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Black Bottom saints  by Alice Randall

Black Bottom saints

Alice Randall

Book

"In the black-owned-and-operated Kirkwood Hospital, Joseph 'Ziggy' Johnson reflects on his life. From the Great Depression through the post-World War II years, Ziggy had been the pulse of Detroit's famous Black Bottom. A celebrated gossip columnist for...

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An artificial light  by Petra Durst-Benning

An artificial light

Petra Durst-Benning

Book

"Germany, 1911. Certain things are expected of a woman. Defiant Mimi Reventlow has chosen to be the woman she wants to be. For now, that's the resident, if temporary, photographer in Laichingen. Here, against the odds, in a vocation uncommon for her ...

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The librarian of Boone's Hollow  by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The librarian of Boone's Hollow

Kim Vogel Sawyer

Book

"Addie Cowherd dreamt of being a novelist and offering readers the escape that books gave her during her tragic childhood. But it's the Great Depression, and when her adoptive father loses his job, Addie is forced to leave college and take the only e...

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The orphan of Good Hope  by Roxane Dhand

The orphan of Good Hope

Roxane Dhand

Book

"In 1683 life is gruelling for the young women in Amsterdam's civic orphanage. The sole light in Johanna Timmerman's existence is her forbidden love for Frans, an orphan in the boys' section who has a smile like sunshine. Then he is gone, whisked across...

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The intoxicating Mr Lavelle  by Neil Blackmore

The intoxicating Mr Lavelle

Neil Blackmore

Book

"When Benjamin and Edgar Bowen embark on a Grand Tour of Europe, they are ready to meet People of Quality. They have trunks full of powdered silver wigs and matching suits, a hunger to experience the architectural wonders of Ancient Rome and an ability...

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Masaryk Station by David Downing

Masaryk Station

David Downing

eAudiobook

Berlin, 1948. Still occupied by the four Allied powers and largely in ruins, the city has become the cockpit of a new Cold War. The legacies of the war have become entangled in the new Soviet-American conflict, creating a world of bizarre and fleetin...

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An actual life by Abigail Thomas

An actual life

Abigail Thomas

eBook

In 1960, two young people, Buddy and Virginia, who married because of an unexpected pregnancy, struggle to cope with financial strain, parenthood, and their own relationship with each other during the second summer after their wedding.

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A company of three by Varley O'Connor

A company of three

Varley O'Connor

eBook

When Robert, Patrick, and Irene met in New York, they were all determined to become actors, and it felt as if the city--indeed, the world--could be their oyster. Robert was the good-looking, ambitious one. Patrick was tall, ungainly, but naturally dr...

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Finding Eadie  by Caroline Beecham

Finding Eadie

Caroline Beecham

Book

"It's London 1943, and war and dwindling resources are taking their toll on the staff of Partridge Press. The Ministry of Information has published The Battle of Britain, and everyone needs more books to read in the shelters, at home and for the troops....

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The evening and the morning  by Ken Follett

The evening and the morning

Ken Follett

Book

"It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages, and England faces attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Life is hard, and those with power wield it harshly, bending justice according to their will - often in conflict with the monarchy....

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The wedding dress maker by Leah Fleming

The wedding dress maker

Leah Fleming

eBook

"In the shadow of a love lost and being disgraced by her actions, Netta Nichol must watch from the sidelines as her child is brought up by her father and stepmother. This is not the first time her stepmother has taken what is rightfully hers. First it...

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Who will take this man? by Jacquie D'Alessandro

Who will take this man?

Jacquie D'Alessandro

eBook

"Philip Whitmore, Viscount Greybourne, has been deserted at the altar, and Meredith Chilton-Grizedale, the Matchmaker of Mayfair, is ruined. This was the most anticipated wedding of the Season and would have secured her position. But now the word is out...

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Under the tulip tree by Michelle Shocklee

Under the tulip tree

Michelle Shocklee

eBook

"Sixteen-year-old Lorena Leland's dreams of a rich and fulfilling life as a writer are dashed when the stock market crashes in 1929. Seven years into the Great Depression, Rena's banker father has retreated into the bottle, her sister is married to a...

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Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick

Something Worth Doing

Jane Kirkpatrick

eBook

Based on a true story, pioneer Abigail Scott denies herself the joys of a simpler life to achieve her dream of securing rights for women. But running a controversial newspaper and leading suffrage efforts in the Northwest carry a great personal cost....

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The deadly hours by Susanna Kearsley

The deadly hours

Susanna Kearsley

eBook

"Charming... Four interconnected visits to a world of danger, wit, beauty and genuine romance. Treat yourself!"'ANNE PERRY, internationally bestselling author A stellar line-up of historical mystery novelists weaves the tale of a priceless and cursed...

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The royal nanny by Karen (Karen S.) Harper

The royal nanny

Karen (Karen S.) Harper

eAudiobook

Based on a seldom-told true story, this novel is perfect for everyone who is fascinated by Britain's royal family--a behind the scenes look into the nurseries of little princes and the foibles of big princes. April, 1897: A young nanny arrives at San...

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Etiquette for runaways.  by Liza Nash Taylor

Etiquette for runaways.

Liza Nash Taylor

Book

"1924. May Marshall is determined to spend the dog days of summer in self-imposed exile at her father's farm in Keswick, Virginia. Following a naive dalliance that led to heartbreak and her expulsion from Mary Baldwin College, May returns home with a...

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The glass house  by Beatrice Colin

The glass house

Beatrice Colin

Book

"Scotland, 1912. Antonia McCulloch and her husband, Malcolm, have drifted apart; her burgeoning art career came to nothing; and when she looks in the mirror, she sees disappointment. But at least she will always have Balmarra, her family's grand Scot...

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The silken rose  by Carol McGrath

The silken rose

Carol McGrath

Book

"1236. Beautiful Ailenor of Provence, cultured and intelligent, is only thirteen when she marries Henry III. Aware of the desperate importance of providing heirs to secure the throne from those who would snatch it away, she is ruthless in her dealings...

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Storms gather between us by Clare Flynn

Storms gather between us

Clare Flynn

Audio CD

Since escaping his family's notoriety in Australia Will Kidd has been content to live the life of a wanderer, but everything changes when he comes face to face with a ghost from his past on a cloudy beach in Liverpool. Every step of Hannah Dawson's life...

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The girl from the workhouse by Lynn Johnson

The girl from the workhouse

Lynn Johnson

Audio CD

Staffordshire, 1911. Money is in short supply For Ginnie Jones's family and she is sent to Haddon Workhouse. When she meets Clara and Sam, she hopes that she has made friends for life... until tragedy strikes. Three years later, Ginnie finds work as ...

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Victory for the Bluebird Girls by Rosie Archer

Victory for the Bluebird Girls

Rosie Archer

Audio CD

As war finally draws to a close, what will victory and peacetime bring for the south coast's Bluebird Girls? In their rise to fame over the course of the war, Bea Herron, Ivy Sparrow and Rainey Bird have faced down bombs and looked tragedy in the eye....

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A mother's ruin by Gracie Hart

A mother's ruin

Gracie Hart

Audio CD

When 18-year-old Eve runs away to start a new life in the city, she quickly discovers that Leeds is not everything she expected it to be. Wandering the cold streets, timid Eve can only find work as a barmaid at the Bluebell Inn. Serving ale and cheap...

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Melting moments by Anna Goldsworthy

Melting moments

Anna Goldsworthy

Audio CD

It is 1941. Eighteen-year-old Ruby leaves behind the family farm, her serious mother and roguish father, and heads for Adelaide. After a brief courtship, she enters into a hasty marriage with a soldier about to go to war - who returns a changed man. With...

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When strangers marry by Lisa Kleypas

When strangers marry

Lisa Kleypas

eBook

Anxious to escape her impending wedding to her much-despised fiancé, Etienne Sagesse, Lysette Kersaint seeks refuge with Maximilien Vallerand, a dangerous and powerful rake who has his own plans for the innocent beauty.

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A sister's courage by Molly Green

A sister's courage

Molly Green

Large Print

"In the midst of war, she knew her place was not at home ... The most ambitious of three sisters, Lorraine 'Raine' Linfoot always dreamed of becoming a pilot. As a spirited seventeen-year-old, she persuades her hero Doug Williams to teach her to fly....

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The winter orphan by Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sharp

The winter orphan

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

Large Print

"Ella has never known love. Left as a baby outside the workhouse, Ella has only ever been treated with unkindness; especially from the hateful guardians of the workhouse, who hold the fate of the inmates in their cruel hands. When she is sold as a sc...

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From this day forward by Beryl Matthews

From this day forward

Beryl Matthews

Large Print

"As if everyday life in London's slums wasn't hard enough for Jane Roberts and her three children, the day that ne'er-do-well husband Bert walks out on his family as rent day draws near is a particularly dark time. In the wake of his desertion, the family...

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Fire queen by Joanna (Novelist) Courtney

Fire queen

Joanna (Novelist) Courtney

Large Print

"Shakespeare's Ophelia was a lover, a madwoman and a victim. The real Ofelia is a very different story: a leader, a fighter and a fiercely independent woman ... As a young girl, Ofelia stood frozen as her mother threw herself on her father's funeral pyre....

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Then came you by Lisa Kleypas

Then came you

Lisa Kleypas

eBook

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The poisoned crown by Maurice Druon

The poisoned crown

Maurice Druon

eBook

No man is impervious to the poisons of the crown.' Having murdered his wife and exiled his mistress, King Louis X of France becomes besotted with Princess Clemence of Hungary and makes her his new Queen. However, though the matter of the succession should...

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The scandalous Lady Wright by M. C. Beaton

The scandalous Lady Wright

M. C. Beaton

eAudiobook

Fashionable society regards Sir Benjamin Wright with the utmost honour and respect. Yet Lady Emma knows that her husband is, in fact, a drunken, jealous brute who delights in humiliating her both in and out of the bedroom. So, his unexpected murder is...

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Christmas with the teashop girls  by Elaine Everest

Christmas with the teashop girls

Elaine Everest

Book

"It is late 1940 and the war feels closer to home than ever for Rose Neville and her staff at the Lyon's Teashop in Margate. The worry of rationing hangs overhead as the Nippies do their best to provide a happy smile and a hot cup of tea for their cu...

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The biggest secret by Mike Walker

The biggest secret

Mike Walker

Audio CD

"In the early hours of 5 June 1944, Captain Rob Collins, who is languishing in hospital, receives a call that will take him on a journey through England that will change his life. Mike Walker's play is an epic journey across England poised on the edge...

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Raid 42 by Graham Hurley

Raid 42

Graham Hurley

Audio CD

"1941. Dieter Merz is the Reich's most celebrated fighter ace and his aerial prowess has brought him into close contact with the top echelons of Hitler's regime. Even so, everything in the Nazi state still comes at a price. If Dieter wants help for an...

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The lost lights of St Kilda by Elisabeth Gifford

The lost lights of St Kilda

Elisabeth Gifford

Audio CD

"1927. When Fred Lawson takes a summer job on St Kilda, little does he realise that he has joined the last community to ever live on that beautiful, isolated island. Only three years later, St Kilda will be evacuated, the islanders near-dead from sta...

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The return by Harry Sidebottom

The return

Harry Sidebottom

Audio CD

"145BC - Calabria, Rome. After years of spilling blood for Rome, Gaius Furius Paullus has returned home to spend his remaining days working quietly on the family farm. But it seems death has stalked Paullus from the battlefield. Just days after his a...

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I'm staying here by Marco Balzano

I'm staying here

Marco Balzano

Audio CD

"A mother recounts her life story to her long-lost daughter in this sweeping historical novel about a community torn between Italian Fascism and German Nazism. In the small village of Curon in South Tyrol, seventeen-year-old Trina longs for a different...

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The summer fields by L. P. Fergusson

The summer fields

L. P. Fergusson

Audio CD

"Is the pain of loss a price worth paying for true love? In the year 1704, dairy maid Elen Griffiths' immunity to the smallpox plaguing England should be a blessing. But it feels more like a curse when she is selected to leave her home and nurse high...

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Charlotte  by Helen Moffett

Charlotte

Helen Moffett

Book

"Everybody thinks that Charlotte Lucas has no prospects. She is twenty-seven years old, unmarried, plain, and seemingly without ambition. When she stuns the neighbourhood by accepting the proposal of buffoonish clergyman Mr Collins, her best friend L...

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Winter sisters by Robin. author. Oliveira

Winter sisters

Robin. author. Oliveira

eBook

New York, 1879: After an epic snow storm ravages the city of Albany, Dr. Mary Sutter, a former civil war surgeon, begins a search for two little girls, the daughters of close friends killed by the storm who have vanished without a trace. When what happened...

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Her grace's passion by M. C. Beaton

Her grace's passion

M. C. Beaton

eAudiobook

Matilda, Duchess of Hadshire, was a virtual prisoner of a cruel husband who romanced his mistress right under the duchess's nose. Her only joy was dreaming of the handsome Earl of Torridon - for he, like her, was trapped in a horrid marriage and longed...

