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The second Mrs. Astor by Shana Abé

The second Mrs. Astor

Shana Abé

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"Madeleine Force is just 17 when she attracts the attention of Jack Astor. Madeleine is beautiful, intelligent, and solidly upper-class, but the Astors are in a league apart. Jack's mother was the Mrs. Astor, American royalty and New York's most formidable...

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The girl by the sea by Sheila Newberry

The girl by the sea

Sheila Newberry

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"1934. Following the death of her mother, twelve-year-old Tess Rainbow takes on the responsibility of caring for her family. When a plane crash-lands near their home on Romney Marsh, she meets the charming Moray Tann, a young pilot from Scotland, who turns out...

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The lost girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman

The lost girls of Willowbrook

Ellen Marie Wiseman

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"Sage Winters always knew her sister was a little different even though they were identical twins. They loved the same things and shared a deep understanding, but Rosemary - awake to every emotion, easily moved to joy or tears - seemed to need more protection...

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Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel

Kaikeyi

Vaishnavi Patel

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"'I was born on the full moon under an auspicious constellation, the holiest of positions-much good it did me.' So begins Kaikeyi's tale. The only daughter of the kingdom of Kekaya, she is raised on grand stories about the might and benevolence of the gods:...

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Finding friends on Beamer Street by Sheila Riley

Finding friends on Beamer Street

Sheila Riley

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Liverpool 1921. Pregnant, Mary Jane Starling's secret wedding to Paddy Redfern ends in disaster when her fiancé is murdered on the way to the church. Paddy's wayward twin 'Red' intercepts Mary Jane and warns that they must flee Ireland for fear of reprisals...

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The orphans of Berlin by Jina Bacarr

The orphans of Berlin

Jina Bacarr

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Berlin, 1936. The Landau family are at the heart of their community, running a music shop in Berlin and just trying to survive. But their lives are unravelling as Hitler's power increases and the treatment of Jewish families deteriorates. Eldest daughter,...

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The land girls of Goodwill House by Fenella-Jane Miller

The land girls of Goodwill House

Fenella-Jane Miller

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August 1940. As Autumn approaches, Lady Joanna Harcourt is preparing for new guests at Goodwill House - land girls, Sally, Daphne and Charlie. Sally, a feisty blonde from the East End, has never seen a cow before, but she's desperate to escape London and her...

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The German wife by Kelly Rimmer

The German wife

Kelly Rimmer

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"Berlin, Germany, 1930. When the Nazis rise to power, Jürgen Rhodes is offered a high-level position in their burgeoning rocket program. Jürgen and his wife Sofie fiercely oppose Hitler's radical views, and joining his ranks is unthinkable. Yet it soon becomes...

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The hat girl's heartbreak by Lindsey Hutchinson

The hat girl's heartbreak

Lindsey Hutchinson

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It's been five years since Ella Bancroft lost the love of her life, Harper Fortescue, and despite her friends' encouragement, she's still not been able to move on. The one thing keeping Ella smiling is the success of her hat shop, Ivella. Her beautiful designs...

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Titans of war by Wilbur A. author. Smith

Titans of war

Wilbur A. author. Smith

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For over fifty years Egypt has known nothing but war and devastation at the hands of the Hyksos, who continue to advance, crushing armies in their wake. Times are desperate, but throughout the conflict, a brave resistance fights on under the great Taita, a...

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A mother's Christmas wish by Glenda Young

A mother's Christmas wish

Glenda Young

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Following a scandalous affair, wayward Emma Devaney is sent in disgrace from her home in Ireland to Ryhope, where she will live with her widowed aunt, Bessie Brogan, and help run her pub. Bessie is kind but firm, and at first Emma rebels against her lack of...

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A daughter's war by Emma Hornby

A daughter's war

Emma Hornby

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For Renee Rushmore, the arrival of war brings some much-needed freedom. Her father rules the house with an iron fist and, lately, his attentions towards her have turned more sinister. Desperate to escape him, and with men leaving for battle in their droves,...

