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The white rose resists by Amanda Barratt

The white rose resists

Amanda Barratt

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"Inspired by the incredible true story of a group of ordinary men and women who dared to stand against evil The ideal of a new Germany swept up Sophie Scholl in a maelstrom of patriotic fervor--that is, until she realized the truth behind Hitler's machinations...

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Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Afterlives

Abdulrazak Gurnah

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"Erudite, ambitious Ilyas was stolen from his parents by the schutztruppe askari, the Germans' colonial troops; after years at war, he returns to his village to find his parents gone, and his sister Afiya given away. Hamza was not stolen, but was sold; he has...

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A Time to Bloom by Lauraine Snelling

A Time to Bloom

Lauraine Snelling

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Del Nielsen's teaching job in town offers hope, not only to support her three sisters but also to better her students' lives. When their brother visits with his war-wounded friend RJ, Del finds RJ barely polite and wants nothing to do with him. But despite the...

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ORPHAN OF IRONBRIDGE by Mollie Walton

ORPHAN OF IRONBRIDGE

Mollie Walton

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Beneath the apple leaves by Harmony Verna

Beneath the apple leaves

Harmony Verna

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In 1914, Andrew Houghton's family is one of hundreds eking out an existence in the coal mines of southwestern Pennsylvania. Though he longs to be a veterinarian, he's fated for a life underground, picking rock alongside his father. That destiny changes when...

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The lost girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman

The lost girls of Willowbrook

Ellen Marie Wiseman

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In this powerful novel of survival and resilience, New York Times bestselling author Ellen Marie Wiseman takes readers on a gripping, emotional journey as one brave young woman's search for the truth about her sister leads her to an infamous institution called...

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Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin

Fire and Blood

George R. R. Martin

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Set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn, and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through the Dance...

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The girl with the emerald flag by Kathleen McGurl

The girl with the emerald flag

Kathleen McGurl

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"Don't miss the gripping new historical novel from the USA Today bestselling author of The Secret of the Chateau and The Forgotten Secret. A country rebelling. It's 1916 and, as war rages in Europe, Gráinne leaves her job in a department store to join Countess...

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The secrets we keep by Theresa Howes

The secrets we keep

Theresa Howes

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"'Truly gripping... I loved it.' Jill Mansell, Sunday Times bestseller A heartbreakingly beautiful novel which captures the endurance and strength of ordinary people in the darkest of times, and the courage of one woman who put her life on the line to join the...

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A daughter's war by Emma Hornby

A daughter's war

Emma Hornby

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"The second book in the page-turning Worktown Girls at War series, from the bestselling author of A Shilling for a Wife, perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin. At seventeen, Renee Rushmore lives at home with her father Ivan - a cruel man who rules...

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Falling sky by Harry Sidebottom

Falling sky

Harry Sidebottom

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AD 265, Gaul - The Roman Empire is on the brink.Emperor Gallienus has amassed a huge army across the Alps to seize back the mountains from the usurper Postumus.War has come.Ballista and his cavalry are on the frontline, battling in the most brutal of...

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Far from home by Sheila Newberry

Far from home

Sheila Newberry

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Liverpool Daisy by Helen Forrester

Liverpool Daisy

Helen Forrester

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Liverpool 1931, where Daisy Gallagher, big, tough and loving, learns to fight competition, laugh with her customers, weep in private. In a Liverpool torn by the Depression, Daisy Gallagher grows to womanhood the hard way. She is the mainstay of her...

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A terrible kindness by Jo Browning-Wroe

A terrible kindness

Jo Browning-Wroe

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*INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**AN OBSERVER DEBUT OF 2022**AS FEATURED ON FRONT ROW*When we go through something impossible, someone, or something, will help us, if we let them . . .It is October 1966 and William Lavery is having the night of his life at his...

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The glass pearls by Emeric Pressburger

The glass pearls

Emeric Pressburger

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For fans of The Passenger, this thrilling tale of an ex-Nazi surgeon hiding in plain sight in 1960s London by the celebrated filmmaker is a lost noir gem, introduced by Anthony Quinn and narrated on audio by Mark Gatiss.'Stunning: incredibly good,...

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A governess of wise years by Emily E. K. Murdoch

A governess of wise years

Emily E. K. Murdoch

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The Governess Bureau is about to close-but Miss Vivienne Clarke has one chance to redeem it, and herself. Scandal. Intrigue. Love matches. The Governess Bureau was never supposed to be full of these things, but over the last few years, no fewer than five...

