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Kathryn Lynn Davis - Too Deep For Tears SeriesScotland

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Too Deep for Tears
Dashing English diplomat Charles Kittridge relished the abundant pleasures of the world...and in his far-flung wanderings, he left behind three remarkable daughters:
Ailsa Rose, a beauty of the Scottish highlands, endowed with her father's lust for adventure. She betrays her heart to follow the one man who promises her the world.
Li-an hates the devil-father who made her a blue-eyed outcast in her Chinese homeland. But with her brilliant, reckless ]over, she almost forgets her shame...until he is wrenched from her arms.
Genevra, the gentle English daughter, lives amidst the splendor and squalor of India. Though unexpected passion promises her a joyous love, she must fight to escape the tenors and scandals of the past.
Each of them has grown to womanhood haunted by a legacy of betrayal, longing and dreams. Now their father has but one final desire...to bring together the daughters he has never known....
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All We Hold Dear
Kathryn Lynn Davis returns to wild, idyllic Glen Affric, home to the memorable characters in Too Deep for Tears, and draws us into a world of suspense and haunting emotion....
During the spring of 1988, on a small Scottish island battered into stark beauty by the sea, eighteen-year-old Eva Crawford leaves her childhood home to unearth the truth about herself, her mother, and her family. In a spare Glasgow bedroom, Eva finds a worn, yellowed journal and a faded scrap of ribbon. She is soon spellbound by the story of her ancestors: Ailsa Rose Sinclair, who rejoiced in the paradise of Glen Affric...Ian Fraser, Ailsa's never-forgotten first love...Alanna Sinclair, Ailsa's daughter, who met the love of her life in the peace of Glen Affric. Each had to confront their own demons, old loyalties and new betrayals, as a devastating tragedy loomed....
One hundred years later, Eva Crawford must learn to forgive the mother she never knew, to move toward the future, and the man who wants to open her heart to the greatest treasure her family can offer....
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Somewhere Lies the Moon
In her New York Times bestselling novel Too Deep for Tears, Kathryn Lynn Davis launched an acclaimed saga brimming with evocative, deeply emotional portrayals. Now, this beloved storyteller returns to a magnificent world of laughter and tears, hope and desire, in an exquisite new novel.
Eva Crawford faces the most important decision of her life -- whether to accept a marriage proposal from the only man she has ever loved -- and finds herself in turmoil over her past, and haunted by unsettling dreams. The key to her peace of mind lies where it always has: Glen Affric, the peaceful Scottish Highland sanctuary that has linked the Rose women -- mothers, daughters, and sisters for generations. For Eva, their stories are her legacy of strength, her promise of a hopeful future.
For Ena Rose, the daughter of Ailsa Rose, growing up in Glen Affric has been idyllic. Adored by all, Ena is a free spirit who prefers the company of animals to people. She saves lost woodland creatures and heals the injured with herbs, roots, and her instincts. But young womanhood looms; and as she tries desperately, to dodge the challenges before her, Ena faces tormenting questions of the heart -- and a love that can never be. For the wild child who refuses to grow up, the path to adulthood will be fraught with heartache and loss -- but will lead one day to redemption and happiness.
Then there are the women whose destinies have unfolded over decades and eras, and whose lives touch others in unseen ways: Mairi Rose, warm and wise, who binds the family together...Ailsa, who found boundless happiness in her daughter Ena, the last living symbol of Ian Fraser's heroism...Wan Lian, who is driven by soul-consuming sorrow and anger at the death of her loved ones in the turbulent politics of the Chinese imperial court...Genevra Townsend, who finds amongst the exotic dangers of the British Raj in India an inner serenity that will allow her to return at last to Glen Affric....
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Kathryn Lynn Davis - Sing to Me of Dreams
Born of a white father and an Indian mother, Saylah knows the bounty of the earth and sea and the secret wisdom of her people. But when tragedy strikes her loved ones, Saylah is forced to stay with her English-born relatives in the Pacific Northwest. Saylah discovers love, but she must resolve the conflicts of her heritage--and follow her destiny.
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coverKathryn Lynn Davis - Child of AweScotland
Set in 16th century Scotland, amidst the wild beauty of the Highlands, Child of Awe resonates with heartfelt emotion, magnificent characters and rich sense of place that made Too Deep for Tears a national bestseller. At its center are Archibald Campbell, the powerful, cunning Earl of Argyll-driven by ambition for his family and dedication to his king; Muriella Calder, heiress to Scotland's richest lands, and a ward of the ruthless Earl; John Campbell, the Earl's proud, swift-tempered second son, commanded to wed the beautiful Muriella; and Elizabeth Campbell Maclean, the Earl's beloved daughter whose gentle heart was sacrified in an alliance with her father's bitter enemy... Rich, romantic, utterly enchanting, CHILD OF AWE takes us from the splendor of mist-covered glens to the brutal terrors of war, from the blazing hated of ancient feuds to the glory of a new love unfolding...captivating us, heart and soul, with the master touch of a true storyteller.
