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The darkest shore  by Karen (Australian author) Brooks

The darkest shore

Karen (Australian author) Brooks

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"Scotland, 1703: Returning to her home town of Pittenweem, fishwife and widow Sorcha McIntyre knows she faces both censure and mistrust. After all, this is a country where myth and legend are woven into the fabric of the everyday, a time when those who...

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Second chance at the Belfast guesthouse  by Anne Doughty

Second chance at the Belfast guesthouse

Anne Doughty

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"Will love be enough to overcome the odds? It is 1960 and Clare Hamilton is returning home to her beloved Armagh to marry Andrew, her childhood sweetheart. Full of the hope and possibilities of a newlywed couple, they plan to turn Andrew's ancestral home...

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A daughter's ruin  by Kitty Neale

A daughter's ruin

Kitty Neale

Book

"Seventeen-year-old Constance has had a privileged upbringing in Clapham, with staff to attend to her every need. But her parents have always been cold and distant, never showing her love. Craving affection, Constance falls into the arms of Albie Jones,...

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Two sisters  by Josephine Cox

Two sisters

Josephine Cox

Book

"The pretty Arnold sisters have grown up on their father’s farm and yearn for something more out of life than drudgery and toil. Ellen, loyal and honest, is her father’s favourite, but Georgina is impulsive and unreliable, and can’t please a father who...

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The road  by John Ehle

The road

John Ehle

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Storm rider  by Akira Yoshimura

Storm rider

Akira Yoshimura

Book

"Orphaned at the age of thirteen, Hikotaro resigns himself to a life at sea. But when the merchant vessel he sails on is caught in a violent storm, he is taken to San Francisco by American rescuers. Made an outcast by the shogunate policy forbidding reentry...

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The Jerusalem scrolls  by Bodie Thoene

The Jerusalem scrolls

Bodie Thoene

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Moshe Sachar, the leader of Israeli forces battling the Arabs for Jerusalem in 1948, follows the dying wishes of an elder rabbi and escapes into a secret tunnel under the city, where he discovers a set of sacred scrolls that tell the history of the city...

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The tapestry  by Gilbert Morris

The tapestry

Gilbert Morris

Book

"Abandoned as an infant on the steps of the Ursuline Convent School, Leonie Vernay has endured the emotional and financial poverty of an orphan. Now a young woman making her way as a humble seamstress in New Orleans, she is startled by a mysterious s...

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Her quiet revolution  by Marianne Monson

Her quiet revolution

Marianne Monson

Book

"An historically rich novel that brings to life the fascinating story of America's first female state senator, Martha Hughes Cannon, who was also a doctor, suffragist, and champion of public health in the frontier territory of Utah in the late 19th century....

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Ruby  by Karen D. McIntyre

Ruby

Karen D. McIntyre

Book

"When Ruby loses her job in Depression-era Norfolk, she boards a Greyhound for home. That bus will take her, not to her family, but to shame and degradation, to a life she never envisioned. Escape from that misery eventually comes, and she seeks to rebuild...

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The king at the edge of the world  by Arthur Phillips

The king at the edge of the world

Arthur Phillips

Book

"Queen Elizabeth's spymasters recruit an unlikely agent - the only Muslim in England - for an impossible mission" --

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The clearing  by Tim. author. Gautreaux

The clearing

Tim. author. Gautreaux

Book

"Returning from the Great War a changed man, Byron Aldirdge drifts away from his privileged and charmed life to take a job as a constable in a remote Louisiana sawmill, while his younger brother, taking over management of the mill, struggles to understand...

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Girls in tin hats  by Annie Murray

Girls in tin hats

Annie Murray

Book

"1940 - Small Heath, in the heart of Birmingham, is facing the darkest days of the war. Two very different girls from this tight-knit community join up as ARP wardens to do their bit for the Home Front. Violet Simms lives with her controlling, widowed...