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Hitler's resurrection by Steve Matthews

Hitler's resurrection

Steve Matthews

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Nazi Germany has been crushed, but is the war really over? Klara, Hitler's personal cook, swears she glimpsed him fleeing the Berlin bunker via a secret tunnel. The world needs undeniable proof of the Fuhrer's death, but it's not that simple. While Allied...

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Fanatic heart by Thomas Keneally

Fanatic heart

Thomas Keneally

Audio CD

"John Mitchel, Irishman, lawyer, journalist, activist and politician, is a complex character. Charged with treason in Ireland and tried by an English judge he was snuck off mainland Ireland on the day he was charged to avoid a breakout and rebellion. He was...

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The keepers of the lighthouse by Kaye Dobbie

The keepers of the lighthouse

Kaye Dobbie

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"1882. Laura Webster and her father are the stalwart keepers of Benevolence Island Lighthouse, a desolate place stranded in the turbulent Bass Strait. When a raging storm wrecks a schooner just offshore, the few survivors take shelter with the Websters,...

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A winter's wish  by Judy (Historical writer) Summers

A winter's wish

Judy (Historical writer) Summers

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"Can she save her family when they need her the most? Liverpool, 1847. At seventeen, Delilah Shaw is the eldest of the eight Shaw siblings, and the one who must take charge when her mother and brother die in a tragic manner, and her father is left disabled in...

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The Bletchley girls  by Anna Stuart

The Bletchley girls

Anna Stuart

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"1940, Bletchley Park: I stand alone outside the gates, with no idea what lies ahead. It's cold and dark. All I have are my suitcases and a handful of letters from my fiance. Every day, the bombs have been getting closer. I'm only an ordinary civilian, but I...

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Marriage and mayhem for the Tobacco Girls  by Lizzie Lane

Marriage and mayhem for the Tobacco Girls

Lizzie Lane

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"May 1944. Hope and excitement is in the air when news breaks of the allied forces landing in Normandy. D Day has arrived. However, the day-to-day struggles for the Tobacco girls continue. Carole Thomas wants her old life back. She is burdened with the guilt...

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Sands of Sirocco  by Annabelle McCormack

Sands of Sirocco

Annabelle McCormack

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"Egypt, 1917: British nurse Ginger Whitman thought she escaped the intrigue that devastated her family and threatened her life on the desert sands of WWI Palestine. But when she's drafted into an investigation for the Cairo Intelligence Department, she...

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Heartache at Blackberry Farm  by Rosie Clarke

Heartache at Blackberry Farm

Rosie Clarke

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"Cambridgeshire, 1941. As the war rages on in Europe, it brings untold heartache to the Talbot family at Blackberry Farm. First Tom is missing in action and then his brother John. leaving the family distraught with worry. Faith finds herself in trouble and...

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Wench  by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Wench

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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"Tawawa House in many respects is like any other American resort before the Civil War. Situated in Ohio, this idyllic retreat is particularly nice in the summer when the Southern humidity is too much to bear. The main building, with its luxurious finishes, is...

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A cat at the end of the world  by Robert Perišić

A cat at the end of the world

Robert Perišić

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"Because something is happening, in the distance, approaching from above and below. Weird holes are appearing. I'm often drawn by a void. And that might be the reason I have started to speak. So says the Scatterwind, the narrator in Robert Perisic's latest...

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My mother's secret  by Alina Adams

My mother's secret

Alina Adams

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"As her revolutionary neighbor mysteriously disappears during Josef Stalin's Great Terror purges, 18-year-old Regina suspects that she's the Kremlin's next target. Under cover of the night, she flees from her parents' communal apartment in 1930s Moscow to the...

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Dawnlands  by Philippa Gregory

Dawnlands

Philippa Gregory

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"The Fairmile series continues as the fiercely independent Alinor and her family find themselves entangled in palace intrigue, political upheaval, and life-changing secrets in seventeenth-century England.It is 1685, England is on the brink of a renewed civil...

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The three sisters of Victory Walk  by Annie Groves

The three sisters of Victory Walk

Annie Groves

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"Rose, Clover and Daisy are the pretty sisters of the Harrison family, living with their parents and two brothers, and working in East London at the outbreak of WWII. Rose the eldest is a nurse working in Homerton Hospital, she despairs of her younger siblings...

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Lost in the long march by Michael X. Wang

Lost in the long march

Michael X. Wang

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China, 1934: A naive orphan and shy gunsmith, Ping, has fallen in love with Yong, who is a sophisticated veteran, a skilled marksman, and a true believer in Marxist ideology. Winning her affections will take an ideological battle--something he does not...

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Just a mother  by Roy Jacobsen

Just a mother

Roy Jacobsen

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"A childless island is no island at all... Ingrid Marie Barrøy has returned to the island that bears her name, bringing up her daughter with the other children that came with the war, who will someday raise their own children until an island that was empty is...

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The call of the cormorant  by Donald S. Murray

The call of the cormorant

Donald S. Murray

Book

"As a child in the windswept, fog-bound Faroe Islands in the late nineteenth century, Karl Einarsson believes he is special, destined for a life of art and adventure. As soon as he can, he sets out for Copenhagen and beyond, styling himself as the Count of St....

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Eye of the storm  by Hilary (Hilary Robert) Jones

Eye of the storm

Hilary (Hilary Robert) Jones

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"The 1918 armistice has ended the war in Europe. But as the 1920s roars to life, it is an age of social change, excess, shellshock and ghosts. Having shown courage and strength on the battlefield, Will and Grace are back in the UK and working at the cutting...

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Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

Hester

Laurie Lico Albanese

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A vivid reimagining of the woman who inspired Hester Prynne, the tragic heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and a journey into the enduring legacy of New England's witchcraft trials. Who is the real Hester Prynne? Isobel Gamble is a young...

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Stone blind by Natalie Haynes

Stone blind

Natalie Haynes

Audio CD

"'So to mortal men, we are monsters. Because of our flight, our strength. They fear us, so they call us monsters.' Medusa is the sole mortal in a family of gods. Growing up with her Gorgon sisters, she begins to realise that she is the only one who experiences...

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The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy

The Passenger

Cormac McCarthy

Audio CD

"1980, Pass Christian, Mississippi. It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wetsuit and plunges from the boat deck into darkness. His dive light illuminates the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating,...

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Cradle of thorns by Josephine Cox

Cradle of thorns

Josephine Cox

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"Nell Reece has never known her mother, and her father's burden of guilt about his wife has kept him cowed for years, working as a common labourer on his sister's farm. For all her aunt's spiteful attempts to break Nell's independent spirit, she has never...

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The butterfly collector by Tea Cooper

The butterfly collector

Tea Cooper

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"1868, Morpeth. Theodora Breckenridge, still in mourning after the loss of her parents and brother at sea, is more interested in working quietly on her art at the family's country estate than she is finding a husband in Sydney society. Theodora seeks to...

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Domitian  by Simon Turney

Domitian

Simon Turney

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"Rome, AD 52. The Julio-Claudian dynasty is in its death throes. Over the next twenty years, chaos descends as Claudius then Nero are killed. The whole empire bucks and heaves with conspiracy, rebellion and civil war. Out of the ashes and discord, a new...

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The ballroom blitz  by Anton Du Beke

The ballroom blitz

Anton Du Beke

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"September 1940. As the skies split apart and bombs rain down on London, it's all the staff at the famed Buckingham Hotel can do to keep their guests in the luxury they're accustomed to, and evoke the magic of the Grand ballroom for them each night. Home on...

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The Italian ballerina by Kristy Cambron

The Italian ballerina

Kristy Cambron

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"A prima ballerina. Two American medics. And a young Jewish girl with no name... At the height of the Nazi occupation of Rome, an unlikely band of heroes comes together to save Italian Jews in this breathtaking World War II novel based on real historical...

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The ways we hide by Kristina McMorris

The ways we hide

Kristina McMorris

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The sweeping tale of a World War II illusionist inspired by stunning true accounts As a little girl raised amid the hardships of Michigan's Copper Country, Fenna Vos learned to focus on her own survival. That ability sustains her even now as the Second World...

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The secrets we left behind  by Soraya M. Lane

The secrets we left behind

Soraya M. Lane

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Occupied France, 1940. When the staff at a field hospital draw straws to find out who will join the evacuation from Dunkirk, Nurse Cate is left behind. But when the Nazis arrive to claim prisoners of war, she takes her chance and flees into the night, taking...

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There was a garden in Nuremberg  by Navina Michal Clemerson

There was a garden in Nuremberg

Navina Michal Clemerson

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"Harrowing and illuminating, Navina Clemerson's There Was a Garden in Nuremberg is a powerful reminder of the devastation that shaped Germany with the rise of the Nazi regime. Focusing on one Jewish family, the novel describes the gradual strangling and...

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The acrobat  by Edward J. Delaney

The acrobat

Edward J. Delaney

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"It's 1959, and the 55-year-old man who calls himself Cary Grant is at the peak of a charmed career. He's also on a turbulent journey to find the core of a self he hardly seems to know anymore. Introduced to the wonder drug LSD as part of his therapy at The...

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The house of lost wives  by Rebecca (Novelist) Hardy

The house of lost wives

Rebecca (Novelist) Hardy

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"Secrets. Lies. And four missing wives. 1813. Lizzie's beloved older sister Esme is sold in marriage to the aging Lord Blountford to settle their father's debts. One year later, Esme is dead, and Lizzie is sent to take her place as Lord Blountford's next wife....

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Infamous  by Lex Croucher

Infamous

Lex Croucher

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"22-year-old aspiring writer Edith 'Eddie' Miller and her best friend Rose have always done everything together: climbing trees, throwing grapes at boys, sneaking bottles of wine, practicing kissing. Now that they're out in society, Rose is suddenly talking...

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Good taste  by Caroline (Historical novelist) Scott

Good taste

Caroline (Historical novelist) Scot...

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"Good taste is in the eye of the beholder ... England, 1932, and the country is in the grip of the Great Depression. To lift the spirits of the nation, Stella Douglas is tasked with writing a history of food in England. It's to be quintessentially English and...

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The echoes of love  by Jenny Ashcroft

The echoes of love

Jenny Ashcroft

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"Under the Cretan sun, in the summer of 1936, two young people fall in love. Eleni has been coming to Crete her entire life, swapping her English home for cherished sun-baked summers with her grandfather in his idyllic shoreside villa. When she arrives in...

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Marmee  by Sarah Miller

Marmee

Sarah Miller

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"In 1861, war is raging in the South, but in Concord, Massachusetts, Margaret March has her own battles to fight. With her husband serving as an army chaplain, the comfort and security of Margaret's four daughters--Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy--now rest on her...

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A season for hope by Rosie Goodwin

A season for hope

Rosie Goodwin

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Salonika burning by Gail Jones

Salonika burning

Gail Jones

eBook

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

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The girls in navy blue by Alix Rickloff

The girls in navy blue

Alix Rickloff

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A gripping and compelling dual timeline novel about three women who joined the Navy during WWI to become yeomanettes and the impact their choices have on one of their descendants in 1968."The Girls in Navy Blue had me smiling from first page to last! When the...

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Housecarl by Griff Hosker

Housecarl

Griff Hosker

eAudiobook

From the ashes of Saxon England rises a hero for the ages. Book One in the Aelfraed Trilogy Set in the years before the Battle of Hastings the story follows the trials and tribulations of Aelfraed, a young boy who aspires to be a warrior. When his uncle,...

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Blood and steel by David Pilling

Blood and steel

David Pilling

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1296 AD: the whole of Western Europe trembles on the brink of war. South of the Pyrenees, the Christian and Moorish kingdoms fight and scheme against each for control of Hispania. To the north, the rival kings of England and France feverishly enlist allies as...

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Sword for hire by Griff Hosker

Sword for hire

Griff Hosker

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From the ashes of Arsuf rises Sir Thomas, blood of the Warlord. When his father is killed at Arsuf protecting King Richard, Thomas is knighted. His hopes of inheriting his family's manor are dashed when Prince John takes power in his brother's absence. With a...

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1989 by Val McDermid

1989

Val McDermid

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The second thrilling novel in Val McDermid's new Sunday Times best-selling series It's 1989, and Allie Burns is back. Older and maybe wiser, she's running the northern news operation of the Sunday Globe, chafing at losing her role in investigative journalism...

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Katastrophe by Graham Hurley

Katastrophe

Graham Hurley

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The new blockbuster thriller from Graham Hurley set against the final stages of the Second World War. Confidant of Goebbels. Instrument of Stalin. What's the worst that could happen? January 1945. Wherever you look on the map, the Thousand Year Reich is...

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The iron way by Tim Leach

The iron way

Tim Leach

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Cast to the edge of the Empire, the Sarmatian army must fight in defence of Rome in the second of a new trilogy set in the second century AD, from the author of Smile of the Wolf. In the hard, unforgiving land at the northernmost point of the Roman Empire lies...

