A novel of dark intrigue, blazing passion--and a glorious garden! When a lonely young widow and a mysterious earl clash over a neglected castle garden, suspicion and secrets threaten a blossoming love. Sophie Pinnock, a talented and determined landscape gardener, arrives at Bevington Castle seeking redemption for past deceits--it was she, not her late husband, who created many of his famed garden designs.
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Sophie cannot admit to Lord Bevington her yearning to preserve rather than replace his decayed formal landscape, for her enigmatic employer demands that she replace it with a fashionable modern plan. When he reveals his passion for her--and makes clear his expectations--she resolves never to be his mistress.
But should she become his wife? Cassian Carysfort has returned to England to claim his title and inheritance. He relies on Sophie to transform his Gloucestershire castle into a show place. Lovely Sophie turns out to be as elusive as she is rebellious. Only a marriage proposal will gain him what he most desires.
Available as an Ebook from The castle is based upon one I've often visited, shown here. When Sophie takes up residence at Bevington Castle, she lodges over the gateway arch, clearly seen in the second photo. Portions of the book take place in Clifton, near Bristol, where I've spent much time. Very Highly Recommended.
A sensitive romance filled with radiant characters and Porter's homage to the era's posh gardens provides a reinvigorating twist to a fabulous Regency romance. Her characters have just as much depth as the settings, and the gardens provide a wonderful backdrop for a tender love story. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love -- and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this "soaring masterpiece" examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate Ron Charles, Washington Post.
The book builds and builds, as she weaves together, seamlessly, the stories of people in the most desperate of circumstances—and then it delivers with a tremendous punch. It opens up the world, the universe, in a way that it absolutely unique. By the end you may be weeping.
In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked. Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved.
What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.
Unlocked Karen Kingsbury. Despite his quiet ways and quirky behaviors, Holden Harris is very happy and socially engaged—on the inside, in a private world all his own. But Holden is an eighteen-year-old with autism. Every day he is bullied at school by kids who only see that he is very different. Ella Reynolds is part of the in-crowd. A cheerleader and star of the high school drama production, her life seems perfect. When she catches Holden listening to her rehearse for the school play, she is drawn to him. Then Ella makes a dramatic discovery—she and Holden were best friends as children.
Frustrated by the way Holden is bullied and horrified at the indifference of her peers, Ella decides to take a stand against the most privileged and popular kids at school. Including her boyfriend, Jake. Ella believes miracles can happen in the most unlikely places and that just maybe an entire community might celebrate from the sidelines. This time friendship, faith, and the power of a song must be strong enough to open the doors to the miracle Holden needs. This contemporary, inspirational read is a standalone novel.
Book length: approximately 80, words. Includes a reading group guide and a letter to readers from the author. From a John W. Campbell Award — winning author: The original trilogy chronicling the military science fiction adventures of Nicholas Seafort. Now, the first three installments of this epic series are available in one volume. En route to the colony of Hope Nation, the ship answers a distress call—only to lose the senior command staff in a daring rescue attempt. The chain of command has elevated Seafort into a leadership role he never anticipated.
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Removed from his flagship, Seafort has been given the smaller UNS Portia , transporting colonists to the world of Detour. But an alien attack devastates both ships, leaving dozens of crewmen and passengers dead. Only UNS Challenger is in good enough condition to bring the survivors home—provided Seafort can regain and retain his captaincy. The aliens responsible for decimating the United Nations Naval fleet are still a threat to the colony world of Hope Nation, whose inhabitants feel abandoned as the navy returns to Earth.
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To save the colonists, Seafort will have to sacrifice everything he has left and commit an act of high treason that could result in his death sentence. Know My Name Chanel Miller. Miller has performed an invaluable service for multitudes of survivors. Stand back, folks: This book is going to give a huge blast of momentum to the MeToo movement. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral--viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case.
Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time. Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways--there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios.
Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life. Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.
Trying to Score Kendall Ryan. Teddy King excels at many things. Playing hockey.
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Scoring on and off the ice. Being stupidly attractive Despite his demanding schedule, he still finds time to annoy me. I knew him way back when. Before he was the guy everyone wanted a piece of, he was just a rebellious college co-ed and one of my more energetic study partners. But secrets have a way of getting out, and a steamy encounter from our college days that we probably shouldn't have filmed is about to cause a major scandal. Unless we can work together to stop it.
Is me. Note: This high-heat standalone is chock-full of scorching banter and steamy good times. He's a testosterone-dripping hockey player who wants a second chance. She's a tough as nails attorney intent on making partner. Frienemies to lovers. No cliffhanger. Your favorite hot jocks are back with an all-new standalone novel.
There's no way on earth he can tolerate a woman like Shanna Van Alstyne. With a spirit as fiery as the blazing sun, she has a temper to match. Unfortunately, southern manners dictate he save her life, but then she's on her own--until a daring robbery throws the infuriating woman back into his arms, again.
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler. The iconic first novel from crime fiction master Raymond Chandler, featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" Los Angeles Times. A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion.
Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in. The sixth Lisbeth Salander story--the crime-fiction phenomenon that has sold more than 90 million copies worldwide. Lisbeth Salander--the fierce, unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo--has disappeared. She's sold her apartment in Stockholm. She's gone silent electronically. She's told no one where she is.
And no one is aware that at long last she's got her primal enemy, her twin sister, Camilla, squarely in her sights. Mikael Blomkvist is trying to reach Lisbeth.
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He needs her help unraveling the identity of a man who lived and died on the streets in Stockholm--a man who does not exist in any official records and whose garbled last words hinted at possible damaging knowledge of people in the highest echelons of government and industry.