Free historical fiction Kindle books for 30 Nov 12

Of Moths and Butterflies

Of Moths and Butterflies

by V.R. Christensen

Archer Hamilton is a collector of rare and beautiful insects. Gina Shaw is a servant in his uncle’s house. Clearly out of place in the position in which she has been discovered, she becomes a source of fascination . . . and curiosity.

A girl with a blighted past and a fortune she deems a curse, Gina has lowered herself in order to find escape from her family and their scheming designs. But when she is found, the stakes suddenly become dire.

All Gina wants is the freedom to live her life as she would wish. All her aunts want is the money that comes with her. But there is more than one way to trap an insect. An arranged marriage might turn out profitable for more parties than one.

Mr. Hamilton is about to make the acquisition of a lifetime. But will the price be worth it? Can a woman captured and acquired learn to love the man who has bought her?



Proxy War (Phantom War Trilogy)

Proxy War (Phantom War Trilogy)

by E.L. Speed

PROXY WAR
Volume One: Phantom War Trilogy
Written by E.L. Speed
Foreword by Dr. Angela Browne-Miller
“Proxy War immerses us in a fascinating yet chilling, romantic yet troubling story of love, war, heroism, confusion, and intrigue. Against the disturbing backdrop and hidden truth about the Vietnam War, E.L. Speed’s fascinating piece of historical fiction, Proxy War, tells the tale of two dishonest and strong willed presidents, a young diplomat on the brink of treason, and its star protagonist, a naval aviator and war hero. This hero, living the moral dilemma of the period, is increasingly and dangerously conflicted about his role in the War. Nevertheless, he puts his life on the line daily as he fights a Proxy War in the skies over Vietnam. Modern warfare and international affairs teach us that a proxy war is a particular type of war, a war played out in someone else’s backyard in hopes of keeping it away from homeâ?¦.
“Proxy War is indeed far, far more than a war story. This is the timeless story of the search for honor, truth, and dignity – all in the context of an intensely controversial war and a perilous global Cold War reality, both landmark predicaments of those times. The reader glimpses death as an acceptable solution but only if it is not meaningless. Duty, a rather complex psychological phenomenon, provides the key to understanding choices made, such as the choice to continue fighting while questioning war’s very raison d’etre.”
Dr. Angela Browne-Miller
Author, Foreword, Proxy War
Author, Violence and Abuse in Society
Author, To Have and To Hurt
Metaterra® Publications



The Greenfields of Greenfield House

The Greenfields of Greenfield House

by Raymond Boyd Dunn

George Greenfield has been described as the man with the Midas touch. With a fortune at his disposal, and not being satisfied with being commemorated with a normal headstone upon his death, he builds a ‘castle’ in the Australian bush. His family become the ‘Royalty’ of the Australian bush’, and Greenfield House is to be the monument to his success. Over the course of six generations up to the present day, it has been a tribute to his prosperity and business acumen – not to mention his good fortune – and the ownership of such a magnificent citadel is passed down from son to son. It was George’s wish that Greenfield House should always remain in the possession of a Greenfield son!



Henrietta Street

Henrietta Street

by J.D. Oswald

How do you face your future if your past was a lie?

1780, a time of upheaval: the American colonies almost lost, stirrings of industrial revolution, challenges to social norms. In a hamlet in Devon, Eve Martin watches helplessly as a fire destroys nearby Knowle Manor, the home of the Crosse family. The family decamps to their London house on Henrietta Street near Covent Garden, and Eve is invited to stay. From there she encounters John Stuart, a freed slave, now living and working in London. As secrets are gradually revealed, Eve and the Crosse family struggle with past burdens and future decisions.

Inspired by the lives of historical figures John Stuart, an anti-slavery campaigner, and Richard Crosse, a miniature portrait painter, the novel explores questions of identity and self-fulfilment, the ties of love and family, and the repercussions of slavery.



Once, A God of No Consequence

Once, A God of No Consequence

by Jan Vivian

The idea for this very short story was inspired by a newspaper article dealing with near death experiences. It was also informed by a moment’s research of a name inscribed on a war memorial plaque in Harbury, Warwickshire that the author visited quite recently. The holder of a Military Medal, and bar, is upon it, a man who served in the 55th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps and died a few weeks before the Armistice in 1918.

Remembrance Day honours all who served, combatants and those who gave up their lives in the performance of their duties in bringing succour and care, in extremis.



The Waking

The Waking

by H. M. Mann

Emmanuel “Manny” Mann is a heroin addict who is about to become a father, so he decides to clean up his act. When a junkie tells him to find the cure by jumping off the McKees Rocks Bridge in Pittsburgh, Manny embarks on a journey that takes him down the Ohio and the Mississippi to New Orleans and back. Along the way he finds out who he is. More importantly, he learns the true meaning of home.

THE WAKING is a multicultural coming-of-age odyssey sure to echo in the reader’s mind long after the last page turns.



She Built Ships During WW II (She Flew Bombers)

She Built Ships During WW II (She Flew Bombers)

by Jeane Slone

With meticulous research on WWII era, Slone weaves an intricate story of cruelty, compassion and love, reminding us of the injustice of the internment of Japanese Americans and racial prejudice in the armed forces. The courage of women welders who built ships while their husbands were at war is depicted so well that the characters come to life. We watch the heroine, Lolly, struggle to keep her family together while she works as a welder and her husband is away. A tender romance is threaded throughout the book and we agonize with her as she brings it to an inevitable conclusion. Between the fascinating and sometimes little known historical facts, and the larger than life sympathetic characters, the book is a page-turner to the very end.
Alla Crone, author of Rodina and The Other Side of Life.



The Narratives of Andreas Tweakenston (The Side Street Maiden)

The Narratives of Andreas Tweakenston (The Side Street Maiden)

by Christopher Davis

The Narratives of Andreas Tweakenston + bonus story No Regrets. The Side Street Maiden is the first story of a short story series. Taking place in 1880’s London, Andreas the bored accountant and somewhat bungling crime solver often imagines what life would be like if he had been born in the American West.
No Regrets is also a short follow on story to a modern aviation crime novella written in 2011



Pretty Boy Floyd, We Need You Now

Pretty Boy Floyd, We Need You Now

by David H Fears

SHORT STORY (3,600 words). A 75 year old man attempts to help struggling Oklahoma farmers close to losing their land by following the memories, legend and tradition of the local Robin Hood hero, Pretty Boy Floyd. Though he treasures his boyhood memories of Floyd and was given one of Floyd’s pistols, the old man’s nerves unravel as the plot to rob the Sallishaw, Okla. bank unfolds. Luck and a twist mistake lead to an unlikely but fortuitous conclusion that makes this tale satisfying and highly recommended. Historical fiction with most facts well researched.



The White Hawk

The White Hawk

by David Pilling

England, 1459: the rival factions of Lancaster and York have plunged the kingdom into civil war. The meek and feeble King Henry VI presides over the chaos, unable to prevent his ambitious, bloodthirsty nobles from tearing each other to pieces.

The White Hawk follows the fortunes of a minor gentry family, the Boltons, as they attempt to survive and prosper in this world of brutal warfare and shifting alliances. Surrounded by enemies, their loyalty to the ruling house of Lancaster will be tested to the limit in a series of bloody battles and savage twists of fate…



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