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Isaiah's legacy  by Mesu Andrews

Isaiah's legacy

Mesu Andrews

Book

"The drama of the Old Testament comes to life as Judah's most notorious king ascends to the throne in this gripping novel from the award-winning author of Isaiah's Daughter. At eight years old, Shulle has known only life in a small village with her loving...

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A snake lies waiting  by Yong Jin

A snake lies waiting

Yong Jin

Book

"China: 1200 A.D.Guo Jing has confronted Apothecary Huang, his sweetheart Lotus' father, on Peach Blossom Island, and bested the villainous Gallant Ouyang in three trials to win her hand in marriage.But now, along with his sworn brother, Zhou Botong of...

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The queen's fortune  by Allison Pataki

The queen's fortune

Allison Pataki

Book

"As the French revolution ravages the country, Desiree Clary is faced with the life-altering truth that the world she has known and loved is gone and it's fallen on her to save her family from the guillotine. A chance encounter with Napoleon Bonaparte,...

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An inconvenient duke  by Anna (Romance fiction writer) Harrington

An inconvenient duke

Anna (Romance fiction writer) Harri...

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"Marcus Braddock, former general and newly appointed Duke of Hampton, is back from war. Now, not only is he surrounded by the utterly unbearable ton, he's mourning the death of his beloved sister, Elise. Marcus believes his sister's death wasn't an a...

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No armour against Fate  by Caroline Angus Baker

No armour against Fate

Caroline Angus Baker

Book

"London, January 1537 - Thomas Cromwell is in deep mourning. His new queen is on the throne at King Henry's command, but the personal cost is too high. Nicola Frescobaldi is lying dead inside the Medici tomb in Florence, and Cromwell's only daughter Jane...

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Salt the snow  by Carrie Callaghan

Salt the snow

Carrie Callaghan

Book

"American journalist Milly Bennett has covered murders in San Francisco, fires in Hawaii, and a civil war in China, but 1930s Moscow presents her greatest challenge yet. When her young Russian husband is suddenly arrested by the secret police, Milly tries...

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Under a wartime sky  by Liz. author. Trenow

Under a wartime sky

Liz. author. Trenow

Book

"1936: The dark clouds of war are gathering across Europe and the brightest minds in Britain have been brought together in a grand manor on the Suffolk coast. These select few have been tasked by Churchill to develop, in utmost secrecy, an invention that...

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Veiled in smoke  by Jocelyn Green

Veiled in smoke

Jocelyn Green

Book

"Meg and Sylvie Townsend manage the family bookshop and care for their father, Stephen, a veteran still suffering in mind and spirit from his time as a POW during the Civil War. But when the Great Fire sweeps through Chicago's business district, they...

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The Borgia confessions  by Alyssa Palombo

The Borgia confessions

Alyssa Palombo

Book

"'During the sweltering Roman summer of 1492, Rodrigo Borgia has risen to power as pope. Rodrigo's eldest son Cesare, forced to follow his father into the church and newly made the Archbishop of Valencia, chafes at his ecclesiastical role and fumes w...

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The year without summer  by Guinevere. author. Glasfurd-Brown

The year without summer

Guinevere. author. Glasfurd-Brown

Book

"1815, Sumbawa Island, Indonesia Mount Tambora explodes in a cataclysmic eruption, killing thousands. Sent to investigate, ship surgeon Henry Hogg can barely believe his eyes. Once a paradise, the island is now solid ash, the surrounding sea turned to...

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The gamekeeper's wife  by Clare Flynn

The gamekeeper's wife

Clare Flynn

Book

"Martha Walters is the widow of an abusive man. She has nothing and is about to lose her home. Christopher Shipley is the reluctant heir to a substantial family fortune. He has more money than he needs or wants, and responsibilities he cannot shirk. They...

