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By Gill Paul. 2017
From the #1 bestselling author of The Secret Wife comes a gripping novel that commences with the tragic death of… Diana, Princess of Wales, and journeys back to the fascinating world of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. 'A triumph' Dinah Jefferies on The Secret Wife by Gill PaulTwo women who challenged the Crown.Divided by time. Bound by a secret...1911At the age of fifteen, carefree Mary Kirk and indomitable Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, separation and the demands of the British Crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.1997Rachel's romantic break in Paris with her fiancé ends in tragedy when the car ahead crashes. Inside was Princess Diana. Back in Brighton, Rachel is haunted by the accident, and intrigued to learn the princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the crash. Soon, the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world...Richly imagined and beautifully written, ANOTHER WOMAN'S HUSBAND is a gripping, moving novel about two women thrust into the spotlight, followed by scandal, touched by loss.
By Mary Ellen Johnson. 2018
As a Kingdom Trembles With Revolt a Knight and His Lady Must Choose Between Duty and Love in the… Medieval Historical Romance A Child Upon the Throne by Mary Ellen Johnson--Medieval England following the death of Edward III in 1377 through the Peasants Revolt of 1381--With a child king upon the throne and England s lucrative martial victories a faded memory Knight Matthew Hart wants only to reunite with his long-time lover Margery Watson and their son to live out his days far away from the royal court But Margery s loyalties are torn To settle down with the knight she s loved since childhood or commit treason and side with the commoners overburdened with servitude and taxes When revolt sparks among the masses thousands march on London vowing to overthrow all those in power Now Margery must choose between her place in society with a knight she loves and her true beliefs about freedom justice and equality From the Publisher Readers with a passion for history will appreciate the author s penchant for detail and accuracy In keeping with being authentic to the era this story contains scenes of brutality which are true to the time and man s inhumanity There are a limited number of sexual scenes and NO use of modern vulgarity Fans of Elizabeth Chadwick Bernard Cornwell and Philippa Gregory as well as Tamara Leigh and Suzan Tisdale will not want to miss this series Author Mary Ellen Johnson strides through history with the reader in the front seat Karen Lausa it challenged my intellect as well as my heart Margaret Watkins eBook Discovery ReviewerFrom the Author When crafting a story I am ever mindful of the parallels between the past and present Endless wars indifferent rulers rising taxes and corruption all of which inevitably resulted in a bloody insurrection An insurrection that while unsuccessful in the short term was even referenced by our Founding Fathers during their struggle for freedom As William Faulkner said The past isn t dead it s not even past so a knowledge of history is imperative THE KNIGHTS OF ENGLAND in series orderThe Lion and the LeopardA Knight There WasWithin A Forest DarkA Child Upon The ThroneLords Among the Ruins
By Julie Cantrell. 2012
Just a girl. The only one strong enough to break the cycle.In Depression-era Mississippi, Millie Reynolds longs to escape the… madness that marks her world. With an abusive father and a "nothing mama," she struggles to find a place where she really belongs.For answers, Millie turns to the Gypsies who caravan through town each spring. The travelers lead Millie to a key that unlocks generations of shocking family secrets. When tragedy strikes, the mysterious contents of the box give Millie the tools she needs to break her family's longstanding cycle of madness and abuse. Through it all, Millie experiences the thrill of first love while fighting to trust the God she believes has abandoned her. With the power of forgiveness, can Millie finally make her way into the free?Saturated in Southern ambiance and written in the vein of other Southern literary bestsellers like The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, Julie Cantrell has created in Into the Free--now a New York Times Best Seller--a story that will sweep you away long after the novel ends.
By Elizabeth Cobbs. 2016
A New York Times Bestseller and one of the best historical fiction books of 2016 and 2017!“A juicy answer to… Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton…” --CosmopolitanSet against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of legendary characters, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from passionate and tender beginnings of their romance to his fateful duel on the banks of the Hudson River.Hamilton was a bastard and orphan, raised in the Caribbean and desperate for legitimacy, who became one of the American Revolution's most dashing--and improbable--heroes. Admired by George Washington, scorned by Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton was a lightning rod: the most controversial leader of the new nation. Elizabeth was the wealthy, beautiful, adventurous daughter of the respectable Schuyler clan--and a pioneering advocate for women. Together, the unlikely couple braved the dangers of war, the perils of seduction, the anguish of infidelity, and the scourge of partisanship that menaced their family and the country itself.With flawless writing, brilliantly drawn characters, and epic scope, The Hamilton Affair tells a story of love forged in revolution and tested by the bitter strife of young America, and will take its place among the greatest novels of American history ever written.
