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The Lord of Stariel by A.J. Lancaster (Stariel, #1)

The Lord of Stariel by A.J. Lancaster (Stariel, #1) The Lord of Stariel is dead. Long live the Lord of Stariel. Whoever that is.  Everyone knows who the magical estate will choose for its next ruler. Or do they? Will it be the lord’s eldest son, who he despised? His favourite nephew, with the strongest magical land-sense? His scandalous daughter, who ran away from home years ago to study illusion? Hetta knows it won’t be …

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In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende New York Times and worldwide bestselling author Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.  An instant New York Times bestseller, In the Midst of Winter is about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that offers “a timely message about immigration and the meaning of home” (People). During the biggest Brooklyn …

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Those Who Go by Night by Andrew Gaddes

Those Who Go by Night by Andrew Gaddes A gruesome murder in a sleepy 14th-century English village sets the stage for a taut drama laced with witchcraft, depravity, and long-buried secrets. England, 1324—a land rife with superstition and gripped by fear of the Church’s holy wrath. When a beggar is murdered in the quiet village of Bottesford, his body draped across the altar of St. Mary’s church in a perverse pose of pagan sacrifice, the …

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The Guinevere’s Tale Trilogy by Nicole Evelina (Guinevere’s Tale Compendium)

The Guinevere’s Tale Trilogy by Nicole Evelina (Guinevere’s Tale Compendium) Guinevere is remembered for her role as King Arthur’s wife and for her adulterous affair with Lancelot. But there is so much more to her story… Priestess. Queen. Warrior. Experience the world of King Arthur through Guinevere’s eyes as she matures from a young priestess who never dreamed of becoming queen to the stalwart defender of a nation and a mistress whose sin would go …

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Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger When Israel Finch and Tommy Basca, the town bullies, break into the home of school caretaker Jeremiah Land, wielding a baseball bat and looking for trouble, they find more of it than even they expected. For seventeen-year-old Davey is sitting up in bed waiting for them with a Winchester rifle. His younger brother Reuben has seen their father perform miracles, but Jeremiah now seems as powerless to prevent …

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The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson

The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children. Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards. It was a time when women everywhere …

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Thieving Forest by Martha Conway

Thieving Forest by Martha Conway On a humid morning in 1806, seventeen-year-old Susanna Quiner watches helplessly from behind a tree while a band of Potawatomi Indians kidnaps her four older sisters from their cabin. With both her parents dead from Swamp Fever and all the other settlers out in their fields, Susanna rashly decides to pursue them herself. What follows is a young woman’s quest to save her sisters and the parallel story of her …

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White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey

White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey In the shadows of World War II, trust becomes the greatest risk of all for two strangers. December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and …

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Queen Mab by Kate Danley

  Queen Mab by Kate Danley Before Romeo & Juliet, there was… Queen Mab. When Faunus, the god of daydreams, breaks the heart of Queen Mab, revenge can be the only answer.  Using the most powerful families in Verona, they wage their war against one another, and place their final bets upon the heads of two youths, one named Romeo and the other named Juliet. But when Queen Mab falls in love with a gentleman …

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Darcy the Beast: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Cass Grix

Darcy the Beast: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Cass Grix A Jane Austen fairy tale. Beautiful Elizabeth Bennet thinks Mr. Darcy is a Beast – he is a proud, angry man, scarred by life – and she would never consent to living at his home, sacrificing her freedom, if her family’s survival was not at stake. Her only solace is the handsome man she dreams of at night. After years of searching, Darcy has found …

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In the Far Pashmina Mountains by Janet MacLeod Trotter

In the Far Pashmina Mountains by Janet MacLeod Trotter From shipwreck and heartbreak to treachery and war: can their love survive? Abandoned as a baby and raised in a remote lighthouse off the wild Northumberland coast, Alice Fairchild has always dreamed of adventure. When a fierce storm wrecks a ship nearby, she risks everything in an act of bravery that alters the course of her life. Aboard the doomed vessel is the handsome John Sinclair, …

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The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker

The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker For fans of All the Light We Cannot See, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and The Nightingale comes an emotionally gripping, beautifully written historical novel about extraordinary hope, redemption, and one man’s search for light during the darkest times of World War II. Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet …

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Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker

Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker [ARC] The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a riveting novel of gothic suspense that reveals not only Dracula’s true origins but Bram Stoker’s — and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy …

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Body & Soul by Frank Conroy

Body & Soul by Frank Conroy In the dim light of a basement apartment, six-year-old Claude Rawlings sits at an old white piano, picking out the sounds he has heard on the radio and shutting out the reality of his lonely world. The setting is 1940s New York, a city that is “long gone, replaced by another city of the same name.” Against a backdrop that pulses with sound and rhythm, Body & Soul brilliantly evokes the …

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Becoming Belle by Nuala O’Connor

Becoming Belle by Nuala O’Connor A witty and inherently feminist novel about passion and marriage, based on a true story of an unstoppable woman ahead of her time in Victorian London. In 1887, Isabel Bilton is the eldest of three daughters of a middle-class military family, growing up in a small garrison town. By 1891 she is the Countess of Clancarty, dubbed “the peasant countess” by the press, and a member of the Irish aristocracy. …

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The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas (Lady Sherlock #3)

The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas (Lady Sherlock #3) [ARC] Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, returns in the Victorian-set mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of A Conspiracy in Belgravia and A Study in Scarlet Women, an NPR Best Book of 2016. Under the cover of “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her …

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A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (Lady Sherlock #2)

A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (Lady Sherlock #2) The game is afoot as Charlotte Holmes returns in the atmospheric second novel in New York Times bestseller Sherry Thomas’s Victorian-set Lady Sherlock series. Being shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she’s had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but …

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A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (Lady Sherlock #1)

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (Lady Sherlock #1) With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her …

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Hotel Sacher: A Novel by Rodica Doehnert

Hotel Sacher: A Novel by Rodica Doehnert One woman takes hold of her legacy in an epic tale of Viennese romance, deception, and danger. Vienna, 1892. Against all odds, at the height of Belle Époque splendor, Anna Sacher has taken possession of her late husband’s hotel, across the street from the famous opera house. At a time when controlling such a business was an opportunity afforded only to men, Anna is as vigilant as she …

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Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (The Conqueror’s Saga #3)

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (The Conqueror’s Saga #3) Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it? …

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White (The Conqueror’s Saga #2)

Now I Rise by Kiersten White (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she …

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

And I Darken by Kiersten White

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

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Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion. On a routine delivery, a …

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Beautiful Exiles by Meg Waite Clayton

Beautiful Exiles by Meg Waite Clayton From New York Times bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton comes a riveting novel based on one of the most volatile and intoxicating real-life love affairs of the twentieth century. Key West, 1936. Headstrong, accomplished journalist Martha Gellhorn is confident with words but less so with men when she meets disheveled literary titan Ernest Hemingway in a dive bar. Their friendship—forged over writing, talk, and family dinners—flourishes into something undeniable in Madrid …

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Years & an Ocean by Jo Noelle

Years & an Ocean by Jo Noelle Going to a séance was supposed to be a harmless diversion in Victorian England, but for Delia Spencer, it was life altering. Since that day, she has been plagued by fainting spells, while her consciousness visits Elle Thomas more than a century in the future. In modern-day New York, Elle has kept secret the dream-like memories of Delia’s life. As the visits have become more frequent, Elle is …

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Oh My Stars by Lorna Landvik

Oh My Stars by Lorna Landvik I am convinced that at birth the cake is already baked. Nurture is the nuts or frosting, but if you’re a spice cake, you’re a spice cake, and nothing is going to change you into an angel food. Tall, slender Violet Mathers is growing up in the Great Depression, which could just as well define her state of mind. Abandoned by her mother as a child, mistreated by her …

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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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To Steal a Groom: A Saucy Scottish Tale by Bianca Bloom (Highland Historical Romance #1)

To Steal a Groom: A Saucy Scottish Tale by Bianca Bloom (Highland Historical Romance #1) Shona, a Scottish woman whose family fled to England many years ago, is at the theatre in London when she gets the news. Her mother, a sensible and conservative society widow, is about to make a sudden marriage. Worse, the man she’s about to marry is a notorious spendthrift and rake. Shona rushes to the Highlands to try and prevent …

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The Concubine’s Daughter by Pai Kit Fai

The Concubine’s Daughter by Pai Kit Fai In the bestselling tradition of Memoirs of a Geisha, a riveting saga of early twentieth-century China, where a mother and a daughter fight to realize their destinies in a world where women could still be bought and sold. Lotus Feet. He would give his daughter the dainty feet of a courtesan. This would enhance her beauty and her price, making her future shine like a new coin. He smiled …

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The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero In the land of dolls, there is magic. In the land of humans, there is war. Everywhere there is pain. But together there is hope. Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Krakow, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and …

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The Devil’s Library by Tom Pugh

The Devil’s Library by Tom Pugh The Otiosi? As far as Mathew Longstaff knows, they’re just a group of harmless scholars with an eccentric interest in the works of antiquity. When they ask him to travel east, to recover a lost text from Ivan the Terrible’s private library, he can’t think of anything but the reward – home. A return to England and an end to the long years of exile and warfare. But the …

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The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl EarringTracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement.  In New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find …

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The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements

The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements England 1646. The Civil War is raging and society turned upside down. What should be a rare moment of blessing for the town of Ely takes a brutal turn and Ruth Flowers is left with little choice but to flee the household of Oliver Cromwell, the only home she has ever known. On the road to London, Ruth sparks an uneasy alliance with a deserting soldier, the battle-scarred and …

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