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In the mood for a classic love tale? Dial up the passion with our titillating tales from times gone by in book, eBook, eAudiobook, large print or audio CD . This list updates when we add new titles to our collection.

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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 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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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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Mine till midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Mine till midnight

Lisa Kleypas

Audio CD

"When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: ...

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Almost home by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Almost home

Valerie Fraser Luesse

Audio CD

"With America's entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam's munitions plants - and they're bringing their pasts with them,...

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Summer of the three pagodas by Jean Moran

Summer of the three pagodas

Jean Moran

Audio CD

"Hong Kong, 1950: Dr Rowena Rossiter longs to follow her heart, and her love, but the shadows of a violent past threaten to engulf her. Rowena's daughter, conceived during the horrors of the Japanese invasion, is safely at boarding school. Her great ...

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A village scandal by Dilly Court

A village scandal

Dilly Court

Audio CD

"Spring in the village, April, 1869. It's spring in Little Creek and wedding bells are ringing. After their hasty marriage the Christmas before, Daisy Marshall is overjoyed to be finally marrying dashing Jay Fox properly, in front of the whole village....

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The hiding game by Naomi Wood

The hiding game

Naomi Wood

Audio CD

"In 1922, Paul Beckermann arrives at the Bauhaus art school and is immediately seduced by both the charismatic teaching and his fellow students. Eccentric and alluring, the more time Paul spends with his new friends the closer they become, and the deeper...

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The number of love by Roseanna M. White

The number of love

Roseanna M. White

Audio CD

"Three years into the Great War, England's greatest asset is their intelligence network--field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the s...

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The bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen

The bridge to Belle Island

Julie Klassen

Audio CD

"After a humiliating mistake, lawyer Benjamin Booker resolves to never again trust a beautiful woman. When an old friend is killed, the senior partner isn't satisfied with Bow Street's efforts and asks Benjamin to investigate. Eager to leave London for...

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Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail. author. Wilson

Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey

Abigail. author. Wilson

Audio CD

When the widowed Lord Torrington agreed to spy for the crown, he never planned to impersonate a highwayman, let alone rob the wrong carriage. Stranded on the road with an unconscious young woman, he is forced to propose marriage to protect his identity...

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The socialite by J'nell Ciesielski

The socialite

J'nell Ciesielski

Audio CD

Glamour, treachery, and espionage collide when an English socialite rushes to save her sister from the Nazis. As the daughter of Sir Alfred Whitford, Kat has a certain set of responsibilities. But chasing her wayward sister, Ellie, to Nazi-occupied Paris...

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A ration book wedding by Jean Fullerton

A ration book wedding

Jean Fullerton

Audio CD

In the darkest days of the Blitz, love is more important than ever. It's February 1942, and as the Americans finally join Britain and her allies, 23-year-old Francesca Fabrino is doing her bit for the war effort in a factory in East London. But her t...

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Charlotte by Helen Moffett

Charlotte

Helen Moffett

Audio CD

Everybody believes that Charlotte Lucas has no prospects. She is unmarried, plain, poor and reaching a dangerous age. When she stuns the neighbourhood by accepting the proposal of buffoonish clergyman Mr Collins, her best friend Lizzy Bennet is appalled...

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Wedding bells for Woolworths by Elaine Everest

Wedding bells for Woolworths

Elaine Everest

Audio CD

"July 1947. Britain is still gripped by rationing, even as the excitement of Princess Elizabeth's engagement sweeps the nation. In the Woolworths' canteen, Freda is still dreaming of meeting her own Prince Charming. So far she's been unlucky in love....

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Elsa Goody, bushranger by Darry Fraser

Elsa Goody, bushranger

Darry Fraser

Audio CD

"1896 Robe, South Australia. When Elsa Goody's father and brother George die in quick succession, she and her sister Rosie are in trouble. Pursued by an unpleasant suitor with dubious motivation, Elsa leaves for Victoria on the hunt for a fortune in gold...

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Tightrope by Amanda Quick

Tightrope

Amanda Quick

Audio CD

"An unconventional woman and a man shrouded in mystery walk a tightrope of desire as they race against a killer to find a machine that could change the world ... Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn moved to Burning Cove to reinvent herself, but after...

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The sound of the hours by Karen Campbell

The sound of the hours

Karen Campbell

Audio CD

"Trapped in Tuscany as war rages along the Gothic Line, Vittoria Guidi doesn't understand where her allegiances should lie. With her Scots-Italian father or Fascist mother? With Mussolini, or her King? With the life she wants, or is told to live? As ...

