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ISLAND OF THE DOVES

Vivid and enthralling, Island of the Doves tells the story of two women in early nineteenth century America—one typical of her time, one extraordinary for it—who transform each other’s lives.
Susannah Fraser lives in one of Buffalo’s finest mansions, but her husband has made it a monstrous prison. When a mysterious woman offers to help her escape, Susannah boards a steamboat for Mackinac Island. But after being a dutiful daughter and obedient wife, it is only as she flees that she realizes how unprepared she is for freedom.
An exceptional woman of early America, Magdelaine Fonteneau has overcome convention to live a bold and adventurous life, achieving great wealth and power as a fur trader. But Magdelaine has also seen great tragedy and lost all that was dear to her, and she is no longer sure her hardened heart...

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IN NEED OF A GOOD WIFE

Richly detailed, vivid, and unforgettable, this is an extraordinary novel about three women challenging the American West—and unpredictable fate—for a future only the most daring can secure...

For Clara Bixby, brokering mail-order brides is a golden business opportunity—and a desperately needed chance to start again. If she can help New York women find husbands in a far-off Nebraska town, she can build an independent new life away from her own loss and grief. Clara’s ambitions are shared by two other women, who are also willing to take any risk. Quiet immigrant Elsa hopes to escape her life of servitude and at last shape her own destiny. And Rowena, the willful, impoverished heiress...

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THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

Few novels play a more prominent role in American girlhood than Little Women. Since it was first published in 1868, millions of girls have cheered on the spunky Jo March as she proved girls could be tough, funny, and as smart as any boy.

But Little Women fans have always been puzzled by the novel's conclusion. Why won't Jo marry Teddy Laurence—"Laurie"—the charming neighbor who confesses he's loved her all her life? God knows Louisa got enough letters from fans begging her to let them end up together. Could it be that Louisa knew more of heartbreak than her biographers believe and hoped to spare poor Jo the same?

Readers will find an answer in THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, a wonderful debut novel by Kelly O’Connor McNees. In the summer of 1855, poverty forced the Alcott family to move to Walpole, New Hampshire. Here mercurial, clever Louisa meets...

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