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Large print historical fiction new titles

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Browse our collection of the latest historical fiction in large print. This list updates when we add new titles to our collection.
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Lost roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Lost roses

Martha Hall Kelly

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"It is 1914, and New York socialite Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and now Eliza is embarking on the trip of a lifetime to see th...

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A silken thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

A silken thread

Kim Vogel Sawyer

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"Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and "take care of Mama" by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the...

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The last year of the war by Susan Meissner

The last year of the war

Susan Meissner

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"Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa 14-year-old in 1943 - aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal US resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an ...

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A tender hope by Amanda Cabot

A tender hope

Amanda Cabot

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"As far as Thea Michener is concerned, it's time for a change. With her husband murdered and her much-anticipated baby stillborn, there is nothing left for her in Ladreville. Having accepted a position as Cimarron Creek's midwife, she has no intention...

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The parting glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino

The parting glass

Gina Marie Guadagnino

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"By day, Mary Ballard is lady's maid to Charlotte Walden, wealthy and accomplished belle of New York City high society. Mary loves Charlotte with an obsessive passion that goes beyond a servant's devotion, but Charlotte would never trust Mary again if...

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That Churchill woman by Stephanie Barron

That Churchill woman

Stephanie Barron

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"The Paris Wife meets PBS's Victoria in this enthralling novel of the life and loves of one of history's most remarkable women: Winston Churchill's scandalous American mother, Jennie Jerome. Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Je...

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Elsewhere by Ken McCoy

Elsewhere

Ken McCoy

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Eleven-year-old Billy Clegg and his big sister Peggy disappear from their home in Leeds after a suspicious fire in a local mill. The owner says the children caused it by lighting fireworks on Mischief Night. Their widowed mother Betty, badly injured in...

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Lizzie Flowers and the family firm by Carol Rivers

Lizzie Flowers and the family firm

Carol Rivers

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1934: Lizzie Flowers has been mother and protector to her East End family, the Allens of Langley Street, since she was fifteen. Even when her doomed marriage to Frank Flowers collapses, she sacrifices her own happiness to keep the family united. But ...

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The summer maiden by Dilly Court

The summer maiden

Dilly Court

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Wapping, London, 1873. When Carrie Manning's father dies unexpectedly, her family is plunged into mourning. The curtains are drawn, the clocks stopped and with an increasing feeling of dread, Carrie learns that the family's fortunes have floundered. A...

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The child left behind by Gracie Hart

The child left behind

Gracie Hart

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Victoria Wild is only four years old but already knows about heartbreak, having been abandoned by her unwed mother when she was only a baby. Luckily her Aunt Eliza was there to take her in but times are still hard on Pit Lane and while Eliza does her...

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Blackpool lass by Maggie Mason

Blackpool lass

Maggie Mason

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A gritty, emotional tale of 1930s Blackpool from bestselling saga author Mary Wood, writing as Maggie Mason. Blackpool, 1932. When Grace's Ma passes away and her Da's ship sinks with all hands, Grace is utterly alone in the world. She's sent to an orphanage...

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Spring comes to Emmerdale by Pamela Bell

Spring comes to Emmerdale

Pamela Bell

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Based on the hugely popular soap opera, this saga explores the lives of Emmerdale's much-loved families during the Great War and beyond. Can the nation's favourite village keep calm and carry on? World War I rages on and the families of Emmerdale are...

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The dangers of family secrets by Debby Holt

The dangers of family secrets

Debby Holt

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Family secrets are like moths in cashmere. They dig themselves in and eat their way out... Genealogist Freya Cameron has the perfect life. A devoted husband of nearly thirty years and career-driven, successful twin daughters. But what if it's all a lie?...

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House of glass by Susan Fletcher

House of glass

Susan Fletcher

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June, 1914: Clara Waterfield is summoned to a large stone house in Gloucestershire, to fill a greenhouse with exotic plants from Kew Gardens and create a private paradise. Yet on arrival, Clara hears rumours: something is wrong with quiet wisteria-co...

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All among the barley by Melissa Harrison

All among the barley

Melissa Harrison

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"Set on a farm in Suffolk just before the Second World War, it introduces a girl on the cusp of adulthood. Fourteen-year-old Edie Mather lives with her family at Wych Farm, where the shadow of the Great War still hangs over a community impoverished by...

