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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...


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...


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....


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 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...


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 heart-warming and nostalgic family saga set at the heart of wartime London, from the bestselling author of A Wartime Christmas. Perfect for fans of Sheila Newberry and Rosie Goodwin

 

'Surely one of the best...


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...


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....


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...


The Forgotten Village

by Lorna Cook Avon (April 04, 2019)

Don’t miss Lorna Cook’s stunning new book, The Forbidden Promise, available to pre-order now…

_________ THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER WITH OVER 150,000 COPIES SOLD

1943: The world is at war, and the villagers...


The Forgotten Secret

by Kathleen McGurl HQ Digital (March 01, 2019)

A USA Today bestseller! Can she unlock the mysteries of the past?

A country at war

It’s the summer of 1919 and Ellen O’Brien has her whole life ahead of her. Young, in love and leaving home for her first...


The Darkest Hour

by Barbara Erskine HarperCollins (February 21, 2019)

From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes an epic tale of love, passion and heartbreak.

In the summer of 1940, eyes are focussed on the skies above the South of England: the Battle for Britain has just...


An Impossible Distance to Fall

by Miriam McNamara Sky Pony (July 02, 2019)

A story about falling—falling from grace, falling in love—as well as soaring to heights you wouldn’t know were possible if you never stepped out into thin air.

A story about falling—falling from grace,...


The Last Train to London

by Meg Waite Clayton Harper (September 10, 2019)

National bestseller

The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Exiles conjures her best novel yet, a pre-World War II-era story with the emotional resonance of Orphan Train and All the Light We Cannot...


The Fourth Courier

by Timothy Jay Smith Arcade (April 02, 2019)

** "Sharply drawn characters, rich dialogue, and a clever conclusion bode well for any sequel." —Publishers Weekly **

** “Smith skillfully bridges police procedural and espionage fiction, crafting a show-stealing...


Resistance Women

by Jennifer Chiaverini William Morrow (May 14, 2019)

One of BookBub's best historical novels of the year and Oprah magazine's buzziest books of the month.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, an enthralling historical saga...


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...


All That I Am: A Novel

Miles Franklin Award 2012

by Anna Funder Harper (February 07, 2012)

Award-winning author Anna Funder delivers an affecting and beautifully evocative debut novel about a group of young German exiles who risk their lives to awaken the world to the terrifying threat of Hitler and...


Restoration

by Olaf Olafsson Ecco (February 07, 2012)

“A tremendous talent.”

Boston Globe

Restoration is an elegantly constructed work of fiction, seamlessly moving between the past and the present.”

—Ron Rash, bestselling author of Serena

Acclaimed novelist...


The Flamboyant

by Lori Marie Carlson HarperCollins e-books (April 07, 2009)

In the tradition of Beryl Markham's West with the Night, The Flamboyant tells the story of Lenora Demarest, a strong–willed, soft–spoken American beauty intent on becoming the first aviatrix in her adopted...


Yesternight

by Cat Winters William Morrow Paperbacks (October 04, 2016)

From the author of The Uninvited comes a haunting historical novel with a compelling mystery at its core.  A young child psychologist steps off a train, her destination a foggy seaside town. There, she begins...


Everyone Brave is Forgiven

by Chris Cleave Simon & Schuster (May 03, 2016)

The instant New York Times bestseller from Chris Cleave—the unforgettable novel about three lives entangled during World War II, told “with dazzling prose, sharp English wit, and compassion…a powerful...


Dreamland

by Kevin Baker HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

A literary tour de force, a magnificent chronicle of a remarkable era and a place of dreams

In a stunning work of imagination and memory, author Kevin Baker brings to mesmerizing life a vibrant, colorful, thrilling,...


Clara Callan

Trillium Book Award 2002, Giller Prize 2001, Governor General's Award for Fiction 2001

by Richard B. Wright HarperCollins (March 17, 2009)

In a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for New York. It's a time when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and people escape...


Holy Skirts

by Rene Steinke HarperCollins e-books (July 08, 2008)

No one in 1917 New York had ever encountered a woman like the Bar-oness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven -- poet, artist, proto-punk rocker, sexual libertine, fashion avatar, and unrepentant troublemaker. When she...


The Ape Who Guards the Balance

Amelia Peabody #10

by Elizabeth Peters William Morrow (March 17, 2009)

After eluding a kidnapper in London, an unperturbed Amelia Peabody accompanies her unconventional family to Cairo once more—only to be ensnared almost immediately in a web of stolen treasures and bloodthirsty...


Ghost on Black Mountain

by Ann Hite Gallery Books (September 13, 2011)

ONCE A PERSON LEAVES THE MOUNTAIN, THEY NEVER COME BACK, NOT REALLY. THEY’RE LOST FOREVER.

Nellie Clay married Hobbs Pritchard without even noticing he was a spell conjured into a man, a walking, talking ghost...


Ellis Island

Ellis Island #1

by Kate Kerrigan William Morrow Paperbacks (June 28, 2011)

“A standout novel….A rare combination of historical enlightenment and sheer enjoyment.”

—Peter Quinn, author of The Man Who Never Returned

Already a hit in the United Kingdom, Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan...


The Forgotten Garden: A Novel

by Kate Morton Atria Books (April 07, 2009)

From the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, The Secret Keeper, The Distant Hours, and The Lake House, an unforgettable novel that transports us from the back alleys of poverty of pre-World...