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Shipyard girls under the mistletoe by Nancy Revell

Shipyard girls under the mistletoe

Nancy Revell

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Sunderland, 1944. As the promise of victory draws closer, this Christmas will surely be one to remember. It should be a magical time for Dorothy, who has just been proposed to by her sweetheart Toby. But with each day that passes, Dorothy's feelings for...

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Courage for the Cornish girls by Betty Walker

Courage for the Cornish girls

Betty Walker

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Cornwall, 1942. Yearning for adventure, Demelza longs to join the fire wardens, and unexpected gunfire on Penzance Beach gives her an opportunity to get stuck in. On hand to help the wounded beachgoers, Lily's nursing skills draw admiration, and she's offered...

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The winter rose by Katie Flynn

The winter rose

Katie Flynn

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Liverpool, 1941. After German bombs shatter the life Cadi has built for herself in Liverpool, she is more determined than ever to sign up and do her bit. Joining the WAAF also means she is closer to her beau - until Jez is sent thousands of miles from home....

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A sixpence for Christmas by Gracie Hart

A sixpence for Christmas

Gracie Hart

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Meg just wants her family to be together at Christmas. But her mother's illness gets worse every day and her sister is off doing god knows what. So when Meg loses her job in the bakery she doesn't know how they'll cope. Luckily, she knows Frankie, the owner of...

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The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn

The Whalebone Theatre

Joanna Quinn

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"One blustery night in 1928, a whale washes up on the shores of the English Channel. By law, all whales belong to the King, but twelve-year-old Cristabel Seagrave has other plans. She and the rest of the household and their guests-her sister, Flossie (known...

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Shrines of gaiety by Kate Atkinson

Shrines of gaiety

Kate Atkinson

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"It's 1926, and in a country still recovering from the Great War, London has become the focus for a delirious new nightlife. In the clubs of Soho, peers of the realm rub shoulders with starlets, foreign dignitaries with gangsters, and girls sell dances for a...

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The codebreaker's secret by Sara Ackerman

The codebreaker's secret

Sara Ackerman

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"1943. As war in the Pacific rages on, Isabel Cooper and her codebreaker colleagues huddle in the dungeon at Station Hypo in Pearl Harbor, deciphering secrets plucked from the airwaves in a race to bring down the enemy. Isabel has only one wish: to avenge her...

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The teacher of Warsaw by Mario Escobar

The teacher of Warsaw

Mario Escobar

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"September 1, 1939. Sixty-year-old Janusz Korczak and the students and teachers at his Dom Sierot Jewish orphanage are outside enjoying a beautiful day in Warsaw. Hours later, their lives are altered forever when the Nazis invade. Suddenly treated as an...

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Where the sky begins by Rhys Bowen

Where the sky begins

Rhys Bowen

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"London, 1940. Bombs fall and Josie Banks's world crumbles around her. Her overbearing husband, Stan, is unreachable, called to service. Her home, a ruin of rubble and ash. Josie's beloved tearoom boss has been killed, and Josie herself is injured, with...

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Beneath the bending skies by Jane Kirkpatrick

Beneath the bending skies

Jane Kirkpatrick

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"1860s. Mollie Sheehan has spent much of her life striving to be a dutiful daughter and honor her father's wishes, even when doing so has led to one heartbreak after another. When romance blooms between her and Peter Ronan, Mollie finally allows herself to...

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A lady's guide to fortune-hunting by Sophie Irwin

A lady's guide to fortune-hunting

Sophie Irwin

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"Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. This is 1818 after all, and only men have the privilege of seeking their own riches. With only 12 weeks until the bailiffs call, launching herself into London society is the only...

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The physician's daughter by Martha Conway

The physician's daughter

Martha Conway

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"1865: the American Civil War has just ended, and 18-year old Vita Tenney is determined to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a country doctor like her father. But when her father tells her she must get married instead, Vita explores every means of escape -...

