Kepler (Revolutions Trilogy, Book 2) by John Banville

By John Banville

In an excellent illumination of the Renaissance brain, acclaimed Irish novelist John Banville re-creates the lifetime of Johannes Kepler and his fabulous force to chart the orbits of the planets and the geometry of the universe. Wars, witchcraft, and affliction rage all through Europe. For this courtroom mathematician, vexed through household strife, appalled via the non secular upheavals that experience pushed him from exile to exile, and liable to the whims of his eccentric buyers, astronomy is a quest for a few type of divine order. For the entire mathematical precision of his exploration, even though, it's a probably elusive quest till he makes one excellent and profound discovery.

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The Spiritualist: A Novel by Megan Chance

By Megan Chance

Occasionally fact is the best phantasm of all.

In a chilly January morning in 1856, Evelyn Atherton’s husband is located murdered after attending an particular séance. Having “married up” into ny society, Evie herself is the rapid suspect. Ostracized and susceptible, she is familiar with that to transparent her identify she needs to retrace her husband’s final steps. And so, becoming a member of forces along with her husband’s top friend–and the one ny attorney who will settle for her case–Evie dives into the mysterious underworld of the occult.

Before lengthy, the path brings them to a charismatic medium, Michel Jourdain. Evie’s instincts inform her the smooth-talking Jourdain is a charlatan–and her simply desire for exoneration. yet getting as regards to Jourdain capability embracing a seductive and hypnotic global the place clues to homicide come in the course of the voices of the lifeless.

Caught in a deadly video game during which she is equivalent participant and pawn, predator and sufferer, Evie reveals there is not any one to belief, possibly now not even herself. As her strong in-laws construct a case opposed to her, and with time operating out, Evie needs to face the genuine ghosts of her earlier if she is to have any wish of averting the hangman.

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The Healing by Jonathan Odell

By Jonathan Odell

"Compelling, tragic, comedian, delicate and mystical... Combines the historic importance of Kathryn Stockett's The Help with the knowledge of Toni Morrison's Beloved." --Minneapolis megastar Tribune

Rich in temper and surroundings, The Healing is a warmhearted novel concerning the unbreakable bonds among 3 generations of lady healers and their strength to revive the physique, the spirit, and the soul.

In Antebellum Mississippi, Granada Satterfield has the combined fortune to be born at the comparable day that her plantation mistress's daughter, Becky, dies of cholera. Believing that the baby possesses a few of her daughter's spirit, the Mistress Amanda adopts Granada, dolling her up in Becky's clothes and giving her a distinct position within the family members regardless of her husband's protests. but if The grasp brings a girl named Polly Shine to aid quell the debilitating plague that's sweeping in the course of the slave quarters, Granada's lifestyles alterations. For Polly sees whatever within the younger lady, a spark of "The Healing," and a family conflict of wills starts off, person who will convey the 2 nearer yet that might eventually bring about an exceptional tragedy. And seventy-five years later, Granada, nonetheless dwelling at the deserted plantation lengthy after slavery ended, needs to revive the buried thoughts sooner than heritage repeats itself.

Inspirational and suspenseful, The Healing is the type of historic fiction readers can't placed down--and can't wait to suggest as soon as they've finished.

"A amazing rite-of-passage novel with an unforgettable personality. . . . The therapeutic transcends any clichés of the style with its attractive, now and then virtually lyrical, prose; its company grab of historical past; bright scenes; and important, totally learned humans, quite the slaves with their many colors of colour and modes of survival." --The linked Press

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Ninth Daughter (An Abigail Adams Mystery, Book 1) by Barbara Hamilton

By Barbara Hamilton

1773: The Massachusetts colony is torn among patriots who wish independence from British rule and loyalists who aid the King. At the heart is the expert and gorgeous Abigail Adams-wife of John Adams, a pace-setter of the Sons of Liberty, the key association opposing the Crown. And while her husband is accused of homicide, she needs to paintings to transparent his identify.

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Roma Eterna by Robert Silverberg

By Robert Silverberg

No strength in the world can withstand the may perhaps of Imperial Rome, so it's been and so it ever might be. via brute strength, terror, and sheer indomitable will, her armies have enslaved a global. From the reign of Maximilianus the good in A.U.C. 1203 onward in the course of the ages—into a brand new period of clinical development and excellent technologies—countless upstarts and enemies come up, simply to be floor into the dirt underneath the cruel Roman bootheels. yet one those who undergo and suffer in the course of the many centuries of oppressive rule dream of the fantastic day that's coming—when the heavens themselves could be opened to them… and the ships they're getting ready in mystery will hold them on their "Great Exodus" to the stars.

Originally released 2003 by means of Eos.

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The Daughters of Mars: A Novel by Thomas Keneally

By Thomas Keneally

From the acclaimed writer of Schindler’s List comes the epic, unforgettable tale of 2 sisters whose lives are reworked through the cataclysm of the 1st international War.

IN 1915, Naomi and Sally Durance, lively Australian sisters, subscribe to the warfare attempt as nurses, escaping the confines in their father’s farm and sporting a in charge mystery with them. although they're used to tending the ill, not anything can have ready them for what they confront, first on a sanatorium send close to Gallipoli, then at the Western entrance.

Yet amid the carnage, the sisters turn into the chums they by no means have been at domestic and locate them­selves brave within the face of utmost chance and likewise the hostility from a few all alone facet. there's nice bravery, humor, and compassion, too, and the inspiring instance of the awesome ladies they serve along. In France, the place Naomi nurses in a sanatorium organize through the eccen­tric woman Tarlton whereas Sally works in a casualty clearing station, every one meets an excellent guy: the type of males for whom they could hand over a few of their newfound independence—if purely all of them live on.

At as soon as huge in scope and terribly intimate, The Daughters of Mars brings global warfare I vividly to existence from an unusual perspec­tive. Thomas Keneally has written a awesome novel approximately affliction and transcendence, melancholy and triumph, and the straightforward acts of decency that make us human even in an international long gone mad.

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Wideacre: A Novel (Wideacre, Book 1) by Philippa Gregory

By Philippa Gregory

From no 1 New York Times bestselling writer Philippa Gregory comes the lovely first novel of an exhilarating trilogy concerning the Lacey kin, and the pleasing lady on the center of a power-hungry property keen to visit any capacity to guard her relatives name.
Beatrice Lacey, as strong-minded as she is gorgeous, refuses to comply to the social customs of her time. Destined to lose her historical past and cherished Wideacre property as soon as she is wed, Beatrice will use any skill essential to defend her ancestral identify. Seduction, betrayal, even murder—Beatrice's ardour is with no apology or sense of right and wrong. "She is a Lacey of Wideacre," her father warns, "and no matter what she does, although she behaves, will continually be fitting." but at the same time Beatrice's scheming turns out approximately to yield her dream, she is haunted via the single dwelling one who is familiar with the level of her plans...and her means for evil.

Sumptuously set in Georgian England from the "queen of royal fiction" (USA TODAY), Wideacre is extremely gripping, wealthy in texture, and whole of colour and authenticity. it's a saga as impossible to resist in its singular magic as its heroine.

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I'll See You in Paris: A Novel by Michelle Gable

By Michelle Gable

Big apple instances most sensible promoting writer of A Paris Apartment

Three ladies, born generations apart.
One mysterious booklet that threads their lives together.
A trip of affection, discovery, and truth…

I’ll See You in Paris is predicated at the actual lifetime of Gladys Spencer-Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, a girl whose lifestyles used to be so wealthy and storied it can fill a number of books. approximately a century after Gladys’s heyday, a tender woman’s quest to appreciate the mythical Duchess takes her from a captivating hamlet within the English geographical region, to a dilapidated manse saved at the back of barbed twine, and eventually, to Paris, the place solutions might be came across finally. in spite of everything, she not just solves the riddle of the Duchess but in addition uncovers the lacking items in her personal life.

At as soon as a good love tale and literary secret, I’ll See You in Paris will entertain and pleasure, with an unforeseen finishing that may go away readers happy and longing for Gable’s subsequent novel.

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A Mercy by Toni Morrison

By Toni Morrison

A strong tragedy distilled right into a jewel of a masterpiece via the Nobel Prize–winning writer of Beloved and, similar to a prelude to that tale, set centuries earlier.

In the 1680s the slave alternate was once nonetheless in its infancy. within the Americas, virulent non secular and sophistication divisions, prejudice and oppression have been rife, supplying the fertile soil during which slavery and race hatred have been planted and took root.

Jacob is an Anglo-Dutch dealer and adventurer, with a small maintaining within the harsh north. regardless of his distaste for dealing in “flesh,” he is taking a small slave lady partially money for a foul debt from a plantation proprietor in Catholic Maryland. this can be Florens, “with the palms of a slave and the ft of a Portuguese lady.” Florens appears to be like for romance, first from Lina, an older servant lady at her new master’s residence, yet later from a good-looking blacksmith, an African, by no means enslaved.

There are different voices: Lina, whose tribe used to be decimated through smallpox; their mistress, Rebekka, herself a sufferer of spiritual intolerance again in England; Sorrow, an odd lady who’s spent her early years at sea; and eventually the devastating voice of Florens’ mom. those are all women and men inventing themselves within the wilderness.

A Mercy finds what lies underneath the outside of slavery. yet at its center it's the ambivalent, irritating tale of a mom who casts off her daughter so that it will shop her, and of a daughter who could by no means exorcise that abandonment.

Acts of mercy can have unexpected results.

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The Vengeance of Rome (Pyat Quartet, Book 4) by Michael Moorcock

By Michael Moorcock

Born in Ukraine at the first day of the century, a Jewish antisemite, Pyat careered via 3 many years like a runaway educate. Bisexual, cocaine-loving engineer/inventor/spy, he enthusiastically embraces Fascism. yet his notable success leaves him after he witnesses Hitler's bloodbath of R"hm and the SA. eventually he's swallowed up in a Dachau focus camp. Thirty years later, having survived the Spanish Civil battle, he's residing in Portobello highway and telling his story to a author referred to as Moorcock.

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