#FridayReads: Romance through History

This weekend we’re into historical romances from a variety of time periods! Keep reading to see our #FridayReads picks. 


A Flight of Golden Wings

9780749018085It is September 1939. Britain is at war. Ruth Aspinall, a gifted pilot, is determined to join the Air Transport Auxiliary, an organization of civilian pilots who ferry aircraft to wherever they’re needed. In America, Jack and Lucy Nelson, both experienced pilots themselves, are keen to join too. After a perilous journey by sea, Jack soon has his first experience of the London Blitz before being posted to White Waltham, where he quite literally bumps into Ruth. Despite a few false starts, Ruth soon realizes she has fallen in love with Jack. But with death and heartbreak all around them, the cautious Jack can’t put his heart on the line when it could all end in tragedy and loss. But by 1944, the tide of war is changing. Jack is sent to France to deliver a Spitfire, but his plane never arrives. Heartbroken, Ruth must accept that the love of her life may never return…
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The Jade Lioness

9781781892374Can an impossible love become possible?
Nagasaki, 1648 Temperance Marston longs to escape war-torn England and explore the exotic empire of Japan. When offered the chance to accompany her cousin and Captain Noordholt on a trading expedition to Nagasaki, she jumps at the opportunity. However, she soon finds the country’s strict laws for foreigners curtail her freedom.
On a dangerous and foolhardy venture she meets Kazuo, a ronin. Kazuo is fascinated by her blonde hair and blue eyes, but he has a mission to complete and he cannot be distracted. Long ago, his father was accused of a crime he didn’t commit – stealing a valuable jade lioness ornament from the Shogun – and Kazuo must restore his family’s honor. But when Temperance is kidnapped and sold as a concubine, he has to make a decision – can he save her and keep the promise he made to his father?
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The Legend of the Gypsy Hawk

9781781892657Come then, and I’ll tell you the tale of the Gypsy Hawk and her wily captain – the infamous Zachary Hazard …’
To Amelia Dauphin, freedom is her most prized possession and she will stop at nothing to keep it. Daughter of a Pirate King and the youngest captain in her father’s fleet, she lives on the island of Ile Saint Anne, where pirates roam free and liberty reigns.
Zachary Hazard, captain of the Gypsy Hawk, hasn’t been seen on Ile Saint Anne for six years but his reputation precedes him. To Zach, liberty is the open water and he has little time for the land-bound pirate island.
But when he hears that Amelia’s people could be in danger, he has no choice but to return. And what begins then is a desperate fight for freedom and a legend in the making …
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The Country Doctor’s Choice

9780749016111The market town of Everham is full of rumours and counter-rumours. Dr Leigh McDowall, medical registrar, is taking a refresher course in obstetrics. He is immediately attracted to Dr Shelagh Hammond, obstetric surgeon, but she is deeply involved with another doctor, Paul Sykes and is caring for her terminally ill mother, who has a secret of her own.
Meanwhile Reverend Derek Bolt is troubled by the unwanted attentions of a female parishioner and he confides in headmaster Jeremy North. Set against the back-drop of the Profumo affair that rocked Britain, Everham’s own politics reach a dramatic scandalous crescendo.
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