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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Confessions to Mr. Roosevelt by Marilyn J. Holt

Confessions to Mr. Roosevelt

Marilyn J. Holt

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"Historian Holt (Children of the Western Plains) makes her fiction debut with a not especially exciting but pleasant mystery set in 1936. With jobs so desperately scarce, would-be writer Ellen Hartley is pleased to be hired by the Federal Writers' Project...

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The glass woman by Caroline Lea

The glass woman

Caroline Lea

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"1686, Iceland. An isolated, windswept land haunted by witch trials and steeped in the ancient sagas ... Betrothed unexpectedly to Jón Eiríksson, Rósa is sent to join her new husband in the remote village of Stykkishólmur. Here, the villagers are wary...

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The sweetest fruits by Monique T. D. Truong

The sweetest fruits

Monique T. D. Truong

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"A Greek woman tells of how she willed herself out of her father's cloistered house, married an Irish officer in the British Army, and came to Ireland with her two-year-old son in 1852, only to be forced to leave without him soon after. An African Am...

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Serving up love

Serving up love

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

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A thimbleful of hope by Evie Grace

A thimbleful of hope

Evie Grace

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Dover, 1864: Violet Rayfield leads a happy life with her family in a beautiful terrace on Camden Crescent. But Violet's seemingly perfect world is shattered when her father makes a decision that costs her family everything. Now Violet must sacrifice all...

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The poor relation by Susanna Bavin

The poor relation

Susanna Bavin

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Manchester, 1908. Attractive, intelligent Mary Maitland is furious to learn that her pompous boss will never promote her, simply because she is a woman. Despite financial support from her family, Mary is determined to strike out on her own and earn a...

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The lost daughter by Sylvia Broady

The lost daughter

Sylvia Broady

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Hull, 1930. A terrified woman runs through the dark, rain-lashed streets pursued by a man, desperate to reach the sanctuary of the local police station. Alice Goddard runs with one thing in mind: her daughter. In her panic she is hit by a car and rushed...

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Courage of the shipyard girls by Nancy Revell

Courage of the shipyard girls

Nancy Revell

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Sunderland, 1942: Polly's heart and her future are hanging in the balance... Polly's sweetheart Tommy has been declared missing while serving overseas, and although there is no certainty that he is dead, there is no guarantee that he will return home....

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The soldier's return by Rosie Meddon

The soldier's return

Rosie Meddon

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Kate Channer is settled in London, helping her half-sister Naomi as housekeeper while the Great War rages on. When Naomi's brother Ned is sent home seriously injured, it's up to Kate to manage the household as well as Ned's rehabilitation. But with the...

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The widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

The widow of Rose House

Diana Biller

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"It's 1875, and Alva Webster has perfected her stiff upper lip after three years of being pilloried in the presses of two continents over fleeing her abusive husband. Now his sudden death allows her to return to New York to make a fresh start, restor...

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The other Windsor girl by Georgie Blalock

The other Windsor girl

Georgie Blalock

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"Diana, Catherine, Meghan … glamorous Princess Margaret outdid them all. Springing into post-World War II society, and quite naughty and haughty, she lived in a whirlwind of fame and notoriety. Georgie Blalock captures the fascinating, fast-living princess...

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The Crown agent by Stephen O’Rourke

The Crown agent

Stephen O’Rourke

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"In 1829, disillusioned young doctor, Mungo Lyon, is recruited by the Crown to investigate a mysterious murder and shipwreck off the coast of Scotland. His adventures lead him on a pursuit across the Scottish countryside, to kidnap and treason, an un...

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A Liverpool girl by Elizabeth (Actor) Morton

A Liverpool girl

Elizabeth (Actor) Morton

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"Her father is dead and her mother doesn't want her ... When Babby's dad is killed in a senseless bar room brawl it changes their family forever. She is sent away only to return home a few years later, unmarried and pregnant. Her mother is incandescent...

