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Karen Harper is a former English teacher who taught literature and composition at Ohio State University, as well as at high school level. She has had a life-long interest in both the literature and the history of the Elizabethan period. As part of her classes she encouraged her students to put on an Elizabethan Festival each year which included performing Shakespeare, learning court dances, jousting, and always culminating in a (mock) beheading.
Perfect for fans of Tudor history and interesting as Karen Harper always has a focus on the roles of women of the time. Her books have been described by Publishers Weekly as 'enjoyable proto-feminist historical romps'
Before there was Meghan Markle, there was Consuelo Vanderbilt, the original American Duchess. Perfect for readers of Jennifer Robson and lovers of Downton Abbey. Karen Harper tells the tale of Consuelo Vanderbilt, her The Wedding of the Century to the Duke of Marlborough, and her quest to find meaning behind the glitter and the gold. On a cold November day in 1895, a carriage approaches St Thomas Episcopal Church on New York City's Fifth Avenue. Massive crowds surge forward, awaiting their glimpse of heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. Just 18, the beautiful bride has not only arrived late, but in tears, yet her marriage to the aloof Duke of Marlborough proceeds. Bullied into the wedding by her indomitable mother, Alva, Consuelo loves another. But a deal was made, trading some of the vast Vanderbilt wealth for a title and prestige, and Consuelo, bred to obey, realizes she must make the best of things. At Blenheim Palace, Consuelo is confronted with an overwhelming list of duties, including producing an heir and a spare, but her relationship with the duke quickly disintegrates. Consuelo finds an inner strength, charming everyone from debutantes to diplomats including Winston Churchill, as she fights for women's suffrage. And when she takes a scandalous leap, can she hope to attain love at last...? From the dawning of the opulent Gilded Age, to the battles of the Second World War, American Duchess is a riveting tale of one woman's quest to attain independence-at any price.
The truth won't stay buried forever...It's been four months since forensic psychologist Claire Britten's last case. But when a trip to a wildlife sanctuary turns deadly, Claire is left questioning whether the mysterious fatality was an accident, suicide...or something far more sinister.Alongside her partner, Nick Markwood, they track down anyone with a motive. And when another attack happens, it's clear that the hostile predator is still on the loose. Together, Claire and Nick will have to raise to unbury the truth before the killer finds them!Don't miss the gripping new thriller from New York Times bestselling author, Karen Harper!Readers love Harper:"e;Intriguing compelling stand-alone"e;"e;Thought-provoking, informative and educational dialogue"e;"e;Excellent story"e;"e;What a good series and a good book!"e;"e;Excellent addition to series"e;"e;A book not to be missed"e;"e;hard to put down"e;
From New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper comes a novel based on the lives of two amazing sisters ...One sailed the Titanic and started a fashion empire ...The other overtook Hollywood and scandalized the world ...Together, they were unstoppable. They rose from genteel poverty, two beautiful sisters, ambitious, witty, seductive. Elinor and Lucy Sutherland are at once each other's fiercest supporters and most vicious critics. Lucy transformed herself into Lucile, the daring fashion designer who revolutionized the industry with her flirtatious gowns and brazen self-promotion. And when she married Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon her life seemed to be a fairy tale. But success came at many costs-to her marriage and to her children ...and then came the fateful night of April 14, 1912 and the scandal that followed. Elinor's novels titillate readers, and it's even asked in polite drawing rooms if you would like to sin with Elinor Glyn? Her work pushes the boundaries of what's acceptable; her foray into the glittering new world of Hollywood turns her into a world-wide phenomenon. But although she writes of passion, the true love she longs for eludes her. But despite quarrels and misunderstandings, distance and destiny, there is no bond stronger than that of the two sisters-confidants, friends, rivals and the two It Girls of their day.
At the mercy of a treacherous sea... Claire Britten's training never prepared her for this-the forensic psychology curriculum didn't cover plane crashes. Or how to help fellow survivors cope, seven frightened people huddled in two small rafts awaiting a rescue that may never come. Especially when three of them are your ex-husband, your young daughter-and the man you love, Nick Markwood, whose pursuit by a criminal mastermind forced you all to run in the first place.When the bedraggled crew finally reaches dry land, they are still far from safe. Nick tries to secure transport to their witness-protection placement, urging everyone to stick to the identities laid out for them. They don't need any complications. But when danger follows them to their supposed safe haven, Claire and Nick no longer know who is helping or harming them. Racked by doubt and mistrust, still hunted, they must band together-or fall.
Danger is never far off...When forensic psychologist Claire Britten started working with lawyer Nick Markwood on his South Shores project, she had no idea it would endanger her life-and the life of her daughter. But when the little girl goes missing from her South Florida home and Nick insists his long time nemesis is to blame, Claire frantically follows the trail to the Cayman Islands, desperate to save her daughter before it's too late.Nick always knew the man who staged his father's "e;suicide"e; was out to get him, but kidnapping the child of someone he cares about is despicable. Finding the billionaire criminal is one thing-meeting his demands in order to save Claire's daughter is quite another. What he wants threatens their professional and personal interests beyond imagination...but what choice do they have when a child's life is on the line?
The dead still talk if you know how to listen... Every case that Claire Britten cracks is a win, not only professionally but personally. The forensic psychologist has spent a lifetime fighting a neurological disorder, and her ability to conquer it is a testament to her razor-sharp intuition.Nick Markwood is used to winning in the courtroom, so when his latest case is overthrown by Claire's expert testimony, he can't help being impressed by her skill. He needs her on the team of his passion project-investigating unusual cases involving mysterious deaths. Her condition doesn't deter him, and neither does the attraction that sparks between them...even if it should.As they join forces to investigate a murder in St. Augustine, Florida, Claire is thrust into a situation far more dangerous than she'd anticipated, pushing her disorder to a breaking point. Just when she fears she can't trust her own mind, she discovers Nick's personal connection to the case-and wonders whether she can trust anyone at all.
Based on a seldom-told true story, this novel is perfect for everyone who is fascinated by Britain's royal family-a behind the scenes look into the nurseries of little princes and the foibles of big princes. April, 1897: A young nanny arrives at Sandringham, ancestral estate of the Duke and Duchess of York. She is excited, exhausted-and about to meet royalty...So begins the unforgettable story of Charlotte Bill, who would care for a generation of royals as their parents never could. Neither Charlotte-LaLa, as her charges dub her-nor anyone else can predict that eldest sons David and Bertie will each one day be king. LaLa knows only that these children, and the four who swiftly follow, need her steadfast loyalty and unconditional affection. But the greatest impact on Charlotte's life is made by a mere bud on the family tree: a misunderstood soul who will one day be known as the Lost Prince. Young Prince John needs all of Lala's love-the kind of love his parents won't...or can't...show him. From Britain's old wealth to the glittering excesses of Tsarist Russia; from country cottages to royal yachts, and from nursery to ballroom, Charlotte Bill witnesses history. The Royal Nanny is a seamless blend of fact and fiction-an intensely intimate, yet epic tale spanning decades, continents, and divides that only love can cross.
www.KarenHarperAuthor.comHaunted by the past...Cold Creek is a place with a dark history, especially for the Lockwoods. Now adults, the three Lockwood sisters are still recovering from the events that led to the destruction of their family when they were children. Determined to move forward, Tess and Kate are making fresh starts, ready to put bad-even deadly-memories to rest and settle happily in the small but booming town. And they're hoping their older sister, Charlene, can do the same.Char is back in town seeking comfort as she figures out her next move. A social worker used to difficult situations, she soon runs afoul of some locals who think she's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. She's certain something sinister is being covered up, and when she witnesses Matt Rowan being run off the road, she knows she's right.Working together, Matt and Char figure uncovering the truth will be dangerous, but living in Cold Creek won't be safe for any of them until its secrets are revealed.
www.KarenHarperAuthor.comLet the dead stay dead... Despite a traumatic childhood in Cold Creek, Ohio, the Lockwood sisters have reunited there for the wedding of youngest sister Tess to the town's sheriff. Maid of honor Kate Lockwood is determined to break through best man Grant Mason's defences. An anthropologist, Kate makes her living studying the dead. She is particularly interested in the prehistoric Adena civilization that once called the area home. A large burial mound sits on Mason family land, and Kate wants permission to excavate. But Grant refuses and tells Kate to stay away from the mound.Kate respects Grant's desire to honor his grandfather's belief that the dead should not be disturbed. However, the more she researches the more it becomes clear that Grant is hiding something. When one of Grant's friends is killed-and the sheriff is away on his honeymoon-the couple joins forces to assist the deputy in the investigation.When Kate comes under attack she is certain it is connected to the burial mound. Grant seems concerned for Kate's safety, but despite their explosive attraction she can't help but be suspicious of his motives. Can Kate trust the man she's come to love, or will the wrong decision be her final act?
Every town has its secrets...Returning to Cold Creek, Ohio, is an act of courage for Tess Lockwood. Abducted and held captive as a young girl, she is unable to remember anything about the crime that destroyed her childhood and tore her family apart. Now a grown woman with a bright future, she is certain she has put the past behind her. But when she inherits the family home, Tess must confront the demons that still haunt her and the town of Cold Creek. Gabe McCord has always blamed himself for what happened to Tess. He had been a teenager when she was snatched from the group of children he was responsible for watching. Now Gabe has taken on the role of sheriff and hopes to shed new light on the cold case, especially given his growing feelings for Tess. Tess isn't ready to recall what happened to her, and she has no intention of digging up any details that might remind her of the truth.But when another child in the town goes missing, she's certain it's related to her return to Cold Creek. Together,Tess and Gabe will have to work to unlock their painful memories in order to save another child and heal their damaged souls, for good... .See more at www.KarenHarperAuthor.com
A cold night's silent majesty hides a bitter secret...Though she is deeply loved by her parents, the fact that Lydia Brand is adopted has always made her different from her close-knit Amish community. But as Christmas approaches and she begins to search for answers about her biological parents, more questions surface. Soon it seems that the deaths of two women in her small town may not be coincidences, after all. And her pursuit of the truth has left her only with hints of a dark secret and threats from an unseen adversary. While she does her best to stave off advances from her parents' preferred suitor, Lydia discovers that her heart truly belongs to the man who's been there all along: her friend Josh Yoder.It's only with his help that Lydia can ensure that the stillness of a winter's night means peace... and not danger.
