Wednesday 31 January 2024

With only a few shillings to her name and no relatives to shelter her, Rose's journey to freedom begins in the dark hours of night and marks the beginning of a series of events which will have a huge effect on the rest of her life.



A compelling story of love and family ties

By Lilly Adam

Publication Date: 2nd July 2018
Publisher: CreateSpace
Page Length: 376 Pages
Genre: Historical Romance

Northamptonshire, 1865.

The callous Sebastian Harper returns home from a hunting trip on Bushel Farm with the devastating news that his younger half-brother, Johnnie, has lost his life in a tragic accident. Sebastian has always believed that he should have been the sole inheritor of Bushel Farm when his father passed away, and now, with Johnnie out of the way, Sebastian is free to carry out his wicked plans for the future. With no love lost between himself and Johnnie, Sebastian is under the impression that he can simply take his half-brother's place and claim everything that belonged to him, including Rose, Johnnie's beautiful, young wife.

Rose is forced to take drastic actions and escape from Bushel Farm with her young son, Alfie, to a safe place, far from the ruthless Sebastian’s evil clutches. With only a few shillings to her name and no relatives to shelter her, Rose's journey to freedom begins in the dark hours of night and marks the beginning of a series of events which will have a huge effect on the rest of her life.

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Lilly Adam

Lilly Adam, wife, mother, and grandmother. I was born in London where I spent my early childhood. From a young age, I always had a passion for reading, writing stories, and poetry. With maturity my interest in history blossomed, especially for the Victorian era; it was a period in history that saw so much change and an abundance of new and life-changing inventions and laws, making it such an interesting era to study. Having a lifelong ambition to become an author, it was after a long pause whilst raising my family in Oxfordshire, that I finally found the time and brain space to put pen to paper and begin. My debut novel, May of Ashley Green was published in February 2017. I have since published a further twelve novels and continue to write. Turning my passion into a fulfilling career as a professional author has been one of my greatest life achievements.

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Tuesday 30 January 2024

In 1828, two young women were torn apart as they were sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay. Will they ever meet again?


The Low Road
By Katharine Quarmby

Publication Date: UK: 22nd June 2023. US: 19th September 2023. Australia/NZ: 2nd January 2024
Publisher: Unbound Publishing
Page Length: 400 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction / Lesbian Fiction / Women’s Literature

In 1828, two young women were torn apart as they were sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay. Will they ever meet again?

Norfolk, 1813. In the quiet Waveney Valley, the body of a woman – Mary Tyrell – is staked through the heart after her death by suicide. She had been under arrest for the suspected murder of her newborn child. Mary leaves behind a young daughter, Hannah, who is later sent away to the Refuge for the Destitute in London, where she will be trained for a life of domestic service.

It is at the Refuge that Hannah meets Annie Simpkins, a fellow resident, and together they forge a friendship that deepens into passionate love. But the strength of this bond is put to the test when the girls are caught stealing from the Refuge's laundry, and they are sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay, setting them on separate paths that may never cross again.

Drawing on real events, The Low Road is a gripping, atmospheric tale that brings to life the forgotten voices of the past – convicts, servants, the rural poor – as well as a moving evocation of love that blossomed in the face of prejudice and ill fortune.


I must be instructed on how to become an object, and so we arrived at Mr Haskin’s room, off the great hall of the refuge, opposite the Committee Room. A fine room, smelling of beeswax, the wood panels gleaming with it, a fire flickering in a grate. Neat it was, and I thought that must be Maria’s work, to dust and sweep and put all to rights.

Mr Haskin sat behind his desk, pen in hand, entering words in a large black leather book. Maria bobbed in front of him and after a moment, as she looked at me, I did the same and then straightened to stand in front of him. “Maria, fetch Miss Clements and Mrs Clark.” He cleared his throat. “You are now a new object here and as such, will receive the charity and protection of the refuge. You may wonder what an object is. You may rest assured that it means that you receive charity from our Institution and that is all. There are others here in Hackney, including one for orphans where others on the committee argued that you should have rightfully gone, but I argued that you should be admitted here, as I felt that I could reform you.

