Free historical fiction Kindle books for 17 May 15

Finding Elizabeth (The Orchard House Mystery Series Book 1)

by Faith Helm

Finding Elizabeth is a Clean Romantic Mystery with historical and paranormal twists.

Claire Van White is trying to move forward after an accident takes the life of her husband and unborn child. After inheriting a beautiful Eureka Springs mansion from the family of her late husband, she tries to build a new life for herself, but what she finds is so much more.

When Claire discovers a journal written by Elizabeth, a young woman from the 1880’s, it leads her to a family secret, that won’t let her rest until the mystery is solved.

The search for the truth of what happened to Elizabeth leads Claire down a dark path of captivity, incest and murder. But with Daniel, the handsome contractor by her side, they discover Elizabeth’s secrets and unlock the door to happiness, not only for Elizabeth,

but for Claire and Daniel as well



Oleanna: A Novel of Norway in 1905

by Julie K. Rose

Set during the separation of Norway from Sweden in 1905, this richly detailed novel of love and loss was inspired by the life of the author’s great-great-aunts.

Oleanna and her sister Elisabeth are the last of their family working their farm deep in the western fjordland. A new century has begun, and the world outside is changing, but in the Sunnfjord their world is as small and secluded as the verdant banks of a high mountain lake.

The arrival of Anders, a cotter living just across the farm’s border, unsettles Oleanna’s peaceful but isolated existence. Sharing a common bond of loneliness and grief, Anders stirs within her the wildness and wanderlust she has worked so hard to tame. When she is confronted with another crippling loss, Oleanna must decide once and for all how to face her past, claim her future, and find her place in a wide new world.



A Wilderness of Sin (An Uncivil War Book 3)

by M.J. Logue

June 1645.

After their rout at the battle of Naseby in Northamptonshire, King Charles’ forces are in disarray, their last hope the loyal hardcore in the West of England.

Colonel Hollie Babbitt, following the Army of Parliament westwards, has a degree of sympathy for His Majesty. His own troop of rebels, Anabaptists and horse thieves is in almost perpetual disarray….

But with the creation of the New Model Army, Hollie is being forced to make his own last stand, as a spokesman against this new inflexible regime. And of the two men who’ve been at his back since the beginning of the wars, the volatile Russell is invalided out after a mysterious incident at Naseby, recuperating under the watchful eye of the mending-est lady in Essex. And Luce is much occupied with his own budding friendship with enigmatic Trooper Gray, and a future after the war that doesn’t involve killing.

Love, in both likely and unlikely places. Death. Bubonic plague. An epic poem about the battle of Marston Moor. Blood, fire, politics, intrigue, and ember tart.

It’ll all end in tears…. possibly.



The Princess of Cleves

by Madame de Lafayette

The Princess of Cleves is a French novel published in 1678 that is regarded as one of the first psychological novels.  The plot is set in the royal court of Henry II of France.  This edition includes a table of contents.



Moses Golighty

by Angela Canning

In 1816 a hapless black baby is abandoned at night in a basket on the doorstep of a village midwife. She names him Moses, and in the coastal village inhabited entirely by white people, she and her husband, a farmhand, bring him up defying hostility. They discover he has a beautiful singing voice which in time brings him fame.

Left in the basket with him was a priceless gold medal and chain, and in the village where smuggling, violence and riots abound, it proves to be his undoing. By the treachery of the village vagabond he is torn from Beth, his sweetheart, and deported to Norfolk, Virginia, and slavery on a tobacco plantation. There he finds to his amazement connections with his village back home and revelations about himself.

The mystery of who left him on the doorstep continues until the end of the novel.



The Betrothed

by Alessandro Manzoni

The Betrothed is an Italian historical novel written by Alessandro Manzoni.  The book is perhaps the most famous novel of the Italian language. This edition includes a table of contents.



Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

by Samuel Johnson

Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia is a story about happiness.  This edition includes a table of contents.



Travels in time: Venetian Crete

by Mary Black

After their adventures in Crete in the time of King Minos, the four young time travellers – Alex, Kostantis, Nikolas and Irene – found themselves back in Crete during the years of Venetian rule. There they became friends with Arete, Bianca – a niece of the governor, Count Morosini – and the brave knight Fabbio. Again they landed in danger and were imprisoned. In the midst of a bid to save their lives they met Pietro Longobardo, a Venetian noble with a dark secretâ?¦



IVORY DAWN (The Razor’s Adventures)

by P.S. Bartlett

Ivory Shepard didn’t want to be a pirate when she grew up but she didn’t plan on being orphaned and alone at thirteen with her three cousins either.

After a Spanish raid in Charles Towne left them with nothing, Ivory held her cousins together, trained them to fight for their lives and led them to a life of quiet refuge on the banks of the Ashley River. Believing they were out of reach of the hands of unscrupulous men, they found life on the farm a tolerable substitute for the traditional alternatives life would force onto themâ??until the night the pirates showed up.

Unfortunately for the pirates, these handy young women were ready, and they weren’t going anywhere without a fight.

This novella is a prequel to DEMONS & PEARLS.



The Bastard Princess (The Elizabeth of England Chronicles Book 1)

by G. Lawrence

February, 1603.

In Richmond Palace, London, the last Queen of the Tudor dynasty, Elizabeth I, is dying.

As Death hovers at her elbow, waiting for her to obey his call, the aged Queen looks back on her life, and on the trials, victories and sorrows which brought her eventually, to the throne of England. Not quite three years old when her mother, the notorious Anne Boleyn, was arrested and executed on charges of adultery and treason, Elizabeth became a true princess of the Tudor era, in a time when the balance of power, politics and passion were fragileâ?¦ and the cost of failure was death. Her childhood and teenage years were fraught with danger as competing factions and ideologies sought to undermine and destroy her in the bid for power at the Tudor court.

This is the story of Elizabeth Tudor, last daughter of Henry VIII, and her journey to the throne of England. Told from her own mouthâ?¦ the tale of the Bastard Princess, who would, one day, become England’s greatest Queen.

Book One, in the Elizabeth of England Chronicle by G. Lawrence, The Bastard Princess.

A small, but hopefully welcome, percentage of the Author’s income from this book will be donated to two animal welfare organisations. Wild Futures, (Reg. Charity No: 1102532) working to protect primates and their habitats worldwide, and CAPS, The Captive Animals Protection Society.



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