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A place to belong  by Cathy Mansell

A place to belong

Cathy Mansell

Book

" It's 1943 and Ireland has escaped the worst of the war raging in Europe, but life is not without its hardships. When fire breaks out at the convent in Cavan where she has spent the past ten years, orphan Eva Fallon barely escapes with her life. She's...

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The foundling  by Stacey Halls

The foundling

Stacey Halls

Book

"London, 1754. Six years after leaving her newborn, Clara, at London's Foundling Hospital, young Bess Bright returns to reclaim the illegitimate daughter she has never really known. Dreading the worst - that Clara has died in care - the last thing she...

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The orphan thief  by Glynis Peters

The orphan thief

Glynis Peters

Book

"When all seems lost... As Hitler's bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow - her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz. Hope still survives... Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby...

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The mystery of love  by Andrew Meehan

The mystery of love

Andrew Meehan

Book

"Constance Wilde's marriage has ended. Oscar is in prison and she has fled to Italy with their children to escape London gossip and public disapproval. Here she reflects on her marriage to Oscar, the confusing difference between his private and public...

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The mercies  by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The mercies

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Book

"Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Magnusdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm. Forty fishermen, including her brother and father, are drowned and left broken on the rocks below. With the...

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The house at Silvermoor  by Tracy Rees

The house at Silvermoor

Tracy Rees

Book

"1899, South Yorkshire. Fourteen-year-old Tommy has been destined to a life working down the mines since the moment he was born. But he has bigger plans for his future. His best friend Josie from the neighbouring village is equally restless. The wea...

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The adorations  by Roger Boylan

The adorations

Roger Boylan

Book

"Gustave Termi is sitting on the toilet in Geneva one day when the Archangel Michael calls him to become one of the elect. No one could be more bewildered by this call than the agnostic Gustave. An encounter with a journalist in a therapist's waiting...

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In Hitler's house : Book two, 1939-1945, Unreal  by Jonathan White Lane

In Hitler's house : Book two, 1939-1945, Unreal

Jonathan White Lane

Book

"Willy Weber and Carlotta Krause descend into the depths of the espionage game as World War II rages around them. Working at once against Hitler and often at odds with one another, each fears getting an order to assassinate the other. Meanwhile, the ...

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In Hitler's house : Book one, 1931-1939, What the thunder said by Jonathan White Lane

In Hitler's house : Book one, 1931-1939, What the thunder said

Jonathan White Lane

Book

"William Weber was on tour in Germany in the summer of 1931 when he chanced to meet a struggling politician, Adolf Hitler. Hitler soon discovered that Willy was a wealthy innocent and set out to exploit him in every way that he could. There follows a...

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The Immortelles  by Gilbert Morris

The Immortelles

Gilbert Morris

Book

"For her sixteenth birthday, Damita De Salvado receives a beautiful slave girl, Rissa, but mistreats her, revealing Damita's prejudice and hardening Rissa's heart. When her family experiences financial hardships, Damita grudgingly sells Rissa to a my...

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The midwives of Lark Lane  by Pam Howes

The midwives of Lark Lane

Pam Howes

Book

"After the heartbreak of World War Two, newlywed midwife Cathy hoped Liverpool life would offer some joy. But a terrible miscarriage and the escape of her abusive stepfather Jack from prison make happiness hard to find. Meanwhile, Cathy’s beloved granny...

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The outcast girls  by Shirley Dickson

The outcast girls

Shirley Dickson

Book

"England, 1937: After a devastating childhood at Blakely Hall Orphanage, 15-year-old Sandra is released. She finds work as a housemaid, finally able to put her past behind her. But the start of World War Two throws the country into turmoil, and her b...

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The alchemy  by Gilbert Morris

The alchemy

Gilbert Morris

Book

"Simone d'Or, a golden-haired beauty with a prideful mind and fiery temper - attracts only trouble in nineteenth-century New Orleans. Men are willing to duel to the death for the privilege of marrying her. Her drunken brother's moral meandering requires...

