After she nearly ruins her family with a terrible misstep, Elena Spira is sent to Venice to escape disgrace and to atone by caring for the ailing Samuel Farber. But the crumbling and decaying Ca' Basilio palazzo, where Samuel is ensconced, holds tragic secrets, and little does Elena know how profoundly they will impact her.
"Great love story!"
Grace Knox has grown up hearing the folktales of her Irish ancestors, especially about the warriors who fought for control of Ireland. In 19th-century New York City, however, these legends are far from Grace’s mind. She’s much more concerned with how to protect her family from debt collectors, and whether her childhood friend Patrick Devlin will propose. Patrick is a member of the Fenian Brotherhood, a group of young Irish American men intent on fighting for the independence of their homeland, whatever the cost.
In Victorian New York, seventeen-year-old Grace Knox is tangled in the web of an ancient prophecy. The Fianna, legendary Irish warriors, have been magically called from their undying sleep to aid Ireland in its rebellion against Britain. But the Fianna have awakened in New York alongside their bitter enemies, the Fomori. A prophecy demands that a Druid priestess - a veleda - must choose between these two sides. Grace is this veleda.
"great storyline can hardly put it down. can't wait"
American artist Joseph Hannigan and his alluring sister, Sophie, have arrived in enchanting nineteenth-century Venice with a single-minded goal. The twins, who have fled scandal in New York, are determined to break into Venice's expatriate set and find a wealthy patron to support Joseph's work. Joseph's talent soon attracts the attention of the magnificent Odilé Leon, a celebrated courtesan and muse who has inspired many artists to greatness. But her inspiration comes with a devastatingly steep price.
"More gothic romance than historical fiction"
Seventeen-year-old Grace has found the archdruid who can teach her to use her power as the veleda - the priestess prophesied to save Ireland. But nothing is as it should be. The archdruid is a dangerous fairy, and Grace can't learn the spells, no matter how hard she tries. Something is wrong...but what?
In the mid-19th century, Leonie Russell works alongside her husband, Junius, an oysterman in the Washington Territory. At night she continues her father’s lifelong obsession - collecting artifacts and studying the native culture that once thrived in the area. On her 37th birthday, Leonie discovers a mummy protruding from a riverbank - a mummy that by all evidence shouldn’t exist. As Leonie searches for clues to the mummy’s origins, she begins to feel a strangely mystical connection to it. When Junius’s long-lost son, Daniel, appears one day, a native elder insists that Leonie wear a special shell bracelet for protection.
Penniless and disgraced, Adelaide Wentworth is feeling rather desperate. With nothing left to lose, she and her sister, Louisa, flee to Lake Geneva with Adelaide's lover, the infamous poet Julian Estes. There, Louisa hopes to persuade Bayard Sonnier - celebrated writer and her former lover - to advance Julian's career. He is their last hope for salvation.
Leonie Russell war erst siebzehn Jahre alt, als ihr geliebter Vater, ein Ethnologe, starb. Sie erfüllte seinen auf dem Sterbebett ausgesprochenen Wunsch und heiratete, trotz des großen Altersunterschieds, seinen Mitarbeiter Junius. Zwanzig Jahre später, 1875, entdeckt Leonie, nun selbst Ethnologin, am Ufer des Flusses die mumifizierten Überreste einer Frau. Während die Verbundenheit, die sie mit der Toten empfindet, zur Obsession wird, taucht Junius' verschollener Sohn Daniel auf.