Hidden in the heart of the Home Valley, a secret danger takes root...Quiet, cautious Ella Lantz has spent her entire life in the close-knit Amish community of the Home Valley. Tending her lavender fields, she finds calm and serenity in purple blooms, heavenly scents and a simple life. But the sudden arrival of a strange visitor to her parents' home heralds a host of new complications.Alex Caldwell is unlike any man Ella has ever met-clearly, he's no "e;Pennsylvania cousin,"e; whatever the elders may say. In fact, Alex is a Wall Street whistle-blower under witness protection...and he's brought a world of trouble to the Lantz doorstep. As Ella comes to trust-even love-a man so utterly worldly, she realizes her life has already changed forever.When it becomes violently clear that even the Home Valley is no refuge, Ella and Alex are driven into the wider world to hide. And with such a high price placed on their silence, they may not survive to share their love...."e;Harper, a master of suspense, keeps readers guessing about crime and love until the very end."e; -Booklist, starred review, on Fall from Pride
London, 1501. Henry VII's heir is dead... Elizabeth, his queen, fears foul play, but who can she trust with her suspicions that their son has been murdered? In her darkest hour she turns to Varina Wescott, a lowly candle maker and widow. Despite the difference in their stations they share a bond. Both women know the sorrow of losing a child. Varina is tasked with discovering all she can about the Prince's death. Aided by the handsome and ambitious Nicholas Sutton, Varina's mission will be a difficult one, as both Henry and Elizabeth have enemies determined to bring down the Tudor dynasty...
In the shadows of a graveyard, a shot rings out...Hannah Esh fled the Home Valley Amish community with a broken heart, throwing herself into her worldly dreams of a singing career instead. But as much as she tries to run from her past, something keeps pulling her back. On a whim, she brings four worldly friends to the Amish graveyard near her family's home for a midnight party on Halloween.But when shots are fired and one of her friends is killed, Hannah is pulled back into the world of her past. The investigation into the shooting uncovers deep-buried secrets that shock the peaceful Amish village to its core. Determined to prove her value to the community she left behind, Hannah attempts to bridge two cultures, working closely with both handsome, arrogant FBI agent Linc Armstrong and her former betrothed, Seth Lantz, who is now widowed with a young daughter.Caught between Seth and Linc, between old and new, Amish and worldly, Hannah must chose her future. Unless a killer, bent on secrecy, chooses it for her."e;Harper, a master of suspense, keeps readers guessing about crime and love until the very end."e; -Booklist starred review on Fall From Pride"e;Danger and romance find their way into Ohio Amish country...lively and endearing."e;-Publishers Weekly on Fall From Pride
Against the peaceful night sky, a barn burns...Sarah Kauffman sought permission from her church elders to paint murals on a few of the Amish community's barns. Each was designed like an old-fashioned quilt square, representing a piece of the Amish traditions Sarah loved. The works of art were intended to draw more tourists to the Home Valley in the struggling economy. But instead, they invited a menace.One by one, each barn is set ablaze and destroyed... The arson fires spread fear through the community-amongst Amish and Englischers alike. Now Sarah wonders if she's being punished for her pridefulness...or whether there's a more malevolent will at work. As an outsider, arson investigator Nate MacKenzie struggles to investigate the crime scenes while adhering to Amish ways.With Sarah as his guide, he warms to the Plain People and their simple ways. As the fires rage, beliefs are challenged, a way of life is questioned and family secrets are exposed. In the aftermath of the destruction the people of the Home Valley must join together to raise their barns and their hopes for the future.
She surfaced from the depths of the sea...and was terrifyingly, inexplicably alone Briana Devon knows her twin sister would never deliberately leave her-but when she emerges from underwater, Daria and their boat have vanished. Fighting rough waves and a fast-approaching storm, Bree doesn't have time to question: if she wants to survive, she has to swim. Exhausted and terrified, Bree barely makes it to a tiny barrier island, where Cole De Roca, who has also taken shelter, revives her.Bound to Cole by the harrowing experience, she turns to him as she struggles to understand what happened to her sister. What was her twin, whom she thought she knew so well, hiding? What really transpired that terrible afternoon? And what secrets lie dormant...below the surface?
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