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Take a trip to the days of yore in these historical fiction titles in book, eBook, eAudiobook, large print, or audio CD. This list updates when we add new titles to our collection.

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A season of grace by Lauraine Snelling

A season of grace

Lauraine Snelling

"In 1906 Minnesota, Nilda Carlson's life now resembles the images that filled her dreams in Norway. But when she spots the man from her terrifying past in town, her new life and hope for love could come crashing down around her. Did danger follow her...

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Hotel Sacher  by Rodica Doehnert

Hotel Sacher

Rodica Doehnert

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, Ann...

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American dreams trilogy by Michael R. Phillips

American dreams trilogy

Michael R. Phillips

From prolific Christian author Michael Philips comes the trilogy of stories following the Davidson family as they struggle to reconcile their Christian values with Southern values in Civil War era Virginia.

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The queen's colonial by Peter Watt

The queen's colonial

Peter Watt

1845, a village outside Sydney Town. Humble blacksmith Ian Steele struggles to support his widowed mother. All the while he dreams of a life in uniform, serving in Queen Victoria's army. 1845, Puketutu, New Zealand. Second Lieutenant Samuel Forbes, a...

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The night raid by Clare Harvey

The night raid

Clare Harvey

World-renowned war artist Dame Laura Knight is commissioned to paint propaganda portraits of factory girls and is sent to the ordnance factories in her hometown of Nottingham. At first she relishes the opportunity, but when she starts work on a portrait...

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The captain's girl by Nicola Pryce

The captain's girl

Nicola Pryce

Cornwall 1793. As the French Revolution threatens the stability of England, so too is discontent brewing in the heart of Celia Cavendish. Promised to the brutal Viscount Vallenforth, she must find a way to break free. Inspired by her cousin Arbella, ...

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Christmas at Emmerdale by Pamela Bell

Christmas at Emmerdale

Pamela Bell

Brand new saga to coincide with ITV's three-part historical drama Christmas at Emmerdale is the first in a sweeping new saga, exploring the lives of Emmerdale's much-loved families during the run up to the Great War. August 1914, and a terrible war begins,...

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The Nightingale Christmas show by Donna Douglas

The Nightingale Christmas show

Donna Douglas

Matron Kathleen Fox has the job of putting the Nightingale Hospital back together. But memories and ghosts of those lost fill the bomb-damaged buildings, and she wonders if she is up to the task. In the name of festive cheer Kathleen decides to put on...

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The secret of Summerhayes by Merryn Allingham

The secret of Summerhayes

Merryn Allingham

Summer, 1944. Bombed out by the blitz, Bethany Merston takes up a post as companion to elderly Alice Summer, last remaining inhabitant of the dilapidated and crumbling Summerhayes estate. Now a shadow of its former glory; most of the rooms have been shut...

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Night over water by Ken Follett

Night over water

Ken Follett

Set during the outbreak of the Second World War, Night Over Water is a feat of storytelling from the bestselling master of the historical thriller, Ken Follett. On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain has declared war, a group o...

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Eye of the needle by Ken Follett

Eye of the needle

Ken Follett

His weapon is the stiletto, his codename: The Needle. He is Hitler's prize undercover agent - a cold and professional killer. It is 1944 and weeks before D-Day. The Allies are disguising their invasion plans with a phoney armada of ships and planes. Their...

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The long take by Robin Robertson

The long take

Robin Robertson

**LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018** Winner of The Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018 'A beautiful, vigorous and achingly melancholy hymn to the common man that is as unexpected as it is daring' John Banville, Guardian A noir narrative written with...

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Suitcase of dreams by Tania Blanchard

Suitcase of dreams

Tania Blanchard

After enduring the horror and chaos of postwar Germany, Lotte Drescher and her family arrive in Australia full of hope for a new life. It's a land of opportunity, where Lotte and husband Erich hope to give their children the future they have always dreamed...

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Tombland by C. J. Sansom

Tombland

C. J. Sansom

Tombland is the seventh novel in C. J. Sansom's number one bestselling Shardlake series. Summer, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos . . . The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour,...

