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101. The Liar's Daughter - Laurie Graham

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Nan Prunty’s mother has always claimed to have been Lord Nelson’s lover. She saw him die at Trafalgar, or so she says. Nan makes her own determined way in life, but is always haunted by the wish to know the truth about her father.

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102. The Line Between Us - Kate Dunn

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Ifor is the gardener at Nanagalan, an ancient manor house situated on the Welsh borders. It’s here that he meets and falls in love with Ella, the daughter of the house. When the war arrives, Ifor enlists to fight and is one of a small number of soldiers left behind in France after the evacuation from Dunkirk. The British government sends a requisitioned liner to recover the stragglers from St Nazaire in Brittany, but the Lancastria is bombed by the Germans and Ifor is left battling for survival in the icy waters. As he struggles to keep afloat amongst the wreckage, his abiding passion for Ella and his determination to see her again are what help him to survive.

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103. The Looking Glass House - Vanessa Tait

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Oxford, 1862: As Mary Prickett takes up her post as governess to the daughters of the Dean of Christ Church, she is thrust into a strange new world. Mary is desperate for change, but there is a problem: Mary does not like children, especially the precocious Alice Liddell. When Mary meets Charles Dodgson, the Christ Church mathematics tutor she is flattered by his attentions and Mary begins to believe that she could be more than just a dowdy governess. One sunny day, Mr Dodgson tells the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. But Mary is determined to become Mr Dodgson's muse - and will turn all the lives around her topsy-turvey in pursuit of her obsession.

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104. The Madonna of the Mountains - Elise Valmorbida

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An epic, inspiring novel about one woman's survival in the hardscrabble Italian countryside and her determination to protect her family throughout the Second World War--by any means possible Maria Vittoria is twenty-five when her father brings home the man who will become her husband. It is 1923 in the austere Italian mountain village where her family has lived for generations, and the man she sees is tall and handsome and has survived the First World War without any noticeable scars. Taking just the linens she has sewn that make up her dowry and a statue of the Madonna that sits by her bedside, Maria leaves the only life she has ever known to begin a family. But her future will not be what she imagines. The Madonna of the Mountains follows Maria over the next three decades, as she moves to the town where she and her husband become shopkeepers, through the birth of their five children, through the hardships and cruelties of the National Fascist Party Rule and the Second World War. Struggling with the cost of survival at a time when food is scarce and allegiances are questioned, Maria trusts no one and fears everyone--her Fascist cousin, the madwoman from her childhood, her watchful neighbors, the Nazis and the Partisans who show up hungry at her door. As Maria's children grow up and her marriage endures its own hardships, she must hold her family together with resilience, love, and faith, until she makes a fateful decision that will change the course of all their lives. A sweeping saga about womanhood, loyalty, war, religion, family, food, motherhood, and marriage, The Madonna of the Mountains is a poignant look at the span of one woman's life as the rules change and her world becomes unrecognizable. In depicting the great cost of war and the ineluctable power of time on a life, Elise Valmorbida has created an unforgettable portrait of a woman navigating both the unforeseen and the inevitable.

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105. The Magnificent Life of Gravvy Brown. Special Edition - Devaughn M. Lilly

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This is a historical fiction novel. This story is about a young man who is awaiting execution for the unthinkable crime of killing his mother. During his last hours on Earth he sits down with a journalist to tell her amazing life story. He claims not to have done this horrid crime. This story takes place primarily in New Orleans and between the years of 1905 to 1941.

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106. The Maharajah's General - Paul Fraser Collard

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Jack Lark barely survived the Battle of the Alma. In hospital, wounded, he grasps a chance to prove himself a leader once more. Poor Captain Danbury is dead, but Jack will travel to his new regiment in India, under his name. Jack soon finds more enemies, but this time they're on his own side. Exposed as a fraud, he's rescued by the chaplain's beautiful daughter. They seek refuge with the Maharajah of Sawadh, the charismatic leader whom the British Army must subdue. In return for his safety, Jack must train the very army the British may soon have to fight...

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107. The Mark of the Pasha - Michael Pearce

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108. The Mask of Command - Ian Ross

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When a treacherous act of murder throws the western provinces into turmoil, Aurelius Castus is ordered to take command of the military forces on the Rhine. But he soon discovers that the frontier is a place where the boundaries between civilisation and barbarism, freedom and slavery, honour and treason have little meaning. At the very heart of the conflict are two vulnerable boys. One is Emperor Constantine's young heir, Crispus. The other is Castus's own beloved son, Sabinus. Only Castus stands between them and men who would kill them. With all that he loves in danger, Castus and a handful of loyal men must fight to defend the Roman Empire.

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109. The Morozov Inheritance Book 1: The Morozov Chronicles (Large Print 16pt) - Geoffrey Lambert

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A banker's throat is cut in the driveway of his Sydney home, triggering a chain of events that had been set into motion one hundred years earlier on the other side of the world. In Moscow at the turn of the twentieth century, Senior Investigator Maksim Rysakov is investigating the brutal murders of young women by a clever and psychopathic serial killer. From each victim, the murderer takes a gruesome trophy. The only clue is 'a man who walks like a wolf.' Two World Wars and a Cold War later, The Morozov Inheritance is about to reach its devastating conclusion.

