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By Julia Quinn. 2011
Honoria Smythe-Smith is: A) a really bad violinist B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child C) not…in love with her older brother's best friend D) all of the above Marcus Holroyd is: A) the Earl of Chatteris B) regrettably prone to sprained ankles C) not in love with his best friend's younger sister D) all of the above Together they: A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake B) survive a deadly fever and the world's worst musical performance C) fall quite desperately in love It's Julia Quinn at her best, so you know the answer is . . . D) all of the above
By Krystal Marquis. 2023
The Davenports delivers a totally escapist, swoon-worthy romance while offering a glimpse into a period of African American history often…overlooked."A fresh, utterly enchanting read.&” —Ayana Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Beasts of Prey trilogyThe Davenports are one of the few Black families of immense wealth and status in a changing United States, their fortune made through the entrepreneurship of William Davenport, a formerly enslaved man who founded the Davenport Carriage Company years ago. Now it's 1910, and the Davenports live surrounded by servants, crystal chandeliers, and endless parties, finding their way and finding love—even where they&’re not supposed to.There is Olivia, the beautiful elder Davenport daughter, ready to do her duty by getting married . . . until she meets the charismatic civil rights leader Washington DeWight and sparks fly. The younger daughter, Helen, is more interested in fixing cars than falling in love—unless it&’s with her sister&’s suitor. Amy-Rose, the childhood friend turned maid to the Davenport sisters, dreams of opening her own business—and marrying the one man she could never be with, Olivia and Helen&’s brother, John. But Olivia&’s best friend, Ruby, also has her sights set on John Davenport, though she can&’t seem to keep his interest . . . until family pressure has her scheming to win his heart, just as someone else wins hers.Inspired by the real-life story of the Patterson family, The Davenports is the tale of four determined and passionate young Black women discovering the courage to steer their own path in life—and love."Deftly written . . . A dazzling debut." —Kirkus (starred review)"Stunningly wrought . . . Presents a cast of take-charge women." —PW (starred review)"Compelling . . . distinct and satisfying." —BCCB "Skilled . . . Well-written . . . Sure to please." —SLJ"If this whole series existed right now, I&’d tear through it to the exclusion of everything else in my life." —
A heartbreaking novel about the incredible courage of ordinary people during the Second World War. Fans of The Alice Network,…The Nightingale and The Tattooist of Auschwitz will never forget this powerful story of hope found in the darkest days. 1933, Berlin. Ten-year-old Hanni Foss stands by her father watching the celebrations marking Adolf Hitler as Germany&’s new leader. As the torchlights fade, her safe and happy childhood changes forever as Reiner, the father she adores, is corrupted by his new position as commandant of an infamous concentration camp… Twelve years later. As the Nazi regime crumbles, Hanni hides from her father on the outskirts of Berlin. In stolen moments, she develops the photographs she took to record the horrors of the camp – the empty food bowls and desperate faces – and vows to get justice for the innocent people she couldn&’t help as a child. But her carefully constructed new life is threatened when Hanni discovers a body hidden in a bombed-out building, and meets Freddy, the tortured young detective in charge of the case. Could the fierce emotion in his brown eyes distract Hanni from her quest for atonement? Or will Reiner stop her himself? Because on the day she plans to deliver her damning photographs to the Allies, Hanni comes face to face with her father again. Reiner Foss has a powerful new identity and he makes it clear just how dangerous it will be to expose him. Now she faces a devastating choice, between the past which haunts her, and the chance of a future with Freddy… What readers are saying about Catherine Hokin: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ &‘The best historical fiction book I&’ve read this year! I was awake until the early morning hours finishing it, because I could not put it down!… Heartbreaking.&’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ &‘Amazing… I was totally absorbed in the story… 10 stars. One of my best reads this year. I can&’t begin to say how much I loved this book, I couldn&’t put it down, absolutely brilliant.&’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ &‘If I could give this book more than a five-star rating, I surely would! It is absolutely the best WW2 historical fiction I&’ve read in a long time!… I couldn&’t bear to put it down.&’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ &‘Can I give a rating higher than 5 stars?!… I really loved this book.&’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ &‘Have you ever read a book that has torn at your heartstrings so much that you just know it&’s going to leave a lasting impression for the rest of time?… This book is going on that list!&’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ &‘This story just swept me away… I was left speechless… just wow!!… I do recommend a box of tissues… This book will have you turning the pages…