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The velvet ribbon by Nadine Dorries

The velvet ribbon

Nadine Dorries

Audio CD

"Mary Kate Malone has come to Liverpool from Ireland to seek her fortune, but from the very beginning things have gone wrong. Now she is living secretly with her great love, Dr Nicholas Marcus, while his wife Lavinia, mother of his two sons, plots her...

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All the ways we said goodbye by Beatriz Williams

All the ways we said goodbye

Beatriz Williams

Audio CD

"France, 1914. As war breaks out, Aurelie becomes trapped on the wrong side of the front with her father, Comte Sigismund de Courcelles. When the Germans move into their family's ancestral estate, using it as their headquarters, Aurelie discovers she...

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A sister's courage by Molly Green

A sister's courage

Molly Green

Audio CD

"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 Onyx by Jacqueline Briskin

The Onyx

Jacqueline Briskin

Audio CD

"In 1894, while penniless 19-year-old Tom Bridger works at a Michigan furniture company that fuels his ambitions, he falls in love with beautiful, sophisticated Antonia Dalzell. But his real talent is inventing machines. He's secretly working on an e...

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A convenient fiction by Mimi Matthews

A convenient fiction

Mimi Matthews

Audio CD

She needed a husband, he wanted a fortune. It's been three years since Laura Hayes's father died, leaving her and her invalid brother to subsist on the income from the family's failing perfume business. But time is swiftly running out. What she needs...

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Under a wartime sky by Liz Trenow

Under a wartime sky

Liz Trenow

Audio CD

"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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Girls of the Great War by Freda Lightfoot

Girls of the Great War

Freda Lightfoot

Audio CD

"Cecily Hanson longs to live life on her own terms - to leave the shadow of her overbearing mother and marry her childhood sweetheart once he returns from the Great War. But when her fianc ̌is lost at sea, this future is shattered. Looking for meaning...

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The work of art by Mimi Matthews

The work of art

Mimi Matthews

Audio CD

"Hidden away in rural Devonshire, Phyllida Satterthwaite has always been considered more odd than beautiful. But in London, her oddity has made her a sensation. Far worse, it's caught the eye of the sinister Duke of Moreland - a notorious art collect...

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His dark kiss by Eve Silver

His dark kiss

Eve Silver

Audio CD

"Rumors of madness and murder lurk within the crumbling walls of Manorbrier Castle. But Emma Parrish is not easily put off. She accepts a position no one else dares, as governess to the son of Lord Anthony Craven, the castle's dark master. Her presence...

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Daughters of Northern Shores by Joanne Bischof

Daughters of Northern Shores

Joanne Bischof

Audio CD

Heartache and regret, boldness and sacrifice. What will restoration cost the beloved Norgaard family? Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just 19, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by...

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This Terrible Beauty by Katrin Schumann

This Terrible Beauty

Katrin Schumann

Audio CD

"Can a wrong be made right? On the windswept shores of an East German island, Bettina Heilstrom struggles to build a life from the ashes. World War II has ended and her country is torn apart. Longing for a family, she marries Werner, an older bureaucrat...

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In the lion's den by Barbara Taylor Bradford

In the lion's den

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Audio CD

"London 1889: Victorian London is a place of wealth, privilege and poverty, a city of extremes. For James Falconer, who grew up as a barrow boy on a London market, it is a city of opportunity. Working his way up Henry Malvern's trading company in Pic...

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A wicked kind of husband by Mia Vincy

A wicked kind of husband

Mia Vincy

Audio CD

"Cassandra DeWitt has seen her husband only once - on their wedding day two years earlier - and this arrangement suits her perfectly. She has no interest in the rude, badly behaved man she married only to secure her inheritance. She certainly has no ...

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The thief of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah E Ladd

The thief of Lanwyn Manor

Sarah E Ladd

Audio CD

Cornwall, England 1818. A diversion is what Julia Twethewey needs to mend her broken heart, so when her aunt invites her to Lanwyn Manor to be a companion to her pregnant cousin, Julia eagerly accepts. Lanwyn Manor is at the heart of Cornwall's minin...