By Dorothy A. Bell. 2020
A Laura Creek Sweet Romance Escaping the machinations of her conniving, ruthless uncle, the intrepid Wren O’Bannon forms the Big… O’ Corporation and purchases, sight unseen, a mercantile located in the remote Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. Driving her own freight wagons full of merchandise, with her dog Mac as her sole companion, Wren arrives at her destination. Is she heralded as a hero for arriving alive with her cargo intact? Is she welcomed as a savior, bringing staples and supplies to this out-of-the-way, podunk little village? Not a bit! No sooner does she alight from her wagon than she finds herself accused of thievery, chicanery, and out and out fraud. Sheriff Telt Longtree, confronted with a potentially explosive situation taking place on the street of his heretofore peaceful little town, finds himself serving as a mediator between the accuser, banker Howard Buttrum, and one grubby little muleskinner gal who claims to be the new owner of the mercantile. A farce ensues, and the stubborn, indefatigable entrepreneur Wren O’Bannon flies in the face of the banker’s prejudice against women owning and operating a business, while she denies her inclination to get all gooey inside whenever the sheriff is near. Although confused, Sheriff Longtree, intrigued to find this muleskinner gal is not grubby at all but rather lush and utterly fascinating, grows relentless in his pursuit to uncover all her secrets. One by one, the citizens of Laura Creek add their voices, their complications, and their speculations to the controversy. Meanwhile, the real, vindictive, and very dangerous enemy, Wren’s ruthless uncle, plots and plans his destruction of her dreams.
By Dorothy A. Bell. 2020
A Laura Creek Sweet Romance – Book 3 1882 Blue Mountains, Oregon. Quinn O’Bannon found his niche managing the Laura… Creek Mercantile. His cousin Wren, the owner of the mercantile, would like him to choose a wife and settle down. Free to take up his own pursuits and interests, out from under his big brother’s influence, Quinn is at last making his own way, his way. As a bachelor, he’s flattered to find himself sought after. He is included in every social gathering, and considered an asset to the company. He enjoys the experience, and yes, he likes to test it, see how far he can go with his easy smile and playful ways. All is fun and games until one day, a young woman, with three children in tow, enters his store and brazenly steals a coil of rope. Laura Creek is a small town, and thieving is unheard of. Quinn had, as a boy, stole his share of apples. Now though, on the other side of the counter, he doesn’t care for the game at all. After the thieving vixen and her gang’s appearance, things come up missing from his brother’s farm, his cousin’s porch, and lumber and building materials are disappearing from the loading dock. Quinn thinks he knows who’s pilfering, but why from the O’Bannons and no one else in town mystifies him. Who is she? And where’s the gang’s hideout? The mystery surrounding this young woman’s appearance begins to interfere with his social life and his flirtation with two pretty and highly eligible young ladies of interest. True McAdam, her younger brother Ryder, baby Jewel, and little sister Melody are orphaned, with no home and no hope. Tru sets out with her siblings in tow on a mission to destroy the O’Bannon family. It was an O’Bannon who drove their father to commit suicide and their mother to fade away, dying of shame and hopelessness. Quinn O’Bannon, the son of the lying cheat responsible for Tru’s family’s homeless state, isn’t exactly who Tru thought he’d be. There’s a generous and thoughtful man behind Quinn O’Bannon’s boyish façade. His flirtatious smile and dark eyes make him hard to resist. It is nearly impossible for her to maintain any level of hatred. Much to Tru’s dismay, she soon comes to the conclusion Quinn O’Bannon is why she’s here. Destiny brought her to Laura Creek under the guise of vengeance. But vengeance, it turns out, does not yield satisfaction. She’s here to meet her destiny, Quinn O’Bannon. She was led here with a purpose. Quinn is part of that purpose, but there is more. Quinn’s despicable and dangerous daddy, the man responsible for the McAdam children’s homelessness, is on the loose again. He must be stopped. Tru McAdam fulfills her destiny in more than one way in this tale.
