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Heartaches and Christmas cakes  by Amy Miller

Heartaches and Christmas cakes

Amy Miller

"December, 1940. All that Audrey Barton wants is her family together for Christmas. But the war changes everything. The Barton family bakery in Bournemouth has been at the heart of the town for generations: Audrey and Charlie Barton have never been rich,...

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Our friends in Berlin  by Anthony Quinn

Our friends in Berlin

Anthony Quinn

"London, 1941. The city is in blackout, besieged by nightly air raids from Germany. Two strangers are about to meet. Between them they may alter the course of the war. Although the Blitz has united the nation, there is an enemy hiding in plain sight....

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Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar

Thief of Corinth

Tessa Afshar

After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father's home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief...

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The long road ahead by Rosie James

The long road ahead

Rosie James

The war might be over, but trying to get life back on track is anything but easy for Alice Watts. Follow Alice's journey back to post-Blitz Bristol where she searches for family, friends, and one particular loved one, in a world where it's expected to...

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The housekeeper's daughter by Rosie Meddon

The housekeeper's daughter

Rosie Meddon

A story of family, secrets and love set in the beautiful Devonshire countryside at Woodicombe House. 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...

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The Jerusalem chronicles collections by Bodie Thoene

The Jerusalem chronicles collections

Bodie Thoene

Now Available in One Volume--The Jerusalem Chronicles When Jesus Wept When Jesus Wept, the first novel in The Jerusalem Chronicles by bestselling authors Bodie and Brock Thoene, unfolds the turbulent times in Judea during Jesus' ministry, centering on...

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The jump-off creek by Molly Gloss

The jump-off creek

Molly Gloss

Lydia Sanderson writes about her life on Jump Off Creek in the higher mountain country of Oregon in 1895. She tells of friendship, loss, daily struggles, and achievements.

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The grey horse by R. A. MacAvoy

The grey horse

R. A. MacAvoy

Set against the colorful and magical backdrop of Ireland, The Grey Horse chronicles a time when the Irish people suffered under harsh English overlords who sought to destroy their culture and way of life. In the Irish town of Carraroe, a magnificent,...

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The angel strikes by Oliver Fairfax

The angel strikes

Oliver Fairfax

Do You Dare Be Transported Into a Historical Adventure That Will Forever Change Your View of the Past?The Angel Strikes is the first in a series of sweeping, epic novels that make up The Brandt Family Chronicles. Spanning two centuries from the Napoleonic...

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The antique dealer's daughter by Lorna Gray

The antique dealer's daughter

Lorna Gray

The Cotswolds, Summer, 1947. In the aftermath of war, Emily Sutton struggles to find her place in a world irrevocably changed by conflict. When she refuses to follow tradition and join her father's antiques business - or get married - her parents send...

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Music across the Mersey by Geraldine O'Neill

Music across the Mersey

Geraldine O'Neill

"1940s Dublin: Handsome widower Johnny Cassidy is 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...

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The Spark Girl's promise by Fiona (Journalist) author. Ford

The Spark Girl's promise

Fiona (Journalist) author. Ford

"January 1941. Peggy Collins has learned a lot during her time as a Spark Girl. Posted to Swansea, as a driver to the squadron leader, she often hears things she shouldn't and she knows to be discreet, understanding how serious the phrase loose lips sink...

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Volar by Danielle Steel


Danielle Steel

"Tras la Primera Guerra Mundial, Pat O'Malley, un piloto norteamericano, regresa a su patria y funda una familia y un aeródromo. Su gran pasión es la aviación y su mayor anhelo es que su hijo Chris llegue a convertirse en un as. Sin embargo, es Cassie,...

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Red sky at noon by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Red sky at noon

Simon Sebag Montefiore

'The black earth was already baking and the sun was just rising when they mounted their horses and rode across the grasslands towards the horizon on fire ?? Imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion made...

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Freud's sister by Goce Smilevski

Freud's sister

Goce Smilevski

Vienna, 1938: With the Nazis closing in, Sigmund Freud is granted an exit visa and allowed to list the names of people to take with him. He lists his doctor and maids, his dog, and his wife's sister, but not any of his own sisters. The four Freud sisters...

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Tiffany blues  by M. J. Rose

Tiffany blues

M. J. Rose

"New York, 1924. Twenty-four-year-old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany's prestigious artists' colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage...

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Into the darkness  by Kate Williams

Into the darkness

Kate Williams

"In the glittering city of 1920s New York, Celia is hunting for her son Michael, who was taken from her at birth. In her desperation to find him, thwarted at every turn, she looks to the valiant girls of an underground flapper army and a runaway boy for...