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Love is blind by William Boyd

Love is blind

William Boyd

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"When Brodie Moncur is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist abruptly alters his path -...

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An orphan's wish by Molly Green

An orphan's wish

Molly Green

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Between two shores by Jocelyn Green

Between two shores

Jocelyn Green

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"Montreal, 1759. The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father, Catherine Duval is content to trade with both the French and the British. She is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiancae, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by...

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The eulogist by Terry Gamble

The eulogist

Terry Gamble

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"1819. Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family settle in Cincinnati. After losing their mother in childbirth and their father to a riverboat headed for New Orleans, James, Olivia, and Erasmus...

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Hope on the plains by Linda Byler

Hope on the plains

Linda Byler

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"Hannah, a feisty young Amish woman, lives on her family's farm in North Dakota. After moving halfway across the country and struggling to land on their feet, Hannah's family is finally feeling settled. The cattle business is doing well, and other Am...

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Once upon a time by Diane Setterfield

Once upon a time

Diane Setterfield

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"A dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs,...

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The forgiving kind by Donna Everhart

The forgiving kind

Donna Everhart

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"For twelve-year-old Martha Sonny Creech, there is no place more beautiful than her family's cotton farm. She, her two brothers, and her parents work hard on their land--hoeing, planting, picking--but only Sonny loves the rich, dark earth the way her...

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The silence of the girls by Pat Barker

The silence of the girls

Pat Barker

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"The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman: Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war's outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one...

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Flame in the night by Heather Munn

Flame in the night

Heather Munn

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"In occupied France, a teen is torn between hate and love Julien Losier has just turned eighteen. But this is Vichy France in 1942, and his coming of age is marred by the Nazi occupation of his homeland. His father has always taught him that evil is ...

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Isaiah's daughter by Mesu Andrews

Isaiah's daughter

Mesu Andrews

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Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name-- Zibah, delight of the Lord-- thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. As the years pass, Zibah's lively...

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My heart belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania by Murray Pura

My heart belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Murray Pura

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"When war reaches Clarissa's back door, the trustworthy become even fewer. Journey into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, of 1863 where Clarissa Avery Ross lives a full life. By day she is the daughter of a respectable shoemaker being courted by seminary student...

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The queen's promise by Brenda Rickman Vantrease

The queen's promise

Brenda Rickman Vantrease

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1642. England rushes towards a war between the King and Parliament. Two women face difficulties ahead. The unpopular Queen Henrietta can no longer rely on those in the royal courts of Europe. And the Countess of Carlisle must remain loyal to the King,...

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When you are near by Tracie Peterson

When you are near

Tracie Peterson

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After her father's death, Lizzy Brookstone, the star trick rider of the all-female Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, loses interest in performing. What she longs for is a life with the Brookstone ranch foreman, Wesley DeShazer, the man who once broke...

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Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables

Sarah McCoy

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"New York Times best-selling author McCoy takes us to Green Gables before Anne's time, when Marilla Cuthbert inherits a farmwife's responsibilities at age 13 with her mother's death. But she connects to the outside world through a whip-smart spinster...

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The general's cook by Ramin Ganeshram

The general's cook

Ramin Ganeshram

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Philadelphia 1793. Hercules, President George Washington's chef, is a fixture on the Philadelphia scene. He is famous for both his culinary prowess and for ruling his kitchen like a commanding general. He has his run of the city and earns twice the salary...

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Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

Finding Dorothy

Elizabeth Letts

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"Hollywood, 1938. MGM is adapting her late husband's masterpiece for the screen, and seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum wants to be on the set. The moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of "Over the Rainbow," Maud recognizes the...

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Tony's wife by Adriana Trigiani

Tony's wife

Adriana Trigiani

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"Set in the lush Big Band era of the 1940s and World War II, this spellbinding saga from beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani tells the story of two talented working class kids who marry and become a successful singing act, until...

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Woman 99 by Greer Macallister

Woman 99

Greer Macallister

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"She's only a number now. When Charlotte Smith's wealthy parents commit her beloved sister Phoebe to the infamous Goldengrove Asylum, Charlotte knows there's more to the story than madness. She risks everything and follows her sister inside, surrendering...

