Coventry: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - But it is a bomber’s moon, and the Luftwaffe is coming to unleash destruction on the city. An elegy and a celebration. Ann hood, author of the knitting circleon the evening of November 14, 1940, Harriet Marsh stands on the roof of the historic Coventry cathedral and marvels at the frost glittering beneath a full moon.

. Coventry is a testament to the power of the human spirit, an honest and ultimately uplifting account of heartache transformed into compassion and love. Elegant. For harriet; for the young fire watcher, hiding in a cellar, Maeve, Jeremy, standing beside her; and for his artist mother, this single night of horror will resonate for the rest of their lives.

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At the Edge of Summer: A Novel

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Ballantine Books #ad - The acclaimed author of letters from Skye returns with an extraordinary story of a friendship born of proximity but boundless in the face of separation and war. One of the wary veterans who comes to the studio seems familiar, and as his mask takes shape beneath her fingers, she recognizes Luc. Yet his maman’s newest project is the most surprising: a fifteen-year-old Scottish girl grieving over her parents’ fate.

. Praise for jessica brockmole’s letters from skye   “a remarkable story of two women, their secrets, the longings of the heart, the tragedy of war, their loves, and two world wars in which the beauty of Scotland, and the struggles of a family torn apart by disloyalty are brilliantly drawn. Publishers weekly starred review   “Tantalizing.

At the Edge of Summer: A Novel #ad - . Sure to please readers who enjoyed other epistolary novels like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Stratford gazette   “An absorbing and rewarding saga of loss and discovery. Kate alcott, author of the Dressmaker   “A sweeping and sweet but not saccharine love story. Usa today   “A dazzling little jewel.

Richmond times-dispatch   “A captivating love story that celebrates the power of hope. Vanessa diffenbaugh, author of The Language of FlowersFrom the Hardcover edition.

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Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - A superlative memoir of survival…. Few wartime memoirs convey with such harrowing immediacy the evil of the Nazi genocide. Daily telegraph london “one girl’s story of survival, ” clara’s War is based on Clara Kramer’s diary of her years spent hiding in an underground bunker with seventeen other people during the Nazi occupation of Poland.

Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival #ad - . In the classic vein of the diary of anne frank—a heart-wrenching and inspiring story of a life lived in fear and cramped quarters—Clara’s War is a true story of the Holocaust as told by a remarkable young girl who lived to bear witness.

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The French War Bride Wedding Tree Book 2

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Berkley #ad - Kat and jack were high school sweethearts who planned to marry when Jack returned from France after World War II. But in a cruel twist of fate, their plans were irrevocably derailed when a desperate French girl overheard an American officer’s confession in a Parisian church. She thinks finding out how Amélie stole Jack’s heart will finally bring her peace.

The French War Bride Wedding Tree Book 2 #ad - Readers guide inside. Now, kat wants to know the truth behind a story that’s haunted her whole life. Usa today bestseller*world war ii paris serves as the backdrop for a story of compassion, betrayal, and forgiveness from the national bestselling author of The Wedding Tree. At her assisted living center in wedding Tree, Louisiana, ninety-three-year-old Amélie O’Connor is in the habit of leaving her door open for friends.

As amélie recalls the dark days of the Nazi occupation of Paris, The French War Bride reveals how history shapes the course of our lives. For better or for worse. One day she receives an unexpected visitor—Kat Thompson, the ex-fiancée of her late husband, Jack.

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The Illusion of Separateness: A Novel

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Harper #ad - The Illusion of Separateness: A Novel #ad - In the illusion of separateness, award-winning author simon Van Booy tells a harrowing and enchanting story of how one man’s act of mercy during World War II changed the lives of strangers, and how they each discover the astonishing truth of their connection. Whether they are pursued by nazi soldiers, disease, the characters in this utterly compelling novel discover in their, or regret, deformity, old age, shame, darkest moments of fear and isolation that they are not alone, that they were never alone, that every human being is a link in an unseen chain.

The illusion of separateness intertwines the stories of unique and compelling characters who—through seemingly random acts of selflessness—discover the vital parts they have played in each other’s lives.

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The House of Hawthorne

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Berkley #ad - From the bestselling author of hemingway’s girl comes a novel that explores the unlikely marriage between celebrated novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and accomplished artist Sophia Peabody—a forgotten woman in history who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature. As a sensitive, artistic young woman, Sophia Peabody is discouraged from pursuing a woman’s traditional roles of marriage and motherhood.

