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A sister's courage by Molly Green

A sister's courage

Molly Green

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"In the midst of war, she knew her place was not at home ... The most ambitious of three sisters, Lorraine 'Raine' Linfoot always dreamed of becoming a pilot. As a spirited seventeen-year-old, she persuades her hero Doug Williams to teach her to fly....

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The winter orphan by Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sharp

The winter orphan

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"Ella has never known love. Left as a baby outside the workhouse, Ella has only ever been treated with unkindness; especially from the hateful guardians of the workhouse, who hold the fate of the inmates in their cruel hands. When she is sold as a sc...

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From this day forward by Beryl Matthews

From this day forward

Beryl Matthews

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"As if everyday life in London's slums wasn't hard enough for Jane Roberts and her three children, the day that ne'er-do-well husband Bert walks out on his family as rent day draws near is a particularly dark time. In the wake of his desertion, the family...

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Fire queen by Joanna (Novelist) Courtney

Fire queen

Joanna (Novelist) Courtney

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"Shakespeare's Ophelia was a lover, a madwoman and a victim. The real Ofelia is a very different story: a leader, a fighter and a fiercely independent woman ... As a young girl, Ofelia stood frozen as her mother threw herself on her father's funeral pyre....

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The woman from Saint Germain by John Lonie

The woman from Saint Germain

John Lonie

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"She is a celebrated writer stranded in Paris after her French lover is killed fighting the German invasion. He is a volatile young man with a deadly secret, fleeing Nazi-controlled Austria. Only the Nazis could bring them together. Armed with a precious...

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What we did in the dark by Ajay Close

What we did in the dark

Ajay Close

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"'I made what may be called a rash and foolish marriage to a man I scarcely knew.' 1904: Cathie longs for adventure. A whirlwind romance with soldier and artist Herbert Jackson offers this and more, but Herbert is violently jealous and she is soon fighting...

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The little orphan girl by Sandy (Fiction writer) Taylor

The little orphan girl

Sandy (Fiction writer) Taylor

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"Ireland, 1901: The work house gates clanged shut behind us, as me and the mammy walked down the hill towards the town. I was six years old and leaving the only home I had ever known ... When Cissy Ryan's real mother comes to claim her from the workhouse,...

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The Margate maid by Lynne (Novelist) Francis

The Margate maid

Lynne (Novelist) Francis

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"Margate, 1786. Dairymaid Molly Goodchild dreams of a better life. Up at the crack of dawn to milk her uncle's cows, the one comfort of her day is her friendship with apprentice gardener, Charlie. When dashing naval officer, Nicholas, arrives in town,...

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The traitor by V. S. Alexander

The traitor

V. S. Alexander

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"Drawing on the true story of the White Rose--the resistance movement of young Germans against the Nazi regime-- The Traitor tells of one woman who offers her life in the ultimate battle against tyranny, during one of history's darkest hours. In the summer...

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Two sisters by Josephine Cox

Two sisters

Josephine Cox

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The pretty Arnold sisters have grown up on their father's farm. Ellen, loyal and honest, loves the countryside. Gina, impulsive and unreliable, craves excitement and yearns for something more than drudgery and toil. But life for the sisters and their...

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The girl from Galloway by Anne Doughty

The girl from Galloway

Anne Doughty

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1845: Since following her heart and moving from her comfortable home in Scotland to the harsh mountainside of Ardtur, County Donegal, Hannah McGinley hasn't had the easiest life. But surrounded by her two children and her loving husband Patrick, she has...

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Sing them home by Pam Weaver

Sing them home

Pam Weaver

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1942: A German aircraft crashes into a house in Worthing and causes complete devastation to the local community. Three strangers meet for the first time that day - Pip, Stella and Lillian. Lillian's little girl Flora has been hurt in the crash and is...

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Belle of the back streets by Glenda Young

Belle of the back streets

Glenda Young

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'Any rag and bone!' Everyone recognises the cry of Meg Sutcliffe as she plies her trade along the back streets of Ryhope. She learnt the ropes from her dad when he returned from the War. But when tragedy struck, Meg had no choice but to continue alone....

