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A Finalist for the Costa Biography Award Longlisted for the Orwell Prize Named a Best Book of the Year by The Times (London) • New Statesman (London) • Daily Express (London) • Commonweal magazine In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding traveled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. It had been her “soul place,” she said—a holiday home for her and her family, but also a refuge—until the 1930s, when the Nazis’ rise to power forced them to leave. The trip was his grandmother’s chance to remember her childhood sanctuary as it was. But the house had changed, and when Harding returned once again nearly twenty years later, it was about to be demolished. It now belonged to the government, and as Harding began to inquire about whether the house could be saved, he unearthed secrets that had lain hidden for decades. Slowly he began to piece together the lives of the five families who had lived there: a wealthy landowner, a prosperous Jewish family, a renowned composer, a widow and her children, a Stasi informant. All had made the house their home, and all but one had been forced out. The house had weathered storms, fires and abandonment, witnessed violence, betrayals and murders, and had withstood the trauma of a world war and the dividing of a nation. Breathtaking in scope and intimate in its detail, The House by the Lake is a groundbreaking and revelatory new history of Germany, told over a tumultuous century through the story of a small wooden house.

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Genre: History
Author: Thomas Harding
Publisher: Picador
Release: 2016-07-05
File: 464 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781250065087

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The House by the Lake (Secrets of Paris Book 2): Gripping and emotional World War 2 fiction by Ella Carey The cobbled streets were dark as Isabelle hurried through the shadows, dodging in and out of doorways, constantly looking back. She worried the sound of her loudly thumping heart would give her away, as she peered around a corner. Suddenly, Isabelle was surrounded by Nazi soldiers, their black boots pounding on the pavement, barring her way… 1939, Berlin. Max Albrecht is the young and handsome heir to a beautiful house on a lake where he spent his happy childhood. As war approaches, his parents tell him he must join the Nazi party or the whole family will be killed. But when his beloved French fiancé Isabelle shows him the horrifying truth, Max faces an impossible choice: protect his family or save the girl he loves? 2010, San Francisco. Anna Young is content with her life, running a bustling deli and taking care of her adored grandfather Max, who raised her. Max has never spoken of his past until he hands over an old map, the plans to a grand house just north of Berlin. With a shaking finger, he points to it and says, “I left something behind under the floorboards. Please bring it home before I die.” When Anna arrives at the crumbling manor in Germany, she discovers a hidden engagement ring in a velvet box. She is desperate to find the woman her grandfather hoped to marry, but the local villagers look away when she mentions Max’s name, and back in San Francisco he is now in hospital, too unwell to speak to her. What did Max do so many years ago? Is Anna ready for the terrible secret that her family’s past may hold? From bestselling author Ella Carey comes an unforgettable novel, weaving together past and present. Gripping and heartbreaking, The House by the Lake uncovers the secrets and devastating choices that people were forced to make during history’s darkest time. Readers are utterly captivated by The House by the Lake: “Brilliant… It made me cry (can’t remember when I last did that)—I also laughed and felt sad when the book finished. I wanted to know what happened next… I highly recommend this book. Really looking forward to her next one.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I LOVED this book!! I didn’t want it to end because the story was so great and fast moving.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I NEEDED to know what happened. It kept me turning the pages… I have grabbed up the other two books in the set.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved this book! The history has such beautiful detail and it was also a beautiful love story!!! I felt like I was there with them!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down and read it in one night. Ella Carey's descriptions had me in awe, I truly could visualize everything especially the Christmas scenes!!!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “WOW! What a great story… I highly recommend this book.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “One of the best books I have read in a long time. I will definitely read anything by this author. I recommend it to everyone, it’s really, really an excellent read.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wow!! This book was awesome and I couldn’t put it down. I was so enthralled with the story and characters. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out!!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A real page-turner. I couldn’t put this book down… The ripple down effects continue to this very day, as this story illustrates so well.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I have only one Ella Carey book left to read… Please, write MORE & MORE!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Ella Carey
Publisher: Bookouture
Release: 2020-10-20
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781800191006

