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The Race for Paris

by Meg Waite Clayton Harper (August 11, 2015)

National Bestseller

David J. Langum, Sr. Prize for American Historical Fiction, Honorary Mention for 2015

The New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters returns with a moving and powerfully dynamic...


The Paris Winter

by Imogen Robertson St. Martin's Press (November 18, 2014)

There is but one Paris.

Vincent Van Gogh

Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris, she quickly...


Newport

by Jill Morrow William Morrow Paperbacks (July 07, 2015)

Following in the steps of Beatriz Williams and Amor Towles, this richly atmospheric, spellbinding novel transports readers to the dazzling, glamorous world of Newport during the Roaring Twenties and to a mansion...


The Lodger

by Louisa Treger St. Martin's Press (October 14, 2014)

Dorothy Richardson is existing just above the poverty line, doing secretarial work at a dentist's office and living in a seedy boarding house in Bloomsbury, when she is invited to spend the weekend with a childhood...


Mademoiselle Chanel

by C. W. Gortner William Morrow (March 17, 2015)

For readers of The Paris Wife and Z comes this vivid novel full of drama, passion, tragedy, and beauty that stunningly imagines the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel—the ambitious, gifted laundrywoman’s...


The Heroes' Welcome

by Louisa Young Harper Perennial (March 10, 2015)

April 1919. Six months have passed since the armistice that ended the Great War. But new battles face those who have survived.

Only 23, former soldier Riley Purefoy and his bride, Nadine Waveney, have their whole...


Far to Go

by Alison Pick HarperCollins e-books (April 19, 2011)

"Deftlystructured and . . . seamless." —Globe and Mail (Toronto)

 

"[A]nuanced and layered portrait of betrayal. . . . The strength of Far to Golies in Pick's ability to show precisely why one person could...


After the War is Over

by Jennifer Robson William Morrow Paperbacks (January 06, 2015)

The International bestselling author of Somewhere in France returns with her sweeping second novel—a tale of class, love, and freedom—in which a young woman must find her place in a world forever changed....


Cavendon Hall

Cavendon Hall #1

by Barbara Taylor Bradford St. Martin's Press (April 01, 2014)

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic saga of intrigue and mystique set in Edwardian England. Cavendon Hall is home to two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them....


Wish You Well

by David Baldacci Grand Central Publishing (October 01, 2000)

David Baldacci's million-copy-plus bestseller is now a feature film available on DVD and video on demand!

Precocious 12-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal lives in the hectic New York City of 1940 with her family....


Roosevelt's Beast

by Louis Bayard Henry Holt and Co. (March 18, 2014)

A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt's ill-fated 1914 Amazon expedition—a psychological twist on the smart historical thriller that first put Louis Bayard on the map

1914. Brazil's Rio da Dúvida, the...


The Sound of the Trees

by Robert Gatewood Henry Holt and Co. (March 11, 2014)

An extraordinary debut that brings together a hypnotic quest, a thrilling Western, and an unforgettable love story.

Set in the 1930s, The Sound of the Trees tells the story of Trude Mason, who, seeking to escape...


Land of Dreams

Ellis Island #3

by Kate Kerrigan William Morrow Paperbacks (October 07, 2014)

Set in 1940s Los Angeles, the compelling final installment in New York Times bestselling author Kate Kerrigan’s sweeping immigrant trilogy begun in Ellis Island and City of Hope—a story of family, love,...


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,...


Rainwater

by Sandra Brown Simon & Schuster (November 03, 2009)

A romantic historical novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seeing Red about an independent woman who runs a boarding house in Dust Bowl Texas.

Ella Baron runs her Texas boarding house with the...


The Housemaid's Daughter

by Barbara Mutch St. Martin's Press (December 10, 2013)

Barbara Mutch's stunning first novel tells a story of love and duty colliding on the arid plains of Apartheid-era South Africa

When Cathleen Harrington leaves her home in Ireland in 1919 to travel to South Africa,...


The Visitors

by Sally Beauman Harper (July 08, 2014)

Based on a true story of discovery, The Visitors is New York Times bestselling author Sally Beauman’s brilliant recreation of the hunt for Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings—a dazzling...


One Night in Winter

by Simon Sebag Montefiore Harper (May 06, 2014)

Inspired by a true story, prize-winning historian and acclaimed novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore explores the consequences of forbidden love in this heartbreaking epic of marriage, childhood, danger, and betrayal...


Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

by Francine Prose Harper (April 22, 2014)

A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling...


Islands of Silence

by Martin Booth St. Martin's Press (October 08, 2013)

Islands of Silence is the story of the young Alec Marquand, who in the summer of 1914 has just graduated from college with a degree in archaeology. He has been hired by the lord of a remote country estate in...


The Great Lover: A Novel

by Jill Dawson HarperCollins e-books (June 01, 2010)

“A brilliant, complicated man is the centre of Jill Dawson’s The Great Lover, and while she draws extensively on historical records of Brooke and his contemporaries, it is her decisions as a novelist that...


Three Souls

by Janie Chang William Morrow Paperbacks (February 25, 2014)

An absorbing novel of romance and revolution, loyalty and family, sacrifice and undying love

We have three souls, or so I'd been told. But only in death could I confirm this....

So begins the haunting and captivating...


Vintage

by Susan Gloss William Morrow (March 25, 2014)

Vintage is Susan Gloss’s sparkling debut novel in the Vein of The Friday Night Knitting Club, centered around a Midwestern vintage clothing shop and a group of women who eventually transform the store and...


City of Hope

Ellis Island #2

by Kate Kerrigan William Morrow Paperbacks (June 25, 2013)

The heartrending and inspiring sequel to Ellis Island, Kate Kerrigan's City of Hope is an uplifting story of a woman truly ahead of her time

When her beloved husband suddenly dies, young Ellie Hogan decides to...


Swimming in the Moon

by Pamela Schoenewaldt William Morrow Paperbacks (September 03, 2013)

A new historical novel from Pamela Schoenewaldt, the USA Today bestselling author of When We Were Strangers.

Italy, 1905. Fourteen-year-old Lucia and her young mother, Teresa, are servants in a magnificent villa...


Cockney Orphan

by Carol Rivers Simon & Schuster UK (April 11, 2013)

A compelling tale of ordinary East Enders caught up in extraordinary times, from the Sunday Timesbestselling author

Previously published with the title Connie of Kettle Street

Amidst the death and destruction...


The Ashford Affair

by Lauren Willig St. Martin's Press (April 09, 2013)

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig comes The Ashford Affair, a page-turning novel about two women in different eras, and on different continents, who are connected by one deeply buried secret....


Scumbler

by William Wharton Harper Paperbacks (February 26, 2013)

Know Scumbler in his poignant, hilarious life. Get mad at him and even cry with him. Here's Don Quixote, Santa Claus, and Faust rolled into one "thick shadow" of a man. A joyous sixty-year-old American street...


Pride

by William Wharton Harper Paperbacks (February 26, 2013)

During the Depression, a 10-year-old boy befriends a carnival stuntman and his lion cub and learns about the meaning of family, loyalty, love, and survival.


The Wreck

by Bruno Hare Simon & Schuster UK (September 27, 2012)

Norway, 1945: On the run from invading Nazis, his family murdered, sixteen-year-old Erik decides to join the Milorg - Norway's Resistance movement. Spirited away into the mountains, he is groomed to become a...


A Future Arrived

The Passing Bells #3

by Phillip Rock William Morrow Paperbacks (February 05, 2013)

Before Downton Abbey, there was Abingdon Pryory...

The third installment in Phillip Rock's trilogy that came alive with The Passing Bells and continued with Circles of Time, begins with the fading of the Jazz...


The Rising of the Moon

by William Martin Tom Doherty Associates (January 31, 2012)

Boston, 1916.

Irish immigrant Tom Tracy has nearly everything he's ever wanted—a promising political career as an aide to the city's mayor and the love of a beautiful woman, Rachel Levka. When his lusty cousin,...


Summerset Abbey

by T. J. Brown Gallery Books (January 15, 2013)

1913: In a sprawling manor on the outskirts of London, three young women seek to fulfill their destinies and desires amidst the unspoken rules of society in this stunning series starter that fans of Downton...


Circles of Time

The Passing Bells #2

by Phillip Rock William Morrow Paperbacks (January 02, 2013)

The Acclaimed Trilogy That Has Been Called a Must-Read for Fans of Downton Abbey

A generation has been lost on the Western Front. The dead have been buried, a harsh peace forged, and the howl of shells replaced...


