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Based on the real history of Carnton, an antebellum home that served as a Confederate hospital, Colors of Truth follows the journey of an Irish immigrant arriving in a country where her kind isn't wanted, and of a former Federal soldier returning to the scene of a battle that almost destroyed him. In 1866 Catriona O'Toole arrives in the town of Franklin, Tennessee, searching for her younger brother, Ryan, who, according to his last letter, was headed for Franklin only days before the catastrophic Battle of Franklin. Ryan's last note contained a stack of cash--enough money to bring his entire family across the ocean from Ireland. But after disease and illness tear through County Antrim and the O'Toole family, only Catriona and her seven-year old sister Nora are left to make the journey. Wade Cunningham, one of ten operatives in the newly formed United States Secret Service Agency, is on the hunt for counterfeiters. A tip leads him to Franklin and to Carnton, the home of wealthy Tennessean John McGavock. The recent murder of a fellow agent mandates that Wade keep his true identity hidden, as well as his past service in the Federal Army. But when he receives a note bearing only the name of the deceased agent, he realizes someone in town already knows who he really is. As evidence in the case mounts, it eventually points to Catriona, but Wade is slow to want to believe it. Because his heart is swiftly becoming hers. However, Catriona's sole focus is to find her brother and to provide a home and safety for her sister. In doing that, she somehow finds herself part of a burial committee for the over two thousand Confederate soldiers who were hastily buried in a field following the Battle of Franklin--and her deepest fear is that Ryan's body is among those shallow graves.
Champagne, 1940: Ines has just married Michel, the owner of storied champagne house Maison Chauveau, when the Germans invade. With war on their doorstep, danger and tension mount and it isn't long until Michel turns his back on his marriage and begins secretly hiding munitions for the Resistance. Ines is terrified they'll be exposed, but for Celine, the half-Jewish wife of Chauveau's chef de cave, the risk is even greater, for rumours abound of Jewis being shipped east to an unspeakable fate. When, in a desperate big to find some meaning in the ruin, Celine makes a dangerous decision to follow her heart, it leads to Ines' reckless involvement with a Nazi collaborator, and soon they risk the lives of those they love and the champagne house that holds them together. New York, 2019: Liv Kent has just lost everything when her eccentric French grandmother shows up unannounced, insisting on a trip to France. But the older woman has an ulterior motive and a tragic, decades-old story to share. When past and present finally collide, Liv finds herself on a road to salvation that leads straight to the Maison Chauveau. The Winemaker's Wife is a story of love and loss, grief and redemption, and how hope can come from the places we least expect.
Separated by class Brought together by passion With dreams of opening a hairdressing parlour, Nellie Regan has no interest in love ruining her plans. After Nellie is caught mocking landowner Dominic Lockhart's lifeless engagement to Lady Cecily, she's not expecting him to defend her in a tavern brawl! Now the frustratingly handsome gentleman must recuperate in her home! Close quarters stir simmering attraction...but Nellie's determined to follow her head, not her heart. Is Dominic willing to do the same?
'I do hope you understand the importance of what I'm asking you to do,' he said. 'If this gets out, it will mean the end of the workshop. It will mean the end of us all.' 1508. In Rome artists are everywhere, and feted as gods. But the most celebrated amongst them, a man who can paint beauty itself, is Raphael. When he touches brush to canvas, his subjects burst to life; he takes base metal and turns it to glistening gold. When Raphael meets Margarita Luti, a baker's daughter, he is beguiled and inspired in equal measure. As his muse, her face becomes that of a thousand Madonnas, but it is his portraits of her which reveal his full talents - and which will become his downfall. For Raphael is wanted for greater things than a mere baker's daughter. He is soon promised to the niece of a cardinal, a man upon whose connections and commissions the artist's future relies. Without his good will, Raphael will be ruined. Raphael must make a choice between his love for Margarita and his future as an artist - a choice that will have devastating consequences. Inspired by a heartbreaking true story, this stunning and evocative novel is perfect for fans of Debbie Rix, Kate Furnivall and Dinah Jefferies. What readers are saying about Kerry Postle: 'WOW. I'm stunned... Simple perfection.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'Joyously entertaining.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'Superb.' Book Corner Reviews, 5 stars 'Full of characters that jump off the page with life... The author explodes history wide open. A wonderfully written novel.' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars 'A delight... Kerry's writing is so beautifully evocative.' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars 'Illuminating and engrossing.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'Compelling... A richly layered read.' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars 'A page turner... Beautifully written: intelligent, descriptive, well researched. A great read.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
The first book in the new series Desperately Seeking Duke from USA Today bestselling and RITA award-winning author Caroline Linden. It's no love match... Bianca Tate is horrified when her sister Cathy is obliged to accept an offer of marriage from Maximilian St. James, notorious rake. Defiantly she helps Cathy elope with her true love, and takes her sister's place at the altar. It's not even the match that was made... Perched on the lowest branch of his family tree, Max has relied on charm and cunning to survive. But an unexpected stroke of luck gives him an outside chance at a dukedom-and which Tate sister he weds hardly seems to matter. But could it be the perfect match? Married or not, Bianca is determined to protect her family's prosperous ceramics business, even when Max shows an affinity for it-not to mention a dangerous ability to intrigue and tempt Bianca herself. And when Max realizes how beautiful and intelligent and desirable Bianca is, he'll have to prove he's no rogue, but the passionately devoted husband she craves...