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The Cornish lady by Nicola Pryce

The Cornish lady

Nicola Pryce

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Educated, beautiful, and the daughter of a prosperous merchant, Angelica Lilly has been invited to spend the summer in high society. Her father's wealth is opening doors and attracting marriage proposals, but Angelica still feels like an imposter among...

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The matchgirl by Lynette Rees

The matchgirl

Lynette Rees

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1888: In the East End of London, things are difficult for young Lottie and her family. Her father has just passed away, and having fallen out with Lottie's rich aunt, her mother cannot appeal to her for help. Nowadays they have to make do and mend: with...

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Exile music by Jennifer Steil

Exile music

Jennifer Steil

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"As a young girl growing up in Vienna in the 1930s, Orly has an idyllic childhood filled with music. Her father plays the viola in the Philharmonic, her mother is a well-regarded opera singer, her beloved and charismatic older brother holds the neighborhood...

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The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards

The Black Swan of Paris

Karen Robards

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"A world at war. A beautiful young star. A mission no one expected. Paris, 1944. Celebrated singer Genevieve Dumont is both a star and a smokescreen. An unwilling darling of the Nazis, the chanteuse's position of privilege allows her to go undetected...

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The queen's fortune by Allison Pataki

The queen's fortune

Allison Pataki

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"As the French revolution ravages the country, Desiree Clary is faced with the life-altering truth that the world she has known and loved is gone and it's fallen on her to save her family from the guillotine. A chance encounter with Napoleon Bonaparte,...

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A thousand moons by Sebastian Barry

A thousand moons

Sebastian Barry

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"Even when you come out of bloodshed and disaster in the end you have got to learn to live. Winona is a young Lakota orphan adopted by former soldiers Thomas McNulty and John Cole. Living with Thomas and John on the farm they work in 1870s Tennessee,...

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Riptide rumors by Melody Carlson

Riptide rumors

Melody Carlson

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"As autumn of 1916 descends upon the once-peaceful town of Sunset Cove, Anna McDowell has great hopes that the excitement of the summer will be over, now that a few of the key players in the rum-running ring have been arrested. But with a daring jail...

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Isaiah's legacy by Mesu Andrews

Isaiah's legacy

Mesu Andrews

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"The drama of the Old Testament comes to life as Judah's most notorious king ascends to the throne in this gripping novel from the award-winning author of Isaiah's Daughter. At eight years old, Shulle has known only life in a small village with her loving...

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Cartier's hope by M. J. Rose

Cartier's hope

M. J. Rose

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"New York, 1910: A city of extravagant balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and poor immigrants crammed into crumbling Lower East Side tenements. A city where the suffrage movement is growing stronger every day, but most women reporters are still delegated...

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Changing times by Jack Sheffield

Changing times

Jack Sheffield

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A life of secrets by Margaret Kaine

A life of secrets

Margaret Kaine

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The workhouse waif by Lynette Rees

The workhouse waif

Lynette Rees

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Peace in my heart by Freda Lightfoot

Peace in my heart

Freda Lightfoot

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Hope comes to Emmerdale by Kerry Bell

Hope comes to Emmerdale

Kerry Bell

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The Cornish dressmaker by Nicola Pryce

The Cornish dressmaker

Nicola Pryce

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The bomb girl brides by Daisy Styles

The bomb girl brides

Daisy Styles

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The barefoot child by Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sharp

The barefoot child

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

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"When Lucy and her brother, Joshua, are orphaned, it falls to Joshua to provide for them both, but he is barely into his teens and in his naivety, falls prey to bad influences and drink. Lucy is desperate to avoid the workhouse, but when Joshua loses...

