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).

The Voyage of Freydis

by Tamara Goranson


The Vinland Viking Saga: Book 1

History set her fate in stone…

Murderer. Mercenary. Temptress.

Trickster. Traitor. Thief.

But under a hammer that falls like thunder, stone will always shatter.

So with her voice she lights the forge.

The Voyage of Freydis sings the silenced tale of Freydis Eiriksdottir, the first and only woman to lead a Viking voyage across the Atlantic in this tempestuous retelling of an ancient Icelandic saga set at the dawn of the 11th century.

Content notice: spousal abuse.

Praise for The Voyage of Freydis:

‘Anyone who loves Vikings and historical fiction definitely should pick up this book’ Emily, NetGalley reviewer

‘Very lyrically written, I felt as if I was reading a song’ Tiffany, NetGalley reviewer

‘As a lover of mythology and historical fiction I knew immediately I was going to like this book – and I’m pleased to say I not only liked it but I LOVED it!’ Libby, NetGalley reviewer

‘Tamara Goranson’s writing really shines here. I felt the cold, heard the wind, flinched with the blows – that takes a lot of skill’ Dawn, NetGalley reviewer

‘Took me on a rollercoaster of emotions’ Charlotte, NetGalley reviewer

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Hugh: A Hero without a Novel

by David Lawrence


"Intriguing, ambitious, and pretty damn delightful...written with passionate conviction and without compromise. 'Hugh' has the flavour of a queer Tom Jones or a queerer Tristram Shandy. This is a genuinely impressive accomplishment, as is the satirical tone, and the archness of dialogue.”
 – Alexis Hall, author of Boyfriend Material

This romp through 18th century England is like nothing told in the era of Tom Jones – a sparkling, humorous, and poetical coming-of-age 242 years in the making.

From an old family trunk comes a manuscript which never saw the light of day. Its pages tell of the life, times, and blackmail of a young queer aristocrat stepping into 1768 Society…

A time of wig powder and heeled slippers.
Duels and social climbers, when the most popular member of the government is declared an outlaw. Hugh Entwistle enters this world wealthy, witty, and well-connected. Everything to be a success – everything, except that thing stuck to the bottom of his heeled slipper.

Hugh’s is a story of secret encounters and significant looks. Hushed separations and sobriquets. But if he dares define Liberty, he might be asked to confront a blackmailer. Asked to confront a father. And before he can make a marriage proposal, follow his heart, and accept one.

Hugh is a rollicking tale of comic angst, and a celebration of the wit, beauty, and absurdities of a glorious age.


Praise for Hugh: A Hero without a Novel:

“...I found it absolutely fascinating…Sui generis, thoroughly interesting, fabulously vivid in place and time, and I’m glad I read it.”– K.J. Charles, author The Magpie Lord

“...a work of queer historical archiving that’s as admirable and remarkable as its hero.”– Kirkus Reviews

 

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My Dearest Miss Fairfax: What Jane Austen's Emma didn't know

by Jeanette Watts


How much would you gamble for true love?


Jane Fairfax dreaded her future as a governess. But genteel solitude seemed her fate. Then handsome, charming, rich Frank Churchill asked to marry her – IF his rich aunt agreed. He just had to persuade her first.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Ishtar's Blade (Ishtar's Legacy Book 1)

by Lisa Blackwood


The court of the gryphon king has ever been a dangerous and seductive place where Ishtar’s blessing is both the hot breath of passion and the cold kiss of steel.

Yet as the childhood companion of King Ditanu, Iltani never doubted her place in either his kingdom or his heart. Then duty called her away to complete her training.

Now, a woman grown and a sword-maiden to the goddess Ishtar, Iltani returns and takes up her sacred destiny to protect the royal line. But so much has changed.

Ditanu most of all.

The youth she knew is gone. A stoic, untouchable king now sits the throne.

Does anything of their once deep bond survive?

Iltani must swiftly find her place in a court where cunning governors plot treason, trusted advisors orchestrate deceptions, and noblewomen seek to beguile King Ditanu using methods both fair and foul.

But the greatest threat of all is no mortal adversary. Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Underworld, desires to make Ditanu her consort and seize his kingdom for her own.

Ishtar's Blade is a fantasy romance loosely based on ancient Sumerian and Akkadian mythology. It's book 1 of the Ishtar's Legacy series.