My attention drifted. From Mr Haskin’s window, which looked over the courtyard, I could see the old men. They were playing chequers now, slow and steady. “Those men live in the almshouse below,” he said. It was small and grey and low, not like the refuge, where all the windows upstairs were barred, and with a high wall around it. “You will see that the windows are barred here. We had an escape from the male refuge, and I barred the windows myself.” He looked right proud with his own conduct, puffed up with it. “I barred some forty windows in just one day. Nobody here in the refuge is above manual labour such as that. I was in such a place myself as a boy, and I know that I can steer you onto the right course.” In a lower voice, as if he was talking to himself, “I was like you once.” I looked at him, his black hair combed and neat, his perfect whiskers, his brushed coat, and I could not understand what he meant at all.

There was an excited knock at the door. A tall young woman burst in, brown hair falling out of her cap, pushing past Maria, followed by a woman of middle height, unsmiling and resplendent in a white cap that covered all her hair with a gleaming white apron over a wide girth. Mr Haskin paused, frowned. “Miss Clements, Mrs Clark, our new object.” Miss Rachel Clements spoke up to welcome me, fluttering her hands and pulling at her lace collar, her brooch. Mrs Clark stood, quite quiet, by her side.

“I will take the child around, Mr Haskin, and issue her with the requisites.”

He raised a hand and she quieted, flushed. “You may show her around the different areas and then Maria will take care of the object afterwards, until she is fully accustomed to how matters are conducted here. Maria, wait outside and the new object will join you.” He waited until the door was closed behind her. I wondered, was she listening, as I used to?
“We must keep the object’s story to ourselves,” he said. “The other objects should be protected from such horrors.” Then he looked at me. “You will not tell your story to other objects. It is forbidden to do so. Neither will we. You will commence here on your path to reform. I hope that is clear to you?”

I stared back at him fleetingly, full in the face. I knew that look on his, when people thought they knew me, what had happened to me. Pity next to fear, fear next to contempt. He hadn’t heard the half of it, for I had smoothed it out for the committee so the clerk could write down the version they would accept. My story taken from me and locked away, as if I should be ashamed. Was it for me or for them, I wonder. They never knew the whole of it at any rate, put away for safe keeping. It is only now that I take my fragments out, mend them so they are one. I have to, so I can be whole, past and present fixed together so I can go on.

Mr Haskin cleared his throat. “It must never be forgotten that we have several purposes here: to relieve the destitute, such as yourself, to reform and restore the criminal violator of the laws of God and man, and to promote the best interests of society.” I wondered how a boy like him had learned to speak like that.

And to this end, he continued, he would measure my progress every week. He held up the book he had written in when I had entered. In gold lettering on the front, The Regulator. “I note your conduct in my book. Look, here is your name.” He turned the page, and I saw that by my name there were two ruled lines, above them the words Virtues on one side and Vices on the other. In black ink, by the weeks of the year in lined rows were several other columns, for industry and idleness, piety and impiety, obedience and disobedience, gratitude and ingratitude. “I will note your faults and merits here, and then when I feel it is necessary, I will summon you again. That is all.” He closed the great book with a clap, and I saw how scattered motes of dust flew upwards as he placed it on a shelf. Miss Clements beamed at me, quite suddenly, then threw open the door so that Maria could come back in. He spoke again, in her hearing, as sternly as before, looking at me all the while. Then he rose and beckoned to me and we all left his room together; he locked it behind him with a key on his belt. Mrs Clark went on down to the laundry and I followed Mr Haskin on, Miss Clements behind him, and Maria behind her.

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Katharine Quarmby

Katharine Quarmby has written non-fiction, short stories and books for children and her debut novel, The Low Road, is published by Unbound in 2023. Her non-fiction works include Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People (Portobello Books, 2011) and No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers (Oneworld, 2013). She has also written picture books and shorter e-books.

She is an investigative journalist and editor, with particular interests in disability, the environment, race and ethnicity, and the care system. Her reporting has appeared in outlets including the Guardian, The Economist, The Atlantic, The Times of London, the Telegraph, New Statesman and The Spectator. Katharine lives in London.

Katharine also works as an editor for investigative journalism outlets, including Investigative Reporting Denmark and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

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Monday 29 January 2024

Book Review - Clifftop Farm in Wartime Series by Michael E Wills

Clifftop Farm in Wartime Series
By Michael E Wills


Publication Date: 28th April 2022
Publisher: Nielsen UK 
Page Length: 136 Pages
Genre: Children's Historical Fiction

A thrilling story of children in wartime

In the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of children were evacuated from British cities and sent to areas of the country where it was regarded that they would be safer from bombing.

