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Large print historical fiction new titles

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Browse our collection of the latest historical fiction in large print. This list updates when we add new titles to our collection.
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The last grand duchess by Bryn Turnbull

The last grand duchess

Bryn Turnbull

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"Grand Duchess Olga Romanov comes of age amid a shifting tide for the great dynasties of Europe. But even as unrest simmers in the capital, Olga is content to live within the confines of the sheltered life her parents have built for her and her three...

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The Paris bookseller by Kerri Maher

The Paris bookseller

Kerri Maher

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"The dramatic story of how a humble bookseller fought against incredible odds to bring one of the most important books of the 20th century to the world in this new novel from the author of The Girl in White Gloves. When bookish young American Sylvia ...

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Letting in the light by Charlotte Betts

Letting in the light

Charlotte Betts

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Cornwall, 1914. Edith Fairchild's good-for-nothing husband, Benedict, deserted her when their children were babies. Now the children are almost adult, Edith and Pascal, her faithful lover of two decades, are planning to leave their beloved Spindrift ...

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The ferryman's daughter by Juliet Greenwood

The ferryman's daughter

Juliet Greenwood

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1908. Hester always loved her mother best, her father had always been a hard man to like, spending more time (and money) in the local than with his family. After her mothers sudden death, followed by an injury forcing her father to give up his job as...

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The orphan's gift by Anne Baker

The orphan's gift

Anne Baker

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Aimee Kendrick is no stranger to heartache. Having lost her father during the Great War and her mother, a famous French Impressionist painter, in a tragic accident, Aimee is brought up by her troubled grandparents on the banks of the River Mersey. She...

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Secrets and promises by Rosie Hendry

Secrets and promises

Rosie Hendry

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1944. With deadly doodlebugs terrorising London, Bessie Rushbrook agrees to give shelter to eight-year-old evacuee, Marigold, in her Norfolk home. However, the little girl is no stranger, and Bessie must honour the promise she gave to Marigold's mother,...

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A simple wish by Rosie Goodwin

A simple wish

Rosie Goodwin

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1885. Ruby Carter works hard in her parents' bakery. Whilst life isn't easy, she's happy enough - her gentle mother protects young Ruby from her cruel father, and loves her unconditionally. So when her mother falls seriously ill, Ruby is heartbroken....

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A valley secret by Anna Jacobs

A valley secret

Anna Jacobs

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Lancashire, 1930s. When her mother dies, leaving her an old sewing box and a clue to her father's identity, 22-year-old Maisie Bassett is determined to make a fresh start. Changing her name and moving to the small town of Rivenshaw, she finds a respectable...

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The wedding dress sewing circle by Jennifer Ryan

The wedding dress sewing circle

Jennifer Ryan

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"After renowned fashion designer Cressida Westcott loses both her home and her design house in the London Blitz, she has nowhere to go but the family manor house she fled decades ago. Praying that her niece and nephew will be more hospitable than her...

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The women of Troy by Pat Barker

The women of Troy

Pat Barker

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"Troy has fallen and the victorious Greeks are eager to return home with the spoils of an endless war - including the women of Troy themselves. They await a fair wind for the Aegean; it does not come, because the gods are offended. The body of King Priam...

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A wedding for the spitfire girl by Fenella-Jane Miller

A wedding for the spitfire girl

Fenella-Jane Miller

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"1942. The war rages on and Ellie must do her bit! Ellie Simpson isn't your usual Spitfire pilot, but then with the world at war nothing is quite as it used to be! The ATA is calling upon its most expert and trusted pilots to deliver the precious bom...

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Miss Graham's Cold War cookbook by Celia Rees

Miss Graham's Cold War cookbook

Celia Rees

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"Germany, 1946. Edith Graham has always flown under the radar. Working for years as a teacher in a girls' school, she had a quiet war, sequestered away in the English countryside. But beneath her quiet exterior lies the heart of an adventurer. When a...

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Finding Clara by Anika Scott

Finding Clara

Anika Scott

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"1946. Essen, Germany: Clara. Once a wartime icon and heiress to the Falkenberg iron works; now on the run from the Allied authorities, accused of complicity in her father's war crimes ... Jakob. A charming black marketeer, badly wounded in the war b...

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The spitfire girl by Fenella-Jane Miller

The spitfire girl

Fenella-Jane Miller

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"It's 1939 and the threat of war hangs over the country. Flying instructor Ellie Simpson has grown up a tomboy. She's never had an interest in the latest fashions or finding a husband, her only passion is flying her beloved Tiger Moth. But when war i...

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Stealing roses by Heather J. Cooper

Stealing roses

Heather J. Cooper

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"1862. Growing up in the small seaside town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight, free-spirited Eveline Stanhope feels trapped by the weight of expectation from her well-to-do family. Her mother and two elder sisters would rather she focus her attention on ...

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The lost lights of St Kilda by Elisabeth Gifford

The lost lights of St Kilda

Elisabeth Gifford

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"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 Tubman command by Elizabeth Cobbs

The Tubman command

Elizabeth Cobbs

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"It's May 1863. Out-generaled and out-gunned, a demoralized Union Army has pulled back with massive losses at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Fort Sumter, hated symbol of the Rebellion, taunts the American navy with its artillery and underwater mines....

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Like flames in the night by Connilyn Cossette

Like flames in the night

Connilyn Cossette

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"Strong-willed Tirzah wants to join her people in driving the enemy from the land of Israel and undergoes training for a secret mission inside the stronghold of Shechem. But soon after she has infiltrated the ruthless Aramean commander's kitchen, she...

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The zookeeper of Belfast by S. Kirk Walsh

The zookeeper of Belfast

S. Kirk Walsh

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"1941. With the men away fighting, animal-lover Hettie Quin is made Belfast Zoo's first ever female zookeeper. She is put in charge of Violet, a three-year-old Indian elephant, and they soon form a special bond. With Violet at her side, Hettie can al...

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The Spitfire girl in the skies by Fenella-Jane Miller

The Spitfire girl in the skies

Fenella-Jane Miller

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"With the men on the front line, courageous Ellie must do her bit for the war effort. It's 1939 and the threat of war hangs over the country. Flying instructor Ellie Simpson has grown up a tomboy. She's never had an interest in the latest fashions or...

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Nick by Michael Farris Smith

Nick

Michael Farris Smith

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"Before Nick Carraway moved to West Egg and into Gatsby's world, he was at the centre of a very different story - one taking place along the trenches and deep within the tunnels of World War I. An epic portrait of a truly singular era and a sweeping,...

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In the face of the sun by Denny S. Bryce

In the face of the sun

Denny S. Bryce

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"1928, Los Angeles. The newly-built Hotel Somerville is the hotspot for the city's glittering African-American elite. It embodies prosperity and dreams of equality for all - especially Daisy Washington. An up-and-coming journalist, Daisy anonymously ...

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Before the dawn by Emma Pass

Before the dawn

Emma Pass

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"It's 1943, and the Second World War is raging. Ruby Mottram works for her local newspaper, the 'Bartonford Herald,' typing up adverts and obituaries, whilst dreaming of a more exciting life. Between her shifts as an ARP warden and caring for her ail...

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The people's princess by Flora Harding

The people's princess

Flora Harding

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"Buckingham Palace, 1981. Her engagement to Prince Charles is a dream come true for Lady Diana Spencer but marrying the heir to the throne is not all that it seems. Alone and bored in the palace, she resents the stuffy courtiers who are intent on ins...

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Summer secrets at Bletchley Park by Molly Green

Summer secrets at Bletchley Park

Molly Green

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"September 1939. London is in blackout, war has been declared, but Dulcie Treadwell can think only of her heartbreak over a whirlwind romance with American broadcaster, Glenn Reeves, who didn't say goodbye before leaving for Berlin. Humiliated, Dulcie...

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The royal station master's daughters by Ellee Seymour

The royal station master's daughters

Ellee Seymour

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"Here is a heartwarming and dramatic World War I saga of family, secrets and the British royal family. Roll out the red carpet. The royal train is due in half an hour and there's not a minute to be wasted. It's 1915 and Ada, Jessie and Beatrice Saward...

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The East End nurse by Sheila Newberry

The East End nurse

Sheila Newberry

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"At the sonorous boom of the foghorn, young Hester Stainsby gives an involuntary shudder. In the cavernous basement laundry room of the Poplar Hospital where she toils from dawn to dusk, there is fog too, damp, hot and swirling. Her fears are realised:...