Ishtar's Legacy Reading Order:
Ishtar's Blade
A Blade's Beginning (short story)
Blade's Honor
Blade's Destiny
The Blade's Shadow
First Queen of the Gryphons
King of the Anunnaki (Forthcoming)

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Too Soon the Night: A Novel of Empress Theodora (The Theodora Duology Book 2)

by James Conroyd Martin


Palace eunuch and secretary Stephen records Empress Theodora's life as she navigates wars, political and religious crises, a citywide rebellion, and the first world plague pandemic, all in a male-dominated world. 
"A gorgeous tapestry of impeccable research and intricate worldbuilding." ~Kate Quinn, Author of The Empress of Rome Saga and The Alice Network

 
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RE-ROLL: An Epic Litrpg Fantasy (New Realm Online Book 1)

by Robyn Wideman


Ryan Rosa has had a run of bad luck, but when he receives a VIP package for the newest and hottest game to come out in years his luck takes a turn for the better.


But his good luck ends when he's stabbed in the back by a guild of players who betray him for a unique weapon he possesses. Ryan contemplates doing the one thing every player hates doing, re-rolling his unique character and starting over. But even starting over won't save Ryan in New Realm Online. He'll have to work smarter to avoid using his last re-roll.


This book contains the classic LITRPG elements of leveling, dungeons, terrifying killer bunnies, crafting, and community building.

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Realms of Ghosts and Magic: Fae Witch Chronicles Book 1

by J.S. Malcom


When the fae beckon, very few resist. Even fewer return.

As a veil witch, I’m used to taking out the supernatural trash. Everything from poltergeists to vampires, you name it and I’ve dealt with it. So opening a paranormal cleanup business just seemed to make sense. If I’m already dealing with the pests, why not get paid?

But when I accidentally breach the faery realm to encounter a girl recently reported missing, start seeing the ghost of a witch whose disappearance has never been solved, and discover a Book of Shadows that opens only for me, I can't just go back to business as usual. Especially when I also gain the interest of a sexy and mysterious mage. Timing is everything, and even as my desire grows, a little voice inside keeps reminding me to step carefully. I know all too well that, in the supernatural world, opening doors means facing consequences. In this case, those consequences might just mean never being heard from again.

 
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HEIMAT

by Paul Marzell


Heimat is the story of four young men who left Germany in 1929 for the United States to find a better future and leave Germany’s dismal post-World War One economy and humiliation of defeat behind. Matthias, a baker, also went to avoid an intolerable family situation. Josef, a watchmaker, left on a whim to join Matthias. Edo, a tailor, left to escape government-sanctioned anti-Semitism and to prepare for his family’s emigration to follow. And, Feliks, an ethnic Polish, teenager because his family’s farm could not support him. Each hoped to return someday as an American citizen and a shining example of American success.


On the way to the TS Bremen for its maiden voyage to America from Bremerhaven, their plans began changing when they saved an American diplomat‘s life from the tracks in Berlin’s Bahnhof. Their heroic act bonded them and the diplomat in a friendship that sustained them through broken promises, misconceptions of the American dream, the Great Depression, Prohibition, assimilation into American culture, and World War Two.

Before the outbreak of the war, Matthias’s commitment to his plan wavered as letters from his mother, girlfriend, sisters, and others urged him to return to Germany as the Nazi regime improved Germany’s economy and raised its national pride. However, the war severed contact with his family for five years and sent him and his friends on separate paths. To a shipyard to build ships to carry the means to destroy Germany and their Heimat. Into the US Army to fight in the Pacific after surviving the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Conscription into Germany’s Wehrmacht to invade France, Russia and fight in the Battle of the Bulge against American forces. And the Nuremberg trials to bring Nazi war criminals to justice.

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Thunder 'n' Turf: The Regency Adventures of Katherine Penelope Lucas

by Pam Turnbull


Kitty doesn't want to be her aunt's companion...

...but it's better than being a governess.

Kitty prefers quiet and order to uncontrollable children, but that didn't mean she didn't care.

So when she is given charge of a child found in the road she needs to find out who he is and who cares about him.

But she's a young woman alone in a dangerous world.

Dare she do it?

 

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Discerning Grace (The White Sails Series Book 1)

by Emma Lombard


As the first full-length novel in The White Sails Series, DISCERNING GRACE captures the spirit of an independent woman whose feminine lens blows the ordered patriarchal decks of a 19th century tall ship to smithereens.