This Government operation was named "Pied Piper". The first evacuations were in 1939 and the second wave in 1940, at the time of the Blitz.

Children went to stay with complete strangers, who had been deemed by the authorities to have spare space in their homes. The hosts were obliged to take the children. Many were unenthusiastic about having a young guest staying with them for an unspecified length of time and there were incidences of unkindness and even cruelty.

"Treason" is a story about two such city children. Judith is a twelve-year-old girl from London, an only child from a very privileged background. She finds herself billeted in a farm on the Isle of Wight. The farm is run by Mrs Orton, a widow, who lives with her twelve-year-old son, Jimmy, and her handicapped brother-in-law. They are joined by another evacuee guest, Alfie, an eleven-year-old boy from a working class family in


The story tells how their lives change and how the guests adapt to a very different way of life. Like all children they enjoy adventure, but the one on which they embark gets them involved in a danger to their lives and leads them to TREASON!

This is a story for children to learn about this tragic time in history, without hearing about the horrors of war, but still what children their own age had to endure during a time which changed everyone’s lives.


Publication Date: 28th April 2022
Publisher: Michael E Wills
Page Length: 122 Pages
Genre: Children's Historical Fiction

A Thrilling Story of Children in Wartime

In the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of children were evacuated from British cities and sent to areas of the country where it was regarded that they would be safer from bombing. They went to stay with complete strangers, many of whom were unenthusiastic about having a young guest staying with them for a long period of time.

This is the second story about young evacuees. It tells how their lives have changed and how they get involved in a dangerous mystery in their new home in the country on the Isle of Wight. Their adventure leads them to ......



Publication Date: 27th December 2023
Publisher: Bygone Ages Press
Page Length: 119 Pages
Genre: Children's Historical Fiction

The lives of the four children at Clifftop Farm become very difficult and dangerous when their beloved collie, Billy, gets into serious trouble.

The youngsters are compelled to devise a plan to rescue their dog. However, to get the crucial evidence they require, they must outsmart a group of criminals.

Unexpected assistance emerges from two surprising quarters: an Italian prisoner of war and a sergeant in a commando regiment stationed near to the farm. In a race against time, will the children succeed in locating the vital information needed to secure the dog's safety?

The only people still remaining were Mr Stevens and one child who had not been chosen: a tearful boy in a disheveled grey jacket, with a black eye, dirty knees, and a smear of raspberry jam across his mouth. 

Operation Pied Piper saw hundreds of thousands of children evacuated from major cities in England, and sent away from their homes and parents to the country, to places of low importance, where there was a low risk of bombing. Children from all walks of life were sent together, to a new life, a layover place, where they would be fostered by families who had the space for them until it was safe for them to return home.

The Clifftop Farm in Wartime series by Michael E Wills follows the lives of Judith, who grew up in a privileged household in London, and Alfie, from a working-class family in Portsmouth, as both find themselves on the same farm after they are sent to the Isle of Wight. The series highlights the experiences of wartime children in England, who were sent to the countryside for their own safety, providing an educational, yet adventurous, story for younger children to learn about certain aspects of history without exposing them to the horrors of the Second World War. 

The first novel in the series joins Judith and Alfie as they arrive at Cliff Top Farm, having left their parents and homes for the first time, and travelled for many miles by themselves, with only their classmates and teachers as company. Country life is a shock to both Judith and Alfie, and as they get stuck into the jobs they are assigned on the farm, they begin to realise what is normal and what is not. While it is normal to have to muck out the horses and geese, and help around the house, it is not normal for a bright light to flash at a quarter to nine each night, during blackout hours, or to pick up German Morse Code on the wireless while trying to listen to Children’s Hour. As they start to poke around, Judith and Alfie, joined by Jimmy, whose mother owns the farm, begin to find more and more strange things. What is Uncle Don really doing when he is shut in his room with his wireless, and why is the farm hand, Merve, so quiet? There is a mystery afoot, and the children are determined to solve it.

It came to a halt, almost by the side of Alfie. He stood rivetted to the spot. The sign on the side of the plane was a black cross with a white surround. On the tail was a swastika. He was aghast, it was a German plane!