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When midnight comes by Beryl Matthews

When midnight comes

Beryl Matthews

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"1856. Christine Banner is alone after her father's death. Determined to make her own way in the world, she stumbles onto an estate in the New Forest where she finds work that she loves. However, when the future looks uncertain, Christine's skill at ...

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The silken rose by Carol McGrath

The silken rose

Carol McGrath

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"1236. Beautiful Ailenor of Provence, cultured and intelligent, is only thirteen when she marries Henry III. Aware of the desperate importance of providing heirs to secure the throne from those who would snatch it away, she is ruthless in her dealings...

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A single thread by Tracy Chevalier

A single thread

Tracy Chevalier

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"Violet Speedwell, mourning for both her fiancé and her brother and regarded by society as a ‘surplus woman’ unlikely to marry, resolves to escape her suffocating mother and strike out alone. A new life awaits her in Winchester. Yes, it is one of dra...

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A hope at the end of the world by Sarah Lark

A hope at the end of the world

Sarah Lark

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In the chaos of World War II, having lost everything, Polish teenagers Helena and Luzyna Grabowski are shipped to a refugee camp in Persia. When they hear that orphans are being selected for relocation to New Zealand, Helena is filled with hope - until...

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The librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

The librarian of Auschwitz

Antonio Iturbe

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Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken along with her mother and father from the Terezin ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Fredy Hirsch...

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Victory for the shipyard girls by Nancy Revell

Victory for the shipyard girls

Nancy Revell

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Sunderland, 1942. With the war showing no sign of abating, Helen is thriving in her role as shipyard manager. But at home the return of her father brings a shocking discovery that tears her family apart. Meanwhile Gloria is shouldering the burden of a...

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A precious gift by Rosie Goodwin

A precious gift

Rosie Goodwin

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Nuneaton, 1911. When Holly Farthing's overbearing grandfather tries to force her to marry a dowdy widower twice her age she finally says no. As he refuses to support her any longer, Holly flees to London, bringing her best friend and maid, Ivy, with her....

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Emmerdale at war by Pamela Bell

Emmerdale at war

Pamela Bell

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Can the nation's favourite village make peace with each other? It is a must for fans of ITV's Emmerdale, and readers who love heart-warming and heart-breaking stories set during wartime. Pamela Bell's book transports us to the Yorkshire Dales in the midst...

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The ha'penny place by Gemma Jackson

The ha'penny place

Gemma Jackson

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Ivy Rose Murphy has come up in the world. She still begs for discards from the homes of the wealthy which lie only a stone's throw from The Lane, the poverty-ridden tenements where she lives. These discards she repairs and sells around the Dublin markets....

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Wedding bells for Land Girls by Jenny Holmes

Wedding bells for Land Girls

Jenny Holmes

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Summer 1942. Britain is in the depths of war and the Women's Land Army is hard at work looking after the farms while the men are away fighting. For Yorkshire Land Girls and firm friends Grace, Brenda and Una, romance in wartime comes with a host of c...

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Out of darkness, shining light by Petina Gappah

Out of darkness, shining light

Petina Gappah

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"'This is how we carried out of Africa the poor broken body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, David Livingstone, so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own land.' So begins Petina Gappah's powerful novel of exploration and adventure in....

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On swift horses by Shannon Pufahl

On swift horses

Shannon Pufahl

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"Muriel, newly married and newly orphaned, works as a waitress in a San Diego diner. As she pours coffee and empties ashtrays, she eavesdrops on her customers, the ex-jockeys and trainers of the Del Mar racetrack. When she begins, secretly, to bet on...

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Cilka's journey by Heather (Screenwriter) Morris

Cilka's journey

Heather (Screenwriter) Morris

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"Her beauty saved her life and condemned her. Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from...

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The giver of stars by Jojo Moyes

The giver of stars

Jojo Moyes

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"Alice Wright has travelled halfway across the world to escape her stifling life in England. Handsome American businessman Bennett Van Cleve represents a fresh start. But she soon realises that swapping the twitching curtains of suburbia for newlywed...

