"I told Mary that tonight is a time to be happy. As we wait to go see a play, I think again of that little house, the small window, the piece of sky with two birds and one squirrel. How much has come to pass since then. "One evening in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln sits quietly in the White House. He is waiting for his wife, Mary. Tonight they will go to the theater to see a play. It has been a long time since the President has allowed himself an evening of rest. While he waits, he thinks back on his life and the long journey from a small log cabin in Kentucky to the stately White House in Washington, a journey filled with the greatest joys and the deepest sorrows. Extraordinarily moving text and stunning, historically accurate paintings join together to present a fictional portrait of one of the most revered figures in American history.
Tell you about the prairie years? I'll tell you, child, how it was. And through a combination of spare, poetic text and expansive illustrations, readers can learn of life on the prairie as the settlers knew it -- seen through the eyes of a woman who lived there a century ago.
Jake and Maggy lived on a farm where they loved to sing and dance to the music from Mama's radio. Then terrible dust storms came and ruined the land. The family had no choice but to auction off the farm and make the long, hard journey west to California-away from the dust storms, where the land is still green. Along the way, Papa tries to find work, and Jake and Maggy try to help too. But what if Papa can't find a job? What if California isn't better after all? Ann Turner's dramatic story about the dust bowl, set during the Great Depression and beautifully captured in Robert Barrett's paintings, shows how one family stays together during difficult times.
Related through a series of poems narrated by the author, Learning to Swim tells the true story of the summer when she was 6 and was sexually abused by an older neighbor boy.
An unforgettable novel about love and trust Rebecca Wilding, an archaeology professor, makes sense of the past for a living. But suddenly, truth and certainty are turning against her. Rebecca is accused of serious fraud, and worse, she suspects - she knows - that her husband, Stephen, is having an affair. Desperate to find answers, Rebecca leaves with Stephen for Greece, Italy and Paris, where she can uncover the conspiracy against her, and hopefully win Stephen back to her side, where he belongs. There's too much at stake - her love, her family, her work. But on the idyllic Amalfi Coast, Stephen disappears. In a swirling daze of panic and fear, Rebecca is dealt with fresh allegations. And with time against her, she finds help in the most unlikely of places, and uncovers the secrets that stand between her and Stephen - and the deceit that has chased her halfway around the world. Sometimes marriage is a lonely place.
Sometimes a marriage can be a lonely place ... Rebecca Wilding, an archaeology professor, traces the past for a living. But suddenly, truth and certainty are turning against her. Rebecca is accused of serious fraud, and worse, she suspects - she knows - that her husband, Stephen, is having an affair. Desperate to find answers, Rebecca leaves with Stephen for Greece, Italy and Paris, where she can uncover the conspiracy against her, and hopefully win Stephen back to her side, where he belongs. There's too much at stake - her love, her work, her family. But on the idyllic Amalfi Coast, Stephen goes swimming and doesn't come back. In a swirling daze of panic and fear, Rebecca is dealt with fresh allegations. And with time against her, she must uncover the dark secrets that stand between her and Stephen, and the deceit that has chased her halfway around the world.
The drama of the American Revolution is brought to life through the eyes of young Prudence Emerson, who tells the story from the rarely heard perspective of a Tory.
In the time of the Pharoah Hatshepsut's rule, the Egyptian days could pass as slowly as the Nile's lazy waters, or as quickly as the Nile's rising floodwaters. Maïa and her brother are orphaned and living with their aunt and uncle in Thebes.
By the bestselling author of The Lost Swimmer, a tense, eerie thriller set in the icy reaches of Antarctica When environmental scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station, she begins to uncover more than she could ever imagine. