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The Freedom Broker (Thea Paris, #1)

There are 25 elite kidnap and ransom specialists in the world. Only one is a woman: Thea Paris. And she's the best in the business.

Twenty years ago, a terrified young boy was abducted in the middle of the night by masked intruders while his sister watched, paralyzed with fear. Returned after a harrowing nine months with his captors, Thea's brother has never been the same.

This life-shattering experience drove Thea to become what she is today: a world-class freedom broker. Most hostage-recovery work is done at the negotiation table, but when diplomacy fails, Thea leads...
Recommended by Claudia Oltean, and 1 others.

Claudia OlteanKimberly @KJHoweAuthor I just read your book “Freedom Broker.” It’s one of the best thrillers I’ve read. Awesome job on plot and characters, especially your MC Thea - she is way cool. Just got your sequel, “SkyFall.” You owe me some sleep...LOL. 😎 (Source)

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The Beantown Girls

An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller.

A novel of love, courage, and danger unfolds as World War II’s brightest heroines—the best of friends—take on the front lines.

1944: Fiona Denning has her entire future planned out. She’ll work in city hall, marry her fiancé when he returns from the war, and settle down in the Boston suburbs. But when her fiancé is reported missing after being shot down in Germany, Fiona’s long-held plans are shattered.

Determined to learn her fiancé’s fate, Fiona leaves Boston to volunteer overseas as a Red...
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Claudia OlteanJane @HealeyJane I just finished your book “Beantown Girls” & loved it. I’ve read many World War II stories; this was among the best. Your characters touched my heart & I felt like I was living through their experiences as Red Cross Clubmobile Girls. Highly recommend this book. (Source)

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Dutch Girl

Audrey Hepburn and World War II

Twenty-five years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. According to her son, Luca Dotti, “The war made my mother who she was.” Audrey Hepburn’s war included participation in the Dutch Resistance, working as a doctor’s assistant during the “Bridge Too Far” battle of Arnhem, the... more
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Claudia Oltean@UltimateBruin I love Audrey Hepburn, too. You are right @JoNosuchinsky could play her in a bio-pic. You might like the book/audio of Audrey’s harrowing World War II years in Holland, called The Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen. I found it fascinating. 😘 (Source)

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When love doth come
If it comes powerfully
It leaves no room
For other cares
Luce Apsley

Passionately independent, Luce Apsley rejects the dazzling English court and an arranged marriage by her aristocratic family, and falls in love with a charismatic parliamentarian. Desperate to rebuild their lives, her mother embraces the Puritan cause and yet Luce’s beloved brother, Sir Allen Apsley, chooses to fight for king and joins the...
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Claudia OlteanElizabeth, just read your Lady of the Tower & loved it. Already started book 2 of your Lydiard Chronicles, By Love Divided. #Histfic is my favorite; it's very cool you're working with stories, documents from your own family dating back to end of Elizabethan age. Highly Recommend (Source)

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