Set in the 1930's, Bea has never lived up to her parents' expectations of a refined young lady. Instead, she is interested in learning and science and definitely not the arranged marriage her parents have planned for her in order to save their estate. For the summer, she gets sent to her uncle's house in Italy and begins to discover who she really is outside of anyone else's expectations.
In order to avoid social situations, Madeline Gracechurch tells a small little lie - she is engaged to Captain MacKenzie. Everyone believes him to be real, but Maddie has completely made him up and sends him fake letters to prove her devotion. After many years of this deception, she fakes his death and everyone leaves her to live her own life. After she's inherited a castle however, the real Captain Logan MacKenzie shows up, ready to get married like she promised in her letters.
Meredith and Nina have never had a close relationship with their mother, believing that she hates them, but when their father, the glue of their family, falls ill, they have to actually connect with their mother. They draw out the Russian fairy tale that their mother used to tell them when they were kids, and soon they discover that their mother has been keeping many secrets from them and those secrets will change the way they see their mother.
Synopsis: In 1920, when a woman who resembles like Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov is pulled out of a canal in Germany two years after her supposed death, she has everyone questioning if the Romanov family did survive their execution. Told from the perspective of Anastasia during her family's exile and imprisonment leading up to 1918 and Anna Anderson, the most famous Anastasia impersonator, this story explores the truth of what happened on July 17th, 1918.
Synopsis: For years, the Cardew House has stood empty, inviting Lou in for an escape from reality. One summer, the Cardew siblings, Robert and Caitlin, move back to the house and it lights up with magic and mystery. Lou is caught peeping on one of their parties and is invited to become friends with the glamorous siblings.
Synopsis: Marie-Laure, a blind girl, is living in Paris with her father when the Nazis invade and they are forced to flee and live with her great uncle in the port city of Saint-Malo. Werner is an orphan living in Germany, desperate to learn about technology in order to make a better life for him and his sister.
Synopsis: After her grandmother's death, Marisol travels to Cuba in order to spread her ashes. Her grandmother, Elisa, had to flee Cube in 1959 and was never able to return. Told in alternating chapters, this is the story of Elisa, a sugar heiress in Cuba in 1959, and Marisol, trying to learn more about her grandmother in 2017.
Synopsis: This story follows to friends, Young-sook and Mi-ji, both haenyeo (lady divers) on the island of Jeju in Korea, across many years. Starting in the 1930's and spanning Japanese colonialism, World War II, the Jeju Island Uprising, the Korean War, and the fall of the haenyeo, the two women and their friendship face the changes and hardships of war, conflict, and modernization.