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The sisters of Summit Avenue by Lynn Cullen

The sisters of Summit Avenue

Lynn Cullen

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"Ruth has been single-handedly raising four young daughters and running her family's Indiana farm for eight long years, ever since her husband, John, fell into a comatose state, infected by the infamous "sleeping sickness" devastating families across...

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The healer's daughter by Charlotte Hinger

The healer's daughter

Charlotte Hinger

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"Bethany Herbert, daughter of a legendary healer, leaves the South for the new black community of Nicodemus, Kansas. Despite the hardships, the community comes to love the prairie. Bethany's mother, Queen Bess, comes to Nicodemus, as does the handsome...

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When silence sings by Sarah Loudin Thomas

When silence sings

Sarah Loudin Thomas

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"Colman Harpe works for the C&O in the Appalachian rail town of Thurmond, West Virginia, but he'd rather be a preacher and lead his own congregation. When a member of the rival McLean clan guns down his cousin and the clan matriarch, Serepta McLean, taunts...

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Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

Moloka'i

Alan Brennert

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"Young Rachel Kalama, growing up in idyllic Honolulu in the 1890s, is part of a big, loving Hawaiian family, and dreams of seeing the far-off lands that her father, a merchant seaman, often visits. But at the age of seven, Rachel and her dreams are s...

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Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict

Lady Clementine

Marie Benedict

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"New from Marie Benedict, the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room! An incredible novel that focuses on one of the people who had the most influence during World War I and World War II: Clementine Churchill. In 1909, Clementine...

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Call upon the water by S. K. Tillyard

Call upon the water

S. K. Tillyard

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"In 1649, Jan Brunt arrives in Great Britain from the Netherlands to work on draining and developing an expanse of wetlands known as the Great Level. Here he meets Eliza, a local woman whose love overturns his ordered vision. Determined to help her t...

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A long petal of the sea by Isabel Allende

A long petal of the sea

Isabel Allende

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"In the late 1930s, civil war gripped Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a...

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The world that we knew by Alice Hoffman

The world that we knew

Alice Hoffman

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"In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but its his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she...

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The daughters of Ironbridge by Mollie Walton

The daughters of Ironbridge

Mollie Walton

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"Together can they overcome hardship, poverty and disaster? Anny Woodvine's family has worked at the ironworks for as long as she can remember. The brightest child in her road and the first in her family to learn to read, Anny has big dreams. The moment...

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The runaway daughter by Joanna Rees

The runaway daughter

Joanna Rees

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

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The missing sister by Dinah Jefferies

The missing sister

Dinah Jefferies

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"Belle Hatton is a beautiful young girl living in Gloucestershire, who's never been further East than Paris. But when her father dies, she finds a mysterious newspaper clipping from Burma, 1911 buried among his belongings - a clipping that says the H...

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Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas

Damascus

Christos Tsiolkas

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"'They kill us, they crucify us, they throw us to beasts in the arena, they sew our lips together and watch us starve. They bugger children in front of fathers and violate men before the eyes of their wives. The temple priests flay us openly in the streets...

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The love that I have by James Moloney

The love that I have

James Moloney

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Margot Baumann has left school to work in the mailroom of a large prison. But this is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin. Margot is shielded from the camp's brutality, as she has no contact with the prisoners....

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Copsi Castle by Norah Lofts

Copsi Castle

Norah Lofts

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1836: Copsi Castle, handed down from father to son since the time of William the Conqueror, now belongs to Sir Harald Copsey, a kindly gentleman who adores his home. But Magnus, his only son and heir, is cut from a different bolt of cloth. Harald has...

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A mother's love by Katie Flynn

A mother's love

Katie Flynn

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Liverpool, 1940. There comes a moment in every child's life when they must learn to stand on their own two feet. For 15-year-old Ellie Lancton, that time has come all too soon. The death of her mother and the increase in air raids leaves Ellie alone and...

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Aurora's pride by AnneMarie Brear

Aurora's pride

AnneMarie Brear

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Aurora Pettigrew has a loving family, a nice home, a comfortable life. She's waiting for the right man to offer marriage, and the man for her is Reid Sinclair, heir to the Sinclair fortune. But Reid's mother is against the match and unearths a secret...

