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Queen By Right

by Anne Easter Smith Touchstone (May 10, 2011)

From the award-winning author of A Rose for the Crown, Daughter of York, and The King’s Grace comes another masterful historical novel—the story of Cecily of York, mother of two kings and the heroine of...


Vital Secrets

by Don Gutteridge Touchstone (July 05, 2011)

This is the third novel in the action-packed Marc Edwards mysteries, set during the rebellions of 1830s Upper Canada. A follow-up to Turncoat and Solemn Vows.


Dubious Allegiance

by Don Gutteridge Touchstone (July 24, 2012)

The fourth novel in the action-packed Marc Edwards mystery series, set during the rebellions of 1830s Upper Canada.

Autumn 1837: the provinces of Upper and Lower Canada are on the eve of open revolt. Lieutenant...


Solemn Vows

by Don Gutteridge Touchstone (January 04, 2011)

A search for a man armed with a rifle that hasn’t been shot since the war of 1812 leads to an investigation that takes Marc Edwards from a newspaper office into the mansions of the Family Compact, and even...


The King's Curse

The Cousins' War #6, The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #7

by Philippa Gregory Touchstone (September 09, 2014)

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the acclaimed Starz series The White Queen comes the story of lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole and her unique view of King Henry VIII’s stratospheric rise...


Ember Island: A Novel

by Kimberley Freeman Touchstone (April 15, 2014)

In a compelling, complex story from the bestselling author of Wildflower Hill and Lighthouse Bay, two women separated by a century discover long-buried secrets in an Australian manor house.

In 1891, Tilly Kirkland...


The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B

by Sandra Gulland Touchstone (March 17, 2002)

In this first of three books inspired by the life of Josephine Bonaparte, Sandra Gulland has created a novel of immense and magical proportions. We meet Josephine in the exotic and lush Martinico, where an old...


The Mistress of Nothing

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2009

by Kate Pullinger Touchstone (January 04, 2011)

The American debut of an award-winning novel about a lady’s maid’s awakening as she journeys from the confines of Victorian England to the uncharted far reaches of Egypt’s Nile Valley

When Lady Duff Gordon,...


Road to Reckoning

by Robert Lautner Touchstone (February 04, 2014)

“Remarkable…A novel about a young man reaching for manhood after the killing of his father and about the invention and selling of Col. Samuel Colt’s revolving pistol, and the way it changed the West. Those...


Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe

by Sandra Gulland Touchstone (May 04, 2002)

Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe is the much-awaited sequel to Sandra Gulland's highly acclaimed first novel, The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.

Beginning in Paris in 1796, the saga continues as Josephine...


The Red Queen

The Cousins' War #2

by Philippa Gregory Touchstone (August 03, 2010)

The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life Margaret Beaufort, heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, who...


Death of a Patriot

by Don Gutteridge Touchstone (January 07, 2014)

As the winter cold settles over Upper and Lower Canada, sparks still fly between the provinces. But while the fate of the colony is debated in the British parliament, a more pressing danger threatens the fledgling...


The Blue Orchard

by Jackson Taylor Touchstone (January 12, 2010)

On the eve of the Great Depression, Verna Krone, the child of Irish immigrants, must leave the eighth grade and begin working as a maid to help support her family. Her employer takes inappropriate liberties,...


The Lute Player

by Norah Lofts Touchstone (December 08, 2009)

Beloved author Norah Lofts brings to life the romance and adventure of the crusading king Richard the Lionhearted through the eyes of his most humble and trusted companion -- his lute player.

One of the most...


The Counterfeit Guest

by Rose Melikan Touchstone (August 25, 2009)

In this rousing sequel to The Blackstone Key, Rose Melikan’s heroine returns to the world of espionage for an intelligent, thrilling adventure in Georgian England.

When the story begins Mary is a wealthy heiress....


The Last Great Dance on Earth

by Sandra Gulland Touchstone (January 27, 2002)

The Last Great Dance on Earth is the triumphant final volume of Sandra Gulland's beloved trilogy based on the life of Josephine Bonaparte. When the novel opens, Josephine and Napoleon have been married for four...


The King's Pleasure: A Novel of Katharine of Aragon

by Norah Lofts Touchstone (December 02, 2008)

Norah Lofts’s tales of royal Britain have stood the test of time.

This international bestseller powerfully tells of the life of Katharine of Aragon, from her childhood in Spain to her reign and downfall in...


