Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction

You love history.  You love history ebooks.  But, you also love fiction--and you're not afraid to admit it.  Why not have the best of both worlds? Authors who promote their Historical Fiction ebooks on our website always do so for free or at a discounted price.  Bestsellers, new releases, and authors you'll be glad to have discovered.  See the past through the eyes of these creative heroes!

 

Definition of "Historical Fiction Genre": The most important part of ebooks in this genre are their settings.  Yes, characters and plot matter.  But, beyond all else, the details associated with the setting must be accurate. This takes a tremendous amount of research and familiarity from the authors who delve into this genre of ebooks.  These ebooks can focus on actual historical figures, or they can insert more fictionalized elements into the plot.  It is always a balancing act between the history and fiction, and is something the best authors in this genre navigate with aplomb.  

 

Some examples of bestselling ebooks in the Historical Fiction genre are Erik Larson (Devil in the White City), Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind), Patrick O'Brian (Aubrey/Maturin Novels), and Mary Renault (The Persian Boy).

Half Notes From Berlin

by B. V. Glants


"...[a] beautifully written historical debut explores themes of identity and resistance...their gripping stories will stick with readers long after the last page." 
–BookLife Reviews - Editors Choice

"A mesmerizing novel, moving and intelligent.”–Kirkus Reviews

Berlin, 1933.
Hans believes he and his family are safe from persecution.

Then, he discovers his family's dirty secret: his maternal grandparents were Jews who converted to Christianity.

Driven by the desire to understand who he is and whether his mother's blood is tainted, Hans befriends Rebecca, the only Jewish girl he knows. Perhaps if Jewish blood isn't evil, his mother will be ok.


To be a Jew in Hitler's Germany is dangerous.
But to fall in love with one is unthinkable.


Desperate to keep both his family's true heritage and his love for Rebecca a secret, Hans attempts to navigate this terrifying new world. He's disconsolate when his Jewish mother is kicked out of the Berlin Conservatory. He's disgusted by his Aryan father's aims to acquire Jewish business on the cheap.

Worst, he must watch helplessly as his classmates target Rebecca with increasing violence and malice.


But when his school announces it will expel Jewish students, Hans is determined to fight for Rebecca — and the lives and souls of his family.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A beautifully written and moving historical fiction novel about a young boy coming of age during the beginning of the Nazi regime." -Reader's Choice

*****

The early reader reviews are in - see what fans of Boris Glants' epic WW2 tale have to say:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A wonderful story of bravery, love, and the power of the human spirit. Highly recommend." –B. Evens, Netgalley Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A well-plotted and paced narrative with emotional themes and unrequited love during war time." –CE Williams, RosePoint Publishing

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The characters felt like people that belonged in that time, I was so invested in their development. It was a respectful and beautifully done historical novel." –K. McLeer, Netgalley Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Hans is a tragic figure caught in a changing world. B.V. Glants provides great insight into the struggles faced by German youth." –D.Viscosi, Goodreads

 

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In The Blood Of The Greeks (Intertwined Souls Series: Eva and Zoe Book 1)

by Mary D. Brooks


It's 1942 in German Occupied Greece during World War II, Eva and Zoe -- one a German officer's daughter, the other a young Greek woman filled with fury -- should be enemies but they come together in an unlikely union to save the lives of Jews targeted by the Nazis. They know that one wrong move will put an end to their lives.

Fourteen year old Zoe Lambros' faith in God is shattered after her mother's death at the hands of the German Commander. She determines to defy the enemy in every way she can--including a festering urge to kill the German Commander's daughter, Eva Muller.

Eva Muller has a tortured past, and a secret, if revealed, will lead to certain death at the hands of her father. Despite knowing the risk, Eva is working with the village priest to help the Jews escape. With her activities closely observed, Eva needs help to continue the clandestine operation. Zoe is not who Eva has in mind but they have to find a way to work as a team to accomplish their life saving mission.

Awards:

- Finalist: Fiction - Historical - Event/Era - 2015 Readers' Favorite

- Finalist Gay/Lesbian Fiction - International Book Awards 2015

- Finalist First Novel - IAN (Independent Author Network) Book Of The Year Awards 2015

- Finalist Outstanding Historical Fiction - IAN (Independent Author Network) Book Of The Year Awards 2015

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Beardstown (The American Trilogy Book 2)

by Sam Foster


When Americans created civilization from wilderness, there were those who followed the rules and those who created their own—an enduring conflict between liberty and virtue that formed a new land.


Five years have passed since the death of the Shawnee leader Tecumseh. The native peoples of the Midwest have been defeated, and the fertile soil of Illinois is up for grabs by a steady stream of opportunistic dreamers. The ones who get there first will shape this new America as it suits them—or so they intend.

