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H.M.S Valorby Cal Clement
A dark secret hangs over the Caribbean. Britain is at war with Napoleon, amid this chaos, a shadowy network acts against the common good. Lives hang in the balance while a young and ambitious Lieutenant takes his new assignment aboard the H.M.S Valor. Circumstances soon lead him down a path where he must weigh traditional judgement carefully. With sword and pistol in hand he will confront his fate, where things are not as simple as they first appear, and the path of honor looks an awful lot like treason.
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
Héloise Says Noby GL Robinson
Well-bred French émigrés free to England to escape the Revolution and become inn-keepers on the English coast. They bring up their daughter to be a lady, but when misfortunes befall the family she has no choice but to become a high price courtesan. Things get complicated when the noble Rory Dexter crosses her path, especially when a man from her past reappears to claim her as his own. A charming story with memorable characters, this is an unusual Regency Romance.
The Gaslight Gunslinger: Book One of Matthew Sladeby Sugar Lee Ryder
Can gunslinger Matthew Slade save a little girl from a Chinese crime lord in 1878 San Francisco?
The Truth of Who You Areby Sheila Myers
When his family is plunged into poverty during the Great Depression, Ben Taylor takes a job with the US Civilian Conservation Corps developing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A tragic accident puts him in a dilemma: does he let someone else take the fall for what he did so he can keep his position? The repercussions of his decision plague him all the way to the Battle of the Bulge in World War II where Ben is reunited with an old friend from his time with the Corps. Inspired by actual events and the people who once lived in the Smoky Mountains before it became a National Park, this saga explores how people use stories to hide uncomfortable truths and the lengths they’ll go to protect their home and family.
The Witching Poolby John Pilkington
''Away from the corruption of London and no longer a Justice, but that doesn’t stop Belstrang uncovering dark deeds in this Jacobean thriller. A joy from mysterious beginnings to a satisfying conclusion by a master storyteller.'' -- Paul Walker.
The Resistance Lilyby Dana Levy Elgrod
Paris, 1941. At the height of World War II, young and headstrong Josephine Portier is the protégé of a wealthy family in the highest echelons of Paris society. When she meets the arrogant but handsome Gabriel, she wants nothing to do with him – until he reveals a shocking secret about her adoptive family that puts her in grave danger. With her life turned upside down and the Nazi forces ever advancing, Josephine finds a new calling when she joins the French underground Resistance. Her dislike for Gabriel soon flourishes into love, but their romance is short lived as she sacrifices her own freedom to allow his escape. Alone, she must brave the secret missions and Gestapo interrogations of a 1940s Parisian resistance girl. In a city ravaged by war, Josephine is drawn into a dangerous game of survival, in which losing is simply not an option.
Storm Clouds Rolling Inby Ginny Dye
5400+ four and five star reviews from Amazon reflect why this riveting Historical saga is an Amazon bestseller. This first book of The Bregdan Chronicles series (currently with 17 books) will pull you in and never let you go. You will experience the Civil War era (and all the years to come) through the eyes of both White and Black, free and slave, Southern and Northern -- and you will fall in love with every character. Discover for yourself why every book in the series is a bestseller!
Harbour of Secretsby Kate Lance
Tempo #3: The war is over, the reckoning is not. It's the hip 1950s on Sydney's shimmering harbour, but how do you reconcile a past that gave - and stole - so much? Tina runs Tempo jazz club at shady Kings Cross, keeping secrets with, and from, her beguiling boss Jimmy: and from her lonely husband. Harry yearns to forget his days in a Singapore prison, yet his friends (and his conscience) won't let him. Ex-pilot Billie works at the seaplane base. She claims she's fine when her old lover Pete turns up with a new wife, yet Billie only ever had one weakness. Yvonne rebuilds life by the harbour with her beloved Klara. But when she publishes Harry's war memoir the secrets emerge, and no one can postpone the reckoning.
Daughter of Paris: The Diary of Marie Duplessis, France’s Most Celebrated Courtesanby A. G. Mogan
The story of Marie Duplessis, the courtesan who consumed Parisian high society in the 19th Century, and the inspiration behind masterpieces such as Alexandre Dumas Fils' The Lady with the Camellias and Verdi's La Traviata, is one that overwhelms with its soul-searing tragedy. This peasant girl, who endured cruelty, abandonment, and the torment of a woman’s lot in her time, clawed her way through the class and cultural strata of Paris from one rich man to another, with her sensational beauty lighting the way. Marie Duplessis was the courtesan who conquered her world as no other woman has, past or present. This is the story of a peasant girl who surpassed all suppressions her era imposed on its women, to become one of the most famous individuals 19th century Europe had ever known.
