[Free eBook] Day of Deliverance by Johnny O’Brien [YA Time Travel Science Fiction]

Day of Deliverance by Scottish author Johnny O’Brien is the 2nd novel in the Jack Christie trilogy of tween/young adult time travel adventure science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2010 by Templar Publishing. The series stars two teens who discover that their high school provides a front for a team of scientists a time travel device, and become embroiled between two rival groups—one seeking to make changes to the past to ensure a better present, and the other believing the past too dangerous to be tampered with—and each group determined to sabotage and stop the other’s efforts at any cost.

This installment is set in Elizabethan England, and continues the fallout from the first novel, as sides are chosen and divided loyalties are resolved, with a mission to thwart the other side going wrong as the kids end up stranded on their own in 1587, joining a traveling performance troupe already embroiled in espionage intrigues in the hopes of being able to carry out their task to save their preferred history.

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[Free eBook] The Architect of Murder by Rafe McGregor [Edwardian Historical Crime Thriller]

The Architect of Murder by UK-resident author Rafe McGregor, a former police officer in South Africa turned criminology lecturer at Edge Hill University, is a standalone historical mystery/crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2009 by Robert Hale.

The story is set circa the coronation of King Edward VII at the beginning of the 20th century as the late Victorian era was ending, providing a globe-trotting adventure through various parts of the British Empire as a war hero soldier and former policeman returns from South Africa after his sister’s death, which begins to look suspicious when sorting out her affairs which may have been linked to the imperialist legacy of a prominent personage, putting him on the trail of an international intrigue apparently reaching from the highest classes to the depths of the criminal underworld.

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[Free eBook] Warwyck’s Wife by Rosalind Laker [19th C Family Saga Historical Romance]

Warwyck’s Wife by Rosalind Laker, a pseudonym for the late British author Barbara Ovstedal, an historical novelist whose American editor was former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is the 1st novel in the Warwyck Trilogy series of f/m family saga historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1979 by Eyre Methuen under the title Warwyck’s Choice. The series (also known as the Easthampton Trilogy) is set in a small village in the English countryside and follows successive generations of a local family, spanning from the Regency to the Victorian Era.

This installment takes place during the Georgian Era, as inheritance issues between the two orphaned Warwyck brothers leads one to “buy” a wife at a bride auction in Brighton in order to gain the ancestral manor, then plan to discard her in favour of an aristocratic woman he longs for, who can further his ambitions to turn the village into a fashionable resort.

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[Free eBook] Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle [Fairy Tale Retelling Historical Romance]

Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle is the 1st novel in the Midnight Meetings series of fairy tale-inspired f/m historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series takes place in Regency England, starring strangers who initially meet under circumstances loosely inspired by assorted fairy tales, who must uncover the heart of the real person behind the mysterious encounter.

This one is a “Beauty and the Beast” riff, with a young woman packed off to live with a reclusive nobleman whose reputation in society seems to consist only of rumour and gossip, to pay off her family’s debts.

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[Free eBook] Edwardian England, 1901-1915: Society and Politics by Donald Read [Early 20th C History]

Edwardian England, 1901-1915: Society and Politics by the late British author Donald Read, an emeritus Professor of Modern English History at the University of Kent, is an early 20th century British sociopolitical history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1972 by The History Book Club.

The book provides an accessibly-written introductory overview with a bit of deeper analysis, aiming to clear up some common misconceptions (circa the 1970s) about the roots and effects of the pivotal changes at the turn of the 20th century as Victorian England rapidly modernized into the Edwardian Era within the shifting national and world political climate and its accompanying societal changes, with chapters devoted to urban/rural labour and class divisions, the scope of the British Empire and its international relations, the increasing rights of women, ongoing issues with Ireland, and the overall state of England leading into World War I.

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[Free eBook] The First Ever English Olimpick Games by Celia Haddon [17th C Sports Event History

The First Ever English Olimpick Games by British author Celia Haddon, a journalist and former pet advice columnist for The Daily Telegraph, is a sports event history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This gives an account of the Jacobean era attempt to revive the ancient Greek Olympic games as a sporting celebration in the English countryside now known as the Cotswold Olimpick Games, founded by lawyer Robert Dover and sponsored by King James I, as well as its enduring legacy as a recurring event for nearly two centuries, and later revival in the 1950s.

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[Free eBook] Sovereign’s Key by Rosalind Laker [Vintage Regency Historical Romance]

Sovereign’s Key by Rosalind Laker, a pseudonym for the late British author Barbara Øvstedal, an historical novelist whose American editor was former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is a vintage standalone f/m Regency historical romance novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1969 by Robert Hale.

The story is set in the English countryside during the Regency, starring a highwayman’s daughter fostered out to a farm in a rural area which rapidly grows over the years into an elegant resort town, and following her adventures as she rises from becoming a household maid to a lady of fashion against this changing backdrop and chooses between three suitors who will influence her destiny.

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[Free eBook] The Workhouse Doctor by Sara Fraser [19th C Historical Drama with Romantic Suspense]

The Workhouse Doctor by Sara Fraser, a pseudonym for author Roy Clews, a former Marine Commando and Foreign Legionnaire turned historical novelist, is the 2nd novel in a duology of historical drama with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2001 by Severn House. The story is a sequel to The Surgeon’s Apprentice (recapped in the preface), an historical suspense drama exploring the practice of medicine during the 1840s in northern England, continuing the saga of the changing fortunes of an increasingly disillusioned aspiring trainee doctor and the daughter of one of his patients, whose family is being forced into ruin and disgrace by a venal creditor.

This one continues from the new POV of the heroine, now appointed as headmistress to a workhouse through the scheming of her family’s creditor, who has an unsavoury personal interest in her, as she strives to improve the lot of the impoverished children living under the harsh conditions imposed by its unscrupulous owners, also patrons of her family’s former doctor, who had his own glimpse of the dark secrets they would prefer to conceal.

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[Free eBook] My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts [Jacobean Historical Romantic Comedy]

My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts is the 1st novel in the Highland Spies series of f/m historical romantic comedy with suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series takes place in the early 17th century during the reign of King James I of England and VI of Scotland, starring English spies of the Walsingham family (apparently meant to be related to historical Elizabethan spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham) and the Scottish highlanders encountered as part of their secret missions.

This one stars a stubborn laird suspected of being involved in a plot against the Crown, and the Lady who goes undercover as his son’s new governess to infiltrate his household and discover the truth.

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[Free eBook] My Fair Lord by Wilma Counts [Regency Historical Romance]

My Fair Lord by Wilma Counts is the 1st novel in the Once Upon a Bride series of f/m Regency historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Press imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The series is centred around a group of women, friends since their schoolgirl days bonding over books, who each find their happily ever after.

The story is a reverse take on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion (adapted as the musical My Fair Lady), starring an earl’s daughter who takes her stepsister’s challenge to transform a simple dockworker into a society gentleman for the marriage mart.

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