When two young adventurers, Thomas Beard and Murray McConnel, find their way to Mascouten Bay in 1818, the land is full of promise. There, Beard envisions a town built on the bank of the Illinois River, a bustling place of commerce. With McConnel’s gift for political strategy, the two manipulate the land, and the laws, to work in their favor. This new town—Beardstown—will be above all a place of civilization and culture. But the untapped wealth of the region attracts more than just families. Fierce young people are out to make their fortunes in any way they see fit, and the frontier promises them the freedom to do so. As the town’s founders wrestle to manage the clash of virtue and liberty, they bear witness to a nation shaping itself, a nation whose powerful forward momentum might be impossible for them, or anyone else, to control.


Beardstown boldly tracks the sweep of the nineteenth century across middle America and features an incredible cast of characters, from farmers, philosophers, soldiers, and gamblers to calculating entrepreneurs, charming and brilliant madams, and even a young captain-turned-lawyer named Abraham Lincoln. Beardstown is the second book of the American Trilogy series, three novels that reframe the epic legacy of the fight for the American Midwest.

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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

by Douglas Preston


NAMED A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017

#1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller!
 
A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world's densest jungle.

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.


Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.

Venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn't until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.

Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.

 

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Where David Threw Stones: A Haunting WW2 Tale of Courage, Love, and Redemption

by Elyse Hoffman


"Welcome to the 
Brennenbach of Midnight! The Curse Hours have begun."

West Germany, 1968

When ten-year-old David Saidel's parents are murdered, he is sent to live with his grandfather in the anti-Semitic village of Brennenbach. Miserable and lonely, David finds solace in his kindly Grandpa Ernst, who has one strict rule: never go out after midnight.

When David breaks curfew to search for his missing dog, he discovers why Ernst is so serious about his curfew: Brennenbach is cursed. When midnight strikes, the town is thrown back to 1943, the height of Hitler's reign.

The Nazi ghosts that infest Brennenbach are just as dangerous as they were in life. They're hunting for David, thinking he is the last member of a family they've been ordered to destroy.


Through the help of a little girl named Maria Rahm, David sets out to end the Curse before it claims more victims.

Award-winning author Elyse Hoffman has crafted an expertly woven tale of World War II's horrors - perfect for readers of Marcus Zusak's "The Book Thief," or Michael Reit's "Beyond the Tracks."

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My Mother’s Friend

by Sally Jameson Bond


The year is 1944…


Seventeen-year-old Phee Swensson, a gifted pianist who lives in Algona, Iowa, is stressing about her senior year of high school while caring for her family after her mother’s death. When her pastor father takes her to visit the nearby prisoner of war camp, the last thing she expects to find is friendship with a German POW who shares her passion for music.

After she is recruited as the accompanist for the POW choir, Phee begins to spend more time with her new friend who she initially considers “the enemy.” But their friendship strengthens, and inevitably, they fall in love, a forbidden love. But Phee is a pastor’s daughter, and her conflicting feelings torment her. Can she set aside her conditioned beliefs and follow her heart? And if she does, what will be the result?

Their love deepens, but as the moment draws near for the POWs to leave Camp Algona after the war ends, Phee has a life-altering decision to make.


Read now for a moving historical fiction story set in small-town America during World War II. Young readers and adults alike will fall for this first-love story featuring age-gap angst, thrilling suspenseful nights, and impossible life decisions. My Mother’s Friend contains both a past storyline and a more contemporary one to tell its timeless story.

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The Anvil

by Christopher Coates


Deadly radiation from a passing comet is about to destroy life on Earth.

In desperation, the U.S. Government constructs a series of underground shelters to protect as many people as possible. They are expected to be underground for 20 years before returning back to the surface.

But can they survive their time within the confines of the underground shelter... and what will they find when they finally emerge?

A parallel story to 'The Ark', 'The Anvil' is a riveting story of survival and courage in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi setting.

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Forgotten Valor: A Korean War Military Novel (The Jonas Stuyvesant Saga Book 1)

by Richard Thomas Lane


A green lieutenant. A ruthless enemy. A heart-rending choice that will haunt him the rest of his life. If he lives.

Korea 1950. Jonas Stuyvesant's silver spoon upbringing has not prepared him for the horrors of war. When Communist North Korea launches a surprise invasion of the South, Jonas finds himself leading his platoon against a well-trained, battle-hardened army. Soviet-made tanks break through the American lines. These are not the pitchfork-wielding peasants he expected. What should have been an easy victory turns into a devastating rout. Jonas and his men begin their retreat down the Peninsula, fighting a rear-guard action.