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cover Sara Donati - Into the WildernessScotland
When Elizabeth Middleton, twenty-nine years old and unmarried, leaves her Aunt Merriweather's comfortable English estate to join her father and brother in the remote mountain village of Paradise on the edge of the New York wilderness , she does so with a strong will and an unwavering purpose: to teach school. It is December of 1792 when she arrives in a cold climate unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man different from any she has ever encountered -- a white man dressed like a Native American, tall and lean and unsettling in his blunt honesty. He is Nathaniel Bonner , also know to the Mohawk people as Between-Two Lives. Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village, white, black, and Native American, Elizabeth soon finds herself at odds with local slave owners. Much to her surprise, she clashes with her own father, as well. Financially strapped, Judge Middleton has plans for his daughter -- betrothal to local doctor Richard Todd. An alliance with Todd could extract her father from ruin but would call into question the ownership of Hidden Wolf, the mountain where Nathaniel, his father, and a small group of Native Americans live and hunt. As Judge Middleton brings pressure to bear against his daughter, she is faced with a choice between compliance and deception, a flight into the forest, and a desire that will bend her hard will to compromise and transformation. Elizabeth's ultimate destiny, here in the heart of the wilderness, lies in the odyssey to come: trials of faith and flesh, and passion born amid Nathaniel's own secrets and divided soul.
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Daphne du Maurier -The King's General
One of Daphne Du Maurier's Cornish novels. Set against the background of the Civil War, it is a recreation of the love shared by Sir Richard Grenvile -- the King's General in the West and the most detested officer in his army -- and Honor Harris of Lanrest.
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Daphne du Maurier - Frenchman's Creek
Frenchman's Creek, set in 17th-century England, is an absorbing tale of adventure, danger and passion. Lady St. Columb is bored with fashionable life at Court so she sets off for the peace and freedom of her husband's Cornwall estate. Quite unexpectedly, she stumbles on the mooring place of the white-sailed ship belonging to the daring Frenchman who plunders the shores of Cornwall. It is only a question of time before this philosopher-pirate captures the heart of the lovely Lady St. Columb. Satisfying, romantic, swashbuckling action.
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coverBarbara Erskine - Kingdom of ShadowsScotland
Since childhood Clare Royland has been haunted by dreams of Isobel, the Countess of Buchan, mistress to Robert the Bruce. And now she has stumbled on a way to enter the past... a mysterious pathway into a misty era. Ignoring every warning, Clare will return to Duncairn, her family's castle in the Scottish Highlands. And once there her life will become irrevocably linked to the fiery Isobel's as she is swept into a maelstrom of ancient treachery and modern hatred fueled by an insatiable hunger for power, and the raging passions of an undying love.
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Barbara Erskine - Child of the Phoenix
Child of the Phoenix is the extraordinary story of Eleyne, a Welsh princess whose mystical powers and unquenchable spirit inspire passion and conflict in many men -- including a king whose ghost will claim her from beyond the grave. Her life and loves will tie her to the destinies of the crowns of England, Scotland and Wales. Born in the flames of a burning hall in 1218, Eleyne is brought up by her fiercely Welsh nurse secretly to support the Celtic cause against the predatory English king. She is taught to worship the old gods, to look into the future and sometimes the past. But, unable to identify time and place in her terrifying visions, she is powerless to avert forthcoming tragedy. Remarkable events will follow Eleyne all her days, as, despite her impassioned resistance, her life is shapped by the powerful men around her -- those who love her and those who hate her. But time and again, like the phoenix that is her symbol and her link with other worlds, she must rise from the ashes of her past life to begin anew...
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Barbara Erskine - Lady of Hay
Jo Clifford, successful journalist, is all set to debunk the idea of past-life regression in her next magazine series. But when she herself submits to a simple hypnotic session, she suddenly finds herself reliving the experiences of Matilda, Lady of Hay, the wife of a baron at the time of King John. As she learns of Matilda's unhappy marriage, her love for the handsome Richard de Clare and the brutal threats of death at the hands of King John, it becomes clear that Jo's past and present are hopelessly entwined and that, eight hundred years on, a story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to begin again...
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Lynn Hanna - The Starry Child SeriesScotland

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The Starry Child
A little girl has not spoken since her father's tragic death in an airline accident. After consulting numerous specialists, the girl's young widowed mother is on the verge of giving up all hope in helping her daughter. Then a linguist hears an old recording of the girl speaking and recognizes her ability to speak ancient Gaelic. As the linguist communicates with the girl, who claims to be a queen of Scottish nobility, he discovers secrets about her ancestry, and about a family crown that was stolen so long ago. Unless the crown is returned to its rightful resting place in the Highlands, there can be no peace for the silent girl.
