter of the Laird of Stavondale has one ambition - to set aside her life of privilege and become a nurse. But when she is summoned back to Bonnybrae to see her dying grandfather just before her 18th birthday, he reveals...

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The postmistress  by Alison. autor. Stuart

The postmistress

Alison. autor. Stuart

Book

"1871. Adelaide Greaves and her young son have found sanctuary in the Australian town of Maiden's Creek, where she works as a postmistress. The rough Victorian goldmining settlement is a hard place for a woman - especially as the other women in town don't...

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A moonbow night by Laura Frantz

A moonbow night

Laura Frantz

eAudiobook

After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It's a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucky--men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia s...

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The Cape Ann by Faith Sullivan

The Cape Ann

Faith Sullivan

eAudiobook

A disarmingly involving portrait of a family struggling to stay together through the Great Depression, The Cape Ann is an unforgettable story of life from a child's-eye view. Lark Erhardt, the six-year-old narrator of The Cape Ann, and her fiercely i...

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Woman in the shadows by Jane Thynne

Woman in the shadows

Jane Thynne

eAudiobook

Berlin, 1937. The city radiates glamour and ambition. But danger lurks in every shadow. Anna Hansen, a bride-to-be, is a pupil at one of Hitler's notorious Nazi Bride Schools, where young women are schooled on the art of being an SS officer's wife. Then,...

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

Large Print

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

Large Print

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

Large Print

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

Large Print

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

Large Print

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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String of pearls  by Melody Carlson

String of pearls

Melody Carlson

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"By 1943 the world is in the thick of war and the home-front continues to play a vital role. The Mulligans of San Francisco do their part in the war effort, but hardships and deprivations are taking a toll and each the four Mulligan sisters are tested...

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The point of light  by John Ellsworth

The point of light

John Ellsworth

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"May 1940 - Paris. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Claire hears the devastating news: the German army has invaded her homeland, and her beloved Paris has fallen. Within months, her life is turned upside-down. She takes in an orphaned Jewish toddler...

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Fortune  by Lenny Bartulin

Fortune

Lenny Bartulin

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"Beginning on the very day Napoleon leads his triumphant Grande Armee into Berlin through the Brandenburg Gate, Fortune traces the fates of a handful of souls whose lives briefly touch on that momentous day and then diverge across the globe. Spanning...

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Shepherd  by Catherine Jinks

Shepherd

Catherine Jinks

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"Fourteen-year-old convict Tom Clay lives in a shepherd’s hut in the bush, protecting his master’s sheep from wild dogs. When a vicious fellow shepherd returns to ensure there are no witnesses to his crimes, the bush-crafty Tom and his hapless mate Rowdy...

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The convert  by Stefan Hertmans

The convert

Stefan Hertmans

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"Set at the time of the Crusades and based on historical events, The Convert is the story of a strong-willed young woman who sacrifices everything in the name of love. When author Stefan Hertmans learns that Monieux, the small Proven al village in which...

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An unquiet heart  by Martin Sixsmith

An unquiet heart

Martin Sixsmith

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"1917. Russia is dying amid war, revolution and terror. The birth pains of the new world are a foretaste of the cruellest century. At their heart is Sergei Yesenin, 22, a poet, lover, wounded veteran, beautiful and afraid. Damaged by childhood abando...

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