Pat Lowery Collins’ — Hidden voices

Pat Lowery Collins’ — Hidden voices

In 1700s Venice, Luisa, Anetta and Rosalba live in an orphanage, renowned for its musical program. Antonio Vivaldi is their music tutor who prepares them for a concert that is often a way to attract a husband for one of the artists. But will the sheltered life within the orphanage prepare them for the outside world?

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Justine Picardie’s — Daphne

Justine Picardie’s — Daphne

This is a novel that blends fact with fiction. A young woman is writing her Ph.D on both Daphne du Maurier and the Brontes. Daphne, famous for her memorable books — Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and The Birds, finds her life in a downward spiral after her marriage fails. She lives out the remainder of her life in Cornwall, and the researcher uncovers secrets that make this an enthralling mystery.

Kimberly Freeman’s — Ember Island

Kimberly Freeman’s — Ember Island

Tilly, living in the 19thcentury and Nina, living in the 21stcentury are both connected to Nell Holt. After the death of her grandfather and a disasterous short marriage, Tilly takes the first available boat out of England to Australia. She is employed as a governess to Nell on Amber Island — a Moreton Bay island where prisoners are jailed. But Nell keeps memories of her haunting past close to her chest until an error of judgement forces her to expose her past.

Nina’s great-grandmother was Nell. She’s a successful author struggling with her forth novel. She holds a secret that’s about to be exposed by a scathing journalist.

Can both women survive their past?

Equally as good is Freeman’s Lighthouse Bay (another 5 out of 5).

Jeff Talarigo’s — Pearl Diver

Jeff Talarigo’s — Pearl Diver

In the late 1940s the youngest pearl diver works on Shodo Island. But four years after diving off the waters of Japan, she’s rejected by her family and society when she contracts leprosy. Sent to a leper colony on Nagashina Island, her disease doesn’t spread once a new medicine is discovered, but can she regain her freedom to live a normal life again?

Roma Tearne’s — Mosquito

Roma Tearne’s — Mosquito

When Theo returns to Sri Lanka from London to write his novel he is distracted by Nulani who draws him out of his beach side home. After Mrs Mendis reminds him of earlier racial riots when her husband was drenched in petrol and set alight, Theo cannot shut out the rising racial tension outside his door, nor his love for Nulani.

Can their love survive when Theo’s Sinhalese ethnic group is rioting against Nulani’s Tamil minority?