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Rose in Bloom

by Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) needs little introduction, as she is one of the most famous American female authors, whose most famous work is Little Women.  She also served as a nurse for six weeks during the Civil War at Union Hospital in Georgetown, and her letters were compiled to create Hospital Sketches.



ROMANCE: Historical Fiction: The Touch of a Soldier (BBW 20th Century Historical Romance Books) (Mature Young Adult Sweet Military Medical New Adult Love and Romance Books)

by Jamie Sutton

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Escape with this captivating standalone romance set during World War II between a BBW nurse and an injured soldier.

Paula was raised in an orphanage after her parents died at a young age. With no one to really take care of her, she yearned for a life that was less lonely and more meaningful. So when the war struck, she enlisted herself to serve as a nurse in a field hospital. Her life changes when she meets Aaron, a pilot who had been shot down and placed under her care.

The two quickly discover their attraction for each other as he recovers under her care. Paula has never experienced the love of a man before, and her emotional connection with Aaron makes her want to take things further. But with a fiancé waiting for him back home, Aaron knows that it would be wrong to give in to his desires, even though Paula is the woman he wishes he was marrying.

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Work: A Story of Experiences

by Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) needs little introduction, as she is one of the most famous American female authors, whose most famous work is Little Women.  She also served as a nurse for six weeks during the Civil War at Union Hospital in Georgetown, and her letters were compiled to create Hospital Sketches.



The Old Adam: A Story of Adventure

by Arnold Bennett

Arnold Bennett was a prolific British writer who penned dozens of works across all genres, from adventurous fiction to propaganda and nonfiction. He wrote plays like Judith and historical novels like Tales of the Five Towns.



The Range Dwellers

by B.M. Bower

B.M. Bower was an American writer of Western novels and short stories who wrote over 55 novels. Several of her stories were subsequently adapted and made into movies.



The Thunder Bird

by B.M. Bower

B.M. Bower was an American writer of Western novels and short stories who wrote over 55 novels. Several of her stories were subsequently adapted and made into movies.



Doctor Pascal

by Emile Zola

Ã?mile Zola is one of the greatest writers of the 19th century, and one of France’s best known citizens. In his life, Zola was the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism and a major figure in the political liberalization of France. Around the end of his life, Zola was instrumental in helping secure the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, a victim of anti-Semitism. The Dreyfus Affair was encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J’Accuse.

More than half of Zola’s novels were part of this set of 20 collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart. Unlike Honore de Balzac, who compiled his works into La Comedie Humaine midway through, Zola mapped out a complete layout of his series. Set in France’s Second Empire, the series traces the “environmental” influences of violence, alcohol and prostitution which became more prevalent during the second wave of the Industrial Revolution. The series examines two branches of a family: the respectable Rougons and the disreputable Macquarts for five generations. Zola explained, “I want to portray, at the outset of a century of liberty and truth, a family that cannot restrain itself in its rush to possess all the good things that progress is making available and is derailed by its own momentum, the fatal convulsions that accompany the birth of a new world.” 



The Warrior’s Game (The Warriors Series Book 3)

by Denise Domning

Widowed Lady Amicia de la Beres has resisted taking sides in the rebellion forming against King John. But when England’s king gives her precious home to an upstart common knight, one of John’s greedy foreign mercenaries, Ami will do anything to protect what is hers. All Sir Michel de Martigny wants from King John is what was promised him-the wife and estate that will make gentlemen of his sons. As a knighted commoner, he expects nothing more than scorn from the well-born woman who will be his wife. But then he discovers he is the one man Amicia needs more than she can imagine, for only he can protect her from their king’s game.



The Three Cities Trilogy: Lourdes

by Emile Zola

Ã?mile Zola is one of the greatest writers of the 19th century, and one of France’s best known citizens. In his life, Zola was the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism and a major figure in the political liberalization of France. Around the end of his life, Zola was instrumental in helping secure the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, a victim of anti-Semitism. The Dreyfus Affair was encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J’Accuse.

More than half of Zola’s novels were part of this set of 20 collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart. Unlike Honore de Balzac, who compiled his works into La Comedie Humaine midway through, Zola mapped out a complete layout of his series. Set in France’s Second Empire, the series traces the “environmental” influences of violence, alcohol and prostitution which became more prevalent during the second wave of the Industrial Revolution. The series examines two branches of a family: the respectable Rougons and the disreputable Macquarts for five generations. Zola explained, “I want to portray, at the outset of a century of liberty and truth, a family that cannot restrain itself in its rush to possess all the good things that progress is making available and is derailed by its own momentum, the fatal convulsions that accompany the birth of a new world.” 



What I Saw of Shiloh

by Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce was an American writer who is best known for his realism. Often compared to Poe for the dark, realistic nature of his short stories, Bierce drew upon his Civil War experience as a soldier to write on a wide variety of subjects, and stories like An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge are still widely read.



