Stunningly detailed, and emotionally engrossing, richly plotted, The Real Minerva is the story of three women forging their own paths in a Midwestern farming community. Suspenseful and moving, the Real Minerva is a remarkable novel about the strength of women and the unexpected bonds that form between them.
The Real Minerva #ad - Mary sharratt is the author of the much-acclaimed debut, Summit Avenue, and the forthcoming novel The Vanishing Point. In 1923, barbara, her mother, as book-loving Penny enters adolescence, pulls her out of school to send her to work. A born-and-bred minnesotan, sharratt drew on her mother's and grandmother's stories of Minnesota farm life in the early twentieth century for The Real Minerva.
. Intrigued by this curious new resident, Penny sets out to work for Cora.
Daughters of the Witching HillMariner Books #ad - Bess southerns, an impoverished widow living in Pendle Forest, is haunted by visions and gains a reputation as a cunning woman. When a peddler suffers a stroke after exchanging harsh words with Alizon, eager to make his name as a witch finder, a local magistrate, plays neighbors and family members against one another until suspicion and paranoia reach frenzied heights.
Daughters of the Witching Hill is a powerful novel of intrigue and revelation. Sharratt interweaves well-researched historical details of the 1612 Pendle witch-hunt with a beautifully imagined story of strong women, family, and betrayal. Drawing on the catholic folk magic of her youth, Bess heals the sick and foretells the future.
Daughters of the Witching Hill #ad - . Daughters of the witching hill brings history to life in a vivid and wrenching account of a family sustained by love as they try to survive the hysteria of a witch-hunt. As she ages, she instructs her granddaughter, as well as her best friend, Alizon, in her craft, who ultimately turns to dark magic. This e-book includes a sample chapter of Illuminations.
Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von BingenMariner Books #ad - Sharratt brings one of the most famous and enigmatic women of the Middle Ages to vibrant life in this tour de force, which will captivate the reader from the very first page. Sharon kay penman “One could not anticipate this majesty and drama. Like ann patchett’s Bel Canto, Illuminations is primarily about relationships forged under pressure.
Publishers Weekly “Masterful. Saint paul Pioneer Press. Unforgettable. January magazine one of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages, Hildegard von Bingen—Benedictine abbess, healer, composer, saint—experienced mystic visions from a very young age. Illuminations is riveting, following von Bingen through.
Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen #ad - Gripping. To emerge as one of the significant voices of the 12th century. Offered by her noble family to the Church at the age of eight, she lived for years in forced silence. In this brilliantly researched and insightful novel, Mary Sharratt offers a deeply moving portrait of a woman willing to risk everything for what she believed, a triumphant exploration of the life she might well have lived.
The Dark Lady's MaskMariner Books #ad - Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the St. Will gains fame and fortune for their plays back in London and years later publishes the sonnets mocking his former muse. Their italian idyll, though, cannot last. The idea of a smart, artistic woman telling shakespeare, beautiful, ‘We shall write comedies, you and I’ is as heady as the elderflower wine Aemilia’s household staff brews.
Washington post “atmospheric, well-researched, like Shakespeare’s plays, carefully plotted…and, chock-full of equal parts mirth and pith to please all. Minneapolis Star Tribune. Paul pioneer press “an absorbing bildungsroman that grapples with strikingly contemporary issues of gender and religious identification”—New York Times Book Review “An exquisite portrait of a Renaissance woman pursuing her artistic destiny in England and Italy, who may—or may not—be Shakespeare’s Dark Lady.
The Dark Lady's Mask #ad - Margaret george, best-selling author of Elizabeth I Aemilia Bassano Lanier is beautiful and accomplished, but her societal conformity ends there. Not one to stand by in humiliation, Aemilia takes up her own pen in her defense, and in defense of all women. She frequently cross-dresses to escape her loveless marriage and to gain freedoms only men enjoy—and then a chance encounter with a ragged, little-known poet named Shakespeare changes everything.
The two outsiders strike up a literary bargain: they leave plague-ridden London for Italy, where they begin secretly writing comedies together and where Will falls in love with the beautiful country—and with Aemilia, his Dark Lady.
The Vanishing PointMariner Books #ad - But hannah is also plagued by doubt, as her quest for answers to May’s fate grows ever more disturbing and tangled. This e-book includes a sample chapter of ILLUMINATIONS. Alone in a wild, uncultivated land where the old rules no longer apply, Hannah is freed from the constraints of the society that judged both her and May as dangerous—too smart, too fearless, and too hungry for life.