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Miss Mary's daughter by Diney Costeloe

Miss Mary's daughter

Diney Costeloe

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"After her mother's death, twenty-year-old Sophie Ross is left orphaned in London. With no money and little chance of an income, she tries to get work as a governess to avoid destitution. Now alone in the world, she only has the company of her erstwh...

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New arrivals at Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke

New arrivals at Mulberry Lane

Rosie Clarke

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"1943, Mulberry Lane, London. In the midst of another bleak winter, life is hard for the residents. When Rose Merchant arrives, she is carrying a secret that haunts her. How can she tell her landlady and the Lanes' matriarch Peggy Ashley that she is ...

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The foundling by Stacey Halls

The foundling

Stacey Halls

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

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The road to Grantchester by James Runcie

The road to Grantchester

James Runcie

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Old baggage by Lissa Evans

Old baggage

Lissa Evans

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Nightingale wedding bells by Donna Douglas

Nightingale wedding bells

Donna Douglas

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The seaside angel by Evie Grace

The seaside angel

Evie Grace

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Daughters of Liverpool by Kate Eastham

Daughters of Liverpool

Kate Eastham

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Impossible dream by Gemma Jackson

Impossible dream

Gemma Jackson

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Gifts for our time by Anna Jacobs

Gifts for our time

Anna Jacobs

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The engineer's wife by Tracey Enerson Wood

The engineer's wife

Tracey Enerson Wood

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"When Emily Warren Roebling marries Captain Washington 'Wash' Roebling-the handsome, charming soldier of her dreams, and her brother's dear friend and aide during the Civil War - a lifetime of family fun and happiness seems within her grasp. But then...

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The queen's secret by Karen (Karen S.) Harper

The queen's secret

Karen (Karen S.) Harper

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"1939. As the wife of King George VI and the mother of the future queen, Elizabeth—“the queen mother”—shows a warm, smiling face to the world. But it’s no surprise that Hitler himself calls her the “Most Dangerous Woman in Europe.” For behind that soft...

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Arapaho summer by Kinley Roby

Arapaho summer

Kinley Roby

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"In 1867, two Union veterans and two Arapaho women they rescue from a Lakota war party set off on the Oregon Trail in search of a new beginning. Captain Caleb Stone and Sergeant Dil Smith find their plans to start over must change to include Little Rain...

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Light changes everything by Nancy E. Turner

Light changes everything

Nancy E. Turner

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"It's the summer of 1907 and the sun is scorching down on Mary Pearl in the Arizona Territory. Mary Pearl and her sister Esther take their minds off the heat by sneaking banned Jane Austen novels from Aunt Sarah Elliot's lively bookshelf. Whispered read...

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A hundred suns by Karin Tanabe

A hundred suns

Karin Tanabe

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"On a humid afternoon in 1933, American Jessie Lesage steps off a boat from Paris and onto the shores of Vietnam. Accompanying her French husband Victor, an heir to the Michelin rubber fortune, she's certain that their new life is full of promise, for...

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The girls with no names by Serena Burdick

The girls with no names

Serena Burdick

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"The Girls with No Names pulls readers into the gilded age of New York City in the 1910s, when suffragettes marched in the street, unions fought for better work conditions - and girls were confined to the House of Mercy for daring to break the rules....

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My dearest Dietrich by Amanda Barratt

My dearest Dietrich

Amanda Barratt

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"Maria von Wedemeyer knows the realities of war. Her beloved father and brother have both been killed on the battlefield. The last thing this spirited young woman needs is to fall for a man under constant surveillance by the Gestapo. How can she give...

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Blood queen by Joanna (Novelist) Courtney

Blood queen

Joanna (Novelist) Courtney

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"Scotland, 1020 AD - King Malcolm II is fading fast. It is North vs South, for two families have a claim on the inheritance of his crown. Who will gain the Scottish throne? On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, a flushed and nervous Cora MacDuff waits...

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The girl from Kingsland Market by June Tate

The girl from Kingsland Market

June Tate

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"Southampton 1920. Phoebe Collins rose to the challenge of running the family fruit and veg stall when her father did not return from the front. The work outside in Kingsland Market in all weathers can be hard, but with her mother and younger brother...