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Viking kingdom by Griff Hosker

Viking kingdom

Griff Hosker

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Jarl Dragon Heart leaves the Isle of Man to go raiding. Beset by enemies both Viking and Saxon he has to rely on the Ulfheonar and his own skills to see him through the crisis. A harsh winter in the land of Rheged brings him face to face with his old enemy,...

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Far from home by Sheila Newberry

Far from home

Sheila Newberry

eAudiobook

For fans of Katie Flynn and Sheila Jeffries, Far From Home Home is a heart-warming winter read from the Queen of family saga, and author of The Nursemaid's Secret, Sheila Newberry. Ipswich, 1923. After an unlucky start in her first role as a nursemaid,...

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The Denniston Rose by Jenny Pattrick

The Denniston Rose

Jenny Pattrick

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The bleak coal-mining settlement of Denniston, isolated high on a plateau above New Zealand's West Coast, is a place that makes or breaks those who live there. All sorts arrive here to work the mines and bring down the coal: ex-goldminers down on their luck,...

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Believing in tomorrow by Rita Bradshaw

Believing in tomorrow

Rita Bradshaw

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Molly McKenzie is only eleven years old when her abusive father beats her to within an inch of her life. Escaping from the hovel she calls home, Molly is found by kind fisherfolk, sick and near death. With them she experiences the love of a family for the...

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The second Mrs. Astor by Shana Abé

The second Mrs. Astor

Shana Abé

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"Madeleine Force is just 17 when she attracts the attention of Jack Astor. Madeleine is beautiful, intelligent, and solidly upper-class, but the Astors are in a league apart. Jack's mother was the Mrs. Astor, American royalty and New York's most formidable...

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The girl by the sea by Sheila Newberry

The girl by the sea

Sheila Newberry

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"1934. Following the death of her mother, twelve-year-old Tess Rainbow takes on the responsibility of caring for her family. When a plane crash-lands near their home on Romney Marsh, she meets the charming Moray Tann, a young pilot from Scotland, who turns out...

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The lost girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman

The lost girls of Willowbrook

Ellen Marie Wiseman

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"Sage Winters always knew her sister was a little different even though they were identical twins. They loved the same things and shared a deep understanding, but Rosemary - awake to every emotion, easily moved to joy or tears - seemed to need more protection...

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The Tin Nose Shop by Don J. Snyder

The Tin Nose Shop

Don J. Snyder

Audio CD

"Young artist Sam Burke is spared death by firing squad on the battlefields of France and brought to a remote castle by the Irish Sea. At the 'Tin Nose Shop' he is tasked with creating intricate masks to hide the mutilated faces of his fellow soldiers from the...

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Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

Hester

Laurie Lico Albanese

Audio CD

"A vivid reimagining of the woman who inspired Hester Prynne, the tragic heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. When Isobel Gamble sets sail for the New World in the early 1800s with her husband Edward, she hopes it will be a fresh start for them...

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Godmersham Park by Gill Hornby

Godmersham Park

Gill Hornby

Audio CD

January 1804. Anne Sharpe arrives at Godmersham Park in Kent to take up the position of governess. At 31 years old, she has no previous experience. But her mother has died and she desperately needs an independent income if she is to survive. For her new...

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Silver wishes by Anna Jacobs

Silver wishes

Anna Jacobs

Audio CD

Lancashire, 1897. As the country celebrates Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, a new community is forming on the banks of a lake in the Pennines. 'Jubilee Lake' will bring employment to the local villagers, and pleasure to holidaymakers from across the county -...

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Winter's daughter by Valerie Wood

Winter's daughter

Valerie Wood

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Hull, 1856. The wealthy Ripley family have always looked out for the poor of Hull - particularly those who have no roof over their heads, save for a cellar below ground where they shelter from the elements. One dark winter's night, during a torrential storm,...

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Sisters at war by Ros Rendle

Sisters at war

Ros Rendle

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England, 1913. Eighteen-year-old Rose Strong has loved childhood friend Michael Redfern for as long as she can remember. However, believing that Michael loves her beautiful but aloof younger sister, Delphi, Rose vows to keep her feelings hidden. When war...

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Where there's a will by June Francis

Where there's a will

June Francis

Audio CD

Despite being part of the large O'Donnell family Milly has felt alone in the world since her father went missing in the Irish Civil War. Now, ten years later she is forced to flee her home and journey to Liverpool seeking a better future for herself. There she...