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The Bermondsey Bookshop  by Mary Gibson

The Bermondsey Bookshop

Mary Gibson

Book

"Bermondsey, 1920s. After her mother's death Kate is taken in by her father's sister, the quick-tempered Aunt Sylvie. Already struggling to feed children of her own, Aunt Sylvie treats Kate like an unwanted burden. Although Kate's father disappeared when...

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The Parisians  by Marius Gabriel

The Parisians

Marius Gabriel

Book

"In occupied Paris, one woman risks everything to help bring down the Nazis. Paris, 1940. The Nazis have occupied the city - and the Ritz. The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses....

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The pearl of Penang  by Clare Flynn

The pearl of Penang

Clare Flynn

Book

"Evie Fraser, paid companion to a crotchety spinster, seems destined for a lonely life. Then out of the blue, a marriage proposal arrives by post. She met the handsome Douglas Barrington just once - at his wedding - but never forgot him. Now widowed,...

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The Domesday book vol. II  by author Howard of Warwick

The Domesday book vol. II

author Howard of Warwick

Book

"The Domesday Book that just keeps on giving. On the coat tails of the best-selling Domesday Book (No, Not That One), someone has let out volume II of William's Adventures in England. It's history, but not as we know it. England, 1067-ish and the King's...

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The teacher  by Michal Ben-Naftali

The teacher

Michal Ben-Naftali

Book

"No one knew the story of Elsa Weiss. She was a respected English teacher at a Tel Aviv high school, but she remained aloof and never tried to befriend her students. No one ever encountered her outside of school hours. She was a riddle, and yet the s...

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Miss Austen  by Gill Hornby

Miss Austen

Gill Hornby

Book

"A wonderfully original, emotionally complex novel that delves into why Cassandra burned a treasure trove of letters written by her sister, Jane Austen - an act of destruction that has troubled academics for centuries. 1840- twenty three years after the...

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Daughter of Rome  by Tessa Afshar

Daughter of Rome

Tessa Afshar

Book

"A woman with a devastating secret. A man bent on proving his worth. A chance encounter that catapults them into the heart of history. When the daughter of a prominent Roman general meets a disinherited Jewish immigrant, neither one can dream of God's...

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Wartime for the shop girls  by Joanna Toye

Wartime for the shop girls

Joanna Toye

Book

"It's 1942 and as shortages of staff - and goods - begin to bite, young Lily Collins is thrilled to step up to sales junior in her job at Marlow's department store. But bombs are still falling and Lily and fellow shop girls Gladys and Beryl need a stiff...

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Shaking the throne  by Caroline Angus Baker

Shaking the throne

Caroline Angus Baker

Book

"The moderate man shall inherit the kingdom.That man needs to be the Queenmaker. November 1533 - Thomas Cromwell and Nicola Frescobaldi have their queen on the throne. The Catholic Church is being destroyed as the Reformation looms over England. Cromwell...

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Frailty of human affairs  by Caroline Angus Baker

Frailty of human affairs

Caroline Angus Baker

Book

"The moderate man shall inherit the kingdom. That man needs to be the Queenmaker. London 1529 – Cardinal Wolsey has ruled England in King Henry VIII’s name for most of his reign. Now Henry wants to leave Queen Katherine, his extraordinary Spanish wife...

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Cartier's hope  by M. J. Rose

Cartier's hope

M. J. Rose

Book

"New York, 1910: A city of extravagant balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and poor immigrants crammed into crumbling Lower East Side tenements. A city where the suffrage movement is growing stronger every day, but most women reporters are still delegated...

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The hungry road  by Marita Conlon-McKenna

The hungry road

Marita Conlon-McKenna

Book

"Following the disastrous failure of Ireland's potato crop, the people of Skibbereen and West Cork are soon faced with unprecedented disaster. Hunger, disease and death stalk the roads, fields and farms, the cottages and cabins, during Ireland's Great...