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Lady Bird & the Fox by Kim (Novelist) Kelly

Lady Bird & the Fox

Kim (Novelist) Kelly

Audio CD

No conviction, no reward. It's 1868 and the gold rush is spreading across the wild west of New South Wales, bringing with it a new breed of colonial rogue - bushrangers. A world far removed from hardworking farm girl, Annie Bird, and her sleepy village...

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The lace balcony by Johanna Nicholls

The lace balcony

Johanna Nicholls

Audio CD

Vianna Francis, known in the colony as 'The Sydney Venus', is a notorious young mistress in keeping to a former gentleman convict, who uses her to entice wealthy men to his gaming tables. A woman of mystery, Vianna is a magnet for scandal. Was she the...

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Black diamonds by Kim (Novelist) Kelly

Black diamonds

Kim (Novelist) Kelly

Audio CD

It is 1914 and Lithgow is booming. Daniel is a young German-Australian, a coalminer and a socialist; Francine is the bourgeois, Irish-Catholic, too-good-for-this-place daughter of one of the mine's owners. When their paths collide, they fall in love ...

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A transcontinental affair by Jodi Daynard

A transcontinental affair

Jodi Daynard

Audio CD

They boarded the train knowing their journey would make history. What they didn't know was how profoundly it would change them. May 1870. Crowds throng the Boston station, mesmerized by the mechanical wonder huffing on the rails: the Pullman Hotel Express,...

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The Spitfire sisters  by Margaret Dickinson

The Spitfire sisters

Margaret Dickinson

Audio CD

"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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The painted castle by Kristy Cambron

The painted castle

Kristy Cambron

Audio CD

Parham Hill, East Suffolk. In Victorian England, sketch artist Elizabeth Meade is determined to avenge her father's murder-- even if it means betrothal to the very man she believe committed the crime. A century later, WWII widow Amelia Woods has turned...

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The other Bennet sister by Janice. author. Hadlow

The other Bennet sister

Janice. author. Hadlow

Audio CD

"Mary, the bookish ugly duckling of Pride and Prejudice's five Bennet sisters, emerges from the shadows and transforms into a desired woman with choices of her own... What if Mary Bennet's life took a different path from that laid out for her in Pride...

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The rabbit girls by Anna Ellory

The rabbit girls

Anna Ellory

Audio CD

"Berlin, 1989. As the wall between East and West falls, Miriam Winter cares for her dying father, Henryk. When he cries out for someone named Frieda - and Miriam discovers an Auschwitz tattoo hidden under his watch strap - Henryk's secret history begins...

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Written in my own heart's blood by Diana Gabaldon

Written in my own heart's blood

Diana Gabaldon

Audio CD

"It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside-down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her...

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The miner's wife by Diane (Romantic fiction writer) Allen

The miner's wife

Diane (Romantic fiction writer) All...

Audio CD

"Nineteen-year-old Meg Oversby often dreams of a more exciting life than the dull existence she faces at her family's farm deep in the Yorkshire Dales. Growing up, she's always sensed her father's disappointment at not having a son to help with the farm...

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To dream again by Irene Northam

To dream again

Irene Northam

Audio CD

A poignant, Edwardian family saga set in a hotel business in Torquay. When laundress Mercy Seaton's chance meeting with Peter Lisburne at the annual Torquay regatta leads to a whirlwind proposal, she's swept into her husband's glittering world at 'I do'....

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Mercy road by Ann Howard Creel

Mercy road

Ann Howard Creel

Audio CD

In 1917, after Arlene Favier's home burns to the ground, taking her father with it, she must find a way to support her mother and younger brother. If she doesn't succeed, they will all be impoverished. Job opportunities are scarce, but then a daring....

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Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and sensibility

Jane Austen

Audio CD

Sense and Sensibility is written with all the hallmarks of Austen's style, providing strong female protagonists, great irony and wit and showcasing her superb talent for character creation and dialogue. Jane Austen's first published novel, Sense and....

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The true story of Maddie Bright by Mary-Rose MacColl

The true story of Maddie Bright

Mary-Rose MacColl

Audio CD

In 1920, 17-year-old Maddie Bright gratefully accepts a job as a serving girl on the royal tour of Australia by Edward, Prince of Wales. Maddie's talents soon earn her the respect of Helen Burns, the prince's vivacious press secretary, and Rupert Waters,...

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Tears of the dragon by Jean (Novelist) Moran

Tears of the dragon

Jean (Novelist) Moran

Audio CD

"1941. One sultry evening in Kowloon, Dr Rowena Rossiter and Sister Alice Huntley are off-duty and in search of fun - little knowing that their world is on the brink of collapse. That night, Rowena will meet two men who will fight for her heart for the...