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Annie of Ainsworth's Mill by Katie Hutton

Annie of Ainsworth's Mill

Katie Hutton

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"It's 1897 and young Annie Maguire and her parents are leaving their farm in County Down. After moving to Comber and settling for a time, once again their lives are turned on their heads when Annie's mother dies and she and her father move on, this time to...

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The queen's governess by Tessa Arlen

The queen's governess

Tessa Arlen

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"Marion Crawford is just twenty-two years old when she becomes governess to the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose in 1931. As their beloved 'Crawfie', she is instantly confided in, trusted and immersed in the lives of the royal family. As World War...

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A wartime secret by Helen Yendall

A wartime secret

Helen Yendall

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"Maggie is offered an escape from bombed-out London when her new job takes her from the working-class East End to a stately home in the Cotswolds. She's nervous but determined to do her bit for the war effort - and away from the city's chaos, perhaps Maggie...

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The secret world of Connie Starr by Robbi Neal

The secret world of Connie Starr

Robbi Neal

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"Connie Starr was always a difficult child. Her mother knew as soon as Connie entered the world that day in Ballarat in 1934 and opened her lungs to scream, there was more chaos in the world than before and it wouldn't leave until Connie did. From the safety...

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The marriage portrait by Maggie O'Farrell

The marriage portrait

Maggie O'Farrell

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"Florence, the 1550s. Lucrezia, third daughter of the grand duke, is comfortable with her obscure place in the palazzo - free to wonder at its treasures, observe its clandestine workings and devote herself to her own artistic pursuits. But when her older...

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Long way home by Lynn N. Austin

Long way home

Lynn N. Austin

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"In this gripping portrait of war and its aftermath from bestselling author Lynn Austin, a young woman searches for the truth her childhood friend won't discuss after returning from World War II, revealing a story of courage, friendship, and faith. Peggy...

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A lady's guide to fortune-hunting by Sophie Irwin

A lady's guide to fortune-hunting

Sophie Irwin

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"Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. This is 1818 after all, and only men have the privilege of seeking their own riches. With just twelve weeks until Kitty and her sisters are made homeless, launching herself into...

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The silence of water by Sharron Booth

The silence of water

Sharron Booth

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When Fan's mum Agnes announces that the family is moving to Western Australia to take care of Agnes's father - a man they've never spoken of before now - Fan finds herself a stranger in a new town, living in a home whose currents and tensions she cannot read...

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A home from home by Rosie Hendry

A home from home

Rosie Hendry

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Norfolk, 1944. Poor Gracie wakes each morning worrying about whether she'll ever get to see her airman husband again. And Phylly is trying - and failing - to encourage Jimmy, an evacuee from London, to open up about his heartbreaking past. When they meet...

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A Christmas wish for the shipyard girls by Nancy Revell

A Christmas wish for the shipyard girls

Nancy Revell

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Sunderland, 1943. As Christmas approaches in the shipyards, everyone is hoping for a little magic... Helen would love to find the courage to tell the dashing Dr Parker of her true feelings for him. But how can she when he clearly has eyes for someone else?...

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The woman from Beaumont farm by AnneMarie Brear

The woman from Beaumont farm

AnneMarie Brear

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West Yorkshire, 1914. Newly married to Noah Jackson, Beth is happily content working on her family's market stall while Noah fulfils his dreams of being a teacher. When war erupts, Beth's peaceful life is shattered by events beyond her control. Noah enlists to...

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The biscuit factory girls at war by Elsie Mason

The biscuit factory girls at war

Elsie Mason

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Beryl was the first bride of the Farley clan, finding a home in the welcoming arms of eldest son Tony. But Beryl has never been able to forget the past she decided to run from. With Tony away fighting the Jerries alongside his brothers, it's up to Beryl and...

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The good time girls at war by Fiona (Journalist) author. Ford

The good time girls at war

Fiona (Journalist) author. Ford

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April 1940. Violet Millington is ready to rediscover the joy of living. As she waltzes into the palais, to begin her new life of boosting morale in war-swept London, she must leave her family's sorrow behind her. And soon she'll discover she's not the only one...

