Free historical fiction Kindle books for 11 Feb 19

A Kingdom’s Cost: A Historical Novel of Scotland (The Black Douglas Trilogy Book 1)

by J. R. Tomlin

Eighteen-year-old James Douglas can only watch, helpless, as the Scottish freedom fighter, William Wallace, is hanged, drawn, and quartered. Even under the heel of a brutal English conqueror, James’s blood-drenched homeland may still have one hope for freedom, the rightful king of the Scots, Robert the Bruce. James swears fealty to the man he believes can lead the fight against English tyranny.

The Bruce is soon a fugitive, king in name and nothing more. Scotland is occupied, the Scottish resistance crushed. The woman James loves is captured and imprisoned. Yet James believes their cause is not lost. With driving determination, he blazes a path in blood and violence, in cunning and ruthlessness as he wages a guerrilla war to restore Scotland’s freedom. James knows he risks sharing Wallace’s fate, but what he truly fears is that he has become as merciless as the conqueror he fights.

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story)

by Lance Morcan

Based on the remarkable true story of Irish convict John Graham, WHITE SPIRIT is an epic historical adventure set in 19th Century Australia.

After escaping from the notorious Moreton Bay Penal Settlement, Graham finds refuge with the Kabi, a tribe of Aborigines who eventually accept him as one of their own.

Attempts to recapture Graham are orchestrated by a variety of contrasting characters working for the all-pervasive British Empire. They include Moreton Bay’s tyrannical, opium-addicted commandant Lord Cheetham, the dashing yet warlike Lieutenant Hogan, native tracker Barega and the penal settlement’s captain, Tom Marsden.

Marsden’s young daughter Helen, a progressive lady ahead of her time who is both an egalitarian and a feminist, boldly inserts herself into the clash between the Irish convict, her father and Moreton Bay’s other iron-fisted rulers. Helen complicates things further when she finds herself in a Pride and Prejudice-style love triangle with men on opposite sides of the conflict.

When Scottish woman Eliza Fraser is found shipwrecked and close to death in Kabi territory, Graham and his legion of pursuers, as well as the Irishman’s adopted Aboriginal family, are all forced to navigate a multi-faceted rescue mission. The precarious rendezvous is made all the more dangerous by Helen Marsden’s ethically-driven meddling that often outwits the men involved.

WHITE SPIRIT is not only based on arguably the great Australian (true) story, a sweeping tale that encapsulates all the nuances of the southern continent’s unique history, it also provides readers with detailed insights into the tribal life of First Australian (Aboriginal) peoples.

Duty Bound on the Union Pacific: One Man’s Story of Building Lincoln’s Transcontinental Railroad

by Lawson McDowell

In 2019, America marks the 150th anniversary of completing the transcontinental railroad. In this exciting retelling of winning the West, a former soldier, Colton Rusk, finds himself in Indian battles, train wrecks, troubles with Hell on Wheels, and facing the challenges of achieving the impossible. His adventures place him next to Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, Dodge, and the unethical Dr. Thomas Durant as they struggle to join East and West. The railroad’s construction is one of America’s most enduring stories. Colton’s adventures prove the spirit that won the West was anything but polite.

Based on actual historical events. Contains 30 historic photographs, including several believed never before published.

(Author Note: This Select eBook is offered as a complimentary download beginning Thursday, February 7, 2019, and ending Monday, February 11, 2019. I hope you will consider reading this tale from America’s expansion era. You will meet unforgettable, real-life characters – both the noble and the unremorsefully greedy. Whether you consider the book Historical Fiction, a Western, or an allegory of good versus evil, I believe you will enjoy it. If you like it, please rate or give a short review on Amazon.)

Historical Western Romance: A Bride Reluctant (Sweet Western Historical Romance) (Inspirational Western Historical Romance)

by Anne Fournet

A Bride Reluctant

This is a standalone book with a happy romantic ending.
Caroline has been cast into the role of a widow at quite a young age. She could take the easy way out and return to the East and her well-to-do family.

She’s spunky and out to prove that she can make a living without help from her family or a man.

She succeeds but her plans change when she meets a man that’s recently lost his wife. He’s wealthy and used to getting his way but he hasn’t run up against a woman like Caroline before.

