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By Jean Rhys, Charlotte Brontë, Judith L. Raiskin. 1999
Textual notes illuminate the novel’s historical background, regional references, and the non-translated Creole and French phrases necessary to fully understand…this powerful story. Backgrounds includes a wealth of material on the novel’s long evolution, it connections to Jane Eyre, and Rhys’s biographical impressions of growing up in Dominica. Criticism introduces readers to the critical debates inspired by the novel with a Derek Walcott poem and eleven essays.
By Jovana. 2018
Dana is a 21st Century woman who doesn't think in terms of carriages, chaperons, or calling cards. Then, one night…during an electrical storm, she tumbles into her favorite historical romance novel. When she awakens, she finds a world full of images that are not real, a foreboding old mansion filled with magic tricks, and a dark, tortured paper hero who lives alone. Is he real, or is he a ghost?He comes to her as a spirit, his voice whispering soft, enticing accents in her ear. His presence is a seductive wind,-a mist that fondles her. He wants to capture her, hold her close,-have her always to love. But how can he when he is no more than a figment of someone's imagination?Is there no way out for Dana? Will these lovers be imprisoned forever between the pages of this book, or will the closing of the last page rip them apart?
By Lexy Timms. 2015
Knox Township, Agosto 1863. I sentimenti sono molto forti durante la battaglia di Gettysburg e, benché la leva non sia…ancora giunta a Knox, la “Sanguinolenta Knox” mieterà le sue vittime durante l’anno successivo, quando i cittadini si opporranno alla leva obbligatoria. Il fratello di Clara, Solomon, non c’è, e Clara deve gestire la fattoria di famiglia, prendersi cura di sua madre e della sua sorellina, Cecelia. Nel frattempo, ferito nella battaglia del Passo di Monterey, ma ancora capace di scappare dalle forze dell’Unione, Jasper e il suo amico Horace si sono persi e sono affamati. Jasper vuole fare ritorno alla Confederazione, ma si sente legato dall’onore a riportare Horace alla sua famiglia, nonostante l’uomo sembri riluttante.
By Julia Kelly. 2021
From the author of the international bestseller The Light Over London and The Whispers of War comes a poignant and…unforgettable tale of five women living across three different times whose lives are all connected by one very special place.Present day: Emma Lovett, who has dedicated her career to breathing new life into long-neglected gardens, has just been given the opportunity of a lifetime: to restore the gardens of the famed Highbury House estate, designed in 1907 by her hero Venetia Smith. But as Emma dives deeper into the gardens&’ past, she begins to uncover secrets that have long lain hidden. 1907: A talented artist with a growing reputation for her ambitious work, Venetia Smith has carved out a niche for herself as a garden designer to industrialists, solicitors, and bankers looking to show off their wealth with sumptuous country houses. When she is hired to design the gardens of Highbury House, she is determined to make them a triumph, but the gardens—and the people she meets—promise to change her life forever. 1944: When land girl Beth Pedley arrives at a farm on the outskirts of the village of Highbury, all she wants is to find a place she can call home. Cook Stella Adderton, on the other hand, is desperate to leave Highbury House to pursue her own dreams. And widow Diana Symonds, the mistress of the grand house, is anxiously trying to cling to her pre-war life now that her home has been requisitioned and transformed into a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers. But when war threatens Highbury House&’s treasured gardens, these three very different women are drawn together by a secret that will last for decades. In this sweeping novel reminiscent of Kate Morton&’s The Lake House and Kristin Harmel&’s The Room on Rue Amélie, Julia Kelly explores the unexpected connections that cross time and the special places that bring people together forever.