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Christmas with the Spitfire girls by Jenny Holmes

Christmas with the Spitfire girls

Jenny Holmes

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Yorkshire, 1944. The end of the war feels tantalisingly close, but Air Transport Auxiliary girls Bobbie, Viv and Mary have plenty more flights in their beloved Spitfires yet. Risking their lives doing their bit for their country, this Christmas they're...

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Christmas with the surplus girls by Polly Heron

Christmas with the surplus girls

Polly Heron

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"Manchester, 1922.: Nancy Pike is out of her depth. A pupil at the Miss Heskeths' school for surplus girls, she's blundering through her lessons and her job placements. Her only joy is getting to know the children at St Anthony's orphanage. And working for Mr...

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A family secret by Kitty Neale

A family secret

Kitty Neale

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"London, 1940. Winnie Berry is at the heart of the community in her pub, The Battersea Tavern. Her door is always open to those in need of a cup of tea and sympathy. Winnie's abusive husband has left and she finds herself foolishly falling in love with black...

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The aerialists by Katie Munnik

The aerialists

Katie Munnik

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"Paris, 1891. Laura is living on the streets, far from the American Prairies where she was born. When aerialists Ena and August Gaudron, believing Laura to be English, decide to rescue her, she soon finds herself ensconced in the family hot air balloon...

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Oleander City by Matt Bondurant

Oleander City

Matt Bondurant

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"In the wake of the 1900 Galveston hurricane, three lives converge despite persecution from the Ku Klux Klan, a bare-knuckle boxing match gone wrong, and the recovery efforts of the American Red Cross. Based on a true story. The hurricane of 1900, America's...

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Mrs. England by Stacey Halls

Mrs. England

Stacey Halls

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"West Yorkshire, 1904. When newly graduated nurse Ruby May takes a position looking after the children of Charles and Lilian England, a wealthy couple from a powerful dynasty of mill owners, she hopes it will be the fresh start she needs. But as she adapts to...

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Bloomsbury girls by Natalie Jenner

Bloomsbury girls

Natalie Jenner

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"Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare bookstore that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager's unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of...

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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 equality....

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A daughter's hope by Donna Douglas

A daughter's hope

Donna Douglas

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"Autumn, 1942. The Blitz has come to an end, but for many families, it's not over yet. As the residents of Jubilee Row begin to rebuild their lives, twins Sybil and Maudie Maguire decide to go off and do their bit by joining the WAAFs. But what starts off as a...

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Hannah's war by Shirley Mann

Hannah's war

Shirley Mann

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"It's 1942 and at nineteen years old Hannah Compton has the world at her feet. But with World War II raging, the country is in turmoil, and Hannah decides to do her bit for the War effort. Her beloved grandfather taught her to grow vegetables in his market...

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The Helsingør Sewing Club by Ella Gyland

The Helsingør Sewing Club

Ella Gyland

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"Elsinore, Denmark, 1943. In the midst of the German occupation during World War Two, Inger Bredhal joins the underground resistance and risks her life to save members of Denmark's Jewish community and help them escape to Sweden.Copenhagen, 2018. Inger's...

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The light we left behind by Tessa Harris

The light we left behind

Tessa Harris

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"England, 1943. When Madeline is sent a mysterious message telling her that she will be posted at Trent Park mansion, she can't help but wonder how she will be helping the war effort from a stately home. No sooner than she arrives, she signs the Official...

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The gypsy's daughter by Katie Hutton

The gypsy's daughter

Katie Hutton

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"Harmony 'Harry' Loveridge is growing up on a farm in post-war Kent. With a Gypsy for a father, she has had a somewhat unconventional, yet happy life. But Harry has always hoped for more. And with ambitions to go to university, and a scholarship in sight, it...