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The chalky sea  by Clare Flynn

The chalky sea

Clare Flynn

"Two troubled people struggle to find their way in a turbulent world. In July 1940, Gwen Collingwood drops her husband at the railway station, knowing she may never see him again. Two days later her humdrum world is torn apart when the sleepy English...

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Prague spring  by Simon Mawer

Prague spring

Simon Mawer

"In the summer of 1968 - a year of love and hate, of Prague Spring and Cold War winter - Oxford students James Borthwick and Eleanor Pike set out to hitchhike across Europe, complicating a budding friendship that could be something more. Having reach...

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The House of Shadows  by Kate Williams

The House of Shadows

Kate Williams

"The De Witt family, who once lead an idyllic and privileged life, are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives in the aftermath of the Great War. In 1939, the world is on the verge of turmoil with the approaching storm of the...

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So wild the wind  by Bonnie Hobbs

So wild the wind

Bonnie Hobbs

"Young Civil War widow Alida Garrison survives a shipwreck off the Texas Gulf coast, but loses her five-year-old son to the sea. Strong hands lift her from the rocky shore, and with time and the gentle care of an old healing woman, she comes through the...

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An orphan's war by Molly Green

An orphan's war

Molly Green

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

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The summer maiden by Dilly Court

The summer maiden

Dilly Court

"1873. When Carrie Manning's father dies her mother, Esther, is heartbroken. Essie leaves London to convalesce with her good friend Lady Alice, and it is down to Carrie to look after her family and take charge of the shipping company that her father has...

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Chariot on the mountain by Jack Ford

Chariot on the mountain

Jack Ford

A story based on true events recreates a female slave's struggle for freedom in the decades before the Civil War as she is freed by her owner, kidnapped by slave catchers and returned to Virginia, and brings criminal charges against her kidnappers.

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A rumored fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

A rumored fortune

Joanna Davidson Politano

A lonely young heiress becomes the poorest wealthy woman in Victorian England when her father dies without telling anyone where he hid his fortune. Can Tressa and the no-nonsense estate manager find the fortune before the greedy relatives get to it.....

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In the blink of an eye  by Ali Bacon

In the blink of an eye

Ali Bacon

"In 1843, Edinburgh artist, David Octavius Hill, is commissioned to paint the portraits of 400 ministers who have broken away from the Church of Scotland. Only when he meets Robert Adamson, an early master of the new and fickle art of photography, does...

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Mary B  by Katherine J. Chen

Mary B

Katherine J. Chen

"What is to be done with Mary Bennet? She possesses neither the beauty of her eldest sister, Jane, nor the high-spirited charm of second-born Lizzy. Even compared to her frivolous younger siblings, Kitty and Lydia, Mary knows she is lacking in the ways...

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A fallen woman by Nancy (Historical fiction writer) Carson

A fallen woman

Nancy (Historical fiction writer) C...

An unforgettable saga, full of romance, shocking secrets and page-turning scandal ... In the Black Country a scandal is set to hit the town ... but can Aurelia Sampson survive? All seems well in the Black Country, Aurelia having sacrificed her own ha...

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Christy by Linda Lael. Miller


Linda Lael. Miller

A wild attraction sparks between the lady and the marshal, but Christy--left penniless after her mother's death--cannot afford the distraction of reckless passion. But Marshall Zachary Shaw is just as determined to win her love for a lifetime.

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Megan by Linda Lael. Miller


Linda Lael. Miller

Megan McQuarry returns to Primrose Creek, Nevada in 1870 after two years of trying to become an actress, and meets and falls in love with Webb Stratton, the man who bought her land; but Webb must face his tragic past before he can give his heart to M...

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Bay City belle by Shirley Kennedy

Bay City belle

Shirley Kennedy

Before the war, Belle Ainsworth led a life of pleasure and privilege in the deep South. Five years after losing her fiancé at the Battle of Gettysburg, she is still alone, with no prospects for marriage among the remaining men of her acquaintance. But...

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Marx returns by Jason Barker

Marx returns

Jason Barker

The story of one man's struggle to write the book that will change the world.

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The summer maiden by Dilly Court

The summer maiden

Dilly Court

The second book in a stunning new series from Sunday Times bestseller, Dilly Court 1873. When Carrie Manning's father dies her mother, Esther, is heartbroken. Essie leaves London to convalesce with her good friend Lady Alice, and it is down to Carrie...