The Regent

by Arnold Bennett

Arnold Bennett was a prolific British writer who penned dozens of works across all genres, from adventurous fiction to propaganda and nonfiction. He wrote plays like Judith and historical novels like Tales of the Five Towns.



Charlotte’s Inheritance

by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Mary Elizabeth Braddon was a popular writer during the Victorian Era whose most famous work was Lady Audley’s Secret. She also wrote the multi-volume Aurora Floyd.



The Young Forester

by Zane Grey

Zane Grey (1872 – 1939) was an American author best known for writing Western novels, with his most famous being Riders of the Purple Sage. That work is widely considered the greatest Western ever written, and Grey remains one of the most famous authors of the genre. Grey also wrote many other novels on fishing and baseball.



Mail-Order Brides: A Silver Plume Romance (Mail Order Brides of Colorado Book 1)

by Julie Pollitt

Wyatt Thompson grieved over a loss. His world crashed around him and nothing, it seemed, could help him.

Piper Morgan, a mail-order bride, came to Colorado to find love and security. But when she arrived, sick and alone, she believed her world would never be the same.

But deep in the frigid Colorado mountains, Wyatt and Piper found each other. In a twist of events, Wyatt and Piper are drawn to each other and drawn from any thing they’ve ever known.

Will this mail-order bride fall in love with a man in what becomes a marriage of convenience?



ROMANCE: STEPBROTHER: Estranged (Billionaire Stepbrother Taboo Romance) (New Adult Contemporary College Short Stories)

by Elisa Elliot

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Something was flickering in my stomach, a small rush of butterflies,

that I was sure didn’t resemble the feeling that my nerves normally gave me.

As I stared at the floppy brown hair of the man I used to know as

he scribbled something down on the paper, I almost felt attracted to him, almost.

The moment of silence, having only previously been interrupted by the

sound of his pen on the paper, was finally broken after what felt like an age.

“Lucy,” Aaron spoke softly, if not a little formally.

The sound of my name on his lips sparked something inside of me that

I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but again it was as far from what I was

expecting as humanly possible.

Aaron’s eyes found my own and I was instantly startled to see how

bright the once, I was sure, dull green had become.

I had never paid much attention to Aaron’s eyes but now as his shimmering green connected with my own mild brown I felt my heart beat a little quicker.

Had I really been so un-noticing as to have overlooked the brightness

in his eyes before? I shook my head as I diverted my eyes from his,

it would do no good to dwell on that I thought.

Yet still as I refused to look at him the soft flicker in my stomach grew

stronger and not for the first time I wished I had stayed home.

It took a second but I finally regained myself, resigning my moment

of shock to just being nervous.

“Aaron, it’s wonderful to see you again,” I said with as much enthusiasm

as I could muster.

With him staring so intently at me, enthusiasm was not something that came easily

.

Aaron was searching my face, what for I wasn’t sure but as a smile

gradually crept onto his face I stopped caring.

“And it wonderful to see you too Lucy,” Aaron said and his smile grew a little.

It sounded like he wanted to add something but whatever it was that he was going to say he held it back.

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Luz: book i: comings and goings (Troubled Times 1)

by Luis Gonzalez

Cuba, August 1994, where a shocking event is currently unfolding. For the first time in 35 years, Cubans are openly revolting against Castro’s regime and, likewise, the government is not stopping anyone from leaving the island. But this time nobody is coming by to pick anyone up. This time there is no boatlift as during the Mariel Crisis. Those who want to flee the country are free to do so, as long as they take to the sea in their inner tubes and contraptions and homemade rafts. Nineteen year-old Clara has decided that, despite the risks involved, she’s leaving her homeland and convinces husband, Rigo, they must both join the exodus. Everything is set for the following morning. The young married couple and two companions plan to depart from the little fishing village of Cojimar, made famous by Ernest Hemingway. That night, however, as Rigo is breaking the news to his family about their impending departure, another shocking event is about to unfold. As Clara awaits her husband’s return, an unexpected visitor appears with news that will drastically impact their plans. Stunned and in disbelief, Clara refuses to accept what is being revealed. She figures the surreal visitation is only the result of fear and uncertainty over the decision to leave Cuba. But Clara will soon change her mind. She will soon accept the news this stranger brings and thus begin an odyssey that will forever alter her life inâ??LUZ, book i: comings and goingsâ??the first testament of her story.

–from FOREWORD REVIEWS: A hefty, surprising, and absorbing exploration of faith, both in political and divine redemption. Written with verve and sensitivity, Gonzalez crafts a humorous Cuban tale full of unexpected twists and rich characterizations, and whose surprises reward the suspension of disbelief. While sections devoted to God’s conversations with his son in Heaven provide both levity and space for theological considerations, readers who enjoy the strangeness of this humorous and theological first installment will certainly look forward to future adventures. FOREWORD REVIEWS

–from KIRKUS REVIEWS: Gonzalez is a strong, sometimes idiosyncratic prose-stylist particularly adept at capturing the clash of idealism and futility that marks this period of Cuba’s history. Gonzalez’s considerable storytelling prowess is most fully realized in a chapter devoted to the backstories of Rigo and Clara’s father. Here, flashbacks allow the story to move along while capturing the heartbreak of intellectual yearning snuffed out by an oppressive bureaucratic regime.