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The nurse's secret by Amanda Skenandore

The nurse's secret

Amanda Skenandore

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"Una Kelly has grown up to be a rough-and-tumble grifter, able to filch a pocketbook in five seconds flat. But when another con-woman pins her for a murder she didn't commit, Una is forced to flee. Running from the police, Una lies her way into an unlikely...

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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), wry and...

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The soldier's daughter by AnneMarie Brear

The soldier's daughter

AnneMarie Brear

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Yorkshire 1860. With the heat of their beloved India far behind them, Evie Davenport and her widowed British Army officer father, are starting a new life in England. But Evie is struggling. With her dearest mother gone, Yorkshire with its cold, damp...

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Hopes and dreams for the variety girls by Tracy Baines

Hopes and dreams for the variety girls

Tracy Baines

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Cleethorpes - September 1939. Struggling to keep their spirits up as the reality of war hits home and theatres are closed, friends Jessie Delaney and Frances O'Leary search for work to see them through until they can sing and dance again. Frances, once upon a...

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The book woman's daughter by Kim Michele Richardson

The book woman's daughter

Kim Michele Richardson

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"In the ruggedness of the beautiful Kentucky mountains, Honey Lovett has always known that the old ways can make a hard life harder. As the daughter of the famed blue-skinned, Troublesome Creek packhorse librarian, Honey and her family have been hiding from...

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Nurse Kitty's unforgettable journey by Maggie Campbell

Nurse Kitty's unforgettable journey

Maggie Campbell

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"It's 1949 and nurse Kitty Longthorne is still hard at work at Manchester's Park Hospital. The one-year-old NHS is inundated by the nation's sick and dying, made worse by a labour shortage. Now engaged, Kitty and James adore each other, but once they marry,...

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The lonely orphan by Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sharp

The lonely orphan

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

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"Thirteen-year-old Luke runs away to London, far away from the abusive orphanage where he grew up in northern England. Determined to prove he can survive on his own, Luke wanders the streets of pre-war London struggling to find honest employment and a scrap of...

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If I were you by Lynn N. Austin

If I were you

Lynn N. Austin

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"1950. In the wake of the war, Audrey Clarkson leaves her manor house in England for a fresh start in America with her young son. As a widowed war bride, Audrey needs the support of her American in-laws, whom she has never met. But she arrives to find that her...

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When the meadow blooms by Ann H. Gabhart

When the meadow blooms

Ann H. Gabhart

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"If any place on God's earth was designed to help one heal, it is Meadowland. Surely here, at her brother-in-law's Kentucky farm, Rose and her daughters can recover from the events of the recent past - the loss of her husband during the 1918 influenza...

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The magnificent lives of Marjorie Post by Allison Pataki

The magnificent lives of Marjorie Post

Allison Pataki

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"Mrs. Post, the President and First Lady are here to see you ... So begins another average evening for Marjorie Merriweather Post. Presidents have come and gone, but she has hosted them all. Growing up in the modest farmlands of Battle Creek, Michigan,...

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Sisters of night and fog by Erika Robuck

Sisters of night and fog

Erika Robuck

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"Two women, two countries. Nothing in common but a call to resist. 1940. In a world newly burning with war, and in spite of her American family's wishes, Virginia decides to stay in occupied France with her French husband. She's sure that if they keep their...

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The market stall girl by AnneMarie Brear

The market stall girl

AnneMarie Brear

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Yorkshire, 1913. Beth Beaumont enjoys her life as a rhubarb farmer's daughter. Although not thinking of marriage, when Beth meets village miner Noah Jackson, she is suddenly very aware that Noah is a man who could change her mind. But a disaster at the coal...

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The biscuit factory girls by Elsie Mason

The biscuit factory girls

Elsie Mason

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Newly married to dashing RAF officer Tom, Irene Farley leaves behind her safe countryside life to move in with his family by the docks in South Shields. But she is hardly prepared for the devastation the Jerry bombers have wreaked on the Sixteen Streets, or...