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Josephine Baker's last dance by Sherry Jones

Josephine Baker's last dance

Sherry Jones

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"From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures. Discover the fascinating and singular life story of J...

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A bound heart by Laura Frantz

A bound heart

Laura Frantz

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"Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds. Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera; Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing ...

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The wartime sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The wartime sisters

Lynda Cohen Loigman

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"Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of World war II. While one siter lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer's wife,...

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Annelies by David R. Gillham

Annelies

David R. Gillham

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"It's 1945, and sixteen-year-old Anne Frank has survived the Holocaust. She lost her mother and sister, but reunites with her father, Pim, in newly liberated Amsterdam. But it's not as easy to fit the pieces of their life back together. Anne is adrift,...

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The huntress by Kate Quinn

The huntress

Kate Quinn

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"On the icy edge of Soviet Russia, bold and reckless Nina Markova joins the infamous Night Witches - an all-female bomber regiment - wreaking havoc on Hitler's eastern front. But when she is downed behind enemy lines and thrown across the path of a lethal...

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The island of sea women by Lisa See

The island of sea women

Lisa See

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"A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island. Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best ...

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Peace comes to Honeyfield by Anna Jacobs

Peace comes to Honeyfield

Anna Jacobs

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Armistice Day, London, 1918. Fiercely independent Georgie is tired of being told what's best for her by men. When she defies her father's wishes by attending the peace festivities, she tries to help a woman being attacked and encounters Patrick, a ga...

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Ambulance girls under fire by Deborah Burrows

Ambulance girls under fire

Deborah Burrows

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In times of war, how do you know who to trust? Celia Ashton has driven ambulances throughout the Blitz for the Bloomsbury Auxiliary Ambulance Depot. Cool under fire, she revels in her exciting and extremely dangerous job. When her husband, a known Na...

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Miss Nightingale's nurses by Kate Eastham

Miss Nightingale's nurses

Kate Eastham

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Ada Houston's life is shattered when her brother Frank goes missing following an accident at the docks. She hears a rumour that he survived and left Liverpool to fight a foreign war, so she boards a ship to bring him home. But the battlefields of the...

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The Liverpool matchgirl by Lyn Andrews

The Liverpool matchgirl

Lyn Andrews

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Liverpool, 1901. The Tempest family is all but destitute, barely able to put food on the table. When Florrie falls ill with pneumonia and Arthur is imprisoned after a drunken fight, their thirteen-year-old daughter Lizzie finds herself parentless, de...

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Wrecker by Noel O'Reilly

Wrecker

Noel O'Reilly

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Shipwrecks are part of life in the remote village of Porthmorvoren, Cornwall. When, after a fierce storm, Mary Blight rescues a man half-dead from the sea, she ignores the whispers of her neighbours and carries him home to nurse better. Gideon Stone is...

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The cursed wife by Pamela Hartshorne

The cursed wife

Pamela Hartshorne

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Mary is happily married to a wealthy merchant, living a charmed life in Elizabethan London. But there's a part of her past she can't forget. As a small girl, she was cursed for causing the death of a vagrant child - a curse that predicts she will hang....

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Master of his fate by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Master of his fate

Barbara Taylor Bradford

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"Working at his father's market stall in Victorian England, James Lionel Falconer determines to become a merchant prince. Hardworking and trustworthy, he catches the eye of Henry Malvern, head of the most prestigious London shipping company. When thr...

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With this pledge by Tamera Alexander

With this pledge

Tamera Alexander

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"On the night of November 30, 1864, a brutal battle in Franklin, Tennessee, all but decimates the Confederacy and nearly kills Captain Roland Ward Jones. A decorated Mississippi sharpshooter, Jones has a vision on the battlefield and, despite the severity...

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Beautiful exiles by Meg Waite Clayton

Beautiful exiles

Meg Waite Clayton

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"Headstrong, accomplished journalist Martha Gellhorn is confident with words but less so with men when she meets disheveled literary titan Ernest Hemingway in a dive bar. Their friendship, forged over writing, talk, and family dinners, flourishes int...

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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry

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"London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne's husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was an unhappy one. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space, she leaves for coastal Essex, accompanied by her...