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Lie down with lions by Ken Follett

Lie down with lions

Ken Follett

When Jane is caught in a deadly love triangle between rival spies Ellis and Jean-Pierre, she becomes entangled in a web of lust, hatred and deception, which sweeps all three of them from terrorist conspiracies in Paris to all-out guerrilla warfare in...

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When winter comes  by V. A. Shannon

When winter comes

V. A. Shannon

"A survivor of the Donner Party excursion recounts her life as a teenager escaping an abusive family, taking the journey with the Donner family and enduring a tragic winter in the Sierras."--Publisher's description.

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Emperor Nero  by Margaret George

Emperor Nero

Margaret George

"With the beautiful and cunning Poppaea at his side, Nero Augustus commands the Roman Empire, ushering in an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendor. Although he has yet to produce an heir, his power is absolute. But in the tenth year of his...

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A lonely heart  by Kay Brellend

A lonely heart

Kay Brellend

"Based around the WW1 female factory workers at Barratt's Sweet Factory and inspired by true stories from the author's grandmother, the Bittersweet Legacy series celebrates the everyday heroism of families who fought to survive against all odds. Growing...

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House of glass  by Susan Fletcher

House of glass

Susan Fletcher

June 1914: A young woman - Clara Waterfield - is summoned to a large stone house in Gloucestershire. Her task: to fill a greenhouse with exotic plants from Kew Gardens, to create a private paradise for the owner of Shadowbrook. Yet, on arrival, Clara...

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Christmas with the East End Angels  by Rosie Hendry

Christmas with the East End Angels

Rosie Hendry

"It's the most wonderful time of the year - and the East End Angels are working hard to keep Londoners safe. Frankie is trying hard to keep everything together. She can count on the support of the East End Angels, even in the face of family trouble. ...

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My enemy's cradle  by Sara Young

My enemy's cradle

Sara Young

"Cyrla's neighbors have begun to whisper. Her cousin, Anneke, is pregnant and has passed the rigorous exams for admission to the Lebensborn, a maternity home for girls carrying German babies. But Anneke's soldier has disappeared, and Lebensborn babies...

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The widow of Ballarat  by Darry Fraser

The widow of Ballarat

Darry Fraser

"A story of passion, adventure and a woman's quest for independence set against the colourful backdrop of 19th century Bendigo and the goldfields of Ballarat. 1854, Ballarat, Victoria When Nell Amberton's husband is shot dead by a bushranger, there are...

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Christmas at Liberty's  by Fiona (Journalist) Ford

Christmas at Liberty's

Fiona (Journalist) Ford

"September 1942. Mary arrives in London to take up a new post as a fabric cutter at Liberty's Carnaby Street store. Recently discharged from the Women's Army in the wake of scandal, Mary is harbouring a broken heart and a painful secret. Although nervous...

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The lighthouse keeper's daughter  by Hazel Gaynor

The lighthouse keeper's daughter

Hazel Gaynor

"A historical novel inspired by true events, and the extraordinary female lighthouse keepers of the past two hundred years. They call me a heroine, but I am not deserving of such accolades. I am just an ordinary young woman who did her duty. 1838:...

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When the men were gone  by Marjorie Herrera Lewis

When the men were gone

Marjorie Herrera Lewis

"Football is the heartbeat of Brownwood, Texas. Every Friday night for as long as assistant principal Tylene Wilson can remember, the entire town has gathered in the stands, cheering their boys on. Each September brings with it the hope of a good season...

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Loon Lake  by E. L. Doctorow

Loon Lake

E. L. Doctorow

"The hero of this dazzling novel by American master E. L. Doctorow is Joe, a young man on the run in the depths of the Great Depression. A late-summer night finds him alone and shivering beside a railroad track in the Adirondack mountains when a priv...

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Leaving Ireland  by Ann Moore

Leaving Ireland

Ann Moore

"Forced to flee Ireland, Gracelin O'Malley boards a coffin ship bound for America, taking her young daughter with her on the arduous transatlantic voyage. In New York, Gracelin struggles to adapt to a strange new world and to the harsh realities of i...

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Beyond the rice fields by author Naivo

Beyond the rice fields

author Naivo

Fara and her father's slave, Tsito, have been close since her father bought the boy after his forest village was destroyed. Now in Sahasoa, amongst the cattle and rice fields, everything is new for Tsito, and Fara at last has a companion. But as Tsito...

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David by Mary Hoffman

David

Mary Hoffman

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Knives in the south by P. F. Chisholm

Knives in the south

P. F. Chisholm

1592. Sir Robert Carey abandoned the ambition and treachery of Queen Elizabeth I's court to take up the post of Deputy Warden of the West March. -- Plunging readers straight into the racous world of late sixteenth-century border reivers and unfettere...

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Kipling & Trix by Mary Hamer

Kipling & Trix

Mary Hamer

"As young children, Rudyard Kipling and his sister "Trix" flourished in the brilliant warmth and colour of India. Their happiness ended abruptly when they were sent back to England to live with a strict and god-fearing foster family. Both became writ...

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The coal miner's wife  by Elizabeth Gill

The coal miner's wife

Elizabeth Gill

"When Dryden's wife dies after a long illness she leaves him with their beloved son, Tommy, and free - in theory - to pursue his true love. But Vinia is married to Dryden's employer, Joe, manager of the Black Prince coal pit in County Durham, and Joe...

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Tony's wife  by Adriana Trigiani

Tony's wife

Adriana Trigiani

"Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet one summer on the Jersey shore before World War II. Chi Chi is a talented and ambitious singer-songwriter working in a local blouse factory looking for her big break, while Saverio, a singer already on the...

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Master of his fate  by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Master of his fate

Barbara Taylor Bradford

"Victorian England is a country of sharp divides between rich and poor, but James Lionel Falconer is everything a self-made man should be: handsome, ambitious, charming, and brimming with self-confidence. Even as a boy working in his father's market stall...

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The Tower of London by William Harrison. Ainsworth

The Tower of London

William Harrison. Ainsworth

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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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A bad place to die by Easy Jackson

A bad place to die

Easy Jackson

It takes more than a badge to keep the peace in a lawless hellhole like Ring Bit, Texas. It takes guts, grit, gunslinging-and one hell of a woman... MEET TENNESSEE SMITH: SHE SHOOTS FROM THE HIP. There aren't many options for an eighteen-year-old girl...

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The red coat by Dolley Carlson

The red coat

Dolley Carlson

Irish domestic worker Norah King's decision to ask her wealthy employer, Caroline Parker, for an elegant red coat the Beacon Hill matriarch has marked for donation ignites a series of events that neither woman could have fathomed. The unlikely exchange...

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Preservation by Jock Serong

Preservation

Jock Serong

Preservation, based on the true story of the wreck of the Sydney Cove, sees master storyteller Jock Serong turn his talents to historical narrative. On a beach not far from the isolated settlement of Sydney in 1797, a fishing boat picks up three ship...

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Men of bronze by Scott Oden

Men of bronze

Scott Oden

Hasdrabal Barca is a killer.As captain of Pharaoh's border guard, the fearsome Medjay, he stands between the rich heartland of the Nile and the countless foes who would see the proud and ancient land of Egypt brought to its knees.Hasdrabal Barca is a...

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The strange and true tale of Horace Wells surgeon dentist by Michael Downs

The strange and true tale of Horace Wells surgeon dentist

Michael Downs

In 1844, Horace Wells, a Connecticut dentist, encountered nitrous oxide, or laughing gas - then an entertainment for performers in carnival-like theatrical acts - and began administering the gas as the first true anesthetic. His discovery would change...

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The Queen's spy by Caroline Newark

The Queen's spy

Caroline Newark

Paris 1325. Margaret has been a widow for eleven years and doesn't expect a second chance at happiness. When it comes she seizes it with both hands. While Edward II's queen, Isabella, plots vengeance on the man who has taken her place at her husband's...

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Love of finished years by Gregory Erich Phillips

Love of finished years

Gregory Erich Phillips

"Pre WWI, Elsa came to America with her eyes wide open, realizing it was up to her to make a life for herself. Surviving a sweatshop in lower Manhattan, a chance job with a Long Island elite family opens up her world. Invited in, up to a point, she.....

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Render unto caesar by Gillian Bradshaw

Render unto caesar

Gillian Bradshaw

Hermogenes is a young Greek from Alexandria, heir to a noble and vibrant society. But in his youth Hermogenes and his family were held captive to the whims of the queen Cleopatra, whose machinations spelled doom for an entire nation--whose schemes for...

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The settlers by Vilhelm Moberg

The settlers

Vilhelm Moberg

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Salmon River kid by Joseph Dorris

Salmon River kid

Joseph Dorris

"It is 1872 in Idaho Territory and fifteen-year old Samuel Chambers and his father struggle to survive a brutal winter along the Salmon River. While awaiting spring to cross the snowfields into Warren's camp and return to their gold strike, Samuel ranches...

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Land of hidden fires by Kirk Kjeldsen

Land of hidden fires

Kirk Kjeldsen

Occupied Norway, 1943. After seeing an allied plane go down over the mountains, headstrong fifteen year-old Kari Dahlstrøm sets out to locate the wreck. She soon finds the cocky American pilot Lance Mahurin and offers to take him to Sweden, pretending...

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At long last love by Milly Adams

At long last love

Milly Adams

July 1942, and 23-year-old nightclub singer Kate Watson has made a home for herself in bomb-blitzed London. A motley crew of friends has replaced the family she's not spoken to in years. Until Kate's sister Sarah walks back into her life, asking her to...

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The night raid by Clare (Novelist) author. Harvey

The night raid

Clare (Novelist) author. Harvey

World-renowned war artist Dame Laura Knight is commissioned to paint propaganda portraits of factory girls and is sent to the ordnance factories in her hometown of Nottingham. At first she relishes the opportunity, but when she starts work on a portrait...

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The conquest by Elizabeth Chadwick

The conquest

Elizabeth Chadwick

When a comet appears in the sky over England in 1066, Ailith, a young Saxon wife, feels sure that it can only bode well. Yet, within a year, Ailith's joy turns to heartache as her husband and her child are taken from her and the conquering Normans ad...

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A Liverpool secret by Geraldine O'Neill

A Liverpool secret

Geraldine O'Neill

Liverpool, 1925. Fourteen-year-old Lillian Taylor has spent her childhood in a loveless orphanage. When a well-dressed young woman claiming to be her aunt arrives and whisks her away to her large townhouse, Lillian hopes it signals a change in her fo...

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Belle of the back streets by Glenda Young

Belle of the back streets

Glenda Young

"Any rag and bone!" Everyone recognises the cry of Meg Sutcliffe as she plies her trade along the back streets of Ryhope. She learnt the ropes from her dad when he returned from the War. But when tragedy struck, Meg had no choice but to continue alone....

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Christmas at Emmerdale by Pamela Bell

Christmas at Emmerdale

Pamela Bell

Brand new saga to coincide with ITV's three-part historical drama Christmas at Emmerdale is the first in a sweeping new saga, exploring the lives of Emmerdale's much-loved families during the run up to the Great War. August 1914, and a terrible war begins,...

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Workhouse nightingale by Holly (Historical fiction writer) Green

Workhouse nightingale

Holly (Historical fiction writer) G...

After her mother's death, Dora is sent to live with her father and his other family. But Dora is mixed race and illegitimate, two facts that see her treated as little more than a servant by her step-mother and half siblings. This doesn't stop the son...

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The hundred wells of Salaga  by Ayesha Harruna Attah

The hundred wells of Salaga

Ayesha Harruna Attah

"Based on true events, a story of courage, forgiveness, love, and freedom in pre-colonial Ghana, told through the eyes of two women born to vastly different fates. Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on...

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A different kind of fire  by Suanne Schafer

A different kind of fire

Suanne Schafer

"Ruby Schmidt has the talent, the drive, even the guts to enroll in art school, leaving behind her childhood home and the beau she always expected to marry. Her life at the Academy seems heavenly at first, but she soon learns that societal norms in the...

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A far horizon  by Brenda Rickman Vantrease

A far horizon

Brenda Rickman Vantrease

"As the English Civil War reaches its bloody climax, three women must fight for survival in the captivating conclusion of the Broken Kingdom series. Summer, 1643. With neither side prepared to back down, King Charles I and Parliament continue to wage...

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Songwoman  by Ilka Tampke

Songwoman

Ilka Tampke

"One woman's quest to defend her culture. Haunted by the Roman attack that destroyed her home, Ailia flees to the remote Welsh mountains in search of the charismatic war king, Caradog, who is leading a guerrilla campaign against the encroaching army....

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The turn of midnight by Minette Walters

The turn of midnight

Minette Walters

"As the year 1349 approaches, the Black Death continues its devastating course across England. In Dorseteshire, the quarantined people of Develish question whether they are the only survivors. Guided by their beloved young mistress, Lady Anne, they w...

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The conspirators & The regent's daughter (Illustrated) by Alexandre Dumas

The conspirators & The regent's daughter (Illustrated)

Alexandre Dumas

These historical novels depict the conspiracy by the certain party of the nobility against the regent of France Philippe d'Orléans. Raoul d'Harmental, young aristocrat who came to Paris in 1711, is an adventurer, rather touchy and impetuous. After the...

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The faraway drums by Jon Cleary

The faraway drums

Jon Cleary

In 1911 in Delhi, King George V is on the brink of being crowned Emperor of India. While on duty near Simla, a handsome British intelligence officer, Clive Farnol, finds a plot to assassinate His Majesty. Meanwhile, a young Bostonian reporter, Bridie...

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Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

Mark of the Raven

Morgan L. Busse

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood--and to a powerful ability. But it comes with a dark secret. Tasked with assassinating the man who can destroy her family--and the only one who can bring peace to the nations--she must choose be...

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Rosie by Lesley Pearse

Rosie

Lesley Pearse

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Rosie by Lesley Pearse, read by Gabrielle Glaister. Her brutal, violent family will be the death of her . . . Without a mother, Rosie is at the mercy of her father and thuggish brothers. Then one day a friend...

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Hope by Lesley Pearse

Hope

Lesley Pearse

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Hope by Lesley Pearse, read by Lucy Brownhill. Her existence would be the ruin of her mother . . . Baby Hope, the unfortunate proof of Lady Harvey's adultery, is smuggled out of a privileged aristocratic household...

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Trust me by Lesley Pearse

Trust me

Lesley Pearse

Two young sisters sent far, far from home ... When tragedy deprives little Dulcie Taylor and her sister May of their parents, they are sent first to an orphanage and then shipped off to begin a new life in Australia. But the 'better life' the sisters...

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Once a midwife by Patricia Harman

Once a midwife

Patricia Harman

Welcome back to Hope River in New York Times bestselling author Patricia Harman's newest novel as midwife Patience Hester, along with her family and friends, face the challenges of the home front during World War II.The women of Hope River trust midw...

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Once a midwife by Patricia Harman

Once a midwife

Patricia Harman

Welcome back to Hope River in New York Times bestselling author Patricia Harman's newest novel as midwife Patience Hester, along with her family and friends, face the challenges of the home front during World War II.The women of Hope River trust midw...

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The red coat  by Dolley Carlson

The red coat

Dolley Carlson

"Irish domestic worker Norah King's decision to ask her wealthy employer, Caroline Parker, for an elegant red coat that the Beacon Hill matriarch has marked for donation ignites a series of events that neither woman could have fathomed. The unlikely ...

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Four soldiers  by Hubert Mingarelli

Four soldiers

Hubert Mingarelli

"1919. The Russian Civil War. It is the harsh dead of winter, as four soldiers set up camp in a forest somewhere near the Romanian front line. There is a lull in the fighting, so their days are filled with precious hours of freedom, enjoying the tran...

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A season of grace  by Lauraine Snelling

A season of grace

Lauraine Snelling

"In 1906 Minnesota, Nilda Carlson's life now resembles the images that filled her dreams in Norway. But when she spots the man from her terrifying past in town, her new life and hope for love could come crashing down around her. Did danger follow her...

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An Italian affair  by Caroline Montague

An Italian affair

Caroline Montague

"Italy, 1937. Alessandra Durante is grieving the loss of her husband when she discovers she has inherited her ancestral family home, Villa Durante, deep in the Tuscan Hills. The terms of the will are that she must live in the Villa Durante for at least...

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The lines we leave behind  by Eliza Graham

The lines we leave behind

Eliza Graham

"England, 1947: A young woman finds herself under close observation in an insane asylum, charged with a violent crime she has no memory of committing. As she tries to make sense of her recent past, she recalls very little. But she still remembers wartime...

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Happy little bluebirds by Louise Levene

Happy little bluebirds

Louise Levene

"It is September 1940, and recently widowed Evelyn has been plucked from her humdrum civil service job in Woking and transported to the opulent world of wartime Hollywood. Young, bright and fluent in nine languages, she is to assist the British Colonel...

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Brimstone trail by Marcus Galloway

Brimstone trail

Marcus Galloway

"Before hearing the call of the Lord, Paul had seen more than his share of sin - mostly his own. But since he came to minister to the small town of Pueblito Verde, most of what he sees are tamer transgressions. Knowing his own past, Paul believes the...

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O'Hara's choice by Leon Uris

O'Hara's choice

Leon Uris

Two decades after the Civil War, first-generation Irish-American Zachary O'Hara, son of a legendary Marine and a force of a man in his own right, finds himself playing a critical role as the very existence of the Marine Corps is being decided. If he can...

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The lost life  by Steven Carroll

The lost life

Steven Carroll

"England, September 1934. Two young lovers, Catherine and Daniel, have trespassed into the rose garden of Burnt Norton, an abandoned house in the English countryside. Hearing the sound of footsteps, they hide, and then witness the poet T.S. ('Tom') Eliot...

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Shelter of the most high  by Connilyn Cossette

Shelter of the most high

Connilyn Cossette

"The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan. Eitan has lived...

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Raising the baton by Bruce Herschensohn

Raising the baton

Bruce Herschensohn

When Christopher Straw was a little boy in Fort Littleton, Pennsylvania, he wanted to be the first man to land on the moon. That was before the advent of Astronauts. He never reached the moon but when he grew up he was heavily involved in the new industry...

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The deception of the emerald ring by Lauren Willig

The deception of the emerald ring

Lauren Willig

19-year-old Letty Alsworthy and Lord Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe marry quickly, but he flees to Ireland the night of his elopement. Letty tracks him down in Dublin, learn of his secret life as a spy and gets sucked into it herself.

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Lady of a thousand treasures  by Sandra Byrd

Lady of a thousand treasures

Sandra Byrd

"Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father's passing and her uncle's decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian...

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Legacy of mercy by Lynn N. Austin

Legacy of mercy

Lynn N. Austin

"Young socialite Anna Nicholson is having trouble focusing on her upcoming marriage due to lingering questions about her birth mother. After hiring detectives to learn more about the past, Anna decides that some secrets are better left hidden. Her choice...

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Die Kathedrale des Meeres by Ildefonso Falcones

Die Kathedrale des Meeres

Ildefonso Falcones

Der Weltbestseller 2018 als grosse Serie bei Netflix!Spanien im 14. Jahrhundert: Die Landbevölkerung stöhnt unter dem Joch der Feudalherren. Barcelona jedoch ist frei. Und Barcelona ist reich. Hier macht der junge Arnau seinen Weg vom mittellosen Ste...

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Frontline nurses  by Holly (Historical fiction writer) Green

Frontline nurses

Holly (Historical fiction writer) G...

"The year is 1912, and Britain is gripped by fear of war with Germany. Intelligent and headstrong, young Leonora Malham Brown feels stifled by the restraints of her respectable middle-class upbringing. But a chance encounter with the feisty Victoria ...