As the series progresses, more mysteries arise for the children to solve. With the landing of a German plane, and a German pilot who seems almost too happy about his plane being shot down, the question arises about how much of what the pilot says can be taken to be true. As the war progresses, the farm is joined by a group of Italian prisoners being put to work, as the Ministry of Food tells farmers to start growing potatoes instead of wheat. With the progression of the war, life for the children continues to change, and the difference between their old and new lives is stark – especially when Judith’s mother comes to visit, and discovers her daughter is living, and working on, a farm, and being made to look after animals and clean the house. However, while Judith’s mother may not be entirely happy about where Judith is living, she is certainly one of the luckier children. Those taking in the refugee children were not always happy about their new charges, or were not suited to parenting young, traumatised, children. This is shown through Alfie’s younger sister, Pauline, who was separated from him when they reached the Isle of Wight. Siblings did not always get to stay together, and the families they joined were not always welcoming to their ‘guests’. 

Alfie supported Jimmy by blurting out, “Yeah, I think Jimmy is right! And we are going to get evidence that Mr Chivers is dishonest!” 

“Yeah, and we’ve got an idea about how we can do it. We actually saw him taking stuff from a lorry and putting it in the old garage.” 

“What sort of stuff ? asked Vera. 

“Sugar, tea, and tinned fruit. I’m sure they are black marketeers.” 

Sitting in court, Jimmy and his mother learn the verdict for their beloved dog, Billy. It is said that Billy attacked Mr Chivers, and bit him badly on the hand for no reason. Jimmy and Mrs Orton both know that Billy was only scaring Mr Chivers off, who was trying to steal rationed eggs from their henhouse, but the court does not listen to them. In an attempt to save Billy, the children try hiding him in several places, so he is not taken from them, and in doing so, they uncover illicit operations happening on the island. A group of people are smuggling rationed goods, and the illegal activity might be just what the children need to prove Mr Chivers a dishonest man and save Billy. But black marketeers are dangerous people, who will stop at nothing to keep their secret hidden, and gathering evidence is not quite as easy as the children thought. As more and more food items were rationed, people began growing desperate and began trying to find food items wherever they could – for example, stealing eggs from those with hens, or turning to the black market, where items such as tea and sugar were available.

There is a definite clash between the children, with Jimmy, whose home has been overtaken by the ‘guests’ staying with them, Judith who is used to having other people do work for her, and Alfie, who is still very young and struggles with the responsibility that has been placed upon him. They are at odds with each other, but have no option but to work together, for there is no escaping the fact that they will act as siblings until it is safe for Judith and Alfie to go home. Mrs Orton certainly deserves some respect, for she is not only running a farm in a time of war, but also takes in two additional children to raise, and works hard to keep the peace between them, and make sure they are all clothed, fed, and have the emotional support they need. 

The series bears a close resemblance to The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence, with an unlikely group of children working together to work things out. The big difference, of course, is the time period, but for children who enjoy books such as The Roman Mysteries, The Clifftop Farm series is a likely progression, and provides an insight into an important era of history, in a lighthearted way, with the focus on the mystery at hand. The war, while being present, makes up the setting of the novels, rather than being the main subject, allowing readers to learn about and understand some of the events of the war while being about to relate to some of the struggles of Jimmy, Judith, and Alfie. To be able to connect with the children of this novel, gives young readers an insight into the Second World War in a controlled manner, so they can understand the time period without needing to know the dark details of the war.

The writing style, with a clever use of words and directional storytelling, of this series is perfect for a younger audience, especially to teach what life might have been like for children their own age during the Second World War. The addition of the ‘True Facts’ snippets running alongside the story, like articles in a newspaper, helps to reveal the truth behind certain events which allows a deeper understanding of the events of the stories and help the reader to understand what is happening in certain scenes.

With exciting stories of mysteries and an unlikely group of children working together to solve them before something bad happens, The Clifftop Farm in Wartime series by Michael E Wills is a wonderful introduction for young readers to the Second World War and allows them to begin learning about the events of the past without the concern of them learning about the horrors the Second World War brought to the lives of those living during the war. It is a brilliant series of novels, which entices the reader with adventure, while softly educating.

Review by Ellie Yarde
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Michael E Wills

Michael Wills was born in Newport on the Isle of Wight and attended the Priory Boys’ School and later Carisbrooke Grammar. He trained as a teacher at St Peter’s College, Birmingham, before teaching mathematics and physical education for two years at a secondary school in Kent.