So how can these two people possibly work things out? Will destiny take a hand in the outcome?

The Earl’s Mission: Defiant Brides Book 4

by Jennifer Monroe

Miss Rachel Cooper does not believe in society’s standards, especially when it comes to love. Working in her parents’ pub, she has seen the ways of men, especially those of higher standing, and would rather remain alone than to be attached to a man and made miserable. With the chances high that the pub will have to close, Rachel frets as to how to help save it. Then a dashing Earl appears telling her a fascinating story that could be the answer to her prayers.

Lord Joseph Linfield, Earl of Brunsford, cares not for the simplistic notion of love. His sights are set rather on the one thing he believes sustains happiness: wealth. When Joseph is called to the bedside of a dying friend, he is shocked to learn that the man has an illegitimate daughter and wishes her to reside in his home upon his death. Joseph gives his word that he will carry out the mission given to him no matter the cost.

Believing Joseph’s story that this man was her real father, Rachel sets off to a world unlike any she has ever known, filled with elegant dresses, teas with ladies of the ton, and conversation unlike any she has ever had before. Through careful instruction from tutors and teachers, her confidence grows in her new standing, along with her admiration for the man who made it all possible.

Joseph realizes the vast fortune that is within his grasp might be what he needs to earn the respect of the ton he has always desired. All he must do is convince Rachel that he is the one for her in order to get it.

As these two opposites come together, each learns things about themselves, and each other, that have them begin to question what truly can make them happy.

A Cantata of Love (The Code Breakers Series Book 4)

by Jacki Delecki

As the oldest son of the brilliant Harcourt code breaking family, the Earl of Kendal has never backed down from a challenge. When he accepts a dangerous clandestine assignment in Paris, he never expects it to be his last. But with his enemies hot on his trail, and a quickly worsening injury sapping his strength, even Michael Harcourt might not survive this one. Just as death seems imminent, he is saved by a young boy…or so he thinks.

Lady Gabrielle De Valmont is not what she seems. Desperate to avoid the terrible fate that awaits her if she remains in France, she’ll do anything to escape, including disguising herself as a boy and helping a cunning Englishman. She can ignore the desire he stirs within her, for their alliance will be short-lived at best, a necessary evil.

But when the danger follows her back to England, Gabrielle must rely on Michael for protection. When both lord and lady have secret identities, can their passion really be trusted?

Enjoy the passionate, suspenseful Regency world of the Code Breakers, where daring lords and ladies decode the path to happily ever amidst their dangerous, heroic fight against Napoleon’s treacherous designs.

The Ayesha Collection

by H. Rider Haggard

The Ayesha Collection features She, Ayesha: The Return of She, She & Allan, and Wisdom’s Daughter.

“She” is one of the classics of imaginative literature, and one of the best-selling books of all time. She was extraordinarily popular upon its release and has never been out of print. The story is a first-person narrative that follows the journey of Horace Holly and his ward Leo Vincey to a lost kingdom in the African interior. There they encounter a primitive race of natives and a mysterious white queen named Ayesha who reigns as the all-powerful “She”, or “She-who-must-be-obeyed”. In this work, Rider Haggard developed the conventions of the Lost World subgenre, which many later authors emulated. “Ayesha, the Return of She” is a gothic-fantasy novel, a sequel to his far more popular and well known novel, She. “She and Allan” is a novel, in which Haggard brought together his two most popular characters, Ayesha from She (to which it serves as a prequel), and Allan Quatermain from King Solomon’s Mines. Wisdom’s Daughter is the final book in the Ayesha series. 

Love on Trial (Rivals in Love Book 1)

by P.C. Zick

Two lawyers on opposite sides of the aisle despise one another…at first.

When Jude Crandall fights for justice, she is a formidable opponent. Malik Moore may hate his job as an attorney for a prestigious Chicago law firm, but he stands up to the force of prosecutor Jude in the battle of opposites.

They disagree on most everything, except the love they both feel for their dogs, a Boston terrier and a Jack Russell terrier. When their mothers meddle, Jude and Malik find it impossible to avoid one another.

But his Persian heritage and her father’s political aspirations and biases throw the biggest barrier of all between them. Their dogs, Clyde and Suzanne, show them how to love. It’s up to the two lawyers to overcome culture, religion, and their families to find happiness.

