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The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl EarringTracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement.  In New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find …

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The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements

The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements England 1646. The Civil War is raging and society turned upside down. What should be a rare moment of blessing for the town of Ely takes a brutal turn and Ruth Flowers is left with little choice but to flee the household of Oliver Cromwell, the only home she has ever known. On the road to London, Ruth sparks an uneasy alliance with a deserting soldier, the battle-scarred and …

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Rivers by Martin Michael Driessen

Rivers by Martin Michael Driessen A critically acclaimed, award-winning collection drawing sparkling prose from the inspiration of three rivers passing through different times and places. On the storm-swollen Aisne in northeastern France, an alcoholic actor combats both his demons and nature’s tempests. Along the Main and Rhine in Germany, a kindhearted logger has but one wish: to travel with the lumber from his small Franconian hometown to the end of the river in the Netherlands, …

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Without a Country by Ayşe Kulin

Without a Country by Ayşe Kulin From the international bestselling author of Last Train to Istanbul comes a novel based on true events that explores the depths of pride, devotion, and persistence as four generations of a family struggle to forge their destinies. As Hitler’s reign of terror begins to loom large over Germany, Gerhard and Elsa Schliemann—like other German Jews—must flee with their children in search of sanctuary. But life elsewhere in Europe offers few opportunities …

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Against the Inquisition by Marcos Aguinis

Against the Inquisition by Marcos Aguinis From a renowned prize-winning Argentinian author comes a historical novel based on the true story of one man’s faith, spirit, and resistance during the Spanish Inquisition in Latin America. Born in sixteenth-century Argentina, Francisco Maldonado da Silva is nine years old when he sees his father, Don Diego, arrested one harrowing afternoon because of his beliefs. Raised in a family practicing its Jewish faith in secret under the condemning …

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Lost & Found: A Pride & Prejudice Novella by Christie Capps

Lost & Found: A Pride & Prejudice Novella by Christie Capps When he lost his heart to her, he found happiness. Miss Elizabeth Bennet is missing—vanishing without a trace from the library at Rosings Park. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy feels duty-bound to find the most frustrating young lady of his acquaintance. He is Elizabeth’s sworn enemy. Yet, when he comes to her rescue, she is forced to rethink her opinion. Trapped together for hours, each layer …

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Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell

Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell Two young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens during World War II, from the author of The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch. Louis Thorn and Haruto “Harry” Yamada — Eagle and Crane — are the star attractions of Earl Shaw’s Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated …

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Marry My Daughter Already!: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Romantic Comedy by Gemma Wilton

Marry My Daughter Already!: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Romantic Comedy by Gemma Wilton It is a truth universally acknowledged that a mom in possession of three daughters must be in want of three men to sweep them off their feet and take them far, far away from her house. Jump on this crazy modern Pride and Prejudice train! Filled with twists, drama, sweetness and joviality, Marry My Daughter Already! will have you frantically concealing …

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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the house’s sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a …

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Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather (How to Hang a Witch #2)

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather (How to Hang a Witch #2) The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage. Samantha Mather knew …

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Daughters of New France Series by Aimie K. Runyan

Daughters of New France Series by Aimie K. Runyan Promised to the Crown (Daughters of New France #1) They are known as the filles du roi, or “King’s Daughters”—young women who leave prosperous France for an uncertain future across the Atlantic. Their duty is to marry and bring forth a new generation of loyal citizens. Each prospective bride has her reason for leaving—poverty, family rejection, a broken engagement. Despite their different backgrounds, Rose, Nicole, and …

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Mysterious Mr. Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Monica Fairview

Mysterious Mr. Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Monica Fairview The events of this Pride and Prejudice ‘what-if’ occur three years later than the original, but before the Netherfield Ball. Mr. Darcy receives a visit at his isolated manor in Cornwall. It is Charles Bingley, and he is there to ask for a favor… He needs help with his new estate, Netherfield. As for Miss Elizabeth Bennet, there is nothing she likes more than …

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Time Was by Ian McDonald

Time Was by Ian McDonald A love story stitched across time and war, shaped by the power of books, and ultimately destroyed by it. In the heart of World War II, Tom and Ben became lovers. Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, the two founded a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, Tom and Ben vanished into nothingness, presumed dead. Their bodies …

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Chernobyl: A Novel by Frederik Pohl

Chernobyl: A Novel by Frederik Pohl This novel adds a human dimension to the familiar story of Chernobyl, site of the world’s worst nuclear accident that sent a wave of fear through Europe, forced the evacuation of 135,000 Soviet citizens and left an undetermined number with potentially life-shortening doses of radiation. The story is told through fictitious characters–primarily officials and workers at the ill-fated plant–but closely traces events as documented in the Soviet press and …

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Darcy’s Surprise Betrothal: A Pride & Prejudice Novel Variation by Zoe Burton

Darcy’s Surprise Betrothal: A Pride & Prejudice Novel Variation by Zoe Burton Secrets can have unintended consequences. When Elizabeth Bennet’s beloved father dies, her world is thrown into uncertainty. The only home she has ever known must now pass to a man she only knows by reputation, and his reputation holds little hope of a safe and secure future. Upon hearing of Mr. Bennet’s death, Fitzwilliam Darcy and his father immediately travel to Longbourn to …

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The Taster by V.S. Alexander

The Taster by V.S. Alexander Amid the turbulence of World War II, a young German woman finds a precarious haven closer to the source of danger than she ever imagined–one that will propel her through the extremes of privilege and terror under Hitler’s dictatorship . . .  In early 1943, Magda Ritter’s parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected …

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The Beachcomber by Ines Thorn (The Island of Sylt Trilogy #2)

