Fiction Historical Books

Catherine and the Marquis (Bluestocking Brides Book 5)

"For some reason, these gentlemen have a taste for freckled redheads but that last unmarried Chadwick girl will stay unmarried, mark my words. She is simply the worst of them all." - Viscountess Charlecote.All Catherine wants to do is look at the stars. Unfortunately, her Mama has better ideas. Being the last unmarried Chadwick sister means countless new bonnets, dresses, and meetings with eligible gentlemen. Most young debutantes would relish such opportunities but not Catherine—marriage might suit her sisters but not her.The arrival of the new and young-enough-to-be-eligible Marquis of Thornefield does not help matters. The matriarch of the Chadwick family is determined it is fate and he will surely fall for Catherine just like every other titled gentleman has for her sisters.Thankfully he does not seem interested in her at all. After all, who wants to be married to such a stern, disapproving man? She has better things to think about. Like his strong arms, and his way with horses and his… No. Catherine is not interested in him one jot, and her mother—and apparently her sisters too—will certainly not change that.

Envy and Atonement

Orphaned at the age of six by the death of her father and subsequent abandonment of her mother, Jane Everdeen is passed back and forth between her grandmother and godmother until her godmother’s housekeeper, Mary Carrington, convinces Jane’s wealthy grandfather, Alain Windsor, to accept her into his home and allow Mary to stay and work for him so she can keep an eye on Jane. Once implanted in Windsor House, on the baleful moors of the northern English countryside, Jane is fully brought up and raised by Mary. Although Alain enjoys Jane's company, nothing pleases him more than time spent quietly in his study, delightedly deaf to everything around him, including Jane. And so it is Mary who keeps Jane clean and pure, disbarring any influence that threatens to contaminate her. And it is Mary’s thumb alone, thick and black-grained, that has the sole right to leave its mark upon Jane’s cheek. All the while, like most troubled children, Jane keeps most of her pain to and for herself. Concerned for Jane’s education, Mary arranges for her to attend Greenwich Academy, a pleasant English all-girls boarding school, far from the dismissive influence of her emotionally absent grandfather. For nine years, Jane is supported and trained in language, art, and literature. And within the beautiful grounds of Greenwich, Jane grows from a schoolgirl to a budding young woman. But a shocking act of theft brings to light the inner emotional turmoil that Jane had been repressing all those years, setting off a rapid chain of events that land her on a train back to Windsor.When Mary arrives to pick Jane up at the station, she immediately senses something is off. The girl is cold and standoffish, and far from her usual self. Deeply concerned, Mary vows to get to the bottom of it. But all of her efforts come to a halt when an intrusive new mother figure arrives in the form of Jane’s new tutor, Mrs. Doris Umbridge. Along with her sharp tongue and perpetual smoking habit, the incorrigible stranger brings with her a host of changes—and challenges—for the residents of Windsor. And while the fresh influence may lead to Jane’s first taste of young love, the ever-watchful Mary remains skeptical that Jane’s redemption rests in the hands of such a shady and shiftless character.Alternating between Mary, Jane, and Doris’s perspectives, Envy and Atonement juxtaposes jealousy and forgiveness with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this timeless novel is a masterful portrayal of a troubled adolescent and the inner repercussions of her action that raises vital questions about agency, complicity, and resentment. Written with the subtle intensity of Jane Eyre, and the charming intimacy of The Secret Garden, Envy and Atonement brilliantly explores the subtleties of acrimony, the electricity and confusion of first love, and the complex and shifting dynamics of family and friendship.

