The Hidden Palace by Dinah Jefferies

A rebellious daughter 1923. Among the ancient honey-coloured walls of the tiny island of Malta, strangers slip into the shadows and anyone can buy a new name. Rosalie Delacroix flees Paris for a dancer’s job in the bohemian clubs deep in its winding streets. A sister with a secret 1944. Running from the brutality of… Continue reading The Hidden Palace by Dinah Jefferies

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

London, 1944. Clara Button is no ordinary librarian. While the world remains at war, in East London Clara has created the country’s only underground library, built over the tracks in the disused Bethnal Green tube station. Down here a secret community thrives: with thousands of bunk beds, a nursery, a café and a theatre offering… Continue reading The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

Welcome to Whitlock Close by Karen Louise Hollis

It’s 1981 and the Thorpe family – Robert, Sandra and their eleven-year-old daughter Louise – decide to move from the city of Lincoln to a village seven miles away. Moving into New Barnham, they must each find their place in a village where they know no-one and Louise has to start at a big new… Continue reading Welcome to Whitlock Close by Karen Louise Hollis

We’ll Meet Again by Anton Du Beke

London, 1939. ‘Downton with dance, perfect’ Santa Montefiore As war is declared once more, a shadow falls over Britain. The staff at the luxurious Buckingham hotel must do all that they can to keep their important guests happy, but behind the scenes they are scared. Away from the glitz and the glamour of the ballroom they… Continue reading We’ll Meet Again by Anton Du Beke

Steel Girls on the Home Front by Michelle Rawlins

Spring 1940As the war rages on, Vickers steelworks is busier than ever which is proving tough for Nancy as she juggles working long hours and looking after two young children, all while waiting for her husband to return home safely. Betty is determined to roll up her sleeves and joins the Women’s Voluntary Service to keep busy and… Continue reading Steel Girls on the Home Front by Michelle Rawlins

The Night Ship by Jess Kidd

1628. Embarking on a journey in search of her father, a young girl called Mayken boards the Batavia, the most impressive sea vessel of the age. During the long voyage, this curious and resourceful child must find her place in the ship’s busy world, and she soon uncovers shadowy secrets above and below deck. As… Continue reading The Night Ship by Jess Kidd

By Her Own Design by Piper Huguley

The incredible untold story of how Ann Lowe, a Black woman and granddaughter of slaves, rose above personal struggles and racial prejudice to design and create one of America’s most famous wedding dresses of all time for Jackie Kennedy. 1953, New York City Less than a week before the society wedding of the year where… Continue reading By Her Own Design by Piper Huguley

Codename: Madeleine by Barnaby Jameson

A Mystic’s daughter flees Moscow on the eve of the Great War. A French soldier lies wounded on the Western Front. A German officer veers between loyalty and integrity. An English courtesan reclines on a sea of books. Each will make a journey that changes history. The constellations will force the Mystic’s daughter to make… Continue reading Codename: Madeleine by Barnaby Jameson

That Bonesetter Woman by Frances Quinn

It’s usual, they say, for a young person coming to London for the first time to arrive with a head full of dreams. Well, Endurance Proudfoot did not. When she stepped off the coach from Sussex, on a warm and sticky afternoon in the summer of 1757, it never occurred to her that the city… Continue reading That Bonesetter Woman by Frances Quinn

An Italian Girl in Brooklyn by Santa Montefiore

New York, 1979.  It is Thanksgiving and Evelina has her close family and beloved friends gathered around, her heart weighted with gratitude for what she has and regret for what she has given up. She has lived in America for over thirty years, but she is still Italian in her soul.  Northern Italy, 1934.  Evelina leads a sheltered… Continue reading An Italian Girl in Brooklyn by Santa Montefiore