The House of Hawthorne

Berkley - But their children’s needs and personal losses fuel a perennial tug-of-war between Sophia’s domestic duties and her own desires. Spanning the years from the 1830s to the civil war, and italy, The House of Hawthorne explores the story of a woman, and moving from Massachusetts to England, Portugal, forgotten by history, who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature.

. Includes a Readers Guide. Together, raise children, they cross continents, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of life fully lived. Sophia’s vivid journals and masterful paintings inspire Nathaniel’s writing. But from their first meeting, she and Nathaniel Hawthorne begin an intense romantic partnership.

The House of Hawthorne - From the bestselling author of hemingway’s girl comes a novel that explores the unlikely marriage between celebrated novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and accomplished artist Sophia Peabody—a forgotten woman in history who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature. As a sensitive, artistic young woman, Sophia Peabody is discouraged from pursuing a woman’s traditional roles of marriage and motherhood.





Girl in a Blue Dress: A Novel Inspired by the Life and Marriage of Charles Dickens

Broadway Books - She uncovers the frighteningly hypnotic power of the celebrity author she married. Girl in a blue dress opens on the day of Alfred’s funeral. Though she refuses to don the proper mourning attire, Dodo cannot bring herself to demonize her late husband, something that comes all too easily to Kitty. Dorothea is not among the throngs in attendance when The One and Only is laid to rest.

Instead, when he was a force of nature and she a willing follower; and the salad days of their marriage, she reflects on their time together: their clandestine and passionate courtship, before too many children sapped her vitality and his interest. Even her own children, save her outspoken daughter Kitty, are not there to offer her comfort--they were poisoned against her when Alfred publicly declared her an unfit wife and mother.

. This dazzling debut novel brings the spirit of catherine dickens--the cast-off wife of Charles Dickens--to life in the form of Dorothea “Dodo” Gibson, Alfred, a woman who is doomed to live in the shadow of her husband, the most celebrated author in the Victorian world. Her mourning must take place within the walls of her modest apartment, a parting gift from Alfred as he ushered her out of their shared home and his life more than a decade earlier.

Girl in a Blue Dress: A Novel Inspired by the Life and Marriage of Charles Dickens - Now liberated from his hold on her, dodo finds the courage to face her adult children, the sister who betrayed her, and the charming actress who claimed her husband’s love and left her heart aching. A sweeping tale of love and loss that was long-listed for both the man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, Girl in a Blue Dress is both an intimate peek at the woman who was behind one of literature’s most esteemed men and a fascinating rumination on marriage that will resonate across centuries.





Fallen Beauty

Berkley - But the dark consequences of their night of daring and delight reach far into the future. That same evening, Bohemian poet Edna St. Millay declares her wish for a new lover who will take her to unparalleled heights of passion and poetry, but for the first time, the man who responds will not bend completely to her will.

Two years later, an unwed seamstress struggling to support her daughter, Laura, and Millay, a woman fighting the passage of time, work together secretly to create costumes for Millay’s next grand tour. Without sin, can we know beauty? can we fully appreciate the summer without the winter? No, I am glad to suffer so I can feel the fullness of our time in the light.

Upstate new York, 1928. Laura kelley and the man she loves sneak away from their judgmental town to attend a performance of the scandalous Ziegfeld Follies. Highly recommended. Historical novel Society, Editors’ Choice. Vincent millay and her indulgent husband hold a wild party in their remote mountain estate, hoping to inspire her muse.

Fallen Beauty - As their complex, often uneasy friendship develops amid growing local condemnation, each woman is forced to confront what it means to be a fallen woman…and to decide for herself what price she is willing to pay to live a full life. Lovers of the jazz age, literary enthusiasts, and general historic fiction readers will find much to love about Call Me Zelda.





The Emancipator's Wife: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln

Bantam - Their first child will be born under the gathering clouds of a civil war, and three more follow. In public, she will fight to preserve Lincoln’s memory even as she battles a bitterly contested insanity trial. Vivacious, and intoxicated by politics, she is a Todd of Lexington, impulsive, an aristocratic family whose ancestors defeated the British.

