Auckland Libraries: Large print historical fiction new titles

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 strange adventures of H by Sarah Burton

The strange adventures of H

Sarah Burton

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"Orphaned young, H is sent to live with her doting aunt in London. H's life is a happy one until her lecherous cousin robs her of her innocence and the plague takes away the city and the people she loves. H is cast out - friendless, pregnant and destitute...

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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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The Berlin girl by Mandy Robotham

The Berlin girl

Mandy Robotham

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"Berlin, 1938: It’s the height of summer, and Germany is on the brink of war. When fledgling reporter Georgie Young is posted to Berlin, alongside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm. Arriving to a city swathed...

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Mrs P's book of secrets by Lorna Gray

Mrs P's book of secrets

Lorna Gray

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"There are no white shrouded spectres here, no wailing ghouls. Just the echoes of those who have passed, whispering that history is set to repeat itself. The Cotswolds, 1946: A young widow leaves behind the tragedy of her wartime life, and returns home...

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The dictionary of lost words by Pip Williams

The dictionary of lost words

Pip Williams

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"In 1901, the word 'Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the 'Scriptorium',...

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The Chanel sisters by Judithe Little

The Chanel sisters

Judithe Little

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"The unforgettable story of the sisters who changed fashion forever. Gabrielle and Antoinette know they're destined for something better. Abandoned to a convent orphanage, they are raised for simple lives. But at night they dream of a glittering future,...

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The moonlight school by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The moonlight school

Suzanne Woods Fisher

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"Haunted by her sister's mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain...

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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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Mountain Laurel by Lori Benton

Mountain Laurel

Lori Benton

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"North Carolina, 1793. Ian Cameron, a Boston cabinetmaker turned frontier trapper, has come to Mountain Laurel hoping to remake himself yet again - into his planter uncle's heir. No matter how uneasily the role of slave owner rests upon his shoulders....

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Lana's war by Anita Abriel

Lana's war

Anita Abriel

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"Paris 1943. Lana Antanov is rushing to see her husband, Frederic, and tell him the news that she is pregnant. But as she arrives the convent where Frederic teaches music, she watches in horror as a Gestapo officer executes Frederic for hiding a Jewish...

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Yellow wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Yellow wife

Sadeqa Johnson

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"Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a privileged life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the plantation’s medicine woman and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plant...

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The four winds by Kristin Hannah

The four winds

Kristin Hannah

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"Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the...

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The Tuscan contessa by Dinah Jefferies

The Tuscan contessa

Dinah Jefferies

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"In 1940s Tuscany, Contessa Sofia de' Corsi's peaceful home in a medieval villa among the olive groves has been upturned by the arrival of German soldiers. She is desperate to help her friends in the village fight back in any way she can, all while keeping...

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Goodnight sweetheart by Pam Weaver

Goodnight sweetheart

Pam Weaver

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"When Frankie’s mother dies, she is sent to live with her Aunt Bet in Worthing, Sussex. Life on their farm is happy - for a while. But when World War Two breaks out, Frankie must help her country by signing up to the women’s branch of the British Army....

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When we fall by Carolyn Kirby

When we fall

Carolyn Kirby

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"In England, 1943, British pilot Vee Katchatourian is determined to get her flying Wings, in spite of her sex and foreign name. Meanwhile, in Occupied Poland, Ewa Hartman serves German officers in her father's guest house, while secretly gathering in...

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The glorious Guinness girls by Emily Hourican

The glorious Guinness girls

Emily Hourican

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"Granddaughters of the first Earl of Iveagh, the three daughters of Ernest Guinness are glamorous society girls, the toast of Dublin and London. Darlings of the press, with not a care in the world. But what beautiful ruins lie behind the glass of the...

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The Paris library by Janet Skeslien Charles

The Paris library

Janet Skeslien Charles

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"Paris, 1939. Young, ambitious, and tempestuous, Odile Souchet has it all: Paul, her handsome police officer beau; Margaret, her best friend from England; her adored twin brother Remy; and a dream job at the American Library in Paris, working alongside...

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The nature of fragile things by Susan Meissner

The nature of fragile things

Susan Meissner

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"April 18, 1906: A massive earthquake rocks San Francisco just before daybreak, igniting a devouring inferno. Lives are lost, lives are shattered, but some rise from the ashes forever changed. Sophie Whalen is a young Irish immigrant so desperate to get...

