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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, ultimately, 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).
The Duke's Daring Darlingby Bailey Bristol
Russian beauty Rusilla Charkova has no business sneaking into a London ball uninvited. Still, when the dashing Edwin Danton, Duke of Wellbury, begs for her help, what can she do but comply? After all—it might be the height of rudeness to refuse. With her whimsically dramatic flair, Rue will save the day for her Neddie. But can the man who has just won her heart do the same for her when she falls into the hands of vile Egyptian jewel thieves? The ones who will kill her mother if she doesn’t return the stolen Stones of Saqqarah?
Witch in the White Cityby Nick Wisseman
Thousands of exhibits. Millions of visitors. One supernatural killer. An intricate story with a breakneck pace, Witch in the White City blends history, mystery, and magic in a way that will appeal to fans of The Devil in the White City, The Golem and the Jinni, and Black Leopard, Red Wolf.
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
The Cookie Cutter Legacyby Deb Graham
In this warm Christian historical fiction, Henrietta, a tough 95+-year old North Dakota cattle rancher, weakened from a bout of pneumonia, comes to live with her great-niece in rural Oregon, bringing the family treasure with her. From the time of Queen Elizabeth I, each generation of the Van Demere family has added a cookie cutter to the collection, marking milestones, passing down their oral history. Each cookie cutter’s vignette tells a story of American history, including WWII spies and the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and Underground Railroad, indentured servitude, pioneers crossing the plains and the gold rush, barnstormers and orphan trains, safari and the Titanic, testaments of faith and strong women through generations. Henrietta feels a bounden duty to pass the stories to Jerria. Will she complete the family heritage before it’s too late?
I, Richard Plantagenet The Prequel: The Road From Fotheringhayby J.P. Reedman
Before there was a King called Richard III, there was a boy, Richard of the House of York, youngest living child of his large, royal-blooded family. A small, thin, nervous boy who witnesses the terror of the sack of Ludlow and is taken prisoner in its aftermath, along with his mother Cecily and two of his siblings. A child of eight sent for safety to a strange foreign land when his father is killed in battle and one of his brothers murdered, their heads spiked above the gates of York by the Lancastrian victors. A young boy raised to knighthood and a Dukedom by his eldest brother, the warrior-king Edward IV, then sent to Middleham Castle to receive knightly training in the household of his kinsman, Richard Neville--the infamous Warwick the Kingmaker. A place and a man that will shape the future course of Richard's life...
The Tide Between Usby Olive Collins
1821: A cargo of Irish children is deported to the cane fields of Jamaica. 1991: Their story is uncovered. Bestselling author Olive Collins ''brings history to life in this mesmerizing epic spanning 5 generations and 170 years,'' -- The Post.
Cleopatra: When We Were Godsby Colin Falconer
Cleopatra is barely more than a girl when she inherits an empire stretching from the scorched deserts of lower Egypt to the shining Mediterranean metropolis of Alexandria, with its famed library and lighthouse. But it is Rome, not Egypt, that rules the world. Cleopatra's rule is constantly imperilled by court conspiracies and Roman treachery. She survives at first through her alliance with the great Julius Caesar, a wily politician and battle-hardened general with a weakness for women; and then through her relationship with the charismatic but reckless Marc Anthony. The stakes in the deadly game could not be higher; the winner will not only lay claim to the empires of Rome and Egypt, but the destiny of the western world for thousands of years to come... Cleopatra was originally published in the US as When We Were Gods, and has since been translated into seven languages.
Whirligigby Richard Buxton
Shire leaves his home and his life in Victorian England for the sake of a childhood promise, a promise that pulls him into the bleeding heart of the American Civil War. Lost in the bloody battlefields of the West, he discovers a second home for his loyalty. Clara believes she has escaped from a predictable future of obligation and privilege, but her new life in the Appalachian Hills of Tennessee is decaying around her. In the mansion of Comrie, long hidden secrets are being slowly exhumed by a war that creeps ever closer. The first novel from multi-award winning short-story writer Richard Buxton, Whirligig is at once an outsider’s odyssey through the battle for Tennessee, a touching story of impossible love, and a portrait of America at war with itself. Self-interest and conflict, betrayal and passion, all fuse into a fateful climax.