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The light after the war  by Anita Abriel

The light after the war

Anita Abriel

Book

"It is 1946 when Vera Frankel and her best friend Edith Ban arrive in Naples. Refugees from Hungary, they escaped from a train headed for Auschwitz and were hidden by farmers until the end of the war while the rest of their families perished. Now, they...

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Mirror, mirror  by Paula Byrne

Mirror, mirror

Paula Byrne

Book

"She was the most beautiful woman in the world. Discovered in a Berlin cabaret in the roaring twenties, she is brought to the glamour of Los Angeles. She becomes a superstar of the silver screen and Hollywood's darling, but nothing perfect lasts forever....

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Homecoming  by Ellie. author. Dean

Homecoming

Ellie. author. Dean

Book

"Peace has finally been declared in the Far East, but for those living at Beach View Boarding House, the news brings mixed emotions.Peggy Reilly is devastated that her husband Jim will not be coming home for Christmas. And Sarah and Jane, who have lived...

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The land beyond the sea  by Sharon Penman

The land beyond the sea

Sharon Penman

Book

"1172. The Kingdom of Jerusalem, also known as 'Outremer', the land beyond the sea. Outremer was a young realm, one baptized in blood when the men of the First Crusade captured Jerusalem from the Saracens in 1099. Those crusaders who stayed had to adapt...

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The gimmicks  by Chris McCormick

The gimmicks

Chris McCormick

Book

"Set in the waning years of the Cold War, a stunning debut novel about a trio of young Armenians that moves from the Soviet Union, across Europe, to Southern California, and at its center, one of the most tragic cataclysms in twentieth-century history...

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My red heaven  by Lance Olsen

My red heaven

Lance Olsen

Book

"Set on a single day in 1927, My Red Heaven imagines a host of characters-some historic, some invented-crossing paths on the streets of Berlin. The subjects include Robert Musil, Otto Dix, Werner Heisenberg, Anita Berber, Vladimir Nabokov, Käthe Koll...

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Liverpool daughter  by Katie Flynn

Liverpool daughter

Katie Flynn

Book

"Liverpool, August 1940. As the Luftwaffe turns its attention to Liverpool, Shane Quinn decides to move his family back to the safety of Ireland. But his only child, the beautiful Dana, refuses point blank. She would rather stay and serve her country...

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To the edge of sorrow  by Aharon Apelfeld

To the edge of sorrow

Aharon Apelfeld

Book

"Battling numbing cold, ever-present hunger, and German soldiers determined to hunt them down, four dozen resistance fighters--escapees from a nearby ghetto--hide in a Ukrainian forest, determined to survive the war, sabotage the German war effort, and...

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Light changes everything  by Nancy E. Turner

Light changes everything

Nancy E. Turner

Book

Arizona Territory, summer, 1907. Mary Pearl Prine and her sister Esther take their minds off the heat by sneaking banned Jane Austen novels from Aunt Sarah Elliot's bookshelf. Whispered read-alouds and reveries of getting hitched to their own Mr. Darcy...

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Westering women  by Sandra Dallas

Westering women

Sandra Dallas

Book

"It's February, 1852, and all around Chicago, Maggie sees the postings soliciting 'eligible women' to travel to the gold mines of Goosetown. A young seamstress with a small daughter and several painful secrets, she has nothing to lose. So she joins f...

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The unforgetting  by Rose Black

The unforgetting

Rose Black

Book

"When Lily Bell is sold by her father to a 'Professor of Ghosts' to settle a bad debt, she thinks she about to hit the London stage as an actress. But little does she know that the professor intends her to be his very own ghost, part of an elaborate ...

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The Paris model  by Alexandra Joel

The Paris model

Alexandra Joel

Book

"After a shocking discovery, Grace Woods leaves her vast Australian sheep station and travels to tumultuous post-war Paris in order to find her true identity. While working as a mannequin for Christian Dior, the world's newly acclaimed emperor of fas...

