Free historical fiction Kindle books for 19 Sep 14

Thimble of Soil (Trail of Thread series Book 2)

by Linda Hubalek

Thimble of Soil: A Woman’s Quest for Land, Historical Letters 1854-1860

Trail of Thread Series, Book 2

Experience the terror of the fighting and the determination to endure as you stake a claim alongside the women caught in the bloody conflicts of Kansas in the 1850’s.

Follow the widowed Margaret Ralston Kennedy (a relative of the author) in this second book of the Trail of Thread series, as she travels with eight of her thirteen children from Ohio to the Territory of Kansas in 1855.

Thousands of American headed west in the decade before the Civil War, but those who settled in Kansas suffered through frequent clashes between proslavery and free-state fractions that gripped the territory.

Told through her letters, Thimble of Soil describes the prevalent hardships and infrequent joys experienced by the hardy pioneer women of Kansas, who struggled to protect their families from terrorist raids while building new homes and new lives on the vast unbroken prairie.

Margaret was dedicated to the cause of the North, and while the male members of her family were away fighting for a free state, she valiantly defended their homestead and held their families together through the savage years of Bleeding Kansas.

Twelve old quilt patterns are mentioned in the letters, and the sketched designs are in the back of the book for reference.



Murder Most Convenient: A Mrs. Xavier Stayton Mystery

by Robert Colton

It’s the Golden Age of Detective Novels, and Mrs. Xavier Stayton is convinced she can pen the best!

Ripping fun at her late husband’s family estate turns to tragedy when murder most foul is committed.

Once the inspector arrives, motives abound, and Mrs. Xavier finds herself the chief suspect.

If she can avoid the gallows, the hopeful author may walk away with a manuscript that is the cat’s meow; if not, a dastardly killer has committed a perfect frame-up job.

Journey with Mrs. Xavier Stayton and her loyal friend, Lucy, from the safety of Holland Park to the perils of Pearce Manor, where a sinister figure awaits them.

What do the critics have to say?

“The best whodunit I’ve ever read.”

-Mrs. Viviane Stayton, the author’s mother-in-law.

“A true masterpiece in the field of mysteries.”

-Miss Lucy Wallace, close friend and assistant to the author.

“The woman is a hack. Every word is lie; I’m suing her.”

-Mrs. Joan Stayton, litigant.



Rodrigo’s Land

by Steven Farrington

Cuba, April 1514. Fray Bartolomé De Las Casas tries to forget the atrocities he has witnessed against the Taino Indians. However, his retreat is disturbed by a group of Dominican monks. They send him an old Spaniard, Rodrigo, to convince him to act.

But who really is this Rodrigo? Is he indeed Rodrigo de Triana, the first to spot land on Columbus’s 1492 trip? Why had he been sent on that voyage, and why was he made an outlaw and a target of the Inquisition? And, more importantly, does he have a connection to Bartolomé’s past in Seville? Why does he seem so eerily familiar?



Cleopatra

by H. Rider Haggard

Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was an English author of adventure novels. Haggard’s novels were often set in exotic locations and he is considered one of the founders of the “Lost World” literary genre. Haggard was also involved in agricultural reform in the British Empire. Some of Haggard’s best known novels are King Solomon’s Mines, She: A History of Adventure, and the Allan Quatermain series. This version of Haggard’s Cleopatra includes a table of contents.



In Vain

by Henryk Sienkiewicz

This edition of Sienkiewicz’s classic is translated by Jeremiah Curtin.

Heraklion Press has included a linked table of contents for easy navigation.



Vanity Fair

by William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was an Engish writer most famous for his satirical novels. Thackeray’s Vanity Fair is particularly popular for its portrayal of 19th century English society. Thackeray also wrote many well read Christmas books and musical works. This edition of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair includes a table of contents.



A Lost Anchor

by Jon Stuart

1974 was a year of memorable events, from Watergate, the IRA bombing campaign in England and through to the disappearance of Lord Lucan. However, for Paul Haines it appeared far worse, or was it a wake up call for his future?

The A Lost Anchor is a moving and personal tale that strikes at the heart of the events and social attitudes of the mid seventies. Surrounded by the music of that time Paul struggles with the realities of everything that could go wrong with a thirty-something young-man, with a good job, and a pebble-dashed semi in Surrey.

The story starts with misunderstandings, a bored wife starting to work with a partner who is not all they seem, and then the related circumstances that take Paul into the uncharted waters of an impending divorce. All this rocks his life through the strange scenarios of a missing child, secret IRA connections, inept police and then, to cap it all, possible redundancy caused by the strain of British industry to keep up to date.

For Paul the tension and responsibilities of a busy job, combined with the sexual stirring from a dull marriage, take him on this sixteen week roller coaster ride through a gambit of events that prove to be some of the worst things that could happen to a person living in, or what could be described as in, a normal family life.

Set in Guildford the story follows Paul, and his few friends, in the shadow of the music and events of the autumn of 1974, particularly the undercurrents of the IRA bombings, and touches on many of the issues of the day that affected those living in these changing times.

All this, and an accidental link to the 1974 IRA bombing campaign, assured his world was torn in half, and repaired, in only a few short weeks,

Was his wife having an affair with another woman?

Who’s to blame for the missing child?

Who instigated him being locked out of his house?

What was the real reason for the marriage breakdown?

Were the police, solicitors, courts and social services really working for him or to maintain conformity with historic and archaic practices?

Was the IRA only just related to few extremists?

And finally, was his life really repaired? Did he really want normality?



The Color of Ivy

by Peggy Ann Craig

He was bringing her back dead or alive. And if bounty hunter, Sam Michalski had anything to do with it, most definitely alive. He wanted to ensure cold-blooded murderer, Ivy MacGregor, had her day in the gallows. Trailing her across the northern border into the Canadian wilderness, Sam is not so easily thwarted by the harsh countryside they suddenly find themselves stranded in. But soon discovers his copper-haired prisoner with the unusually colored eyes is a different matter. Against his better judgement Sam finds himself surrendering to the warmth he witnesses lingering just beneath the surface of those frosty eyes. However, also comes to recognize Ivy’s fierce sense of survival. Could she come to place her much guarded trust with Sam? Or would she risk all, including love, in order to gain her freedom?



Betty Jean (WAF Book 3)

by Bunny

The WAF Saga continues with Betty Jean, a hometown girl, who never wanted more out of life than being a wife and a mother. When circumstances in her hometown force her to flee for safety she has to abandon her dreams She joins the WAF with the hopes of becoming a Security Policewoman.

She is heartbroken when the Vietnam War breaks out and cancels her hopes and dreams.

The end of the War brings change to her life. She and others in the Armed Forces watch helplessly as their men come home to a changed Nation and an uncertain future.

WAF: Betty Jean tells their story of how they try to readjust and find love and happiness.



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