Backed against an unforgiving sea with no hope of relief, his shell-shocked troops hunker down for a suicidal last stand. Grasping for any way to save the remnants of his platoon, Jonas strikes a surprise blow against the North Koreans. When the enemy hurls a massive counterattack at him, Jonas is caught in the vise: be overrun or make an unthinkable sacrifice.

Forgotten Valor: A Novel of the Korean War is a visceral work of historical fiction covering the first three months of America's forgotten war. If you live for gritty details seen through a soldier's eyes, you'll love Richard Thomas Lane's story of courage under fire. Buy it Now!

 

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Wandering Cultivator 2: A progression cultivation fantasy

by Scribes of Sulterra


Calin has found a way to help his sister, but the life of a wandering cultivator is proving to be dangerous and yet exciting.


With the help of his new sidekick Song, Calin is working to find cures for other aspiring cultivators, while growing stronger and finding his way in the world.

But when a dark secret from Song's past comes to light this dynamic duo is put in danger and Calin doesn't know if he can trust her or if she is going to be the death of him!

An exciting progression cultivation fantasy for fans of series like Cradle, Thousand Li and He Who Fights With Monsters

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Grave Reservations: A Novel (Booking Agents Series Book 1)

by Cherie Priest


“Delightful.” —
The New York Times Book Review

A psychic travel agent and a Seattle PD detective solve a murder in this quirky mystery in the vein of Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files and Charlaine Harris’s Aurora Teagarden series.

Meet Leda Foley: devoted friend, struggling travel agent, and inconsistent psychic. When Leda, sole proprietor of Foley's Flights of Fancy, impulsively re-books Seattle PD detective Grady Merritt’s flight, her life changes in ways she couldn’t have predicted.

After watching his original plane blow up from the safety of the airport, Grady realizes that Leda’s special abilities could help him with a cold case he just can’t crack.

Despite her scattershot premonitions, she agrees for a secret reason: her fiancé’s murder remains unsolved. Leda’s psychic abilities couldn’t help the case several years before, but she’s been honing her skills and drawing a crowd at her favorite bar’s open-mic nights, where she performs Klairvoyant Karaoke—singing whatever song comes to mind when she holds people’s personal effects. Now joined by a rag-tag group of bar patrons and pals alike, Leda and Grady set out to catch a killer—and learn how the two cases that haunt them have more in common than they ever suspected.

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WarMage Redux Complete Series Boxed Set

by Michael Anderle


When one door closes for the young witch, Raven Alby, she’ll kick open another one.

Raven is graduating from Fowler Academy with her fierce red dragon, Leander by her side.

She is taking on the responsibilities of a WarMage - just like her late mother - and has joined the kingdom's army corps and their fleet of dragons.

Time to get ready for whatever the world throws at Raven and her homeland, the kingdom of Lomberdoon.

Grab this complete series boxed set to join her adventures as an adult in Lomberdoon!

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Something is affecting the dragons, wild and tame. A few have turned up crazed, spitting fire and ice, right before they die. Did the creepy crawly monsters that once plagued the kingdom leave one last poisonous gift behind?

Can the corps’ veterinarian, Dr. Welby find out what’s causing it and create a cure before it’s too late?

And Raven’s grandfather, Connor, has gone missing. Can her frenemy, Bella and her private company track him down for Raven – in exchange for a favor, of course.

Things are changing in the land of Lomberdoon and battles may be on the horizon. Who will stand with Raven and Leander?

Included in this boxed set:

  1. The Return of Raven
  2. Dragons Rising
  3. Scale and Fire
  4. Red Raven
  5. Above The Storm
  6. Wing and Fury
  7. Against The Dark
  8. The Crimson Assault

Click BUY NOW or READ FOR FREE to join Raven, Bella, Henry and William on their adventures!

 

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When the Children Fight Back (Children of the Eye Book 3)

by Barry Kirwan


Four hundred years have passed since Sally and the other 'first-wavers' ventured back to Earth, to wrest it from the Axleth. Now, as they near Orion's Gate, home to the super-power called The Eye, they are joined by eleven other races for the final battle to decide the fate of AI's and 'organics'. But Nathan's son David is racing to catch up with Sally, because the Axleth have lied about the Eye all along...

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A Panther Crosses Over (The American Trilogy Book 1)

by Sam Foster


A clash of civilizations, two powerful leaders, and a dramatic outcome that ripples through generations.