Margarete stumbles out of the bombed-out house, the dust settling around her like snow. Mistaking her for the dead officer&’s…daughter, a guard rushes over to gently ask her if she is all right and whether there&’s anything he can do to help her. She glances down at where the hated yellow star had once been, and with barely a pause, she replies &“Yes&”. Berlin, 1941: Margarete Rosenbaum is working as a housemaid for a senior Nazi officer when his house is bombed, leaving her the only survivor. But when she&’s mistaken for his daughter in the aftermath of the blast, Margarete knows she can make a bid for freedom… Issued with temporary papers—and with the freedom of not being seen as Jewish—a few hours are all she needs to escape to relative safety. That is, until her former employer&’s son, SS officer Wilhelm Huber, tracks her down. But strangely he doesn&’t reveal her true identity right away. Instead he insists she comes and lives with him in Paris, and seems determined to keep her hidden. His only condition: she must continue to pretend to be his sister. Because whoever would suspect a Nazi girl of secretly being a Jew? His plan seems impossible, and Margarete is terrified they might be found out, not to mention worried about what Wilhelm might want in return. But as the Nazis start rounding up Jews in Paris and the Résistance steps up its activities, putting everyone who opposes the regime in peril, she realizes staying hidden in plain sight may be her only chance of survival… Can Margarete trust a Nazi officer with the only things she has left though… her safety, her life, even her heart? A totally heartbreaking and unputdownable story about how far someone would go to save one life, that fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See will adore. Readers are loving A Light in the Window: &‘Wonderful, wonderful… I was blown away by this book. I couldn&’t put it down. I ignored everything and everyone until I finished it.&” Nicki&’s Book Blog, 5 stars &“Blew me away… You get engulfed in the storytelling until the end!… Perfect!… I loved this book – I lost my whole day reading – just couldn't bear to put it down!&” NetGalley reviewer &“I can&’t put into words how incredible A Light in the Window is… Extraordinary, well written, beautiful story.&” Goodreads reviewer &“This story was heartbreaking and riveting. I was up until wee hours of the morning reading it. It couldn&’t put it down until I found out what was happening next.&” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars &“Emotional… Will pull at your heart strings with each turn of the page…
A room with a view… to murder. June 1933. Kitty Underhay is a modern, independent woman from the top…of her shingle bob to the tip of her t-strap heels. She prides herself on the reputation of her family&’s ancient hotel on the blustery English coast. But then a body is found, rooms are ransacked and rumours begin to circulate that someone is on the hunt for a valuable stolen ruby – a ruby that Kitty&’s mother may have possessed when she herself went missing during the Great War. Before she can do more than flick a duster, Kitty finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation. When the local police inspector shows no signs of solving the shocking crimes plaguing the hotel, Kitty steps briskly into the breach. Together with ex-army captain Matthew Bryant, her new hotel security officer, she is determined to decipher this mystery and preserve not only the name of her hotel, but also the lives of her guests. Could there be a cold-blooded killer under her own roof? And what connects the missing jewel to the mystery from Kitty&’s own past? A classic page-turning murder mystery! Fans of Agatha Christie, Elizabeth Edmondson and T.E. Kinsey will love this unputdownable whodunnit. Readers love Murder at the Dolphin Hotel! &‘Endearing, engaging characters; and a fast-moving plot line filled with unexpected twists and turns. This is a whodunit that you will not want to put down till it's done!&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars &‘If you like your crime novels cosy with a touch of romance this is the book for you.&’ Faith Martin &‘I loved this cosy mystery. There were many twists and turns and I couldn&’t wait to find out the identity of the perpetrator behind the crimes. I look forward to reading more in this series.&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars &‘Gripping from the very first page. It was quite difficult to put the book down… Very deserving of 5 stars and more.&’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars &‘I read it as fast as I could… I was engrossed in the plot and wanted to know what was going to happen. I loved the fleshed out and likeable characters… The mystery is solid, full of twists and turns, and the solution came as a surprise.&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars &‘The pace was fast, my interest nonstop and there was plenty of action – an excellent whodunit that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend highly.&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars &‘This is a lovely read! I could visualise the hotel so well, the town, the hustle and bustle of life in the 1930's… I thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling, the little clues, the way the mysteries developed. It definitely got the little grey cells working!&’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars &‘A beautifully written cosy mystery whodunnit in the vein of Agatha Christie and Josephine Tey. Charming, atmospheric and thoroughly entertaining…
By Christina Dodd. 1997
His Power Matched her Pride Fallen from grace and sheltered in a convent, Lady Edlyn is a skilled herbalist forced…to secretly tend the wounds of Hugh de Florisoun. A knight renowned for his prowess on the battlefield and in the bedchamber, Hugh is a man who is no stranger to Edlyn's heart. Using the healing magic of herbs and the power of remembered love, Edlyn saves the warrior life. Now Hugh claims this brazen beauty for his own. But Edlyn, cynical in the ways of men, denies him--even as her flesh burns with unaccustomed fire. Passion becomes their battleground with no mercy given...in a bold age when danger and desire go hand in hand.
By Catherine Cookson. 1971
Set in the 1840s. Cissie, an orphan who cares for her brothers and sisters, has a baby by the local…lord's son. She is forced to relinquish her child to save her sister from imprisonment. 1971.
By Joan Aiken. 1978
Regency romance in which Delphie Carteret, who struggles to support herself and her mother, discovers that an imposter has been…taking her place and a large inheritance set aside for her. In order to claim it, Delphie reluctantly agrees to a counterfeit marriage to her cousin Gareth
By Liz Carlyle. 2008
In this sizzling third book in New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle's compelling historical trilogy, a cynical rake joins…a sinister game of cards with dangerously seductive stakes. If he wins this hand... Shunning the glittering elite of high society Kieran, Baron Rothewell, prefers the dangerous pursuits of London's demimonde. Hardened by a tormented past, he cares little for anyone or anything. So how can he resist the wager proposed by the dissolute Comte de Valigny? A hand of cards for the possession of the comte's exquisite daughter. Will he win her heart? Abandoned by her highborn father -- until he decides to use her -- Mademoiselle Camille Marchand puts no trust in an aristocrat's honor, especially that of the notorious baron. She too is gambling -- for her life -- and Rothwell is just one more card to be used. But whatever dark desires run through his veins call to her own, and the heart plays its own game -- winner take all!
By Meredith Duran. 2012
BY CANDLELIGHT, SHE LURES HIM . . . Glittering court socialites and underworld cutpurses alike know that Adrian Ferrers, Earl…of Rivenham, is the most dangerous man in London. Rivenham will let nothing--not the deepening shadow of war, nor the growing darkness within him--interfere with his ambition to restore his family to its former glory. But when tasked by the king to uncover a traitor, he discovers instead a conspiracy--and a woman whose courage awakens terrible temptations. To save her is to risk everything. To love her might cost his life. AT SWORDPOINT SHE DEFIES HIM . . . Lady Leonora knows that Rivenham is the devil in beautiful disguise--and that the irresistible tension between them is as unpredictable as the dilemma in which Nora finds herself: held hostage on her own estate by Rivenham and the king's men. But when war breaks out, Nora has no choice but to place her trust in her dearest enemy--and pray that love does not become the weapon that destroys them both. . . .
By Lynn Cullen. 2013
A writer and his demons. A woman and her desires. A wife and her revenge... Inspired by literature's most haunting…love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress's tantalizing confession, and his wife's frightening obsession... in this "intelligent, sexy, and utterly addictive" (M. J. Rose) new masterpiece of historical fiction. 1845: New York City is a sprawling warren of gaslit streets and crowded avenues, bustling with new immigrants and old money, optimism and opportunity, poverty and crime. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is all the rage--the success of which a struggling poet like Frances Osgood can only dream. As a mother trying to support two young children after her husband's cruel betrayal, Frances jumps at the chance to meet the illustrious Mr. Poe at a small literary gathering, if only to help her fledgling career. Although not a great fan of Poe's writing, she is nonetheless overwhelmed by his magnetic presence-- and the surprising revelation that he admires "her" work. What follows is a flirtation, then a seduction, then an illicit affair... and with each clandestine encounter, Frances finds herself falling slowly and inexorably under the spell of her mysterious, complicated lover. But when Edgar's frail wife Virginia insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe's tales. And like those gothic heroines whose fates are forever sealed, Frances begins to fear that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself...
