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Anne Boleyn: A Novel
From the bestselling author of Elizabeth: The love story of Henry Tudor and his queen, the mother of one of Britain’s greatest monarchs.
On a lovely midsummer afternoon, Henry Tudor rides to Hever Castle. There, he feasts his eyes on Anne Boleyn, who caught his roving attention at court a few months earlier. Anne is in no mood to receive her king. He has torn from her the one man she loved: Harry Percy, who was forced to marry another. But King Henry VIII is not a man who gives up—the thrill of the chase only excites him more. Yet the woman he desires so passionately is no fool. Educated at the French court, Anne vows that she will not share the fate of her naïve younger sister, Mary, who after bearing Henry a bastard son was cast away and married off to a country squire. No, Anne will settle for nothing less than the crown of England, even if Henry has to break with Rome in order to marry her.
Sixteenth-century history comes thrillingly alive in a novel that features a teeming canvas of iconic real-life characters: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, the enemy Anne vows to destroy; Henry’s first wife, the proud and pious Queen Catherine of Aragon; and Thomas Cromwell, who engineers Anne’s downfall. From the halcyon early days of courtship to her imprisonment in the palace tower for treason, this is a tale of love, ambition, and the tragic destiny of Anne of the Thousand Days.
Elizabeth: A Novel of Elizabeth I
A historical novel spanning the first thirty years of Elizabeth I’s reign, telling the intimate story of England’s greatest sovereign
The sickly Catholic fanatic Mary Tudor has reigned for six years when her half-sister Elizabeth ascends to the throne. After enduring years of exile following the execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn, the twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth inherits a realm divided by religious turmoil and financial collapse. She has already survived her own personal hell, nearly losing her life after her stepfather seduced her at thirteen. The ambitious Lord Admiral left her virginity intact, but took something far more valuable—her dignity and pride. Elizabeth learned a bitter lesson: There’s no place for love in a royal’s heart.
This novel journeys through the first three decades of the reign of Elizabeth I, including her volatile relationship with Lord Robert Dudley. From bedroom intrigues to affairs of state, Elizabeth brings to life the passion and the power, illuminating the woman who, in spite of herself, still yearned for human connection. She found it with Dudley’s successor, the wealthy, dazzlingly attractive Earl of Leicester. Award-winner Evelyn Anthony chronicles the monarch's long battle with her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, for the throne, and advances a fascinating theory about who murdered Lord Robert’s first wife, Amy Dudley.
Victoria and Albert: A Novel
Drawn from Queen Victoria’s diaries and correspondences, Evelyn Anthony’s novel reimagines the story of how a sheltered eighteen-year-old girl ascended to the British throne, became a major force in politics, and fell in love with her husband
When King William dies, his teenage niece Victoria becomes queen. In spite of her youth and lack of experience, the eighteen-year-old surprises her detractors by taking the reins with poise and grace, vowing to always put the welfare of her realm first. Yet from the moment she meets her cousin, the handsome, fair-haired Albert, she becomes obsessed by love. Homesick for Germany, Albert wishes the petite, birdlike creature would choose someone else. But when Victoria asks him to share her life, he has no choice but to say yes.
Evelyn Anthony’s novel captures Victoria’s passion for Albert, along with the contradictions in her personality and monstrous ego that almost destroyed her marriage. Although she bore Albert nine children, Victoria lacked maternal instinct. In many ways she mirrored the callous indifference of the era: Child labor and grueling fourteen-hour workdays were commonplace in Victorian England. Spanning the first twenty-one years of her reign, Victoria and Albert is a love story and a revealing portrait of a marriage.
An obscure Prussian princess is transformed into Catherine the Great, the longest-ruling female leader of Russia
The Prussian-born daughter of a minor princeling, Augusta Fredericka dreams of being a queen. When, one snowy December night in 1743, she’s summoned to Russia to wed Grand Duke Peter Romanov, she believes all her fantasies are about to come true. But the heir to the Russian throne is not the man Augusta expects. Stunted and deformed, her husband-to-be is an impotent half-wit who plays with dolls, hates women, and can’t bear to be touched. Once they wed, obtaining an heir becomes the driving obsession of Peter’s aunt, the scheming, powerful Empress Elizabeth, who hires a handsome nobleman to seduce the virgin grand duchess. It works: Catherine bears a son, Paul, who is taken from her, leaving her isolated and vulnerable.