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All our shimmering skies by Trent Dalton

All our shimmering skies

Trent Dalton

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Darwin, 1942: As Japanese bombs rain down, Molly Hook, the gravedigger girl, turns once again to the sky for guidance. In her head, she carries a map that leads to the gold of Longcoat Bob, the man who put a curse on her family and turned their hearts...

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Imperfect alchemist by Naomi (Mystery writer) author. Miller

Imperfect alchemist

Naomi (Mystery writer) author. Mill...

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England, 1575. Mary Sidney, who will go on to claim a spot at the heart of Elizabethan court life and culture, is a fourteen-year-old navigating grief and her first awareness of love and desire. Her sharp mind is less interested in the dynastic alliances...

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Small pleasures by Clare Chambers

Small pleasures

Clare Chambers

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London, 1957. Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper, disappointed in love and living a limited existence with her truculent mother. When a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin...

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Ambridge at war by Catherine Miller

Ambridge at war

Catherine Miller

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It's 1940 and war has broken out. It is midnight at the turn of the year, and Walter Gabriel speaks the same line that opened the very first radio episode - 'And a Happy New Year to you all!' For Ambridge, a village in the heart of the English countr...

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Coming home to Liverpool by Kate Eastham

Coming home to Liverpool

Kate Eastham

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Liverpool, 1872. After spending time training at the Infirmary for Women in New York, Maud Linklater can't wait to put her skills to the test. Whilst her nurse friends welcome her back with open arms there are others who do not wish her well, including...

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Love has no borders by Gwen Kirkwood

Love has no borders

Gwen Kirkwood

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Fiercely independent, young Marguerite Sinclair has the opportunity of a lifetime to become a nurse and contribute to the war effort. Meanwhile, Rick Fortescue, who has loved her from the first moment he saw her, asks her to marry him before being shipped...

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The smuggler's wife by Evie Grace

The smuggler's wife

Evie Grace

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Kent, 1815. When the beautiful but naive Grace Lennicker falls for Isaiah Feasey, son of a rival smuggling family and owner of a local tavern, her sisters try to intervene. Grace is unwittingly drawn back into the world of smuggling that her sisters ...

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A daughter's price by Emma Hornby

A daughter's price

Emma Hornby

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Laura Cannock is on the run, suspected of killing her bullying husband, and his family are out for revenge. Fleeing from her beloved home of Bolton to Manchester, Laura seeks refuge with her coal-merchant uncle. But her relief is short-lived as it soon...

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The paper mill girl by Glenda Young

The paper mill girl

Glenda Young

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Seventeen-year-old Ruth Hardy works long hours at Grange Paper Works, with her younger sister Bea. When Bea reveals that she is pregnant out of wedlock, Ruth knows even tougher times are ahead. Ruth's hard work at the mill does not go unnoticed and it...

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The evening and the morning by Ken Follett

The evening and the morning

Ken Follett

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"It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without...

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This tender land by William Kent Krueger

This tender land

William Kent Krueger

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"1932: Located on the banks of the Gilead River in Minnesota, Lincoln School is home to hundreds of Native American boys and girls who have been separated from their families. The only two white boys in the school are orphan brothers Odie and Albert,...

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A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

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"A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. When, in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol,...

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The woman before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull

The woman before Wallis

Bryn Turnbull

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"In the summer of 1926, when Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness after a whirlwind romance, she’s immersed in a gilded world of extraordinary wealth and privilege. For Thelma, the daughter of an American diplomat, her new life as a member of ...

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Our darkest night by Jennifer Robson

Our darkest night

Jennifer Robson

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"It is the autumn of 1943, and life is becoming increasingly perilous for Italian Jews like the Mazin family. With Nazi Germany now occupying most of her beloved homeland, and the threat of imprisonment and deportation growing ever more certain, Antonina...

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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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The Bobby Girls' secrets by Johanna Bell

The Bobby Girls' secrets

Johanna Bell

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"1915. Best friends Irene, Maggie and Annie are proud members of the newly renamed Women's Police Service. While Britain's men are away fighting in France, the girls are doing their bit by keeping the peace at home in London's East End. But out of the...

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Victory on Ten Bells Street by Mary (Fiction writer) Collins

Victory on Ten Bells Street

Mary (Fiction writer) Collins

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"1950, the East End of London. With the war finally behind them, the Ten Bells Street girls are building new lives. Best friends from childhood, the three of them are there for each other through thick and thin, but the struggle isn't over yet ... Of...

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A mother's blessing by Annie Groves

A mother's blessing

Annie Groves

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"Molly's mother died when she was just seven years old, and she helped her grief-stricken father look after their tiny home in their tight-knit Liverpool street. Lacking confidence, she's always felt in the shadow of her sister June, but as WWII breaks...

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Last flight to Stalingrad by Graham Hurley

Last flight to Stalingrad

Graham Hurley

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"Berlin, 1942. For four years, the men in field grey have helped themselves to country after country across Western Europe. For Werner Nehmann, a journalist at the Promi - the Ministry of Propaganda - this dizzying series of victories has felt like a...

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The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

The Jane Austen Society

Natalie Jenner

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"Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable. One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of En...

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The yellow bird sings by Jennifer Rosner

The yellow bird sings

Jennifer Rosner

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"Poland, 1941. Roza and her five-year-old daughter, Shira, are the only surviving Jews in their town. They spend day and night hidden in a neighbour’s barn. Forbidden from making a sound, only the yellow bird from her mother’s stories can sing the me...

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The mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

The mystery of Mrs. Christie

Marie Benedict

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"In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a fur coat left in the car--strange for a frigid night. Her husband and daughter have no ...

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The librarian of Boone's Hollow by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The librarian of Boone's Hollow

Kim Vogel Sawyer

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

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Harpers heroes by Rosie Clarke

Harpers heroes

Rosie Clarke

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Oxford Street, London 1915. Sally Harper quietly battles to keep Harpers afloat in the difficult days of the war, whilst husband Ben is working all hours for the War Office. Beth Burrow is fighting concern for her husband Jack, now at sea with the Me...

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The Paris library by Janet Skeslien Charles

The Paris library

Janet Skeslien Charles

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Paris, 1939. Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and her new job at the American Library in Paris is a dream come true. When war is declared, the Library is determined to remain open. But then the Nazis invade Paris, and everything changes. In Occu...

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The outcast girls by Alys Clare

The outcast girls

Alys Clare

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London, 1881. Lily Raynor, owner of the World's End Investigation Bureau, is growing increasingly worried. Work is drying up, finances are tight and she cannot find enough for her sole employee, Felix Wilbraham, to do. So when schoolteacher Georgiana...

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The Emmerdale girls by Kerry Bell

The Emmerdale girls

Kerry Bell

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December 1944, and the residents of Beckindale can't believe they're going through another wartime Christmas. Though the success of the D-Day landings earlier in the year has brought some hope to the village. The women of Emmerdale are navigating their...

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The Kew Gardens girls by Posy Lovell

The Kew Gardens girls

Posy Lovell

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It's 1916 and England is at war. Desperate to help in whatever way they can, Ivy and Louisa enlist as gardeners at Kew, taking on the jobs of the men who have gone to fight. Under their care, the gardens begin to flourish - but Ivy and Louisa aren't ...

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Her patriotic duty by Rosie Meddon

Her patriotic duty

Rosie Meddon

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Esme Colborne is about to marry Richard Trevannion. When she finds out she is adopted - from a working class family - she cannot allow Richard to marry so far beneath his station. Fleeing the life she knew, she starts working as a decoy woman, testing...

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Daughter of the sea by Sylvia Broady

Daughter of the sea

Sylvia Broady

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Jessica is grieving for her beloved father, Jacob Kingdom, a trawler owner fondly remembered by his crew. But a confrontation with her mother leads to Jessica being cast out from the family home and the reveal of a shameful secret. It isn't long before...

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Turning tide by Melody Carlson

Turning tide

Melody Carlson

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"As the Great War rages on, Sunset Cove continues to feel its impact. Running the small town newspaper, Anna McDowell can’t escape the grim reports from the other side of the world, but home-front challenges abound as well. Dr. Daniel is serving the wounded...

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Bronte's mistress by Finola Austin

Bronte's mistress

Finola Austin

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"Yorkshire, 1843: Lydia Robinson - mistress of Thorp Green Hall - has lost her precious young daughter and her mother within the same year. She returns to her bleak home, grief-stricken and unmoored. With her teenage daughters rebelling, her testy...