By Karen Dickson. 2021
&‘A compelling saga that will hold you fast from the first page to the last. Loved it&’ VAL WOOD, author…of The Lonely WifePerfect for fans of Dilly Court and Gracie Hart, The Dressmaker&’s Secret is a moving and heartfelt family saga from the talented author of The Shop Girl&’s Soldier. Dorset, 1876. When young Beatrice Cullen shows up in the local church with her illegitimate child in her arms, Reverend Michael Redfern takes it upon himself to help her. He finds her daughter, Lily, a home with a kindly couple. But when, at the age of 9, Lily loses her adopted parents, she is forced to live with her awful Aunt Doris and cousin Jez, who treat her no better than a slave. Lily can only seek solace in her dream of one day escaping her aunt and becoming a seamstress. Five years later, now aged fourteen, Lily makes a startling discovery: that her birth father is none other than local aristocrat Sir Frederick Copperfield. Lily is stunned. And when she gets the chance to work for the Copperfields, she can't pass up the opportunity to get to know her half-sister Eleanor. But will Eleanor ever really get to know her, or will Lily&’s true identity forever remain a secret? 'This rollercoaster of a novel draws you in from the first page. Expertly researched and a fabulous storyline with real heart at the centre... I devoured this in one sitting and look forward to more from this author. In short a gem of a read' FIONA FORD, author of Wartime at Liberty's 'A delight to read... Lily Hayter is a wonderful heroine whose resilience and integrity shine through as she struggles to claim a life of her choosing and find a family. At the heart of the story is a warmth and humanity that makes it a truly uplifting read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was sorry when I reached the end because I wanted to linger in Dickson&’s world. I eagerly await more from Karen Dickson' VICKI BEEBY, author of The Ops Room Girls'The characters in this novel are so believable that I cared deeply about them from the first chapter. A heartfelt, hopeful account of one young woman&’s fight to keep her child safe when all the odds are against her. Atmospheric and beautifully written' JAN CASEY, author of The Women of Waterloo Bridge &‘An exciting, fresh and talented new voice – a five-star read!&’ CAROL RIVERS on The Shop Girl&’s Soldier
By Helen Fripp. 2021
The vineyards stretched away in every direction as he plucked a perfect red grape, sparkling with dew. &“Marry me,&” he&’d…said. &“We&’ll run these vineyards together.&” But now he is gone. There is no one to share the taste of the first fruit of the harvest. And her troubles are hers alone…In sleepy little Reims, France, grieving Nicole Clicquot watches her daughter play amongst the vines under the golden sun and makes a promise to herself. Her gossiping neighbours insist that the rolling fields of chalk soil are no place for a woman, but she is determined to make a success of the winery. It&’s the only chance she has to keep a roof over her head and provide a future for her little girl.But as the seasons change, bringing a spoiled harvest and bitter grapes, the vineyards are on the brink of collapse. Without her husband&’s oldest friend, travelling merchant Louis, she&’d truly be lost. No one else would stay up all night to help count endless rows of green bottles deep in the cellars, or spread word far and wide that Nicole makes the finest champagne he&’s ever tasted. One magical night, as a shooting star illuminates their way under a velvet sky, Nicole gazes up at his warm smile and wonders if perhaps she doesn&’t need to be quite so alone…But when Louis shrinks from her touch after returning from a long trip abroad, Nicole fears something is terribly wrong. And as an old secret about her husband – that only Louis knew – spreads from the cobbled village streets all the way to the Paris salons, her heart and fragile reputation are shattered. Was she wrong to put her trust in another man? And with Napoleon&’s wars looming on the horizon, can she find a way to save her vineyards, and her daughter, from ruin?Fans of Chocolat, Carnegie&’s Maid, Dinah Jeffries and anyone longing to sip champagne under the stars will adore this stunning historical read, inspired by the true story of how Nicole Clicquot blazed her own path to build the world&’s greatest champagne house: Veuve Clicquot.
By Lynn Lorenz. 2008
In this interweaving gay medieval series, follow the lives and loves of men who have a deadly secret – they…love another man. Starting with The Mercenary’s Tale and ending with His Duke’s Gift, these men live and fight for their lovers in a world where being caught together can mean death.