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A Finalist for the Costa Biography Award Longlisted for the Orwell Prize Named a Best Book of the Year by The Times (London) • New Statesman (London) • Daily Express (London) • Commonweal magazine In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding traveled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. It had been her “soul place,” she said—a holiday home for her and her family, but also a refuge—until the 1930s, when the Nazis’ rise to power forced them to leave. The trip was his grandmother’s chance to remember her childhood sanctuary as it was. But the house had changed, and when Harding returned once again nearly twenty years later, it was about to be demolished. It now belonged to the government, and as Harding began to inquire about whether the house could be saved, he unearthed secrets that had lain hidden for decades. Slowly he began to piece together the lives of the five families who had lived there: a wealthy landowner, a prosperous Jewish family, a renowned composer, a widow and her children, a Stasi informant. All had made the house their home, and all but one had been forced out. The house had weathered storms, fires and abandonment, witnessed violence, betrayals and murders, and had withstood the trauma of a world war and the dividing of a nation. Breathtaking in scope and intimate in its detail, The House by the Lake is a groundbreaking and revelatory new history of Germany, told over a tumultuous century through the story of a small wooden house.

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Genre: History
Author: Thomas Harding
Publisher: Picador
Release: 2016-07-05
File: 464 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781250065087

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The memorable story begun in When the Wind Blows continues in this thrilling novel, and it's one that really soars! Frannie O'Neil, a Colorado veterinarian, knows a terrible secret that will change the history of the world. Kit Harrison, an FBI agent under suspension has seen things that no one in his right mind would believe. A twelve-year-old girl named Max and five other incredible children have powers we can only dream of. These children can fly. And the only place they will be safe is the Lake House. Or so they believe..

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Genre: Fiction
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release: 2003-06-01
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 0759527849

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A missing child June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she's also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn't have. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever. An abandoned house Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case, Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police. She retreats to her beloved grandfather's cottage in Cornwall but soon finds herself at a loose end. Until one day, Sadie stumbles upon an abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace. An unsolved mystery Meanwhile, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, now an old lady, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family's past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Kate Morton
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release: 2015-11-01
File: 608 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781925267938

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Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend's rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It's miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe. But when Lisa meets some of the locals, and hears some disturbing rumours about the house, she realises it might not be the sanctuary she thought. What secret has Rowan Isle House - and her friend - kept hidden all these years? And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her own past finally catches up with her?

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Author: Nuala Ellwood
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release: 2020-02-20
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 0241985153

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Malorie comes a haunting tale of love and mystery, as the date of a lifetime becomes a maddening exploration of the depths of the heart. The story begins: young lovers, anxious to connect, agree to a first date, thinking outside of the box. At seventeen years old, James and Amelia can feel the rest of their lives beginning. They have got this summer and this summer alone to experience the extraordinary. But they didn’t expect to find it in a house at the bottom of a lake. The house is cold and dark, but it’s also their own. Caution be damned, until being carefree becomes dangerous. For the teens must decide: swim deeper into the house—all the while falling deeper in love? Whatever they do, they will never be able to turn their backs on what they discovered together. And what they learned: Just because a house is empty, doesn’t mean nobody’s home.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Josh Malerman
Publisher: Del Rey
Release: 2021-01-19
File: 208 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780593237786

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Rebecca York is feeling confident with a clear head, a happy heart, and a new plan in hand. Just back from spending six months in France, Rebecca leisurely walks around the grounds of her godmother's historic house on a Texas lake while dreaming of converting it into an elegant bed-and-breakfast and saving it from encroaching land developers. But just as she settles in to spend her first night at Maple Villa, a key turns the lock and the front door creaks open, revealing a man from Rebecca's past. Paul Drew, a distinguished foreign news correspondent and author, first met Rebecca nearly seventeen years ago and is still as charming as she remembers him. Except there is only one problem: Paul has also received a key to the endangered old lake residence from Rebecca's godmother and has already moved in to recuperate from a wound he received in the Middle East. But even as the sweet affection started many years ago between them begins to reawaken, neither Rebecca nor Paul can fathom the idea of giving up their individual dreams for Maple Villa. In this contemporary romance, attraction, passion, and strong aspirations bring two souls together in the face of adversity as an old house quietly awaits its destiny.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Barbara V. Stephens
Publisher: iUniverse
Release: 2012-11-01
File: 154 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781475954166

