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              The Darkest Shore

              The Darkest Shore (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Brooks, Karen

              • RRP: $32.99
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              The independent women of Scotland stand up to a witch hunt, male fury and the power of the Church in a battle for survival in this compelling historical novel based on true events in eighteenth century Scotland. 1703: The wild east coast of Scotland. By the pricking of her thumbs...... Returning to her home town of Pittenweem, fishwife and widow Sorcha McIntyre knows she faces both censure and mistrust. After all, this is a country where myth and legend are woven into the fabric of the everyday, a time when those who defy custom are called to account. For Sorcha, that time is now. If it weren't for the other fishwives, Sorcha might not have a soul in the world who cares. But Sorcha - possessed of a bright spirit and quick wits as well as loyal friends - has more strength than she knows. Even so, it's dangerous to be a clever woman who 'doesn't know her place' in Pittenweem - a town rife with superstition. So, when a young local falls victim to witchcraft, the Reverend Cowper and the townsfolk know who to blame. What follows for Sorcha and her friends is a terrifying battle, not only for their souls, but for their lives, as they are pitted against the villagers' fear, a malevolent man and the might of the church. Based on the shocking true story of the witch hunt of Pittenweem, this multi-layered novel is a beautifully written historical tale of the strength of women united against a common foe, by one of Australia's finest writers.
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              ISBN 9781489277459
              Published AU 24 Feb 2020
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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              Tallow
               

              Tallow (Paperback)

              By Brooks, Karen

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              On the edge of a mystical border called the Limen, close to a beautiful canal-laced city, a humble candlemaker rescues a child whom he raises as his apprentice. Years pass and the child's unusual talents are revealed, the gentle art of candlemaking slowly transforming into someth...ing far more sinister.
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              ISBN 9781742752280
              Published AU 1 Jun 2011
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age 13+ years
              Series Curse of the Bond Riders
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              Votive: Curse of the Bond Riders 2
                 

              Votive: Curse of the Bond Riders 2 (Paperback, Large Print 16 pt)

              By Brooks, Karen

              • RRP: $99.99
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              La Serenissima - a beautiful but deadly city where corrupt aristocrats rule and everything, including love, has a price. Tallow is anything but a simple candlemaker and when she has everything taken away from her - friends, family, hope - all she can do to survive is rely on the ...Maleovellis. Casting aside the safety of her disguise, she becomes ...
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              ISBN 9781459642652
              Released AU 26 Jun 2012
              Publisher ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
              Interest Age Children
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              The Locksmith's Daughter

              The Locksmith's Daughter (Paperback)

              By Brooks, Karen

              • RRP: $22.99
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              A powerful and dramatic story of spies, secrets and one man's quest to save Elizabethan England. What if the key to your heart lies in your enemy's hands? In a world where no one can be trusted and secrets are currency, one woman stands without fear. Mallory Bright is the only da...ughter of London's master locksmith. For her there is no lock too elaborate, no secret too well kept. Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster and protector of Queen Elizabeth - the last of the Tudor monarchs - and her realm, is quick to realise Mallory's talent and draws her into his world of intrigue, danger and deception. With her by his side, no scheme in England or abroad is safe from discovery; no plot secure. But Mallory's loyalty wavers when she witnesses the execution of three Jesuit priests, a punishment that doesn't fit their crime. When Mallory discovers the identity of a Catholic spy and a conspiracy that threatens the kingdom, she has to make a choice - between her country and her heart. Mallory, however, carries her own dark secrets and is about to learn those being kept from her - secrets that could destroy those she loves. Once Sir Francis's greatest asset, Mallory is fast becoming his worst threat ... and everyone knows there's only one way Sir Francis deals with those.
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              ISBN 9781489257833
              Published AU 21 Jan 2019
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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              The Chocolate Maker's Wife

              The Chocolate Maker's Wife (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Brooks, Karen

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              Australian author Karen Brooks rewrites women back into history with this breathtaking, scrupulously researched tale set in 17th century London. Damnation has never been so sweet... When Rosamund Tomkins enters the world with her darkling eyes and strange laughter, the midwives a...re afraid, believing her a changeling. But Rosamund's life is set to be anything but enchanted... Born into poverty, brutalised and ignored by her family, it is only when she is married off to a nobleman that her life undergoes a transformation, as her husband recognises in Rosamund a magic she does not know she possesses, but which affects almost all who encounter her. Presiding over a luxurious chocolate house where men go to be seen, exchange news and indulge in the sweet and heady drink to which they have become addicted, Rosamund feels blessed. But disaster strikes and Rosamund stands on the brink of losing all she has worked so hard to achieve. Forced to make a choice, she can either walk away from all she has grown to love with her soul intact, or make a deal with the devil... Set against the backdrop of Restoration London, the plague and the Great Fire, this is a tale of cruelty, revenge, redemption, love and hope, and the sweet, sinister temptation of chocolate.
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              ISBN 9781489261458
              Published AU 18 Feb 2019
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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              The Brewer's Tale