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The red queen by Philippa Gregory

The red queen

Philippa Gregory

The second book in Philippa's stunning new trilogy, The Cousins War, brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series - The White Queen - but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle...

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The lady of the rivers by Philippa Gregory

The lady of the rivers

Philippa Gregory

Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of nineteen she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman...

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The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise (Chef) Miller

The Late Bloomers' Club

Louise (Chef) Miller

A delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town's efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to conjure up true loveNora, the owner of the Miss Guthrie Diner, is perfectly happy serving up apple cider donuts, coffee,...

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The last time I saw Paris  by Lynn Sheene

The last time I saw Paris

Lynn Sheene

"May 1940. Fleeing a glamorous Manhattan life built on lies, Claire Harris arrives in Paris with a romantic vision of starting anew. But she didn't anticipate the sight of Nazi soldiers marching under the Arc de Triomphe. Her plans smashed by the Ger...

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Wrecker  by Noel O'Reilly


Noel O'Reilly

"Shipwrecks are part of life in the remote village of Porthmorven, Cornwall. And as the sea washes the bodies of the drowned onto the beach, it also brings treasures: barrels of liquor, exotic fruit, the chance to lift a fine pair of boots from a corpse,...

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Blackpool lass  by Maggie Mason

Blackpool lass

Maggie Mason

"When Grace's Ma passes away and her Da's ship sinks with all hands, Grace is utterly alone in the world. She's sent to an orphanage in Blackpool, but the master has an eye for a pretty young lass. Grace won't be his victim, so she runs, destitute, into...

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In dreams forgotten by Tracie Peterson

In dreams forgotten

Tracie Peterson

"1906. Judith Gladstone came to San Francisco after her parents died to find her last living relative, an aunt she has never met. Instead she has fallen head over heels in love with Caleb Coulter, her friend's brother. Caleb has promised to help Judith...

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Cry to dream again  by Jane Hawking

Cry to dream again

Jane Hawking

"In 1930s Greater London, Shirley is a talented ballerina who dreams of becoming a principal dancer at the Sadler's Wells Ballet Company. Yet one summer, on the way back from staying with her grandparents in France, she meets a handsome young man, Alan,...

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The tin drum by Günter Grass

The tin drum

Günter Grass

Bitter and impassioned, this novel delivers a scathing dissection of the years from 1925-1955 through the eyes of Oskar, the dwarf whose manic beating on the toy of his childhood fantastically counterpoints the horrors of Germany and Poland under the...

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Secrets of a Wallflower by Amanda McCabe

Secrets of a Wallflower

Amanda McCabe

Diana Martin is thrilled to be a writer covering the Parisian Exposition. Her new role must be kept quiet - her parents would never allow it! When enigmatic Sir William Blakely discovers her ruse, he knows it could lead her into danger. And with the ...

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River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

River to Redemption

Ann H. Gabhart

Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. A man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the...

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A lady's guide to etiquette and murder by Dianne Freeman

A lady's guide to etiquette and murder

Dianne Freeman

Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and he...

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The great level  by S. K. Tillyard

The great level

S. K. Tillyard

"In 1649, Jan Brunt, a Dutchman, arrives in England to work on draining and developing the Great Level, an expanse of marsh in the heart of the fen country. It is here he meets Eliza, whose love overturns his ordered vision and whose act of resistance...

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The which way tree by Elizabeth Crook

The which way tree

Elizabeth Crook

Early one morning in the remote Texas hill country, a panther attacks a family of homesteaders, mauling a young girl and killing her mother, whose final act is to save her daughter's life. Samantha and her half brother, Benjamin, survive, but she is ...

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'Til morning light  by Ann Moore

'Til morning light

Ann Moore

"1850s, San Francisco. With her two children, Gracelin O'Malley travels to post-Gold Rush San Francisco to meet the sea captain who has proposed marriage to her. But when she arrives, he is nowhere to be found. Destitute in a city filled with gangs,....

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The exploits & adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy  by Elizabeth Aston

The exploits & adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy

Elizabeth Aston

"The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy takes readers back into the imagined family of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Their musical daughter Alethea makes a disastrous marriage to a man whose charming manners conceal an unpleasant nature. F...

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The raven's widow  by Adrienne Dillard

The raven's widow

Adrienne Dillard

"The river was as calm as I had ever seen it. Ordinarily, the tide would have been wild by this time of year, and woe unto any man unfortunate enough to fall into the fierce currents of the Thames. Tonight the tides were still, and the surface of the...