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Moonlight over Mayfair by Anton Du Beke

Moonlight over Mayfair

Anton Du Beke

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"With a new King on the throne tensions are rising in London and across Europe. Not yet recovered from the Great Depression, there's talk of another war coming. Demonstrator dancer Raymond de Guise must hide his own views and put on a show for the rich...

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A woman's war by Simon Block

A woman's war

Simon Block

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"As enemy planes continue to bombard the North West of England, the women of Great Paxford fight harder then ever to persevere. Pat thought she'd found true happiness, but as things change at home she finds herself questioning everything she thought she...

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The book of longings by Sue Monk Kidd

The book of longings

Sue Monk Kidd

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"Raised in a wealthy family in Sepphoris with ties to the ruler of Galilee, Ana is rebellious and ambitious, a relentless seeker with a brilliant, curious mind and a daring spirit. She yearns for a pursuit worthy of her life, but finds no outlet for ...

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The sister's secret by Jennie Felton

The sister's secret

Jennie Felton

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"Rowan Sykes is overjoyed when her beloved sister Laurel takes a new job and moves back to Fairley Terrace. Laurel is protective of her fiercely clever younger sister, who has always struggled to fit in, yet whilst she's happy to be home, she's keeping...

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Harbor secrets by Melody Carlson

Harbor secrets

Melody Carlson

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"A Peaceful Coastal Town ... Threatened by a Storm of Secrets. It’s 1916 when newspaperwoman Anna McDowell learns her estranged father has suffered a stroke. Deciding it’s time to repair bridges, Anna packs up her precocious adolescent daughter and heads...

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The German House by Annette Hess

The German House

Annette Hess

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"If everything your family told you was a lie, how far would you go to uncover the truth? For twenty-four-year-old Eva Bruhns, World War II is a foggy childhood memory. At the war's end, Frankfurt was a smoldering ruin, severely damaged by the Allied...

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The redeemed by Tim Pears

The redeemed

Tim Pears

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"It is 1916. The world has gone to war, and young Leo Sercombe, hauling coal aboard the HMS Queen Mary, is a long way from home. The wild, unchanging West Country roads of his boyhood seem very far away from life aboard a battlecruiser. Skimming through...

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The last train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

The last train to London

Meg Waite Clayton

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"In 1936, the Nazis are little more than loud, brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan Neuman, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna's streets to its intricate underground tun...

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How much of these hills is gold by C Pam Zhang

How much of these hills is gold

C Pam Zhang

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"Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past....

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Josephine's garden by Stephanie Parkyn

Josephine's garden

Stephanie Parkyn

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"France, 1794. In the aftermath of the bloody end to the French Revolution, Rose de Beauharnais stumbles from prison on the day she was to be guillotined. Within a decade, she'll transform into the scandalous socialite who marries Napoleon Bonaparte,...

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The blue rose by Kate Forsyth

The blue rose

Kate Forsyth

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Viviane de Faitaud has grown up alone at her family's chateau, for her father, the Marquis de Valaine, lives at the court of Louis XVI in Versailles. After a hailstorm destroys the chateau's orchards, gardens and fields, an ambitious young Welshman, ...

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Afternoon of an autocrat by Norah Lofts

Afternoon of an autocrat

Norah Lofts

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England, 1790s: Amid the Enclosures, bringing both misery and progress in their wake, Sir Charles Augustus Shelmadine, a benevolent autocrat, rules the village of Clevely with a gentle but firm hand. But his sudden death heralds the arrival from India...

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A widow's courage by Anna Jacobs

A widow's courage

Anna Jacobs

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Lancashire, 1934: Three years after her husband's death, Stella comes into some money and decides to make a new start in the country. She falls in love with a cottage in Birch End, but an unscrupulous man wants it too... Life has also changed drastically...