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The glassmaker's daughter by Catherine Cookson

The glassmaker's daughter

Catherine Cookson

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Annabella LaGrange was the only child of a wealthy family, owners of a glassworks in the North-East of England. When Annabella was seven, she thought the world a delightful place to live in, and only occasionally wondered why her parents never took her beyond...

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On the edge of darkness by Barbara Erskine

On the edge of darkness

Barbara Erskine

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"Adam Craig is 14 when he meets Brid near an isolated Celtic stone in the wild Scottish Highlands - he is fascinated by her. They become friends, and, in time, passionate lovers. She leads him, unsuspecting, into the sixth century, where she has mastered the...

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A season for hope  by Rosie Goodwin

A season for hope

Rosie Goodwin

Book

"Whitby, 1845. Amber Ainsley works at Greenacres for the wealthy couple, Mr and Mrs Greenwood. But Amber soon falls for the dashing and kind Mr Barnaby Greenwood. Seduced by his attentions she falls pregnant. But alas, Mr Barnaby is not the man he once seemed,...

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Mademoiselle revolution  by Zoe Sivak

Mademoiselle revolution

Zoe Sivak

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"A powerful, engrossing story of a biracial heiress who flees to Paris when the Haitian Revolution burns across her island home. But as she works her way into the inner circle of Robespierre and his mistress, she learns that not even oceans can stop the flames...

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Titans of war by Wilbur A. Smith

Titans of war

Wilbur A. Smith

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For over 50 years Egypt has known nothing but war and devastation at the hands of the Hyksos, a bloodthirsty barbarian people from the distant east. Times are desperate, but throughout the conflict, a brave resistance fights on under the great Taita, a slave...

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The forgotten bookshop in Paris by Daisy Wood

The forgotten bookshop in Paris

Daisy Wood

Audio CD

Paris, 1940. War is closing in on the city of love. With his wife forced into hiding, Jacques must stand by and watch as the Nazis take away everything he holds dear. Everything except his last beacon of hope - his beloved bookshop, La Page Cachě. But when a...

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Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel

Kaikeyi

Vaishnavi Patel

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"'I was born on the full moon under an auspicious constellation, the holiest of positions-much good it did me.' So begins Kaikeyi's tale. The only daughter of the kingdom of Kekaya, she is raised on grand stories about the might and benevolence of the gods:...

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The picture bride  by Kŭm-i Yi

The picture bride

Kŭm-i Yi

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"Could you marry a man you've never met? Three Korean women in 1910 make a life-changing journey to Hawaii where they will marry, having seen only a photograph of their intended husbands. Different fates await each of these women. Hong-ju, who dreams of a...

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A street shaken by light  by James Buchan

A street shaken by light

James Buchan

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"In 1720, the young William Neilson leaves Edinburgh to make his fortune in Europe, first sailing to Rotterdam and then on foot to Paris, where he meets and is immediately employed by the banker John Law. A day later he is in the Bastille, but not before he...

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Nights of plague  by Orhan Pamuk

Nights of plague

Orhan Pamuk

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"1901. Night draws in. With the stealth of a spy vessel, the royal ship Azizye approaches the famous vistas of Mingheria. 'An emerald build of pink stone.' The 29th state of the ailing Ottoman Empire.The ship carries Princess Pakize, the daughter of a deposed...

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The forgotten sister  by Judy (Historical writer) Summers

The forgotten sister

Judy (Historical writer) Summers

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"Liverpool, 1848. Meg Shaw is the middle child of eight siblings, not quite old enough to bring in a wage to help her struggling family, but not young enough to be a babe to be cared for. When the family realise they can't feed all the children, Meg makes a...

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A gem of truth  by Kimberley Woodhouse

A gem of truth

Kimberley Woodhouse

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"Longing for a fresh start, Julia Schultz takes a job as a Harvey Girl at the El Tovar hotel, where she's challenged to be her true self. United by the discovery of a legendary treasure, Julia and master jeweler Christopher Miller find hope in each other. But...

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May's boys by Beryl P. author. Brown

May's boys

Beryl P. author. Brown

Audio CD

For five years, May and evacuee Cliff, have fought against village bullies and bigots. Despite the hardships, they have built a loving mother and son relationship. As peace approaches, they must find a way for him to stay in the home he has come to love, or he...

