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    Hargrave, Kiran Millwood
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    Absalom Cornet comes to the tiny Arctic town of Vardø from Scotland, where he burned witches in the northern isles. He brings with him his young Norwegian wife, Ursa, who sees something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God, and flooded with a mighty evil.

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    Wiggs, Susan
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    Mistress Lark needs no other excitement than thwarting the queen's executions with a group of Protestant dissidents, until the roguishly handsome Oliver de Lacey drops through the hangman's door and into her life. As their fates become inextricably bound together in a struggle against royal persecution, both Oliver and Lark discover a love worth saving, even dying for.

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    Wiggs, Susan
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    Caitlin MacBride, mistress of an Irish castle, is loyal to her countrymen and determined to remain strong for them. Yet a wish for true love one evening at sunset from John Wesley Hawkins yields what may sway her resolve, until she discovers he is one of the treacherous Englishmen whom she has spent her life fighting.

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    Halls, Stacey
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    London, 1754. Six years after leaving her newborn, Clara, at London's Foundling Hospital, young Bess Bright returns to reclaim the illegitimate daughter she has never really known. Dreading the worst, that Clara has died in care, the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl, and why.

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    O'Neill, Heather
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    NATIONAL BESTSELLER Longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction A Globe and Mail Most Anticipated Book A NOW Magazine Book You Have to Read A Toronto Star Book We Can't Wait to Read "Heather O'Neill is just getting better and better." - The Globe and Mail "It would be hard to overstate here just how the good the writing is in The Lonely Hearts Hotel. For it is stunningly, stunningly good." - Toronto Star "By the end I was a gasping, tearful mess."  - Miranda July, author of The First Bad Man and No One Belongs Here More Than You "O'Neill is an extraordinary writer, and her new novel is exquisite." - Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven Set in Montreal and New York between the wars, a spellbinding story about two orphans whose unusual magnetism and talent allow them to imagine a sensational future, from bestselling, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Heather O'Neill The internationally acclaimed author returns with a stunning national bestseller in The Lonely Hearts Hotel. Exquisitely imagined and hypnotically told, it is a love story with the power of legend. Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914. Before long, their true talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing for the rich, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. Separated as teenagers, both escape into the city's underworld, where they must use their uncommon gifts to survive without each other. Ruthless and unforgiving, Montreal in the 1930s is no place for song and dance, depicted by O'Neill as "a voyage across Montreal, from realms of innocence and districts of longing to zones of cruelty" (National Post). When Rose and Pierrot finally reunite they'll go to extreme lengths to make their childhood dreams come true.

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    Rogan, Charlotte
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    In the summer of 1914, Grace elopes with Henry Winter in London. When the elegant ocean liner carrying them home to America suffers a mysterious explosion, Henry sacrifices his own safety and secures Grace a seat in a lifeboat, which its occupants quickly realize is over capacity. Adrift on the Atlantic, the castaways scheme and battle, caught up in a vicious power struggle between a ruthless but experienced sailor and an enigmatic matron with surprising powers of persuasion. Choosing a side will seal her fate, but Grace has made her way in the world by seizing every possible advantage. As she considers the new life of privilege she thought she'd found, Grace must now decide: will she pay any price to keep it?

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    Chang, Janie
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    China, 1937: When Japanese bombs begin falling on the city of Nanking, nineteen-year-old Hu Lian and her classmates are entrusted with a 500-year-old collection of Chinese myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends, and must walk a thousand miles to the safety of China's western provinces, a journey marred by hunger, cold, and the constant threat of aerial attack.

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    Harper, Karen
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    This novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the Boleyns, one of England's most powerful families, through the eyes of the eldest daughter, Mary. This book tells Mary Boleyn's life story from when she was ten years old and sent to France to be among the Queen's Ladies to right after her sister and brother are beheaded for treason. After befriending the Queen, she is then torn away to serve the new Queen Claude.

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    Rose, M. J., Berry, Steve
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    Cassiopeia Vitt is building an authentic castle using thirteenth-century materials when a relic is unearthed--an ancient Book of Hours--and a key to the most precious object of the medieval Cathars.

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    Laurens, Stephanie
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    Even before Captain Declan Frobisher and Lady Edwina Delbraith tie the knot, Edwina shatters the illusion that her character is as delicate as her appearance suggests. So when Declan is required to sail to West Africa on a dangerous secret mission, Edwina knows she must accompany him.