The White Princess

The Cousins' War #5, The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #5

by Philippa Gregory Touchstone (July 23, 2013)

Adapted for the STARZ original series, The White Princess.

Love to the Death.

When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house—Elizabeth...


Astor Place Vintage: A Novel

by Stephanie Lehmann Touchstone (June 11, 2013)

When a New York City vintage clothing shop owner’s recent purchases contain a hidden journal from 1907, her entire life will be turned upside down in this “insightful, charming, and wholly entertaining novel”...


Royal Mistress: A Novel

by Anne Easter Smith Touchstone (May 07, 2013)

Jane Lambert, the quick-witted and alluring daughter of a silk merchant, is twenty-two and still unmarried. When Jane’s father finally finds her a match, she’s married off to the dull, older silk merchant...


Queen Jezebel

The Catherine De Medici Trilogy #3

by Jean Plaidy Touchstone (February 19, 2013)

The final novel in the classic Catherine de’ Medici trilogy from Jean Plaidy, the grande dame of historical fiction.

The aging Catherine de’ Medici and her sickly son King Charles are hoping to end the violence...


The Chalice: A Novel

The Crown #2

by Nancy Bilyeau Touchstone (March 05, 2013)

In the midst of England’s Reformation, a young novice will risk everything to defy the most powerful men of her era.

In 1538, England’s bloody power struggle between crown and cross threatens to tear the...


The Italian Woman

The Catherine De Medici Trilogy #2

by Jean Plaidy Touchstone (January 01, 2013)

From the grande dame of historical fiction, the second novel in the classic trilogy—back in print after more than twenty years—brilliantly depicts the life of the powerful Queen who was loved by few and...


Fallen Skies: A Novel

by Philippa Gregory Touchstone (December 02, 2008)

Fallen Skies takes readers to post-World War I England in a suspenseful story about the marriage of a wealthy war hero and an aspiring singer he barely knows.

Can a family's mannered traditions and cool emotions...


The Kingmaker's Daughter

The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #4

by Philippa Gregory Touchstone (August 14, 2012)

In this New York Times bestseller that inspired the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, Philippa Gregory tells the tale of Anne Neville, a beautiful young woman who must navigate the treachery...


Madame Serpent: A Catherine de'

The Catherine De Medici Trilogy #1

by Jean Plaidy Touchstone (July 03, 2012)

Fourteen-year-old Catherine de’ Medici arrives in Marseilles to marry Henry, Duke of Orleans, second son of the King of France. The brokenhearted Catherine has left her true love in Italy, forced into trading...


Bachelor Girl

by Kim van Alkemade Touchstone (March 06, 2018)

NOW AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

Bachelor Girl plunges the reader deep into life during the Jazz Age…and the revealing of other secrets and confessions will keep readers up all night looking for answers.”...


Jasmine Nights

by Julia Gregson Touchstone (June 05, 2012)

From the award-winning author of East of the Sun, a powerful love story set against the unstable and exotic cities of Cairo and Istanbul during the height of World War II.

At twenty-three, Saba Tarcan knows her...


Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders

by Gyles Brandreth Touchstone (May 08, 2012)

Oscar Wilde makes a triumphant return to sleuthing in the fifth novel in the critically acclaimed historical murder mystery series based on real events, featuring Wilde as the detective aided by his friend Arthur...


The Exception

by Alan Judd Touchstone (January 03, 2017)

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer, Lily James, and Jai Courtney.

The Exception (originally published as The Kaiser’s Last Kiss), is a “crisp, adroit, and...


The Last Tudor

The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #14

by Philippa Gregory Touchstone (August 08, 2017)

The latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous women in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.

Jane Grey...


The Crown

The Crown #1

by Nancy Bilyeau Touchstone (January 10, 2012)

An astonishing debut in historical fiction, hailed as “part The Da Vinci Code, part The Other Boleyn Girl,” (Woman’s Day), The Crown follows one nun’s dangerous quest to find an ancient relic during...


Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome

by Crystal King Touchstone (April 25, 2017)

Set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, this “addictively readable first novel” (Kirkus Reviews) features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and...


The Good at Heart

by Ursula Werner Touchstone (February 21, 2017)

Based on the author’s discoveries about her great-grandfather, this stunning debut novel that “powerfully portrays the inner struggles of ordinary people moved to do extraordinary things” (Booklist) takes...


