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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Refiner's Fire

    by Ann Nolder Heinz
    Lizzie Hamilton’s life as a pampered belle in the antebellum South is over. Alone and destitute due to the disintegration of her family’s fortunes, she makes the mistake of trusting a handsome but unprincipled professional gambler whose silver-tongued promises lead only to disgrace and virtual servitude. Danger and misfortune stalk her as she travels from Charleston, South Carolina to the gambling dens of New Orleans, up the Mississippi River, and across the broad prairies to the gold fields of... more
  • Last Stop Freedom

    by Ann Nolder Heinz
    Julia Bigsby is the repressed daughter of a widowed parson in 1850's Troy, New York. Desperate to escape her dreary life, she agrees to marry Nathaniel Hamilton, who owns a cotton plantation in South Carolina. She soon finds herself a virtual prisoner in a life she increasingly abhors. The only bright spot is her growing affection for her slave maid Fanny. When Nathaniel’s lust for Fanny leads to family chaos, he prepares to sell her away. Agents of the Underground Railroad help Fanny plan her e... more
  • A Light Within

    by Ann Nolder Heinz
    Two people, twins by birth, are destined for the medical profession in 1859 America, one motivated by expectation, the other by passion. Carl Fielding is acquiescing to his physician father’s bidding even though his heart and talents pull him toward the arts. Cora Fielding longs to attend medical school despite a cultural bias against people of her gender. Her fight for the freedom to fulfill her dream is in direct opposition to the destructive behavior in which Carl’s frustrated talent leads hi... more
  • Sheppard and the French Rescue

    by G. William Weatherly
    Captain Sheppard McCloud is unexpectedly called to Washington in May of 1942 while his ship, the battle cruiser Argonne is in dry dock undergoing repairs from the Battle of Cape Vilan. At a luncheon with President Roosevelt and the new head of the OSS, he is informed of his next mission--this time unsupported, in a race against General Rommel's panzers to save the French Fleet at Mers-el-KEbir. Intrigue, spies, the 'Maquis', plots by both the Italians and his nemesis from Sheppard of the Argonne... more
  • The Reflecting Man: Volume Three

    by D.K.R. Boyd
    In late 1937, our loquacious and unreliable narrator, Kurtis De’ath returns to Germany, where he prepares for a trip with Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, to Moscow. On his own with orders from Adolf Hitler (and Sir Joseph Ball), Kurtis probes the unspeakable secrets of the Holodomor, the man-made, deliberate starvation of four million men, women, and children in the Ukraine. He matches wits with the NKVD and Stalin himself. As the Nazis annexe Austria and Joseph Chamberlain trie... more
  • Wisps of Gold

    by Leah Lindeman

    Rose Wood is fresh out of finishing school where her father, taken by gold fever, deserted her five years ago. She journeys the Cariboo Wagon Road to return to her father’s side at the 108 Mile Hotel. Once she arrives, a rotting stench greets her at the door—her father’s corpse left for her to find.

    Whispers abound he was killed for his treasure. Blackmail and veiled threats from an unknown enemy compel her to search for her father’s hidden gold vein. Eager to sq... more

  • Redeemed From the Ashes

    by Leah Lindeman
    Redeemed From the Ashes is the story of Evelyn Richardson whose maimed husband Carl goes missing as a result of the Halifax Explosion of 1917. The chances of finding him grow thin as the days pass into cruel winter and the chaos of a shattered city remains. Evelyn is encouraged by her disheartening mother to leave Carl for dead and to move on with her life. She meets Doctor Gerald MacCrae, whom she comes to love. Gerald harbours a secret from the past and within the present that threatens to rip... more
  • Evolution Revolution: Book 3, Simple Lessons

    by Charlotte Bennardo
    Scientists have spiked Jack the squirrel's woods with cameras-and traps. After a close call, Jack knows he must leave. Sister, Rat, Fox; all the woodland animals have left their woods. Collin, Jack's human friend, helps him escape the scientists by taking him to a sanctuary. There, Jack meets other squirrels and animals. Collin visits, teaching Jack the last of the simple machines. It's not long before the scientists track Jack down. After one last battle, with the help of the other animals, Jac... more
  • Evolution Revolution: Book 2, Simple Plans

    by Charlotte Bennardo
    After leading the battle against the construction machines to save his woods, Jack the squirrel continues going to the home of his human friend, Collin. He brings Sister, and Bird, who can copy Collin's words-allowing Jack to 'talk' with Collin. When Jack shares what he learns with the woodland animals, Fox wants no part of learning anything human. Rat is too busy teasing the humans who spy on them. When Rat gets tagged and caged, Jack has to figure out how to save Rat while avoiding the humans ... more
  • The Time Artist

    by Sheila Martin

    The Time Artist takes place in the turbulent New York art scene of 1968.

    Rachel, a passionate art student, drops acid with her friends and briefly sees through her future eyes. She’s shocked to find a black revolver fitted neatly in her hand, then horrified to catch a fleeting  glimpse of a body facedown in a pool of blood. She fears the victim is her boyfriend. Over the course of the school year she flashes forward repeatedly and unexpectedly, finding clues a... more

  • A Time to Tell Lies

    by Alan Kennedy
    In the morning of Tuesday November 10, 1942, near a small village in SW France, the scheduled pickup for a Special Operations Executive agent goes terribly wrong. Alex and Justine, agents - with a life expectancy measured in weeks - find themselves entangled in a desperate project they never fully understand. They are also lovers. A Time to Tell Lies shifts between a fearful wartime London, nervously awaiting its inevitable invasion, and a fatally compromised France. Uncertain who to trust and t... more
  • Lucy

    by Alan Kennedy
    Lucy is a painter. She has everything: fame, money and reputation. She also has Oscar. At least, he has always been there. One fine day, she will do something about that. It was, as she says, hardly a love affair, more a kind of marriage. Perhaps, even war-torn France is safe enough on the Oscar front. But Lucy is deceiving herself. Set before and after the second world war in London, Edinburgh, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Dundee and a remote village in war-time France, two painters struggle... more
  • The Pink House

    by Alan Kennedy
    This sequel to The Broken Bell finds the children growing apart. Poppy must chose between painting and adventure as the others discover a lost lake in a secret valley. The decision to stay behind and begin her first painting changes her life for ever as, too late, she discovers the dreadful consequence of their discovery. Set between the wars, the author’s unique style sees the action through the eyes of children confronting a world they never quite understand. At one level an adventure... more
  • The Broken Bell

    by Alan Kennedy
    “It won’t do. It’s no fun at all being explorers with somebody running about seeing you’re alright all the time. It spoils things. We’re not children … well, I suppose we are … but you know what I mean. It’s awful not knowing what it is they’re up to.” When Uncle Albert arranges a holiday for the children he thinks he is looking after them. But things don’t always turn out quite the way you expect. An idyllic holiday starts to go wrong, leading to a dramatic climax set on a remote i... more
  • The Boat in the Bay

    by Alan Kennedy
    Alan Kennedy’s first novel, an affectionate homage to Arthur Ransome, re-issued in a completely revised edition. It is July 1929. Four children arrive for a boating holiday to find themselves locked out, the lake flooded and their boat inaccessible. But they soon discover that is only the beginning of things. Minor mishaps slowly become more threatening. Trivial decisions turn out to have distant and dreadful consequences. Problems that appear solved gradually change to something more seri... more
  • The Church of the Comic Spirit

    by Paul Wiebe

    One evening Father Alazon Lechlieb, an impostor with a mysterious past, appears on “Lenny Prince Live” and astounds America with an incredible tale of how, over a period of thirty years, he received a series of divine revelations on the shores of Bear Lake, bordering Idaho and Utah. These revelations, he reports, were delivered by God-sent angels. They instructed him, he goes on, to find and translate a set of twelve scrolls, then choose four disciples to help him interpret these ... more