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Willing to Die

by Sheridan Le Fanu

Sheridan Le Fanu's final novel Willing to Die is an emotionally evocative look at the most vexing of all mysteries: suicide. In what some critics regard as his most ambitious work, Le Fanu leaves behind the...


Checkmate

by Sheridan Le Fanu

He may have vast stores of family money at his disposal, but no one would accuse sleazy Walter Longcluse of being a noble gentleman. After worming his way into the good graces of the genteel Arden clan, Longcluse...


The Tenants of Malory

by Sheridan Le Fanu

After standing empty for years, the grand home known as Malory is suddenly found to be occupied. Understandably, the villagers of Cardyllian, the quaint town closest to Malory, are curious about the new tenants....


The Lost Prince

by Francis Hodgson Burnett

Twelve-year-old Marco has lived his entire life in a series of dingy, barely habitable rented flats, moving around Europe at a moment's notice, and seeing his father only sporadically. Remarkably, along the...


The Boy With Wings

by Berta Ruck

British author Berta Ruck offers up an imaginative take on the ancient myth of Icarus. Set in the months before World War I broke out, The Boy With Wings follows the course of an improbable romance that blossoms...


Guy Deverell

by Sheridan Le Fanu

If you're in the mood for a classic gothic thriller, add Sheridan Le Fanu's Guy Deverell to your list. Villainous machinations, contested wills, complex revenge plots, and a spooky haunting to boot -- this epic...


Forests of Maine: Marco Paul's Adventures in Pursuit of Knowledge

by Jacob Abbott

Learning doesn't have to be drudgery, as this exciting tale proves again and again. Younger readers with an interest in history and geography will adore Forests of Maine from author Jacob Abbott. Intrepid adventurer...


The Ayrshire Legatees: Or, The Pringle Family

by John Galt

The lives of the humble Pringle family of Scotland are turned upside down with the news that they have been named the recipients of a relative's inheritance. Trading quiet village life for the hustle and bustle...


The Simpkins Plot

by George A. Birmingham

"George A. Birmingham" was the pen name of James Owen Hannay, an Irish clergymen who wrote novels in his spare time. The Simpkins Plot is a fun, whimsical tale about a case of mistaken identity -- and the havoc...


Esther

by Henry Adams

Henry Adams' Esther puts a novel spin on the classic scenario of ill-matched lovers. Esther is a spirited, independent artist who also happens to be a committed atheist with deep disdain for organized religion....


What Dreams May Come: A Romance

by Gertrude Atherton

Originally published in the late nineteenth century, this novel was initially overlooked by critics, but it is now regarded as an early classic in the genre of fantasy fiction. Struck by a dizzying thunderbolt...


Rezanov

by Gertrude Atherton

Many of Gertrude Atherton's novels are set in her native state of California and feature gutsy, headstrong heroines. In Rezanov, a high-ranking Russian official travels to California and is blown over by his...


The Sisters-in-Law: A Novel of Our Time

by Gertrude Atherton

Fans of Gertrude Atherton's California series of novels and stories will want to add The Sisters-in-Law to their must-read list. This tale focuses on a young woman named Alexina and her amusing exploits in turn-of-the-century...


Words for the Wise

by T. S. Arthur

American author Timothy Shaw Arthur gained widespread acclaim in the nineteenth century by penning a series of stories with strong moral themes. The collection Words for the Wise brings together a number of...


The Doomswoman: An Historical Romance of Old California

by Gertrude Atherton

This refreshingly innovative take on the age-old theme of star-crossed lovers is set during the period when Mexico and the U.S. were warring over the control of California. The lovely Doña Chonita is loyal...


The Valiant Runaways

by Gertrude Atherton

Though originally intended for younger audiences, The Valiant Runaways is a rip-roaring action-adventure tale that will ensnare the interest of readers of all ages. Roldan Castanada is a young man who has strong...


Senator North

by Gertrude Atherton

This exhaustively researched historical novel presents a rich, three-dimensional representation of the late nineteenth-century politics in the United States. The focal point of the novel is Senator North, a...


A Daughter of the Vine: The Randolphs of Redwood

by Gertrude Atherton

In this emotionally engaging and richly detailed multi-generational epic, author Gertrude Atherton uses her own family history as a lens through which to trace the evolution of the fictional Randolph family,...


Domestic Peace

by Honore de Balzac, Ellen Marriage & Clara Bell

From the "Scenes of Private Life" section of Honore de Balzac's great masterwork The Human Comedy, this novella is set at a grand ball at the height of the Napoleonic era. The usual suspects from the city's...


A Drama on the Seashore

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

This short section of Honore de Balzac's vast story cycle The Human Comedy unfolds against the beautiful backdrop of the western coast of France. A couple on vacation have a chance encounter with a fisherman....