Lynsay Sands spins a funny, laughable tale. -Eloisa James on Taming the Highland Bride Adrian Montfort, Earl of Mowbray, had been warned that Lady Clarissa Crambray was dangerous. From stomping on toes to setting wigs on fire, the stunning beauty was clearly a force to be reckoned with. Still, he's in need of a wife and is sure he can handle one woman and her unfortunate past. Intrigued by the mysterious vixen, he soon discovers he's greatly underestimated the lady... Clarissa would like to find a husband, but perhaps not as much as her stepmother would like one for her. The woman has forbidden Clarissa from wearing her spectacles so she can look prettier, but how is she to see her potential suitors? Besides, she's already caused enough mayhem to earn a rather horrible nickname. Just when she is about to give up hope of anyone asking her to dance, a man comes to lead her to the dance floor...a dark, handsome blur of a man.
Nothing makes me happier than a new book from Joanna Shupe! -Sarah MacLean The final novel in Joanna Shupe's critically acclaimed Uptown Girl series about a beauitful do-gooder who must decide if she can team up with one of New York's brashest criminals without losing something irreplaceable: her heart. Manhattan kingpin. Brilliant mastermind. Gentleman gangster. He's built a wall around his heart... Orphaned and abandoned on the Bowery's mean streets, Jack Mulligan survived on strength, cunning, and ambition. Now he rules his territory better than any politician or copper ever could. He didn't get here by being soft. But in uptown do-gooder Justine Greene-the very definition of an iron fist in a velvet glove-Jack may have met his match. She wears hers on her sleeve... Justine is devoted to tracking down deadbeat husbands and fighting for fair working conditions. When her mission brings her face-to-face with Jack, she's shocked to find the man behind the criminal empire is considerably more charming and honorable than many gentlemen she knows. Forming an unlikely alliance, they discover an unexpected desire. And when Justine's past catches up with them, Jack may be her only hope of survival. Is she ready to make a deal with the devil...?
Who Loves Whom? Jane Cavenhurst is in love. To Mark Wyndham, the man betrothed to her sister! Not only that, she is being blackmailed and facing financial ruin. Only Mark can help her, but in doing so will he realise his true feelings for Jane, or will it be too late for both of them... * Jane had broken her engagement to Harry Hemingford after his scandalous behaviour. But now he's back, just when Mr. Allworthy proposed? Allworthy was undoubtedly a good match, but had Jane ever really fallen out of love with Harry? And what would society say if she followed her heart?
From Lyn Andrews, 'the Catherine Cookson of Liverpool' (Northern Echo), comes an unputdownable tale of forbidden love - not to be missed by readers of Maureen Lee and Kitty Neale. Lizzie and Celia are the best of friends. But their families, the Miltons and the Slatterys, are the worst of enemies, divided by religion and by status. So their friendship is a carefully guarded secret, for if Celia's father Charlie ever heard of it he would beat her to within an inch of her life. Then one day the unthinkable happens. Joe Slattery, Lizzie's brother, does a good turn for the Milton family and rescues their youngest from a grievous accident. From that day forth, Celia Milton just can't get Joe out of her mind. And, despite himself, Joe Slattery is increasingly drawn to Celia and to a love that seems doomed to heartbreak - unless they can find a way around the prejudice of generations and the terrifying bigotry of Charlie Milton...