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In the lion's den by Barbara Taylor Bradford

In the lion's den

Barbara Taylor Bradford

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"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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More miracle than bird by Alice Miller

More miracle than bird

Alice Miller

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"On the eve of World War I, Georgie Hyde-Lees-on her own for the first time-is introduced to the acclaimed poet W. B. Yeats at a soirée in London. Although Yeats is famously eccentric and many years her senior, Georgie is drawn to him, and when he extends...

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The royal governess by Wendy Holden

The royal governess

Wendy Holden

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"In 1933, twenty-two-year-old Marion Crawford accepts the role of a lifetime, tutoring the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose. Her one stipulation to their parents the Duke and Duchess of York is that she bring some doses of normalcy into ...

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A blessing to cherish by Lauraine Snelling

A blessing to cherish

Lauraine Snelling

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"Though she has known hardships in her life, Ingeborg Bjorklund chooses to focus on all she has been given. Blessed with children and grandchildren, she enjoys the friendship and support of the entire Blessing, North Dakota, community. And after several...

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Red letter days by Sarah Jane Stratford

Red letter days

Sarah Jane Stratford

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"A striking novel about two daring women who escape McCarthy-era Hollywood for London, where they find creative freedom and fight the injustices of the Red Scare. Nineteen-fifties America is bright and full of promise, and Phoebe Adler, a New Yorker ...

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Conjure women by Afia Atakora

Conjure women

Afia Atakora

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"A Stylist Best Book of 2020. You're free to decide your future. But how do you escape the ghosts of the past? A stunning debut novel with echoes of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing and Sara Collins' The Confessions of Frannie Langton. The pale-skinned, black-eyed...

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

An orphan's promise

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

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"Alone and on the streets after their mother ends up in hospital, Charlie has promised his little sister Maisie he’ll never let her feel frightened again. That promise is hard to keep when Maisie falls ill. Hope comes in the shape of Susan and the other...

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The straits of treachery by Richard Hopton

The straits of treachery

Richard Hopton

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"September, 1810. Raids across the Straits of Messina to disrupt preparations for the French invasion of the island have been repulsed with heavy casualties. George Warne, a bright young British officer, suspects treachery back in Messina, and is ordered...

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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 boy with blue trousers by Carol Jones

The boy with blue trousers

Carol Jones

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"On the goldfields of 19th-century Australia, two very different girls are trying to escape their past. English governess Violet Hartley has fled from England after a scandalous liaison. Now she is angling for a rich husband and a new life. Little Cat...

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Snow angels by Nadine Dorries

Snow angels

Nadine Dorries

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"Spend Christmas with the nurses of St Angelus Hospital. Christmas is coming, but will the doctors and nurses of St Angelus get a chance to enjoy it? Sister Emily Haycock and her husband are anxiously counting the days until the signing of final adop...

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When we were young & brave by Hazel Gaynor

When we were young & brave

Hazel Gaynor

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"Ten-year-old Nancy Plummer has always felt safe at Chefoo School, protected by her British status. But when Japan declares war on Britain and America, Japanese forces take control of the school and the security and comforts Nancy and her friends are...

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The cold millions by Jess Walter

The cold millions

Jess Walter

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"Orphans Gig and Rye Dolan don't have a penny to their names. The brothers work grueling, odd jobs each day just to secure a meal, and spend nights sleeping wherever they can with other day laborers. Twenty-three-year-old Gig is a passionate union ma...

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The key to everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse

The key to everything

Valerie Fraser Luesse

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"Peyton Cabot's fifteenth year will be a painful and transformative one. His father, the heroic but reluctant head of a moneyed Savannah family, has come home from WWII a troubled vet, drowning his demons in bourbon and distancing himself from his son....

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Minnie's orphans by Lindsey Hutchinson

Minnie's orphans

Lindsey Hutchinson

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The Fitch children are finally safe, after they and their friends were rescued from the grim orphanage Reed House by Minnie and Billy Marshall. Their children's home Marshall's is full of love and laughter, and a world away from their terrible ordeal...

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Marcello's promise by Jane Colletti Perry

Marcello's promise

Jane Colletti Perry

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"In 1915, Marcello Corsi risks everything and leaves Italy to forge a new life for his family in America. Marcello, Luisa, and their young son settle in Cumberland, Wyoming, in an immigrant coalmining town run by Union Pacific Coal Company. Full of.....

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The book of lost names by Kristin Harmel

The book of lost names

Kristin Harmel

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"Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it's an image of a book she hasn't seen in sixty-five years - a book she recognizes...

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Blasted things by Lesley Glaister

Blasted things

Lesley Glaister

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"WW1 is over. As a nurse at the front, Clementine has found and lost love, but has settled for middle class marriage. Vincent had half his face blown off, and wants more than life offers now. Drawn together by their shared experiences at the Front, they...

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Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

Miss Austen

Gill Hornby

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"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...

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Under a wartime sky by Liz Trenow

Under a wartime sky

Liz Trenow

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"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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The conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby

The conviction of Cora Burns

Carolyn Kirby

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"Born in a gaol and raised in a workhouse, Cora Burns has always struggled to control the violence inside her. Haunted by memories of a terrible crime, she seeks a new life working as a servant in the house of scientist Thomas Jerwood. Here, Cora befriends...

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The exiles by Christina Baker Kline

The exiles

Christina Baker Kline

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London, England, 1840: Evangeline Stokes loses her position as a governess when she finds herself pregnant out of wedlock. After being accused of assault and of theft, she is committed to Newgate Prison, then to a prison ship bound for Australia. On board,...

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The secret guests by Benjamin Black

The secret guests

Benjamin Black

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It is 1940 and the bombs are falling thick and fast on London. The royal family must do all they can to assure the British public of their solidarity. But what of the two young princesses - Elizabeth and Margaret? How can they be kept safe without je...

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The way home by Kay Brellend

The way home

Kay Brellend

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North London, 1916. When Olivia Bone and Lieutenant Lucas Black share a passionate kiss one summer's evening, it seems as if their love might finally have a chance to bloom. But their brief happiness is cut short when Lucas is sent to fight on the front...

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A Cornish betrothal by Nicola Pryce

A Cornish betrothal

Nicola Pryce

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Cornwall, 1798. Eighteen months have passed since Midshipman Edmund Melville was declared missing, presumed dead, and Amelia Carew has fallen in love with a young physician, Luke Bohenna. But, on her birthday, Amelia suddenly receives a letter from ...

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A woman's promise by Anna Jacobs

A woman's promise

Anna Jacobs

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As the only female cabinet maker in the valley in 1935, Frankie Redfern is unusual. But she's content working for her father. When her husband falls gravely ill, Frankie's mother takes over, causing serious trouble for her daughter. Jericho Harte has...

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The Titanic sisters by Patricia Falvey

The Titanic sisters

Patricia Falvey

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Sisters Nora and Delia have been given the chance of a lifetime - to escape their poor Irish farm and travel on the TITANIC to a new life in America. Nora is to become a treasured governess for a rich family, while Delia has only a lowly maid's position....

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The exiles by Christina Baker Kline

The exiles

Christina Baker Kline

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"Seduced by her employer's son, Evangeline, a naive young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she...

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The last train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

The last train to Key West

Chanel Cleeton

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"In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys. For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler's legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the...

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The Paris hours by Alex George

The Paris hours

Alex George

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"One day in the City of Lights. One night in search of lost time. Paris between the wars teems with artists, writers, and musicians, a glittering crucible of genius. But amidst the dazzling creativity of the city's most famous citizens, four regular people...

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Katheryn Howard, the scandalous queen by Alison Weir

Katheryn Howard, the scandalous queen

Alison Weir

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"In the spring of 1540, Henry VIII, desperate to be rid of his queen, Anna of Kleve, first sets eyes on the enchanting Katheryn Howard. Although the king is now an ailing forty-nine-year-old measuring fifty-four inches around his waist, his amorous gaze...

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Red sky over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman

Red sky over Hawaii

Sara Ackerman

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"The attack on Pearl Harbor changes everything for Lana Hitchcock. Arriving home on the Big Island too late to reconcile with her estranged father, she is left alone to untangle the clues of his legacy, which lead to a secret property tucked away in the...

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The prisoner's wife by Maggie Brookes

The prisoner's wife

Maggie Brookes

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"Inspired by a true story, a daring deception plunges a courageous and desperate young woman deep into the horrors of a Nazi POW camp to be with the man she loves. Czechoslovakia, 1944. In the dead of night a farm girl and a British soldier creep thr...