Wilful Grace Baxter, will not marry old Lord Silverton with his salivary incontinence and dead-mouse stink. Discovering she is a pawn in an arrangement between slobbery Silverton and her calculating father, Grace is devastated when Silverton reveals his true callous nature.

Refusing this fate, Grace resolves to stow away. Heading to the docks, disguised as a lad to ease her escape, she encounters smooth-talking naval recruiter, Gilly, who lures her aboard HMS Discerning with promises of freedom and exploration in South America.

When Grace's big mouth lands her bare-bottomed over a cannon for insubordination, her identity is exposed. The captain wants her back in London but his orders, to chart the icy archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, forbid it. Lieutenant Seamus Fitzwilliam gallantly offers to take Grace off the fretting captain's hands by placing her under his protection.

Grace must now win over the crew she betrayed with her secret, while managing her feelings towards her taciturn protector, whose obstinate chivalry stifles her new-found independence. But when Grace disregards Lieutenant Fitzwilliam's warnings about the dangers of the unexplored archipelago, it costs a friend his life and she realises she is not as free as she believes.

DISCERNING GRACE is historical women's fiction that will appeal to fans of feisty historical female leads.

 

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That's My Sister

by Roxanne Rhaman


Having a younger, beautiful sister is hard enough. Having one who’s on the cover of magazines and is loved by all? Torture. For single mom Marie Stephens, all she wants is to survive her new business, provide for her children, and ignore the intense feelings she has for her married neighbor.


When her famous sister, Sadie, shows up after a five-year absence, Marie’s normal life ceases to exist. Add in their celebrity-obsessed mother, it’s no wonder they can’t get along.

The most important thing Sadie and Marie will learn? Accepting your sister can change your life.

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The Devil's Garden: A Novel

by Chuck Driskell


In Occupied France, a small squad of wounded misfits has one mission: eliminating rapists.

Read Chuck Driskell’s newest historical thriller, The Devil’s Garden, a sweeping saga following a team of discarded wounded in WWII Occupied France. The team are known as Les Invalides—a squad hell bent on punishing sexual predators operating under the fog of war.

Les Invalides’ leader, Boss Bourdon, has had a miserable year. He lost part of his arm during a rescue operation. His lady left him. And he now finds himself at the end of his rope, unable to propel his life forward. On a mission in Occupied France, Boss rescues a woman from being raped. She brings him out of his depths, helping him assemble Les Invalides who, together, fulfill a higher calling.

Bursting with rich history, memorable characters, and the occasional sympathetic German, The Devil’s Garden propels readers on a memorable journey of sacrifice, courage, redemption, and love—leaving the reader with the satisfying aftertaste of justice.

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Willow Falls (The Matt Bannister Series Book 1)

by Ken Pratt


Welcome to Willow Falls. The town young Matthew Bannister ran away from fifteen years before. Now famed U.S. Deputy Marshal Matt Bannister is coming home to reconcile with his family. He prayed he wouldn’t see his ex-best friend Tom Smith nor the only girl he ever loved, Tom’s wife, Elizabeth. However, old feuds unsettled never die and spark a powder keg of action when the desperate Moskin Gang kidnap Elizabeth and leave a murderous trail behind them. In anguish, Tom, the Willow Falls sheriff, turns to his despised old-friend to help get the woman they both love back alive, if they can.

Sometimes God’s greatest blessing is unanswered prayer.
 
 
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Everly: A Historical Mail Order Bride Romance (Wilder West Book 1)

by Kay P. Dawson


A SWEET, CLEAN, MAIL-ORDER BRIDE ROMANCE!

The terms of her father's will leave Everly with no choice but to marry before her 21st birthday to ensure the security of her family.

Will she be able to get over her anger towards men in enough time to find someone to marry?

Answering an ad for a mail-order bride, she finds Ben – a man who needs a woman to help him raise his two nieces left in his care. Can they find love while dealing with both a vindictive stepmother who wants to stop her from marrying, and a meddling woman who is determined to take the children from Ben? They will both have to learn to trust, even as the past threatens to ruin everything.

“Tangles of emotions, a little bit of suspense and then a happy ending! Everything to make a beautiful clean romance set in the old west!” – Reader

 

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Whispers Among the Prairie: A Western Historical Romance

by Michelle Roberts


***Winner of the 2019 Book Excellence Award in the Western category***


Journey back in time to the American West, where the ancient prairie lands are stained with blood from the battles being waged between the Indians and White Man.

The Indians wish to continue living in freedom as they always have, but the White Man see them as savages who need to be eradicated.