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Stone country by Nicole Alexander

Stone country

Nicole Alexander

eAudiobook

South Australia, 1919. Ross Grant has always felt like the black sheep of his wealthy Scottish family. An explorer at heart, he dreams of life on Waybell, their remote cattle station in Australia's last remaining wilderness, the Northern Territory. Then...

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Small pleasures  by Clare. author. Chambers

Small pleasures

Clare. author. Chambers

Book

"1957, south-east suburbs of London. Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper, disappointed in love and - on the brink of forty - living a limited existence with her truculent mother: a small life from which there is no likelihood of escape....

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Casting off by Elizabeth Jane Howard

Casting off

Elizabeth Jane Howard

eBook

"With the excitement of VE Day come and gone, England remains locked in the drab grip of deprivation. Against this backdrop of a crumbling empire, a number of startling events unfolds, including deaths, weddings, a shattering pregnancy, and...

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Calling me home by Julie Kibler

Calling me home

Julie Kibler

eBook

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis: drop everything and drive from Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. Tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own, agrees. It's a journey that changes...

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Blood meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Blood meridian

Cormac McCarthy

eBook

"Blood Meridian" is an epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, brilliantly subverting the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the Wild West. Based on historical events that took place on ...

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Journey by moonlight by Antal Szerb

Journey by moonlight

Antal Szerb

eBook

"Anxious to please his bourgeois father, Mihaly has joined the family firm in Budapest. Pursued by nostalgia for his bohemian youth, he seeks escape in marriage to Erzsi, not realising that she has chosen him as a means to her own rebellion. On their...

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Prince of dreams by Lisa Kleypas

Prince of dreams

Lisa Kleypas

eBook

Unable to win the hand of the headstrong beauty Emma Stokehurst, bitter exile Nikolas is transported back in time where he meets a woman who looks remarkably like the Emma of his dreams.

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Copy Boy by Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Copy Boy

Shelley Blanton-Stroud

eBook

"This is Raymond Chandler for feminists"--Sharma Shields, author of The Cassandra. "An expressive and striking story that examines what one does for family and for oneself" --Kirkus Reviews. Jane's a very brave boy. And a very difficult girl. She'll become...

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Back to school  by Jack Sheffield

Back to school

Jack Sheffield

Book

"The year is 1969 and Jack Sheffield is a young teacher in need of a job. In a room full of twenty-nine other newly qualified teachers, he’s overjoyed when he's appointed to Heather View Primary. Jack is excited to start his first year there and to b...

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Her last flight  by Beatriz. author. Williams

Her last flight

Beatriz. author. Williams

Book

"In 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett arrives at a remote surfing village on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a planned biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil...

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Midnight angel  by Lisa Kleypas

Midnight angel

Lisa Kleypas

eBook

A noblewoman of frail beauty and exotic mystery fakes her own death to escape the gallows. And now she must flee. In disguise and under a false identity, she finds unexpected sanctuary in the arms of a handsome and arrogant yet gallant British lord' who...

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Secundus  by Paul W. Feenstra

Secundus

Paul W. Feenstra

Book

"When Mellester Manor, a small peaceful hamlet in southern England, is overcome by a catastrophic disaster, Odo and Charlotte's life is in absolute turmoil. With Sir Gweir, Lord of Mellester Manor, away in Ireland fighting alongside King Henry II, Mellester...

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Atomic love  by Jennie. author. Fields

Atomic love

Jennie. author. Fields

Book

"Chicago, 1950. Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations - in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project to design the atomic bomb, and in her passionate love affair with coworker Thomas Weaver. Five years after the end of both, her guilt...

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A mother's sacrifice  by Jennie. author. Felton

A mother's sacrifice

Jennie. author. Felton

Book

"Martha Packer is much loved by everyone in the village of Hillsbridge. As the landlady of The Three Feathers, she runs a respectable establishment and is known for her generosity and care for her family and others around her - she even took in two o...

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A workhouse Christmas  by Kay Brellend

A workhouse Christmas

Kay Brellend

Book

"Christmas Eve, 1909. When eleven-year-old Lily Larkin is left to fend for herself in an East London workhouse after her dying mother is taken to an infirmary, her future looks bleak. Once she is separated from her twin brother, Davy, her childhood hopes...