By Siobhan Curham. 2020
Paris, 1940: Walking through Montmartre that morning was like the eerie calm right before a storm. The roads were deserted.…We carried on, arm in arm, and then finally, we saw them. Columns and columns of soldiers, spreading through the streets like a toxic grey vapour. &‘You must write about this,&’ he whispered to me. &‘You must write about the day freedom left Paris.&’As Nazi troops occupy the City of Lights, American journalist Florence is determined to do everything she can to save her adopted home and the man she loves.Florence had arrived in Paris in 1937 and on a beautiful summer&’s day, met and fell in love with Otto, a Jewish artist from Austria, who had fled persecution in his homeland. But as swastikas are draped along the city&’s wide boulevards, everything Otto was running from seems to have caught up with him.Both Florence and Otto begin lending their talents to the Resistance, working to sabotage the Germans right under their noses. Florence&’s society columns that, before the war were filled with tales of glamorous Parisian parties, now document life under occupation and hide coded messages for those fighting outside France for freedom. While Otto risks arrest in order to pin up the anti-Nazi posters he designs by candlelight in their tiny apartment. But with every passing day, things become more dangerous for Otto to remain in Paris. If Florence risks everything by accepting a secret mission, can she ensure his survival so that they can be reunited once the war is over?A sweeping wartime story that will capture your heart and never let it go. Fans of The Alice Network, The Lost Girls of Paris and My Name is Eva will be absolutely gripped from the very first page.Readers LOVE An American in Paris: &‘An enthralling story that puts readers in the middle of the chaos surrounding World War Two … Grabs readers from the beginning and won&’t let them go until they finish the last page… I loved absolutely everything about this novel and won&’t hesitate to claim it as my favourite historical fiction read of 2020.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ?????&‘I loved every second of this book… Teaches us to be strong and that true love can give you a strength you never knew existed… I highly recommend curling up with this lovely story and reading it from cover to cover!&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ?????&‘This book has it all… Action and intrigue, friendship and most importantly love… Great WWII novel about strong women and the roles they played during the war.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ?????&‘A great dual timeline historical fiction novel that kept me entertained throughout… This book has a little bit of everything… Intrigue, mystery, twists and turns, love, loss, romance, and sadness.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ?????
The small green chest was concealed at the back of her father&’s wardrobe. Its hinges were made of brass that…must once have shone, but now the surface was roughened and dull. As she opened the lock, there was only one thing inside: a letter, postmarked 1895, Paris. England, 1895. Louisa West, a young beauty from Boston, looks like she has it all: a handsome husband, she is lady of Ashworth Manor and one day she&’ll be a duchess. But in truth, her life is falling apart. Louisa&’s honeymoon is barely over when her husband deserts her, leaving her devastated and alone. She flees to Paris, longing to escape her grief, but finds only tragedy…Boston, 2015. Life hasn&’t been kind to Sarah West. In one year, she has lost both her parents and her marriage. After her father&’s death, Sarah is sorting through his belongings when she finds a letter about her mysterious ancestor, Louisa. There have always been whispers in the family about Louisa&’s suicide—from a high balcony in Paris—but as Sarah reads, she starts to question everything she was told. Desperate to leave her broken heart behind, she books a trip to Paris to find out more…When Sarah arrives in the city of lights, the cobbled streets of Montmartre and the river Seine at twilight make her heart sing. Then, on the bookshelf of a beautiful Paris apartment, hidden inside the yellowing pages of an old novel, she finds a note about Louisa which shatters Sarah&’s understanding of her family&’s past. Did Louisa really throw herself from a Paris balcony? And when Sarah uncovers the truth, will it change everything about her future? An utterly captivating and emotional historical novel from bestselling author Ella Carey that will transport you to Paris at its most glamorous. From a Paris Balcony will have fans of Rhys Bowen, Fiona Valpy and My Name is Eva totally gripped! Readers are utterly enchanted by From a Paris Balcony: &“This book was amazing!!!Loved the story. Highly recommend. This is a book I will remember for a very long time.&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“A must-read!!… I never guessed the ending throughout the entire book! I didn&’t want the story to end.&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“The setting in Paris and the mystery behind the suicide of Louisa keeps you hooked. I read this book straight through until morning.&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“Ms Carey has done it again, taken me on a journey back in time with heartfelt emotion, romance and drama I felt like I was back in these times… A fabulously written story… Truly, I loved this one from page one and can&’t recommend it enough. Do yourself a favour and spend a few hours engrossed in this book. Thank you Ms Carey for another keeper.&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“A must-read…
By Jane Austen. 2005
ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP A high-spirited young woman meddles in other peoples' love lives in this classic comedy…of errors set in nineteenth-century England. EACH ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES: A concise introduction that gives readers important background information A chronology of the author's life and work A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations Detailed explanatory notes Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential. SERIES EDITED BY CYNTHIA BRANTLEY JOHNSON
By Genevieve Graham. 2020
The Home for Unwanted Girls meets Orphan Train in this unforgettable novel about a young girl caught in a scheme…to rid England&’s streets of destitute children, and the lengths she will go to find her way home—based on the true story of the British Home Children.2018 At ninety-seven years old, Winnifred Ellis knows she doesn&’t have much time left, and it is almost a relief to realize that once she is gone, the truth about her shameful past will die with her. But when her great-grandson Jamie, the spitting image of her dear late husband, asks about his family tree, Winnifred can&’t lie any longer, even if it means breaking a promise she made so long ago... 1936 Fifteen-year-old Winny has never known a real home. After running away from an abusive stepfather, she falls in with Mary, Jack, and their ragtag group of friends roaming the streets of Liverpool. When the children are caught stealing food, Winny and Mary are left in Dr. Barnardo&’s Barkingside Home for Girls, a local home for orphans and forgotten children found in the city&’s slums. At Barkingside, Winny learns she will soon join other boys and girls in a faraway place called Canada, where families and better lives await them. But Winny&’s hopes are dashed when she is separated from her friends and sent to live with a family that has no use for another daughter. Instead, they have paid for an indentured servant to work on their farm. Faced with this harsh new reality, Winny clings to the belief that she will someday find her friends again. Inspired by true events, The Forgotten Home Child is a moving and heartbreaking novel about place, belonging, and family—the one we make for ourselves and its enduring power to draw us home.