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A lucky sixpence by Anne Baker

A lucky sixpence

Anne Baker

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It's 1937 and for sisters Lizzie and Milly Travis there's nothing quite like the thrill of the funfair at New Brighton. Amid the bright lights and whirling rides, Lizzie wins a lucky sixpence on a stall - as well as the heart of a handsome stallholder....

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Snow on the cobbles by Maggie Sullivan

Snow on the cobbles

Maggie Sullivan

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When Lizzie moves with her mother and her brothers to No. 9 Coronation Street at the end of the Second World War, it's a new start for all of them after the losses and heartache they've endured. Things look up for Lizzie when she lands a job as a barmaid...

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A wife's war by Rosie Meddon

A wife's war

Rosie Meddon

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Kate Channer thought married life was going to be a grand adventure. But when Luke ships off for war before the echoes of their vows have ended, she's left behind, desperate to do something to make a difference and help bring him home. Yet life in Devon...

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The last warrior by W. Michael Farmer

The last warrior

W. Michael Farmer

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"The Last Warrior, The Life and Times of Yellow Boy, Mescalero Apache, Book 3, continues the powerful story of the Mescalero Apaches fighting for tribal survival against determined ignorance from autocratic government overseers, countering attacks from...

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The secret wife of Aaron Burr by Susan Holloway Scott

The secret wife of Aaron Burr

Susan Holloway Scott

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"Aaron Burr was a hero of the Revolution, a brilliant politician, lawyer, and very nearly president; a skillful survivor in a raw new country filled with constantly shifting loyalties. But there were dark whispers about him: that he was untrustworthy,...

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The devil's slave by Tracy Borman

The devil's slave

Tracy Borman

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"In this powerful follow-up to The King's Witch, the Gorges family remains under threat from King James and his circle. Any hint of association with the members of the Gunpowder Plot will lead to mortal danger, but old loyalties - and loves - will not...

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The clergyman's wife by Molly Greeley

The clergyman's wife

Molly Greeley

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"Charlotte Collins, nee Lucas, is the respectable wife of Hunsford's vicar, and sees to her duties by rote: keeping house, caring for their adorable daughter, visiting parishioners, and patiently tolerating the lectures of her awkward husband and his...

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The ventriloquists by E. R. Ramzipoor

The ventriloquists

E. R. Ramzipoor

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"Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country's most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene's world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws...

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Entertaining Mr Pepys by Deborah Swift

Entertaining Mr Pepys

Deborah Swift

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"London, 1666. Elizabeth 'Bird' Carpenter has a wonderful singing voice, and music is her passion. When her father persuades her to marry horse dealer Christopher Knepp, she suspects she is marrying beneath her station, but nothing prepares her for the...

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The girl from the corner shop by Alrene Hughes

The girl from the corner shop

Alrene Hughes

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

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A wedding at Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke

A wedding at Mulberry Lane

Rosie Clarke

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"Maureen Jackson knew life as a trainee nurse wouldn't be easy, but she didn't expect her hospital to be badly bombed on her first shift. Plus Maureen still has her family and friends in Mulberry Lane to keep her busy - she's needed as much there as she...

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The runaway family by Diney Costeloe

The runaway family

Diney Costeloe

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"Germany 1937: Fear and betrayal stalk the streets. People disappear. Persecution of the Jews has become a national pastime. When Ruth Friedman's husband is arrested by the SS, she is left to fend for herself and her four children. She alone stands as...

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Pink chimneys by Ardeana Hamlin Knowles

Pink chimneys

Ardeana Hamlin Knowles

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"Pink Chimneys is "a gentlemen's club, a place for men to conduct business and entertain their associates." Such is the delicate description of the classiest brothel in 19th-century Bangor, Maine. It is also the title of this enjoyable novel about th...