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Christmas with the shipyard girls by Nancy Revell

Christmas with the shipyard girls

Nancy Revell

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Sunderland, 1942. Christmas is fast approaching, and with it comes a flurry of snow and surprises... Against all odds, Polly's fiance has finally returned home from the front line. If they can keep things on an even keel, she might get the winter wedding she's...

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Steel girls on the home front by Michelle Rawlins

Steel girls on the home front

Michelle Rawlins

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Spring, 1940. As the war rages on, Vickers steelworks is busier than ever, which is proving tough for Nancy as she juggles working long hours and looking after two young children, all while waiting for her husband to return home safely. Betty is determined to...

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A wartime welcome at Rookery House by Rosie Hendry

A wartime welcome at Rookery House

Rosie Hendry

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October, 1940. When VAD nurse Evie narrowly escapes being killed in an air raid during the London Blitz, it propels her to make a life-changing decision to break free of her troubled and unhappy life. She escapes to the Norfolk countryside to start afresh,...

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A daughter's destiny by Rosie Goodwin

A daughter's destiny

Rosie Goodwin

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Warwickshire, 1875. Emerald Pritchard has lived a privileged life with her parents and her younger sister Abigail in the stately Astley House on the outskirts of Nuneaton. But all that suddenly changes when her father disappears, leaving the family in debt....

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A valley wedding by Anna Jacobs

A valley wedding

Anna Jacobs

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Lancashire, 1936. With her son Gabriel finally married, and her youngest following his dreams of becoming a doctor, Gwynneth Harte finds herself with an empty nest - until a fire forces her to move in with Gabriel and his wife Maisie at their home on Daisy...

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Wartime friends by Margaret Dickinson

Wartime friends

Margaret Dickinson

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In 1940s coastal Lincolnshire, Carolyn Holmes is keen to do what she can for the war effort. Raised on the family farm, she is prevented by her mother Lilian from going to secretarial college after leaving the local grammar school - although nothing is too...

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The Stockport girls by Lilly Robbins

The Stockport girls

Lilly Robbins

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Stockport, 1944. Alice seems to have it all, but the truth is her marriage isn't as solid as it seems. Busy running her husband's family shop while he's at war, everything changes when she meets handsome Louis, fresh in from Guernsey with young evacuee twins...

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Triumph of the shipyard girls by Nancy Revell

Triumph of the shipyard girls

Nancy Revell

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Sunderland, 1943. With the future of Britain uncertain, the shipyard girls fight to keep their lives on an even keel. Head welder Rosie is just about managing to keep her double life hidden from little sister Charlotte's prying eyes. But Charlotte senses...

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Duty calls at Goodwill House by Fenella-Jane Miller

Duty calls at Goodwill House

Fenella-Jane Miller

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July 1940. With Hitler's bombs getting closer, WAAF Diane Forsyth is determined to face the oncoming danger and do her duty to support the brave RAF pilots who risk their lives as they take to the skies. And there's one pilot in particular Di hopes remains...

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Welcome to Weaver Street by Chrissie Walsh

Welcome to Weaver Street

Chrissie Walsh

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Kitty and Tom Conlon arrive in Liverpool in July 1916 to claim the house Tom's great-uncle has bequeathed him in his will. The move to England couldn't have come at a better time. Dublin is in turmoil following the Easter Uprising and Kitty's brother is now in...

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A mother's shame by Rosie Clarke

A mother's shame

Rosie Clarke

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Maggie Bailey has not had an easy childhood. Her father, Michael, always too easy with his fists after spending the family's rent money down the pub. Just sixteen, in love and blinded by promises, Maggie sees marriage to handsome Jack as her great escape....

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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 sisters:...

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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 Beach...

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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 brother...

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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 lies...

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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 marrying...

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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 starvation....

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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. In...

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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 makes a...

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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 almost...

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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 finding a...

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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, romantic...

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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 chronicles...

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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 ailing...

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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 instructing...

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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 channels...

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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 live in...

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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: her...

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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 a war...

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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 among...

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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 is...

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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 - the...

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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 scullery...

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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 clipping...

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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 the...

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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 mother's...

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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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