By Beverly Jenkins. 2021
U SA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins continues her captivating Women Who Dare series with a female rancher who forges…her own path in the wake of the Civil War... Banished by her grandfather at the age of eighteen, Spring Lee has survived scandal to claim her own little slice of Paradise, Wyoming. She's proud of working her ranch alone and unwilling to share it with a stranger—especially one like Garrett McCray, who makes her second-guess her resolve to avoid men. Garrett escaped slavery years ago and is now a reporter in Washington. He's traveled west to interview Dr. Colton Lee for an article, yet it's Lee's fearless sister, Spring, who captures his interest. Clad in denim and buckskins instead of dresses, she's the most fascinating woman he's ever met. And he's certain she also feels the connection that sizzles between them. But when a shadow from Spring's past returns, all is on the line: her ranch, her safety—and this wild, fierce love
By J'Nell Ciesielski. 2021
In Ciesielski's latest sweeping romance, an American heiress finds herself in Scotland amid the fallout of the Great War, and…a wounded Scottish laird comes face-to-face with his past and a woman he never could have expected. American socialite Lily Durham is known for enjoying one moment to the next, with little regard for the consequences of her actions. But just as she is banished overseas to England as a "cure" for her frivolous ways, the Great War breaks out and wreaks havoc. She joins her cousin in nursing the wounded at a convalescent home deep in the wilds of Scotland at a crumbling castle where its laird is less than welcoming. Alec MacGregor has given his entire life to preserving his home of Kinclavoch Castle, but mounting debts force him to sell off his family history bit by bit. Labeled a coward for not joining his countrymen in the trenches due to an old injury, he opens his home to the Tommies to make
By Chloe Gong. 2021
The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery. A blood feud between two gangs runs the…streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang-a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette's first love . . . and first betrayal. But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns-and grudges-aside and work together, for if they can't stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule
By Deanna Raybourn. 2021
A princess is missing and a peace treaty is on the verge of collapse in this new Veronica Speedwell adventure…from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-nominated author Deanna Raybourn.January 1889. As the newest member of the Curiosity Club--an elite society of brilliant, intrepid women--Veronica Speedwell is excited to put her many skills to good use. As she assembles a memorial exhibition for pioneering mountain climber Alice Baker-Greene, Veronica discovers evidence that the recent death was not a tragic climbing accident but murder. Veronica and her natural historian beau, Stoker, tell the patron of the exhibit, Princess Gisela of Alpenwald, of their findings. With Europe on the verge of war, Gisela's chancellor, Count von Rechstein, does not want to make waves--and before Veronica and Stoker can figure out their next move, the princess disappears.Having noted Veronica's resemblance to the princess, von Rechstein begs her to pose as Gisela for the sake of the peace treaty that brought the princess to England. Veronica reluctantly agrees to the scheme. She and Stoker must work together to keep the treaty intact while navigating unwelcome advances, assassination attempts, and Veronica's own family--the royalty who has never claimed her.