By Kiran Millwood Hargrave. 2022
Situada numa era de superstição, histeria e mudanças extraordinárias, e inspirada em factos reais ocorridos durante um verão maldito, A…Árvore da Dança é uma história apaixonante sobre segredos de família,amor proibido e mulheres levadas ao limite. Sob o sol escaldante de verão, uma mulher começa a dançar na praça da cidade. Dança durante dias, sem um momento de descanso, sem pausas, e a ela se juntam outras centenas. As autoridades declaram o estado de emergência. Chamam-se músicos para que toquem e para que, pela dança, o Diabo saia do corpo dessas mulheres. Nas imediações da cidade, Lisbet, grávida, vive com o marido e a sogra, cuidando das abelhas que lhes dão sustento. No momento em que a dança ganha mais força, Nethe, a sua cunhada, regressa de uma pena de sete anos nas montanhas por um crime sobre o qual ninguém se atreve a pronunciar-se. Lisbet, porém, está determinada a saber o que se esconde nesse segredo. E enquanto a cidade treme sob a força de milhares de pés que marcam um ritmo imparável, acaba por ver-se enredada numa teia de mentiras e paixões clandestinas, a dançar ao som de uma música perigosa… Críticas dos Media:«A Árvore da Dança é um livro incomum e maravilhosamente escrito que levanta questões importantes sobre a fé e o amor.» The Times «Ao explorar os temas da maternidade, da misoginia, do patriarcado e do amor proibido, a autora utiliza um momento em concreto da História para examinar questões centrais do mundo contemporâneo.» The Irish Times «A Árvore da Dança é, pura e simplesmente, uma obra literária assombrosa.» Louise O’Neill, autora bestseller internacional «A Árvore da Dança merece todos os prémios que vier a ganhar.» Marian Keyes, autora bestseller internacional «Extraordinário e fascinante. Uma história excecionalmente original.» The Sunday Times, Historical Fiction Book of the Month «Um romance intrigante e assombroso, pulsante de uma emoção crua e bela.» Jennifer Saint, autora de Ariadne
By Danielle Steel. 1980
Supposedly based on an actual incident in the author's own family, this novel tells of a rich German woman, the…breathtaking beauty Kassandra von Gotthard, who falls in love with a Jewish writer, Dolff Stern. Their happiness is short-lived for the Nazis soon murder Stern, causing Kassandra to take her own life. Some strong language
By M. C. Beaton. 1990
A beautiful widow is accused of her late husband’s murder in this Regency-set story of romantic suspense by a New…York Times–bestselling author. The upper class regarded Sir Benjamin Wright with utmost honor and respect. Yet Lady Emma knew her husband was, in fact, a drunken, jealous brute who delighted in humiliating her both in and out of the bedroom. His murder had been a blessing, she thought—that is until the constable’s accusing finger pointed to her. But it soon becomes apparent that her late husband hid many secrets and had many enemies. When the practical Comte Saint-Juste arrives on the scene offering his services, Lady Emma is about to discover what the French dedication to l’amour really means . . . Originally published under the name Marion Chesney, this is a suspenseful love story from an author who “delivers top-notch Regency fare” (RT Reviews).