The Scribe of Siena

by Melodie Winawer Touchstone (May 16, 2017)

“Like Outlander with an Italian accent.” —Real Simple

“A detailed historical novel, a multifaceted mystery, and a moving tale of improbable love.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

A NEW YORK POST...


The Limehouse Text

Barker & Llewelyn #3

by Will Thomas Touchstone (July 04, 2006)

In The Limehouse Text, Barker and Llewelyn discover a pawn ticket among the effects of Barker's late assistant, leading them to London's Chinese district, Limehouse. There they retrieve an innocent-looking book...


The Boleyn Inheritance

The Tudor Court #3

by Philippa Gregory Touchstone (December 05, 2006)

From “the queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) comes this New York Times bestseller featuring three very different women whose fates are each bound by a bloody curse: the legacy of the Boleyn family.

After...


Mr. Darcy's Daughters

by Elizabeth Aston Touchstone (April 08, 2003)

Picking up twenty years after Pride and Prejudice left off, Mr. Darcy's Daughters begins in the year 1818. Elizabeth and Darcy have gone to Constantinople, giving us an opportunity to get to know their five...


Nectar from a Stone

by Jane Guill Touchstone (March 08, 2005)

It is 1351 in Wales, a country subjugated by England, beaten down by superstition, war, and illness. Elise, prone to strange visions and the sole survivor of a plague-ravaged family, has fled her village for...


The Mistaken Wife

by Rose Melikan Touchstone (September 14, 2010)

It is the autumn of 1797. The war between the British and the French is being fought not just openly but also in secret by a network of spies. Reluctant heiress Mary Finch is no stranger to adventure, but even...


The Second Mrs. Darcy

by Elizabeth Aston Touchstone (March 06, 2007)

The next adventure of the Darcy family from the author of Mr. Darcy's Daughters -- the story of a reluctant heiress who has been left a widow by Darcy's cousin Christopher.

It is a truth universally acknowledged...


Harriet and Isabella

by Patricia O'Brien Touchstone (January 08, 2008)

It is 1887, and Henry Ward Beecher lies dying. Reporters from around the world, eager for one last story about the most lurid scandal of their time, descend on Brooklyn Heights, their presence signaling the...


Here Was a Man

by Norah Lofts Touchstone (July 14, 2009)

From one of the original leading ladies of historical fiction, this reissued classic captures the life of sir Walter Raleigh—a man of extraordinary ambition whose complex relationship with Elizabeth I followed...


Tenor of Love

by Mary di Michele Touchstone (November 01, 2007)

A NOVEL OF PASSION AND BETRAYAL, ART AND AMBITION BASED ON THE LIFE OF ONE OF THE GREATEST OPERA SINGERS OF ALL TIME

One summer day in 1897, a young singer, Enrico Caruso, arrives at the home of the Giachetti...


Harem

by Dora Levy Mossanen Touchstone (December 01, 2009)

Rich in visual imagery, Harem vividly depicts the exotic bazaars and dangerous alleys of the city and palace chambers brimming with conspiracy and betrayal—as well as love and redemption.

A seductive and intriguing...


Mistress of the Sun

by Sandra Gulland Touchstone (June 03, 2008)

The author of the internationally acclaimed Josephine Bonaparte trilogy returns with another irresistible historical novel, this one based on the life of Louise de la Vallière, who, against all odds, became...


East of the Sun

by Julia Gregson Touchstone (June 02, 2009)

From award winner Julia Gregson, author of Jasmine Nights, this sweeping international bestseller brilliantly captures the lives of three young women on their way to a new life in India during the 1920s.

As the...


The Darcy Connection

by Elizabeth Aston Touchstone (March 04, 2008)

In The Darcy Connection, Mr. Collins of Pride and Prejudice is now the Bishop of Ripon, living with his wife, Charlotte, and their two daughters, who have reached marriageable age. The elder, another Charlotte,...


Daughter of Kura

by Debra Austin Touchstone (August 04, 2009)

IN THE WILDS of southeastern Africa more than half a million years ago sits the village of Kura, a matriarchal society of Homo erectus. Snap—a young, passionate woman—is destined to lead her people, and...


Earthly Joys

by Philippa Gregory Touchstone (May 24, 2005)

#1 New York Times bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory brings to life the passionate, turbulent times of seventeenth-century England as seen through the eyes of the...