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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,...


A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

The novel A Distinguished Provincial at Paris is the second volume of Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions trilogy. In it, Balzac masterfully revisits one of his most commonly called-upon themes: the harsh realization...


Eve and David

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

The novel Eve and David is the third entry in Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions trilogy, which in turn is part of his larger novel cycle, The Human Comedy. The story focuses on a pair of earnest, good-hearted...


Gobseck

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

An extract from Honore de Balzac's sweeping novel cycle The Human Comedy, Gobseck is a novella that recounts the social ascendancy of young Anastasie de Restaud. Born into a wealthy family, Anastasie marries...


Ferragus

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

A heartbroken cavalry officer, Auguste de Maulincour, is strolling through a rather seedy section of Paris when he happens to spot the object of his unrequited love, a married young woman named Clemence. Even...


The Hated Son

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

The novella "The Hated Son" is a section from French writer Honore de Balzac's multi-volume masterwork, The Human Comedy. Set in the late 1500s and early 1600s, the tale follows a newly married woman who is...