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Lessons From My Mother's Lifeby Tam May
In the 1950s, women were sold a bill of goods about who they were and who they should be as women. Some bought it. But some didn’t. These five stories are about the women who didn’t. A teenage bride sees her future mirrored in Circe’s twisted face. A woman’s tragic life serves as a warning about the dangers of too much maternal devotion. And the lives of two women intersect during two birthday parties, changing both of them. These and other moving tales of strength, discovery, and hope are about our mothers and grandmothers and the lessons their lives have to teach us.
Liverpool Daisyby Helen Forrester
LIVERPOOL, 1931. Meet Daisy Gallagher, a mother from a large Irish Catholic family living in the tough streets of pre-war Liverpool. She’s a huge character, passionate in her loves and hatreds. After her own mum dies, she becomes head of her poverty-stricken family. Her best friend Nellie O'Brien is dying. She needs urgent medical attention. Daisy’s desperation for money leads her into the darkened streets and into the arms of drunken sailors willing to pay. Fighting competition, weeping at her own suffering, laughing with her clients, she becomes the toast of the waterfront and earns enough money to help her friend and her family. Daisy manages to hide her new occupation from her loved ones. But what happens when her sailor husband comes back from sea?
Murder Bayby David R. Horwitz
In 1957, young Washington DC police sergeant Ben Carey heads up a team of officers in a dilapidated house three blocks from the Capitol. Though Carey’s career is on the rise, his marriage is circling the drain, and as he spends more time at the office, he discovers there is something not quite right about this decaying old home. It harbors some dark secrets — connecting him to the long-dead soldier and others in ways he can’t understand. With his personal life in shambles, and forces from within the house vying for his attention, Carey casts reason aside and begins an investigation to uncover the truth about what happened in this haunted place. As he peels back the layers of history, he finds courage and love, but also deception, greed, jealousy, and murder.
The Last Letter from Julietby Melanie Hudson
Inspired by the brave women of WWII, this is a moving and powerful novel of friendship, love and resilience. A daring WWII pilot who grew up among the clouds, Juliet Caron’s life was one of courage, adventure – and a love torn apart by war. Every nook of her Cornish cottage is alive with memories just waiting to be discovered. Katherine Henderson has escaped to Cornwall for Christmas, but she soon finds there is more to her holiday cottage than meets the eye. And on the eve of Juliet’s 100th birthday, Katherine is enlisted to make an old lady’s final Christmas wish come true…
The Pearl of Penangby Clare Flynn
Evie Fraser, paid companion to a crotchety spinster, seems destined for a lonely life. Then out of the blue, a marriage proposal arrives by post. She met the handsome Douglas Barrington just once – at his wedding – but never forgot him. Now widowed, plantation-owner Douglas offers her a new life on the lush, exotic island of Penang. How can Evie resist? But what are Barrington’s motives in marrying Evie when he barely knows her, and why is he so hostile and moody? Evie soon finds herself pitched against Douglas on the one hand and the shallow, often spiteful world of the expatriate British on the other. Has she made the biggest mistake of her life? Flynn’s tenth novel explores love, marriage, the impact of war and the challenges of displacement – this time in a tropical paradise as the threat of the Japanese empire looms closer.
Golden Dragonby V.E. Ulett
Romance, Intrigue, and Airships - Code Black Book 1 Miriam Kodio Blackwell is caught between East and West. When a Code Black arises she is recruited by Lord Q, head of British intelligence and airships, who helps Miriam escape Iran only to press her into service of the Crown. Will Miriam survive when she's put aboard the airship Nonesuch—with her captain, crew, and a Hell-Cat of fearsome reputation—and the assignment to rescue the niece of a Dutch ally taken captive in the South China Sea? Golden Dragon is a witty new steampunk adventure, set in the Romantic age of Byron and Shelley.
Twenty Flowers of Evilby Noel Hynd
Paris in the 1920's, a time of jazz, flappers, fast money, vibrant clubs and the excesses of life for those who survived World War One. Montparnasse in that era: the quarter of Paris that was home to Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Picasso, Man Ray, and countless other creative souls from all over the world. They drank, they partied, they created and they hung out at the famous cafes But there was also a dark spiritual undertone to the city during The Roaring Twenties (or as the French called it, 'Les Annees Folles.' Audrey Hamilton is a young American woman who comes to Paris in the mid-1920's to paint and fulfill her artistic dreams. But darkness and terror await her in the profane disturbed spirit of Charles Baudelaire, the masterful poet of the 1800's who will attempt to draw her to an early grave.
The Mystery of Julia Episcopaby John I. Rigoli and Diane Cummings
In the age of Emperor Domitian, a Roman noblewoman named Julia flees Rome. Hidden beneath her robes, she carries secrets men will kill for. Two centuries later, famed archeologists Valentina Vella and Erika Simone stumble across a scrap of parchment which leads straight to Julia and the legacy she died to protect. Valentina and Erika find themselves caught in a venomous Vatican battle that threatens to destroy the papacy. Three women connected by two intertwined stories of treacherous political intrigues, ancient cover-ups, and savage vengeance. The Mystery of Julia Epsicopa.
When We Were Braveby Karla Jay
2020 Book Excellence Award Winner. In WHEN WE WERE BRAVE, we find a conflicted SS officer, Wilhelm Falk, who risks everything to escape the Wehrmacht and get out the message about the death camps. Izaak is a young Jewish boy whose positive outlook is challenged daily as each new perilous situation comes along. American citizens, Herbert Müller and his family, are sent back to the hellish landscape of Germany because of the DNA coursing through their veins. In these high-stakes plots with the endearing characters' braided fates, we pray it will all work out in the end.
Anne and Louis: Passion and Politics in Early Renaissance Franceby Rozsa Gaston
Anne, Duchess of Brittany, is the love of King Louis XII of France’s life. Too bad he’s already married. While his annulment proceedings create scandal, Anne returns to Brittany to take back control of her duchy that her late husband, Charles VIII, King of France, had wrested from her. At 21, Anne is sovereign ruler of Brittany as well as Europe’s most wealthy widow. But can she maintain Brittany’s independence from France if she accepts Louis’ offer to make her Queen of France once more? With Italian arrivals to the French court from Cesare Borgia to Niccolò Machiavelli, Anne and Louis’ story unfolds as the feudal era gives way to the Renaissance. Their love for each other tested by conflicting duties to their respective countries, the two rulers struggle to navigate a collision course that will reshape the map of 16th-century Europe.
Life in the Lion's Mouthby James R. Dubbs
Greenwich Village, folk music, a traveling circus, the road, and first love: Life in the Lion's Mouth will delight anyone who came of age in the 60s or wishes they had. Desperate to escape his hometown, seventeen-year-old Robert Campbell embraces his dead father's long-ago advice to “live life in the lion's mouth” and joins a small traveling circus, where he quickly becomes the star ''prop'' of the circus’s long-defunct lion's mouth act. But when Robert meets new-hire Anna, an aspiring folksinger who instantly re-names him ''Bobby,'' his new life is upended and he embarks on a seminal journey that tests his loyalty to the circus and leads him to the outskirts of the Greenwich Village folk scene and The Cafe Flame. There, among the Cafe's eclectic cast of artists, sages, and fools, Robert confronts his buried past and truly discovers ''life in the lion's mouth."
The Forbidden City boxsetby Melissa Addey
18th century China. All girls aged thirteen to sixteen had to attend the Imperial Daughters’ Draft, so that the Emperor could have the first choice of every woman in his empire as a possible concubine. This gripping and romantic historical fiction series follows the interlinked lives of four real women who entered the Forbidden City and whose lives were changed forever.
How Fires Endby Marco Rafala
A dark secret born out of World War II lies at the heart of a Sicilian American family in this emotional and sweeping saga of guilt, revenge, and redemption. A ''beautiful, mesmerizing'' novel (Alexander Chee), that is ''a moving depiction of multigenerational loss and love, grief and gratitude, heartbreak and hope.'' (Kirkus Reviews).
Enemy at the Gateby Mary Brooks
Freedom through Resistance in war-ravaged Greece. It's 1941 and Zoe Lambros is surrounded by death and misery in occupied Greece. She is determined to join the Greek Resistance. With the help of her cousin, Ellie, Zoe is recruited into the Bouboulina Resistance group to take part in a clandestine operation to rescue Jews from certain death. Can Zoe's passionate desire to defend her country be enough to keep her alive long enough to complete the mission?
The Captive Princess: Eleanor Fair Maid of Brittanyby J.P. Reedman
Princess. Marriage Prize. Prisoner. Eleanor of Brittany is sent to live in the household of her esteemed grandmother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and brought up expecting to be the bride of a powerful prince. But when the marriage proposed for her as part of Richard Lionheart's ransom falls through and King Richard dies a few years later at Chalus, she is returned to her mother and her beloved younger brother Arthur in Brittany. John now sits on the throne of England, something Eleanor and Arthur both resent, for they are the children of his elder brother, Geoffrey, and many men say their claim to England supersedes John's. Arthur's desire for a crown leads the pair to ally with France and attack their aged grandmother in the castle of Mirabeau, a move that brings untold disaster to both.
The Stonehenge Sagaby J.P. Reedman
Britain. 1900 BC. Stonehenge stands as a unifying monument and temple to the Britons -- proud and protective, a shield against foreign invaders wishing to plunder the tin and flint from the land, and intrude on the sacred chalk lands of the Great Plain, home to the Ancestors. This is a unique work of historical fantasy, placing the Arthurian myths in a prehistoric context and drawing heavily on the latest archaeological discoveries not only in the landscape around Stonehenge and Avebury, but also as far as the Orkney Isles and Ireland.
The Subtlest Soulby Virginia Cox
Winner of the 2014 HNS Indie Award: An acclaimed novel of political intrigue, love, lust and espionage, set in the Italy of the Borgias. ''Hypnotically readable ... A remarkable achievement, highly recommended.'' - The Historical Novel Society Review (Editor's Choice). ''The characterization is stunning. . . I sincerely hope that Virginia Cox is writing a sequel.'' – New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
Naked Truth or Equality, the Forbidden Fruitby Carrie Hayes
From Washington Heights to Washington D.C. comes a true American Herstory. Filled with intrigue, lust, and betrayal, this is the fight for sexual equality. 1868, on the eve of the Gilded Age: Spiritualist TENNESSEE CLAFLIN is smart, sexy, and sometimes clairvoyant. But it’s her sister, VICTORIA WOODHULL, who is going to make history as the first woman to run for President of the United States. It starts with the seduction of the richest man in America. Next, they'll take New York City and the suffragist movement by storm, because together, Tennessee and Victoria are a force of nature. Boldly ambitious, they stop at nothing, brushing shoulders with Harriet Beecher Stowe and Susan B. Anthony, using enough chutzpah to make a lady blush. That is, until their backstabbing family takes them to court, and their carefully spun lives unravel, out in public and in the Press.
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
Adalbertby Craig Hipkins
Adalbert is an intelligent but restless young man who is determined to make his own way in the world and cast himself from the shadow of his famous father Astrolabe. His mother Asperia attempts to keep him and his twin sister isolated from the evils of the world, but events unfold that make this quite impossible. Adalbert crosses paths with the villain of Astrolabe, Robert de Langton whose diabolical behavior seems to have been arrested. He now lives a solitary life of repentance and takes Adalbert under his wing, but he holds a long time secret that Adalbert attempts to extract from him. The adventure culminates with a dramatic sea voyage into the icy waters of the northern Atlantic where Adalbert and his burly Viking friend Halfdan seek a long forgotten treasure. They battle with sea-pirates and encounter a giant sea monster that attempts to destroy their ship.
The Munich Girlby Phyllis Edgerly Ring
The past may not be done with us. 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 treacherous world of wartime Germany, she uncovers long-buried secrets, and the legacies of love that always outlast war. “Hard to put down. ... Harder to forget.'' -- Ink Drop Reviews.
The Girl in Grayby Annette Lyon
A country fighting to stay free; a woman with an impossible decision. In November of 1939, Sini Toivola is sure of two things: she loves Marko Linna, and she has a comfortable life in Helsinki. But when the massive Soviet army invades her beloved homeland and Marko spurns her affections, her life is turned upside down. Needing a fresh start, Sini decides to join the female volunteer corps—the Lotta Svärd—and is sent to serve near the front lines. Service at a field hospital proves a good distraction—until Sini discovers a Russian soldier lost behind their camp. Duty requires her to turn him in, but her heart begs to keep him safe and help him escape. Torn between love for her country and love for her enemy, Sini must choose—but no matter what choice she makes, heart-wrenching consequences await them all.
The Perilby Virginia Cox
How do you escape Cesare Borgia, the most feared man in Europe? After double-crossing Borgia, The Subtlest Soul’s Matteo da Fermo is sent to Paris on a secret mission, disguised as a friar in one of the strictest religious orders of Renaissance Europe. From there, following a series of improbable adventures, Matteo makes his way to the glittering and treacherous French court at Blois, and then back to Italy, where he resumes his breakneck career of intrigue and subterfuge, and his convoluted, star-crossed love life. The Peril continues the gripping narrative of The Subtlest Soul, while broadening its historical canvas from Italy to Northern Europe, and dramatizing the prehistory of the Protestant Reformation and the story of the spread of Italian Renaissance culture north of the Alps.
A Peach For Big Jimby Lisa Belmont
To Kill A Mockingbird meets The Secret Life of Bees in this haunting coming-of-age tale set in racially-divided South Carolina.
Witch of the Wild Beastsby Catherine Stine
New launch! Like prison romances? Try this second prize winner in RWA’s 2019 Sheila contest. Will Evalina Stowe’s supernatural bond with animals be a curse or salvation? When a cruel doctor kills her brother, her “wild beasts” come to her aid and she’s imprisoned for witchcraft in Philadelphia’s infamous penitentiary. Inside the prison, she’s horrified to discover that medical crimes are occurring. This historical fantasy, set in 1854 is about Evalina’s search for justice. If her risky plan fails, she, her new love, Birdy and her cohorts will surely be hung.
After the Voyage: An Irish American Storyby Brenda Murphy
At the heart of After the Voyage is an arranged marriage poisoned by well-intentioned lies. From different counties in Ireland, Maggie Qualter and Richard Terrett both sail to America as young adults in 1870 after surviving Ireland’s Great Hunger as children. Maggie works as a maid for a wealthy family. Richard finds work in a tannery. After the death of the young wife he loves passionately, Richard marries Maggie with the help of a deceptive go-between. They raise three children in the midst of Irish American culture, the Catholic Church, and Richard’s battles for the workingman in the Knights of Labor. Daughter Mary dreams of being a nun, while Josie seeks the freedom of big-city life in Boston. Neither reckons on the future she will face. Son Tom escapes factory life by joining the Navy, manages to see the world in the midst of two wars, and comes home to marry his sweetheart.