Karen Harper

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Karen Harper

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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scottish and English roots run deep, and where she has set many of her historical Tudor-era mysteries and her historical novels about real and dynamic British women. Karen's books have been published in many foreign languages and she won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for 2005. Karen has given numerous talks to readers and writers across the county.

Average rating: 3.81 · 21,312 ratings · 1,704 reviews · 71 distinct works · Similar authors
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The Queen's Governess
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The First Princess of Wales
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Mistress Shakespeare
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The Poyson Garden (Elizabet...
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The Hiding Place
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Dark Harvest (Maplecreek, #2)
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“The rendering of my thoughts, emotions, and experiences is part comedy and part tragedy as well as history, for life is such a mingling.”
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“Southern hospitality and Amish cooking - Ya'll Come Back, Danki.”
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“He would almost call this feeling for
jeannette hate, if he were not so afraid it was love.”
Karen Harper, The First Princess of Wales

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