Chief Black Kettle, of the Southern Cheyenne Indians, and his adopted daughter, Morning Dove, try and keep the peace with the Whites, wishing to protect their people from the needless bloodshed sweeping across the land.

Enter Clinton McKay, a veteran of the Civil War, who re-enlists in the cavalry and crosses paths with Morning Dove. The pair soon develop feelings for one another but fight against them, knowing society wouldn’t allow them to be together, as they are on opposite sides of a war.

What will happen? Will they bow to an unjust society? Will their love flourish? Will Black Kettle keep his tribe safe? Join the adventure on the Great Plains in Whispers Among the Prairie.

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Warsaw Fury: A WW2 Polish Resistance Novel Based on True Events

by Michael Reit


From the bestselling author of "Beyond the Tracks" comes another sweeping WWII tale...

Warsaw, 1939
We mustn't let darkness win.

Natan Borkowski has it all. In line to take over the successful family business, his future is set.

Julia Horowitz lives in poverty. The daughter of a shoemaker, she dreams of a different life—a different world.

Everything changes when Hitler’s armies invade Poland. Natan’s future is ripped away by the flick of a switch of a Luftwaffe pilot. When the smoke clears, Julia and her family find themselves locked within the walls of the newly-formed Jewish ghetto.

On opposite sides of the wall, Natan and Julia’s lives are not so different anymore. As the Nazis unleash a reign of hunger, terror, and death across the city, they must now decide what’s more terrifying:

To die on their knees, or go down fighting?

Based on true events, Warsaw Fury is a story of love, courage, and resilience in the face of unimaginable evil.


The Reviews are in! See what Readers have to say about 'Warsaw Fury':

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "... filled with hope, endurance, courage and justice. These themes carry the book and are made even more heartbreakingly beautiful when coupled with the realistic portrayal of the horrors experienced by the Polish resistance fighters." —Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "
Set during WWII in Warsaw, this riveting and tragic Historical Fiction is about despair, anguish, courage, resilience and hope. " —NetGalley Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The story was heartbreaking, tear jerking, and filled with the spirit and enthusiasm of the young. It was definitely a good read and one that would inspire anyone. I would definitely recommend this book." —NetGalley Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "
Set during WWII in Warsaw, this riveting and tragic Historical Fiction is about despair, anguish, courage, resilience and hope... Their heroism and fortitude is beyond my comprehension." —NetGalley Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
“Michael Reit is truly a refreshing new voice in WW2 Historical Fiction! The tale of Polish resistance – a topic insufficiently explored – had me hungrily turning pages. I followed Natan and Julia’s adventures with breathless anticipation to the very end. Reit is definitely an author to watch!” – Roberta Kagan, USA Today Bestelling Author of WW2 Historical Fiction

 

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The Last Sketch: A World War II Novel Set in Warsaw and Montauk

by Gosia Nealon


They both hold tight to a terrible secret. When they cross paths in war-torn Europe, will their destinies lead to ruin… or victory over evil?

Poland, 1944. Wanda Odwaga will never stop resisting. As the Nazis occupy her beloved homeland, the twenty-three-year-old artist vows to do whatever it takes to help the underground movement mobilize against Hitler’s forces. But she’s devastated when the Gestapo storms her house in search of rebel leaders, killing her heroic father and leaving the face of his murderer forever etched in her mind.

New York. Finn Keller longs to balance the scales. Having escaped Germany with his mother as a teen, he’s disgusted his estranged twin brother has become a ruthless Nazi henchman with a vicious reputation. So when a covert government agency approaches him with a dangerous undercover mission, Finn willingly risks his life to play his part in turning the tide of war.

Still grieving her unforgivable loss, Wanda’s thirst for revenge takes an unexpected leap forward when she once again encounters her father’s killer. And as Finn dives deeply into the role of impersonating his cold-hearted sibling, he’s captivated by the beautiful Polish woman frozen in front of him… her eyes blazing with the promise of murder.

Can these two players in a deadly game survive the ravages of a sadistic conflict?

The Last Sketch is a breathtaking World War II historical fiction novel. If you like engaging characters, exhilarating espionage, and a dash of enemy-to-lovers romance, then you’ll enjoy Gosia Nealon’s powerful drama.