By Dorothy A. Bell. 2020
Royce O’Bannon doesn’t think much of himself, hungover, feeling worthless, doomed to be nothing more than a skunk and a… drunk like his old man. He holds little hope for his own future but would like to think his younger brother Quinn could do better than waste his life aiding and abetting their old man in his hedonistic pursuit of depravity. Their cousin Wren offers the brother’s another way, a way far from their father’s destructive influence. But cousin Wren’s way means a dull life of work, no booze, no excitement or willing women. If they refuse her offer, Royce and Quinn are certain to do serious time for their misdeeds. Caught between a rock and a hard place, the brothers choose Laura Creek. Bucking against the constraints and conditions put upon him, Royce keeps one thought in mind, escape from the no-nothing little mountain village of Laura Creek. And then one cold fall night, the beautiful, crippled, courageous music teacher, Cleantha Arnaud, entered his life. Their instant attraction to one another inspires Royce as no other man or woman has ever inspired him before. For her, Royce embraces the concept he can be better, do better even though he sees little hope he’ll ever be worthy, or be able to provide for her, give her the home, the life she deserves. Cleantha, feeling more as a broken ornament than a living being with needs, desires, and dreams, sees beneath the cocky, bad-boy façade of the town’s infamous reprobate, Royce O’Bannon. She sees a kindred spirit—an outcast, an oddity like herself. Admitting to their weaknesses and insecurities, their mutual passion for music seals the bond between them. The dream in sight, Cleantha at his side, a life of bliss and fulfillment, and peace within their reach, all is shattered by the one true Reprobate, Stanly O’Bannon, Royce’s sire. Daddy is a hard-drinking, ruthless man out for revenge against his traitorous sons and the town that gave them a second chance. Royce will have to face down his demons to survive. Cleantha holds the key to hope and Royce holds the key to her heart. Together they both know all too well. They are as a bow to the fiddle…the one is nothing without the other.
By Mary Ellen Johnson. 2018
"I was captivated by the beautiful covers from the start and that captivation just carried straight through from page one… to the end of each book." ~Jeannette R HolthamA Breathtaking Medieval Saga of Love, Duty, Loyalty, Failure and Triumph in the First Three Volumes of The Knights of England by Mary Ellen Johnson BOOK 1: The Lion and the Leopard - Maria Rendell wants to be a dutiful wife to husband Phillip, but can't deny her attraction to their liege lord, Richard of Sussex. Loving Philip should be easy. She has married the knight of whom minstrels sing; the knight who saved Richard's life. But when Phillip abandons Maria to indulge his wanderlust, she turns to Richard, sparking a passionate affair amidst the crumbling kingdom of Edward II. Meanwhile, Edward II's barons are rebelling, executing his favorites, and across the channel in France, Isabella, Edward II's wife—the She-Wolf of France—plans to invade England. Then King Edward is captured as Richard and Maria prepare to flee to safety, and Phillip returns. Now the day of reckoning is at hand—not only for Maria, Richard, and Phillip, but for that most unfortunate of Plantagenet kings, Edward II.BOOK 2: A Knight There Was - Following his return from battle with a life-threatening sickness, Margery Watson nurses Golden Knight Matthew Hart back to health. A bond deepening between them, Matthew--who refuses to marry so his younger brother may inherit all--begs Margery to openly live with him. Margery agrees. Like her grandmother before her, she will risk all for love. But a scheming adversary concocts a deception in Matthew's absence that leaves Margery the unwitting wife of a wealthy goldsmith--who seeks only to trade on her family name--while believing she was betrayed by Matthew. When Matthew returns from London to find Margery wedded and bedded, he accuses her of betraying HIM. Now, both Margery and Matthew foolishly believe that time, distance and heartbreak will be enough to keep them forever apart.BOOK 3: Within A Forest Dark - With his belief in the Perfection of Knighthood challenged by battlefield atrocities, Matthew Hart returns to London, wishing to reunite with his first love, Margery Watson. Margery's cruel husband is now dead. As a wealthy widow, she has no intention of returning to the bonds of marriage. But she cannot turn away her handsome knight, no matter the depth of innocent blood he spilled in the name of honor and duty. As Matthew forces himself to fulfill feudal obligations, and Margery's unrest turns treasonous, the forces of king and kingdom may prove the lovers' ultimate undoing or their best hope.Publisher Note: Readers with a passion for history will appreciate the author's penchant for detail and accuracy. This story contains scenes of brutality which are true to the time and man's inhumanity. There are a limited number of sexual scenes and NO use of modern vulgarity. Fans of Elizabeth Chadwick, Bernard Cornwell and Philippa Gregory as well as Tamara Leigh and Suzan Tisdale will not want to miss this historically accurate series."Author Mary Ellen Johnson strides through history with the reader in the front seat." ~Karen Lausa". . . it challenged my intellect as well as my heart." ~Margaret Watkins, eBook Discovery ReviewerTHE KNIGHTS OF ENGLAND, in series orderThe Lion and the LeopardA Knight There WasWithin A Forest DarkA Child Upon The ThroneLords Among the RuinsMEET MARY ELLEN JOHNSONMary Ellen Johnson's writing career began with her passion for Medieval England. Then she took a 20-year detour when she got involved in a local murder and ultimately became the Executive Director of The Pendulum Foundation, a non-profit serving kids serving life in prison. With Mary Ellen's goal of sentencing reform nearing successful completion, she is returning to her first love, novel writing.