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A place to call home by Evie Grace

A place to call home

Evie Grace

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East Kent, 1876: With doting parents and siblings she adores, sixteen-year-old Rose Cheevers leads a contented life at Willow Place in Canterbury. A bright future ahead of her, she dreams of following in her mother's footsteps and becoming a teacher....

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Christmas child by Carol Rivers

Christmas child

Carol Rivers

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London, 1880. A dying Irish girl clutching her new-born baby drags herself to the sanctuary of an East End orphanage. The nuns raise Ettie O'Reilly as their own and provide her with the love and education she might never have had. But the lives of the...

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A daughter's ruin by Kitty Neale

A daughter's ruin

Kitty Neale

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Seventeen-year-old Constance has had a prvileged 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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Christmas for the shop girls by Joanna Toye

Christmas for the shop girls

Joanna Toye

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For Lily Collins and her fellow shop girls at Marlow's Department store, another Christmas with ration books, shortages of goods and staff - not to mention a store coping with war damage - will be a real challenge. But the girls rally round and put t...

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Christmas for the district nurses by Annie Groves

Christmas for the district nurses

Annie Groves

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The East End of London has been devastated by the Blitz and the people are struggling to come to terms with their ravaged city. Rationing bites ever deeper and everything that makes life better is in short supply. For the district nurses, the challenges...

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The Dublin girls by Cathy Mansell

The Dublin girls

Cathy Mansell

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Dublin, 1950s: Nineteen-year-old Nell Flynn is training to be a nurse and planning to marry her boyfriend, Liam Connor, when her mother dies, leaving her younger sisters destitute. To save them from the workhouse, Nell returns to the family home - a mere...

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The surplus girls by Polly Heron

The surplus girls

Polly Heron

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"Manchester, 1922. Belinda Layton is a surplus girl. One of the many women whose dreams of marriage perished in the Great War, with the death of her beloved fiance Ben. After four years of mourning, she finally feels ready to face whatever her future...

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The bobby girls by Johanna Bell

The bobby girls

Johanna Bell

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"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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The orphan thief by Glynis Peters

The orphan thief

Glynis Peters

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"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 is determined to survive...

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A mother's ruin by Gracie Hart

A mother's ruin

Gracie Hart

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

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Pearl of pit lane by Glenda Young

Pearl of pit lane

Glenda Young

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When her mother dies in childbirth, Pearl Edwards is left in the care of her aunt, Annie Grafton. Annie loves Pearl like her own daughter but it isn't easy to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, so she supplements their meagre income by...

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Unyielding hope by Janette Oke

Unyielding hope

Janette Oke

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"Just as her adoptive father is leaving for an extended trip to his native Wales, a lawyer appears at the door to inform Lillian that she has inherited a small estate from her birth parents, and that the sister she had long believed dead is likely alive....

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Wartime for the shop girls by Joanna Toye

Wartime for the shop girls

Joanna Toye

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1942: As shortages of staff - and goods - begin to bite, young Lily Collins is nervously stepping up to sales junior at Marlow's department store. Bombs are still falling and Lily and fellow shop girls Gladys and Beryl need a stiff upper lip to wave....

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The tuppenny child by Glenda Young

The tuppenny child

Glenda Young

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Sadie Linthorpe is the talk of Ryhope when she arrives there, age seventeen, alone, seeking work and a home in the pit village. But Sadie is keeping a secret - she is searching for her baby girl, who was taken from her at birth a year ago and cruelly...

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Front line nurse by Rosie James

Front line nurse

Rosie James

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Angelina Green never knew her mother, who left her in a cardboard box by the East London docks on a freezing November night when she was a tiny baby. Saved by a local orphanage, she knows she owes her life to the kindness of others. And she's determined...

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An orphan's winter by Sheila Jeffries

An orphan's winter

Sheila Jeffries

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Almost a decade after being rescued from a shipwreck by a local Cornish family, sixteen-year-old Lottie is settled in St Ives with her adopted relations. But after a trip to America to meet her birth mother ends badly, Lottie fears her new life might...

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A daughter's promise by Lynette Rees

A daughter's promise

Lynette Rees

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London, 1888: Eighteen-year-old seamstress Kathryn Flynn lives in Whitechapel, London, struggling to support her widowed mother and younger siblings. But when her work starts drying up and her mother falls ill, she is forced to consider desperate mea...

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