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The tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The tattooist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris

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"The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked ...

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The hour of separation by Katharine McMahon

The hour of separation

Katharine McMahon

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"March 1939. Christa is the only child of middle-class parents, living a protected life in the London suburbs. She longs for adventure and to break free from the life expected of her. Estelle is the headstrong daughter of a heroine of the Resistance -...

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The evacuee summer by Katie (Novelist) King

The evacuee summer

Katie (Novelist) King

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"June 1940. Twins Connie and Jessie are reminded every day the difference between Yorkshire summer and what they had known previously in London's Bermondsey. But as the peace of the Phoney War ends, the evacuee children are oblivious to the darkening...

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The thief's daughter by Victoria Cornwall

The thief's daughter

Victoria Cornwall

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"Eighteenth-century Cornwall is crippled by debt and poverty, while the gibbet casts a shadow of fear over the land. Yet, when night falls, free traders swarm onto the beaches and smuggling prospers. Terrified by a thief-taker's warning as a child, Jenna...

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An orphan's war by Molly Green

An orphan's war

Molly Green

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"Liverpool, 1940. When her childhood sweetheart Johnny is killed in action, Maxine Grey loses more than her husband – she loses her best friend. Desperate to make a difference in this awful war, Maxine takes a nursing job at London’s St Thomas’s hospital....

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The lost girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

The lost girls of Paris

Pam Jenoff

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"1946, Manhattan Grace Healey is rebuilding her life after losing her husband during the war. One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, she finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her ow...

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The girl from Berlin by Ronald H. Balson

The girl from Berlin

Ronald H. Balson

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"An old friend calls Catherine Lockhart and Liam Taggart to his famous Italian restaurant to enlist their help. His aunt is being evicted from her home in the Tuscan hills by a powerful corporation claiming they own the deeds, even though she can produce...

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The sealwoman's gift by Sally Magnusson

The sealwoman's gift

Sally Magnusson

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"In 1627, Barbary pirates raided an island off the Iceland coast - and abducted the 400 inhabitants into slavery in Algiers. Among them was a pastor, his wife and their three children. The pastor was sent back on a failed mission to seek ransom. But...

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Sisters of gold by Annie Murray

Sisters of gold

Annie Murray

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"Sisters Margaret and Annie lost their mother years ago, they long for her every day. Their protective and devout father keeps the girls close. But he can't protect them all the time . . . When a scandal rocks this family unit to their core, the girls...

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

An orphan's courage

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

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

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The ophan girl by Lindsey Hutchinson

The ophan girl

Lindsey Hutchinson

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"When the very worst happens to her, orphan Lily Rae knows scrubbing the scullery floors of Ryder House can no longer provide refuge from the sadistic Sebastian Ryder ... Tilley Green has nothing to her name except a fine figure her worn, patched-up ...

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A mother's grace by Rosie Goodwin

A mother's grace

Rosie Goodwin

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Grace Kettle lives a comfortable life with her beloved mother and reliable old Mrs Batley - as long as Judge Kettle, her formidable and threatening father, is away from home. As she grows into a gentle and pious young woman the atmosphere at home dar...

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Secrets of the East End Angels by Rosie Hendry

Secrets of the East End Angels

Rosie Hendry

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London, 1941. The East End Angels - Frankie, Bella and Winnie - are settled into life as ambulance crew members at LAAS Station Seventy-Five. Frankie's grandfather is unwell and she promised him she would always look after Ivy, her step-grandmother, but...

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When the music stopped by Beryl Matthews

When the music stopped

Beryl Matthews

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London, 1910. Twins Lester and Lillia Holdsworth are destined for the stage. Lester is a brilliant pianist; Lillia a magnificent opera singer. But their cruel father has other ideas for their future. Lester is sent to a military academy, while Lillia...

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Child on the doorstep by Anne Bennett

Child on the doorstep

Anne Bennett

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Angela McClusky is haunted by the young baby that she abandoned on the steps of the workhouse. Born out of wedlock and the result of a traumatic assault, the child only has a locket to remind her of the family she never knew. Angela has carried the guilt...

