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An Orphan’s Wish

by Molly Green Avon (November 29, 2018)

War rages, but the women and children of Liverpool’s Dr Barnardo’s Home cannot give up hope. What more could you wish for than a poignant, heart-warming saga to read this Christmas?



The Quality Street Girls

Quality Street #1

by Penny Thorpe HarperCollins (November 15, 2018)

The perfect book for anyone who loves chocolate and Christmas

A seasonal delight, inspired by the true story of the Quality Street factory.

At sixteen years old, Irene ‘Reenie’ Calder is leaving school with...

The Secret Orphan

by Glynis Peters HarperImpulse (November 09, 2018)

Keep her secret

Keep her safe

On the 14th November 1940, Hitler’s bombs rain down on Coventry. From the rubble of a bombed-out family home, a young girl is saved … but at what cost? This is a stunning...

Master of His Fate

House of Falconer #1

by Barbara Taylor Bradford St. Martin's Press (November 20, 2018)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes the first book in a stunning new historical saga.

Victorian England is a country of sharp divides between rich and poor, but James Lionel...

Everything Is Possible To Will

by Ellen Ellis Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A semi-autobiographical novel by an early feminist New Zealand author, Ellen E. Ellis. The character Wrax is a debased version of the author's husband Oliver, and Zee a weaker version of Ellen.

Ellis uses this...

Miss Marley: The Untold Story of Jacob Marley’s Sister

by Vanessa Lafaye & Rebecca Mascull HQ (November 01, 2018)

‘Exquisite’ Veronica Henry Before A Christmas Carol there was… Miss Marley A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwill

Orphans Clara and Jacob Marley live by their wits, scavenging for scraps in the poorest...

One of Ours

by Willa Cather Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Claude Wheeler craves excitement, far more than he can ever find as a farmer's son. He encounters more at university, where the modern world beyond farm life offers new thrills and challenges, only to lose them...

The Prairie

by James Fenimore Cooper Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Prairie: A Tale (1827) is a historical novel by James Fenimore Cooper, the third novel written by him featuring Natty Bumppo, his fictitious frontier hero, who is simply known as "the trapper" in it. Chronologically...

The Chessmen of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Presently Ghek pushed aside a door that opened from the stairway, and before them Tara saw the moonlight flooding the walled court where the headless rykors lay beside their feeding-troughs. She saw the perfect...

Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Elinor and Marianne are two daughters of Mr. Dashwood by his second wife. They have a younger sister, Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. When their father dies, the family estate passes to John...

O Pioneers!

by Willa Cather Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The first of her renowned prairie novels--a story that expresses Cather's conviction that "the history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman." When Alexandra Bergson takes over the family...

Antonina, or, The Fall of Rome

by Wilkie Collins Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A romance of the fifth century, in which many of the scenes described in the 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire ' are reset to suit the purpose of the author. Only two historical personages are introduced...


by Joseph Conrad Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation...

The Deerslayer

by James Fenimore Cooper Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Deerslayer, or The First Warpath (1841) was the last of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking tales to be written. Its 1740-1745 time period makes it the first installment chronologically and in the lifetime...

Barnaby Rudge

by Charles Dickens Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of Eighty (commonly known as Barnaby Rudge) is a historical novel by British novelist Charles Dickens. Barnaby Rudge was one of two novels (the other was The Old Curiosity...

The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to become a musketeer. D'Artagnan is not one...

Adam Bede

by George Eliot Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Adam Bede, the first novel written by George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans), was published in 1859. It was published pseudonymously, even though Evans was a well-published and highly respected scholar...

Far from the Madding Crowd

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

- WHEN Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, exten- ding upon...

The Trumpet-Major

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Hardy distrusted the application of nineteenth-century empiricism to history because he felt it marginalized important human elements. In The Trumpet Major, the tale of a woman courted by three competing suitors...

The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, is an American novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is generally considered to be his magnum opus. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, it tells the story of Hester...

Les Misérables

by Victor Hugo Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Les Misérables (1862) is a novel by French author Victor Hugo, and among the best-known novels of the 19th century. It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a twenty year period...


by James Joyce Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Ulysses is a novel by James Joyce, first serialized in parts in the American journal The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920, then published in its entirety by Sylvia Beach on February 2, 1922, in...

Long Live the King!

by Mary Roberts Rinehart Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Ferdinand William Otto, crown prince of an unspecified European country, is next in line for the throne. But he's only a boy. Fleeing royal boredom for a life of fun and adventure, he remains unaware of the...

Captain Blood

by Rafael Sabatini Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Peter Blood, with experience as a soldier and sailor, is practicing medicine in Bridgewater, England, when he inadvertently gets caught up in a rebellion being waged by the Duke of Monmouth. After being convicted...

Quo Vadis

by Henryk Sienkiewicz Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero, commonly known as Quo Vadis, is a historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz. Quo vadis is Latin for "Where are you going?" and alludes to a New Testament verse...


by Robert Louis Stevenson Standard Ebooks (April 24, 2018)

Written in 1886, Kidnapped is an adventure novel set in Scotland in the mid-1700s, not long after the Jacobite rebellion in the Highlands which had attempted to set Bonnie Prince Charlie on the throne. This...