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Circle of Time
With The Starry Child, author Lynn Hanna created a unique contemporary novel based on the legends, lore, and love of Scotland. Now Ms. Hanna returns to this enchanting world--where the sole survivor of a plane crash on the rocky coast of Scotland discovers the key to his wife's forgotten past, his daughters dreams, and his own heart...
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M. M. Kaye - Shadow of the Moon
The author of THE FAR PAVILIONS returns us once again to the vast, intoxicating romance of India under the British Raj. SHADOW OF THE MOON is the story of Winter de Ballesteros, a beautiful English heiress come home to her beloved India. It is also the tale of Captain Alex Randall, her protector, who aches to possess her. Forged in the fires of a war that threatens to topple an empire, their tale is the saga of a desperate and unforgettable love that consumes all in its thrall. Filled with the mystery of moonlit palace gardens and the whisperings of passion and intrigue, M. M. Kaye evokes an era at once of its time, yet timeless.
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Karleen Koen - Through a Glass Darkly Series

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Karleen Koen - Through a Glass Darkly
Set in early eighteenth century England and France, this novel "tells the story of Barbara Alderley, who is fifteen when the story begins, and about to be bartered in marriage to the middle-aged but gorgeous Roger Montgeoffry." (N Y Times Book Rev)
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Karleen Koen - Now Face to Face
At the center of Now Face to Face is a woman who is devastated by loss, yet is nevertheless determined to create a new way of living with dignity, adventure, and love. Beautiful, headstrong Barbara Devane is a widow at twenty, emotionally devastated and financially ruined by the death of her husband in scandalous circumstances. In colonial Virginia, she struggles to develop a family tobacco plantation, and she finds, in this surprising society, betrayal and evil, and also her own strength and a new kind of purpose and bond. Returning to London, Barbara sets in motion an unorthodox plan to reestablish herself as a woman of property, confronting her enemies and regaining power and place. As the society around her erupts in political turmoil, she meets a mysterious, charismatic man and embarks on a deeply satisfying yet dangerous clandestine love.
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Rosalind Laker - To Dance with Kings, A Novel of Versailles
Spanning generations, To Dance with Kings, tells the tale of four passionate and determined women whose fates are bound to the palace and the politics of Versailles. "On a May morning in 1664, Jeanne Dremont gave birth to her only child -- and to a bold plan to break her newborn daughter's bonds of poverty."
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Rosalind Laker - The Silver Touch
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Rosalind Laker - The Sugar Pavillion
During the French Revolution, Sophie Delcourt and Antoine, a four-year-old French noble, escape to England, where Sophie must guard Antoine's identity while she builds a confectionery business, joins the British royal circle, and comes to love two very different men.
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Rosalind Laker - The Golden Tulip
From Publisher's Weekly: This period piece set in 17th-century Holland, though unabashedly romantic and somewhat predictable, is far from ordinary. Young painter Francesca Visser's absorbing story, displayed against a carefully documented background of Dutch artistic achievement, is mixed with turbulent politics and enriched by memorable portraits of respectable--and dissolute--Dutch burghers. Francesca's father, a debt-ridden and intemperate Amsterdam painter, faces 30 years in prison for an enormous gambling loss. To insure a loan from Ludolf van Deventer, an unscrupulous shipowner, he signs a contract authorizing the marriage of Ludolf and Francesca. Unaware of this binding agreement, the gifted and independent girl moves to Delft for a six-year apprenticeship with Jan Vermeer and falls in love with Pieter van Doorne, a tulip grower and staunch Dutch patriot. Her subsequent difficulties increase as Ludolf proves far more dangerous than first realized.
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Rosalind Laker - Circle of Pearls
A historical family saga dealing with the Restoration period of English history and Charles II, the Great Plague and the Fire of London. The troubles between the Puritans and the Royalists complicate Julia Pallister's love life in 17th-century England.
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Charles McCarry - The Bride of the Wilderness
New England - Colonial - A tale of passion,death, betrayal and the triumph of love, set in late seventeenth century England and early eighteenth century New England and Eastern Canada. Fanny Harding, half French, half English comes to the american wilderness at the dawn of the eighteenth century.
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Somewhere in Time is the unforgettable story of a love that transcends the boundaries of time. Richard Collier, a man of the modern era, becomes obsessed with a woman of another time, a celebrated actress at the turn of the century. His fascination with Elise McKenna proves strong enough to physically transport him back to 1896, where he meets and woos the woman of his dreams. But for how long can their passion resist the relentless tide of history? A novel in the tradition of Jack Finney's Time and Again, as well as Matheson's own What Dreams May Come, the basis of the hit film starring Robin Williams, Somewhere in Time inspired a 1980 film starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour that has become a genuine cult classic.