The Love Noteby Joanna Politano
Focused on a career in medicine and not on romance, Willa Duvall is thrown slightly off course during the summer of 1865 when she discovers a never-opened love letter in a crack of her old writing desk. Compelled to find the passionate soul who penned it and the person who never received it, she takes a job as a nurse at the seaside estate of Crestwicke Manor. Everyone at Crestwicke has feelings--mostly negative ones--about the man who wrote the letter, but he seems to have disappeared. With plenty of enticing clues but few answers, Willa's search becomes even more complicated when she misplaces the letter and it passes from person to person in the house, each finding a thrilling or disheartening message in its words. Laced with mysteries large and small, this romantic Victorian-era tale of love lost, love deferred, and love found is sure to delight.
Stealing the Holy Grailby S.M. Perlow
In 523, in Francia, Princess Cera is desperate to steal the Holy Grail, to help those in need. While she’s dangerous with her daggers, she can’t take the grail by herself. Will King Arthur’s virtuous knight Perceval be willing to help Cera steal it? Meanwhile, Roan the Relentless, a pagan Saxon warrior who’s been through hell on earth, sets his own sights on the grail and will stop at nothing to get it. "Stealing the Holy Grail has a cinematic narrative and an original take on the plot of the classic King Arthur is driven by dynamic action scenes, with twists worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster." - IndieReader.
The Long Shot: A French Canadian Sagaby Joyce Derenas
Nazaire Poulin, a grain grower from Quebec wants his old life back, but the sudden death of his spouse, and the removal of his children have flipped his world upside down. He can't afford seed money for his coming summer crop. He is a lost man. The Klondike Gold Rush has been over for a decade. Is it too late to find gold or a job rumored to pay six dollars a day? A spark of hope flashes in Nazaire's body. Dare he go?
Three Thrilling Adventures in Love, Magic, and Mysteryby Karina McRoberts
Three complete time-travel adventure novels featuring Mike Harker, a rookie cop who is thrown into the past where he is taken in by charming impresario of a Victorian music hall. Don't miss this box set of nearly 800 pages of gorgeous escapism, adventure, and romance!
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 six 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.
Tania the Revolutionaryby Michael Pritchett
A Midwestern girl, escaped from a cult and finding it hard to come home, gets unexpected help from newspaper articles saved in her mom's basement about the cult experience of a girl from one of America's oldest and wealthiest families, rescued in a police shoot-out after five years on the run with an urban militia.
The Castiliansby VEH Masters
Scotland 1546 and a sister and brother, spirited Bethia and rebellious Will, are trapped on opposite sides of a desperate siege. It’s a fight for survival and a test of family loyalties. The story closely follows the actual events of the siege of St Andrews Castle and its dramatic re-taking. ''Action, tension, drama galore …with a dash of romance. A great read.''-- Award winning author Margaret Skea.
Settling the Windby Kari August
The harsh and rugged Colorado frontier of 1875 is not the type of place most would consider suitable for a recent widow to establish a home of her own. Yet that is exactly what Henrietta Schodde determines she will do as she impetuously buys a cabin in the newly forming settlement of Estes Park. Despite assurances from Henrietta that the locals appear amiable, her relatives are concerned and recruit the assistance of long-time family friend Collan Wallace, who unbeknownst to Henrietta, has also just begun homesteading in the area. The last thing Collan desires is to watch over the woman who has been his nemesis since childhood. But the pair quickly realize that there is more than each other to fight about when they discover an unscrupulous Englishman, Lord Dunraven, is hungry for their land.
Imaginary Brightness: a Durant Family Sagaby Sheila Myers
Set at the dawn of the Gilded Age, and while the American economy is reeling from over-speculation in railroads, the Durant family saga tells the story of William West Durant and his sister Ella, the children of the powerful American industrialist and railroad tycoon Dr. Thomas C. Durant. William and Ella find their fortunes and reputations threatened by their father’s questionable business dealings as head of the Union Pacific Railroad. As the family's finances teeter on the brink of bankruptcy, both brother and sister are whisked from their privileged lifestyle in high society London to the untamed Adirondack forests. It is in this wilderness landscape that the tension between passion and propriety, their future and their family, turn their worlds upside down.
The Witness Treeby Denise Weimer
To gain his wife, he must break her heart. Past betrayal has turned John Kliest’s passion to his work as a builder and surveyor in the Moravian town of Salem, North Carolina. Now, to satisfy the elders’ edict and fulfill his mission in Cherokee Territory, he needs a bride. But the one woman qualified to record the Cherokee language longs for a future with his younger brother. Clarissa Vogler’s dream of a life with Daniel Kliest is shattered when she is chosen by lot to marry his older brother and venture into the uncharted frontier. Can she learn to love this stoic man who is now her husband? Her survival hinges on being able to trust him—but they both harbor secrets.