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The stone rose by Carol McGrath

The stone rose

Carol McGrath

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"Based on the extraordinary true story of the female stonemason who carved a queen's tomb, The Stone Rose traces the life of fierce, self-destructive Isabella of France. Wife to a weak king, Isabella finds herself facing enemies from the wild north, in...

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The women of Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke

The women of Mulberry Lane

Rosie Clarke

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"The war is nearly over - or is it? The women of Mulberry Lane anxiously wait for news. Peggy doesn't know if she'll ever again see Able, the American father of her twins, while a very odd letter from estranged husband, Laurie, threatens to set the cat...

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The fallen women by Lindsey Hutchinson

The fallen women

Lindsey Hutchinson

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"Since the death of her parents when she was just a girl, orphan Ann Felton has had to struggle to survive. The grimy and gruelling Black Country is no place for a girl all alone and Ann is relieved when she gets works at The Bell public house, and i...

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A sister's song by Molly Green

A sister's song

Molly Green

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"When World War II breaks out, Suzanne Linfoot's dream of one day forming an all-women orchestra crumbles. Dedicated to doing her bit for the war effort but determined not to give up her music, Suzanne joins a swing band who are members of the ENSA -...

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The winter orphan by Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sharp

The winter orphan

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

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"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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The missing sister by Dinah Jefferies

The missing sister

Dinah Jefferies

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"Belle Hatton has embarked upon an exciting new life far from home: a glamorous job as a nightclub singer in 1930s Burma, with a host of sophisticated new friends and admirers. But Belle is haunted by a mystery from the past - a 25-year-old newspaper...

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At the wolf's table by Rosella Postorino

At the wolf's table

Rosella Postorino

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"Germany, 1943: Twenty-six-year-old Rosa Sauer's parents are gone, and her husband Gregor is far away, fighting on the front lines of WWII. Impoverished and alone, she makes the fateful decision to leave war-torn Berlin to live with her in-laws in th...

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An orphan's courage by Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sharp

An orphan's courage

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

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"St Saviours children's home in London's East End has provided a safe refuge for local children for decades and Sister Beatrice and her team are as busy as ever. New staff member Jinny is glad to escape the lewd advances of her drunken and slovenly m...

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Ten Bells Street by Mary Collins

Ten Bells Street

Mary Collins

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"The East End of London, 1930. Work is scarce, food is in short supply and there is political unrest on the streets. But in the face of all this hardship, there's always friendship. Becky, Bernie and Rose - three best friends from very different backgrounds...

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Trust by Hernán Díaz

Trust

Hernán Díaz

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"An award-winning writer of absorbing, sophisticated fiction delivers a stylish and propulsive novel rooted in early 20th century New York, about wealth and talent, trust and intimacy, truth and perception. In glamorous 1920s New York City, two characters...

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Carolina built by Kianna Alexander

Carolina built

Kianna Alexander

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"Josephine N. Leary is determined to build a life of her own and a future for her family. When she moves to Edenton, North Carolina, from the plantation where she was born, she is free, newly married, and ready to follow her dreams. As the demands of...

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Beyond the wire by James D. Shipman

Beyond the wire

James D. Shipman

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"October 1944: In the long, narrow undressing rooms in Auschwitz-Birkenau, prisoner Jakub Bak toils under the scrutiny of SS guards. Like other members of the Sonderkommando, Jakub was selected on arrival for an unthinkable job: sorting through the clothes...

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The resistance girl by Mandy Robotham

The resistance girl

Mandy Robotham

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"Norway, 1942. War rages, and, under cover of darkness, Rumi Orlstad and her fellow resistance fighters smuggle British agents, fugitives and supplies across the North Sea into Nazi-occupied territory. One night, when he braves a storm to complete an...

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Nurse Kitty's secret war by Maggie Campbell

Nurse Kitty's secret war

Maggie Campbell

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"May 1945. Nurse Kitty Longthorne listens, together with the other surgical staff at South Manchester's Park Hospital, to Winston Churchill's broadcast on the radio. Germany has signed a declaration of complete surrender. The war is over in Europe and...