The two lawyers are forced together by their dogs and their mothers and discover they have more in common than not.

Love on Trial is the first novel in the Rivals in Love sweet contemporary romance series. Rivals in Love showcases the Crandall family siblings who are all in successful careers. But they forgot one thing while becoming rising stars. They forgot all about love. Their father, a U.S. Senator, aspires for high office, but their mother, the heir to a fortune, only wants her children married and with children.

Buy your copy of Love on Trial to begin reading about the Crandalls of Chicago and their attempts to find love.

Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance (Salt Hendon Book 1)

by Lucinda Brant

Another delicious Georgian gem from Lucinda Brant: High drama, deep emotion, and witty prose, all deftly sprinkled with historical detail to keep you mesmerized from beginning to end. Immerse yourself in the romance and opulence of her eighteenth century aristocratic world.

When the Earl of Salt Hendon marries squire’s daughter Jane Despard, Society is aghast. But Jane and Salt share a secret past of heartache and mistrust. They are forced into a marriage neither wants; the Earl to honor a dying man’s wish, Jane to save her stepbrother from financial ruin. Beautiful inside and out, the patient and ever optimistic Jane believes love conquers all; the Earl will take some convincing. Enter Diana St. John, who has been living in a fool’s paradise believing she would be the next Countess of Salt Hendon. She will go to extreme lengths, even murder, to hold Salt’s attention. The newlyweds must overcome past prejudices and sinister opposition to fall in love all over again.

“As the plot develops and darkens you realize the imagery is spectacular. If you’ve never met true evil just wait ’till you meet Diana St. John; definitely made me a fan.” â??SWurman, Night Owl Reviews 5 STAR TOP PICK

“A love story that fans of historical romance will relish. The rakish and raucous character of the period is contrasted superbly with the sophistication of the age.” â??Fiona Ingram, Readers’ Favorite 5 STARS

“Brant’s talent is undeniable and dare I admitâ?¦ I enjoyed SALT BRIDE more than many of Georgette Heyer’s own beloved works and that is high praise indeed.” â??Courtney Webb, Stiletto Storytime

2015 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
2011 Australian Romance Readers Awards Finalist
117,000 words, about 460 standard pages (not including bonus material)
Classic romance style, similar to Regency noir
Non-explicit, mild sensuality

Connecting Books

Many readers enjoy Lucinda’s books as part of a wider series as her characters inhabit the same meticulously-researched 18th Century world with people and events cross-referenced throughout. Should you wish to read each series in chronological order, here is the sequence:

Roxton Family Saga
1740s NOBLE SATYR (Renard and Antonia)
1760s MIDNIGHT MARRIAGE (Julian and Deb)
1770s AUTUMN DUCHESS (Antonia and Jonathon)
1770s DAIR DEVIL (Dair and Rory)
1770s PROUD MARY (Mary and Christopher)
1780s SATYR’S SON (Henri-Antoine and Lisa)

Salt Hendon Series
1763 SALT BRIDE (Magnus and Jane)
1767 SALT REDUX (Antony and Caroline)
SALT HENDON COLLECTION â?? boxed set with bonus novella SALT ANGEL

Alec Halsey Mysteries
Spring 1763 DEADLY ENGAGEMENT (Country house murder and mayhem)
Autumn 1763 DEADLY AFFAIR (A poisoned vicar and the mysterious Miranda)
Winter 1763 DEADLY PERIL (Bloody intrigue abroad)
Summer 1764 DEADLY KIN (Evil lurks in Edinburgh) In progress

Nessa (Derelicts and Debutantes Book 1)

by Sara Jolene

Nessa Dobbs is done running. After her father’s untimely death, Nessa and her sister Kara fled New York City for Creede, Colorado, where the change in scenery left more of an impact on Nessa than she ever could have imagined. Quickly realizing that the privileged life she once led as a debutante wasn’t all she’d once thought it to be, Nessa finds that that the things that are most important to her in life are ones you can’t buy. Spurred by watching a close friend find their soul mate, Nessa has boarded a train and is headed back to New York to reclaim all that she left behind, including the man she loves.