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Nestled into the green hillside by beautiful Lake Maggiore in northern Italy, there is a dilapidated villa. Even in its current state of disrepair, those who find it know that there is something magnetic about the place. They imagine the villa in its prime surrounded by sculpted topiaries, white peacocks frolicking among sprawling cypress trees, and stone figures standing guard—a more prosperous and mysterious past. Diana Marshall, an American designer traveling in Italy in the hopes of finding inspiration after the death of her husband, is captivated by the structure. In the lines and shadows and secret places of the abandoned relic, she sees a chance to capture her passion again—for life, for art, for beauty. She throws all caution and sense to the wind and commits to breathing life into the grand old home. With the help of a cunning financier with an agenda of his own, she makes plans to give the abandoned structure a complete renovation. As the project progresses, tantalizing hints of the villa’s past begin to emerge. Layer by layer, the residue of another lifetime dares Diana to dig deeper for the truth. Visitors to the villa bring morsels of information that, when pieced together, begin to tell a story of its involvement in the darkest part of twentieth-century history. As she learns more about the building’s nefarious past and the reality of those former inhabitants, Diana begins to fear the worst.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: K. S. Hansen
Publisher: iUniverse
Release: 2013-07-31
File: 254 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781475998610

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The parcel arrived on an ordinary morning in the mailbox of her New York apartment, postmarked Paris. It was wrapped in brown paper and tied with a silk ribbon. Little did she know that the old brass key and letter it contained were about to turn her life upside down… 1940, Paris. Life is getting desperate for young Isabelle de Florian. Alone with her best friend in her Paris apartment, Isabelle knows that they must seek safety or die. For months she has been playing a dangerous game of secrets with the Nazis, trying to keep the people she loves safe. At last, she secures passage out of the city, packs her best jewels into a small suitcase and steps into the treacherous night… New York, 2015. Photographer Cat Jordan is shocked when she receives a letter informing her that she is the sole heir of the estate of Isabelle de Florian. She was a friend of Cat’s enigmatic grandmother, who both lived in France until the Nazi occupation forced them to flee. The letter offers few details but is clear on one point: Cat must come to Paris in person. When she arrives, Cat is enchanted by Isabelle’s beautiful apartment. But why did she leave it to a stranger? Determined to find the truth, Cat investigates her grandmother and Isabelle’s escape from Paris, and discovers that Isabelle was hunted by the Nazis in 1940. But as Cat searches through the dusty letters in the apartment, will the secret she finds change everything she knows about Isabelle and herself? From bestselling author Ella Carey comes an utterly spellbinding novel about wartime secrets. Paris Time Capsule shows that pulling on the tiniest thread of a life can unravel everything you thought you knew, and change your world forever. This book was first published in 2015. Readers are utterly captivated by Paris Time Capsule! “Wonderful! Wonderful!!!! I absolutely fell in love with this book!!!!! Such a timeless piece of work! This book will forever make me love Paris!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “WOW... Just wow… I absolutely love this story and these characters... This story is filled with everything, from romance to mystery.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “OMG! This book is so wonderful! I would absolutely love to get a letter saying there was an apartment in Paris with my name on it, an apartment that had been left locked up for years no less. AHH!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wow. Just wow. This was an absolutely gorgeous read… I was hooked. It’s rare I find a book that I don’t want to finish because I was enjoying it so much but this is one of them.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I was hooked and could’ve read all night… The twists and turns were ones I didn’t see coming. I loved it!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Hooked from the first page and would keep turning the pages till late at night, trying to unravel the mystery this story is. It is a mysterious, thrilling and suspenseful story.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Great story! Loved the suspense and meeting the different characters who impacted the story. Definitely didn’t see the end coming the way it did! Perfect mix of mystery and romance... Highly recommend!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I read it in one sitting and just couldn’t put it down… Just so good and the characters are rich and full. Don’t miss this one.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Absolutely stunning from start to finish… Captured my attention so I wished I could climb inside this book… Everything about this book was simply magical.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved this book. I absolutely loved it! I devoured this book over the course of two days.” Around the World in Books

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Ella Carey
Publisher: Bookouture
Release: 2020-10-06
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781800191020

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