By M. C. Beaton. 1988
Opposites attract—and strike a delicious bargain in a Regency romance from the New York Times–bestselling author of the Traveling Matchmaker…series. The handsome, wealthy Marquess of Rockingham is the most notorious man in London, as infamous for his violent temper as he is for his intemperate ways. Miss Lucinda Westerville is a country vicar’s daughter, as innocent as she is lovely and as proper as a young lady can possibly be. Yet when this improbably matched pair meets at a glittering social ball, they strike the dubious bargain to become man and wife—in name only. But Lucinda soon finds that she has taken on more than she bargained for—when she vows not to love this untamed, infuriatingly attractive man . . . When she tries to rein in her own foolishly galloping heart. “Chesney is a romance writer who deftly blends humor and adventure . . . [Sustaining] her devoted audience to the last gasp.” —Booklist
By M. C. Beaton. 1980
When a merchant’s daughter inherits a fortune, it brings a heap of trouble and a chance at love in this…charming Edwardian romance.Ginny Bloggs is as shocked as anyone. A wealthy man she’s never met has left her a fortune and a magnificent country estate. Too bad the man’s disgruntled relatives are part of the bargain. Charged with instructing Ginny in the ways of polite society, the quartet of querulous schemers have other plans in mind for her.The handsome Lord Gerald de Fremney is around to keep the unruly relatives in line. But he soon learns that there is more to Ginny than what so pleasingly meets the eye. As delicate as a china doll, she’s also bold as brass. And now she’s going to teach them all what it meant to be a lady . . .
By M. C. Beaton. 1992
A young governess in search of a dream life discovers that grim reality can bring true love in the New…York Times–bestselling author’s Regency romance.Lord Percy Hunterdon has inherited a Gothic horror of a country estate along with a pair of teenage brats to marry off. To survive this disastrous fortune, he requires the expertise of a superior governess.When Jean Morrison discovers Lord Hunterdon's advertisement, dreams of an unmarried viscount and a magnificent castle dance in her head. She imagines him as Byronic and brooding, pacing the battlements in a black cloak and falling madly in love with her.It’s a rude awakening when Jean first sees the dank Trelawney Castle and encounters her vile new charges. Still, the golden hair and dancing eyes of her employer conjure up fantasies that are most unseemly for a governess of distinction.
By Sharon Sala. 2003
Leticia Murphy never planned on becoming a saloon girl. But the Kansas Territories are a difficult place, and Lettie, orphaned…at the age of twelve, had to do whatever it took to survive. When she comes to the rough-and-tumble town of Lizard Flats, she wants nothing more than a second chance--although she knows the likelihood of getting one is slim. Until, that is, a stranger comes to Lizard Flats, a preacher from the East, arriving to perform a wedding. But the man of God isn't quite as holy as he seems. And when he turns up dead in Lettie's bed, it sets off a chain of events nobody could have predicted that will ultimately lead to change not just for Lizard Flats, but for Lettie herself. The first in the best-selling Whippoorwill trilogy by renowned romance novelist Sharon Sala, Whippoorwill is sure to leave you spellbound and wanting more.
By M. C. Beaton. 1981
New York Times–bestselling author: A mistreated maid may be transformed into a lady—with the help of a departed duke .…. . Alice Lovesey, a poorly treated scullery maid, makes a desperate plea for help—which miraculously summons Wadham Hall’s rakish eighth duke. Summons him from the dead, that is . . . The duke is delighted to be newly materialized, and promises to return the favor by helping Alice become a lady of quality. But Alice’s heart may not stand a ghost of a chance, now that she’s lost it to a restless spirit . . . Originally published under the name Marion Chesney, this heartwarming and hilarious story is by the beloved author of the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series.
By M. C. Beaton. 1991
A widow in reduced circumstances makes a desperate offer—and discovers romance and danger—in a suspenseful tale by a New York…Times–bestselling author. Annabelle Carruthers could only dream of being kissed by a man as dashing as Lord Darkwood. Instead, she remained locked in misery, married to a rakish drunk who gambled their lives into financial and social ruin. But his sudden death—and rumors of spies and treachery—only made matters worse. Burdened with gambling debts, Annabelle feared she was on her way to the poorhouse. The only solution Annabelle could see was to offer herself up as mistress to the mysterious Lord Darkwood. Darkwood, however, was too much of a gentleman to take advantage of a lady such as Annabelle. Still, he was quite interested in rumors of her husband’s espionage—a curiosity that would soon place them both in grave danger . . . This tale of love and intrigue in Regency England, originally published under the name Marion Chesney, comes from the beloved bestselling author of the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mystery series.