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A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

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A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novellaawreathofsnow

1894 – Scotland

All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.

Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.

When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?

As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.

Black Forest Redemption by Amanda Deed

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1854 – Australia

A man resigned to a life without fulfilment or purpose.A woman desperate for adventure.Set against the tumultuous times of the Eureka uprising in Ballaarat, 1854, the two find themselves victims of an abduction. To escape could mean death. To hope for rescue is not an option.

Together they must find a way to survive in an untamed land where bushrangers, dense forest and wild animals are only some of the dangers they must face. Can he find the courage to succeed? Can she realise her dreams of freedom? Will the ordeal forge a bond of love between them, or drive them apart? And above all, will they find their way home?
Amanda Deed is the award-winning author of The Game, and Ellenvale Gold. 

The Treasure of the Celtic Triangle by Michael Phillips

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1872 – Wales

Join Percy Drummond on a search that takes him from Scotland to Ireland and a treasure that is closer than imagined. Having accepted his uncle’s dying request, Percy begins an unforgettable quest to solve the hidden mystery of the Westbrooke estate. Meanwhile, circumstances in Wales threaten his success—and the future. As the key to the mystery seems to slip further from him, will Percy discover that treasure is closer than he imagined?

The Captain’s Courtship by Regina Scott

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The Captain’s Courtshipthecaptainscourtship

1805 – England

The dashing Captain Richard Everard has faced untold dangers at sea. Steering his young cousin through a London season, however, is a truly formidable prospect. The girl needs a sponsor, like lovely widow Lady Claire Winthrop—the woman who coldly jilted Richard years ago.

Claire believed herself sensible in marrying a well-to-do viscount rather than a penniless second son. How deeply she regretted it! Now their fortunes are reversed, and Richard’s plan will help settle her debts and secure his inheritance. Yet it may yield something even more precious: a chance to be courted by the captain once more.

The Forgiven Duke by Jamie Carie

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The Forgiven Duke: A Forgotten Castles Noveltheforgivenduke

1818 – Iceland

Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon – the path of least resistance – Alexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton – the path less traveled by – on Dublin’s shore still haunts her.

Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able,” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful yet wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

The Irish Healer by Nancy Herriman

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The Irish Healeririshhealer

1832 – England

Accused of murdering a child under her care, Irish healer Rachel Dunne flees the ensuing scandal while vowing to never sit at another sickbed. She no longer trusts in her abilities-or God’s mercy–though when a cholera epidemic sweeps through London, she feels compelled to nurse the dying daughter of the enigmatic physician she has come to love. James Edmunds, wearied by the deaths of too many patients, has his own doubts about God’s grace. Together, they will have to face their darkest fears . . . and learn what it means to have real faith.

Engaging the Earl by Mandy Goff

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Engaging the Earl engagingtheearl

Regency England

To help her destitute parents, Emma Mercer must marry very well. And very soon. Love is irrelevant. Only security matters…doesn’t it? Aided by her friend Olivia—and Olivia’s brother Marcus, Earl of Westin—Emma quickly gains society’s notice. But Marcus himself, the only man whose company Emma truly enjoys, seems oblivious to her charms.

With his finances in jeopardy, Marcus knows he can’t be the wealthy groom Emma needs. Instead, he’ll see her properly engaged to the right man…and break his own heart.
Yet Emma’s determination and Marcus’s resolve may be no match for love, faith—and a scheming sister determined to end Emma’s husband hunt right at Marcus’s side.

The Rogue’s Reform by Regina Scott

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The Rogue’s Reformtheroguesreform

1805 – England

Jerome Everard expected to inherit his wayward uncle’s estate. Instead, all has gone to a secret daughter. Only by disproving his young cousin’s claim can Jerome regain his rightful property. But instead, he finds himself drawn to her lovely governess, Adele Walcott—a woman who holds the key to all of his uncle’s secrets.

Adele’s fortune is gone, along with her marriage prospects. Now she is devoted to securing her charge’s happiness. When she meets Jerome, she dares to dream of love again. But after learning his true motives, that love comes to a test. Can she forgive his past and reform his heart…to make it hers forever?

Captain of Her Heart by Lily George

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Captain of Her Heartcaptainofherheart

1816 – England

With her family’s fortune in ruins, Harriet Handley has given up her aspirations of becoming an author. All effort must go to helping her pretty sister Sophie marry well. But when Sophie’s wealthy beau returns from the war, he is no longer a wild, lighthearted youth. And while Sophie is dismayed by the transformation, Harriet finds this thoughtful, war-weary man utterly intriguing.…

Waterloo left Captain John Brookes scarred in body and mind, and Sophie’s lukewarm reception only adds to his pain. In contrast, Harriet’s compassion and gentle faith bring solace as they collaborate on his memoirs. Perhaps joyful new memories can be made—if the wrong sister turns out to be the right wife.