Catherine finds fulfillment in a succession of lovers, but lives in constant fear for her life. Her most treacherous enemy is her own husband, who plots to have her arrested for treason. Set against the turbulent background of czarist Russia, Evelyn Anthony’s novel weaves a spellbinding tale of passion and ambition and one woman’s rise to power as empress of her adopted country.
Rebel Princess is the 1st book in the Romanov Trilogy, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Charles the King
Charles I: the last absolute monarch to reign over England, and one of the most ill-fated kings of the tragic, splendid dynasty of the Royal Stuarts. This is a story of passionate love—between Charles and his queen, Henrietta Maria. It is a story of adventure—a reign that collapsed into a bloody and savage civil war. And it is a story of great events, dominant personalities, faith, and great courage.
Curse Not the King
The tale of the treacherous battle for the throne between Catherine the Great and her son Paul, set against the backdrop of late-eighteenth-century Russia
The year is 1773. Catherine the Great has been in power for a decade. Since the assassination of her husband, Peter III, in a coup d'état, she has been empress of all the Russias. She rules with enlightenment and grace, driven by ambition and her secret dream to free Russia’s millions of serfs. Tonight she is celebrating the wedding of her son Paul Petrovitch. He was nine—and the rightful heir to the throne—when Peter died and Catherine seized power. Her son has neither forgotten nor forgiven, and hatred for his mother—and his father’s murderer—festers in his heart. He doesn’t know that Catherine committed a terrible crime to safeguard his liberty and his life. She prays that marriage will be the solution to his violent rages and the dangerous enmity between them.
Curse Not the King chronicles the struggle for dominance between mother and son. Notorious for her love affairs, Catherine ruled an empire shadowed by treachery, intrigue, and deadly betrayals. But she was never able to make peace with Paul, who would go on to become czar, finally attaining his long-awaited revenge, and whose own son Alexander would reign after him.
Curse Not the King is the 2nd book in the Romanov Trilogy, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
The French Bride
Forced to wed a notorious Scotsman, a sheltered French heiress is drawn into a world of intrigue and debauchery as she battles for her husband’s heart against a dangerous rival in this thrilling sequel to Clandara
Charles Macdonald has been given an ultimatum: To settle his gambling debts and avoid being sent to the Bastille, he must marry his cousin Anne de Bernard. Anne is beautiful, innocent, and the richest woman in France. Forced into a marriage of convenience, she vows that no matter what her husband takes from her, he will never have her heart.
Charles wants only to return to court—and the bed of his notorious mistress, the captivating widowed Baroness Louise de Vitale. When Anne is brought to Versailles at the king’s command, the young, inexperienced bride is no match for Louise’s wiles. The French court soon becomes a stage on which a drama of jealousy and deadly intrigue will play out. As two women fight for the love of one man, a terrible act of malice will destroy one life as it transforms another.
With its rich historical canvas, peopled by the real-life figures of King Louis XV, royal mistress Comtesse du Barry, and future queen Marie Antoinette, The French Bride is author Evelyn Anthony at her spellbinding best.
Far Flies the Eagle
Imperial Russia’s Czar Alexander I battles Napoleon for control of Europe
After declaring himself Emperor of France following a sweeping victory in Europe, General Napoleon Bonaparte, the son of a poor Corsican lawyer, is ready for his next conquest. He has no doubt that he can defeat Austria, and is confident that Russia will soon follow. After all, he triumphed in revolution and recast an empire. What has he to fear from the twenty-nine-year-old czar of a barbaric country?
The grandson of Catherine the Great, Alexander I is tall, irresistibly handsome, and known for his liberal leanings and winning ways with women who are not his wife. He ascended to the throne by murdering his father and is now determined to vanquish the French emperor. Napoleon will soon learn that he has a formidable adversary in Alexander.
Sweeping from St. Petersburg to Paris, from the Kremlin to the battlefield, and filled with historic authenticity, Far Flies the Eagle offers a fascinating glimpse into the Romanov family, including the controversy surrounding Alexander’s relationship with his beautiful, power-hungry sister, the Grand Duchess Catherine, whom Napoleon considers marrying if he can rid himself of his years-older wife Josephine.
Far Flies the Eagle is the 3rd book in the Romanov Trilogy, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
The Scarlet Thread
An Englishwoman marries a Sicilian-American soldier during World War II and then vanishes from his life in this story of star-crossed love and deadly vendettas
They meet and fall in love in Palermo during World War II. She’s an English nurse, the daughter of a Sussex country doctor. He’s a wounded Sicilian-American soldier. When they marry, Angela Drummond is pregnant, but Steven Falconi will not be with her the day their son is born.
Believing Angela to be the tragic victim of a German bomb, Steven returns to New York to take his place as heir apparent of his Mafia family. But he never stops mourning the loss of his love, even when he marries Clara Fabrizzi in a practical union of dynasties. The pampered, wildly jealous daughter of a powerful don, Clara will let nothing stand in the way of her uncontrollable passion for her husband.
Then one day, Steven sees a ghost.
Reminiscent of the works of Mario Puzo, The Scarlet Thread journeys across three continents and two decades to tell a story about the terrible price of power and the incalculable cost of love.
The Tamarind Seed
An Englishwoman falls for a Russian wanted by Intelligence on both sides of the Iron Curtain in this classic tale of Cold War espionage
As executive assistant to a senior diplomat at the UN, widow Judith Farrow spends most of her working hours handling classified information. When her boss insists she take some time off in Barbados, she’s happy to escape her dead-end love affair with a very prominent, very married British attaché. But from the moment Judith meets Feodor Sverdlov, her low-key vacation turns into an international nightmare that threatens her job—and her life.
A disillusioned military attaché working for the Soviet Embassy in Washington, DC, Sverdlov is known as a very dangerous man east and west of the Iron Curtain. Neither the British SIS nor the CIA believes his trip to the West Indies was an accident of fate. Suddenly Judith is perceived as a high-level risk, and Intelligence agent Jack Loder is dispatched to neutralize the situation. Now, Judith and Loder must identify the traitor in their midst—a mole code-named “Blue,” who’s firmly entrenched in DC’s power circles and preparing to deliver an irreversible blow to western civilization—before it’s too late.
Lovers are torn apart by war in this passionate, action-packed romance set during the Jacobite uprising
Beautiful, headstrong Katharine Fraser has done the unthinkable: She has fallen in love with the eldest son of her father’s longtime enemy. A nobleman with a notorious past, James Macdonald of Dundrenan is ready to sacrifice his home and heritage for the woman he loves. But fate has other plans. The struggle to restore Bonny Prince Charles to the throne results in a fiery call to arms across Scotland, and Katharine and James’s wedding day ends in savage murder. Driven apart by tragedy, James vows his allegiance to the prince against the invading British Army and Katharine embarks on a path of revenge that will lead her into the arms of another man and far from her beloved girlhood home of Clandara.
Against the backdrop of eighteenth-century Scotland, from the ashes of a battlefield to the ruins of a magnificent ancestral castle, Katharine and James—torn apart by betrayal, bound by a love stronger than hate—will fight for their homeland.
British Intelligence Service agent Davina Graham falls in love with the KGB defector she has been ordered to debrief in this cold war thriller
British operative Davina Graham’s life is her work. Her latest assignment is her most daunting. For the past five months, she’s been trying to gain the confidence of Ivan Sasanov—and against her better judgment, she’s falling in love with him. Sasanov, a top KGB agent who defected to America, has an Achilles heel: He desperately misses the family he left behind in Russia. In exchange for information, his wife and daughter must be brought to England and given asylum. But the KGB is already on to him—he barely escapes an assassination attempt. And now his wife has been arrested. With Sasanov’s daughter, Irina, in imminent danger, Davina knows there’s only one way to save the family of the man she loves.
Shifting between multiple viewpoints, this complex Cold War thriller will keep readers guessing as a diabolical chess game of espionage and intrigue plays out on a global stage. For Sasanov, it means returning to the country he betrayed. For Davina, a vulnerable woman in a place where she is now the hunted, it means risking everything for a future she may not live to see.
The Defector is the 1st book in the Davina Graham Thrillers, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
The Company of Saints
As the new head of the Secret Intelligence Service, Davina Graham faces her most daunting challenge: solving a series of seemingly random political murders in international waters
The first female head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, Davina Graham is taking a well-deserved holiday with her lover, advertising executive Tony Walden. But her Venetian idyll is short-lived. On the Grand Canal, widowed US Secretary of the Defense Henry Franklyn and his daughter are killed when a bomb blows their gondola to smithereens. The local police believe it was the work of the rabid Red Brigade or the Palestine Liberation Organization because Franklyn was a Jew. But Davina is certain that Igor Borisov, the power-hungry head of the KGB who ordered the assassination of Davina’s Russian defector husband, is behind it.
Another murder soon makes international headlines: the massacre of France’s minister of the interior and her family. Then the Soviet prime minister is killed in Poland, followed by the death of a pacifist British priest in London. The assassinations bring Davina’s ex-lover out of retirement. Forced to once again join forces with Intelligence agent Colin Lomax, while coping with a sudden death in her own family, Davina is determined to find evidence linking Borosov to the executions. The hunt leads to a shadowy organization called the Company of Saints, a private brigade of hired killers whose chilling end game is just beginning.
The Company of Saints is the 4th book in the Davina Graham Thrillers, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Stranger at the Gates
Louise de Bernard’s long-ago past in Nazi-occupied France comes back to haunt her when a woman shows up on her doorstep demanding payback
On a tranquil tree-lined street in Paris, a woman exits a taxi. She has come from Bonn, Germany, on a mission of desperation and revenge. And in a house on the Rue de Varenne, a wife and mother is about to relive the past she thought she’d left far behind.
In 1944, in Nazi-occupied France, circumstances forced Jean de Bernard and his wife to put up a German officer at their isolated chateau in St. Blaize. The American-born Louise de Bernard despised Major Heinz Minden—and her husband even more for collaborating with the Germans when their tanks first rumbled through their centuries-old village. Into this seething hotbed of betrayal and brutality, Roger Savage arrives. The undercover Allied agent recruits Louise to help him destroy a lethal nerve gas the Germans are secretly manufacturing nearby. But now a high-ranking Nazi general is dead, and an entire village is about to be punished in the most merciless and horrifying way.
Culminating in post-war Germany as an SS officer prepares to stand trial for wartime atrocities, Stranger at the Gates is a spine-tingling page-turner about family and sacrifice, loyalty and love, and how ordinary people can become heroes.
A woman swept into a dangerous world of international espionage can trust no one—least of all the assassin she has fallen in love with—in this intricate thriller by master storyteller Evelyn Anthony
When Elizabeth Cameron leaves Rome for the Middle East at her uncle Huntley’s request, she has no idea that she’s about to become a pawn in an international conspiracy that threatens her life and everything she believes America stands for.
Huntley Cameron is a kingmaker. One of the most powerful men in the world, he has a brilliant plan to place a candidate in the White House, which, if successful, could be the greatest political coup the United States has ever seen.
Bruno Keller grew up in abject poverty fighting for survival. Now, he’s a paid assassin who lives by his own code of honor. But his latest assignment comes with an unexpected complication: a beautiful, vulnerable woman.
Hunted by both the CIA and the KGB, Elizabeth and Bruno can trust no one—not even their own countrymen. As the truth about a diabolical conspiracy comes to light, the pieces are in play for an assassination that will have political, religious, and economic reverberations for decades to come.
The Persian Price
A wife and mother becomes the target of terrorists in this mesmerizing thriller that sweeps from Iran to England to the South of France
Eileen Field, the unhappy, neglected wife of the chairman of the world’s most powerful oil conglomerate, arrives in Tehran with her husband, Logan Field, for a reception honoring the Shah’s minister of the economy. Logan needs the Shah on his side in order to win the bid to build a refinery in Iran. At the hotel, violent tensions bubble just beneath the surface, for the minister has his own agenda—and now a man has been savagely murdered. But for Eileen, the ordeal is just beginning.
In her frantic efforts to protect her only child, Eileen is abducted by terrorists and taken to a villa on the French Riviera. There, locked in a room with steel bars on the window, she’s about to be ransomed—and killed if her captors’ demands aren’t met. But they don’t want money. With her life hanging in the balance, Eileen’s future is in the hands of three men: Logan, determined to make a deal between America and Iran at any cost; James Kelly, who has been secretly in love with Eileen for years; and a stranger who ignites a passion within her that could lead to unexpected romance.
The Macdonald Romances: The French Bride and Clandara
Now in one volume: The complete historical romance saga—from the Scottish Highlands to the Court of Versailles—by an international-bestselling author.
The Macdonald Romances collection brings together two Scottish tales of passion, intrigue, and love by Evelyn Anthony.
Clandara: It’s unthinkable—but beautiful, headstrong Katharine Fraser has fallen in love with the eldest son of her father’s longtime enemy. Notorious nobleman James Macdonald of Dundrenan is ready to sacrifice all for the woman he loves. But the fated struggle to restore the prince to the throne results in a fiery call to arms across Scotland—and a tragedy that threatens to divide the star-crossed lovers. As James vows to fight against the invading British Army, Katharine must follow her own path, even as it leads her into the arms of another man, far from the heart of her true desires and her beloved home of Clandara.
The French Bride: To settle his gambling debts and avoid being sent to the Bastille, Charles Macdonald is given an ultimatum: He must marry his cousin, the beautiful, innocent Anne de Bernard—who also happens to be the richest woman in France. However, the dissolute Charles wants only to return to the bed of his mistress, the Baroness Louise de Vitale. When Anne is brought to Versailles at the king’s command, the inexperienced bride is no match for Louise’s wiles. As two women fight for the love of one man, a deadly intrigue will unfold that could destroy one life as it transforms another.
Set against a rich historical canvas—from eighteenth-century Scotland to the French Courts—and peopled by such real-life figures as Bonnie Prince Charlie, King Louis XV, Madame du Barry, and future queen Marie Antoinette, the Macdonald Romances are prize-winning Anthony at her spellbinding best.
Can Davina Graham uncover the traitor in Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service before it’s too late?
Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service has been compromised: A mole high in their ranks has been feeding national secrets to the Soviets. Undercover at a prominent ad agency, SIS agent Davina Graham has been tasked with the unenviable job of uncovering the traitor, who goes by the code name Albatross. Could it be Davina’s boss, Brigadier Sir James White, a twenty-year SIS veteran, months away from retirement? Humphrey Grant, White’s second-in-command, whose public persona conceals damning sexual secrets? Or John Kidson, the technocrat married to Davina’s beautiful, pampered sister?
Further complicating matters is the fact that, in Moscow, a longtime nemesis is pulling strings behind the scenes, setting up false trails as he vows to destroy Britain and make Russia the supreme super power—and only one woman stands in his way. Torn between two lovers—Scottish operative Colin Lomax and self-made advertising executive Tony Walden—Davina must move quickly before time runs out for them all.
Albatross is the 3rd book in the Davina Graham Thrillers, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
When Christina Nordohl meets wealthy English widower, Richard Farrington, in Stockholm, it changes her life. They fall in love, and she returns to England with him as his wife. On his death twelve years later, Richard bequeaths Christina and her young daughter a great house, land, money, and a priceless Hebrew manuscript.
But Richard’s legacy comes with a downside in the form of his turbulent, hate-filled son,
Alan, who has been disinherited. At his father’s funeral he announces that he will contest the will, and has discovered something that will tear Christina and her daughter’s world apart. Among the team defending Christina is the cold and sinister Swede, Rolf Wallberg—what is his real motive for taking the case? Christina neither likes nor trusts him. But neither of them can resist the force that brings them together.
An investigative reporter hired to expose corruption at the highest levels of the government uncovers a chilling link to World War II in this expertly crafted thriller
As investigative reporter for the Sunday Herald’s high-profile “Exposure” column, Julia Hamilton exposes everything from corruption in high places to the mutilation and murder of five-year-old twin sisters in a small Welsh village. Now that Julia’s proven herself, her boss, Lord William Western, entrusts her with her most challenging assignment yet: Dig up dirt on rival media tycoon Harold King. Rumored to be linked to the Mafia and terrorist groups, King came out of nowhere to emerge as one of the country’s most controversial figures. Julia must find out what the self-proclaimed Pole—who speaks fluent German—is concealing.
With formidable editor Ben Harris accompanying her, she travels to Nessenberg, Germany, where a young King—then known as Hans Koenig—was rescued from a refugee camp after the war by a kindhearted Englishwoman. As they delve deeper, Julia and Ben uncover evidence that King’s entire past may be pure invention. But the truth is far more horrific than anyone imagines: a legacy of hate and mass murder that stretches back almost a half century—and a shared secret that two powerful men are determined to keep buried forever.
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