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The girl from the corner shop by Alrene Hughes

The girl from the corner shop

Alrene Hughes

Audio CD

"Widowed early in World War Two, heartbroken Helen Heaton is working in the family corner shop, trying to rebuild her shattered life. When the shop is robbed, she meets Matthew, a young police constable and he inspires her to join the Women's Auxiliary...

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A distant hope by Ellin Carsta

A distant hope

Ellin Carsta

Audio CD

Hamburg 1888: After 30 prosperous years, coffee importer Peter Hansen & Sons faces hard times, and certain bankruptcy, unless three brothers can make savvy moves to save the faltering business after their father's untimely death. For Robert Hansen, that...

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Band of gold by Deborah Challinor

Band of gold

Deborah Challinor

Audio CD

"Kitty Farrell, headstrong and passionate as ever, is heartbroken over the apparent death by drowning of her husband Rian. Alone and grieving on the goldfields of Ballarat, she turns to Rian's long-time shipmate Daniel, who has loved her from afar for...

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A lady's honor by Laurie Alice Eakes

A lady's honor

Laurie Alice Eakes

Audio CD

"England, 1811. A tarnished reputation. A distant home. A forced engagement to a dangerous man. When Elizabeth Trelawny flees London, she has more than one reason to run. And when her carriage, pursued by her would-be fiancé, is caught in a storm, she...

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The designer by Marius Gabriel

The designer

Marius Gabriel

Audio CD

"In 1944, newly married Copper Reilly arrives in Paris soon after the liberation. While the city celebrates its freedom, she's stuck in the prison of an unhappy marriage. When her husband commits one betrayal too many, Copper demands a separation. Alone...

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The secrets of the tea garden by Janet MacLeod Trotter

The secrets of the tea garden

Janet MacLeod Trotter

Audio CD

After the Second World War, Libby Robson leaves chilly England for India, and the childhood home where she left her heart - and her beloved father, James - 14 years ago. At first Libby is intoxicated by India's vibrant beauty: the bustle of Calcutta,...

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The long flight home by Alan Hlad

The long flight home

Alan Hlad

Audio CD

It is September 1940, and as German bombs fall on Britain, fears grow of an impending invasion. Enemy fighter planes blacken the sky around Epping Forest, the home of Susan Shepherd and her grandfather, Bertie. After losing her parents as a child, Susan...

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Our last goodbye by Shirley Dickson

Our last goodbye

Shirley Dickson

Audio CD

1943, England: On a foggy night during the blackout, 25-year-old May Robinson watches in horror as her mother, Ivy, is tragically killed. Heartbroken, May is not sure she has the strength to harbour the secret she has kept for so many years, a secret...

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The girl from the tea garden by Janet MacLeod Trotter

The girl from the tea garden

Janet MacLeod Trotter

Audio CD

"In the dying days of the Raj, Anglo-Indian schoolgirl Adela Robson dreams of a glamorous career on the stage. When she sneaks away from school in the back of handsome Sam Jackman's car, she knows a new life awaits - but it is not the one she imagined....

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The matrimonial advertisement by Mimi Matthews

The matrimonial advertisement

Mimi Matthews

Audio CD

"She wanted sanctuary ... Helena Reynolds will do anything to escape her life in London, even if that means travelling to a remote cliffside estate on the North Devon coast and marrying a complete stranger. But Greyfriar's Abbey isn't the sort of refuge...

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Perhaps tomorrow by Jean Fullerton

Perhaps tomorrow

Jean Fullerton

Audio CD

Mattie Maguire is a 26-year-old widow with an infant son. Since her husband, Brian, died three years before, she has struggled to keep the family's East End coal business solvent, as well as taking care of her troubled mother-in-law. But unbeknown to...

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A postcard from Italy by Alexandra Brown

A postcard from Italy

Alexandra Brown

Audio CD

"Grace Quinn loves her job at Cohen’s Convenient Storage Company, finding occasional treasure in the forgotten units that customers have abandoned. Her inquisitive nature is piqued when a valuable art collection and a bundle of letters and diaries are...