Cloak Games: Thief Trap

The High Queen of the Elves has conquered Earth, but I don't care about that. I don't care about the High Queen, or the Rebels seeking to overthrow her. All I care about is getting my baby brother the treatments he needs to recover from his potentially fatal disease…and those treatments have a steep price.Fortunately, I have magic of my own, and I'm a very, very good thief.Unfortunately, the powerful Elven lord Morvilind has a hold over me. If I don't follow his commands, my brother is going to die.Of course, given how dangerous Morvilind’s missions are, I might not live long enough to see my brother’s death…

Pagan's Ark: A sci-fi historical thriller (Verus Foundation Book 1)

Buried underground in Rome, an artefact powerful enough to rewrite human history.The keeper of this strange object is a Catholic priest cloistered deep in the basement of the Vatican's secret archives.Is he a heretic or a madman?For the men of the church in 1951, it must be one of the above: the alternative is unimaginable.Wartime spymaster turned presidential envoy Bill Donovan must tell Pope Pius XII what he won't want to hear — the mad priest holds the key to unlocking ancient technology way more advanced than anything in the modern world.Donovan has to uncover that secret himself... to ensure America's enemies don't get there first.Grab your copy of Pagan's Ark now and take a trip into the past with Donovan as he tries to redefine the future.

Northanger Abbey

During an eventful season at Bath, young, naïve Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who shares Catherine's love of Gothic romance and horror, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father's mysterious house, Northanger Abbey. There, her imagination influenced by novels of sensation and intrigue, Catherine imagines terrible crimes committed by General Tilney. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, this is the most youthful and and optimistic of Jane Austen's works.

A Valiant Ignorance (Vol. 1-3): Victorian Romance

William Romayne had been widely known and respected throughout Europe as a successful and distinguished financier. However, he turned out to be a swindler and a mastermind behind a banking fraud and when it was detected he committed suicide, leaving behind his wife and his son Julian. Mrs. Romayne has been hiding this secret from Julian for years, keeping him in a valiant ignorance, but as he grows and matures his true nature inevitably starts to appear.

Mask of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles Book 1)

Awarded an IndieBRAG Gold MedallionReceived a Discovered Diamond review, and Awarded Cover of the MonthAwarded Book of the Month by Chill With A Book Readers' Award.#2 - Best 1700s Historical Fiction (Listopia) Following the death of their father, Beth's brother Richard returns from the army to claim his share of the family estate. However, Beth's hopes of a quiet life are dashed when Richard, dissatisfied with his meagre inheritance and desperate for promotion, decides to force her into a marriage for his military gain. And he will stop at nothing to get his way.Beth is coerced into a reconciliation with her noble cousins in order to marry well and escape her brutal brother. She is then thrown into the glittering social whirl of Georgian high society and struggles to conform. The effeminate but witty socialite Sir Anthony Peters offers to ease her passage into society and she is soon besieged by suitors eager to get their hands on her considerable dowry. Beth, however, wants love and passion for herself, and to break free from the artificial life she is growing to hate. She finds herself plunged into a world where nothing is as it seems and everyone hides behind a mask. Can she trust the people professing to care for her?The first in the series about the fascinating lives of beautiful Beth Cunningham, her family and friends during the tempestuous days leading up to the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which attempted to overthrow the Hanoverian King George II and restore the Stuarts to the British throne.Join the rebellion of one woman and her fight for survival in...The Jacobite Chronicles.

Great Expectations

GREAT EXPECTATIONS is Charles Dickens' thirteenth novel and his penultimate completed novel; a bildungsroman which depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip. It is Dickens's second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. The novel was first published as a serial in Dickens's weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes.It is set among marshes in Kent, and in London, in the early to mid-1800s, and contains some of Dickens' most memorable scenes, including the opening, in a graveyard, where the young Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. GREAT EXPECTATIONS is full of extreme imagery -poverty; prison ships and chains, and fights to the death-and has a colorful cast of characters who have entered popular culture. Dickens's themes include wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil. GREAT EXPECTATIONS is popular both with readers and literary critics, and has been translated into many languages, and adapted numerous times into various media.Upon its release, the novel received near universal acclaim. Thomas Carlyle spoke disparagingly of "all that Pip's nonsense". Later, George Bernard Shaw praised the novel, as "All of one piece and consistently truthful." During the serial publication, Dickens was pleased with public response to GREAT EXPECTATIONS and its sales; when the plot first formed in his mind, he called it "a very fine, new and grotesque idea."