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A family's heartbreak by Kitty Neale

A family's heartbreak

Kitty Neale

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When Jenny's mother abandons her and her younger siblings, she is left at the mercy of her abusive father, Henry. And when Henry beats her so badly that she ends up in the hospital, it seems like there's nowhere left for them all to go. But carpenter...

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The house on Rosebank Lane by Millie Gray

The house on Rosebank Lane

Millie Gray

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Leith, 1953: The war is over, a young queen has been crowned and eighteen-year-old Kirsten Mowat is glad to be out and about with her handsome, dark-haired sweetheart Duncan Armstrong. But there's a secret in her heart that needs to be told - and when...

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A ration book childhood by Jean Fullerton

A ration book childhood

Jean Fullerton

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In the darkest days of the Blitz, family is more important than ever... The Brogans are struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London's East End, and Ida is doing her very best to keep the family's spirits up. Despite the growing challenge of...

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The mothers of Quality Street by Penny Thorpe

The mothers of Quality Street

Penny Thorpe

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The Quality Street factory is fizzing with the news that the King and Queen and the two young princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret Rose, are going to visit the Mackintosh factory where the country's favourite chocolate is made. The factory floor is heady...

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A tale of two sisters by Merryn Allingham

A tale of two sisters

Merryn Allingham

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When Alice Verinder's beloved sister Lydia goes missing, Alice boards the Orient Express bound for Topkapi Palace in Constantinople, determined to find her. Lydia was governess to the Sultan's young children and though her letters spoke of exotic delights...

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Veiled in smoke by Jocelyn Green

Veiled in smoke

Jocelyn Green

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"Meg and Sylvie Townsend manage the family bookshop and care for their father, Stephen, a veteran still suffering in mind and spirit from his time as a POW during the Civil War. But when the Great Fire sweeps through Chicago's business district, they...

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Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar

Daughter of Rome

Tessa Afshar

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"A woman with a devastating secret. A man bent on proving his worth. A chance encounter that catapults them into the heart of history. When the daughter of a prominent Roman general meets a disinherited Jewish immigrant, neither one can dream of God’s...

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Westering women by Sandra Dallas

Westering women

Sandra Dallas

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"It's February, 1852, and all around Chicago, Maggie sees the postings soliciting 'eligible women' to travel to the gold mines of Goosetown. A young seamstress with a small daughter and several painful secrets, she has nothing to lose. So she joins f...

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The innocents by Michael Crummey

The innocents

Michael Crummey

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"A novel about an orphaned brother and sister who must fend for themselves on a remote fishing outpost in the late 1800s. A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky sho...

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A woman of war by Mandy Robotham

A woman of war

Mandy Robotham

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"Germany, 1944. Taken from the camps to serve the Fuhrer himself, Anke Hoff has been assigned as midwife to one of Hitler's inner circle. If she refuses, her family will die. Torn between her duty as a caregiver and her hatred for the regime she's now...

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The wartime midwives by Daisy Styles

The wartime midwives

Daisy Styles

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"1939. Mary Vale, a grand and imposing Mother and Baby Home, sits on the remote Fylde coast in Lancashire. Its doors are open to unmarried women who come to hide their condition and find sanctuary. Women from all walks of life pass through Mary Vale,...

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The sisters of St. Croix by Diney Costeloe

The sisters of St. Croix

Diney Costeloe

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"A gripping story of love, death and danger in Nazi Occupied France. When Adelaide Anson-Gravetty finds out her father is not the man who raised her, she is both shocked and intrigued. Determined to find out more about her new family, she travels to ...

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The mirror & the light by Hilary Mantel

The mirror & the light

Hilary Mantel

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"England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the s...

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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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Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

Daughter of Moloka'i

Alan Brennert

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"This companion tale to Moloka'i tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama—quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa—was forced to give up at birth. The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at...

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Code name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon

Code name Hélène

Ariel Lawhon

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"Told in interweaving timelines organized around the four code names Nancy used during the war, Code Name Hélène is a spellbinding and moving story of enduring love, remarkable sacrifice and unfaltering resolve that chronicles the true exploits of a woman...

