Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Pheby lives on a plantation in Virginia where her mother has worked hard to teach her daughter to have pride in herself and not see herself as a slave. She's the favorite of the plantation owner and has been promised her freedom at 18, living a fairly sheltered existence (comparatively). But her life is changed …

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The Residence by Andrew Pyper

There's a ghost in the White house... Based on historical people and events, this book tells the story of Franklin and Jane Pierce, whose son Bennie died in a train accident just before Franklin took office. There have been various stories of ghost sightings in the White House (the ghost has been called "The Thing") …

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Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary Of A Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale

This book is really beautifully bound if you get the hard cover edition. It's soft blue, with embossed gold flowers on the cover, and a swathed Victorian lady pictured in the centre. Perhaps it's slightly beside the point, but I do love a the pleasure of reading a beautifully bound volume. Kate Summerscale once again …

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The Wicked Boy: An Infamous Murder in Victorian London by Kate Summerscale

Penned by the author of the bestselling The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, this book is the story of another Victorian crime which was notorious in it's time, The Plaistow Tragedy of 1895. Two boys, 12 and 13 years old, told neighbors and friends that their mother had gone to Liverpool and proceeded to attend cricket …

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