Vanity Fair

by William Makepeace Thackeray Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Vanity Fair is perhaps Thackeray’s most famous novel. First serialized over the course of 19 volumes in Punch Magazine and first printed as a single volume in 1849, the novel cemented Thackeray’s literary...

War and Peace

by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

War and Peace is a novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published from 1865 to 1869 in Russkii Vestnik, which tells the story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era. It is usually described as one of Tolstoy's...

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

by Mark Twain Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is one of Mark Twain’s most enduring novels. During a stay at a modern-day English castle, the narrator meets a mysterious stranger. The stranger, Hank Morgan,...

The Lone Star Ranger

by Zane Grey Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

When he is forced to kill a man after a deadly attack, Buck Duane begins a life on the run while trying to clear his name, and his fortunes are changed by a beautiful woman and a Texas Ranger who offers to pardon...

Louise de la Valliere

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later (Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It is the third and last of the d'Artagnan Romances following The Three Musketeers...


by Gustave Flaubert Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

An historical novel that interweaves historical and fictional characters. The action takes place immediately before and during the Mercenary Revolt against Carthage in the third century BC. This book, which...

The House of the Seven Gables

by Nathaniel Hawthorne Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In a sleepy little New England village stands a dark, weather-beaten, many-gabled house. This brooding mansion is haunted by a centuries-old curse that casts the shadow of ancestral sin upon the last four members...

The Path of the King

by John Buchan Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Best known for penning the spy thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps, author and politician John Buchan produced dozens of fiction and non-fiction works over the course of his career. The Path of the King is a sprawling...

Ten Years Later

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later (Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It is the third and last of the d'Artagnan Romances following The Three Musketeers...

To The Last Man

by Zane Grey Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

1921. This romance is true to Grey's conception of the Pleasant Valley War and he bases it upon the setting he learned to know and love so well, upon the strange passions of primitive people, and upon his instinctive...

The Snow-Image

by Nathaniel Hawthorne Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Snow-Image, and Other Twice-Told Tales is a collection of short stories by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Rupert of Hentzau

by Anthony Hope Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Rupert of Hentzau is a sequel by Anthony Hope to The Prisoner of Zenda, written in 1895, but not published until 1898.

Queen Flavia, dutifully but unhappily married to her cousin Rudolf V, writes to her true...

Helen of Troy

by Andrew Lang Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In Greek mythology, Helen, better known as Helen of Sparta or Helen of Troy, was daughter of Zeus and Leda, wife of king Menelaus of Sparta and sister of Castor, Polydeuces and Clytemnestra. Her abduction by...

The Puppet Crown

by Harold MacGrath Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story is reminiscent of Stevenson's "Prince Otto" in a certain airy persiflage and genial cynicism and in the comic opera quality of the little Continental kingdom that is the scene of its remarkable plot;...

Men of Iron

by Howard Pyle Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Men of Iron is an 1891 novel by the American author Howard Pyle, who also illustrated it. It is juvenile coming of age work in which the author has the reader experience the medieval entry into knighthood through...

The Elusive Pimpernel

by Baroness Emma Orczy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

First published in 1908, The Elusive Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy is the 4th book in the classic adventure series about the Scarlet Pimpernel.

It is September 1793 and French Agent and chief spy-catcher Chauvelin...

El Dorado

by Baroness Emma Orczy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Eldorado, by Baroness Orczy is a sequel book to the classic adventure tale, The Scarlet Pimpernel. It was first published in 1913. The novel is notable in that it is the partial basis for most of the film treatments...

The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel

by Baroness Emma Orczy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Written by Baroness Orczy and first published in 1919, The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel is a sequel book to the classic adventure tale, The Scarlet Pimpernel. The book consists of eleven short stories about...

I Will Repay

by Baroness Emma Orczy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

I Will Repay was written by Baroness Emmuska Orzcy and originally published in 1906, this is a sequel novel to the Scarlet Pimpernel. The second Pimpernel book written by Orzcy, it comes (chronologically) third...

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is the second historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It depicts the plight of the French proletariat under the brutal...

Michael Strogoff, or The Courier of the Czar

by Jules Verne Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar (French: Michel Strogoff) is a novel written by Jules Verne in 1876. Critics, including Leonard S. Davidow, writing from Reading, Pennsylvania, in his 1937 introduction...

A Lady of Quality

by Frances Hodgson Burnett Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A Lady of Quality is a novel published in 1896 by Frances Hodgson Burnett that was the second highest best-selling book in the United States in 1896. It was the first of series of successful historical novels...

The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The hero, Etienne Gerard, is a Hussar in the French Army during the Napoleonic Wars. Gerard's most notable attribute is his vanity - he is utterly convinced that he is the bravest soldier, greatest swordsman,...

The Great Shadow

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Great Shadow, also known as The Great Shadow and other Napoleonic Tales, is an action and adventure novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published in 1892 in J.W. Arrowsmith’s Bristol Library. The...