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The runaway daughter by Joanna Rees

The runaway daughter

Joanna Rees

Audio CD

"It's 1926 and Anna Darton is on the run from a terrible crime she was forced into committing. Alone and scared in London, salvation comes in the form of Nancy, a sassy American dancer at the notorious nightclub, the Zip Club. Re-inventing herself as...

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Coming home by Rosamunde Pilcher

Coming home

Rosamunde Pilcher

Audio CD

"In 1935, Judith Dunbar is left behind at a British boarding school when her mother and baby sister go off to join her father in Singapore. At Saint Ursula's, her friendship with Loveday Carey-Lewis sweeps her into the privileged, madcap world of the...

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What the wind knows by Amy Harmon

What the wind knows

Amy Harmon

Audio CD

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather's stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she...

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The glittering hour by Iona Grey

The glittering hour

Iona Grey

Audio CD

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying just the right side of scandal. Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina's orbit one night and can never let her...

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The mistress of Pennington's by Rachel Brimble

The mistress of Pennington's

Rachel Brimble

Audio CD

1910. Elizabeth Pennington should be the rightful heir of Bath's premier department store through her enterprising schemes and dogged hard work. Her father, Edward Pennington, believes his daughter lacks the business acumen to run his empire and is resolute...

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White feathers by Susan Lanigan

White feathers

Susan Lanigan

Audio CD

In 1913, young Irish emigrant Eva Downey is trapped in London with a remote father and hostile stepmother. When she is awarded a legacy from an old suffragette to attend a finishing school in Kent, she jumps at the chance. At the school, she finds kinship...

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The little orphan girl by Sandy (Fiction writer) Taylor

The little orphan girl

Sandy (Fiction writer) Taylor

Audio CD

Ireland, 1901: The workhouse 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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Golden hope by Johanna Nicholls

Golden hope

Johanna Nicholls

Audio CD

New Year's Day 1901 sees the birth of Australia as a nation, eager to claim her place on the world stage. Clytie Hart, a daring equestrienne, is travelling with her mother in a wagon train along the back roads of Victoria's Gold Triangle. Once world-...

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Daughters of war by Lizzie Page

Daughters of war

Lizzie Page

Audio CD

"As a teenager in Chicago, May always dreamed of travelling the world. So when she falls in love with George Turner, she can't wait to return to London as his wife. Two beautiful daughters follow, but George isn't the husband he promised to be. Ten years...

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The silversmith's daughter by Annie Murray

The silversmith's daughter

Annie Murray

Audio CD

It is 1915 and Daisy Tallis, headstrong, impassioned and a talented young silversmith, is desperate to make her parents proud. Her father, Philip, with his wife Margaret, has a thriving business next door to Ebenezer Watts's goldsmiths and the two families...

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Hothouse flower by Lucinda Riley

Hothouse flower

Lucinda Riley

Audio CD

As a child, Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers. So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recentl...

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Daughter of the Murray by Darry Fraser

Daughter of the Murray

Darry Fraser

Audio CD

"1890s, River Murray, Northern Victoria. Young and spirited Georgina Calthorpe is not happy living with her foster family, the MacHenrys, on their neglected sheep run on the banks of the River Murray. Unlike the rest of the family, she isn't looking forward...

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Milady in love by M. C. Beaton

Milady in love

M. C. Beaton

Audio CD

Just when he'd fobbed off the last brat, another appeared to take her place. Poor Lord Anselm! The dashing bachelor was plagued with dying relatives leaving their female children to his care. He had seen so many go from the schoolroom to the marriage...

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Pacific by Judy Nunn

Pacific

Judy Nunn

Audio CD

"Australian actress Samantha Lindsay is thrilled when she scores her first lead movie role in the Hollywood epic Torpedo Junction, playing a character based on World War II heroine 'Mamma Tack'. But as filming begins in Vanuatu, uncanny parallels bet...

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The other lady vanishes by Amanda Quick

The other lady vanishes

Amanda Quick

Audio CD

"After escaping from a private sanitarium, Adelaide Blake arrives in Burning Cove, California, desperate to start over. Working at an herbal tea shop puts her on the radar of those who frequent the seaside resort town: Hollywood movers and shakers always...

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The loves of Lord Granton by M. C. Beaton

The loves of Lord Granton

M. C. Beaton

Audio CD

As the youngest of four unmarried vicar's daughters, Frederica feared her destiny was to die of boredom in the sleepy village of Barton Sub Edge. Her looks were deemed unfortunate and her wilful manner was difficult. But a stranger would be a twist to...

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