After re-training to become a teacher of English as a Foreign Language he worked in Sweden for thirteen years. In 1979 he returned to UK with his wife and young family to start a language school, the Salisbury School of English.

From small beginnings the school developed into substantial business enterprise. Michael retired in 2008 after over forty years in the field of education. Along the way, he was President of Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Co-Chair of English UK, the national association of English language training providers.

Currently, Michael is employed part-time as Ombudsman for English UK. He divides his spare time between indulging his life-long interest in medieval history and enjoying his grandchildren, writing, carpentry, amateur radio and sailing.

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Sunday 28 January 2024

Gripping, epic and heartbreaking historical fiction, about one woman’s survival against all odds during the unbearable hardships of World War Two.


Foxden Acres
(Sisters of Wartime England Book 1) 
By Madalyn Morgan

Publication Date: 5th June 2023
Publisher: Storm Publishing 
Page Length: 292 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

Gripping, epic and heartbreaking historical fiction, about one woman’s survival against all odds during the unbearable hardships of World War Two.

1939, England. 

Bess Dudley knows what it means to lose what you love. As daughter of a groom at historic Foxden Hall, she’s pushed herself to escape her humble background and train as a teacher, but she’s made huge sacrifices along the way. Just as Bess arrives in London to take up her first, hard-won post, the shadow of war sweeps over England. Bombs rip apart the city, and screeching air raids become a part of everyday life. London is thrown into chaos and schools close, taking Bess’s dreams with them.

Then Bess learns that James, the handsome heir to Foxden Hall – who she’s loved since childhood – is engaged to Annabel Hadley. Annabel is everything Bess is not – a wealthy aristocrat – but James never seemed to care about those things before. It breaks Bess’s heart to see him with someone else.

London is becoming more dangerous by the day and when Bess nearly dies in a terrifying air raid she knows it’s time to go home. Back at Foxden Acres, she becomes a Land Girl –– farming the estate for wartime rations. It’s back-breaking work and a far cry from the life she dreamed of – even here, the horror of war leaves no life untouched.

Then the unthinkable happens, and Bess’s resilience and hope are tested to the ultimate limit. In a world torn apart by violence, she must choose between her heart and her duty… all while keeping a dark secret of her own.

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Madalyn Morgan was an actress for more than thirty years working in repertory theatre, the West End, film and television. 

Madalyn was brought up in a busy working-class pub in the market town of Lutterworth in Leicestershire. She was Christened Madalyn Smith, the name she chose when she joined the actors union, Equity. Unfortunately, there was already an actress with that name, so with seconds to decide on another name Madalyn chose Morgan from a rum bottle. "The pub was a great place for an aspiring actress and writer to live. There were so many characters to study and accents learn." At twenty-four Madalyn gave up a successful hairdressing salon and wig-hire business for a place at East 15 Drama College, and a career as an actress. 

In 1990, Madalyn gave up acting for love and love gave her up in 2000. Rather than start again in the acting business, Madalyn became a radio presenter, taught herself to touch type, completed a two-year creative writing course with The Writer's Bureau, and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines. After living in London for thirty-six years she has returned to Lutterworth, swapping two window boxes and a mortgage, for a garden and the freedom to write. And she is loving it.

Madalyn is currently writing her eighth novel. 

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Saturday 27 January 2024

They call me devil, liar, thief. In whispers, they call me Soul Eater. They’re right. I’m all those things—and more."


Hidden Blade 
(The Soul Eater Book 1)
By Pippa DaCosta

Publication Date: 7th July 2016
Publisher: Crazy Ace Publishing
Page Length: 190 Pages
Genre: Paranormal 

They call me devil, liar, thief. In whispers, they call me Soul Eater. They’re right. I’m all those things—and more."

Kicked out of the underworld and cursed to walk this earth for all eternity, Ace Dante finds solace in helping others avoid the wrath of the gods.

But when warrior-bitch, Queen of Cats, and Ace's ex-wife, Bastet, hires him to stop whoever is slaughtering her blessed women, Ace is caught between two of the most powerful deities to have ever existed: Isis and Osiris.

The once-revered gods aren’t dead.

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Born in Kent, UK, Pippa's published books have featured in--- "Wait a second. Let's cut to the chase. I write kick-a$$ urban fantasy novels with conflicted characters, breathless action, and no-holds-barred dialogue. My books may not leave you feeling all fluffy and warm inside, but they will excite you. There will be plot-wists, there will be angst, probably a few dead bodies, and very likely your favorite character will turn out to be the bad guy. Don't say I didn't want you..."

Pippa's family moved to the South West of England where she grew up amongst the dramatic moorland and sweeping coastlands of Devon & Cornwall. With a family history brimming with intrigue, complete with Romani angst on one side and Jewish survivors on another, she has the ability to draw from a patchwork of ancestry and use it as the inspiration for her writing. Happily married and the Mother of two little girls, she resides on the Devon & Cornwall border.

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Research Arsenal (The American Civil War Database) - a review by Ellie Yarde

Research Arsenal
The American Civil War Database
A Review by Ellie Yarde

In the name of research, the Research Arsenal database has done the American Civil War justice in preserving the intricate details of the war. It is the perfect place to find the details you are after, whether it be a picture of a specific officer or an understanding of what life was like for a particular regiment by reading their letters. With such a wide option of filters and search options, this database allows you to find exactly what you are after in just seconds. Simply searching for a single word brings up a plethora of documents which have been cross-referenced to that word. Each document has a list of keywords that includes every item in a picture, making it easy for you to find a specific detail you might be looking for. Transcripts have been written for the letters and ledgers available on this database, which allow you to easily read the documents without struggling with handwriting or ageing paper.

Every document on the Research Arsenal database is a primary source. The learning capabilities this database has are immense, be that for authors, historians or teachers, for it does not just show the facts, but also the reality behind the facts. The letters reveal how people from different ranks spoke, and while the facts are there, letters to home also show what the soldiers were and were not telling their loved ones. They reveal who shielded their relatives from the truths, and who wrote home every detail of what was happening around them. The images are clear and beautifully preserved. It is one thing to imagine what period clothing might look like, but this database shows you exactly what they look like. This database provides a comprehensive collection of images, all in one place, where one can peruse through different social classes and look in depth at what styles they wore through the years, and how they wore them. 

The photos themselves are in immaculate condition and have been rendered into the website incredibly well, which allows you to zoom in on the images without them blurring. This is perfect for those who want to take a look at the smaller details, such as what certain people are wearing, or what a certain piece of equipment looked like. 

There is an option to search through documents by date, as well as by army or place. If you are after photos of an area, or mentions in written documents, for a particular battle, the search can easily be narrowed down. 

The website itself is relatively easy to understand, and it does not take long to figure out how the filtering search options work, or how the website has been put together for user ease. 

Since the database has worked so closely with the Library of Congress to turn a massive collection of historical documents into an easy-to-navigate database, there is no concern about copywritten documents or images. Every document the Research Arsenal has on file is in the public domain, allowing researchers, authors, teachers, and history buffs alike to use any and all resources in their work, without the hassle of having to gain the correct permissions to do so. It is a collection of sources, simply waiting to be weaselled out and used. 

While there is a free trial option, this does not necessarily give you a taste of what unlimited access with a paid subscription can offer you. The free trial does not have a clear time limit on it, but while you can access the entirety of the filtering options to search through photo and written records, you cannot click into any of them to look at them in more detail or, in the case of the written records, to read them at all. This does push you towards choosing a paid membership, although once you have seen how many things there are to offer, and potentially found the photos and documents that will help you further your research, then it makes sense to take out the subscription which I think is priced very reasonably. 

Whether you are looking for a starting place for a new novel, or have spent days on end scouring the internet for the handwritten documents you need to know just how many weapons a specific division of a specific army had on a specific date, the search is over. The Research Arsenal is the saving grace for anybody attempting to do any level of research into the American Civil War. To know the facts is one thing, but to look through primary sources, at pictures which have been meticulously researched and connected to one another; with letters allowing you to follow a certain soldier through their war; and ledgers, diaries, and photos revealing life as a civilian during the war… to have a collection of thousands of documents, The Research Arsenal has created a site that brings history back to life. It is the perfect site for anyone interested in any aspect of the American Civil War, whether it be the war as a whole, the weapons used, or even just one significant person. For anyone with such an interest, this archive is a treasure trove, with thousands upon thousands of records, just waiting to be found. 