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The daughter of Victory Lights  by Kerri Turner

The daughter of Victory Lights

Kerri Turner

Book

"1945: After the thrill and danger of volunteering in an all-female searchlight regiment protecting Londoners from German bombers overhead, Evelyn Bell is secretly dismayed to be sent back her rigid domestic life when the war is over. But then she comes...

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The girls with no names  by Serena Burdick

The girls with no names

Serena Burdick

Book

In New York City in the 1910s, Luella and Effie Tildon realize that even as wealthy young women, their freedoms come with limits. When the sisters discover a shocking secret about their father, Luella, the brazen elder sister, becomes emboldened to do...

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The secret guests  by Benjamin Black

The secret guests

Benjamin Black

Book

"Ahead of the German Blitz during World War II, English parents from every social class sent their children to the countryside for safety, displacing more than three million young offspring. In The Secret Guests, the British royal family takes this e...

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Serving up love

Serving up love

Book

"This intriguing novella collection crosses the country-from Kansas to Texas, the Grand Canyon to New Mexico-with tales of sweet romance while exploring the fascinating history of the Harvey girls: young women seeking adventure and independence who worked...

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Bella of Bow Street  by Carol Rivers

Bella of Bow Street

Carol Rivers

Book

"After being neglected by their own drunken mother, Bella and Terry Doyle are left to wander the streets, fending for themselves and skipping school with ease. But when her mother's boyfriend turns violent, Bella finds refuge with Micky Bryant, a local...

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The Spitfire sisters  by Margaret Dickinson

The Spitfire sisters

Margaret Dickinson

Book

"It is the 1930s and the Maitland family have spent the years following the Great War struggling to come to terms with its catastrophic aftermath, and their hopes now lie with the next generation. Their Lincolnshire village of Doddington suffered terrible...

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Workhouse girl  by Holly (Historical fiction writer) Green

Workhouse girl

Holly (Historical fiction writer) G...

Book

"Can she escape her past? Patty Jenkins has come a long way from her poverty-stricken days in Brownlow workhouse. She now has a coveted position in the kitchens at Freeman's Department store in Liverpool and even the prospect of advancement. For Patty...

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A long petal of the sea  by Isabel Allende

A long petal of the sea

Isabel Allende

Book

"That September 2, 1939, the day of the Spanish exiles' splendid arrival in Chile, the Second World War broke out in Europe. Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life - and the fate of...

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The swords of silence  by Shaun Curry

The swords of silence

Shaun Curry

Book

"Japan 1620 Joaquim Martinez, a gifted martial artist, left Portugal for a quiet life. Years of harboring an unforgivable secret from his past have taken their toll on him. In Hinzen Province, Japan, he wants nothing more than anonymity. Unfortunately,...

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A life of secrets  by Margaret Kaine

A life of secrets

Margaret Kaine

Book

"London, 1926. Life has not turned out as Deborah had expected. But while occasionally haunted by how the Great War snatched away the love of her life, she quietly and determinedly works away at the staff agency she set up as Miss Deborah Claremont, ...

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Lady Clementine  by Marie Benedict

Lady Clementine

Marie Benedict

Book

"Lady Clementine Churchill did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies. Her scandalous childhood, her unexpected role as a social outsider, her maternal insecurities, and the daily...

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A hope beyond  by Judith Pella

A hope beyond

Judith Pella

Book

"With the loss of her first true love, Carolina Adams finds life at the family plantation nearly unbearable. Desperate to escape, she moves to Baltimore to become a nanny to Victoria, a little girl whose mother has died. After breaking his wedding en...

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Danzig  by William N. Walker

Danzig

William N. Walker

Book

"Inspired by actual events, Danzig is a story of diplomatic conflict and political intrigue in Central Europe in the 1930s... The story encompasses fast-paced events in Geneva, Berlin, Warsaw and London, as well as Danzig itself, capturing the drama ...