–from MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW: Luz is a highly charged saga of change and spirituality. The result is a striking, captivating, and dense read that unfolds like a flower and blossoms with a predestined heroine whose mother’s world collapses and rises again from the fires of destruction, like a phoenix. Readers who appreciate a fine blend of spiritual and social insight, all held together by the glue of a feisty young protagonist surviving a Third World country, will find Luz a gripping, evocative story.



A Garland for Girls

by Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) needs little introduction, as she is one of the most famous American female authors, whose most famous work is Little Women.  She also served as a nurse for six weeks during the Civil War at Union Hospital in Georgetown, and her letters were compiled to create Hospital Sketches.



A Mother of Five

by Bret Harte

America has always had a fascination with the Wild West, and schoolchildren grow up learning about famous Westerners like Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hicock, as well as the infamous shootout at O.K. Corral. Pioneering and cowboys and Indians have been just as popular in Hollywood, with Westerners helping turn John Wayne and Clint Eastwood into legends on the silver screen. HBO’s Deadwood, about the historical 19th century mining town on the frontier was popular last decade.

Not surprisingly, a lot has been written about the West, and one of the best known writers about the West in the 19th century was Francis Bret Harte (1836-1902), who wrote poetry and short stories during his literary career. Harte was on the West Coast by the 1860s, placing himself in perfect position to document and depict frontier life. 



A Jack and Jill of the Sierras

by Bret Harte

America has always had a fascination with the Wild West, and schoolchildren grow up learning about famous Westerners like Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hicock, as well as the infamous shootout at O.K. Corral. Pioneering and cowboys and Indians have been just as popular in Hollywood, with Westerners helping turn John Wayne and Clint Eastwood into legends on the silver screen. HBO’s Deadwood, about the historical 19th century mining town on the frontier was popular last decade.

Not surprisingly, a lot has been written about the West, and one of the best known writers about the West in the 19th century was Francis Bret Harte (1836-1902), who wrote poetry and short stories during his literary career. Harte was on the West Coast by the 1860s, placing himself in perfect position to document and depict frontier life. 



A Lonely Ride

by Bret Harte

America has always had a fascination with the Wild West, and schoolchildren grow up learning about famous Westerners like Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hicock, as well as the infamous shootout at O.K. Corral. Pioneering and cowboys and Indians have been just as popular in Hollywood, with Westerners helping turn John Wayne and Clint Eastwood into legends on the silver screen. HBO’s Deadwood, about the historical 19th century mining town on the frontier was popular last decade.

Not surprisingly, a lot has been written about the West, and one of the best known writers about the West in the 19th century was Francis Bret Harte (1836-1902), who wrote poetry and short stories during his literary career. Harte was on the West Coast by the 1860s, placing himself in perfect position to document and depict frontier life. 



Wild Chicory

by Kim Kelly

Wild Chicory is the story of a journey from Ireland to Australia in the early 1900s, along threads of love, family, war and peace. It’s a slice of ordinary life rich in history, folklore and fairy tale, and a portrait of the precious bond between a granddaughter, Brigid, and her grandmother, Nell.

From the windswept, emerald coast of County Kerry, to the slums of Sydney’s Surry Hills; and from the bitter sectarian violence of Ulster, to tranquillity of rural New South Wales, Brigid weaves her grandmother’s tales into a small but beautiful epic of romance and tragedy, of laughter and the cold reality of loss. It’s Nell’s tales, tall and true, that spur Brigid to write her own, too.

Ultimately, it’s a story of finding your feet in a new land – be that a new country, or a new emotional space – and the wonderful trove of narrative we carry with us wherever we might go.

In many ways Brigid and Nell are Kim and her grandmother Lillian Kelly, and many snippets of story in this work belong especially to them. It is primarily a work of fiction, but while the Kennedys and the O’Halligans in Wild Chicory are not the Kellys and O’Reillys of Kim’s own family history, they have sprung direct from her heart, and show readers just how it is she came to be a writer of stories herself.



Villette

by Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) was an English novelist and poet who didn’t live long enough to give the world all she could have, but she is best known as being one of the three critically acclaimed Bronte sisters, along with Anne and Emily, and all three of them wrote novels that are now considered classics of English and Western literature.

Of all the sisters’ works, it is Emily’s Wuthering Heights that has aged the best over time, continuing to retain its place as a classic of English literature. Anne’s Agnes Grey was written as a Volume III to be packaged with Wuthering Heights and was finished within a year of Emily’s novel. But it was Charlotte who survived the other two’s illnesses in 1848-1849, giving her nearly another decade to produce more Jane Eyre and other novels, including The Professor and Emma. 



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