The Research Arsenal is a game changer for anyone researching, teaching, or writing about the American Civil War, and the possibilities it holds, for reducing research time, and allowing those using it to spend more time writing, or planning, rather than scouring through the internet and books to find the information they are after. With the Research Arsenal, the potential for many more people to begin learning about the Civil War, and the power it holds for authors and teachers of the period is immense. 

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Five kingdoms. Five senses. One secret that will change them all.


The Whisperers of Evernow
 Book 1 The Kingdoms of Evernow
By Heidi Catherine

Publication Date: 6th April 2019
Publisher: Sequel House
Page Length: 258 Pages
Genre: Fantasy

Five kingdoms. Five senses. One secret that will change them all.

Manipulated by a vicious King, Jeremiah is stripped of his identity and forced into a life of silent submission as a Whisperer. Allowed only to speak at the command of the King, one thousand Whisperers must line up in rows and chant their sadistic ruler’s darkest desires. As each evil wish comes true, the King’s power over his impoverished kingdom grows.

When Jeremiah’s fears for the family he left behind are confirmed, he turns in desperation to the most unlikely person for help—the King’s eldest daughter. But is Princess Rose as kind as she is beautiful, or will she lure him into a trap?

To save those dearest to him, Jeremiah has no choice but to put his trust in Rose, whose own life is threatened as her father prepares to clear the path to the throne for his newborn son. Together, they embark on a bold plan to overthrow the King and set the Whisperers free.

As love blossoms in this most unlikely place, Jeremiah and Rose must discover how to use the power of the spoken word to conquer more than just the kingdom. They will need to conquer their hearts.

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The Whisperers of Evernow

Heidi Catherine

Heidi Catherine's debut novel, The Soulweaver, won RWA's Emerald Pro award. This was followed up by Heidi's epic fantasy series,  The Kingdoms of Evernow, which was a finalist in both the ARRA and RONE awards. Heidi co-authors young adult dystopian novels with USA Today best-selling author, Tamar Sloan. Their best-selling series include The Thaw Chronicles, The Sovereign Code and Elemental Games. She also writes domestic suspense novels under the name, HC Michaels. 

After being named as a highly commended author in The Hope Prize, Heidi's story, The Extra Piece, was published by Simon & Schuster in a collection of stories about disadvantage in our community. She was also a finalist in RWA’s Little Gems short story competition four times.

Heidi lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, two sons and two dogs. When not distracted by the fictional worlds inside her head, Heidi watches far too much reality TV, using the excuse that it's research for her books. 

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Friday 26 January 2024

Downton Abbey meets The Mummy in this sizzling romantic adventure!


A Love That Never Tires
(Linley & Patrick Edwardian Adventures Book 1)
By Allyson Jeleyne

Publication Date: 1st November 2014
Publisher:  Fifty Forty Productions 
Page Length: 379 Pages
Genre: Historical Romance

Downton Abbey meets The Mummy in this sizzling romantic adventure!
Linley Talbot-Martin is a girl who likes to get her hands dirty. As the daughter of a famous archaeologist, she's been everywhere and seen everything--except London. But when the time comes to trade her jodhpurs and work boots for silk gowns and kid gloves, she may be in over her head. Even though she can out-ride, out-shoot, and outsmart any girl in London society, Linley is destined to be the failure of the season. No one she meets cares about ancient pottery or lost Buddhist texts, and fundraising efforts for future expeditions keep coming up short. If the Talbot-Martin team doesn't find money soon, they will be out of a job, and Linley will lose everything she holds dear.
Patrick Wolford, Marquess of Kyre (pronounced 'Keer'), is a man who knows his place. Well-connected and respected, he is everything everyone expects him to be, but beneath his façade, he is as neglected and crumbling as the family estate. Now the strain of keeping up appearances is taking its toll. The smart thing would be to marry the heiress nipping at his heels and be done with it, but when he meets Linley Talbot-Martin, who dares to shake up his seemingly proper world, he must choose between the life he's always known and one he never dared to dream of.
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Allyson Jeleyne

Allyson Jeleyne is a writer of bold, passionate historical romance featuring kind heroes, complex heroines, and (sometimes) steamy love. Her characters are adventurers, entrepreneurs, heiresses, peeresses, and, most importantly, survivors.

She earned an interdisciplinary studies degree in Creative Writing and Journalism while also studying British history & literature in her spare time. When not writing, she enjoys traveling and checking things off her bucket list.

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