Brothers of the Islandby Kerry Hilton
During a fishing trip on the Mississippi River with his three grandsons, Bob Peterson diverts their excursion to a nearby island to wait out a storm. It’s there that he retells the story of his own life growing up on an island with his two brothers just prior to the brink of WWI. It all began in 1916 on Arrowhead Island, named for its crooked V-shape and the Indians that used to live there. Young brothers, Ron, Arthur and Bob must forage for their food to keep Pops and the family fed as they live the carefree life of three Huckleberry Finns. One day they stumble upon an old pine box that’s been washed ashore filled with Indian bones, a skull, arrowheads and a tomahawk. Inscribed on the lid are the words: Wau-kon-haw-kaw. In town, an Indian by the name of Big Canoe tells the boys that they have found ''Snakeskin,'' the lost bones of Chief Waukon Decorah ...
A King Under Siegeby Mercedes Rochelle
Richard II found himself under siege not once, but twice in his minority. Crowned king at age ten, facing the Peasants’ Revolt at fourteen, early on he proved himself every bit the Plantagenet successor. But for the next 10 years he struggled to assert himself against his uncles and hostile nobles. Just like in the days of his great-grandfather Edward II, vengeful magnates strove to separate him from his friends and advisors, and even threatened to depose him if he refused to do their bidding. The Lords Appellant, as they came to be known, launched a devastating campaign against Richard’s supporters, bending Parliament to their will and destroying everyone he depended on except for his queen. The Merciless Parliament marked the end of Richard’s youth and changed his viewpoint forever. He would never forget his humiliation and he vowed that next time, retribution would be his.
Forgotten Placesby Johanna Craven
Van Diemen's Land, Australia. 1833. English settler Grace Ashwell flees an abusive lover in Hobart Town, with six-year-old Violet in tow. In her head, escape is easy: find work in the northern settlements and earn enough for passage home to London. But Grace and Violet find themselves lost in a beautiful but deadly land where rain thunders down mountains, the earth drops away without warning and night brings impenetrable darkness. Deep in the wilderness, they find a crude hut inhabited by Alexander Dalton, an escaped convict long presumed dead. Hiding from civilisation in an attempt to forget his horrifying past, Alexander struggles to let Grace into his world. When Violet disappears, Grace's fragile trust in Alexander is put to the test. And as she searches for answers, he will do anything to keep his secrets inside.
Dakota Willows: A Story of Volga Deutsch Immigrationby Gerald Thompson
In the Span of three decades—1870 to 1900—more than twelve million Eastern European immigrants made the journey to America, including one-hundred thousand Volga Deutsch—ethnic Germans from Russia. John Schmidt and his family were among those who chose to escape Czarist Russia uprooting family to make the difficult passage across continent and ocean. They settle first in Central Kansas then, in a serendipitous turn of events, move north to the Red River Valley. There John grows a small Dakotan homestead to one of Cass County’s largest wheat farms. Dakota Willows is a story of overcoming the most difficult of obstacles to achieve the near impossible—a new life on the American prairie.
The Palace of the Stars, a Thrilling Adventure in Love, Magic, and Mysteryby Karina McRoberts
Lost in time, he finds his feet but loses his heart… Badly beaten Australian rookie cop Mike Harker emerges from a coma with no history, no job, and no self-respect. While convalescing with a kooky bibliophile, a time portal opens in her bookstore and Mike is hurled into the past. Faced with another beating, he is rescued from a mob by the charming impresario of The Palace of the Stars, a magnificent music hall. There Mike falls for the beautiful and beguiling stage magician, Mae Belle, who begs him to solve a series of gruesome murders. Stung by jealousy, he must team with her onstage, and possibly offstage partner, the mysterious Chan Li. Mike seizes his one chance at redemption and winning the woman he loves, but the justice of the day disgusts him and he must make a horrible choice. Meanwhile, the portal is closing... Finalist in the 2021 Wishing Shelf Book Awards.
The Secret Journals Of Adolf Hitler: The Anointedby A. G. Mogan
What happenings and environments wrought the most hated man in history? How does a child become a young man who evolved into a self-proclaimed messiah? Why did this one man become a psychotic who was responsible for the deaths of more than 50 million people? This book follows the first, formative years of Adolf Hitler's life. Presented as a personal journal, this is a fact-supported re-telling of a desperate existence, as viewed by Hitler, and tracks the points of pain that forged his beliefs. From a childhood of abuse and cheating death to an agonizing unrequited love to torturous years as a beggar in Vienna to finally finding his destiny. Enflamed by delusions, This is a story of dire happenstances that broke a mind and spirit, created beliefs that twisted innocence, ultimately morphing into a malicious brew that changed the world forever.
The Only Living Lady Parachutistby Catherine Clarke
To test her courage, daredevil Lillian risks her life for fame and fortune by parachuting from a hot air balloon throughout Australia and New Zealand. But in the competitive 1890s era of charlatans, showmen, and theatrical hucksters, is she brave enough to confront the truth about her past? A story of courage and ambition, and the consequences of secrets and lies.
Imperial Passions - The Great Palaceby Eileen Iciek
Constantinople 1057. The magnificent Byzantine Empire continues to exist only because its enemies have not yet realized how years of corrupt rulers have weakened it. A new emperor, Isaac I Comnenus struggles against foes both inside the empire and on its weakening borders, while his brother, John shrinks from his growing responsibilities, to the growing dismay of John's wife, Anna Dalassena. Anna's disappointment in her husband is outweighed only by her horror at the rise of her greatest enemy, Constantine Ducas. The turbulence of these troubled years finally forces Anna to recognize her own pivotal role in the destiny of her family and in the resurgence of the empire.
Anne and Louis Forever Boundby Rozsa Gaston
''A vibrant and dynamic retelling of Louis XII and Anne of Brittany’s life.''—Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize. ''A captivating drama.''—Kirkus Reviews. The year is 1508. Louis XII, King of France, wants to stamp France’s footprint upon Italy. Anne of Brittany, Queen of France, and ruler of neighboring realm Brittany, wants to produce a son and heir for Louis and to save the independence of Brittany from France. Louise of Savoy, the mother of the king’s intended successor, the future Francis I, wants to see her son on the throne of France. All three have suffered the twisting of their fates by Anne de Beaujeu, the spider king’s daughter, who ruled France from 1483-1491. Two shake off her shadow; one does not. One sees their dreams come true; two do not. But in this game of thrones, winners lose and losers win the greatest prize of all.
Fortune's Child: A Novel of Empress Theodora Book 1 of 2by James Conroyd Martin
KIRKUS REVIEWS: ''A meticulously researched historical account presented in the form of a thrilling political drama.'' Theodora: actress, prostitute, mistress, feminist. And Byzantine Empress of the civilized world. Stephen: handsome Syrian boy, wizard's apprentice, palace eunuch. And Secretary to the Empress. How does this unlikely pair become such allies that one day Empress Theodora asks Stephen to write her biography? ''The history is amazing—I felt like I was there.'' ~Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of ''Before We Were Yours.'' OVERALL BEST BOOK GRAND PRIZE WINNER. Chanticleer Int'l Book Awards
Westward Courageby A.T. Butler
Survival on the Oregon Trail requires sacrifice she never intended to make. Caroline Harper has everything she could want--wealth, position, the attention of an eligible bachelor. When her brother’s news destroys all of that, Caroline must decide what kind of life she wants to create for herself.
Traitor's Knotby Cryssa Bazos
England 1650: Civil War has given way to an uneasy peace . . . Royalist officer James Hart refuses to accept the tyranny of the new government after the execution of King Charles I, and to raise funds for the restoration of the king’s son, he takes to the road as a highwayman. Elizabeth Seton has long been shunned for being a traitor’s daughter. In the midst of the new order, she risks her life by sheltering fugitives from Parliament in a garrison town. But her attempts to rebuild her life are threatened, first by her own sense of injustice, then by falling in love with an outlaw. The lovers’ loyalty is tested through war, defeat and separation. James must fight his way back to the woman he loves, while Elizabeth will do anything to save him, even if it means sacrificing herself.
The Tubman Trainby Doug Peterson
''I can't die but once!'' This was the rallying cry of Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad. Her name is legendary, but many do not know Harriet's full story. ''The Tubman Train'' starts with her dramatic early years, then follows her through her own escape in 1849 and the beginning of her work as the ''She-Moses.'' The story culminates in the dramatic attempt to rescue her brothers. Climb aboard ''The Tubman Train'' and hang on for an intense and memorable ride.
The Duchess of Idahoby Meredith Allard
How would you survive with one life in the past and another in the present? Part historical romance, part time travel fantasy, The Duchess of Idaho is a story not to be missed.
Vinegar Hill Bluesby Wayne Clark
A homeless war-crippled musician returns to Brooklyn and decides his only hope is to combine jazz and crime. Author Wayne Clark perfectly captures the ambiance of 1940s New York and Brooklyn, incorporating some serious social issues that are still relevant today --Readers Favorite review
We Must Save Jepson!by Mark Petersen
Suspense! Murder! Tea breaks! In this hilarious historical thriller, H. R. Huxtable seeks to rescue a British outpost in Africa. His sole female companion is out to stamp out celibacy. Someone has rudely ventilated his tent with bullet holes. But despite harsh jungle, cannibals, and his own unhinged troops, Huxtable will prevail. Er … won’t he?