Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

A tale of love, class, and murder during the era of the trade-union movement in nineteenth-century England, from the author of North and South. In Manchester, long-suffering John Barton and his daughter, Mary, both want a better future for each other.  John toils away with the trades’ union for better wages for his fellow workers in the textile mill, while Mary must consider whom she will marry. She decides to leave the working-class Jem Wilson, hoping instead to wed Harry Carson, the wealthy mill owner’s son. But when Harry is shot down in the street, Jem becomes the prime suspect—and learning the truth may yield a future Mary cannot bear.   A portrait of the working class’s struggles during the Victorian era, Mary Barton was Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel. She went on to write classics such as Wives and Daughters and was the creator of the town of Cranford, the setting for several BBC series.

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
104 reviews

War and Peace: With bonus material from Give War and Peace A Chance by Andrew D. Kaufman by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is considered one of the world’s greatest works of fiction. It is regarded, along with Anna Karenina, as Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement. Epic in scale, War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events leading up to Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families.

Author: Leo Tolstoy

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
2305 reviews

The Social Experiment by Addison Moore

Two Strangers. Six Weeks.*A romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling author Addison Moore*Rowen Garret is a jackass of the highest order. I knew signing up for some experimental dating experience would not pan out to be a good thing, but after kissing a stranger in the dark for five solid savory minutes only to have the lights come on and expose him for the jerk he is, I have the sudden urge to strangle my new roommate who talked me into this nightmare. Sophie Meyer is a handful. I should know, I hung out in her living room for so long I became a fixture. But that was when her older brother, Braden, and I actually got along, before he snatched my long time girlfriend out from underneath me and stopped speaking to me as if I were the one who hijacked his life. And now here I am with his feisty little sister in my arms, her face lit up in horror at the thought of what we’ve just done. I would never kiss Sophie Meyer under normal circumstances, never even entertain the thought. Nope, this was a bad idea through and through. This is one social experiment I never want to think about again. But one thing is for sure. I will never forget that kiss. Two strangers, six weeks, the social experiment says the odds are in their favor, Rowen and Sophie says they aren’t. From the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Addison Moore— Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison’s books, “…easy, frothy fun!”

Author: Addison Moore

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
78 reviews

Crime and Punishment (AmazonClassics Edition) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Living in a squalid room in St. Petersburg, the indigent but proud Rodion Raskolnikov believes he is above society. Obsessed with the idea of breaking the law, Raskolnikov resolves to kill an old pawnbroker for her cash.Although the murder and robbery are bungled, Raskolnikov manages to escape without being seen. And with nothing to prove his guilt and a mendacious confessor in police custody, Raskolnikov seems to have committed the perfect crime. But in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s world of moral transgressions, with its reason and its consequences, Raskolnikov’s plan has a devastating hitch: the feverish delirium of his own conscience.AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
1768 reviews

A Family Affair – A Free Preview of the First 7 Chapters by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Award-winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley, whose bestselling fiction “tackles some of life’s toughest situations” (The Florida Times-Union), unravels the secrets in a mother’s past that turn her daughter’s life upside down—by revealing the family she never knew existed.Her dream of studying dance at Juilliard is within reach, but Olivia Dawson turns down the opportunity, choosing instead to stay with her ailing mother in the Houston projects where they barely make ends meet. Lorraine Dawson is Olivia’s whole world, and now Olivia insists on being there for her. But when Lorraine learns Olivia is sacrificing college for her sake, her heartache triggers a series of shattering events that results in Olivia discovering her father, a man she was told had died years ago. But he is alive and well—and he’s the powerful CEO of one of the country’s richest corporations. With her best friend urging her to claim a much-deserved chunk of Bernard Wells’s fortune, Olivia seeks out his Los Angeles mansion. But it’s not money she wants—it’s answers: Why did he abandon Lorraine when Olivia was three years old? Why did they suffer in poverty while he gave his “real” wife and son a life of luxury? Opening up the past, however, is more complicated than Olivia—or Bernard—expected, and the pain of yesterday’s sins must be confronted before true healing and a bright tomorrow can begin.

Author: ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
317 reviews

A Small Country about to Vanish by Victoria Avilan

“A most remarkable homage to things Israeli, things Jewish, things human. Avilan, speaking directly to her beloved country . . . writes about Israel with the love and pain stemming from the realization that not all that we love is perfect, but we can’t help loving it, or him, or her. A Small Country about to Vanish is love’s survival story, between the author and her country of Israel, between Shelli and Rona, between a mother and her children, between a husband and wife. This book almost reads itself, so sure-footed is the pacing, the ease of being drawn in despite some unease about what is written. The author does not intrude on her characters with the pointed finger of too much message forcibly delivered. A reader’s ease and ability to identify with each main character is to have witnessed Avilan’s magic literary show. This is a tense, taut and shocking study of freedom. Freedom to love, to live, to remember or forget how one obtained and lost those freedoms.” — Historical romance author T. T. Thomas.

Author: Victoria Avilan

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
102 reviews

North and South (AmazonClassics Edition) by Elizabeth Gaskell

When a crisis of faith prompts his departure from the Church of England, Margaret Hale’s father moves his family north to bleak, industrial Milton. At first, Margaret is put off by the town’s grit and poverty—a stark contrast to her rural southern hometown. But when she is awakened to the suffering of Milton’s hardworking citizens, she makes it her mission to improve their lives. However, Margaret soon finds herself at odds with the man she is falling in love with—the handsome, bullheaded industrialist John Thornton.Skillfully told, North and South is not only an illuminating novel of its era but an enchanting love story that is sure to linger in the hearts of readers long after the last page.AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.Revised edition: Previously published as North and South, this edition of North and South (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
1415 reviews

Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

Anne Brontë’s debut novel tells the realistic and moving story of a young governess For well-educated women of lesser means in the mid-nineteenth century, there was only one option for employment that paid decently and provided a sense of dignity: becoming a governess. These young women were tasked with educating the children of the rich in the ways of the world. When the Grey family falls into debt, Agnes is forced to find work as a governess and learns of the misery and cruelty that exist in the landed classes. In her first home, she sees a family with spoiled, abusive children; and in the second, she discovers the misery of the elite, who seem from afar to have everything. Drawing from her own experiences as a governess, Brontë has crafted with warmth and realism the story of a young woman named Agnes Grey. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Author: Anne Brontë

Rating: Rating: 4.10 / 5
316 reviews