In the tradition of philippa gregory’s smart, featuring two star-crossed sisters, transporting fiction comes this tale of dark suspense, love, and betrayal, one lost and the other searching. Bright and inquisitive, Hannah Powers was raised by a father who treated her as if she were his son. But hannah’s secret serves her well when she journeys to colonial Maryland to reunite with May, who has been married off to a distant cousin after her sexual misadventures ruined her marriage prospects in England.
The Vanishing Point #ad - As hannah searches for May, who has disappeared, she finds herself falling in love with her brother-in-law. While her beautiful and reckless sister, May, pushes the limits of propriety in their small English town, Hannah harbors her own secret: their father has given her an education forbidden to women.
Ecstasy: A NovelHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Torn by her love and in awe of his genius, how will she remain true to herself and her artistic passion? Part cautionary tale, part triumph of the feminist spirit, mother, lover, author, sister, wife, Ecstasy reveals the true Alma Mahler: composer, daughter, and muse. Mary sharratt has finally given center stage to one of the most controversial and complex women of her time.
Ecstasy: A Novel #ad - . A new era of possibility for women is dawning, and she is determined to make the most of it. He demands that she give up her music as a condition of their marriage. Coming of age in the midst of a creative and cultural whirlwind in Vienna, young, beautiful Alma Schindler yearns to make her mark as a composer.
But alma loses her heart to the great composer Gustav Mahler, nearly twenty years her senior.
Tidelands The Fairmile Series Book 1Atria Books #ad - Instead, she meets james, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life. This is the time of witch mania, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, and Alinor, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.
The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even the remote tidelands —the marshy landscape of the south coast. Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbors. The #1 new york times bestselling author and “one of the great storytellers of our time” San Francisco Book Review turns from the glamour of the royal courts to tell the story of an ordinary woman, Alinor, who cannot bear to conform to the life that lies before her.
Tidelands The Fairmile Series Book 1 #ad - Midsummer’s eve, 1648, england is in the grip of a civil war between renegade king and rebellious parliament. It is dangerous for a woman to be different. Alinor, a descendant of wisewomen, trapped in poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband.
Once Upon a River: A NovelAtria/Emily Bestler Books #ad - Three families are keen to claim her. The parson’s housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son’s secret liaison stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years.
Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girl’s identity can be known. Stedman, #1 new york times bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone’s.
In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Is it a miracle? is it magic? or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger.
Once Upon a River: A Novel #ad - The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless. Suspenseful, romantic, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and richly atmospheric, this is “a beguiling tale, and just as rich and intriguing” M.
L. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.
The Witches of New York: A Novel Ami McKay's Witches Book 1Harper Perennial #ad - Clair. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. A buzzfeed best gift book of the year“a dark, atmospheric, and feminist story of three women in New York City's Gilded Age, each determined to thrive in a society hell-bent on keeping them down, and using their coven to do so.
Buzzfeedinternational bestsellerrespectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. At their humble teashop, and spiritual assignations for a select society of ladies, they provide a place for whispered confessions, Tea and Sympathy, secret cures, who speak the right words and ask the right questions. Those averse to magic need not apply, " she has little inclination of what the job will demand of her.
The Witches of New York: A Novel Ami McKay's Witches Book 1 #ad - Beatrice doesn't know it yet, but she is no ordinary small-town girl; she has great spiritual gifts—ones that will serve as her greatest asset and also place her in grave danger. Those averse to magic need not apply. Under the tutelage of adelaide and eleanor, beatrice comes to harness many of her powers, but not even they can prepare her for the evils lurking in the darkest corners of the city or the courage it will take to face them.
. New york in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. But the profile of tea and Sympathy is about to change with the fortuitous arrival of Beatrice Dunn. When seventeen-year-old beatrice leaves the safety of her village to answer an ad that reads "Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl.
The Witch's Kind: A NovelRedhook #ad - The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. In the aftermath of world war ii, two women with unusual gifts must protect a mysterious baby in a poignant tale of family, sacrifice and magic. Together, barrie anne and charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves -- and the child they think of as their own -- from suspicious neighbors, the government, and even their own family.
. For more from louisa morgan, check out: A Secret History of WitchesThe Age of Witches. Barrie anne blythe and her aunt charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar -- two women living alone on the outskirts of town. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne's long-lost husband -- who is not quite the man she thought she married.
The Witch's Kind: A Novel #ad - But two events threaten to upend their lives forever. It is the price of concealing their strange and dangerous family secret.