Jilted by her fiance, Quaker Honor Bright leaves the comfort of her native England for the harsh frontier farmland of 1850 Ohio. Among strangers and feeling the pressures of an alien world, Honor struggles to ford a cultural divide wider than the Atlantic she just crossed. And soon a new urgency takes hold: Honor joins the Underground Railroad, aiding runaway slaves in their escape to freedom.
A young mother sets sail from Ireland to meet her husband in Canada; prospectors hope to strike gold in the frozen Yukon; a slave poisons his master and escapes with the master's wife. In 14 stories inspired by history, the author of Room presents wanderers, immigrants and other boundary-crossers.
In 1931, Emily Thornhill, one of the few women in the Chicago press, covers the murders of Asta Eicher and her three children. Obsessed with finding out what happened to this beautiful family, Emily allies herself with the man funding the investigation.
This reimagining of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice depicts the romance, intrigue and drama of the Bennet household from the perspectives of its below-stairs servants. Sara, an orphaned housemaid to the Bennets, has to cope with the arrival of the militia and the attentions of an ambitious former slave.
In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment, and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children, whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. Their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
Harry Copeland and Catherine Thomas Hale find each other on the ride back from Staten Island. She's an heiress and an actress, and he's a former World War II paratrooper with a leather factory left to him by his father. They fall in love immediately, but the world Harry Copeland helped save can still be cruel, and he's forced to fall back on the friendships and proficiencies he gained in war to try to survive in peace.
United by San Miguel, a weather-beaten island off the coast of California, three women struggle with brutal isolation around the turn of the twentieth century. These women — the wife of a Civil War veteran, her rebellious daughter and a librarian in love — confront the challenges of circumstance and the savagery of nature in a novel about the horrors and loves of a paradise lost and found in equal measure.
In 1929, Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the maid for a prominent family in Missouri, chases down justice after her younger sister is one of 42 people killed in a mysterious explosion at a local dance hall.
"To be young, in France, and in love: fourteen-year-old Dâesirâee can't believe her good fortune. Her fiance, the dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her into a life rich in passion and desire"—P.  of cover.
Joining the war effort as nurses in 1915, two spirited Australian sisters, carrying a guilty secret, become the friends they never were at home. They find themselves courageous in the face of extreme danger as they serve alongside remarkable women during the first World War.
Henry is a young slave living in the mid-19th-century Kansas Territory whose life takes a major turn when he meets the legendary abolitionist John Brown — who mistakes Henry for a girl. Henry continues to hide his true identity for his own safety as he travels with Brown's militia, through the historic 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry.