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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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Rivers by Martin Michael Driessen

Rivers by Martin Michael Driessen A critically acclaimed, award-winning collection drawing sparkling prose from the inspiration of three rivers passing through different times and places. On the storm-swollen Aisne in northeastern France, an alcoholic actor combats both his demons and nature’s tempests. Along the Main and Rhine in Germany, a kindhearted logger has but one wish: to travel with the lumber from his small Franconian hometown to the end of the river in the Netherlands, …

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Without a Country by Ayşe Kulin

Without a Country by Ayşe Kulin From the international bestselling author of Last Train to Istanbul comes a novel based on true events that explores the depths of pride, devotion, and persistence as four generations of a family struggle to forge their destinies. As Hitler’s reign of terror begins to loom large over Germany, Gerhard and Elsa Schliemann—like other German Jews—must flee with their children in search of sanctuary. But life elsewhere in Europe offers few opportunities …

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Against the Inquisition by Marcos Aguinis

Against the Inquisition by Marcos Aguinis From a renowned prize-winning Argentinian author comes a historical novel based on the true story of one man’s faith, spirit, and resistance during the Spanish Inquisition in Latin America. Born in sixteenth-century Argentina, Francisco Maldonado da Silva is nine years old when he sees his father, Don Diego, arrested one harrowing afternoon because of his beliefs. Raised in a family practicing its Jewish faith in secret under the condemning …

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Lost & Found: A Pride & Prejudice Novella by Christie Capps

Lost & Found: A Pride & Prejudice Novella by Christie Capps When he lost his heart to her, he found happiness. Miss Elizabeth Bennet is missing—vanishing without a trace from the library at Rosings Park. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy feels duty-bound to find the most frustrating young lady of his acquaintance. He is Elizabeth’s sworn enemy. Yet, when he comes to her rescue, she is forced to rethink her opinion. Trapped together for hours, each layer …

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Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell

Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell Two young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens during World War II, from the author of The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch. Louis Thorn and Haruto “Harry” Yamada — Eagle and Crane — are the star attractions of Earl Shaw’s Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated …

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Marry My Daughter Already!: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Romantic Comedy by Gemma Wilton

Marry My Daughter Already!: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Romantic Comedy by Gemma Wilton It is a truth universally acknowledged that a mom in possession of three daughters must be in want of three men to sweep them off their feet and take them far, far away from her house. Jump on this crazy modern Pride and Prejudice train! Filled with twists, drama, sweetness and joviality, Marry My Daughter Already! will have you frantically concealing …

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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the house’s sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a …

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Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather (How to Hang a Witch #2)

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather (How to Hang a Witch #2) The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage. Samantha Mather knew …

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Daughters of New France Series by Aimie K. Runyan

Daughters of New France Series by Aimie K. Runyan Promised to the Crown (Daughters of New France #1) They are known as the filles du roi, or “King’s Daughters”—young women who leave prosperous France for an uncertain future across the Atlantic. Their duty is to marry and bring forth a new generation of loyal citizens. Each prospective bride has her reason for leaving—poverty, family rejection, a broken engagement. Despite their different backgrounds, Rose, Nicole, and …

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Mysterious Mr. Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Monica Fairview

Mysterious Mr. Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Monica Fairview The events of this Pride and Prejudice ‘what-if’ occur three years later than the original, but before the Netherfield Ball. Mr. Darcy receives a visit at his isolated manor in Cornwall. It is Charles Bingley, and he is there to ask for a favor… He needs help with his new estate, Netherfield. As for Miss Elizabeth Bennet, there is nothing she likes more than …

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Time Was by Ian McDonald

Time Was by Ian McDonald A love story stitched across time and war, shaped by the power of books, and ultimately destroyed by it. In the heart of World War II, Tom and Ben became lovers. Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, the two founded a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, Tom and Ben vanished into nothingness, presumed dead. Their bodies …

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Chernobyl: A Novel by Frederik Pohl

Chernobyl: A Novel by Frederik Pohl This novel adds a human dimension to the familiar story of Chernobyl, site of the world’s worst nuclear accident that sent a wave of fear through Europe, forced the evacuation of 135,000 Soviet citizens and left an undetermined number with potentially life-shortening doses of radiation. The story is told through fictitious characters–primarily officials and workers at the ill-fated plant–but closely traces events as documented in the Soviet press and …

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Darcy’s Surprise Betrothal: A Pride & Prejudice Novel Variation by Zoe Burton

Darcy’s Surprise Betrothal: A Pride & Prejudice Novel Variation by Zoe Burton Secrets can have unintended consequences. When Elizabeth Bennet’s beloved father dies, her world is thrown into uncertainty. The only home she has ever known must now pass to a man she only knows by reputation, and his reputation holds little hope of a safe and secure future. Upon hearing of Mr. Bennet’s death, Fitzwilliam Darcy and his father immediately travel to Longbourn to …

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