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    Abbs, Annabel
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    Lucia Joyce, daughter of Irish novelist James Joyce, is a gifted and motivated dancer, training tirelessly with some of the finest teachers in the world. Though her father delights in his daughter's talent, she clashes with her mother, Nora. When a romantic relationship with Samuel Beckett sours, Lucia's dreams unravel, as does her hope of a life beyond her father's shadow, and her father sends her to pioneering psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Here, she tells her own story--an account of thwarted ambition, passionate creativity, and the power of love to both inspire and destroy.

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    Harper, Karen
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    Born into a first family of Ireland, with royal ties on both sides, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, known as Gera, finds her world overturned when Henry VIII imprisons her father, the Earl of Kildare, and brutally destroys her family. Torn from the home she loves, her remaining family scattered, Gera dares not deny the refuge offered her in England's glittering royal court. There she must navigate ever-shifting alliances even as she nurtures her secret desire for revenge.

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    Schwab, V. E.
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    "[Narrator Julia] Whelan's performance is unforgettable in this darkly romantic fantasy about one young woman cursed always to be forgotten...Her depiction of the darkness is smooth with a low cadence, capturing listeners' attention and their heart strings." — Booklist In the vein of The Time Traveler's Wife and Life After Life , The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab's genre-defying tour de force. A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books

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    Laurens, Stephanie
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    Christopher Cynster has finally accepted that to have the life he wants, he needs a wife. But before he can search for the right lady, he's drawn into an investigation into the distribution of counterfeit banknotes.

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    Mutch, Barbara
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    In apartheid-era South Africa, Cathleen and young Ada are two women society believes should not be friends. As they grow closer, Ada sees new possibilities in front of her. But in one night, everything changes.

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    Wiggs, Susan
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    Virginia, 1854. Hunter Calhoun, a widower shadowed by the scandal of his wife's death, buries himself in his hobby of breeding racehorses, neglecting his young family. Eliza Fylte has inherited her father's famed gift for gentling horses. And when Hunter arrives with a wild steed, her healing spirit draws her to his shattered family and to the intense, bitter man who needs her, just as she needs him.

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    Joshi, Alka
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    Escaping from an arranged and abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone from her 1950s rural village to the vibrant pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the henna artist, and confidante, most in demand to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own.

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    Burdick, Serena
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    Not far from Luella and Effie Tildon's large family mansion looms the House of Mercy, a workhouse for wayward girls. When the sisters accidentally learn a secret about their father, the brazen older sister, Luella, becomes emboldened to do as she pleases. But then one morning she is mysteriously gone. Effie suspects her father has sent Luella to the House of Mercy, and the only way to free Luella is to get herself committed as well.

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    Cornick, Nicola
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    1560: Amy Robsart hatches a desperate scheme to escape a loveless marriage, the consequences of which will echo through the centuries. Present day: Lizzie Kingdom is forced to withdraw from the public eye in a blaze of scandal when she meets a young man, Johnny Robsart, who is certain that Lizzie is linked to a terrible secret dating back to Tudor times. If Lizzie is brave enough to go in search of the truth, then what she discovers will change the course of their lives forever.

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    Graham, Genevieve
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    The Home for Unwanted Girls meets Orphan Train in this unforgettable novel about a young girl caught in a scheme to rid England's streets of destitute children, and the lengths she will go to find her way home—based on the true story of the British Home Children. 2018 At ninety-seven years old, Winnifred Ellis knows she doesn't have much time left, and it is almost a relief to realize that once she is gone, the truth about her shameful past will die with her. But when her great-grandson Jamie, the spitting image of her dear late husband, asks about his family tree, Winnifred can't lie any longer, even if it means breaking a promise she made so long ago... 1936 Fifteen-year-old Winny has never known a real home. After running away from an abusive stepfather, she falls in with Mary, Jack, and their ragtag group of friends roaming the streets of Liverpool. When the children are caught stealing food, Winny and Mary are left in Dr. Barnardo's Barkingside Home for Girls, a local home for orphans and forgotten children found in the city's slums. At Barkingside, Winny learns she will soon join other boys and girls in a faraway place called Canada, where families and better lives await them. But Winny's hopes are dashed when she is separated from her friends and sent to live with a family that has no use for another daughter. Instead, they have paid for an indentured servant to work on their farm. Faced with this harsh new reality, Winny clings to the belief that she will someday find her friends again. Inspired by true events, The Forgotten Home Child is a moving and heartbreaking novel about place, belonging, and family—the one we make for ourselves and its enduring power to draw us home.

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