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Sell us the rope by Stephen May

Sell us the rope

Stephen May

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"Revolutionary, poet, lover. Robber, murderer, spy. May 1907 and a young Stalin is in London for a conference of Russian communists. With Lenin, Trotsky, and Rosa Luxemburg among others he battles to keep the party radical, while dodging the attentions...

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The Riviera house by Natasha Lester

The Riviera house

Natasha Lester

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"Paris, 1939: While working at the Louvre, Eliane Dufort falls for talented painter Xavier. But when the Nazis occupy the city, Xavier leaves for England and Eliane must send her sisters to the country. Broken-hearted, she finds herself working with ...

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The perfumer's secret by Fiona McIntosh

The perfumer's secret

Fiona McIntosh

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"On the eve of the First World War, Fleurette, the only daughter of the wealthy Delacroix perfume dynasty, is being forced to marry a man she loathes, Aimery De Lasset, head of the pre-eminent perfume manufacturer in France. It is only the cathedral ...

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The Sisters Sweet by Elizabeth Weiss

The Sisters Sweet

Elizabeth Weiss

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"Leaving was my sister's choice. I would have to make my own. All Harriet Szász has ever known is life onstage with her sister, Josie. As "The Sisters Sweet," they pose as conjoined twins in a vaudeville act conceived of by their ambitious parents, who...

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Four treasures of the sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Four treasures of the sky

Jenny Tinghui Zhang

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"Daiyu never wanted to be like the tragic heroine for whom she was named, revered for her beauty and cursed with heartbreak. But when she is kidnapped and smuggled across an ocean from China to America, Daiyu must relinquish the home and future she i...

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Sister stardust by Jane Green

Sister stardust

Jane Green

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"Claire grew up in a small town, far from the glamour of London. On the cusp of adulthood, she yearns for the adventure and independence of a counterculture taking root across the world. When she's offered the chance to start anew in Morocco, in a palace...

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The book thief by Markus Zusak

The book thief

Markus Zusak

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"1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is...

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Under the midnight sun by Tracie Peterson

Under the midnight sun

Tracie Peterson

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"Tayler Hale is ahead of her time as one of the first women naturalists. She has always loved adventure and the great outdoors, and her remote job location also helps keep her away from the clutches of the man to whom she once made a foolish promise....

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The schoolmaster's daughter by Suzan Lindsay Randle

The schoolmaster's daughter

Suzan Lindsay Randle

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1887. It's the year of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Eighteen-year-old Louisa Marchington, a headmaster's daughter who's trying to find her place in local society and the world at large, is caught up in the celebrations. She meets George Jevcott, a...

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The pull of the stars by Emma Donoghue

The pull of the stars

Emma Donoghue

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Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, in a ward where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's r...

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A mother's betrayal by Emma Hornby

A mother's betrayal

Emma Hornby

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Manchester, 1867. Mara longs for a peaceful life free of violence and poverty. But she has married into the O'Hara family, who have a reputation for their drunkenness and quick tempers. Her eldest stepson Conrad is the worst of them all - a brute and...

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The Nightingales in Mersey Square by Lilly Robbins

The Nightingales in Mersey Square

Lilly Robbins

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1940. World War Two is sweeping across Europe and the Guernsey evacuee families have just arrived in Stockport. Desperately in need of kindness, love and a safe place to call home, local trainee nurses Clare and Gaye immediately volunteer, alongside their...

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The hemlock cure by Joanne Burn

The hemlock cure

Joanne Burn

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It is 1665 and the women of Eyam keep many secrets. Isabel Frith, the village midwife, walks a dangerous line with her herbs and remedies. There are men in the village who speak of witchcraft, and Isabel has a past to hide. So she tells nobody her fears...

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Wedding bells for the victory girls by Joanna Toye

Wedding bells for the victory girls

Joanna Toye

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Summer 1945. After victory in Europe, best friends Lily, Gladys and Beryl are looking to the future. But even with this happy news, their lives are far from simple. Despite Lily's joyful summer wedding, she has doubts over what her heart wants now. As...

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The halfpenny girls at war by Maggie Mason

The halfpenny girls at war

Maggie Mason

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As war approaches, Alice, Edith and Marg fear for the safety of their families, while trying to decide the best way they can do their bit for their country. Alice decides to volunteer with the Red Cross, helping those most in need, Marg is preparing to...

