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Anne Severn and the Fieldings

Anne Severn and the Fieldings by May Sinclair

Anne Severn and the Fieldings by May Sinclair

Written in an era of cheap, formulaic romantic fiction, the nuanced, seditious, quietly erotic novels of May Sinclair stand out like literature from another era entirely. There is romance in “Anne Severn & the Fieldings,” but it’s romance of the best and profoundest kind, set in the context of authentic human personalities and tragic historical events. The motherless Anne Severn is adopted into the Fielding family and grows up in intimate friendship with the three Fielding sons, all of whom love her. World War I explodes into their lives with hideous effect, sending all three sons back damaged in one way or another. Anne herself sees the horrors of war as an ambulance driver, meeting along the way (in a whimsical little self-referential sentence) a “queer little middle-aged lady out for a job at the front” whom we recognize as May Sinclair herself, who volunteered for just such an adventure in 1914. Sinclair always was half-Victorian, half-modern, so it is no surprise to find her using subtle, lovely, dreamlike, decorous prose to undermine social conventions on all sides. Most startling, perhaps, is the unambiguous sexuality that complicates the lives of her characters, troubling marriages and consummating true love. She creates personalities about whom we care much more than we care about proprieties and social boundaries, and Anne Severn stands as one of Sinclair’s most courageous and compelling heroines

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The Old Manor House

The Old Manor House by Charlotte Turner Smith

The Old Manor House by Charlotte Turner Smith

The proud, cruel and arrogant Mrs. Rayland never married. Therefore, “Rayland Hall”, the old Manor House of the title, had to pass to their heir, Somerive, whom they never treated kindly. According to the British laws at the time, the heir must be the oldest son. But what is to be done when the second son is more worthy of it – and is more beloved by Miss Rayland herself? And must the fact that he is in love with a servant and dependent of Miss Rayland take its toll?

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The Yellow Dove

The Yellow Dove by George Gibbs

The Yellow Dove by George Gibbs

A World War 1 spy vs spy novel. Oh! And perhaps I should also mention, a bit of romance?
“I am sorry,” he said coolly, “awfully sorry. As you know, I would have had things different. You may still doubt me when I say that what I have done is the hardest task that I ever undertook in my life. But that is true. You were the only person in England who jeopardized my existence there. I had to take you away. I regret the necessity of having to use force. I shall do what I can here upon the Sylph to counteract the unpleasant impression of my brutality. I am not a bully and a woman-baiter. I am a spoke in the wheel of destiny which you had clogged. By all the rules of the game you should have died. Reasons which I need not mention made your death at my hands an impossibility. So I merely removed you to a place of safety. No harm shall come to you, I pledge my honor.”

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Katherine Lauderdale – Volume 1

Katherine Lauderdale - Volume 1 by Francis Marion Crawford

Katherine Lauderdale – Volume 1 by Francis Marion Crawford

Katharine Lauderdale would be a New York society belle, if it were not for her miserly father. Her older sister has escaped the unhappy parental home by marrying and Katherine plans to do the same, but her father has already refused to sanction her nuptials with her cousin and childhood sweetheart, Jack Ralston. Desperate measures are needed and what role will rich Uncle Robert play in the future of the young people?

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The Conquest of Canaan

The Conquest of Canaan by Booth Tarkington

The Conquest of Canaan by Booth Tarkington

Small town middle America in early 1900’s—Ne’er-do-well Joe Louden loves daughter of wealthy judge, from afar—leaves town, goes to law school–returns to scandalize all by defending impossible cases—wins over town. Story of small town mores, social inequity, changing times, honor and greed.

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Onlyness

Onlyness by Santosh Jha

Onlyness by Santosh Jha

Dumped by her billionaire fiancé, a resplendently beautiful woman, the empress of eclectic endowments of extremities of name, fame and flair, the reigning royalty of Hollywood’s dream factory, the Oscar winner and highest paid actor, lands herself in all sorts of woes – hospitalization for slipping pill overdose, bad press, peer group backstabbing and paparazzi. She escapes to anonymity at India’s Yoga capital but the threat of paparazzi follows. A young yogi bails her out and detours her to an unusual world where he introduces her to the super consciousness of ‘onlyness’ within her. The redeemed empress unconsciously discovers her true elements being in linearity with that of the yogi and believes, she may be second time lucky. However, more shocks await her.

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The Beautiful Lady

The Beautiful Lady by Booth Tarkington

The Beautiful Lady by Booth Tarkington

Raffaele Ansolini is down on his luck: living in Paris is not quite so amazing if there are no funds to finance the amusement. So Ansolini has taken radical steps to support himself. Shaving off his hair, he uses his bald head as advertising space for a local theatre. This is not the costume in which to meet the most beautiful woman in Paris. Will he be able to find her again?

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Butler’s Delights

Butler's Delights by Charm Brights

Butler's Delights by Charm Brights

When his nine year old son suggested it, the Emir decided that an English butler, a Jeeves, would be a nice touch in his Golden Palace. For Robinson, it meant big changes from his English life. Most of the duties were similar to those in the household in England, but some of the perks were better. And then the Princesses came to visit him. For Robinson’s wife, who had never been spanked even as a child, it meant bigger changes, and ones she came to love.

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Student Delights

Student Delights by Charm Brights

Student Delights by Charm Brights

Prequel to Absolute showing how Amelia Smith became Princess Zubeydeh

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The Spark In My Quiet World

The Spark In My Quiet World by Oluwasegun Femi Fragile

The Spark In My Quiet World by Oluwasegun Femi Fragile

The Spark in My Quiet world is a sojourn of a single guy in search of true love. The fortune that smiled on him when he met Lizzy soon faded. What he regarded as true love was simply a moment of undivided attention. He was set to experience the two sides of one world. Inspired by a true life occurrence. Coated with sincerity; it digs to unveil the reality about lovers, loving and being loved. To help comprehend that there is a purpose for every relationship, if you choose to see it for what it is. Irrespective of its dividends, some lovers are lessons while others are blessings.

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