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The light at the end of the day by Eleanor Wasserberg

The light at the end of the day

Eleanor Wasserberg

eBook

A family scattered. Lovers torn apart. A painting that unites them all. When Jozef is commissioned to paint a portrait of the younger daughter of Krakow's grand Oderfeldt family, it is only his desperate need for money that drives him to accept. He has...

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Lionhearts  by Nathan Makaryk

Lionhearts

Nathan Makaryk

Book

"All will be well when King Richard returns . . . but King Richard has been captured.To raise the money for his ransom, every lord in England is raising taxes, the French are eyeing the empty throne, and the man they called, “Robin Hood,” the man the...

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The skull and the nightingale by Michael Irwin

The skull and the nightingale

Michael Irwin

eBook

"Set in England in the early 1760s, this is a chilling and deliciously dark tale of manipulation, sex, and seduction. When Richard Fenwick, a young man without family or means, returns to London from the Grand Tour, his wealthy godfather, James Gilbert,...

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The allotment girls by Kate Thompson

The allotment girls

Kate Thompson

eAudiobook

During the Second World War, life in the iconic Bryant & May match factory is grimy and tough. Annie, Rose, Pearl and Millie carry on making matches for the British Army, with bombs raining down around them. Inspired by the Dig for Victory campaign, ...

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The librarian by Salley Vickers

The librarian

Salley Vickers

eAudiobook

Sylvia Blackwell, a young woman in her twenties, moves to East Mole, a quaint market town in middle England, to start a new job as a children's librarian. But the apparently pleasant town is not all it seems. Sylvia falls in love with an older man - but...

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The goldminer's sister  by Alison Stuart

The goldminer's sister

Alison Stuart

Book

"1873. Eliza Penrose arrives in the gold mining town of Maiden's Creek in search of her brother, planning to make a new life for herself. Instead she finds a tragic mystery - and hints of betrayals by those closest to her. Mining engineer Alec McLeod...

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Home fires and Spitfires  by Daisy Styles

Home fires and Spitfires

Daisy Styles

Book

"It's September 1940 and as bombs fall across the country Britain faces its darkest hour yet. Tucked on the edge of the Lake District lies Mary Vale, a Mother and Baby Home open to unmarried women and their children. But this sanctuary faces its own battles...

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Churchill's angels by Ruby (Novelist) Jackson

Churchill's angels

Ruby (Novelist) Jackson

eBook

"It is 1939 and in the town of Dartford, Grace, Sally and twins Daisy and Rose, are determined to do their bit when war is declared. Grace, desperate to get away from her sad home life, signs up for the Land Army. Sally’s dream of stage school is thwarted...

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The Spinoza problem by Irvin D. Yalom

The Spinoza problem

Irvin D. Yalom

eBook

"When sixteen-year-old Alfred Rosenberg is called into his headmaster’s office for anti-Semitic remarks he made during a school speech, he is forced, as punishment, to memorize passages about Spinoza from the autobiography of the German poet Goethe. ...

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Heart of oak by Alexander Kent

Heart of oak

Alexander Kent

eBook

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V for victory  by Lissa. author. Evans

V for victory

Lissa. author. Evans

Book

"It’s late 1944. Hitler’s rockets are slamming down on London with vicious regularity and it’s the coldest winter in living memory. Allied victory is on its way, but it’s bloody well dragging its feet. In a large house next to Hampstead Heath, Vee Sedge...

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The light at the end of the day  by Eleanor Wasserberg

The light at the end of the day

Eleanor Wasserberg

Book

"When Jozef is commissioned to paint a portrait of the younger daughter of Kraków's grand Oderfeldt family, it is only his desperate need for money that drives him to accept. He has no wish to indulge a pampered child-princess or her haughty, condesc...

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The woman from Saint Germain by John Lonie

The woman from Saint Germain

John Lonie

Large Print

"She is a celebrated writer stranded in Paris after her French lover is killed fighting the German invasion. He is a volatile young man with a deadly secret, fleeing Nazi-controlled Austria. Only the Nazis could bring them together. Armed with a precious...

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The mystery woman  by Belinda Alexandra

The mystery woman

Belinda Alexandra

Book

"She had thought Shipwreck Bay was simply a remote town where people were bored senseless with their little lives. Now she saw its virtuous facade hid something darker, more sinister. Rebecca Wood is ready for a quiet life as the new postmistress of a...