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110. The Old Buzzard Had It Coming - Donis Casey

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111. The Outcasts of Time - Ian Mortimer

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December 1348. With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and go to Hell. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world, or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries – living each one of their remaining days ninety-nine years after the last. John and William choose the future and as they find themselves in stranger and stranger times, the reader travels with them. But their time is running out – can they do something to redeem themselves before the six days are up?

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112. The Palace of Lost Dreams - Charlotte Betts

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Hyderabad, India. 1798. Beatrice Sinclair, a grieving young widow, has travelled from Hampshire to visit her brother, an employee of the British East India Company. There, she is astonished to discover that he has married a beautiful Indian girl and lives with his wife's extended family. An outsider in an unfamiliar world, Bee faces many challenges. Meanwhile, the French and British forces become locked in a battle over India's riches, and matters are complicated further by the presence of the dashing Harry Wyndam: a maverick ex-soldier and suspected spy. With rebellion in the air, Bee must decide where her loyalties lie…

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113. The Phantom Patrol (Large Print 16pt) - L. Ron Hubbard

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A triumphant tale of heroes, honor and impossible odds. On the trail of dope runners on the high seas, Coast Guard CPO Johnny Trescott receives an SOS from a transport plane that's crashed and sinking. With lives at stake, Johnny must cut off his pursuit and rescue the downed plane.Unfortunately, the dope - smuggling pirate he's chasing hears the same alarm, and greets Johnny and his crew at the crash scene with something far more than they bargained for. ''This is a rip - roaring, old - fashioned adventure like the kind they don't make any more. A blast for Hubbard fans and pulp fiction lovers.'' - Library Journal

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114. The Pharmacist's Wife - Vanessa Tait

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When Rebecca Palmer's new husband Alexander opens a pharmacy in Victorian Edinburgh, she expects to live the life of a well-heeled gentlewoman. But her ideal is turned to ashes when she discovers her husband is not what he seems. As Rebecca struggles to maintain her dignity in the face of his infidelity and strange sexual desires, Alexander tries to pacify her so-called hysteria with a magical new chemical creation. A wonder-drug he calls heroin. Alexander's desire to profit from his invention leads him down a dangerous path that blurs science, passion, and death. He soon discovers that even the most promising experiments can have unforeseen and deadly consequences...

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115. The Powder of Death - Julian Stockwin

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The Powder of Death opens with a returned envoy to China meeting an English scholar in Oxford, in the mid-13th century; their purpose is to share a deadly secret. They vow that the knowledge of gunpowder must die with them. The novel tells the story of its re-discovery, one man's obsession with the powder of death, and Edward III's determination to use it to his advantage. The nature of warfare is changed forever, and the world hears the death-knell of Knightly chivalry.

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116. The Protector - S. J. Deas

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Autumn, 1646: The first Civil War is over, but the killing is not yet done. William Falkland, reluctant investigator for Cromwell, seeks his missing family. As his hopes are once again dashed, Falkland must help another, John Milton, whose sister was apparently abducted by the King's supporters. Falkland's task will lead him towards a brutal act buried in the maelstrom of the War, and a secret that threatens not just his own life, but also the fragile peace England so desperately needs...

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117. The Repentant Rake (Large Print 16pt) - Edward Marston

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London is a veritable cesspool...A swamp of corruption and crime' When Sir Julius Cheever's son, a notorious rake, goes missing, and a blackmailer begins terrorising London's most dissolute fops, it seems plausible that the two events are connected. Divided by politics but united in a desire to see justice done, Christopher Redmayne and Jonathan Bale must combine forces once again. But how can they hope to find those who exploit the scandal of others, when the victims themselves will do anything to maintain their anonymity? And what of Sir Julius's son? Most feel he must have been the victim of his own, debauched appetites, but a few talk of his repentance. So where is the repentant rake? And, with only lies, rumours and gossip to work with, can Redmayne and Bale ever hope to find him?

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118. The Rosetta Key (Large Print 16pt) - William Dietrich

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Surviving murderous thieves, a nerve - racking sea voyage, and the deadly sands of Egypt with Napoleon's army, American adventurer Ethan Gage solved a five - thousand year - old riddle with the help of a mysterious medallion. But the danger is only beginning...Gage finds himself hurled into the Holy Land in pursuit of an ancient Egyptian scroll that promises to reveal the secrets of the universe, even as Bonaparte launches his deadly invasion of Israel. The general hopes the ancient secrets of the Middle East will help catapult him to power in France, and the inventive Gage faces old enemies as he must use all his wit and derring - do to prevent dark powers from seizing control of the world.

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119. The Royalist - S. J. Deas

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William Falkland is a dead man. A Royalist dragoon who fought against Parliament, he is currently awaiting execution at Newgate prison. Yet when he is led away from Newgate it is not the gallows to which they take him, but to Oliver Cromwell himself. Cromwell has heard of Falkland's reputation as an investigator and now more than ever he needs a man of conscience. His New Model Army are wintering in Devon but mysterious deaths are sweeping the camp and, in return for his freedom, Falkland is despatched to uncover the truth. With few friends and a slew of enemies, Falkland soon learns there is a dark demon at work.

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120. The Sealwoman’s Gift - Sally Magnusson

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In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children. Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards. It was a time when women everywhere were largely silent.

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