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The bewitching by Jill Dawson

The bewitching

Jill Dawson

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Alice Samuel might be old and sharp-tongued, but she's no fool. Visiting her new neighbours in her Fenland village, she suspects Squire Throckmorton's household is not as God-fearing as it seems and finds the children troubled. Yet when one of the daughters...

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Act of oblivion by Robert Harris

Act of oblivion

Robert Harris

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'From what is it they flee?' He took a while to reply. By the time he spoke the men had gone inside. He said quietly, 'They killed the King.' 1660. Colonel Edward Whalley and his son-in-law, Colonel William Goffe, cross the Atlantic. They are on the run and...

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A Christmas miracle for the railway girls by Maisie Thomas

A Christmas miracle for the railway girls

Maisie Thomas

Audio CD

Manchester, 1942. When Cordelia's daughter Emily falls for a young chap who doesn't meet the approval of her father, Cordelia is reminded of her own first love - a love that she has never forgotten. Mabel is determined to get to the bottom of a spate of local...

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The lost song of Paris by Sarah Steele

The lost song of Paris

Sarah Steele

Audio CD

1941. Darkness descends over London as the sirens begin to howl and the bombs rain down. Amid all the chaos is a woman gripping a window ledge on the first floor of a Baker Street hotel. And as flames rise around her, she is forced to take her chances. 1997....

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Her private war by David Laws

Her private war

David Laws

Audio CD

Being female means that Charlotte Dovedale's dreams are likely out of reach. Her mother is eager to support Charlotte's brother in his quest to join the newly formed Royal Flying Corps, but Charlotte is left to channel her energy into the suffragette movement....

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The wartime bookshop by Lesley Eames

The wartime bookshop

Lesley Eames

Audio CD

Alice moves to the village of Churchwood with her retired father just as WWII breaks out. She is desperate to be useful but, nursing both an injured hand and a broken heart, she expects her prospects of finding employment are poor, and worries that she won't...

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The winter rose by Katie Flynn

The winter rose

Katie Flynn

Audio CD

Liverpool, 1941. After German bombs shatter the life Cadi has built for herself in Liverpool, she is more determined than ever to sign up and do her bit. Joining the WAAF also means she is closer to her beau - until Jez is sent thousands of miles from home....

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The watercress girls by Kay Seeley

The watercress girls

Kay Seeley

Audio CD

When Annie and her brother Cory are orphaned Hettie's mother takes them in. Hettie and Annie sell watercress on the streets of Victorian London to make a living. Annie's dissatisfaction grows and her reckless ambition takes her on a separate path. After she...

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Shadows of the past by June Francis

Shadows of the past

June Francis

Audio CD

Liverpool, 1928. Fifteen-year-old Annie Anderson was adopted by Sylvia and Hugh after the death of their own daughter. Annie is told that her own mother died in childbirth and her father died before she was born. A chance encounter introduces Annie to local...

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Her secret son by Catherine Cookson

Her secret son

Catherine Cookson

Audio CD

Cock Shield Farm, 1881. After Molly Geary finds herself pregnant with landowner Angus McBain's child, she is left distraught and ruined. Dishonoured by being the secret mistress of McBain, she must find an alternative suitor to save her reputation, or else the...

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Nettleblack  by Nat Reeve

Nettleblack

Nat Reeve

Book

"The year is 1893. Having run away from her family home to escape an arranged marriage, Welsh heiress Henry Nettleblack finds herself ambushed, robbed, and then saved by the mysterious Dallyangle Division - part detective agency, part neighbourhood watch....

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The German wife by Kelly Rimmer

The German wife

Kelly Rimmer

Large Print

"Berlin, Germany, 1930. When the Nazis rise to power, Jürgen Rhodes is offered a high-level position in their burgeoning rocket program. Jürgen and his wife Sofie fiercely oppose Hitler's radical views, and joining his ranks is unthinkable. Yet it soon becomes...

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The invincible Miss Cust by Penny Haw

The invincible Miss Cust

Penny Haw

Audio CD

"Born in Ireland in 1868 to an aristocratic English family, Aleen Cust knows she is destined to work with animals, even if her family is appalled by the idea of a woman pursuing a veterinary career. Going against their wishes, but with the encouragement of the...

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Echoes of the past  by Maggie Ford

Echoes of the past

Maggie Ford

Book

"When Henry Lett dies, he leaves a restaurant that is far from thriving. His nephew, Edwin, is loath to see the once-famous Letts pass out of the family's hands, and he persuades his aunt to sell her shares and give him a chance to get the restaurant back on...

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