By Elizabeth Everett. 2021
What is a Victorian lady's formula for love? Mix one brilliant noblewoman and her enigmatic protection officer. Add in a…measure of danger and attraction. Heat over the warmth of humor and friendship, and the result is more than simple chemistry—it's elemental. Lady Violet Hughes is keeping secrets. First, she founded a clandestine sanctuary for England's most brilliant female scientists. Second, she is using her genius on a confidential mission for the Crown. But the biggest secret of all? Her feelings for protection officer Arthur Kneland. Solitary and reserved, Arthur learned the hard way to put duty first. But the more time he spends in the company of Violet and the eccentric club members, the more his best intentions go up in flames. Literally. When a shadowy threat infiltrates Violet's laboratories, endangering her life and her work, scientist and bodyguard will find all their theories put to the test—and learn that the most important discoveries are those of the heart
By Camden Elizabeth. 2021
Luke Delacroix has long had a reputation of being an impulsive adventurer, the wild son of one of Gilded Age…Washington's most prominent families. In reality, he has been secretly carrying out an ambitious agenda in Congress. His current mission: to thwart the reelection of Congressman Clyde Magruder, his only real enemy in the world. Trouble begins when Luke meets Marianne Magruder, the congressman's only daughter. Luke is fascinated by the vibrant Marianne and her daring work as a government photographer, leading them into a forbidden romance. Now they must embark on a dangerous gamble to reconcile their growing feelings with Luke's driving passion for vital reforms in Congress. Can their newfound love survive a political firestorm, or will three generations of family rivalry drive them apart forever?
By Michelle Styles, Carol Arens, Jenni Fletcher. 2021
Do you dream of wicked rakes, gorgeous Highlanders and muscled Viking warriors? Harlequin® Historical brings you three new full-length titles…in one collection! This box set includes: THE DUKE&’S RUNAWAY BRIDERegency Belles of BathBy Jenni Fletcher(Regency) When runaway duchess Beatrix offers her estranged husband a divorce, she doesn&’t expect the duke to show up on her doorstep with a different proposition: a six-week marriage trial!TO WED A WALLFLOWERBy Carol Arens(Victorian) Unexpectedly reunited at a country party, William must resist his intense connection with Ginny Penneyjons, the shy, beautiful girl from his past. Now she&’s a prospective bride—for his brother!BETROTHED TO THE ENEMY VIKINGVows and VikingsBy Michelle Styles(Viking) Wounded Viking warlord Kal Randrson&’s captivating rescuer, enemy Lady Cynehild, agrees to a fake betrothal to expose his attacker. But is her mission to help him, or has she other intentions…?Look for Harlequin® Historical&’s March 2021 Box Set 1 of 2, filled with even more timeless love stories!
By Louise Allen, Julia Justiss, Lauri Robinson. 2021
Do you dream of wicked rakes, gorgeous Highlanders and muscled Viking warriors? Harlequin® Historical brings you three new full-length titles…in one collection! This box set includes: THE EARL&’S RELUCTANT PROPOSALLiberated LadiesBy Louise Allen(Regency) When eligible earl Max Fenton enlists prickly piano teacher Lucy&’s help at a house party, he doesn&’t expect to be inadvertently compromised…and forced to make a more permanent proposal! THE BLUESTOCKING DUCHESSHeirs in WaitingBy Julia Justiss(Regency)Librarian Jocelyn&’s friendship with Mr. Alex Cheverton is threatened when he unexpectedly becomes heir to a dukedom! Now he must marry a suitable debutante, not consort with an earnest bluestocking like her… SCANDAL AT THE SPEAKEASYTwins of the TwentiesBy Lauri Robinson(1920s) New York cop Patrick McCormick&’s promised to reunite schoolteacher Lisa with her father. But she also runs an underground speakeasy! She&’s on the wrong side of the law, but can Patrick resist the tough-yet-innocent lady…? Look for Harlequin® Historical&’s March 2021 Box Set 2 of 2, filled with even more timeless love stories!
By Jenni Fletcher. 2021
From shopkeeper…To duke’s wifeWhen Beatrix, Duchess of Howden, writes to her estranged husband offering a divorce, she’s stunned when he…arrives on her doorstep with a different proposition: a six-week marriage trial! Quinton Roxbury seems cold and inscrutable, but Beatrix gradually realizes his rough exterior hides a heavy burden. As their connection deepens, dare she trust him with her own scandalous past and risk the marriage she never knew she wanted? From Harlequin Historical: Your romantic escape to the past.Regency Belles of BathBook 1: An Unconventional CountessBook 2: Unexpectedly Wed to the OfficerBook 3: The Duke’s Runaway Bride