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Glenna McReynolds - The Chalice and the Blade Series

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The Chalice and the Blade
In one of the most original and stunning debuts of the season, Glenna McReynolds brings historical romance readers the experience they've been waiting for: a novel of dark magic, stirring drama, and fierce passion that weaves a wondrous, unbreakable spell... In a land of forbidding castles, sacred prophecies, and unholy betrayals, mystery surrounds the one woman who holds the key to an ancient legacy. In 12th-century Wales, young Ceridwen, daughter of a Druid priestess, is unaware of her own power, until fate leads herfrom a secluded abbey into the tower of a feared sorcerer. Dain Lavrans has no magic in himself, only the secrets of medicine he uncovered while a soldier in the Crusades. But he finally beholds true enchantment in the spell of passion innocently woven by the ethereal Ceridwen. Yet there are many who seek the maiden, all meaning to wrest her power for themselves. Now Ceridwen and Dain must struggle to escape the snares set by friend and foe alike, even as they discover a love that promises to bind them forever.
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Dream Stone
After a cataclysmic battle, the rightful owners of Carn Merioneth have reclaimed the ancient castle and released the pryf--the spawn of dragons--from their prison. But for Mychael ab Arawn, son of the last rulers of Merioneth, there is no peace after victory. Urged by a restless yearning to forsake his monk's vows, he now searches through the endless tunnels and caves beneath the castle, hoping to find the dragons that appeared to him in a fiery vision. Others, though, seek to turn Mychael to their own purposes. Rhuddlan, leader of the Quicken-tree clan, would keep him tied to the world of men, leaving the dragons for Rhuddlan to rule. The witch Madron urges Mychael--the first male, forbiddenly conceived, in a line of priestesses--to stand in his mother's place as seer. Only the Quicken-tree maid Llynya, with her lavender scent and lightning-fast blade, follows Mychael's dangerous path. Seeking to redeem the honor she believes she has lost, she vows to discover with Mychael the deepest mysteries of the earth and time. Yet even as he is drawn to her by a sensual power more potent than the dragon's blood that flows through him, Mychael resists her pleas to journey with him. For he is certain she will find not honor, but death. Already portents herald the return of monstrous forces, ancient enemies of man and the Quicken-tree clan. And a prophecy demands that Mychael and Llynya stand together against the darkness, find the enscrolled magic blade, and call forth the dragons in a confrontation with an unimagined evil that threatens to sweep them all into a vortex without end....
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Anya Seton - Green Darkness
The story of a great love, in which mysticism, suspense, and mystery form a web of good and evil forces that stretches from 16th century England to the England of today. It is also a brilliant and accurate reconstruction of the Tudor period as it affects the loves and tragedies of the characters. Richard Marsdon brought his new bride Celia to the family home but they were not only of this time. They had lived and loved before--in another world--in 16th centrury England.
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Jan Cox Speas - Bride of the MacHugh
A story of "romance and intrigue in seventeenth century Scotland. Elspeth Lamond is the product of a union between a Lamond and a Campbell, two warring clans, and she has grown up in King James' court. She goes to Scotland because of a promise to her dying mother. Once there, she meets the MacHughs, the clan allied with her father's clan against the Campbells."
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In this resplendent love story a dazzling era comes vividly to life as one woman's passionate struggle to follow her heart takes her from the opulent cotillions of Edinburgh to the London court of half-mad King George III... from a famed salon teeming with politicians and poets to a picturesque castle on the secluded, lush Island of the Swans... Best friends in childhood, Jane Maxwell and Thomas Fraser wreaked havoc on the cobbled streets of Edinburgh with their juvenile pranks. But years later, when Jane blossoms into a beautiful woman, her feelings for Thomas push beyond the borders of friendship, and he becomes the only man she wants. When Thomas is reportedly killed in the American colonies, the handsome, charismatic Alexander, Duke of Gordon, appeals to a devastated Jane. Believing Thomas is gone forever, Jane hesitantly responds to the Duke, whose passion ignites her blood, even as she rebels at his fierce desire to claim her. But Thomas Fraser is not dead, and when he returns to find his beloved Jane betrothed to another, he refuses to accept the heartbreaking turn of events. Soon Jane''s marriage is swept into a turbulent dance of tender wooing and clashing wills--as Alex seeks truly to make her his, and his alone... Winner of the "Romantic Times" award for Best Fictionalized Biography.
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Ciji Ware - Wicked Company : A Novel of the Eighteenth Century
At a time when female writers are considered a scandal, Sophie McGann, an independent Scottish lass living in 1761 London, pens plays for David Garrick, the lengendary actor-manager of Drury Lane.
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Kathleen Winsor - Forever Amber
Abandoned on the teeming streets of London with no money, and soon to have a child, 16-year-old Amber St Clare manages by her wits and courage to climb to the highest position a woman can achieve in Restoration England - that of mistress to Charles II.
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