Free historical fiction Kindle books for 01 Aug 16

DOGS WITH BAGELS

by Maria Elena Sandovici

Liliana is the disappointing daughter of hardworking immigrant parents. She’s a girl looking to be rescued from her own insecurities and bad decisions. Unable to afford rent in New York City proper, she craves a life of luxury that isn’t hers, while subsisting on bagels and coffee. In desperate need of support – emotional and otherwise -, she clings to potential saviors, never bothering to question if the attachments she forms really fit her.

In a parallel story-line, her mother, Maria, is trying to reject all offers of help, especially those of her estranged husband. She’s never forgiven him from taking her away from Romania, where she was happy. She’s never forgiven herself for following him to New York. And she’s never come to terms with the ugly fights and mutual betrayals that ruined their marriage. Enmeshed in her own drama, she doesn’t notice her daughter’s troubles until it’s too late. Desperate to keep Liliana from making a mistake that will alter the course of her life, Maria reveals her best-kept secret, a story so shocking it might have the power to jerk Liliana back to reality. It could, on the other hand, alienate her forever.

DOGS WITH BAGELS is a story about the American dream gone bad. It is also a story about mothers and daughters, about female friendships, the struggle to survive in one of the world’s most expensive cities, and nostalgia for people and places one has loved in the past.

All characters in this book are deeply flawed, but they are so compelling that readers asked for a follow-up novel. LOST PATH TO SOLITUDE (coming soon!) revisits the same cast a decade later, to find them facing new problems, yet oddly enough stuck in some of the same patterns.



Forbidden Love

by Latasha McLaughlin

When Elizabeth Davis, slave to the Davis Family, expresses her feelings to the man she loves, she knows the consequences will be dire.

Elizabeth is in love but the man she loves is a former confederate soldier, and her master’s son.

William is injured, losing the use of his legs, and sent home to heal and Elizabeth is in charge of his care.

Between the raging Civil War, the horrible attacks on the plantation, and Elizabeth’s confession of her true feelings, the two fall in love. It doesn’t take long for the household to see the blooming relationship and Elizabeth is faced with being raped by the plantation’s overseer, daily beatings and nasty remarks from the household.

When the former cold and indifferent Captain renounces his beliefs in slavery, he pleads for his father to release Elizabeth, even offering to buy her, but his father threatens to sell her off and William knows he must take Elizabeth and run with her.



The Veteran (Castor Family Trilogy Book 1)

by Frank Slaughter

“Will Castor serves in Battery D, 1st Regiment, Michigan Light Artillery, sending shells into the ranks of Confederate infantry whenever he’s ordered to do so. When his unit’s position is overrun at the Battle of Chickamauga, Will witnesses and commits ghastly horrors to survive the day. Separated from his army and incapacitated with a broken leg, he hooks up with a Confederate deserter who takes him home to Tennessee and shelters him…. Haunted by the traumas of the war, the wilds present Will with an unexpected opportunity for redemptionâ??though it may prove to be an even greater battle than the one at Chickamauga.

“Slaughter is a fastidious writer, summoning the worlds of Civil War artillery and the 19th-century lumber industry in all their gritty details…. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the story is its postwar period and its depiction of Will’s PTSD. The reader feels great empathy for this broken veteran, stumbling about in an era when the language for such aftereffects had not yet been established.

“An ornate, gruesome, and rigorously crafted Civil War novel.” â?? Kirkus Reviews



Letter of Love: short story sequel to Journey to Love

by Amanda Tero

A short story sequel to the novella, Journey to Love. Can be read as a stand-alone.

Edward Dixon is convinced that life is cruel, and he is not willing for anything to change his mind from that. A letter from his sister, Marie, reveals that she views life otherwise.

Will her letter, filled with love and forgiveness, make a difference in Edward’s life? Or will he stubbornly refuse to change before it’s too late?



Eostre’s Curse: Book One: Sacrifice

by S.A. McCoy

Three naïve young Welshmen travel with an unscrupulous French trader on a perilous two-thousand-mile journey to Constantinople for a magic Bloodstone to bring back the rain and save their drought-stricken village.

But, all four bring more than provisions on this epic quest – two are cursed, one has a secret dream, and one harbors a murderous desire.

In Book One, the travelers brave deadly seas, traverse dark forests, and scale icy mountains with pain, suffering, and death their constant companions.



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