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Without a country  by Ayşe Kulin

Without a country

Ayşe Kulin

"As Hitlers reign of terror begins to loom large over Germany, Gerhard and Elsa Schliemann - like other German Jews - must flee with their children in search of sanctuary. But life elsewhere in Europe offers few opportunities for medical professor Gerhard...

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The summer wives  by Beatriz Williams

The summer wives

Beatriz Williams

"In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, w...

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The summer I met Jack by Michelle Gable

The summer I met Jack

Michelle Gable

"In 1950, a young, beautiful Polish refugee named Alicia Darr takes a job with the Kennedy family and meets their oldest son, a charismatic congressman named Jack. Their summer fling soon turns into a serious relationship, but the Kennedys have White...

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The magnificent Esme Wells by Adrienne Sharp

The magnificent Esme Wells

Adrienne Sharp

"Esme Silver has always taken care of her charming ne'er-do-well father, Ike, a small-time crook who dreams of making it big with Bugsy Siegel. And she's in awe of her mother, Dina Wells, happy to be the foil who gets the beautiful Dina into meetings...

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Between earth and sky by Amanda Skenandore

Between earth and sky

Amanda Skenandore

"On a quiet Philadelphia morning in 1906, a newspaper headline catapults Alma Mitchell back to her past. A federal agent is dead, and the suspect is Alma's childhood friend, Harry Muskrat. Asku, as Alma knew him, was the most promising student at the...

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A passionate hope by Jill Eileen Smith

A passionate hope

Jill Eileen Smith

"Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the priests' corruption, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But years pass and not...

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The dead by Christian Kracht

The dead

Christian Kracht

"Christian Kracht mines the feverish film culture of pre-World War II Germany and Japan for a Gothic tale of global conspiracy, personal loss, and historical entanglements large and small." --

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The Sacco gang by Andrea Camilleri

The Sacco gang

Andrea Camilleri

A "wild west" tale of two brothers who battle both the state and a mafia empire in 1920s Italy, from famed Italian author Andrea CamilleriRaffadali, province of Agrigento, 1920s. The Sacco brothers are free men with strong ideas about socialism and the...

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Daughter of Dark River Farm by Terri Nixon

Daughter of Dark River Farm

Terri Nixon

1917. Kitty Maitland has found a safe and welcoming home at Dark River Farm, Devon, and is finally beginning on a path to recovery after her terrible ordeal in Flanders ... until the arrival of two very different visitors. One, a charming rogue, proves...

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Till the boys come home by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Till the boys come home

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

In 1918 the Great War has taken so much from so many and it threatens to take even more still from the Hunters, their friends and their servants. In a bid to run away from problems at home, Edward decides not to resist conscription and ends up at the...

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Monday's child by Linda Finlay

Monday's child

Linda Finlay

A little girl is found abandoned on a beach one chilly Monday in October, alone apart from the body of her mother, cold beside her. Rendered silent by her traumatic experience, she is named Monday by the woman who discovers her and takes her to the Red...

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The stranger by Kate Riordan

The stranger

Kate Riordan

Cornwall, 1940. For decades, Penhallow Hall has stood frozen in time, protecting the secrets of its isolated inhabitants. But the far corners of England are no shelter from the war, and Penhallow must finally open its doors to strangers. Three newcom...

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A respectable woman by Susanna Bavin

A respectable woman

Susanna Bavin

After losing all her family in the Great War, Nell is grateful to marry Stan Hibbert. However, five years on, she is just another back-street housewife, making every penny do the work of tuppence and performing miracles with scrag-end. When she discovers...

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Orphan sisters by Lola Jaye

Orphan sisters

Lola Jaye

Lana and May are a very long way from home. Their Nigerian parents emigrated to England in search of a better life for the family. London in the 1950s is a great adventure, but not always welcoming. There are signs in windows of lodging houses warning:...

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A mother's sacrifice by Kitty Neale

A mother's sacrifice

Kitty Neale

Glenda Jenkins has been beaten by her husband Harry one too many times - and this time he's put her in a hospital bed. Battered and bruised, Glenda slowly makes her recovery. But she fears what awaits her back at home. Glenda meets kind hospital porter...

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A stranger in Honeyfield by Anna Jacobs

A stranger in Honeyfield

Anna Jacobs

1916: Bella is working as a VAD, driving ambulances in England, when she gets engaged to Philip, on leave from fighting in France. His family strongly disapprove of her, but the two of them are happy together. When the worst happens, Bella must manage...