Together, they cross continents, raise children, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of life fully lived. But their children’s needs and personal losses fuel a perennial tug-of-war between Sophia’s domestic duties and her own desires. Spanning the years from the 1830s to the civil war, forgotten by history, The House of Hawthorne explores the story of a woman, Portugal, and Italy, and moving from Massachusetts to England, who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature.

The House of Hawthorne #ad - . Includes a Readers Guide. Sophia’s vivid journals and masterful paintings inspire Nathaniel’s writing. But from their first meeting, she and Nathaniel Hawthorne begin an intense romantic partnership.

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Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Upon their arrival in san Francisco they became celebrities, their travels and traditional clothing exclaimed over by newspapers across the nation. Nimura paints history in cinematic strokes and brings a forgotten story to vivid, unforgettable life. Arthur golden, author of memoirs of a GeishaIn 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States.

Their mission: learn western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan. Raised in traditional samurai households during the turmoil of civil war, Shige Nagai, three of these unusual ambassadors—Sutematsu Yamakawa, and Ume Tsuda—grew up as typical American schoolgirls.

As they learned english and Western customs, their American friends grew to love them for their high spirits and intellectual brilliance. The passionate relationships they formed reveal an intimate world of cross-cultural fascination and connection. Ten years later, they returned to Japan—a land grown foreign to them—determined to revolutionize women’s education.

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Grand Ambition: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - The pair hoped to set a record: Bessie would be the first woman to negotiate that treacherous stretch of the Colorado River. An absorbing, affecting and beautifully written novel. New york times book reviewin lisa michaels's enthralling debut novel, she weaves the tale of two young newlyweds, Glen and Bessie Hyde, who set out in 1928 to run the rapids of the Grand Canyon.

When they failed to appear at their destination on time, Glen's father mounted a desperate search to find them. Based on the few known facts of a true story, Grand Ambition contemplates our need for risk and danger, and treats with great complexity the power of youthful passion. Reading Group Guide included.

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The Summer House Party

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Head of Zeus #ad - Then a shocking death puts an end to their revelry, changing everything in an instant. For all of them, that summer house party will be a turning point. Within three years, but for now time stands still as they sip champagne on the lawn, the country will be engulfed in war, engaging in casual flirtations and carefree conversation.

The Summer House Party #ad - . The mistakes made during that fateful weekend will change their lives for ever. In the gloriously hot summer of 1936, a group of people meet at a country house party.

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Company of Liars: A Novel

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Delacorte Press #ad - In a world ruled by faith and fear, brought together by chance, nine desperate strangers, attempt to outrun the certain death that is running inexorably toward them. Each member of this motley company has a story to tell. In this extraordinary novel, karen maitland delivers a dazzling reinterpretation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—an ingenious alchemy of history, mystery, and powerful human drama.

The black Plague grips the country. None is what they seem. The year is 1348. And one among them conceals the darkest secret of all—propelling these liars to a destiny they never saw coming. Magical, and raw, heart-quickening, Company of Liars is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction.

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The Longest Road: A Novel

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Open Road Media #ad - They learn firsthand the kindness ordinary folk can show to those even poorer. At last, they find work, in lusty Texas oil field towns, Morrigan, and a deadly menace as Laurie grows from innocent girl to vibrant woman. A riveting story of hardship, and romance, adventure, The Longest Road pays glorious tribute to the men and women who kept the American dream alive during the Great Depression.

Like the fellow travelers they encounter on the roads and rails crisscrossing America, a starry night, Buddy, Laurie, and Way take joy in simple pleasures such as a campfire meal, and a song. Abandoned and afraid, the children find hope in the songs taught them by Johnny Morrigan, an itinerant oil field worker who hitched a ride with the family on his way to Texas.

. An evocative and darkly beautiful story” of a young woman’s trek across America in the Dust Bowl years by a New York Times–bestselling “master novelist” The Denver Post. After a violent dust storm leaves their mother dead and the family farm in ruins, twelve-year-old Laurie Field and her younger brother, debt-ridden father brings them to live with their reprobate grandfather in the Oklahoma Panhandle, Buddy, believe their world has ended when their grieving, promising to send for them when he finds one of those fabled jobs luring thousands to California.

The Longest Road: A Novel #ad - Desperate to escape their brutal grandfather, Laurie and Buddy hop a train clanging west and become fall in with a hobo named Way after he saves them from a sinister tramp. In california, the children find only heartbreak, so they and Way set out for Texas in the hopes of reuniting with Johnny Morrigan.

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