New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean returns with the final book in the Bareknuckle Bastards series focusing on the third brother Duke and the sweet Grace. Grace Condry has spent a lifetime running from her past. Betrayed as a child by her only love and raised on the streets, she now hides in plain sight as queen of London's darkest corners. Grace has a sharp mind and a powerful right hook and has never met an enemy she could not best, until the man she once loved returns. Single-minded and ruthless, Ewan, Duke of Marwick, has spent a decade searching for the woman he never stopped loving. A long-ago gamble may have lost her forever, but Ewan will go to any lengths to win Grace back... and make her his duchess. Reconciliation is the last thing Grace desires. Unable to forgive the past, she vows to take her revenge. But revenge requires keeping Ewan close, and soon her enemy seems to be something else altogether?something she can't resist, even as he threatens the world she's built, the life she's claimed... and the heart she swore he'd never steal again. THE BAREKNUCKLE BASTARDS Three brothers, bound by a secret they cannot escape . . . The Devil, all vengeance and vice The Beast, all fists and fury The Duke, all power and past . . . and the women who bring them to their knees. ______________________ 'I loved it' Eloisa James 'Smart, sexy, and always romantic' Julia Quinn 'For a smart, witty and passionate historical romance, I recommend anything by Sarah MacLean' Lisa Kleypas xxx Praise for Sarah MacLean: 'My absolute go-to author for clever, sexy and fun historical romances' Jennifer L. Armentrout 'Sarah MacLean has reignited the romance genre with a bolder edge' The New Yorker 'Funny, smart, feminist and roastingly hot' BookRiot.com 'Do yourself a favor and discover the compelling magic of Sarah MacLean' Amanda Quick 'MacLean writes with an entirely unique blend of elegance and ferocity that bursts from every page' Entertainment Weekly xxx
Masinissa: Ally of Carthage is the first part of the story of the experiences of the Numidian Prince and later King Masinissa during the Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage. Masinissa's involvement in the war was substantial, even pivotal, and he is still revered today across North Africa as the founding father of the Amazigh/Berber people. The story begins in 2013 BC in Carthage, which has been Masinissa's home for several years. He has fallen in love with Sophonisba, the beautiful daughter of one of the most senior Carthaginian generals. The two make promises to one another before Masinissa embarks west to enter the war as the commander of a substantial cavalry division. In terms of the wider world, Rome and Carthage - the most powerful nations of the time - have been at war for five years, ever since Hannibal crossed the Alpine passes and inflicted catastrophic and crippling defeats on the Roman armies at the battles of Trebia, Lake Trasimene and, most devastatingly, at Cannae, where an army of nearly 90,000 Romans was completely destroyed. The main theatres of war at this moment are the Roman siege of the Greek city of Syracuse in Sicily - which is being innovatively and belligerently defended, not least by the philosopher and scientist Archimedes - and the war in Iberia, which Masinissa is about to join with his Numidian forces.
Masinissa: Ally of Rome resumes the story of the Numidian Prince at a moment when he is beginning to question his alliance with the Carthaginian Empire during the Second Punic War. He has been fighting as a cavalry commander on the Iberian Peninsula for several years but the fortunes of war and his own clandestine meeting with the Roman consul Scipio Africanus, ostensibly his sworn enemy, has led him to reconsider his loyalties. His love for the Carthaginian aristocrat Sophonisba, which had blossomed during his period of exile in Carthage, has remained strong during his absence from North Africa. He is due a period of leave in that city shortly to formalise his engagement to her. At this moment in the war, the Carthaginian forces are attempting to reform their military strength in North Africa and in the strategically important and historically allied southern Iberian city of Gades (present day Cadiz.) For his part, Masinissa has recently retrieved one of the sacred cups of Melqart (Hercules) which had been hidden in a fortress now occupied by the Roman legions. He is presently taking a small contingent of his most loyal troops to the temple dedicated to Melqart which is located close to the city of Gades to return the cup to its proper religious location. The mood of both he and his men on the journey is mutinous.