Following the French and Indian War, white settlers pour over the Appalachians and down the Ohio River. But native tribes of the Northwest Territory have long inhabited this land—and they are willing to fight to remain. Leading the Shawnee is Tecumseh—courageous, discerning, and capable of assembling fifty thousand warriors to rise together to chase the white settlers back east when he commands. How will warriors from Florida to Canada know when the command has come? For twenty years his answer has been the same: “I will stomp my foot.”

Against Tecumseh stands an equally talented, implacable, and gifted opponent, William Henry Harrison. The decades-long struggle between cultures, and men, comes to a dramatic head at the Battle of Tippecanoe, with history-shaping consequences.

A Panther Crosses Over is the first book of The American Trilogy series, three novels that reframe the epic legacy of the fight for the American Midwest.

 

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Hag of the Hills : A Celtic Historical Fantasy

by JTT Ryder


“Nothing is unconquerable; even our gods can die.”


Brennus is destined from birth to become a warrior, despite his farmer’s life. But when the Hillmen kill his family and annihilate his clan, he now has the opportunity to avenge those who he loved.

Brennus must survive endless hordes of invading Hillmen and magic-wielding sidhe, aided by only a band of shifty mercenaries, and an ancient bronze sword.

Failure means his family and clan go unavenged. Victory will bring glory to Brennus and his ancestors.

Hag of the Hills is a historical fantasy novel set in 200 B.C. on the Isle of Skye, steeped in Celtic mythology and culture.

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The Northern Wolf Series: Books 1-5

by Daniel Greene


The complete Northern Wolf series all in one boxset. Over 1500 pages of award-winning military historical fiction. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Ralph Peters, Michael Shaara, Griff Hosker, and Matthew Harffy.

 

A broken man will be forged in the flames of war.

Johannes Wolf. Immigrant. Soldier. Unlikely Hero — Wolf's company are the kind of men that get the dirty work done needed to win the war that divided America. Ride through the American Civil War with Wolf’s motley crew of daring Union raiders, and enjoy fast-paced, non-stop war fiction at the pointy end of a saber!

 

Northern Wolf - A maimed young man with no prospects swindles his way into the Army of the Potomac, and along with a host of green recruits is placed into the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. Riding for Gettysburg, they find themselves holding the rear of the Union line and face to face with JEB Stuart and his Invincibles.

 

Northern Hunt - Johannes Wolf has made a crucial mistake. He's volunteered for a secret raid, dragging along with him, his unit of misfits. They fall under the command of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren and set out on a quest for redemption and vengeance that will strike at the head of the Southern Cause.

 

Northern Blood - In the Spring of 1864, a daring raid is devised to draw the Confederate cavalry into a winner-take-all showdown. The Union needs a group of soldiers just brazen enough to do it or die trying. Libby Prison's most recent escapee, Johannes Wolf, and his unit of misfits, might just be the ones to get the job done - if Red Shirts don’t kill them first.

 

Northern Dawn - Promoted, Wolf finds himself in the hot seat of the largest all-cavalry battle of the war near Trevilian Station. Isolated and surrounded can they survive the coming Southern storm? Or will they be overrun and annihilated, a mere footnote in history?

 

Northern Shadows - With the surrender of Robert E. Lee,Wolf's war isn't over. Diehard rebels still operate in the field, led by the secret organization the Knights of the Golden Circle. Their plot? Kill the president and let the war rage on. Wolf and his men rush to Washington, D.C., to meet the enemy head-on. But these enemies do not march and fight as armies do; they lurk in the shadows waiting to strike.

 

Praise for the Northern Wolf series -

 

“Greene has set the bar impossibly high -- no one writes about the American Civil war the way he does.” - Coffee Pot Book Club Review

 

“Overall, I would highly recommend Northern Blood to fans of atmospheric and immersive Civil War fiction, likable characters with fantastic dialogue, and for historical military novel enthusiasts everywhere." - Readers' Favorite, 5-star review

 

“The pacing is perfect. The action scenes are tense. You are on the edge of your seat over and over.” - N.N. Light’s Book Heaven

 

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Artifact Hunters Boxed Set: Books 1, 2 and 3 (The Artifact Hunters)

by A.W. Exley


Join Cara in a steam powered Victorian England, as she hunts for powerful artifacts and struggles to confront her demons. This set contains the first three novels in this bestselling historical fantasy series.


1: Nefertiti's Heart

A killer stalks the nobility, seeking a legendary diamond said to have once belonged to Queen Nefertiti and rumoured to hold the key to immortality.


2: Hatshepsut's Collar

An ancient Egyptian necklace is driving Queen Victoria mad with megalomania, and that's not Cara's most pressing problem.


3: Nero's Fiddle

People start dying from spontaneous human combustion when someone uses a relic from Rome to cover up an old secret.


Awards for Nefertiti's Heart:Winner Kindle Book Review, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy (2014) Winner BTS Red Carpet Awards, Readers Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy (2014)

"The world building is stellar, the characters deep, emotional, and above allrealistic. This may be a world set in an alternate universe, and timeline butit is such a well drawn universe that felt as though I had stepped into aworld that truly exists." 
Coffee Times Romance blog award.

"I was insatiable in reading Nefertiti's Heart! This was only my second steampunk book and this book is downright amazing." 
Night Owl Reviews Top PickAward.

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Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep Book 1)

by Shayne Parkinson

“I won’t have her forced,” Jack said. “Let her decide for herself.”

Amy knew her father meant it. She could say no if she wanted. But this marriage would make everything all right. They could put all the trouble she had caused behind them. Everyone would be happy again.

Everyone except her.

“Sentence of Marriage” is the first book in the three-volume “Promises to Keep”.

In nineteenth century New Zealand, there are few choices for a farm girl like Amy. Her life seems mapped out for her by the time she is twelve. Amy dreams of an exciting life in the world beyond her narrow boundaries. But it is the two people who come to the farm from outside the valley who change her life forever, and Amy learns the high cost of making the wrong choice.

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Passage on a Bridge

by William Cheevers


It is 1935. Jim Hoffman, 19 years old with no future, leaves his hometown in search of adventure on the rails and finds instead an awakening and enduring friendship in the midst of tragedy.


"In those days I seemed to be watching a fork in the road always moving away." This is Jim languishing in a small Appalachian town once known for coal mines. One afternoon he stops by the local train station diner where a chance encounter with Jacks Mackenzie, a prep school dropout, sets in motion an odyssey of self-discovery and friendship.

Riding the rails with Jacks and a Texas panhandle Irishman named Murph O'Connor, Jim is thrust into the heart of hard times - the innocent, the displaced, the disillusioned, the deranged, the idealistic, the unscrupulous, those who endured and those who could not. Here is Jim's memoir of his education in the classrooms of boxcars, rail yards and transient camps, agricultural fields and penny auctions, a Mexican cantina, Cajun cafes and long talks into the night. He has sought adventure and finds much more.

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The Scent of Gardenias: A Strong Woman Overcoming Circumstances Novel

by Lorraine Haas


She had big dreams. But will war, tragedy, and naïveté ruin her aspirations?

America, the 1940s. Margaret Rose longs to escape her family’s poverty. So against her domineering father’s wishes, the determined young woman elopes with an older man. But shortly after the US enters WWII, her grand ambitions sink when her husband’s ship is torpedoed.

Training to become a nurse to give herself a future, Margaret’s despair deepens when she discovers she’s pregnant and must quit to have the baby. And now without income to support a child, the desperate widow marries a man who takes her far from home… and into disaster.

Will Margaret rise above catastrophic misfortune and create the life she deserves?

Poignant and heartfelt, The Scent of Gardenias chronicles the struggle of a Twentieth-Century woman carving a place in a society stacked against her odds for success. Inspired by her mother’s true story, Lorraine Haas lays bare a brave and challenging journey of grit and self-discovery you won’t soon forget.

The Scent of Gardenias is a beautifully crafted women’s fiction novel. If you like raw emotional battles, family drama, and gut-wrenching dilemmas, then you’ll love Lorraine Haas’s tale of courage and tenacity.

Buy The Scent of Gardenias to unearth hope today!

 
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A Slender Thread: A Novel of World War II (Breaking Point Series Book 3)

by John Rhodes


1942: Amid the Siege of Malta, one of the most crucial battles in modern history, only extraordinary courage and willpower can turn looming defeat into victory.


The war in the Mediterranean, 1942: The outcome of World War II hangs, as Churchill says, by “a slender thread.” Erwin Rommel, Hitler’s “Desert Fox,” is poised to defeat the reeling British army in Egypt and thwart America’s first operation in Europe. Only the tiny, embattled, half-starved Mediterranean island of Malta stands in Rommel’s way.

Will heroism and devotion be enough to stave off the implacable forces of Hitler’s all-conquering Third Reich and Mussolini’s new Roman Empire? And, as the battle rages, the relentless strains of war threaten not only the survival of Malta but also the survival of Johnnie and Eleanor’s relationship. Will their future together be yet another casualty of war?

John Rhodes, author of the award-winning Breaking Point series, weaves the fictional story of fighter pilot Johnnie Shaux and military strategist Eleanor Rand into the heartbreaking, inspiring historical fabric of World War II.

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