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The sewing room girl  by Susanna Bavin

The sewing room girl

Susanna Bavin

"Born into service, sixteen-year-old Juliet Harper has always idolised her mother, Agnes. But Agnes is haunted by what could have been, and the glamorous life she might have lived if she stayed in Manchester rather than settling down in the Lancashire...

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The queen's colonial  by Peter Watt

The queen's colonial

Peter Watt

"1845, a village outside Sydney Town. Humble blacksmith Ian Steele struggles to support his widowed mother. All the while he dreams of a life in uniform, serving in Queen Victoria's army. 1845, Puketutu, New Zealand. Second Lieutenant Samuel Forbes, a...

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The blessed child  by Rosie Goodwin

The blessed child

Rosie Goodwin

"Wednesday's child is full of woe... Warwickshire, 1865. Nessie Carson will do anything to keep her family together after her mother is killed, her father abandons them and they are evicted from their cosy little Nuneaton home. She and her brothers and...

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The Christmas Rose  by Dilly Court

The Christmas Rose

Dilly Court

"Standing on London's Royal Victoria Dock with the wind biting through her shawl, Rose Munday realises she's been abandoned by her sweetheart... Rose had risked everything to get to London but, stumbling through the peasoup fog, she has nowhere to go...

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The lighthouse keeper's daughter by Hazel Gaynor

The lighthouse keeper's daughter

Hazel Gaynor

"1838: Northumberland, England. Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands has been Grace Darling's home for all of her twenty-two years. When she and her father rescue shipwreck survivors in a furious storm, Grace becomes celebrated throughout England....

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The Land Girl  by Allie Burns

The Land Girl

Allie Burns

"War changes everything... Emily has always lived a life of privilege. That is until the drums of war came beating. With her father and brother fighting on the front it's up to her to maintain their family estate. Working as a land girl Emily finds...

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The Tilbury poppies  by Sue Wilsher

The Tilbury poppies

Sue Wilsher

"Essex, 1916. Lily is a housemaid up at St Clere's Hall. But times are changing with the outbreak of war. With a husband bent on signing up for the trenches and a lecherous master of the house, Lily is forced to leave. Doing her bit for the war effort...

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A Christmas wish for Land Girls  by Jenny Holmes

A Christmas wish for Land Girls

Jenny Holmes

"Winter, 1942. Land Girls Brenda and Una have relocated higher up the Yorkshire dales, to work on the remote hillside farms. Despite the bitter cold, there's warmth to be found in old friends and new faces - and plans for a cosy Christmas are afoot. But...

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Hold on to your dreams  by Beryl Matthews

Hold on to your dreams

Beryl Matthews

"London 1899. Twenty-year-old Gertrude Melrose considers her good fortune as she prepares to usher in a new century. Her only concern is her brother Edward whose mounting gambling debts threaten the family's prosperity. After his debts lead to the loss...

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Marilla of Green Gables  by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables

Sarah McCoy

"A bold, heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables ... before Anne: A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the c...

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The lost daughter  by Gill Paul

The lost daughter

Gill Paul

"A Russian princess. An extraordinary sacrifice. A captivating secret... The Lost Daughter is a sweeping, moving story of the tenacity of love and the power of forgiveness. With the country they once ruled turned against them, the future of the Romanov...

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The imagined land  by Eduardo Berti

The imagined land

Eduardo Berti

"With sensuous imagery and musical cadence, renowned Oulipian Eduardo Berti conjures an exquisite, star-crossed love story in pre-revolutionary China. The desires of a young girl, visited in her dreams by her grandmother's ghost, clash with the stric...

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Love in the land of barefoot soldiers  by Frances Vieta

Love in the land of barefoot soldiers

Frances Vieta

"The year is 1935 and twenty-something Ceseli Larson, a young American woman from New York, has arrived in Ethiopia to study the lost ruins of Axum. A scholar of early writing of Christianity, she hopes to find the possible resting place of the Ark of...

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