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The Lily of the West by Kathleen Morris

The Lily of the West

Kathleen Morris

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"The Lily of the West is the story of Mary Katherine Haroney, known as the notorious "Big Nose Kate." In the American West of the 1800s, women had few choices, but Kate made her own way. A Hungarian immigrant, Kate forged her way across the American ...

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The undertaker's assistant by Amanda Skenandore

The undertaker's assistant

Amanda Skenandore

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"Set during Reconstruction-era New Orleans, this new work from the acclaimed author of Between Earth and Sky is a powerful story of human resilience--and of the unlikely bonds that hold fast even in our darkest moments. "The dead can't hurt you--only...

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The women of the copper country by Mary Doria Russell

The women of the copper country

Mary Doria Russell

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"In July 1913, twenty-five-year-old Annie Clements had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. She's spent her whole life in the coal-mining town of Calumet, Michigan where men risk their lives for meager salaries--and had barely enough to...

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Until the mountains fall by Connilyn Cossette

Until the mountains fall

Connilyn Cossette

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"Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband's brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh's head priest,...

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The second sleep by Robert Harris

The second sleep

Robert Harris

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"1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artifacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect....

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Spy by Danielle Steel

Spy

Danielle Steel

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"At eighteen, Alexandra Wickham is presented to King George V and Queen Mary in an exquisite white lace and satin dress her mother has ordered from Paris. With her delicate blond looks, she is a stunning beauty who seems destined for a privileged life....

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Band of gold by Deborah Challinor

Band of gold

Deborah Challinor

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When dashing Irish sea captain and part-time gunrunner Rian Farrell spontaneously buys the deed to a claim at Ballarat, where reef gold has recently been discovered underground, his wife Kitty is dismayed. Not only is mining dangerous work for the crew,...

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The familiars by Stacey Halls

The familiars

Stacey Halls

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County of Lancaster, 1612: Fleetwood Shuttleworth is seventeen years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as mistress of Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds...

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Venetia by Georgette Heyer

Venetia

Georgette Heyer

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Twenty-five-year-old Venetia Lanyon's beauty is rivalled only by her practicality. Having grown up secluded and protected from the world, she is resigned to a peaceful spinsterhood attending to the responsibilities of running a Yorkshire estate and p...

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Nettie's secret by Dilly Court

Nettie's secret

Dilly Court

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London, 1875. Thanks to her hapless father, Nettie Carroll has had to grow up quickly. While Nettie is sewing night and day to keep food on the table, her gullible father has trusted the wrong man again. Left with virtually nothing but the clothes they...

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The Liverpool Nightingales by Kate Eastham

The Liverpool Nightingales

Kate Eastham

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Liverpool, 1870. In the dirty backstreets, housemaid Maud Linklater witnesses an appalling accident. Rushing young chimney sweep Alfred to hospital, she helps nurse the boy on the overcrowded ward - and finds herself with a new job. Maud cannot believe...

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Shipyard girls in love by Nancy Revell

Shipyard girls in love

Nancy Revell

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Sunderland, 1941. With a brief break in air raids providing some much-needed respite from the war, things are looking up for head welder Rosie, who has fallen head over heels for Detective Sergeant Miller. But how long can their romance last in such ...

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The sewing room girl by Susanna Bavin

The sewing room girl

Susanna Bavin

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1892. After her beloved father dies, young Juliet Harper and her mother, Agnes, are left to fend for themselves. When Agnes lands a job as a live-in seamstress with a well-to-do family on the Lancashire moors, things begin to look up. But their new life...

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The telephone girls by Jenny Holmes

The telephone girls

Jenny Holmes

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1936. West Yorkshire is home to a gleaming, brand-new telephone exchange where Cynthia, Norma and Millicent work the complicated electrical switchboards. They relish the independence and friendship their jobs have given them. But when a colleague connects...

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Mr Peacock's possessions by Lydia Syson

Mr Peacock's possessions

Lydia Syson

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"Oceania, 1879. A family of settlers from New Zealand are the sole inhabitants of a remote volcanic island. For two years they have struggled with the harsh reality of trying to make this unforgiving place a paradise they can call their own. At last,...

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A sister's struggle by Mary (Romantic fiction writer) Gibson

A sister's struggle

Mary (Romantic fiction writer) Gibs...

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"London, 1935. Working at the Crosse & Blackwell's food factory, Ruby Scully is trying hard to live a good life. She goes to church, puts food on the table for her younger brothers and turns a blind eye to her father's questionable money-making schemes....

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Ten Bells Street at war by Mary Collins

Ten Bells Street at war

Mary Collins

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"The East End of London, 1940. Life is tough for the Ten Bells Street girls. Best friends from childhood, the three of them now find themselves scattered across London, bearing the weight of war apart. Exiled from the East End, Rose has created a new...

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One more river to cross by Jane Kirkpatrick

One more river to cross

Jane Kirkpatrick

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"In 1844, two years before the Donner Party, the Stevens-Murphy company left Missouri to be the first wagons into California through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mostly Irish Catholics, the party sought religious freedom and education in the mission-...

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We'll meet again by Melody Carlson

We'll meet again

Melody Carlson

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"Now in its third year, World War II still rages, taking its toll on everyone. On the home-front, the Mulligans continue to face war-related challenges ... and patience wears thin. Margaret is pulled in various directions as she attempts to care for ...

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The beantown girls by Jane (Freelance journalist) Healey

The beantown girls

Jane (Freelance journalist) Healey

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"1944: Fiona Denning has her entire future planned out. She'll work in city hall, marry her fiancé when he returns from the war, and settle down in the Boston suburbs. But when her fiancé is reported missing after being shot down in Germany, Fiona's ...

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Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

Tidelands

Philippa Gregory

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"Midsummer's Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands - the marshy landscape of the south coast. Alinor, a descendant...

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The flight girls by Noelle Salazar

The flight girls

Noelle Salazar

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"1941. Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly. It’s why she implored her father to teach her at the little airfield back home in Texas. It’s why she signed up to train military pilots in Hawaii when the war in Europe began. And it’s why she insists...

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King's shadow by Angela Elwell Hunt

King's shadow

Angela Elwell Hunt

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"Two women occupy a place in Herod's court. The first, Salome, is the king's only sister, a resentful woman who has been told she is from an inferior race, a people God will never accept or approve. The second woman, Zara, is a lowly handmaid who ser...

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The medallion by Cathy Gohlke

The medallion

Cathy Gohlke

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"An illuminating tale of courage, sacrifice, and survival, about two couples whose lives are ravaged by Hitler's mad war yet eventually redeemed through the fate of one little girl. Seemingly overnight, the German blitzkrieg of Warsaw in 1939 turns its...

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A bend in the stars by Rachel Barenbaum

A bend in the stars

Rachel Barenbaum

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"In Russia, in the summer of 1914, as war with Germany looms and the Czar's army tightens its grip on the local Jewish community, Miri Abramov and her brilliant physicist brother, Vanya, are facing an impossible decision. Since their parents drowned fleeing...

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Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe

Madeline Miller

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"In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, ...

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The Cane Creek Regulators by Johnny D. Boggs

The Cane Creek Regulators

Johnny D. Boggs

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"The South Carolina back country is no place for a young girl to grow up in the 1760s but sixteen-year-old Emily Stewart wouldn't have it any other way because she loves the settlement of Ninety Six where her father Breck Stewart runs a tavern with his...

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A hope at the end of the world by Sarah Lark

A hope at the end of the world

Sarah Lark

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"In the chaos of World War II, Polish teenagers Helena and Luzyna Grabowski have lost everything. Without parents or a home, they are shipped to a refugee camp in Persia, where the days ahead hold only darkness. When they hear that orphans are being ...

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The long flight home by Alan Hlad

The long flight home

Alan Hlad

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

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Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor

Shadowplay

Joseph O'Connor

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"1878: The Lyceum Theatre, London. Three extraordinary people begin their life together, a life that will be full of drama, transformation, passionate and painful devotion to art and to one another. Henry Irving, the Chief, is the volcanic leading man...

