The Verdun Affair: A Novel

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Scribner #ad - But nothing in his past—not his rough Chicago childhood nor his experiences driving ambulances across French battlefields—can prepare Tom for the arrival of Sarah Hagen. Across a continent still reeling from world War I, a “ravishingly beautiful” Paula McClain story about a love affair between two Americans and the lie that changes everything.

France, a young american orphaned in world war I, 1921—Tom, is helping comfort the grieving families who travel through Verdun, seeking answers about their loved ones. When news of an amnesiac soldier in bologna reaches Tom in Paris, only to find Sarah at the soldier’s bedside, he sets off as a journalist to uncover the story, hopeful as ever.

From the moment he meets her, a disarmingly magnetic woman looking for news of her missing husband, he knows he will help her in any way he can—even if that means crossing an unforgivable line. Both are surprised to encounter an Austrian journalist named Paul with his own interest in the amnesiac. As they confront the past, tom’s actions come back to haunt him, and each is forced to make a choice that will change their lives forever.

The Verdun Affair: A Novel #ad - As their affair takes them across a fractured europe careening toward World War 2, Tom and Sarah learn how love can be both a cure for—and a distraction from—the realities of a world turned upside down. A deeply transporting novel about love and identity, truth and consequences, The Verdun Affair is a page-turning and vividly imagined “literary romance… that unravels a love triangle and its players’ secrets” Los Angeles Times.

But they can only hide from the truth for so long.

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Fugitive Colors: A Novel

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Arcade #ad - Once he arrives in the “city of light, and the handsome and gifted artist Rene Levi, Felix von Bredow, ” he meets a young German artist, whose larger-than-life personality overshadows his inferior artistic ability, whose colossal talent will later serve to destroy him. Felix returns to berlin, is instrumental in creating the master plan to destroy Germany’s modern artists, a blue-blooded Nazi, where his father, and seeks his son’s help.

. With passionate strokes of captivating prose, passion has a face—that once exposed, Barr proves that while paintings have a canvas, the haunting images will linger . Booklist calls the wwii era novel, "masterfully conceived and crafted, Barr’s dazzling debut novel has it all: passion and jealousy, intrigue and danger.

Fugitive Colors: A Novel #ad - Fugitive colors asks the reader: how far would you go for your passion? Would you kill for it? Steal for it? Or go to any length to protect it?Hitler’s War begins with the ruthless destruction of the avant-garde, but there is one young painter who refuses to let this happen. Debut historical suspense novel wins ippy award for best “literary fiction 2014”Stolen art, and revenge paint the pages of veteran journalist Lisa Barr’s debut novel, deception, love, lust, Fugitive Colors, an un-put-down-able page-turner.

Twists and turns, loss and hope will keep you up at night, as you journey from Chicago to Paris, destruction and obsession, Berlin to New York. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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The Lost Garden: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - For three months, the young women and men will form attachments, living in a temporary rural escape. Also on the estate, waiting to be posted, is a regiment of Canadian soldiers. While doing so, she will finally come to know herself and a life worth living. She has volunteered for the land army, and is to be in charge of a group of young girls who will be trained to plant food crops on an old country estate where the gardens have fallen into ruin.

No one will be more changed by the stay than Gwen. Leaving london to grow food for the war effort, Gwen discovers a mysterious lost garden and the story of a love that becomes her own. This word-perfect, perhaps, heartbreaking novel is set in early 1941 in Britain when the war seems endless and, hopeless.

The Lost Garden: A Novel #ad - She will inspire the girls to restore the estate gardens, fall in love with a soldier, and bring a lost garden, find her first deep friendship, created for a great love, back to life. London is on fire from the blitz, and a young woman gardener named Gwen Davis flees from the burning city for the Devon countryside.

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The Camomile Lawn: A Novel

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Open Road Media #ad - Now, as the motley cast of characters drive to the funeral of one of their own, forty years later, they recall how important that night truly was—and all that came after. On a hot august evening in 1939, and sophy spent one last night together, cousins Oliver, celebrating the end of summer, Walter, Polly, Calypso, at the home of their aunt and uncle.

International bestseller: a novel of youthful love and loss and “a powerful evocation of the war years” in England The Guardian.  . From oliver, whose desperation to prove himself in war ended up as his downfall, to sophy, whose flirtations landed her in an unlikely marriage with even less likely results, to Calypso, whose secrets from that night haunted her for the rest of her life, each of them recalls the twisted paths of love and betrayal they walked as the country came apart around them under the coming shadow of World War II.

The Camomile Lawn: A Novel #ad - Mary wesley masterfully interweaves tragedy and humor in this “extraordinarily accomplished and fast-moving” novel, allegiances, presenting a tale of both the world at large and the dalliances, and losses of her expertly crafted characters Financial Times.

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The Darkest Hour

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HarperCollins #ad - Some are just waiting to be told…. Suddenly, lucy finds herself in danger from people past and present who have no intention of letting an untold truth ever surface. Some stories are buried in the darkness forever. From the sunday times bestselling author comes an epic tale of love, passion and heartbreak.

