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Historical Fiction

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Silken Strands: a novel of the historic Oneida Community

by Rebecca May Hope

 One man’s utopia is a young woman’s worst nightmare.
 For seventeen-year-old Millie Langston, one hundred husbands are ninety-nine too many. But since she lives at Oneida Community in 1877, when she marries, all the men of the commune will be her husbands, and she’ll be just one of many wives to them. Perhaps because she’s read so many novels, she dreams of romance with just one man—someone like the handsome Outsider she met on the train.

But that’s not Millie’s only dream. At the commune, she has the chance to work full time as a writer—something unheard of in the outside world. Unexpectedly, she becomes a rising star, thanks to her mentor, Tirzah Miller, editress of the Community newspaper. Tirzah expects Millie to submit to marriage as all the other girls have, so she arranges for Millie to meet with their new leader, Theodore Noyes, for her initiation as a communal wife. Now Millie must decide what she values most. How important is it to belong? Is it worth her freedom? Arranged marriages are bad enough, but Millie faces a string of unwanted husbands after Theodore, including the aging prophet, Father Noyes, and the sinister, eye-patched Judge Towner. How can she avoid the inevitable without being expelled from the only home she’s ever known?

Without Words

by Lisa Gurine

It’s amazing what people will tell you when you don’t speak yourself. Shadow, an orphan who attached herself to an immigrant family on a boat to America in 1881, suffered an unknown trauma that left her mute. As a child and a young woman, she becomes an integral part of her South Dakota prairie community. Secrets, quirks of character, and personal tragedies are safe with Shadow, who provides wordless, non-judgemental support to the fascinating characters who move in and out of her life.Shadow’s perspective, written as her life wanes, immerses readers in the heartwarming and heartwrenching experiences of the brave, noble, and not-so-noble immigrants who struggled to establish a foothold on the harsh prairie landscape. Eventually Shadow comes to understand that, a life without words is not a life without significance.

The Battle is O'er

by Laura Vosika

Safely back in his own time, Shawn is steadily regaining all he lost—his career as a world-traveling musician, the son he feared he would never know, and finally, maybe—even Amy’s heart. But as he does, he learns of the dangers still lurking in fourteenth century Scotland: to Niall who will pay the price for the deed Shawn committed; to his own son, the subject of prophecy and an ancient letter predicting a fateful battle; even danger to the whole world as the Butcher of Berwick uses his knowledge of the future to destroy it.


In this gripping conclusion to The Blue Bells Chronicles, Shawn faces the ultimate test. His selfishness once cost him everything. His newfound selflessness may do the same.

Blue Bells of Scotland

by Laura Vosika

Shawn Kleiner has it all: money, fame, a skyrocketing career as an international musical phenomenon, his beautiful girlfriend Amy, and all the women he wants--until the night Amy has enough and leaves him stranded in a Scottish castle tower.


He wakes up to find himself mistaken for Niall Campbell, medieval Highland warrior. Soon after, he is sent shimmying down a wind-torn castle wall into a dangerous cross country trek with Niall's tempting, but knife-wielding fiancee. They are pursued by English soldiers and a Scottish traitor who want Niall dead.

The Minstrel Boy

by Laura Vosika

In The Minstrel Boy, Shawn's girlfriend Amy resigns her position with the orchestra and stays behind in Scotland to trace Niall's fate through historical records. What she finds is not answers, but more questions.


Niall Campbell, a man larger than life, who recovers miraculously from multiple injuries, walks through walls, and appears in two places at once: Fact or myth? The thieving MacDougalls built gallows to hang Niall: Were they used? And why is the cop assigned to Shawn's case pursuing her long after the files are closed?

The Water is Wide

by Laura Vosika

World-renowned musician Shawn Kleiner vanished in the night among the ruins of a Scottish castle. While the world searches, one woman, the mother of his child, knows the truth: He is trapped seven hundred years in the past. While they struggle to reunite across the centuries, an unseen shadow crosses their path--an evil that will threaten the life of a child prophesied to protect history. An evil from the past walks today....

Westering Home

by Laura Vosika

Two years in medieval Scotland will change a man.  Two hours in the modern world will tempt him back to his old ways.  Some don't want Shawn changed and others don't believe he is.


Modern life is not the haven Shawn imagined.  Amy and the orchestra have moved on without him.  He is guilt-ridden over leaving Niall in danger while he escaped into the safety of Amy's 21s-century arms.


His life in music turns dark as he learns a medieval foe stalks Amy and his son.  Living and fighting with Niall, the Laird, Robert the Bruce, and James Douglas, he learned honor, virtue, and strength.  Will they be enough to save his son?  Because history and the whole world depend on it.

The Sion Grail

Janet Kramer

In Paris seeking her French lineage, Mary Magdalena Forsythe (Maggie) discovers a priceless historic grail which belongs to a legendary secret society, The Priory of Sion, and is hotly pursued by a rapacious collector. Romance and adventure follow Maggie as she travels to the South of France in search of her namesake and the grail’s origins.


There, she experiences a spiritual link with Mary Magdalene, along with insights into the Jesus and Mary Magdalene liaison and her own personal grail connection. The story’s events challenge Maggie to confront her soul’s journey, changing her life forever.

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