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The Verdun affair by Nick Dybek

The Verdun affair

Nick Dybek

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"A sweeping, romantic, and profoundly moving novel, set in Europe in the aftermath of World War I and Los Angeles in the 1950s, about a lonely young man, a beautiful widow, and the amnesiac soldier whose puzzling case binds them together even as it tears...

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Stanley and Elsie by Nicola Upson

Stanley and Elsie

Nicola Upson

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"The First World War is over, and in a quiet Hampshire village, artist Stanley Spencer is working on the commission of a lifetime, painting an entire chapel in memory of a life lost in the war to end all wars. Combining his own traumatic experiences ...

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Sarah's story by Lynne (Novelist) Francis

Sarah's story

Lynne (Novelist) Francis

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"Sarah dreams of a more exciting life ... but will she get more than she bargained for? Living in a small Yorkshire village with just her grandmother for company, Sarah is lonely - and she longs to be reunited with her mother and sisters in Manchester....

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Summer at Mount Hope by Rosalie Ham

Summer at Mount Hope

Rosalie Ham

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Rural Australia, 1894: Phoeba Crupp lives with her squabbling parents and younger sister Lilith on a small farm. Her father is an eccentric ex-accountant who moved his family from the city in order to establish a vineyard, a decision her mother bitte...

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A Christmas railway mystery by Edward Marston

A Christmas railway mystery

Edward Marston

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December, 1860: The morning shift at the Swindon Locomotive Works is about to begin, and an army of men is pouring out of the nearby terraced houses built by the GWR. Frank Rodman should have been among them, but he is destined for the grave sooner than...

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The lighthouse keeper's daughter by Hazel Gaynor

The lighthouse keeper's daughter

Hazel Gaynor

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1938: When nineteen-year-old Matilda Emmerson steps from the pier at Cobh onto the TSS CALIFORNIA headed across the Atlantic to New York, she faces an uncertain future. Sent away from Ireland in disgrace, she must stay with her reclusive relative, Ha...

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With hope and love by Ellie Dean

With hope and love

Ellie Dean

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The war in Europe is over, but for the residents of Beach View Boarding House its effects are still far reaching. Cockney evacuee Ivy and her sweetheart Andy are saving to get married and return to London. But when her sister and parents succumb to one...

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A Christmas gift by Katie Flynn

A Christmas gift

Katie Flynn

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Liverpool, 1939: Sixteen-year-old Lizzy Atherton is forced to flee her violent step-father in the middle of the night, and finds herself stranded on a station platform completely alone. Desperate to know what has become of her beloved mother, who she...

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We'll meet again by Rosie Archer

We'll meet again

Rosie Archer

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Gosport, 1941. The Bluebird Girls - Rainey Bird, Bea Herron and Ivy Sparrow - are on their way to stardom. From working men's clubs to the glamour of the Savoy Hotel, fame and fortune beckon as the south coast's favourite singing trio work their way into...

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Fatal inheritance by Rachel Rhys

Fatal inheritance

Rachel Rhys

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"London, 1948: Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless marriage, in a gloomy house, in a grey suburb. Out of the blue, she receives a solicitor's letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mystery inheritance, but in order to find out more, she must travel...

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Ribbons of scarlet

Ribbons of scarlet

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"Six best-selling and award-winning authors bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers - six unforgettable women whose paths cross during...

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What comes my way by Tracie Peterson

What comes my way

Tracie Peterson

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"1902. Ella Fleming is on the run from her past and the secrets that could tear her family apart. As a member of the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, a wild west show comprised of all-female performers, her uncanny talent for trick riding impresses...

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The book woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

The book woman of Troublesome Creek

Kim Michele Richardson

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"The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything -- everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. Cussy's not...

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The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane (Freelance journalist) Healey

The Saturday Evening Girls Club

Jane (Freelance journalist) Healey

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"For the young women living in Boston's North End in 1908, the Saturday Evening Girls Club is an escape from the drudgery of daily life. For Caprice, Ada, Maria and Thea, it's the one time each week the friends can be together. They support each other's...

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