Heartbroken after the love of his life disappeared; Henry Collins is moving on. He has found a new position working for one of the most influential families in New York City doing the only thing he’s ever wanted to do, taking care of horses, but all that is about to change. When the one person he never thought he’d see again, returns, Henry gets the shock of his life. One that makes him question everything he’s ever wanted.

Nessa is determined not to let her past mistakes and prejudices influence her future but can she convince Henry to do the same?

Holocaust in the Homeland: Black Wall Street’s Last Days

by Corinda Marsh

Soon to be in movie theaters, Holocaust in the Homeland tells the story of one of the darkest days in US history. Envious locals in Tulsa dubbed the Greenwood section “Black Wall Street” because of its economic success, but that success was obliterated by a riot in 1921. The riot completely razed Greenwood, destroying the lives of its 10,000 residents. This account sees the events through the eyes of a fictional reporter. It offers perspective and hope. The events of Memorial Day, 1921 were hidden for the better part of a century, but knowing the truth about that day is critical to understanding ourselves and our motives and will ultimately make us all safer in an unsafe world. Today, just as in 1921, media hype too often obscures truth and embraces hype because hype is more interesting. The truth about this event must no longer be kept secret. Follow Sam Stackhouse, an old man remembering, as he discovers truth and wisdom.

Edla’s Destiny (Destiny Series Book 1)

by James Harold Carlson

Sixteen-year-old Edla Serafia Andersson emigrated from Sweden in 1903 to work as a house maid in America. Based on a true story, Edla’s Destiny is the compelling account of how she survived the harsh realities of the immigration experience and matured as a woman to embrace an unwavering reliance upon God. After a tumultuous voyage across the Atlantic and a protracted examination at Ellis Island, she began working in the manse of a cold-hearted reverend in Scottdale, PA. When he was reassigned to Germany, Edla found employment in Youngstown, OH as an upstairs maid at the estate of steel magnate, Robert Bentley. The setting was an American version of Downton Abbey replete with drama, romance, intrigue, and humor. Edla returned to Sweden in 1914 with two-year-old daughter, Gladys, to visit her parents and ended up in the middle of World War I. The novel’s thrilling conclusion embodies its recurring theme: God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.

Twelfth Night at Longbourn (Given Good Principles Book 4)

by Maria Grace

Twelfth Nightâ??a night for wondrous things to happen.

At least for other people.

In the months after her sisters’ weddings, nothing has gone well for Kitty Bennet. Since Lydia’s infamous elopement, her friends have abandoned her, and Longbourn is more prison than home. Not even Elizabeth’s new status as Mrs. Darcy of Pemberley can repair the damage to Kitty’s reputation. More than anything else, she wishes to leave the plain ordinary Kitty behind and become Catherine Bennet, a proper young lady.

Her only ray of hope is an invitation to Pemberley for the holidays. Perhaps there she might escape the effects of her sister’s shame.

Getting to Pemberley is not as simple as it sounds. First she must navigate the perils of London society, the moods of Georgiana Darcy, and the chance encounter with the man who once broke her heart. Perhaps though, as Catherine, she might prove herself worthy of that gentleman’s regard.

But, in an instant all her hopes are dashed, and her dreams of becoming Catherine evaporate. Will Kitty Bennet’s inner strength be enough to bring her heart’s desire?

On an ordinary night perhaps not, but on Twelfth Night, it just might be enough.

Fred’s Destiny (Destiny Series Book 2)

by James Harold Carlson

From the coal mines of western Pennsylvania to the cranberry bogs of central Wisconsin, Fred’s Destiny intersects Potawatomi Indians, the Moravian Church, Socialism, and two World Wars. An immigrant to America from Sweden, Fred Anderson is jilted by the girl of his dreams only to discover God has someone else in mind to be his life partnerâ??Edna Marie. You’ll be amused, educated, and inspired as you read about their fascinating and unpredictable journey. At various times Fred is called a romantic, a lover of poetry, a folk hero, and a generous man with an open heart. He pursues two occupations: coal mining and farming, and he does both exceptionally well. His destiny ultimately comes into focus as his faith in God, his love of family, and a revolutionary technique for harvesting cranberries converge to have a significant impact in the world. Don’t be surprised if you find your own destiny in the pages of this compelling novel.

Vengeance in Vegas: Part Two of the John Harrod Trilogy

by Andrew Weis

Vengeance in Vegas continues the lightning paced time travel adventure of The John Harrod Trilogy . . . unpredictable all the way to its stunning revelation!