The Captain’s Christmas Family by Deborah Hale

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1814 – England

Napoleon himself never gave Captain Gideon Radcliffe as much trouble as Miss Marian Murray. The fiercely protective governess won’t rest until she gains permission for the daughters of his late cousin to stay on at Gideon’s newly inherited estate. He agrees to let Cissy and Dolly remain at Knightley Park for Christmas. But by springtime they—and Marian—must go.
Marian is prepared to believe the captain a tyrant. The truth is far more complicated. Gideon is a kind yet solitary man who sees the navy as his only sanctuary. Can Marian’s unwavering faith, and the children’s Christmas cheer, convince him he’s found safe harbor at last?

Ellenvale Gold by Amanda Deed

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Ellenvale Goldellenvalegold

1854 – Australia

It is the time of Australia’s harsh rogue-filled goldrush of the 1850s when Miss Penelope Worthington suddenly finds herself orphaned, isolated and alone. With a large sheep station to run single-handedly, she has little option but to enlist the aid of a mysterious, but sinister stranger. But who is the more treacherous? Gus-the scruffy, trespassing, ex-convict who co-incidentally shows up looking for work just when she desperately needs a farmhand or Rupert-the handsome, wealthy neighbour who would willingly marry her at the drop of a hat and solve her apparent dilemma? Repeatedly, her faith is tested as she faces the unforgiving elements, deceit, lies and uncertainty. But where and how will it all end? But…is it the end? Will vengeance return or will Penny’s faith prevail?

To Dust You Shall Remain by Donna Fletcher Crow

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To Dust You Shall Return (A Lord Danvers Mystery)todustyoushallreturn

1855 – England

LADY ANTONIA HAS AN AGONIZING SECRET

It is January 1855. Three years have passed since her marriage to Lord Charles M. Danvers, and still there is no heir to the earldom. Antonia fears Charles will soon be asking a lot of questions—questions she’s afraid to answer. For she has kept a secret from Charles that might have changed his decision to marry Tonia.

With this secret weighing heavily on her mind, she and Charles stumble upon a mystery. Frail, elderly Catherine Bacon has been murdered. Though the slaying is blamed on a traveling “dustman,” Charles begins to track clues to the mysterious death through the streets of Victorian Scotland.

Meanwhile, Antonia, trying to shake the irrepressible helplessness within her, absorbs herself with a favorite hobby—antique shopping. What she discovers in one of the shops stops her in her tracks! There, in a window, is a figurine that belonged to the late Catherine Bacon. This mystery suddenly has a new twist. Antonia continues to track clues to the crime, clues that lead to a shocking discovery. All the while hoping that nobody — especially Charles — discovers the truth she’s been hiding.

Grave Matters by Donna Fletcher Crow

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Grave Matters (A Lord Danvers Mystery)gravematters

1840s – England

Grave robbing! Body snatching!

What dreadful thoughts to surround a couple on their honeymoon. But only two days before their wedding, Lady Antonia Hoover and Lord Charles Danvers discover a body—a murder victim—that points them toward a mystery filled with hatred, vengeance, and death.

Antonia and Charles spend their honeymoon in Scotland, seeing the sights and lending support to Charles’s cousin Gilchrist, the prime suspect in the murder case. As the mystery unfolds, Antonia’s fright increases. The case keeps pointing to the dark history of the resurrectionists, the grave robbers who sold bodies to anatomy professors in the late 18th century. How is Gilchrist involved in this murder? And what hidden family secret is Antonia about to discover?

A Most Inconvenient Death by Donna Fletcher Crow

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A Most Inconvenient Death (A Lord Danvers Mystery)amostinconvenientdeath

1848 – England

Lord Charles Danvers, still in mourning for his lost love Charlotte, hopes to find escape from his ghosts at the country estate of his oldest friend Sir John Boileau. The events surrounding the coming of age of Sir John’s son and heir have much of Norfolk astir— until the peace of an autumn evening is shattered by a brutal murder.

The police are quick to point to a quarrelsome farmer, but Lord Danvers has his doubts. As the local magistrate, Sir John has an interest in the investigation. But is the real connection much closer to home? And does Danvers owe the greater loyalty to an old friend or to the truth?

Then, Danvers is even more unsettled by the entrance of the alluring Lady Antonia Hoover.

The first in the “Lord Danvers Mysteries Series,” “A Most Inconvenient Death” is a Victorian true-crime novel. The Stanfield Hall Murders were the sensation they are portrayed to be, the elaborate coming of age celebrations and the ensuing dramatic trial are all recorded history.

A Gentleman’s Homecoming by Ruth Axtell Morren

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A Gentleman’s Homecomingagentelmanshomecoming

1888 – England

It’s been six years since Luke Travis has seen his native England…and his son, Sam. But his hopes for a joyful reunion are shattered when he learns that Sam wants nothing to do with him. There’s one ray of hope–Luke’s former sister-in-law, Bobbie Gardner. The kindhearted woman has been a mother to Sam for all these years, and she promised to help mend the breach between father and son. But can Luke trust another Gardner? His wife betrayed and abandoned him, and his father-in -law took his son away. Bobbie must prove to him that she is note her sister, or her father, but a woman who is all Luke could wish for in a wife.

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