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Wild Strawberries by Emma Blair

Wild Strawberries by Emma Blair

Wild Strawberries by Emma Blair Maizie and her husband, Sam, run the Paris Hotel in Coverack, Cornwall, but when World War II starts Sam joins up and leaves Maizie to run the hotel. Struggling to keep the hotel going, Maizie is further troubled when she takes on Rosemary and Bobby, two evacuees from Plymouth but after a difficult start the children settle in and Maizie, who wants a family, enjoys their company. Her happiness is …

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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way. They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of …

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The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh

The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh

The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh Sarah Gilchrist has fled London and a troubled past to join the University of Edinburgh’s medical school in 1892, the first year it admits women. She is determined to become a doctor despite the misgivings of her family and society, but Sarah quickly finds plenty of barriers at school itself: professors who refuse to teach their new pupils, male students determined to force out their female counterparts, and—perhaps …

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird for the 21st Century’ by Jodi Picoult (Ruth Jefferson #1) ‘To Kill a Mockingbird for the 21st Century’ Real Reader Review When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is …

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One Summer at Deer’s Leap by Elizabeth Elgin

One Summer at Deer's Leap by Elizabeth Elgin

One Summer at Deer’s Leap by Elizabeth Elgin A present-day love story which springs from a tragic wartime romance … It is the 1990s. Cassie Johns is a young, lovely writer on the threshold of success after a less-than-silver-spooned girlhood. Driving through the glorious countryside to a fancy-dress party in the Vale of Boland, she gives a lift to a mysteriously attractive young man wearing the uniform of an RAF pilot: ready for the party …

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Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics Sometimes I believe the baby will never stop crying. When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began …

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So Wild A Dream by Larissa Brown

So Wild A Dream by Larissa Brown

So Wild A Dream by Larissa Brown Larissa Brown transports us once again to the White Woods of 10th century Iceland in the follow-up to her bestselling Beautiful Wreck. Eðna Jonsdottir is on a mission. Touch down in 10th century Iceland, gather what she needs regardless of the consequences, and return to the 22nd century, becoming the world’s first time machine test pilot. Falling in love isn’t on the checklist. Brosa Ulfsson is handsome, capable, …

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of …

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The Wallflowers Series by Lisa Kleypas

The Wallflowers Series by Lisa Kleypas

The Wallflowers Series by Lisa Kleypas Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born. #0.5 – Again the Magic She gave him her innocence… Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her …

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And I Darken by Kiersten White (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)

And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious …

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Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Little Deaths by Emma Flint It’s 1965 in a tight-knit working-class neighborhood in Queens, New York, and Ruth Malone–a single mother who works long hours as a cocktail waitress–wakes to discover her two small children, Frankie Jr. and Cindy, have gone missing. Later that day, Cindy’s body is found in a derelict lot a half mile from her home, strangled. Ten days later, Frankie Jr.’s decomposing body is found. Immediately, all fingers point to Ruth. …

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The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two …

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Silence by Shūsaku Endō

Silence by Shūsaku Endō

Silence by Shūsaku Endō Father Rodrigues is an idealistic Portuguese Jesuit priest who, in the 1640s, sets sail for Japan on a determined mission to help the brutally oppressed Japanese Christians and to discover the truth behind unthinkable rumours that his famous teacher Ferreira has renounced his faith. Once faced with the realities of religious persecution Rodrigues himself is forced to make an impossible choice: whether to abandon his flock or his God. Winner of …

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Winterspell Series by Claire Legrand

Winterspell Series by Claire Legrand The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince…but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums. New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer. Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes. Her home is destroyed, her father abducted—by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara …

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Human Acts by Han Kang

Human Acts by Han Kang

Human Acts by Han Kang In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed. The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho’s best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory …

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Cousins’ War Series by Philippa Gregory

Cousins' War Series by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen (Cousins’ War, #1) Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen. The White Queen tells the story …

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The Muse by Jessie Burton

The Muse by Jessie Burton

The Muse by Jessie Burton A picture hides a thousand words . . . On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and …

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The Draughtsman by Robert Lautner

The Draughtsman by Robert Lautner

The Draughtsman by Robert Lautner Speak out for the fate of millions or turn a blind eye? We all have choices. 1944, Germany. Ernst Beck’s new job marks an end to months of unemployment. Working for Erfurt’s most prestigious engineering firm, Topf & Sons, means he can finally make a contribution to the war effort, provide for his beautiful wife, Etta, and make his parents proud. But there is a price. Ernst is assigned to …

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Hunters of the Dark Sea by Mel Odom

Hunters of the Dark Sea by Mel Odom

Hunters of the Dark Sea by Mel Odom They were the whalers of the nineteenth century, leaving home for months, nay years at a time, in search of the largest creatures of the earth. It was their job to hunt these mammoth sea dwellers for their oil and feed the trade in hopes of raising enough coin to feed their families back in port. They are the hunters of the dark sea, in search of …

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Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown

Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown

Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown A sweeping love story that crosses time, from a bleak 22nd century to 10th century Iceland – a land of rugged beauty and ax-hewn justice. In a desolate future built on virtual reality, Ginn is a romantic who yearns for something real. She designs environments for people who play at being Vikings. But when her project goes awry, she’s stranded in the actual 10th century, on a storybook farm in …

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary …

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 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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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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The God’s Lions Series by John Lyman

The Secret Chapel (God’s Lions #1) Summoned to Rome by an old friend, a Jesuit scholar finds himself using a code discovered in the Bible to find an ancient, hidden chapel in the catacombs under the city. When a rogue force of Vatican security officials are alerted to his discovery, the priest flees to the Holy Land with a clue . . . a clue that will lead him and a team of Israeli Christians …

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