In the summer of 1940, eyes are focussed on the skies above the South of England: the Battle for Britain has just begun. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems only to be fascinated in sketching portraits of him…Seventy years later, recently widowed art historian Lucy is putting the pieces of her life back together, and to do that she needs to uncover the mystery surrounding a painting in her home.

The Darkest Hour #ad - As lucy ties up the loose ends of one lifetime, she stirs up a hornet’s nest of history in another. But evie lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony.

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The Reading Group: A Novel

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William Morrow Paperbacks #ad - The reading group follows the trials and tribulations of a group of women who meet regularly to read and discuss books. Over the course of a year, each of these women become intertwined, both in the books they read and within each other's lives. Inspired by a shared desire for conversation, harriet, a good book and a glass of wine-Clare, and Susan undergo startling revelations and transformations despite their differences in background, Polly, Nicole, age and respective dilemmas.

What starts as a reading group gradually evolves into a forum where the women may express their views through the books they read and grow to become increasingly more open as the bonds of friendship cement. In the reading group, noble reveals the many complicated paths in life we all face as well as the power and importance of friendship.

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The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel

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Broadway Books #ad - National bestseller • “a delightful debut. People  for readers of lilac girls and the nightingale, affairs, deceptions, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir unfolds the struggles, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II. As england becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond.

We come to know the home-front struggles of five unforgettable choir members: a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past.

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel #ad - An enchanting ensemble story that shuttles from village intrigue to romance to the heartbreaking matters of life and death, Jennifer Ryan’s debut novel thrillingly illuminates the true strength of the women on the home front in a village of indomitable spirit. They defy the vicar’s stuffy edict to close the choir and instead “carry on singing, ” resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

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Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I

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William Morrow Paperbacks #ad - As evie elliott watches her brother, thomas harding, will, and his best friend, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris. But as history tells us, it all happened so differently… Evie and Thomas experience a very different war.

Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?Christmas 1968. But one final letter is waiting for him…. With failing health, thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business.

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I #ad - Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. An unforgettably romantic novel that spans four christmases 1914-1918,  Last Christmas in Paris explores the ruins of war, the strength of love, and the enduring hope of the Christmas season.

New york times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War. August 1914. England is at war.

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The Last Gentleman: A Novel

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Open Road Media #ad - National book award finalist: a lonely southerner forges a surprising bond with a New York family in this “brilliant” novel by the author of The Moviegoer Time. Will barrett has never felt at peace. Once there, he is confronted not only by his personal demons, but also his growing love for Jamie’s sister, Kitty, and a deepening relationship with the Vaught family that will teach him the true meaning of home.

After moving from his native south to new york city, Will’s most meaningful human connections come through the lens of a telescope in Central Park, from which he views the comings and goings of the eccentric Vaught family. But will’s days as a spectator end when he meets the Vaught patriarch and accepts a job in the Mississippi Delta as caretaker for the family’s ailing son, Jamie.

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The Spinster Wife

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Lake Union Publishing #ad - Adrift in a world for which she has no explanation, she needs to find answers quickly—before her shadowy past catches up with her. Walled in by secrets and with no one to trust, both Rita-Mae and Dorrie are unsure how to move forward. She makes her escape filled with hope, ready to start a new life in a new home, free from the pain of her past.

But her place of refuge may not be as safe—or as anonymous—as she thought. In another small town, Dorrie wakes up unaware of where she is or how she got there. Fear of being alone, above all, fear of her husband, fear of her past and, Harry. Can each woman face her inner demons and confront a menacing presence from the past once and for all? Or will the past unravel their second chance at life?

The Spinster Wife #ad - You’ll never see the twist coming in this gripping novel of love and loss by bestselling author Christina McKenna. Rita-mae has lived in fear for as long as she can remember. Until she spots an advertisement for a vacant cottage in a small town in Northern Ireland.

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The Heart of the Matter

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Open Road Media #ad -  . But when he’s passed over for a promotion as commissioner of police, the humiliation hits hardest for his wife, Louise. Already oppressed by the appalling climate, frustrated in a loveless marriage, and belittled by the wives of more privileged officers, Louise wants out. It’s just a single indiscretion, yet for Henry it precipitates a rapid fall from grace as one moral compromise after another leads him into a web of blackmail, adultery, and murder.

And for a devout man like Henry, there may be nothing left but damnation. From first page to last.  .  . An engrossing novel” of betrayal and espionage on a colonial outpost during World War II The New York Times. In a british colony in west Africa, Henry Scobie is a pious and righteous man of modest means enlisted with securing borders.

The Heart of the Matter #ad - Drawn from graham greene’s own experiences as a British intelligence officer in Sierra Leone, The Heart of the Matter is “a powerful, deep-striking novel.  .  . Feeling responsible for her unhappiness, Henry decides against his better judgment to accept a loan from a black marketeer to secure Louise’s passage.

Of a spirit lost in the darkness of the flesh” New York Herald Tribune.

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