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The workhouse sisters by Kay Brellend

The workhouse sisters

Kay Brellend

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After escaping the grip of the workhouse, Lily has kept her fiancé's business afloat while he is away fighting on the Western Front. Still battling on, she's now doing her bit for her country as an auxiliary nurse - but one thing above all else continues...

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Victory bells for the Harpers girls by Rosie Clarke

Victory bells for the Harpers girls

Rosie Clarke

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Sally Harper is busy juggling running London's Oxford Street Store Harpers and looking after her beautiful new-born daughter, whilst husband Ben is overseas on another dangerous mission, this time to rescue a friend in need.Young Becky Stockbridge fi...

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Flying angels by Danielle Steel

Flying angels

Danielle Steel

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"Audrey Parker's life changes forever when Pearl Harbor is attacked on December 7, 1941. Her brother, a talented young Navy pilot, had been stationed there, poised to fulfill their late father's distinguished legacy. Fresh out of nursing school with a...

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The Kitchen Front by Jennifer (Jennifer L.) Ryan

The Kitchen Front

Jennifer (Jennifer L.) Ryan

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"Two years into World War II, Britain is feeling her losses; the Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The ...

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A school mistress at war by Eileen Ainsworth Ramsay

A school mistress at war

Eileen Ainsworth Ramsay

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"Growing up as a schoolmaster's daughter in rural Scotland, Kirsty Robertson has always dreamt of following in her father's footsteps and becoming a schoolmistress. And when her father dies suddenly, she becomes even more determined to make him proud...

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Dublin's girl by Eimear Lawlor

Dublin's girl

Eimear Lawlor

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"1917. A farm girl from Cavan, Veronica McDermott is desperate to find more to life. Persuading her family to let her stay with her aunt and uncle in Dublin so she can attend secretarial college, she has no idea what she is getting into. Recruited by...

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The visitors by Caroline Scott

The visitors

Caroline Scott

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"1923. Esme Nicholls is to spend the summer in Cornwall. Her late husband Alec, who died fighting in the war, grew up in Penzance, and she's hoping to learn more about the man she loved and lost. While there, she will stay with Gilbert, in his rambling...

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An orphan's sorrow by Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sharp

An orphan's sorrow

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

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"When Jamie's mother dies, he is taken in by his neighbour, Martha. Small for his age, he is picked on by a local gang so joins the boxing club run by the local Bobby and learns to defend himself. Jamie's older brother, Archie, arrives back on the scene...

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Lessons in chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in chemistry

Bonnie Garmus

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"Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing. But it's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equ...

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A girl during the war by Anita Abriel

A girl during the war

Anita Abriel

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"Rome, 1943: University student Marina Tozzi is on her way home when she finds out that her father has been killed for harboring a Jewish artist in their home. Fearful of the consequences, Marina flees to Villa I Tatti, the Florence villa of her fath...

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The saints of Swallow Hill by Donna Everhart

The saints of Swallow Hill

Donna Everhart

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"During the Great Depression, wretched labor camps crop up in remote areas of the expansive pine forests throughout the American South. Destitute workers live and toil under terrible conditions to harvest pine gum, hacking into tree trunks, drawing out...

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The memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller

The memoirs of Stockholm Sven

Nathaniel Ian Miller

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"In 1916, Sven Ormson leaves Stockholm to seek adventure in Svalbard, an Arctic archipelago where darkness reigns four months of the year, and where he might witness the splendour of the Northern Lights one night or be attacked by a polar bear the next....

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Chasing shadows by Lynn N. Austin

Chasing shadows

Lynn N. Austin

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"Lena is a wife and mother who farms alongside her husband in the tranquil countryside. Her faith has always been her compass, but can she remain steadfast when the questions grow increasingly complex and the answers could mean the difference between...

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The lost girl in Paris by Jina Bacarr

The lost girl in Paris

Jina Bacarr

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As Nazis patrol the streets of the French capital, Tiena is alone, desperate and on the run. After defending herself against the force of an officer, she must find a new identity in order to survive. An accidental meeting with members of the Resistance...

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The orphan in the peacock shawl by AnneMarie Brear

The orphan in the peacock shawl

AnneMarie Brear

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Yorkshire Dales, 1850. As a terrible storm rages, Annabelle Wallis is shocked to find a distressed young woman at her cottage door, heavy with child. Moments later a baby girl is born. But by dawn, the mother has vanished, leaving behind the helpless...