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Orphans and angels by Linda Finlay

Orphans and angels

Linda Finlay

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Sarah Sullivan and Harry Higgins are struggling to stop the doors of Red Cliff's Ragged School from closing for good. An important inspection is looming and there is still so much for the pair to do if their pupils - the poorest and neediest orphans of...

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Effie's war by Philip Paris

Effie's war

Philip Paris

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1943: In a remote corner of the Scottish Highlands, something momentous is underway. When Effie's father receives a government notice to quit Kirk Farm, the lives of the Ross family and those of the whole community are utterly disrupted. But for Effie...

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Love and ruin by Paula McLain

Love and ruin

Paula McLain

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In 1937, courageous and independent Martha Gellhorn travels to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War, and finds herself drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly -...

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The gown by Jennifer Robson

The gown

Jennifer Robson

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"London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation's recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and M...

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The sapphire widow by Dinah Jefferies

The sapphire widow

Dinah Jefferies

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"Louisa Reeve has it all: a charming, devilishly handsome husband with a successful business as a sapphire trader, a beautiful home in colonial Ceylon, a fledgling career of her own. Except for the one thing she longs for more than anything: a child....

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Cry to dream again by Jane Hawking

Cry to dream again

Jane Hawking

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"In 1930s Greater London, Shirley is a talented ballerina who dreams of becoming a principal dancer at the Sadler's Wells Ballet Company. Yet one summer, on the way back from staying with her grandparents in France, she meets a handsome young man, Alan,...

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When winter comes by V. A. Shannon

When winter comes

V. A. Shannon

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"A survivor of the Donner Party excursion recounts her life as a teenager escaping an abusive family, taking the journey with the Donner family and enduring a tragic winter in the Sierras."--Publisher's description.

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The girl with the sweetest secret by Betina M. Krahn

The girl with the sweetest secret

Betina M. Krahn

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"When Frances Bumgarten encounters a handsome stranger in her kitchen in the middle of the night, her first impulse is to wallop the scoundrel on the head with a bread paddle. And when Frankie discovers he is 'The Fox', a disarmingly arrogant purveyor...

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Jerusalem's Queen by Angela Elwell Hunt

Jerusalem's Queen

Angela Elwell Hunt

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"After her father and sister are killed, Salome and her mother move to Jerusalem. When a relative betroths Salome to a pagan prince half her age, she questions God's plan. When she finds herself crowned queen of Judea, she learns that a woman committed...

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Little by Edward Carey

Little

Edward Carey

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"In 1761 a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Switzerland. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her...

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House of gold by Natasha Solomons

House of gold

Natasha Solomons

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"The Goldbaums' influence reaches across Europe. They are the confidants and bankers of governments and emperors. Little happens in Europe without their say-so and even less without their knowledge. But Greta Goldbaum has no say at all in who she'll ...

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Under the midnight sun by Tracie Peterson

Under the midnight sun

Tracie Peterson

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

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The air you breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

The air you breathe

Frances de Pontes Peebles

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"An orphan, Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when she meets Graca, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron. Born to wildly different worlds, the girls quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper...

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The only woman in the room by Marie Benedict

The only woman in the room

Marie Benedict

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"Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. At lavish Vienna di...

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The cardinal's man by M. G. Sinclair

The cardinal's man

M. G. Sinclair

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France, 1600s: The Thirty Years War has spread across Europe, alliances are stretched to breaking point, and enemies advance on every side. And while Louis XIII sits on the throne, the real power lies with the notorious Cardinal Richelieu. Now, with....

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One quiet woman by Anna Jacobs

One quiet woman

Anna Jacobs

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Lancashire, 1930. Leah Turner's father has been killed in an accident at the laundry. Since her mother died years ago, she becomes sole provider for her little sister. But women's wages are half those of men's and even after pawning their few belongi...

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The bomb girls' secrets by Daisy Styles

The bomb girls' secrets

Daisy Styles

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As World War Two grips Europe, Kitty boards a ship for England; leaving her cruel father to work in a munitions factory. She hadn't wanted to leave Ireland, but she really needed the money with tiny baby Billy back in Dublin without a father. In Lanc...

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A sister's bond by Kay Brellend

A sister's bond

Kay Brellend

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North London, November 1913. After her mother dies, Livvie Bone is left to support her family and protect her younger siblings from their drunken father. But life in Wood Green is hard and full of danger. When the mysterious Joe Hunter steps in to help...