John Harrod’s training with angels is failing miserably.

Seven years have passed since he returned from 1917 France and his frustrations to become a better time-traveler and evil angel fighter are mounting. After returning home from another disaster of a training session in the angelic world known as Hali, he learns the Chicago Outfit murdered his Grandfather Ray in 1976. John time travels to the mob-controlled Las Vegas of 1976 to find out why.

While John works as an undercover property appraiser with Ray, his mission is going well until he discovers Ray’s secret plan to build the first megaresort in Las Vegas dubbed, The Deco Palace. Ray will stop at nothing to make his way around the Mob and keep his dream alive despite powerful deadly forces looming in the shadows.

John entangles himself in an angelic chess game when he learns that Ray’s scheme is converging with John’s efforts to get the last page of the Book of Ancients. John battles his feelings for a sexy prostitute who appeals to him for help and complicates his objective. Though blinded by his instinct to protect her when others suspect she’s double-crossing him, he doesn’t know that she holds a secret that might turn the course of his life forever.

Angels with questionable intentions influence John at every turn. Despite everyone John meets appealing to his good nature, he doesn’t know who to trust. Will John get the last page and keep his Grandfather Ray alive, or will he implode from his enemy’s pressure and doom mankind? It’s human against angel! Who will win?

The second part of the John Harrod Trilogy, Vengeance in Vegas, expands into new directions of time travel stories similar to Douglas E. Richards, Jerry Merritt, and Peter Clines.

The Future Mrs. Darcy (Given Good Principles Book 2)

by Maria Grace

The regiment has come to camp in Meryton. Many young ladies are pleased, but not all share their enthusiasm. Among them, Mr. Carver, who decides to remove his family from Meryton’s savage society. He puts the blame, not on the militia officers, but on the shoulders of the Bennet family. The flirtations and boisterous ways of the youngest sisters are too much to be borne. Not even Jane’s renowned beauty and charm can make up for them.

Elizabeth denies the allegations at first, but rapidly uncovers the shocking truth. The Carvers are not the only family to cut the Bennets from their acquaintance. Their reputations have been materially damaged and the family borders on social ruin.

The news is too much for Mrs. Bennet who collapses from the shock. So, Elizabeth and her sisters must manage the estate until she recovers, a task for which none of them is prepared. Their duty becomes more challenging when Mr. Bennet is called away on business and allows Lydia to stay with the colonel’s wife, surrounded by officers.

Warned by Mr. Pierce, the local curate, that several of the officers have unsavory designs on the local girls, Elizabeth must find a way to honor her father, rein in her sister and salvage the family’s reputation, all in the most ladylike way possible.

Given Good Principles, Vol 2. Sequel to Darcy’s Decision.

Becoming Carlotta: A Biographical Novel

by Brenda Murphy

For the twenty years of her acting career, Carlotta Monterey was counted among the most beautiful women in America. Beginning life in 1888 as Hazel Tharsing, the daughter of a California fruit farmer, she grew up determined to matter in the world. At seventeen, she left Oakland to study acting in London. She married a British aristocrat and divorced him three years later to go back on the stage. After a liaison with a wealthy banker and marriages to the twenty-year-old son of her mother’s lover in San Francisco and to a famous artist in New York, she married America’s greatest playwright, Eugene O’Neill, a stormy union that endured until his death. In each part of her life, Hazel reinvented herself to pursue a new ambition. Intensely shy, she learned to meet the world in the character of the actress Carlotta Monterey, by far her greatest acting role. Becoming Carlotta is a biographical novel, an imagined narrative built on a base of facts with the goal of understanding Hazel Tharsing and what it meant for her to live her fascinating life as Carlotta Monterey. Along the way, it takes us to the cities and the back country of the Old West, to Edwardian London and an English country-house life reminiscent of Downton Abbey’s, to the Broadway theater in its golden age and the tough reality of the actor’s life on the road, and to bohemian Greenwich Village and Manhattan’s arty Smart Set in the 1920s. Through it all, Carlotta is an outsized presence, inventing endless new faces to meet the challenges that life throws her way and turning from every defeat and disillusionment to look ahead with newfound energy and determination.

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