The Beachcomber by Ines Thorn (The Island of Sylt Trilogy #2) In the second epic novel of The Island of Sylt trilogy by bestselling author Ines Thorn, a young woman must fight to clear her family’s name in order to claim her true love. Germany’s North Sea Coast: The Island of Sylt, 1711 It’s the age of whaling and beachcombing, and life is hard on Sylt—especially for women forced to get by on their own. …

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The Whaler by Ines Thorn (The Island of Sylt Trilogy #1)

The Whaler by Ines Thorn (The Island of Sylt Trilogy #1) In the opening epic novel of The Island of Sylt trilogy by bestselling author Ines Thorn, a young woman must choose between love and poverty, or thrilling adventure and tormented passion. The Island of Sylt, 1764 Life in the windswept village of Rantum in the North Sea is fraught with peril and hardship. Most families must rely on arranged marriage just to survive. But …

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The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio

The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio Hearts and dreams evolve in the shadow of the once-magnificent Penn Station. Vera Keller, the daughter of German immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York City, finds her life upended when the man she loves becomes engaged to another woman. But Angelo Bellavia has also inadvertently opened up Vera’s life to unexpected possibilities. Angelo’s new wife, Pearl, the wealthy daughter of a clothing manufacturer, has defied her family’s expectations …

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The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal

The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal Mona is a dollmaker. She crafts beautiful, handmade wooden dolls in her workshop in a sleepy seaside town. Every doll is special. Every doll has a name. And every doll has a hidden meaning, from a past Mona has never accepted. Each new doll takes Mona back to a different time entirely – back to Birmingham, in 1972. Back to the thrill of being a young Irish …

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The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels

The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels Devlin Markham, the notorious “Devil Duke” of Huntington, needs a woman. And not just any woman. If he can’t woo one of the most eccentric bluestockings of the Ton within the month, he can kiss his hard-earned fortune good-bye. But he’s always thought love a wasted emotion and marriage an inconvenience at best. And oddly enough, Lady Sophie Wolcott seems unmoved by his charm… When Sophie learns her beloved orphanage is …

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A Hero Born by Jin Yong (Legends of the Condor Heroes #1)

A Hero Born by Jin Yong (Legends of the Condor Heroes #1) China: 1200 A.D. The Song Empire has been invaded by its warlike Jurchen neighbours from the north. Half its territory and its historic capital lie in enemy hands; the peasants toil under the burden of the annual tribute demanded by the victors. Meanwhile, on the Mongolian steppe, a disparate nation of great warriors is about to be united by a warlord whose name …

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Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe by Madeline Miller In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, …

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The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd

The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd Few places lie closer to the heart of the nation’s heritage than the New Forest. Now, Edward Rutherfurd, weaves its history and legends into compelling fiction. From the mysterious killing of King William Rufus, treachery and witchcraft, smuggling and poaching run through this epic tale of well-born ladies, lowly woodsmen, sailors, merchants and Cistercian monks. The feuds, wars, loyalties and passions of generations reach their climax in a crime that …

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For The Winner by Emily Hauser (Golden Apple Trilogy #2)

For The Winner by Emily Hauser (Golden Apple Trilogy #2) Some three thousand years ago, in a time before history, the warriors of Greece journeyed to the ends of the earth in the greatest expedition the world had ever seen. One woman fought alongside them. Abandoned at birth on the slopes of Mount Pelion, Atalanta is determined to prove her worth to the father who cast her aside. Having taught herself to hunt and fight, …

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For The Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser (Golden Apple Trilogy #1)

For The Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser (Golden Apple Trilogy #1) Three thousand years ago a war took place that gave birth to legends – to Achilles, the greatest of the Greeks, and Hector, prince of Troy. It was a war that made – and destroyed – both men, a war that shook the very foundations of the world. But what if there was more to this epic conflict? What if there was another, hidden …

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Seven Summer Nights by Harper Fox

Seven Summer Nights by Harper Fox It’s 1946, and the dust of World War Two has just begun to settle. When famous archaeologist Rufus Denby returns to London, his life and reputation are as devastated as the city around him. He’s used to the most glamorous of excavations, but can’t turn down the offer of a job in rural Sussex. It’s a refuge, and the only means left to him of scraping a living. With …

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Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen

Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen The day nine-year-old San San and her twelve-year-old brother, Ah Liam, discover their grandmother taking a hammer to a framed portrait of Chairman Mao is the day that forever changes their lives. To prove his loyalty to the Party, Ah Liam reports his grandmother to the authorities. But his belief in doing the right thing sets in motion a terrible chain of events. Now they must flee …

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Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa The Flamethrowers meets Let the Great World Spin in this debut novel set amid the heated conflict of Seattle’s 1999 WTO protests. On a rainy, cold day in November, young Victor–a boyish, scrappy world traveler who’s run away from home–sets out to sell marijuana to the 50,000 anti-globalization protestors gathered in the streets. It quickly becomes clear that the throng determined to …

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne Berlin, 1942 : When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off …

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Pleasures Series by Eloisa James

Potent Pleasures (Pleasures #1) Nothing is more seductive than temptation. Reckless desire sends Charlotte Daicheston into the garden with a dashing masked stranger. He’s powerful, unforgettable, a devastatingly handsome footman who lures her–not against her will–into a grand indiscretion at a masquerade ball. Then he vanishes. Several years later, after Charlotte has made her dazzling debut in London society, they meet again. But the rogue is no footman. He’s rich, titled, and he doesn’t remember Charlotte. …

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The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin An intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female superstars: Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. An enchanting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife. Hollywood, 1914. Frances Marion, a young writer desperate for a break, meets “America’s Sweetheart,” Mary Pickford, already making a name for herself both …

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The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (Winternight Trilogy #2)

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (Winternight Trilogy #2) The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingalecontinues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege. Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign …

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