Free historical fiction Kindle books for 26 Apr 13

The Skin of Water

by G. S. Johnston

Passions flare and alliances shift in this breathtaking story of survival set during the final days of World War II in Hungary.

Young Zeno dreams of moving to Budapest and becoming a great filmmaker in the Hungarian film studios. But one evening he follows Catherine Steiner, a guest at the exclusive lakeside resort where he works as a bellboy, into the forest. Unknowingly he dives into her life, changing his forever.

Her husband is a wealthy industrialist with the power to create – or crush – Zeno. Despite Catherine’s protests, Zeno moves to Budapest and takes a servant’s job in the Steiner house, shining her husband’s shoes while hearing the family’s secrets.

All Zeno and Catherine have are precious hours in a secret apartment, tucked above the uneasy streets of a city at war, their affair a flimsy wall against a future no one can see or predict. Until it arrives.



Vengeful Lord, Defiant Lady

by Maggie Pritchard

Dear Reader,

Vengeful Lord, Defiant lady is a regency romance, set in Llangorfan, an old Welsh mansion. Catherine, who readers will remember as the friendly spirit that helped the romance along in my first book, is a spirited, spoilt regency miss. Married against her will to Lord Alex Tremayne, though she is initially vehemently opposed to her marriage she finds it impossible not to fall in love with her husband and believes he is beginning to love her in return. All too soon her idyl is shattered by the revelation that her husband is a man so obsessed by revenge, that he will stop at nothing. Her innocence and her father’s ruin, is the price he demands in return for the loss of his sister Emily, drowned in an Italian river.
Hidden letters between Alex and her father tell a harrowing tale and Catherine has to face the fact that her husband is capable of a frightening ruthlessness, but can she really believe him capable of murder?

Alex set out to avenge Emily, but found himself unable to stop himself falling in love with the bride he swore to use as his tool of vengeance. Can he put the unholy mess he finds himself embroiled in right? More importantly can he do it while unmasking a gang of horse thieves and rescuing his wife at the same time?

Excerpt:
â??Still awake Kate?’
She’d not heard him open the door and so his quiet question startled her, she spun around to face him as her heart began to thump out a less than steady beat in her chest.
â??And still dressed, now why is that? Is your maid to be reprimanded?’
He moved over to her bed, looking down at the letters and the velvet pouch with its contents strewn there. He spoke without looking up.
â??Ah I now I see, you have been distracted, so engrossed in reliving the evening’s events that you have quite lost track of time and failed to prepare for bed. So tell me Kate, what conclusions have you come to? Have you revised your earlier estimation, are you afraid of me now?’
Now he looked up, eyes dark, fathomless as he waited for her reply.
â??No my lord, I am not afraid of you.’

Note from the author:

The â??castle’ that inspired this story lies not far from my home and is more of a gothic house than a bona-fide Welsh castle. As I wandered its grounds I began to imagine what it must have been like to live there, to maybe sweep down the steps to the garden, lifting the heavy skirts of a period gown. Would my heroine have been alone, or would she be followed? I imagined a tall man, austere of countenance, a lover maybe or a husband, angry at some transgression yet to be imagined.
Catherine, having made her debut in my first book, came to life as if of her own accord in this charming regency romance. Spirited and courageous, I like her a lot and am confident my readers will too.
kindest regards Maggie P



The Orphan’s Tale

by Anne Shaughnessy

Princess Victoria of England is coming to Paris for Christmas, her first time away from the restrictions of court. But her death might bring good fortune to other highly placed people… Paul Malet, raised in a prison and now acting Prefect of Police, has some suspicions that he can not explain.

To add to his concerns, he has succeeded in angering an urchin named Larouche, who is determined to bring ‘Monseigneur’ down. And the final complication is the fact that Malet has fallen in love with a lady.

It is going to be a busy autumn…



The Prisoner’s Friend

by Peter Drake

It is 1915 and James Farringdon has arrived at the Western Front to serve with the 19th Durham Light Infantry. Amid the squalor and brutality he witnesses some of the acts of kindness and bravery that came to symbolise the Great War.

When a man in his battalion is charged with a serious crime, Farringdon is compelled by his conscience to speak in the man’s defence.

Sixty years on, Farringdon looks back at the events which changed his life.



Shadows in the Night

by Evan Andrew

The violent world of smuggling is seen through the eyes of Julia, a spirited young woman who leaves the court of George III for a new life with her great-uncle in the country town of Winchelsea. How many people are hiding secrets? Can she risk losing her heart to the dashing Mr Hamilton who she suspects of leading a double life? In dangerous encounters she learns the truth about those she trusted – and those she shouldn’t have.



The Executioner’s Apprentice And The Royal Pretender

by Edward Chilvers

The executioner and his apprentice are summoned to despatch two minor rebels, one of whom has apparently claimed to be the true son and heir of the English king. But after a meeting with the devious Benedictine monk, Brother Timothy, it soon emerges the situation is far more complicated than it first appeared and the two are forced into desperate measures to avoid the wrath of their fearsome master, Baron Robert De Lune.



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