With a gifted novelist’s imagination and a historian’s eye for detail, richly peopled with real-life characters and their fictional counterparts, a tour-de-force tale of power, Barbara Hambly tells a story of astonishing scope, politics, and the role of women in nineteenth- century America. As a girl growing up in Kentucky, she lived a sheltered, privileged life filled with picnics and plantation balls.

. The result is a mary todd lincoln few have seen and none will forget–the fascinating, controversial woman of whom her husband could say: “My wife is as handsome as when she was a girl and I fell in love with her; and what is more, I have never fallen out”–Mary Todd, the woman who loved Abraham Lincoln.

In private, she will struggle with depression and addiction as she endures the betrayals–both real and imagined–of family and friends. Yet it is in the years to come that Mary Todd Lincoln will truly come into her own. Although she is courted by the most eligible suitors in the land, including future senator Stephen Douglas, it is a gangly lawyer from Illinois who captures her heart.

The Emancipator's Wife: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln - But no one knows her secret fears and anxieties. But by the time the fiery storm of war passes, tragedy will have claimed two sons, and an assassin’s bullet will take Lincoln himself, scandal will shadow her days as First Lady, leaving Mary alone and all but forgotten by the nation that owed her husband its survival.





At the Edge of Summer: A Novel

Ballantine Books - Yet his maman’s newest project is the most surprising: a fifteen-year-old Scottish girl grieving over her parents’ fate. The acclaimed author of letters from Skye returns with an extraordinary story of a friendship born of proximity but boundless in the face of separation and war. A curious child with an artistic soul, Clare Ross finds solace in her connection to Luc, and she in turn inspires him in ways he never thought possible.

Then, she is gone, just as suddenly as Clare arrives, whisked away by her grandfather to the farthest reaches of the globe. Luc crépet is accustomed to his mother’s bringing wounded creatures to their idyllic château in the French countryside, where healing comes naturally amid the lush wildflowers and crumbling stone walls.

At the Edge of Summer: A Novel - Years later, in the wake of world War I, now an artist, Clare, returns to France to help create facial prostheses for wounded soldiers. Sure to please readers who enjoyed other epistolary novels like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Stratford gazette   “An absorbing and rewarding saga of loss and discovery.

Kate alcott, author of the Dressmaker   “A sweeping and sweet but not saccharine love story. Usa today   “A dazzling little jewel. Richmond times-dispatch   “A captivating love story that celebrates the power of hope. Vanessa diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers.





Coventry: A Novel

W. W. Norton & Company - . For harriet; for the young fire watcher, maeve, Jeremy, standing beside her; and for his artist mother, hiding in a cellar, this single night of horror will resonate for the rest of their lives. Elegant. Illuminates the impact of war on ordinary people. But it is a bomber’s moon, and the Luftwaffe is coming to unleash destruction on the city.

. Coventry is a testament to the power of the human spirit, an honest and ultimately uplifting account of heartache transformed into compassion and love. An elegy and a celebration. Ann hood, author of the knitting circleon the evening of November 14, 1940, Harriet Marsh stands on the roof of the historic Coventry cathedral and marvels at the frost glittering beneath a full moon.





Call Me Zelda

Berkley - A haunting and beautifully atmospheric novel. Brilliantly brings scott and Zelda Fitzgerald to life in all their doomed beauty, with compelling and unforgettable results. Alex george, scott and zelda fitzgerald reigned as king and queen of the Jazz Age, author of Setting Free the KitesFrom New York to Paris, seeming to float on champagne bubbles above the mundane cares of the world.

Held captive by her own tragic past, Anna is increasingly drawn into the Fitzgeralds’ tumultuous relationship. As she becomes privy to zelda’s most intimate confessions, written in a secret memoir meant only for her, Anna begins to wonder which Fitzgerald is the true genius. But in taking ever greater emotional risks to save Zelda, Anna may end up paying a far higher price than she intended.

Call Me Zelda - . Readers guide included. But to those who truly knew them, the endless parties were only a distraction from their inner turmoil, and from a love that united them with a scorching intensity. When zelda is committed to a baltimore psychiatric clinic in 1932, the famous writer, she finds a sympathetic friend in her nurse, vacillating between lucidity and madness in her struggle to forge an identity separate from her husband, Anna Howard.





