Author Archives: arleigh

new: The Words I Never Wrote

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Jan 2020 Release – Amazon Link BOOK DESCRIPTION New York, present day: On a whim, Juno Lambert buys a 1931 Underwood typewriter that once belonged to celebrated journalist Cordelia Capel. Within its case she discovers an unfinished novel, igniting a transatlantic journey to fill the gaps in the story of Cordelia and her sister and the secret that lies between… Read more »

Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert

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Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Ellalice Tate, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Eleanor Burford, Anna Percival These are all pen names of Eleanor Hibbert, who died this day in 1993. She left behind more than 200 books that are widely read still today. My ongoing project – Royal Intrigue – hosts a number of articles and reviews. One of my… Read more »

new: Light Changes Everything

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Jan 2020 Release – Amazon Link BOOK DESCRIPTION It’s the summer of 1907 and the sun is scorching down on Mary Pearl in the Arizona Territory. Mary Pearl and her sister Esther take their minds off the heat by sneaking banned Jane Austen novels from Aunt Sarah Elliot’s lively bookshelf. Whispered read alouds preoccupy their nights, and reveries of getting… Read more »

new: Dreamland

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Jan 2020 Release – Amazon Link BOOK DESCRIPTION The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground. The invitation to Coney Island is unwelcome. Despite hailing from one of America’s richest families, Peggy would much rather spend the summer working at the Moonrise Bookstore than keeping up appearances with New York… Read more »

new: The Secret Guests

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Jan 2020 Release – Amazon Link BOOK DESCRIPTION Ahead of the German Blitz during World War II, English parents from every social class sent their children to the countryside for safety, displacing more than three million young offspring. In The Secret Guests, the British royal family takes this evacuation a step further, secretly moving the princesses to the estate of… Read more »

new: All the Ways We Said Goodbye

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Jan 2020 release – Amazon Link BOOK DESCRIPTION The heiress . . . The Resistance fighter . . . The widow . . . Three women whose fates are joined by one splendid hotel France, 1914. As war breaks out, Aurelie becomes trapped on the wrong side of the front with her father, Comte Sigismund de Courcelles. When the Germans… Read more »

new: Under Darkening Skies

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Jan 2020 Release – Amazon Link BOOK DESCRIPTION Norway, 1940. Nazis pour into Oslo, a shroud of dread looms over the city, and eighteen-year-old Ingrid Solberg fears the worst. Under German rule, harsh rationing and the exorbitant cost of medicine threaten the lives of many, including Ingrid’s mother. And when Ingrid meets a young SS officer, she’s forced to make… Read more »

Churchill Fiction

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BOOK DESCRIPTION Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Jennie Jerome took Victorian England by storm when she landed on its shores. As Lady Randolph Churchill, she gave birth to a man who defined the twentieth century: her son Winston. But Jennie—reared in the luxury of Gilded Age Newport and the Paris of the Second Empire—lived an outrageously modern life… Read more »

The Spellbook of Katrina Tassel

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I recently saw this one in the bookstore and thought it looked interesting! BOOK DESCRIPTION When Ichabod Crane arrives in the spooky little village of Sleepy Hollow as the new schoolmaster, Katrina Van Tassel is instantly drawn to him. Through their shared love of books and music, they form a friendship that quickly develops into romance. Ichabod knows that as… Read more »

pre-order: The First Actress

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May 2020 Release – Amazon Link BOOK DESCRIPTION From her beginnings as the daughter of a courtesan to her extraordinary transformation into the most celebrated actress of her era, Sarah Bernhardt is brought to life by an internationally bestselling author praised for his historical novels featuring famous women. Sarah’s highly dramatic life starts when she returns to Paris after her… Read more »

Non-Fiction Find: Reborn in America

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I just purchased this for a reference book on a historical figure I am studying. There’s not much out there on this interesting early 19th century enterprise. Reborn in America: French Exiles and Refugees in the United States and the Vine and Olive Adventure, 1815-1865 (Atlantic Crossings) The history of the Vine and Olive Colony in Demopolis, Alabama, has long… Read more »

new: The Bright Unknown

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Oct 2019 Release – Amazon Link BOOK DESCRIPTION This poignant and heartbreaking novel explores the power of resilience, the gift of friendship, and the divine beauty to be found in the big, bright world—if only we’re willing to look. Pennsylvania, 1940s. The only life Brighton Friedrich has ever known is the one she has endured within the dreary walls of… Read more »