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Courting Dangerby J.G. Harlond
Cornwall 1943: Grumpy wartime detective Bob Robbins investigates a suspicious death in a moorland pool. The victim, Dr Corin Lanyon, was liked by all and loved by many - especially women. Bob rules out suicide and starts to look into the doctor’s connections to a druid Celtic heritage group. Meanwhile, the doctor’s eccentric aunt moves into his family home with a very specific agenda. With the help of young PC Laurie Oliver, Bob reveals a network of deceit and stolen museum treasures. Then another body is found in an ancient stone circle, It could be linked to the American GIs in the neighbourhood. To track down the killer, or killers, Bob and Laurie first have to find out how the crimes were committed, starting with another visit to the bleak moorland pool.
Far Away Home, an Historical Novel of the American West: Aislynn’s Story- Book 1by Susan Denning
An Amazon bestseller, FAR AWAY HOME ranked in the top 100 of US Historicals and Western Romances on Amazon for seven years. Read it now in its Enhanced Edition with a bonus introduction to the 4.6 star sequel, EMBRACE THE WIND. In post-Civil War New York City, sixteen-year-old Aislynn Denehy cannot find a job, she has no place to live and no family to help her. Some might think this is a problem; Aislynn believes it is an opportunity, but she has a lot to learn. No formulaic romance, Aislynn's journey begins in New York City and leads her to a Utah mining camp where she must cope with three very different men. The novel races through authentic experiences involving historical events until it erupts in an unexpected ending. In today's troubled world, FAR AWAY HOME will make you believe no matter how many challenges fate sends your way, the human spirit can triumph.
North of the Starsby Monica James
England is burning. And the cause…men are too afraid to utter in nothing but a whisper. The Northmen. My father is King Eanred. And me? I am Princess Emeline. My father wants to protect our kingdom against the ruthless Vikings who continue to raid England, so he has betrothed me to Aethelwulf, the son of King Egbert of Wessex—the most powerful realm in all of England. Without this union, Northumbria will fall, which is why I must submit. I must do this for my people. However, it is not in my nature to surrender. So when my father captures the most savage Viking known in our land, I do what no good, God-fearing Christian would do—I help him. His name…Skarth the Godless. My soul is tarnished. I am a sinner. Lord, hear my prayer…
Ygernaby Ruth Nestvold
Uthyr destroyed her life. Now she wants revenge. When young Ygerna first meets Uthyr, Pendragon of Britain, she is dazzled by the handsome and famous warrior. But when Uthyr interprets admiration as consent and takes her by force, Ygerna's hero worship turns to hatred. And she will do anything to get revenge on the man who got her with child and ruined her life. Set in 5th century Britain after the Romans have left the province to fend for itself, Ygerna's coming of age chronicles the battles of the Romanized Britons against the Anglo-Saxon tribes who want to take over the island at the beginning of the Dark Ages. A thoroughly new take on the story of King Arthur's mother, also known in Arthurian legend as Igraine and Ygrain, by the award-winning writer Ruth Nestvold.
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
The Hand We Are Dealtby Robert Bordas
Anna stopped counting the times she fell. Now she would take a stand... Anna Onisko has grown up under the shadow of her tyrannical stepfather. Now in her teens she is determined to escape him and fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. But this is Uzhhorod, Czechoslovakia, the year is 1938 and the Hungarian occupation is about to tear Anna's life apart. Through wartime dangers and family betrayal, Anna has to find the strength to make impossible choices and protect those she loves even if it means sacrificing everything she cares about. Based on the true story of a woman of courage.
Luke Under Fire: Caught Behind Enemy Linesby Diana Reep
August 1914. The German army advances toward France. Ordered to ''resist to the end” and outnumbered, Luke’s regiment waits near the French border. On the roaring battlefield, in a German prison, and finally on the run, Luke fights to survive. “Gripping and fast paced”—Goodreads review.
Where No Man Pursuethby Micheal Jimerson
Young Ray Elliott comes of age in the South during segregation enforced by Jim Crow laws. The murder of a leading citizen presents him a series of fateful decisions, turning a hard scrabble farmer's future like a kaleidoscope. He makes a fateful promise to protect a fugitive from lynching, whatever the cost. Meanwhile, bank president Richard Watersong uses the distraction of his father-in-law's murder to embezzle money and abscond to Cuba with a pregnant girl named Queen. His disgraced wife Eleanor raises their children and rebuilds the bank. She asks Ray Elliott-now a Texas Ranger-to find her husband, throwing herself at the lawman, but shame over his deceit drives him from her. The failed paths of these characters' broken lives bring them together decades later to contest ownership of two hundred acres in the heart of the Great East Texas Oilfield.
Sisters of the Sweetwater Furyby Kinley Bryan
In 1913, a powerful and dangerous storm descends on the Great Lakes — and three sisters find their lives transformed amid the chaos in this “superb, character-driven adventure” (Publishers Weekly). Kinley Bryan's debut, a Historical Novels Review Editors' Choice, is inspired by actual events during the Great Lakes Storm of 1913, as well as her own family history.
Greetings from Asbury Parkby Luigina Vecchione
Fifteen-year-old Mariella yearns for a new life. Since the Germans arrived in Rome, food has been scarce, and danger lurks around every corner. On top of that, she’s haunted by a childhood tragedy and weighed down with the responsibility of caring for her siblings. Everything feels impossible. But when she meets Jack, a handsome American soldier with an endearing smile, her future doesn’t seem so dark. She gives him a tour of the famed Colosseum, then takes him to dinner with her family. Despite the language barrier, their connection is undeniable. They share the same scars. The following day, Jack has to ship off to Japan. Neither wants to say goodbye, but they exchange addresses and promise to keep in touch. Over the following years, they try to move on while sharing snippets of their lives via airmail. But when Mariella goes quiet, Jack can’t ignore his feelings any longer.
Welcome to the Madhouse (Maids of Maddington Series)by Valerie Hudson
'Welcome to the Madhouse' will throw you straight into the harsh realities of Victorian London: homelessness, the gap between the rich and the poor, violence on the streets, prison, the workhouse… and Jack the Ripper. And yet, you’ll also find friendship, hope, and love.
Scattered Stonesby Beth Camp
Scotland, 1842. Lord Gordon’s evictions leave Dylan no choice. He leaves his wife, Moira, behind in the Orkney Islands to seek work, not knowing that she is pregnant with their first child. His only hope: that her brothers will care for her. But evictions continue. Moira is left alone with her youngest brother. Desperate, she decides to follow Dylan to Inverness, but she cannot find him. From Dylan’s struggle to find work with the new railways as a navvy, to Moira’s temporary respite at a women’s refuge, these two remain committed to their search for each other, despite challenges that stop them at every turn. Will Dylan and Moira be reunited? Discover the underlying strength that helped them survive turbulent times in this story of separated lovers.
No Ocean Wide Enoughby Living History
“I believe in you,” Amélie says. She peers up at me, her eyes alight with passion and pain. “Even the ocean wasn’t wide enough to keep us apart.” June 6, 1944. Gazing over the ocean, Eddie sits on the edge of a stone wall overlooking the beach. The tide that had swept in now slowly ebbs, leaving behind it a beach full of dead. There is so much work to be done.
Hag of the Hillsby JTT Ryder
“Nothing is unconquerable; even our gods can die.” Brennus is destined from birth to become a warrior, despite his farmer’s life. But when the Hillmen kill his family and annihilate his clan, he now has the opportunity to avenge those who he loved. Brennus must survive endless hordes of invading Hillmen and magic-wielding sidhe, aided by only a band of shifty mercenaries, and an ancient bronze sword. Failure means his family and clan go unavenged. Victory will bring glory to Brennus and his ancestors. Hag of the Hills is a historical fantasy novel set in 200 B.C. on the Isle of Skye, steeped in Celtic mythology and culture.
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence,animal cruelty and torture
A King Ensnaredby J R Tomlin
James, 12-year-old heir to the throne of Scotland, is in mortal danger. His father, King Robert III, is dying, and Robert's half-brother, the Duke of Albany, is plotting to seize power. The duke has already murdered James' older brother, and James will be next. James escapes Scotland and the murderous duke. Captured and imprisoned by the English, he grows to be a man of contradictions: a poet yet a knight, a dreamer yet fiercely driven. Hardened by his years in the Tower of London and haunted by his brother's brutal murder, James is determined to regain his freedom and end the Duke of Albany's misrule. But King Henry of England is determined that to do so, James must betray Scotland and everything he believes in.
The Heart of a Hussarby Griffin Brady
He’s undefeated in battle. Admired by his peers. But is one dashing Hussar’s gallantry about to cost him all he holds dear? Muscovy, 1610. Jacek Dąbrowski yearns to be recognized for his valor. Hoping his recent promotion to lieutenant will help secure the lands he desires, the twenty-two-year-old Polish cavalry officer earns instead the enmity of his captain. And his out-of-character rescue of two innocents from slaughter sets in motion a chain of grave consequences. Discovering the young woman and her brother are not Russian enemies and have no kin, Dąbrowski escorts them back to the castle in his homeland. But as the rivalry with his superior grows and the blossoming beauty sparks a fire in his heart, the brave horseman may find his dreams of glory lying in tatters. Can the courageous warrior survive hidden schemes that could destroy all he holds dear?
The Curse of Morton Abbeyby Clarissa Harwood
Desperate for employment, solicitor Miss Vaughan Springthorpe accepts a suspiciously lucrative offer to prepare the sale of a crumbling Yorkshire estate. Once there, she is beset by obstacles and mysteries: an intruder tries to enter her bedroom at night, gunshots go off outside her window, and an eerie crying echoes from the uninhabited second floor. To complete her work and solve the mystery at the heart of Morton, Vaughan needs the help of Joe Dixon, the handsome gardener, and Nicholas Spencer, her absent employer’s irascible invalid brother. But with her questions diverted, her progress thwarted, and her sleep disrupted by the crying, Vaughan can’t be certain she will escape Morton Abbey with her sanity intact or be cursed by its dark secrets. A gothic tale set in 1890's England.
The Accursed Kingby Mercedes Rochelle
King Henry IV was known as the king who killed both another king and an archbishop. The very night Archbishop Scrope was executed, Henry was stricken with a burning skin disease that was the beginning of a long slow decline. Reduced to an invalid, he was eventually unable take on the rigors of government. Fortunately for England, his heir was ready and eager to take over. But Henry wasn't willing to relinquish what he had worked so hard to preserve. No one was going to take away his royal prerogative—not even Prince Hal. Miserable and suspicious, Henry listened to Hal's jealous rivals who sought to bring the prince down, and nearly succeeded. But a greater destiny was in store for Hal, and he overcame all obstacles.
The Green Crossingby Diana Lee
Bestselling author JD Hawkins is adored by readers around the world. His granddaughter, Meliz Lin, is his biggest fan. After his sudden death, Meliz finds her grandfather’s World War II journal in the attic of his West Texas ranch house. Missing pages and a cryptic entry hint at a traumatic event that haunted JD his entire life. Struggling with grief, Meliz is determined to solve the mystery of the missing pages. JD’s story comes to life as she retraces his wartime steps to the battle-scarred beaches of the Philippines and Okinawa. But each new clue casts her beloved grandfather’s character in doubt and challenges her resolve. As Meliz closes in on the truth, she is threatened by an unseen enemy. Someone will do anything to keep her grandfather’s secret buried in the past. For JD, Meliz must confront a terrible injustice and find the courage to do what he could not.
On the Edge of Sunriseby Cynthia Ripley Miller
The year is AD 450. The Roman Empire wanes as the Medieval Age awakens. A young widow, Arria longs for a purpose and a challenge. She is as well versed in politics and diplomacy as any man … but with special skills of her own. Emperor Valentinian, determined to gain allies to help stop the Huns, sends a remarkable envoy, a woman, to the Assembly of Warriors in Gaul. Arria will persuade the Franks, northern pagans in a Roman Christian world, to stand with Rome against Attila. When barbarian raiders abduct Arria, the Frank blue-eyed warrior, Garic, rescues her. Alarmed by the instant and passionate attraction she feels, Arria is torn between duty and desire. Her arranged betrothal to the ambitious tribune, Drusus, her secret enlistment by Valentinian as a courier to Attila the Hun, and a mysterious riddle—threaten their love and propel them into adventure, intrigue, and Attila’s camp.
The Bookmarkby Anne Supsic
The legendary Marquis de Lafayette, A forgotten Moravian woman who became his nurse, And a bookmark with a secret... 1777. After being wounded at the Battle of Brandywine, Lafayette is taken to the isolated religious community of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he is cared for by a Moravian Single Sister named Liesl who has little patience with the arrogant Frenchman and his unwelcome curiosity about her life. 2005. When Abbey Prescott inherits her grandmother’s house in Bethlehem, she discovers an eighteenth-century bookmark, which may reveal a romance between Liesl and Lafayette, and she becomes determined to solve the mystery. The Bookmark is an immersive romantic mystery that illuminates a little-known piece of American history through the lives of two women, separated by the centuries but alike in their determination to confront the past and find a way forward.
Falling Star: The Curse of Lída Baarováby A. G. Mogan
In 1936, at the height of her career, the film star has it all—recognition, a man she loves, worshiping fans all over the continent. But when the all-powerfulPropaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels lays eyes on her, everything changes. He pursues her relentlessly, and pressed both by fear and desire, she finally slips. It soon becomes clear this was the greatest mistake of her life. The affair, though fairly brief, does not pass unnoticed by the terrifying, ever-watching conspirators. Immediately placed under surveillance by the infamous Gestapo, Lída Baarová is banned from acting, appearing in public, and forbidden from leaving the German Empire. With the help of a friend, she manages to flee Germany to her native Czechoslovakia. But her country no longer welcomes her. In fact, she now is regarded as an enemy of the state, a spy, a double agent.
The Munich Girlby Phyllis Edgerly Ring
Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends. Plunged into the world of the ''ordinary'' Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart, to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.
Chicago Movie Girlsby D.C. Reep
Three sisters in 1914 fight for success in Chicago’s early movie business, confronting gangsters, actors, and high society. Sensible Rae lies about her age. Gorgeous Lily aims for a rich society husband. Reckless Delia takes off her clothes for the camera. Publishers Weekly said, ''Betrayal, jealousy, and lovesick suitors power a fast-moving plot with several twists and turns.''
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
Requiem for the Unrequitedby Matthew Toland
The king’s accusation: Sir John de Dalton murdered Sir Michael le Poynings on Good Friday in 1347 and raped his sister, Lady Margery de la Beche. Troubling facts: The knight married the lady and then the couple vanished. Two mysteries: Did Sir John kill Sir Michael? What happened to Lady Margery? The truth hides behind a terrible secret that Sir John will defend to the death. Based on the life of Margery de la Beche.