 

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The Unwanted Dead: The Shocking End of Zorba's Heretical Author

by Yorgos Pratanos


A WIDOW with the heartbreaking duty of escorting her husband’s body to his motherland, the last wish of a dying man. The HERETIC, who rose to prominence with his fierce and unyielding books, praised and beloved by an entire nation. The ENEMIES, the Greek Government, the Orthodox Church, and the Vatican with the inclusion of one of his books in the dreaded Index of Forbidden Books. A NATION in mourning.


Helen, her only consolation being the tender and exciting memories with her beloved, paces herself through the next ten days, wondering what more can be done to her husband now that he’s dead. They robbed him of the Nobel Prize, they fought to excommunicate him.

Will they now allow him a burial? Will they honor their dead?

Meanwhile, in post-Civil War Athens, the ambitious reporter Freddy Germanos is assigned his first significant reportage: to cover the funeral and expose the authorities’ machinations to silence a dead man.

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Hall of Mirrors: A Spellbinding Intrigue Set in the Court of Louis XIV

by Roxanne Lalande


Charred Remains. A mysterious Locket.
And a horrific scandal in the court of the Sun King.

A scandal that could dwarf even the outrageous affair of the poisons.

The year is 1682 and the place is the palace of Versailles, where the Sun King, Louis the Fourteenth, reigns supreme over four thousand resident courtiers.

Their social and political lives are intricately intertwined within a rigid hierarchy of etiquette. Behind the brilliant facade of lavish festivities, lies a shadowy world of intrigue, promiscuity, sorcery, and murder.

When human remains and a silver locket are unearthed on the neighboring estate of her husband’s lover, the duchess Elisabeth Charlotte d’Orléans investigates their origin and jeopardizes her own safety when her discoveries lead to the criminal involvement of her most powerful enemies at court.

Dive into Roxanne Lalande’s riveting blend of political intrigue, romance, and mystery!


Readers Have Spoken - and they LOVE Hall of Mirrors!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Duke of Saint-Simon, the best scandal monger & genial chronicler of the court of Louis XIV, would have been very proud of Ms Lalande's astonishing and brilliant novel about the dangerous world of Versailles at the tail-end of the 17th century... I just loved this novel and I must definitely command its author for the amount of research she must have done prior to diving into its writing. Bravo —Netgalley Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Beneath the glamour and opulence of the court of the Sun King in Versailles lurks a secret, danger and court intrigues are abound. This is a very well historical researched book with compelling characters, by combining historical characters and real events with a fascinating court mystery it brings to life the reign of Louis XIV and will keep you reading until you finish the story, you want to know what happens. I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction." —Netgalley Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "An amazingly good novel, set in my favourite period and place. I cannot recommend this too highly, I would give it six stars if I could. Painstaking historical research brings the court of the Sun King, at Versailles, to life and the characters involved, such as the second Madame, Mathilde, Catherine, and Julie were explored beautifully..." —Netgalley Reviewer

 
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War Girl Ursula: A totally gripping and emotional page-turner (War Girls Book 1)

by Marion Kummerow


From the bestselling author of 'Unrelenting' comes the heartbreaking first-in-series, War Girls: Ursula, a harrowing tale of courage and conscience, love and survival under the Third Reich.

In Berlin, 1943, compassion is a crime.

Newlywed Ursula Hermann is a simple woman, wanting nothing more than an end to the war and the return of her husband from the Russian front.

But some things are not meant to be.

The authorities determine that Ursula's contribution to the war effort is to guard a prison for undesirables and political prisoners.

Then, the unthinkable happens. A prisoner, Royal Air Force pilot Tom Westlake escapes, and Ursula looks the other way. If her single act of mercy is discovered, her life is forfeit.

When the injured airman returns, seeking her help, it is her opportunity to turn over the enemy and save herself from destruction. In a world where right has become wrong, and wrong has become right, Ursula must make a decision: obey the fatherland, or follow her conscience.

Inspired by true historical events, War Girl Ursula is the unforgettable story of one young woman's moral courage in the face of unspeakable suffering.

Readers who loved Ursula:

"What an amazing story. I literally couldn't put it down. My only complaint is the story ended way too soon. I need to know what happens! Well done!" - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Excellent read! I didn't want to put it down." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"This book is a great reflection of what happens when you ignore your moral compass because of blind loyalty. Ursulas journey reminds me of a quote I once read that stated “I love my country it’s the government I’m afraid of.”- Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you're a fan of Pam Jenoff, Soraya Lane or Mark Sullivan, you'll devour this story by USA Today Bestselling author Marion Kummerow.

 
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