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City of Women - Set in WWII Berlin. Page turner - author said the basic question the book asks is what would you do. Learned much about wartime Berlin and people's lives during that time.

The Scarlet Letter is an 1850 romantic work of fiction in a historical setting, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is considered to be his magnum opus.[1] Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, Massachusetts during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an adulterous affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.

A totally different look at slavery - this book focuses on the tendency of plantation owners to take slave mistresses

The Heretics: John Shakespeare, on my last Rory Clements book, will be said when I have finished it, love his detailed writing of medieval times

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5 books set in China, in honor of holiday

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. This book is fascinating and I couldn't put it down.

In 1851 Olive Oatman was a thirteen-year old pioneer traveling west toward Zion, with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own.

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night. A dead girl walks the streets. She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

The Secret Daughter of the Tsar by Jennifer Laam | Publisher: St Martin's Griffin | Publication Date: October 22, 2013 | | Historical Fiction

After the murder of their father, Lulu and Merry grow up living tenuous lives where Lulu denies he ever existed and Merry dutifully visits him in prison, only to find their lives on the brink of collapse when they learn that their unrepentant and manipulative father is about to be paroled. A first novel.

The true story of power, prestige and secrets in Belvoir Castle, told in THE SECRET ROOMS by Catherine Bailey, gives "Downton Abbey" a run for its money.