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The women's pages  by Victoria Purman

The women's pages

Victoria Purman

Book

"Sydney 1945. The war is over, the fight begins. The war is over and so are the jobs (and freedoms) of tens of thousands of Australian women. The armaments factories are making washing machines instead of bullets and war correspondent Tilly Galloway has...

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Hannah's war by Jan Eliasberg

Hannah's war

Jan Eliasberg

eAudiobook

A "mesmerizing" re-imagination of the final months of World War II, Hannah's War is an unforgettable love story about an exceptional woman, and the dangerous power of her greatest discovery (Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network)Berlin, 1938: Groun...

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Royal by Danielle Steel

Royal

Danielle Steel

eAudiobook

"In this spellbinding tale from Danielle Steel, a princess is sent away to safety during World War II, where she falls in love, and is lost forever. As the war rages on in the summer of 1943, causing massive destruction and widespread fear, the King and...

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Inés of my soul by Isabel Allende

Inés of my soul

Isabel Allende

eAudiobook

"Powerfully evocative. . . . Allende is at her best here; spinning words like spells, enthralling the reader with surreal visions of the New World."-- NewsweekA passionate epic of love, freedom, and conquest, based on historical events, from the New York...

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We came here to shine by Susie Orman Schnall

We came here to shine

Susie Orman Schnall

eAudiobook

Set at the iconic 1939 New York World's Fair, Susie Orman Schnall's We Came Here to Shine is historical fiction featuring two bold and ambitious women who navigate a world of possibility and find out what they're truly made of during a glorious summer...

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The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls by Ursula Hegi

The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls

Ursula Hegi

eAudiobook

From beloved bestselling author Ursula Hegi, a new novel about three mothers, set on the shores of the Nordsee, perfect for fans of Water for Elephants and The Light Between Oceans . In the summer of 1878, the Ludwig Zirkus arrives on Nordstrand in Germany,...

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News of the world by Paulette Jiles

News of the world

Paulette Jiles

eAudiobook

Soon to be a Major Motion Picture Starring Tom Hanks National Book Award Finalist--FictionIn the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely render...

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The color of air  by Gail Tsukiyama

The color of air

Gail Tsukiyama

Book

"Daniel Abe, a young doctor in Chicago, is finally coming back to Hawai'i. He has his own reason for returning to his childhood home, but it is not to revisit the past, unlike his Uncle Koji. Koji lives with the memories of Daniel's mother, Mariko, the...

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Soldiers  by Tom Remiger

Soldiers

Tom Remiger

Book

Breen sometimes thought sourly that Tiger Jackson would have made a good fascist. He told unreliable stories, he liked power and admiration, and he had all three military virtues- self-belief, luck, and an eye for the main chance. Despite all this, Breen...

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Peony by Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker) Buck

Peony

Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker) Buck

eBook

The life of a bondservant is inextricably related to the Jewish family she serves in this historic novel of K'aifeng Jews in the early 1800s.

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Nile shadows by Edward Whittemore

Nile shadows

Edward Whittemore

eBook

On a clear night in 1941, a hand grenade explodes in a Cairo bar, taking the life of Stern, a petty gunrunner and morphine addict, nationality unknown, his aliases so numerous that it's impossible to determine whether he was a Moslem, Christian, or Jew....

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Young Bess by Margaret Irwin

Young Bess

Margaret Irwin

eBook

"Growing up in the shadow of her mother, the infamous Anne Boleyn, young Princess Elizabeth has learnt to be continuously on the watch for the political games played out around her. It is never certain when one might rise in, or precariously fall out...

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Killigrew and the golden dragon by Jonathan Lunn

Killigrew and the golden dragon

Jonathan Lunn

eBook

1849, South China Sea: A burning clipper and her slaughtered crew can only be the work of Zhai Jing-mu, China's most feared and ruthless pirate. Kit Killigrew, HMS Tisiphone's second lieutenant, captures Zhai after a bloody chase. After handing Zhai to...

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Northernmost by Peter Geye

Northernmost

Peter Geye

eAudiobook

From the acclaimed author of Wintering: a thrilling ode to the spirit of adventure and the vagaries of loss and loveIn 1897, Odd Einar Eide returns home from a near-death experience in the Arctic only to discover his own funeral underway. His wife, I...

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Conspiracy of eagles by S. J. A. Turney

Conspiracy of eagles

S. J. A. Turney

eAudiobook

55 BC and Caesar's army gathers in the north of Gaul, preparing to drive away invading Germanic peoples and to traverse the dangerous northern ocean bringing punishment to the tribes of Britannia for their assistance of Gaulish rebels. But Fronto's t...

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Something worth doing  by Jane Kirkpatrick

Something worth doing

Jane Kirkpatrick

Book

"In 1853, Abigail Scott was a 19-year-old school teacher in Oregon Territory when she married Ben Duniway. Marriage meant giving up on teaching, but Abigail always believed she was meant to be more than a good wife and mother. When financial mistakes...

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Shifting currents  by Joanna Orwin

Shifting currents

Joanna Orwin

Book

"It is 1853. Widowed Lydia Boulcott has remarried, hoping to escape her shameful past. An isolated new life in the kauri forests of New Zealand's Far North offers the chance of a respectable future for her and her five-year-old daughter, Hannah. To her...

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Mellons Bay  by Suzanne Singleton

Mellons Bay

Suzanne Singleton

Book

"MELLONS BAY is a story of relationships and family. It depicts life in colonial Auckland, change and adaptation in a new land, heartache, hope, love and loss. It is also a fictionalised account of the author's great-great-grandparents.The book traces...

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Under the mistletoe  by Katie. author. Flynn

Under the mistletoe

Katie. author. Flynn

Book

"Liverpool, 1940. When war comes to Britain, Jessica Wilson and her friend Ruby seize the opportunity to leave behind the orphanage they grew up in and start new lives in the NAAFI. With only forged papers as identification the girls expect to be turned...

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The governess  by Wendy Holden

The governess

Wendy Holden

Book

"1933. Progressive young teacher Marion Crawford becomes governess to the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. Determined to give her pupils a fun and normal childhood, she took them on buses, swimming at public baths and Christmas shopping at W...

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The bird in the bamboo cage  by Hazel. author. Gaynor

The bird in the bamboo cage

Hazel. author. Gaynor

Book

"China, 1941. With Japan’s declaration of war on the Allies, Elspeth Kent’s future changes forever. When soldiers take control of the missionary school where she teaches, comfortable security is replaced by rationing, uncertainty and fear. Ten-year-old...

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What we did in the dark by Ajay Close

What we did in the dark

Ajay Close

Book

"'I made what may be called a rash and foolish marriage to a man I scarcely knew.' 1904: Cathie longs for adventure. A whirlwind romance with soldier and artist Herbert Jackson offers this and more, but Herbert is violently jealous and she is soon fighting...

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The little orphan girl by Sandy (Fiction writer) Taylor

The little orphan girl

Sandy (Fiction writer) Taylor

Book

"Ireland, 1901: The work house gates clanged shut behind us, as me and the mammy walked down the hill towards the town. I was six years old and leaving the only home I had ever known ... When Cissy Ryan's real mother comes to claim her from the workhouse,...

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The Margate maid by Lynne (Novelist) Francis

The Margate maid

Lynne (Novelist) Francis

Book

"Margate, 1786. Dairymaid Molly Goodchild dreams of a better life. Up at the crack of dawn to milk her uncle's cows, the one comfort of her day is her friendship with apprentice gardener, Charlie. When dashing naval officer, Nicholas, arrives in town,...

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The traitor by V. S. Alexander

The traitor

V. S. Alexander

Book

"Drawing on the true story of the White Rose--the resistance movement of young Germans against the Nazi regime-- The Traitor tells of one woman who offers her life in the ultimate battle against tyranny, during one of history's darkest hours. In the summer...

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Jerningham  by Cristina Sanders

Jerningham

Cristina Sanders

Book

Edward Jerningham Wakefield was the wild-child of the Wakefield family that set up the New Zealand Company to bring the first settlers to this country. His story is told through the eyes of bookkeeper Arthur Lugg, who is tasked by Colonel William Wakefield...

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Under the tulip tree  by Michelle Shocklee

Under the tulip tree

Michelle Shocklee

Book

"Sixteen-year-old Lorena Leland's dreams of a rich and fulfilling life as a writer are dashed when the stock market crashes in 1929. Seven years into the Great Depression, Rena's banker father has retreated into the bottle, her sister is married to a...

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The first Princess of Wales by Karen (Karen S.) Harper

The first Princess of Wales

Karen (Karen S.) Harper

Audio CD

"Hoping to redeem her family's disgraced name, Joan of Kent journeys to the intrigue-filled court of King Edward III, where, as part of her revenge on the royal family for their betrayal of her father, she targets Edward, Prince of Wales, but her vengeance...

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