Sixteen-year-old Lottie O'Brien dreams of escaping the poverty that has plagued her family, but when she befriends teacher Madeleine Carson and her wealthy family, Lottie's life is rapidly transformed, but not how she expected.
When young Mollie became a 'skivvy' in a stately London townhouse aged just 14, she quickly learned that a large amount of elbow grease and a sense of humour would be tantamount to surviving there. Through Mollie's eyes we are offered a fascinating glimpse into London's invisible 'downstairs', a world that has long-since vanished - cooking huge roast dinners, polishing silverware, scrubbing doorsteps and covering up her employers' scandals.
In Australia, the Blake sisters are together again despite what seemed like unsurmountable odds. But then a messenger arrives from faraway England, and one sister jumps at the chance to make her way back to the Lancashire moors that she misses. The way home, though, will be even harder than the voyage to Australia. When she reaches Outham, a devious enemy will do anything to prevent her from taking charge of her family's inheritance…
As Marianne Lefevre, governess in the affluent Matlowe household, grows closer to the young twin girls and the staff, she begins to wonder why the children are forbidden to go near the boat house, who is the "ghost" the twins claim to have seen lurking there and what really happened to the girls’ parents…?
For Mattie Willit, running away from her bullying stepfather, rescue comes in the form of Jacob Kemble, a widowed farmer. As Jacob nurses Mattie back to health, the two come know and love each other. Meanwhile, wealthy Miss Emily Newington needs their help to save her from her greedy cousin who is plotting to take her house. Together they must all battle the odds, to try and find a happy ending.
Jenna's life is perfect--perfect chaos! One lousy Monday, Jenna loses her gorgeous job, her even more gorgeous boyfriend, and her home. In an attempt to put aside her personal woes, Jenna goes to catalogue books for an elderly cousin, Kitty Everest, at her country mansion. Horrified to discover that Kitty may be forced to sell Holtby House, Jenna throws herself into a scheme to save it. But when an attempt is made on her life, Jenna finds herself in a race to save Holtby, Kitty--and herself.
Thirteenth-century France: Bridget has grown up mastering the mystical gifts of her ancestor, Mary Magdalene, whose unbroken female lineage has kept a legacy of wisdom alive for a thousand years. But the all-powerful Catholic Church has sworn to destroy Bridget for using her healing talents and supernatural abilities. Her duty to continue the bloodline leads her into the arms of Raoul de Mountvallant - a Catholic. But when the Church's savage religious intolerance causes Raoul to turn rebel, a terrible vengeance is exacted. As war rages on, it is the children of these passionate souls, Magda and Dominic, who must strive to preserve the ancient knowledge for future generations.
It will be no easy task for Monika Paniatowski to fill the shoes of a local legend like DCI Charlie Woodend. On her first day a severed female hand is discovered on the riverbank. Only hours into the case, she finds she can no longer trust her colleagues- or even herself- and the urge to pick up the phone and beg Woodend for help becomes almost irresistible.
London 1937. When Adelaide discovers she is not who she thought she was, her search for her family leads her to the Our Lady of Mercy convent in France. The defeat of France brings German occupation to the village. Involved with the resistance and British agents, Adelaide and the sisters try to protect the innocent from the evil menace of the Nazi war machine.
In the 1960s, three young women meet in Bombay and don't believe it when they are warned that when European women go to live east of Aden, their lives change completely. Soon, all three friends discover the truth of the warning and due to circumstances beyond their control, they are forced to go home. Forty years later Jess decides to seek out her old friends to find out how life turned out for them after they left India behind.
When a recently released prisoner claims in a deathbed confession that he is innocent of the rape and murder of a young girl for which he was convicted twenty-two years earlier, DCI Monika Paniatowski is tasked to lead an unofficial investigation into his claims. At first she is reluctant, but when she learns that her old mentor Charlie Woodend was the lead detective in the case, she knows she must do everything she can to protect his reputation.
Eleanor of Aquitaine rules as a modern heroine in the twelfth century, in this beloved classic of royal fiction. At a time when a woman’s value was measured solely by her wealth and the number of sons she bore, Eleanor was the high-spirited, stubborn, and intelligent heiress to the vast duchy of Aquitaine.
It’s not easy to face the new girlfriend of the man you once loved. Jealous, Alice is repelled by Ginny and her sinister group of friends. Then Alice finds a diary hidden in Ginny’s room and reads about two friends and the mysterious woman who bewitched them both. As past and present merge, Alice is plunged into a world of obsession, revenge, seduction and blood.
With the outbreak of the American Civil War, Cassandra and her sisters must choose: stay in Lancashire and risk starvation or pack up and begin again elsewhere. But an old feud tears the family apart: Cassandra is kidnapped and her sisters are forced to sail to Fremantle. Penniless and alone, Cassandra is determined to find them again, no matter the cost.
Norah's husband was killed in the Great War, and Andrew's wife is dead. Why not journey to Australia and start again? What does it matter if they don't know each other? Norah thinks it's a stupid idea until her father dies. It may be madness to follow a man she barely knows to a land far from home, but it may also be the answer to her dreams.
WW II has ended and, for the Jago family, their rambling old home is in severe disrepair. They call in Charles Garland from the National Trust, a charity concerned with renovating the crumbling stately homes of the British Isles. But Charles faces opposition from both the family and the local community, as he represents a modern world at odds with Lizzah and life before the war…
Lu Wilmott grows up in the Portsmouth slums of the 1920s. Stricken by diphtheria, she is sent to the Hampshire countryside to recover and discovers a robust fighting spirit. But, faced with little choice, she follows her mother and aunts into the city's infamous staymaking trade, where women endure conditions so appalling that Lu comes to realise that things must change.
Australia, 1890. Left to fend for herself, 14-year-old Sarette Maitland is rescued by John Kern and brought up as his daughter. When tragedy strikes, Sarette is introduced to her mentor’s heir and nephew, Magnus, whom Kern has appointed as her guardian. When Magnus learns that his uncle has left Sarette a fortune both his honesty and his heart are put to the test.
Kate's latest failure on the London dating scene leads her to escape to an idyllic West Country village where she finds her 'Cinderella Project' - a run-down cottage on the edge of the moors. Her attempt to lead a quiet life there is, however, thwarted by a town seething with passion and intrigue.
Russia may have survived the Revolution, but a brutal civil war still rages. Families flee as the threat draws ever closer. However, as distant relatives of the Romanovs, the Kirilovs' heritage means they are never far from danger. When tragedy strikes, four-year-old Lydia Kirilova is separated from her family; the only key to her identity is the opulent jewel concealed in her petticoat.