How Much It May Storm: A Chilling Historical Ghost Storyby A.N. Willis
When Dinah sees a young soldier out in the snow—a soldier who looks just like Edward Gainsbury, a man who supposedly died in the last Great War—she follows him into the woods. But what she discovers will force Dinah to confront the true history of her town and the dangerous darkness hiding inside those she least suspects. A chilling, romantic ghost story for fans of Wendy Webb and Simone St. James.
Shiloh Valleyby Doris Dumrauf
A sweeping saga of love and loss, self-discovery and sacrifice set during the U.S. Civil War era Rhenish-Bavaria, 1849: Revolution is sweeping across the province, changing the lives of three young people forever. Desperate for freedom and adventure, Martin Dupree eagerly joins the rebels. When his father causes the revolution to flounder, Martin turns to America for deliverance. Katrin Weber, adored by Martin but engaged to another man, also seeks independence when a tragedy forces her and her brother to likewise seek their destiny in America. But the nation is breaking apart over the question of slavery, forcing the young immigrants to make difficult choices. From the vineyards of the Rhine Valley to the banks of the Mississippi, from rebel skirmishes to the battlefields of the Civil War, Shiloh Valley follows their quest for freedom and struggle for survival.
Yellow Hair: An Epic Tale of Enduranceby Andrew Joyce
Through no fault of his own, a young man is thrust into a new culture just as that culture is undergoing massive changes. It is losing its identity, its lands, and its dignity. He not only adapts, he perseveres and, over time, becomes a leader—and on occasion, the hand of vengeance against those who would destroy his adopted people. In this compelling, richly researched novel, author Andrew Joyce tells a story of epic endurance against all odds. From the first page to the last, fans of Dee Brown and W. Michael Gear will enjoy this riveting, historically accurate tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century. This is American history.
Finnegan Found - Surviving the POW Camps on the Yaluby John Powers
A story untold. Left in the dark. For seventy years. This novel tells that story, shines a light on that darkness. Our prisoners-of-war in Korea are truly the forgotten men of the forgotten war. Swede is captured early in the war. Only nineteen years old, he escapes three times and pays a price for each. He is starved and exposed to the freezing winter night while buckets of water are thrown on him. His guards beat him-and worse. Swede decides they might kill him, but he will never give up. He leads other Reactionaries as they fight back against the Chinese efforts at ''re-education.'' He pays a heavy price, not even sure in the end if he won or lost. Based on historical fact, this novel finally brings the recognition they deserve to all the men Swede represents.
The Lantern Boatsby Tessa Morris-Suzuki
Tokyo, 1951. Elly Ruskin is still struggling to settle. Half-Japanese by heritage, Elly was repatriated to Japan after the war, but Tokyo is a city she barely knows. And now she’s certain her new husband is having an affair with the enigmatic Japanese poet known as Vida Vidanto. Yet Elly is not the only one suspicious of Vida. The occupying US forces have their eye on her too. Kamiya Jun has been recruited to spy on the poet and find out why Vida spent her war years in China. He is perfect for the part. A war orphan, he has honed the art of becoming invisible in order to survive. But following Vida leads Jun to the Ruskins. And he soon finds himself delving into their private lives as well. Then Vida Vidanto is found murdered in her apartment. Is it a case of mere jealousy or has there been a betrayal of a more dangerous kind? Because Vida had more than one secret worth killing for.
Push Not the Riverby James Martin
Looking for a story that will transport you to another time and place? One with heart, history, and indelible characters? Based on the diary of a countess, this novel will enthrall you. A book club favorite and IPPI Gold Medal Winner! ''All the sweep and romance of 'Gone with the Wind' and 'Doctor Zhivago'. '' ~India Edghill
Return to Berlinby Noel Hynd
The long awaited sequel to 'Flowers From Berlin,' Noel Hynd's classic World War II espionage story. In this novel, set in 1943, William Cochrane, working for the OSS, returns secretly to Berlin to settle an unresolved episode dating from his tenure in the German capital in the 1930s. With the Gestapo trailing him, he finds more than he could have imagined, including love in an unusual place.