Free historical fiction Kindle books for 20 Dec 17

Violet (Chase Family Series: The Flowers Book 1)

by Lauren Royal

A Top 10 Kindle Bestseller from a New York Times Bestselling Author!

England, 1673: The Ashcroft family motto is “Question Convention,” and eldest sister Violet agrees with the sentiment completely. For one thing, she’s not planning to marry. Plain Violet is smart enough to realize any suitors would be after her large inheritance, or else interested in her beautiful younger sistersâ??and she’d much rather spend her time improving her mind than risking her tender heart…

Having wasted six years wooing a lady who eloped with another man, Ford Chase, Viscount Lakefield, has had it with women. Ford would much rather spend his time pursuing the sciences and constructing the first watch with a minute hand. Having his young niece dropped in his lap proves an unwelcome, annoying distraction…until an uncommonly intelligent neighbor named Violet comes to help…

BOOK DETAILS

A complete, standalone storyâ??no cliffhangers!

Series: Chase Family Series: The Flowers, Book 1
Style: Humorous historical romance
Length: 105,000 words (about 415 standard pages)
Bonus Material: Author’s Note, preview of next book, link to giveaway
R-rated Content: Steamy love scenes!*

* If you’d prefer to read a Sweet & Clean (kisses only) version of this story, look for “The Viscount’s Wallflower Bride” by Lauren Royal & Devon Royal.

AWARDS

– Top 10 Bestseller on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Play
– Rose Award Nominee

CONNECTING BOOKS

While VIOLET can be read as a stand-alone novel, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren’s books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

Chase Family Series: The Jewels
1666 – AMETHYST (Colin & Amy)
1667 – EMERALD (Jason & Caithren)
1667 – FOREVERMORE (Cameron & Clarice)
1668 – AMBER (Trick & Kendra)

Chase Family Series: The Flowers
1673 – VIOLET (Ford & Violet)
1677 – LILY (Rand & Lily)
1677 – ROSE (Kit & Rose)
1651 – A SECRET CHRISTMAS (Joseph & Chrystabel)

Chase Family Series: The Regency
1815 – LOST IN TEMPTATION (Tristan & Alexandra)
1816 – TEMPTING JULIANA (James & Juliana)
1817 – THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)

Specially Priced Boxed Sets
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE JEWELS COLLECTION
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE FLOWERS COLLECTION
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE REGENCY COLLECTION

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Themes: sexy love stories, lords and ladies, wealthy and rich dukes, castles and country houses, England and English history, 17th century and 1600s, Restoration and Charles II, sisters and brothers, children and single parents, family life and friendship, weddings and matchmaking, romantic comedy, bluestockings and wallflowers, Enlightenment science and philosophy, Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Robert Hooke, Christopher Wren, John Locke



Dubliners (Prometheus Classics)

by James Joyce

Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. The fifteen stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.

The stories were written at the time when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They center on Joyce’s idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character has a special moment of self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by children as protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce’s tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence and maturity.



The Range War

by Johanna Jenkins

Historical Western Romance
A standalone short story with HEA!

On the Oklahoma plains in the late nineteenth century, a farmer’s daughter has done the unthinkable. She has fallen in love with a Cowboy.

At a time when Farmers and Cattle ranchers are constantly squabbling over rights to land and water, Emily Porter and Gideon Elison have managed to set aside their differences and form a strong bond. Emily’s father has even come to approve of the match, despite the protests of Ben Johnson, a neighboring farmer who believes Elison to be unworthy of Emily’s hand.

But, when the Porter’s farm is ravaged by a cattle herd, Emily’s father is convinced that Gideon is behind it. He withdraws his consent from their courtship. Emily, still desperately in love with Gideon, is determined to prove his innocence. But, she has no evidence and no way to convince her father that someone else was behind the crime. What’s more, with a hearing drawing closer, Emily is running out of time. Can she save her fiance from her father’s wrath? Can she save her father’s farm from sure destruction? Or, will she discover that both have fallen beyond repair.

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Romance: Regency Romance: Saved by the Nasty Duke

by Charlotte Grandonni

Most people know nothing about Graham “Gray” Wingrove, the new Duke of Pennyton, except that he is the younger brother of the late Duke. Gray hates the attention he is suddenly receiving from all the eligible noblewomen in the surrounding towns and villages. His mother insists that he marry, and he is very much afraid she has already chosen his bride. He is a dutiful son, with no wish to defy his motherâ?¦until he falls in love with Juliana, the one woman to whom she is most vehemently opposed. How will he reconcile his desire to marry the woman he loves with his duty to his mother?

Juliana Lockhart, the younger sister of Deborah, the recently widowed Duchess of Pennyton, reluctantly agrees to be her sister’s companion during her period of mourning. She is despised by the Dowager Duchess and abused by Deborah and becomes unwillingly embroiled in their scheme to trap Gray’s unsuspecting cousin into marrying her sister, who has no wish to give up the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed. To top it all off, Juliana finds herself falling for Gray. How will she extricate herself from the mess she finds herself in?
Contains a special bonus eBook inside!
Warning: Contains sexually explicit content suitable for ages 18 and over only.



At the Villa Rose

by A.E.W. Mason

At the Villa Rose is a detective novel by British writer A.E.W. Mason featuring his character Inspector Hanaud.

In Aix les Bains during the early 20th century, Celia Harland, a beautiful (of course) young English girl down on her luck is befriended by a rich widow, Madame Dauvray, an addict of “spiritualism”, and stages seances for her benefactrix, while knowing full well that the supposed manifestations from the spirit world are entirely bogus. This set-up supplies the opportunity for a criminal gang master-minded by Madame Dauvray’s maid, with their eyes on the widow’s jewellery collection, to engineer an introduction for one of their number, Adele Tacé (“Rossignol”) whose taunts of disbelief goad the old lady into allowing a seance to be held which, unsuspected by either Celia or her patron, will be the cover for murder and robbery. 

The crux of the plot is that Celia, as medium, will be made their innocent victim, on whom suspicion is to be planted. By her professed scepticism, Adele manoeuvres the girl into consenting to be bound hand and foot and secured to a pillar during the performance, such that she is incapable of escaping or preventing Madame Dauvray’s being strangled by an intruder in the course of the seance; and is thereafter abducted to Geneva, still trussed, gagged and helpless, with various clues being left behind to incriminate her as accomplice in the murder. Inspector Hanaud of the Paris Sûreté (in several of his novels, Mason’s equivalent of Christie’s Poirot) unravels the conspiracy and rescues Celia when on the brink of being drugged and dumped into Lake Geneva.



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