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The forces' sweethearts  by Rosie Archer

The forces' sweethearts

Rosie Archer

Book

"1942, and singing group the Bluebird Girls have swapped the theatres of southern England for army tents in the Libyan desert. Their mission is to boost the morale of the brave British troops fighting under the hot sun, where there is no end yet in sight...

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The lace maiden  by Evie Grace

The lace maiden

Evie Grace

Book

"Deal, Kent. 1811. The Lennicker sisters live in a cottage nestled amongst the counting houses, shops and inns, where the smugglers plot and the seamen drink. When their father - a fisherman and smuggler - is murdered by a rival gang, the eldest daug...

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The lady of the ravens  by Joanna Hickson

The lady of the ravens

Joanna Hickson

Book

"Two women, two very different destinies, drawn together in the shadow of the Tower of London: Elizabeth of York, her life already tainted by dishonour and tragedy, now queen to the first Tudor king, Henry the VII. Joan Vaux, servant of the court, st...

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The winemaker  by Noah Gordon

The winemaker

Noah Gordon

Book

"Josep Alvarez is a young man in the tiny grape-growing village of Santa Eulália, in northern Spain, where his father grows black grapes that are turned into cheap vinegar. Joseph loves the agricultural life, but he is the second son, and his father's...

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Our last goodbye  by Shirley Dickson

Our last goodbye

Shirley Dickson

Book

"1943, England: On a foggy night during the blackout, twenty-five-year-old May Robinson's mother is tragically killed. Heartbroken, May isn't sure she has the strength to harbour the secret she has kept for so many years - a secret her mother devoted...

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The committee  by Sterling Watson

The committee

Sterling Watson

Book

"The Committee is set in a sleepy late 1950s Florida university city. Its characters--professors, students, townspeople rich and poor, and politicians--are both typical of such a place and unusual, even bizarre, for the challenges they face and the c...

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Cesare  by Jerome Charyn

Cesare

Jerome Charyn

Book

"On a windy night in 1937, a seventeen-year-old German naval sub-cadet is wandering along the seawall when he stumbles upon a gang of ruffians beating up a tramp, whose life he saves. The man is none other than spymaster Wilhelm Canaris, chief of the...

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The testament of Mariam  by Ann Swinfen

The testament of Mariam

Ann Swinfen

Book

"'Today I had word that my brother Ya'aqob is dead.' When this news reaches Mariam, living in exile in the province of Gaul, memories of her girlhood in faraway Palestine are painfully awakened. For years she has blocked them from her mind, but as illness...

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Arapaho summer  by Kinley E. Roby

Arapaho summer

Kinley E. Roby

Book

"In 1867, two Union veterans and two Arapaho women they rescue from a Lakota war party set off on the Oregon Trail in search of a new beginning. Captain Caleb Stone and Sergeant Dil Smith find their plans to start over must change to include Little Rain...

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Tell it to the bees  by Fiona Shaw

Tell it to the bees

Fiona Shaw

Book

"Lydia Weekes is distraught at the break-up of her marriage. When her young son, Charlie, makes friends with the local doctor, Jean Markham, her life is turned upside down. Charlie tells his secrets to no one but the bees, but even he can't keep his ...

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Snow on the cobbles  by Maggie (Novelist) Sullivan

Snow on the cobbles

Maggie (Novelist) Sullivan

Book

"When Lizzie moves with her mother and her brothers to No.9 Coronation Street at the end of the Second World War, it's a new start for all of them after the loses and heartache they've endured. Their new neighbour, Elsie Tanner, tells them that the house...

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The bobby girls  by Johanna Bell

The bobby girls

Johanna Bell

Book

"Maggie and her new friends Annie, Irene and Sarah come from very different backgrounds, but they've got one thing in common: they've all signed up for the Women Police Volunteers. They can't wait to show the men just what they're made of. But soon, ...

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