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Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray

Anita Heiss

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The powerful Murrumbidgee River surges through town, leaving death and destruction in its wake. It is a stark reminder that, while the river can give life, it can just as easily take it away. Wagadhaany is one of the lucky ones. She survives. Forced to...

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School days by Jack Sheffield

School days

Jack Sheffield

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The year is 1976 and Jack Sheffield never wants to leave his job. Jack has been the deputy head teacher at Newbridge Primary School for six years now, and he's happy exactly where he is - even if it sometimes feels like there are a few things missing...

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Runaway widow by Dilly Court

Runaway widow

Dilly Court

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London, 1859. When Lady Patricia Greystone's husband dies suddenly, she is left with nothing. At twenty-four, she finds herself a penniless widow. Determined not to return to her family cap in hand, she strikes out on her own. Patricia's voice is her...

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A mother's love by Daisy Styles

A mother's love

Daisy Styles

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The Lake District, 1942. Spring is in the air at Mary Vale Mother and Baby Home. Beautiful Stella has been swept off her feet by a handsome GI. He proposes when she falls pregnant, but soon after he moves base, his letters stop. Lillian has been conscripted...

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Time to say goodbye by Rosie Goodwin

Time to say goodbye

Rosie Goodwin

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Nuneaton, 1935. Kathy has grown up at Treetops home for children, where Sunday and Tom Branning have always cared for her as one of their own. She enjoys her life there, surrounded by her beloved horses, and with a future as a nurse ahead of her. Her...

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A valley dream by Anna Jacobs

A valley dream

Anna Jacobs

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1935. At 36, Bella Porter is dependent on her abusive cousin, acting as his unpaid servant. When a kind relative leaves her a house in the village of Backshaw Moss, Thomas tries to take it from her, but she defies him and grasps this chance of a new start...

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The mother's day victory by Rosie Hendry

The mother's day victory

Rosie Hendry

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Norfolk, 1940. As war rages on, the residents of Great Plumstead are doing all they can to help the war effort, from running the mobile canteen for the Women's Voluntary Service to organising clothing drives and collecting salvage. When a young German...

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The tea gardens by Fiona McIntosh

The tea gardens

Fiona McIntosh

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"Spirited doctor Isla Fenwick is determined to work at the coalface of medicine in India before committing to life as a dutiful wife. With hopes of making a difference in the world, she sails to Calcutta to set up a midwifery clinic. There she will be...

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The tailor's girl by Fiona McIntosh

The tailor's girl

Fiona McIntosh

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"A humble soldier, known only as 'Jones', wakes in hospital with no recollection of his past. The few fleeting fragments of memory he glimpses are horrifying moments from the battlefield at Ypres. His very identity becomes a puzzle he must solve. Then...

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The French promise by Fiona McIntosh

The French promise

Fiona McIntosh

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"Luc and Lisette Ravens - a former French resistance fighter and a one-time British spy - have somehow survived the war, but recovering from the horrors of those years is a challenge they're yet to overcome. Casting their fate to the winds, they sail...

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Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

Booth

Karen Joy Fowler

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"From the Man Booker finalist and bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves comes an epic and intimate novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth. In 1822, a secret family moves...

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The diamond eye by Kate Quinn

The diamond eye

Kate Quinn

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"The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history's deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story. In 1937 in the snowbound city of Kiev (now known as Kyiv),...

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The finder of forgotten things by Sarah Loudin Thomas

The finder of forgotten things

Sarah Loudin Thomas

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"It's 1932 and Sullivan Harris is on the run. An occasionally successful dowser, he promised the people of Kline, West Virginia, that he would find them water. But when wells turned up dry, he disappeared with their cash just a step or two ahead of J...

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The lady's mine by Francine Rivers

The lady's mine

Francine Rivers

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"New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to the California frontier in this sweeping, romantic tale of a displaced New England suffragette, a former Union soldier disinherited by his Southern family, and the town they join forces to...

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The lost sister by Lynne (Novelist) Francis

The lost sister

Lynne (Novelist) Francis

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"Kent 1816. Now Molly Dawson's family have grown up and left home, she has every reason to expect that her life on the Woodchurch Manor estate with her husband, head gardener Charlie, will settle into happy contentment. It seems, though, that her est...

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Florence Adler swims forever by Rachel Beanland

Florence Adler swims forever

Rachel Beanland

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"Atlantic City, 1934. Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to holidaymakers and move into the apartment above the bakery they own. The apartment is where they raised their two daughters, Fannie and Florence, and, despite the cra...

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The Red Cross orphans by Glynis Peters

The Red Cross orphans

Glynis Peters

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"Orphan Kitty Pattison is young, naive and ready to do her bit for the war effort when she volunteers with the Red Cross and pledges to help those most in need. It's one of the most nerve-wracking moments of her life, but then she meets fellow volunteers...

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Mrs. Witherspoon goes to war by Mary Davis

Mrs. Witherspoon goes to war

Mary Davis

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"A WASP embarks on an unsanctioned secret mission. Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes-- the heroines of WWII. Peggy Witherspoon, a mother of two daughters, has been widowed due to the war in Europe....

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The Christie affair by Nina de Gramont

The Christie affair

Nina de Gramont

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"Nina de Gramont's The Christie Affair is a beguiling novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder--and a brilliant re-imagination of one of the most talked-about unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century. Every story has its secrets....

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Her hidden genius by Marie Benedict

Her hidden genius

Marie Benedict

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"Rosalind Franklin knows if she just takes one more X-ray picture - one more after thousands - she can unlock the building blocks of life. Never again will she have to listen to her colleagues complain about her, especially Maurice Wilkins who'd rath...

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Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen

Shadows of Swanford Abbey

Julie Klassen

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"Miss Rebecca Lane's brother begs her to go to nearby Swanford Abbey, a medieval monastery turned grand hotel rumored to be haunted. She agrees to stay at the abbey until she can deliver his manuscript to a fellow guest who might help him get published--...

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Home fires at Ambridge by Catherine Miller

Home fires at Ambridge

Catherine Miller

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It's 1941 and the war rumbles on. Nowhere is immune to the effects of war, not even Ambridge. But in England's favourite village, something else is occupying the residents... When a prominent villager dies, the main beneficiary's name is a mystery, and...

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A precious daughter by Diane (Romantic fiction writer) author. Allen

A precious daughter

Diane (Romantic fiction writer) author....

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When Ethan Postlethwaite, his wife Grace and their daughter Amy announce that they will be leaving the family home in the Yorkshire Dales, Grace's parents are heartbroken. Hoping for a new life prospecting for gold in the wilds of Canada, the Postlet...

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Secrets at Bletchley Park by Margaret Dickinson

Secrets at Bletchley Park

Margaret Dickinson

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In 1929, life is tough for ten-year-old Mattie Price, born and raised in the back streets of Sheffield. With a petty thief for a father, and a mother who's turned to the bottle, it is left to Mattie and her brother Joe to care for their three younger...

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Home fires and spitfires by Daisy Styles

Home fires and spitfires

Daisy Styles

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1940. Tucked on the edge of the Lake District lies Mary Vale, a Mother and Baby Home open to unmarried women. Amongst the residents, three very different mums-to-be are brought together in friendship. Shipyard welder Gracie Price, pregnant by a married...

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V for victory by Lissa Evans

V for victory

Lissa Evans

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It's late 1944. Hitler's flying bombs 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...

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The war girls by Rosie James

The war girls

Rosie James

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1939. A young, unmarried mother, Abigail Wilson loves her small daughter Emily Grace, whose absent father doesn't even know she exists. But life in an isolated rural cottage, with judgemental and domineering Aunt Edna, has become untenable. Mother and...

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A songbird in wartime by Karen (Novelist) author. Dickson

A songbird in wartime

Karen (Novelist) author. Dickson

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Shaftesbury, 1936. Mansfield House Hotel has been a refuge for Emily ever since she was orphaned at the age of 16. Not only did they employ her as a chambermaid, it's also where she met her fiancé Tom. When theatre agent Roland stays at the hotel and...

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The winter rose by Rita Bradshaw

The winter rose

Rita Bradshaw

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December 1902. Rose O'Leary is looking forward to her baby daughter Betsy's first Christmas. But then tragedy strikes: when her husband David is caught in an accident at the shipyard, his false friend Nathaniel Alridge deliberately lets him die rather...

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