Hemingway's Girl

Berkley - Her struggle to support her family following her father’s death leads her to a bar and bordello, where she bets on a risky boxing match. And attracts the interest of two men: world-famous writer, Ernest Hemingway, and Gavin Murray, one of the WWI veterans who are laboring to build the Overseas Highway.

When mariella is hired as a maid by hemingway’s second wife, she enters a rarified world of lavish, Pauline, celebrity-filled dinner parties and elaborate off-island excursions. As she becomes caught up in the tensions and excesses of the Hemingway household, the attentions of the larger-than-life writer become a dangerous temptation.

. Even as straightforward Gavin Murray draws her back to what matters most. Will she cross an invisible line with the volatile Hemingway, or find a way to claim her own dreams?  As a massive hurricane bears down on Key West, Mariella faces some harsh truths. And the possibility of losing everything she loves.

Hemingway's Girl - From the bestselling author of the house of hawthorne comes a historical fiction novel that gives life to the women behind novelist Ernest Hemingway in a “robust, grief, tender story of love, and survival on Key West in the 1930s. In depression-era key west, mariella Bennet, the daughter of an American fisherman and a Cuban woman, knows hunger.





Grand Ambition: A Novel

W. W. Norton & Company - When they failed to appear at their destination on time, Glen's father mounted a desperate search to find them. An absorbing, affecting and beautifully written novel. New york times book reviewin lisa michaels's enthralling debut novel, Glen and Bessie Hyde, she weaves the tale of two young newlyweds, who set out in 1928 to run the rapids of the Grand Canyon.

Reading Group Guide included. The pair hoped to set a record: Bessie would be the first woman to negotiate that treacherous stretch of the Colorado River. Based on the few known facts of a true story, Grand Ambition contemplates our need for risk and danger, and treats with great complexity the power of youthful passion.





Radio Girls

Berkley - She is also caught up in a growing conflict between her two bosses, and Hilda Matheson, the formidable Director-General of the BBC, the extraordinary director of the hugely popular Talks programming, John Reith, who each have very different visions of what radio should be. American-raised maisie musgrave is thrilled to land a job as a secretary at the upstart British Broadcasting Corporation, whose use of radio—still new, strange, and electrifying—is captivating the nation.

Soon, she is seduced by the work—gaining confidence as she arranges broadcasts by the most famous writers, scientists, and politicians in Britain. London, 1926. Readers guide included. The great war is over, and change is in the air, in this novel that brings to life the exciting days of early British radio…and one woman who finds her voice while working alongside the brilliant women and men of the BBC.

Radio Girls - Under hilda’s tutelage, Maisie discovers her talent, passion, and ambition. But the hectic pace, smart young staff, and intimidating bosses only add to Maisie’s insecurity. But when she unearths a shocking conspiracy, she and Hilda join forces to make their voices heard both on and off the air…and then face the dangerous consequences of telling the truth for a living.





Daughter of Earth and Water: A Biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Endeavour Media - A disciple of mary’s famous father, the philosopher William Godwin her mother was the great feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley himself was only twenty, though he was married and soon to be a father. Mary and shelley fell in love the next summer; and several months later they ran away together. Thus began one of the most tragic, in all respects, poignant, and, brilliant relationships between a woman and a man that has ever been recorded.

Shelley went on writing the poetry that was to make him one of the immortals. He channelled his own wartime experience in military intelligence into many of his novels, as well as writing widely about American history. Mary wollstonecraft was fifteen when, in 1813, she met the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. But she never went under, and her story is touching, real, inspiring.

Daughter of Earth and Water: A Biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley - Noel bertram gerson 1913-1988 was a prolific American author, who wrote 325 books under his own name and under several pseudonyms. This is a story of love and of genius. Of faith and of rebellion. Their lives were dogged by tragedy: suicide in both families, finally, the early deaths of their first two children, and, the death by drowning of Percy Bysshe Shelley at the age of twenty-nine.

Mary shelley was one of the most remarkable and celebrated women of her time, and for all her happiness with her husband, life was not kind to her. His titles include liner, the conqueror’s wife, the great Rogue: A Biography of Captain John Smith and I’ll Storm Hell: A Novel of Mad Anthony Wayne.