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Daughter of the dales by Diane (Romantic fiction writer) Allen

Daughter of the dales

Diane (Romantic fiction writer) All...

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The death of the family matriarch, Charlotte Atkinson, at Windfell Manor casts a long shadow over Charlotte's husband Archie and her two children, Isabelle and Danny. Isabelle takes over the running of Atkinson's department store but her pride - and heart...

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The evacuee Christmas by Katie (Novelist) King

The evacuee Christmas

Katie (Novelist) King

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"A heart-warming story of friendship and family during the first Christmas of World War Two. Autumn 1939 and London prepares to evacuate its young. In No 5 Jubilee Street, Bermondsey, 10-year-old Connie is determined to show her parents that she's a brave...

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The homestead by Linda Byler

The homestead

Linda Byler

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"Seeking a fresh start during the Great Depression, fifteen-year-old Hannah's Amish family moves from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to a North Dakota homestead, but face harsh realities and nearly starve until Hannah takes matters into her own...

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

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"From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, a boy rises from the ashes of slavery in the 1830s to become a free man of the world"--

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Tiffany blues by M. J. Rose

Tiffany blues

M. J. Rose

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"A young painter's traumatic past threatens to derail her career at a prestigious summer artists' colony run by Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. fame"--

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Searching for you by Jody Hedlund

Searching for you

Jody Hedlund

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"In 1850, Sophie Neumann flees New York with her two young charges after witnessing a crime. Reinhold Weiss has finally purchased his own small farm when an old friend shows up, pleading for help. But how can he help her when mounting debts and past ...

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The kings witch by Tracy Borman

The kings witch

Tracy Borman

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"As she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth, Frances Gorges longs for the fields and ancient woods of her parents' Hampshire estate, where she has learned to use the flowers and herbs to become a much-loved healer. Frances is happy to stay in her...

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The mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

The mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Imogen Hermes Gowar

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"One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door and finds that one of his captains has sold Jonah's ship for what appears to be a mermaid. As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours ...

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When the heart sings by Liz Tolsma

When the heart sings

Liz Tolsma

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"The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their Polish farm to a labor camp. Separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp's overseer, and her husband Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules--and the co...

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The bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen

The bride of Ivy Green

Julie Klassen

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"Gabriel Locke is back and has made his intentions clear, but Jane Bell is reluctant to give up her inn and commit another man to a childless marriage. Mercy Grove has lost her school and must decide whether to uproot herself from Ivy Cottage to become...

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Evergreen Falls by Kimberley Freeman

Evergreen Falls

Kimberley Freeman

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"1926: Violet Armstrong is one of the few remaining members of staff working at the grand Evergreen Spa Hotel as it closes down over winter. Only a handful of guests are left, including the heir to a rich grazing family, his sister and her suave suitor....

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The girl from the docklands cafe by June Tate

The girl from the docklands cafe

June Tate

Book

"Southampton, 1912. Jessie is made from tough stuff. At just 19, after the death of her father, she opted not to follow her mother back to Ireland, preferring instead to take charge of her own destiny. When Jessie marries an Irishman and takes over the...

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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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The stranger by Kate Riordan

The stranger

Kate Riordan

Book

"1940 Cornwall, England. Penhallow Hall shelters a handful of Land Girls, sent to the coast to avoid the horrors of London's Blitz. But the beautiful, arrogant Diana Devlin, impatient with the sleepy village and its placid residents, can't resist the...

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A plague on Mr Pepys by Deborah Swift

A plague on Mr Pepys

Deborah Swift

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"The second novel in the Mr Pepys series by popular historical novelist Deborah Swift. The Great Plague has London in its grip. As the summer heat rises, red crosses mark the doors, wealthy citizens flee and only the poor remain to face the march of ...

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The Madonna of the mountains by Elise Valmorbida

The Madonna of the mountains

Elise Valmorbida

Book

"Maria Vittoria is embroidering a sheet for her dowry trunk. Her father has gone to find her a husband. He's taken his mule, a photograph and a pack of food: home-made sopressa sausage, cold polenta, a little flask of wine - no need to take water - the...

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