Free historical fiction Kindle books for 05 Oct 18

The Courtship of: Lady Maddie & Lady Cece: DIRTY BIRD SERIES – EPISODES 1 & 2

by S Cinders

Book1 – Maddie & Cece
Book2 – Elizabeth & Bex
Book 3 – Sophie & Margo

Made for Maddie – Episode 1

He thought he had it allâ?¦ Christian Elijah Billingsworth, The Earl of Saxton, felt his life was over when he was tasked with assisting his father’s ward, the lovely Lady Maddie, in her first season.

So he made it his mission to find her a husband and be finished with the entire affair, figuring soon he could be back to whoring, gambling and drinking with the boys.

After all, how hard could it be to foist off one small girl on some unsuspecting idiot? But Lady Maddie now is not quite the Maddie he remembered from his past.

Lady Maddie would have been quite content to stay living in the country… indefinitely. But when she comes to town taking all of London by storm, Saxton is not thrilled, to say the least.

Maddie is downright shocked. In a fascinating turn of events, she has all the gentleman of the ton clamoring for her sweet innocence and intoxicating beauty. The Earl soon realizes that maybe he isn’t quite as ready to be done with his childhood playmate as he might have thought.

Courting Cece – Episode 2

Cece, the eldest daughter of Baron Mangrove, is polished sassy and often irreverent. What she isn’t, to her mother’s dismay – is married.

Charles Rotherford has done the unthinkable and fallen hopelessly and desperately in love with his childhood best friend.

Unfortunately, she had no inclination of his feelings. Cece is in no way interested in marriage. On this, she was quite clear, when she refused the first nine proposals given to her.

However, it would seem that there is a bit of matchmaking going on in the country this season. Can their two families convince these two to take a chance on love?

Perfect for fans of Regency romance and HEA.

Deathwatch: A WWII Suspense Novel

by V. B. Tenery

Finding a killer in the middle of a blitz is murder.
When a cryptanalyst in Britain’s top secret Code and Cypher School is murdered, alarms sound in the highest echelons of Parliament. Was it merely a lover’s quarrel that ended her life, or was she killed after telling the Germans everything they wanted to know? That’s what MI6 Agent, Commander Grey Hamilton must find out.
He is joined in the chase by an old university friend from Scotland Yard, and a young American genius who has been singled out by the killer as his next victim.
As the Luftwaffe escalates its reign of terror over London, the unlikely team dodges bombs while searching the Underground and London docks knowing failure is not an option. The lives of English soldiers and perhaps the fate of the British Empire itself, is at stake.

The Reluctant General: A Novel from Ancient Jewish Writings

by Herb Sennett

“The Reluctant General” is unique in that it is a historical novel that is both true to the biblical record and historically accurate. Yet, it is a fictionalized version of the events about how Deborah, the lead judge of Israel at that time, and Barak, a farmer from the tribe of Naphtali in the northern part of Israel, lead an army of ten thousand Israelite farmers and hunters against the greatest army of the known world: the Canaanites. The story involves Barak’s journey from simple farmer to reluctant fighter to heroic general within the milieu of late Bronze Age hardship and cruelty.

Barak struggles with his own frailties and fears while Deborah struggles with the fear of her people to get involved in an impossible war and reluctance of her “general” to lead the army she has called. With nothing apparently to gain and everything to lose, these two people fight side by side to lead a rag-tag army of 10,000 against the well-trained military of over 40,000 men and 900 iron chariots of war.

The horrors and suffering of daily life in ancient Israel are depicted in their historical reality in this exciting novel by Herb Sennett, a retired Florida educator and US Army chaplain. He has brought to life a familiar story based on the biblical account of Deborah and Barak. Sennett retells the events in great detail and historical accuracy based on his own study of the history of the Jewish people.

The story begins with a powerful military commander named Sisera sending out large raiding parties against several villages within the famous Valley of Jezreel that stretches from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River. Sisera leads one of the most powerful armies of the period forcing the Jewish residents to pay exorbitant taxes to the king who ruled the region from the city of Hazor located about ten miles north of the Sea of Galilee.

Although the heavy taxation was reason enough to rebel, the king also sent orders once a month for the general to collect “worthy sacrifices for the Canaanite god Ba’al.” Sisera interpreted that order as meaning the children of the Israelites, as the Jewish people were known at this time. What happened after the people decided they had had enough of Jabin’s cruelty is the heart of this engaging story of a people who have spent the last three thousand years struggling daily to survive.
Reluctant at first to fight, Barak agrees to train and lead an army of ten thousand Israelites against this gigantic army. But he asks the “Judge of Israel” Deborah to accompany him into the battle. He believed that she would inspire the men to fight. Amazingly enough, he was right.