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Daughters of Penny Lane by Ruth Hamilton

Daughters of Penny Lane

Ruth Hamilton

In 1946, Alice Quigley returns to her childhood home on Penny Lane, having lost three sisters and her house in Bootle to the bombs that fell over Liverpool. Estranged from her husband Dan, who suffered from two strokes triggered during the Blitz, she...

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Amandine  by Marlena De Blasi


Marlena De Blasi

"The story opens in Krakow in 1931, as a baby girl is conceived out of wedlock. The child's grandmother, a countess, believes she is protecting her daughter when she claims that they baby didn't survive. In truth, however, she deposits the infant at a...

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The last of our kind  by Adélaïde de Clermont-Tonnerre

The last of our kind

Adélaïde de Clermont-Tonnerre

"Werner Zilch was adopted as an infant, and knows nothing of his biological family. But when, in 1970s New York, he meets the family of Rebecca, the woman he has fallen in love with, a mysterious link means he must uncover the truth of his past, or run...

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Song of a captive bird by Jasmin Darznik

Song of a captive bird

Jasmin Darznik

"All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel, gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother's walled...

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The dead  by Christian Kracht

The dead

Christian Kracht

"In Berlin, Germany, in the early 1930s, the acclaimed Swiss film director Emil Nägeli receives the assignment of a lifetime: travel to Japan and make a film to establish the dominance of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi empire once and for all. But his handlers ...

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The sea house by Elisabeth Gifford

The sea house

Elisabeth Gifford

A century after a young vicar investigates his family's link to a Scottish island's selkie legend, a young couple buys a once-grand home by the sea and discovers the bones of a baby with fused legs.

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Lamb in his bosom by Caroline Miller

Lamb in his bosom

Caroline Miller

The backwoods of Georgia during the antebellum era provides the setting for a family saga.

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The age of unreason by J. Gregory Keyes

The age of unreason

J. Gregory Keyes

Greg Keyes reimagines the eighteenth-century as an era of apocalyptic sorcery in which a young printer's apprentice named Benjamin Franklin joins forces with a host of historical personages to prevent humankind's annihilation by demons and black magi...

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The Emperor's conspiracy by Michelle Diener

The Emperor's conspiracy

Michelle Diener

Chance led to Charlotte Raven's transformation from chimney sweep to wealthy, educated noblewoman, but she still walks a delicate tightrope between two worlds, unable to turn her back on the ruthless crime lord who was once her childhood protector. When...

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Newton's Cannon by Greg Keyes

Newton's Cannon

Greg Keyes

In an alternate history in which science and magic coexist, a young Benjamin Franklin joins forces with Sir Isaac Newton in a desperate attempt to stop France's demonic King Louis XIV from obliterating England In 1681, in an England somewhat like our...

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Warrior of Woden by Matthew Harffy

Warrior of Woden

Matthew Harffy

Oswald has reigned over Northumbria for eight years and Beobrand has led the king to ever greater victories. Rewarded for his fealty and prowess in battle, Beobrand is now a wealthy warlord, with a sizable warband. Tales of Beobrand's fearsome black-...

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The Trials of Nellie Belle by Sydney Avey

The Trials of Nellie Belle

Sydney Avey

When her parents marry off Kansas-born Nellie Belle to the ranch foreman, she never questions that motherhood will follow. But at the dawn of the progressive era, dissatisfied Nellie seizes an opportunity to move west and start a new life. Desperate to...

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The lioness of Morocco  by Julia Drosten

The lioness of Morocco

Julia Drosten

"Independent-minded Sibylla Spencer feels trapped in nineteenth-century London, where her strong will and progressive views have rendered her unmarriageable. Still single at twenty-three, she is treated like a child and feels stifled in her controlli...

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Bittersweet  by P. D. R. (P. D. Rowan) Lindsay


P. D. R. (P. D. Rowan) Lindsay

"In the British army of 1872, corrupt young officers play games of a different kind. Their favourite is to rape young society women in their homes. The rogues make a competition out of it. The more girls the regiment savages, the more different ways they...

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The Romanov empress  by C. W. Gortner

The Romanov empress

C. W. Gortner

"Marrying the Romanov heir, nineteen-year-old Danish princess Minnie becomes empress of Russia and treads a perilous path of compromise in a beloved but resistance-torn country where her son becomes the last tsar."--Provided by publisher.

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The dying of the light  by Robert Goolrick

The dying of the light

Robert Goolrick

"DDiana Cooke was born with the century and came of age just after World War I. The daughter of Virginia gentry, she knew early that her parents had only one asset, besides her famous beauty: their stately house, Saratoga, the largest in the commonwe...

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