The Passing Bells

The Passing Bells #1

by Phillip Rock William Morrow Paperbacks (December 04, 2012)

Before Downton Abbey, there was Abingdon Pryory, the elegant country home of the Grevilles—a titled English family who, along with their servants, see their world turned upside down when England goes to war....


The Leading Indicators

by Gregg Easterbrook St. Martin's Press (November 13, 2012)

Tom Perrotta meets David Brooks in The Leading Indicators--a powerful modern parable about one American family's fall from grace during the recession

Margo and Tom Helot have the perfect life. He works in finance;...


Love in the Years of Lunacy: A Novel

by Mandy Sayer Atria Books (November 06, 2012)

From an award-winning Australian novelist comes a wonderfully inspiring story about the ill-fated love affair between a white female jazz saxophonist and a black American GI, set against the backdrop of 1940s...


A Black Englishman

by Carolyn Slaughter Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 15, 2005)

India, 1920: exotic, glamorous, and violent, as the country begins to resist England's colonial grip. In the midst of this turmoil, Isabel, a young British military wife, begins a passionate liaison with Sam,...


Last Train from Cuernavaca

by Lucia St. Clair Robson Tom Doherty Associates (April 27, 2010)

In the Christmas season of 1913, Grace Knight's elegant old hotel on Cuernavaca's main plaza is the place to see and be seen. Mexico's landed aristocracy, members of the foreign community, wealthy tourists,...


Ghost Light

by Joseph O'Connor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 01, 2011)

1907 Edwardian Dublin, a city of whispers and rumors. At the Abbey Theatre W. B. Yeats is working with the talented John Synge, his resident playwright. It is here that Synge, the author of The Playboy of the...


1921

The Irish Century #2

by Morgan Llywelyn Tom Doherty Associates (April 01, 2010)

The Irish fight for independence is one of the most captivating tales of the twentieth century. Morgan Llywelyn, the acclaimed historical writer of books like Lion of Ireland, Bard and The Horse Goddess, is...


1916

The Irish Century #1

by Morgan Llywelyn Tom Doherty Associates (April 01, 2010)

At age fifteen, Ned Halloran lost both of his parents--and almost his own life--when the Titanic sank. Determined to keep what little he has, he returns to his homeland of Ireland and enrolls at Saint Edna's...


The Street of a Thousand Blossoms

by Gail Tsukiyama St. Martin's Press (September 04, 2007)

"Just remember," Yoshio said quietly to his grandsons. "Every day of your lives, you must always be sure what you're fighting for."

It is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers...


The Medium

by Noëlle Sickels St. Martin's Press (May 17, 2012)

In 1940's New Jersey, Helen Schneider struggles not only with the uncertainties of life and love during war time, but also with the unique challenge of how to heed the insistent voices of the dead.

Helen's childhood...


Phantom Ships: A Novel

by Claude Le Bouthillier & Susan Ouriou Dundurn (January 01, 2004)

Novelist and poet Claude Le Bouthillier draws on his Acadian and New Brunswick heritage to create this account of the end of the French Empire in Canada.


An Orphan in the Snow

by Molly Green Avon (November 30, 2017)

War rages, but the women and children of Liverpool’s Dr Barnado’s Home cannot give up hope. An Orphan in the Snow is the perfect heartwarming saga to curl up with this winter.

LIVERPOOL, 1941

Haunted by...


The Black Isle

by Sandi Tan Grand Central Publishing (July 03, 2012)

There are ghosts on the Black Isle.

Ghosts that no one can see.

No one...except Cassandra.

Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled...


Young Renny

by Mazo de la Roche Dundurn (June 29, 2009)

Young Renny takes us even farther back in the Whiteoak family saga to 1906. Renny, the young master of Jalna, is just 18. The plot thickens when two outsiders join the mix: a gypsy woman who seduces Renny, and...


The Family Corleone

by Ed Falco Grand Central Publishing (May 08, 2012)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

An exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence and of loyalty and betrayal, The Family Corleone will appeal to the legions of fans who can never get enough of The Godfather...


Max

by Sarah Cohen-Scali & Penny Hueston Roaring Brook Press (March 07, 2017)

Nazi Germany 1936. The Lebensborn program is going strong as German women are carefully selected by the Nazis and recruited to give birth to new representatives of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is...