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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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Liberation by Imogen Kealey

Liberation

Imogen Kealey

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To the Allies she was a fearless freedom fighter, Special Operations super spy, a woman ahead of her time. To the Gestapo she was a ghost, a shadow, the most wanted person in the world with a million-franc bounty on her head. Her name was Nancy Wake....

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The Cloud Leopard's daughter by Deborah Challinor

The Cloud Leopard's daughter

Deborah Challinor

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1863: When Kitty and Rian Farrell sail their schooner KATIPO III into Dunedin Harbour, they are on tenterhooks. The new Otago goldfields have attracted all comers, including their friend Wong Fu from Ballarat, who has sent a message asking them for help....

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Ha'penny schemes by Gemma Jackson

Ha'penny schemes

Gemma Jackson

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In 1920s inner-city Dublin tenements, Ivy Rose Murphy struggles to survive in the harsh poverty-stricken environment she was born into. She is trying to adapt to her new role as a married woman. There are those jealous of the improvements she has managed...

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A store at war by Joanna Toye

A store at war

Joanna Toye

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It's 1941 and young Lily Collins is starting work in Midlands department store Marlow's. As the air raid sirens blare, Lily learns the ropes from her sophisticated boss, Miss Frobisher, alongside shy fellow junior Gladys. But her friendship with young...

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The district nurses of Victory Walk by Annie Groves

The district nurses of Victory Walk

Annie Groves

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Alice Lake has arrived in London from Liverpool to start her training as a district nurse, but her journey has been far from easy. Her parents think that she should settle down and get married, but she has already had her heart broken once and isn't about...

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A sister's sorrow by Kitty Neale

A sister's sorrow

Kitty Neale

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When Sarah Jepson's mother Annie dies, Sarah is left with her little brother Tommy to care for. Alone in the world, the two of them must make a life for themselves in the wake of the terrible upbringing they have endured. But when Tommy is struck down...

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The Copperettes at war by Sue Wilsher

The Copperettes at war

Sue Wilsher

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Essex, 1918. Aggie has tasted freedom working at the local munitions factory. But the Great War is coming to an end, and the men are coming home. Aggie can't bear the idea of going back into service. She wants more from her life, and becoming a copperette...

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The girl in the ragged shawl by Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sharp

The girl in the ragged shawl

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

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"Eliza was left as a small baby at the workhouse in Whitechapel, wrapped in her mother's shawl, which is all she has of the mother she never knew. At 11 years old, she has survived sickness, near starvation and harsh beatings. Master Simpkins and his...

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The girls from Greenway by Elizabeth Woodcraft

The girls from Greenway

Elizabeth Woodcraft

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"1960s Chelmsford. Angie Smith lives in Greenway, Chelmsford, with her elder sister Doreen, their struggling mother and their drunk, violent father. Bored of her job, and of her dull, ordinary boyfriend, Angie dreams of bigger and better things. But then...

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Friends and enemies by Beryl Matthews

Friends and enemies

Beryl Matthews

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"1941, London. Sirens warn of danger as German bomber planes approach the city. Ever cautious, Kathy and her mother head immediately for the nearest public air raid shelter but are separated in the desperate scramble to safety. When the building is d...

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The hidden by Mary Chamberlain

The hidden

Mary Chamberlain

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"Dora Simon and Joe O'Cleary live in separate countries, accepting of their twilight years. But their monochrome worlds are abruptly upended by the arrival of Barbara Hummel, who is determined to identify the mysterious woman whose photograph she has...

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Mulberry Lane babies by Rosie Clarke

Mulberry Lane babies

Rosie Clarke

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"1941 Mulberry Lane, London. War rages but new life brings new hope ... Times are hard for all on Mulberry Lane as the war rages into yet another year. Desperate times push people into dangerous situations, and the residents of Mulberry Lane are not ...

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