Following the astounding defeat of the Canaanite army at Mt. Tabor, the Deborah and Barak lead their army to conquer the great walled city of Hazor. Once inside the city, they capture and kill the Canaanite king Jabin thereby ending the human sacrifices to the god Baal. The victory over the Canaanites results in forty years of prosperity and growth among the early Jews of the twelfth century BC.

The Firefly Witch (Bold Women of the 17th Century Series, Book 1)

by Amanda Hughes

For readers who like historical fiction with a bit of a love story and some fantasy.
It is a life of enchantment in a world gone mad with hatred. The daughter of Puritans in 17th Century Massachusetts, Circe Swinburne must hide her pagan dreams and strong ties to Mother Earth or be banished forever. Fortunately, she finds solace in the serenity and magic of the Great Marsh near her home. But visions of fireflies soon began to haunt her, flooding her with riddles. At last, the tiny creatures guide her to a group of people living in secret, practicing the ancient ways of the Celts in the backwoods of the colony. She lives in peace with them until one day a mysterious man appears with an unusual map. Circe joins this dark and enigmatic Spaniard in his fight against the malicious witch hunters that are determined to execute her new family and destroy her way of life forever.

El Zombi del Hortelano: Versión zombi de la comedia de Lope de Vega (ClásicoZ nº 5) (Spanish Edition)

by Colectivo ClásicoZ

Lope de Vega contó, en la conocida comedia «El Perro del Hortelano», la historia de la condesa de Belflor. Debido a la censura de su época, tuvo que ocultar los hechos zombis que rodearon todo el acontecimiento, en una Nápoles donde la Plaga venía de dentro y de fuera a partes iguales. Aún así, los expertos hoy en día siguen discutiendo sobre qué aconteció realmente… y cuándo. En los años sesenta del S. XX, los principales expertos en El Perro del Hortelano, ya renombrado como El Zombi del Hortelano, compararon públicamente sus notas, con desastrosos resultados.

ClásicoZ presenta un recopilatorio de las tres principales versiones que existen sobre El Zombi del Hortelano, que nos permiten atisbar la realidad oculta por el dramaturgo español.

The Blade’s Fell Blow (The Sorrow Song Trilogy Book 3)

by Peter Whitaker

“Hence Heardred’s end. For shelter he gave them, sword-death came, the blade’s fell blow, to bairn of Hygelac.” – Beowulf.

In the wake of the Battle of Stamford Bridge Coenred and Mildryth dream of a new life together, at last, in a kingdom now at peace. The War Wolf lies dead, defeated by King Harold of England and of Wessex. Summer slips into autumn, the harvest is brought home, and the Saxons prepare to face a long, cold winter huddled around their warm hearths.

Guillaume of Normandy has set sail, however, with a Norman army to finally lay claim to the crown that he needs to resist the many enemies that threaten the borders of his duchy. He is unaware that King Harold resides in the north, re-establishing his authority in Northumbria, resting his tired army, and believing that he has saved his throne.

The Normans commit outrages against the people of the south and the news speeds quickly to York. King Harold calls Saxon swords to his banner, he invites the men of the north to respond as their brothers from the south did when the Vikings invaded Northumbria; but so soon after the battle, so few respond, so few can.

Torn between his love for Mildryth and his honour as a huscarl Coenred has to make a fateful decision; whether to retire to the Isle of Holderness and hang up his sword, or follow his king and stand beside the hoary apple tree at Sentlache Ridge near Hastings facing a new enemy.

It was the noble heart that she found in her protector that inspired Mildryth to love again when she had thought all happiness had been taken from her life at the point of a sword. That fear may still come true but her spirit is too strong, her love too real, for her to ask Coenred to shy away from the danger that threatens all of them just for her sake.

As the last of the great Saxon warriors follow the King of England’s banner as he marches south Wulfhere, the captured thief and accused murderer, flees justice to wreak his revenge on Mildryth, the witch who has cursed him with foul luck since their paths have crossed. With his gang of cutthroats, he will end her life and her curse.

So it is that the Sorrowsong Trilogy clashes to an end with The Blades Fell Blow!

England, Their England: humour classic

by A. G. Macdonell

Macdonell became famous with the publication of England, Their England. The book gained considerable critical and popular acclaim, and won the James Tait Black Award. It is regarded as one of the classics of English humour and is much-loved by readers for its evocation of England between the wars.

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