              The Brewer's Tale (Paperback)

              By Brooks, Karen

              • RRP: $22.99
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              It had been Mother's secret and mine, one passed down through the de Winter women for generations. I would ensure it was kept that way, until I was ready to pass it on. When Anneke Sheldrake is forced to find a way to support her family after her father is lost at sea, she turns ...to the business by which her mother's family once prospered: brewing ale. Armed with her Dutch mother's recipes and a belief that anything would be better than the life her vindictive cousin has offered her, she makes a deal with her father's aristocratic employer: Anneke has six months to succeed or not only will she lose the house but her family as well. Through her enterprise and determination, she inadvertently earns herself a deadly enemy. Threatened and held in contempt by those she once called friends, Anneke nonetheless thrives. But on the tail of success, tragedy follows and those closest to her pay the greatest price for her daring. Ashamed, grieving, and bearing a terrible secret, Anneke flees to London, determined to forge her own destiny. Will she be able to escape her past, and those whose only desire is to see her fail? A compelling insight into the brewer's craft, the strength of women, and the myriad forms love can take.
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              ISBN 9781489208248
              Published AU 23 May 2016
              Publisher Harlequin Enterprises (Austral
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Mira Regular
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              Illumination
               

              Illumination (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Brooks, Karen

              Against a backdrop of bloodshed and turmoil, Tallow flees the cunning Maleovellis and a city on the brink of war to enter the Limen, determined to find the Estrattore and meet her destiny. Unbeknownst to Tallow, she sets in motion forces beyond her control. From Serenissima to Fa...rrowfare, enemies plot to ensure her compliance and, ultimately, destruction. As well as those she has always believed are her friends. But in doing so, they make a fatal mistake - they underestimate her and the power she can wield. Betrayed, manipulated and hunted, Tallow is a pawn in a deadly game. In order to win, she will have to sacrifice everything ...including the man she loves.
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              ISBN 9781864719444
              Published AU 2 Jul 2012
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age 13+ years
              Series Curse of the Bond Riders
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              The Locksmith's Daughter
               

              The Locksmith's Daughter (Hardback)

              By Brooks, Karen

              What if the key to your heart lies in your enemy's hands? In a world where no one can be trusted and secrets are currency, one woman stands without fear. Mallory Bright is the only daughter of ...

              ISBN 9781741362503
              Published AU 26 Oct 2016
              Publisher ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
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              The Locksmith's Daughter

              The Locksmith's Daughter (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Brooks, Karen

              • RRP: $32.99
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              What if the key lies in your enemy's hands? A powerful and dramatic story of spies, secrets and one man's quest to save Elizabethan England.

              ISBN 9781489210548
              Published AU 19 Sep 2016
              Publisher Harlequin Enterprises (Austral
              Interest Age General Audience
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              The Chocolate Maker's Wife

              The Chocolate Maker's Wife (Paperback)

              By Brooks, Karen

              • RRP: $19.99
              • $14.99
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              A tale of cruelty, revenge, redemption, love and hope, and the sweet, sinister temptation of chocolate. Damnation has never been so sweet... When Rosamund Tomkins enters the world she is so different, with her darkling eyes and strange laughter, that the midwives are afraid, beli...eving her a changeling. But Rosamund's life is set to be anything but enchanted... Born into poverty, brutalised and ignored by her family, it is only when she is married off to a nobleman that her life undergoes a wondrous transformation, as he recognises that Rosamund infuses magic she does not know she possesses into everything she touches. Clever, quick and irrepressible, Rosamund soon becomes the darling of the haute ton, and presides over her luxurious chocolate house where the rich go to be seen and indulge in their favourite pastime, drinking the sweet and heady drink to which they've become oddly addicted. But Rosamund stands on the brink of losing all she has worked so hard to achieve and will be forced to make a choice: walk away from all she knows and has grown to love with her soul intact, or make a deal with the devil? Australian author Karen Brooks rewrites women back into history with this sweeping, breathtakingly researched tale of 17th century London, set against the backdrop of Restoration London, the plague and the Great Fire. PRAISE 'Historian and novelist Brooks shows her research and imaginative chops in a luscious and astonishingly affecting chronicle of family scandal, political unrest, and redemptive hope in 1660s London.' - Publishers Weekly 'Brooks masterfully deploys surprising plot twists, deftly pacing the opening of closets to reveal hidden diaries and family skeletons. . . A charming and smart historical novel from a master storyteller.' - Kirkus Reviews 'Sensual, seductive, bold . . . A rich indulgence.' - Booklist 'The latest from Australian author Brooks is an excellent option for reading groups that enjoy multigenerational tales and historical fiction. .
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              ISBN 9781489295149
              Published AU 20 Jan 2020
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
              Interest Age General Audience
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