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When We Were Orphans

When We Were Orphans

Author(s): Kazuo Ishiguro

Location(s): London, Shanghai

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s

England, the 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country’s most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him: the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in old Shanghai, when he was...

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The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door

Author(s): Yewande Omotoso

Location(s): Cape Town

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): contemporary

Hortensia and Marion are next door neighbours in a charming, bougainvillea-laden Cape Town suburb. One is black, one white. Both are successful women with impressive careers behind them. Both have recently been widowed. Both are in their eighties. And...

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Villa of Secrets

Villa of Secrets

Author(s): Patricia Wilson

Location(s): Rhodes

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): WW2, contemporary

Rebecca Neumanner’s marriage is on the brink of collapse, as her desire to be a mother becomes an obsession. Then she receives news from her estranged family in Rhodes. Called back to the beautiful Greek island of her birth,...

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Secrets of Santorini

Secrets of Santorini

Author(s): Patricia Wilson

Location(s): Santorini

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): contemporary

Sent away to a convent school in Dublin at the age of five, Irini McGuire has always had a strained and distant relationship with her mother, Bridget, a celebrated archaeologist who lives on the paradise island of Santorini. So,...

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The Tuscan Secret

The Tuscan Secret

Author(s): Angela Petch

Location(s): Tuscany

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): WW2, contemporary

Mulino. An old crumbling mill, by a winding river, nestled in the Tuscan mountains. An empty home that holds memories of homemade pasta and Nonna’s stories by the fire, and later: the Nazi invasion, and a family torn apart...

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Three Days in Florence

Three Days in Florence

Author(s): Chrissie Manby

Location(s): Florence

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): contemporary

Kathy Courage has never visited the famous Italian city of Florence before, so she’s thrilled when she and her boyfriend Neil are invited there for a wedding. Unfortunately, with Neil’s constant complaining and his teenage children in tow, it’s...

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A Postcard from Italy

A Postcard from Italy

Author(s): Alex Brown

Location(s): Italian Riviera

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): contemporary

Grace Quinn loves her job at Cohen’s Convenient Storage Company, finding occasional treasure in the forgotten units that customers have abandoned. Her inquisitive nature is piqued when a valuable art collection and a bundle of letters and diaries are...

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The Sun Sister

The Sun Sister

Author(s): Lucinda Riley

Location(s): Lake Naivasha, Manhattan

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1930s, contemporary

To the outside world, Electra D’Aplièse seems to be the woman with everything: as one of the world’s top models, she is beautiful, rich and famous. Yet beneath the veneer, Electra’s already tenuous control over her state of mind...

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The Butterfly Room

The Butterfly Room

Author(s): Lucinda Riley

Location(s): Suffolk

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1940s, contemporary

Posy Montague is approaching her seventieth birthday. Still living in her beautiful family home, Admiral House, set in the glorious Suffolk countryside where she spent her own idyllic childhood catching butterflies with her beloved father, and raised her own...

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Author(s): Mark Sullivan

Location(s): Italian Alps, Milan

Genre(s): Historical

Era(s): WW2

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs,...

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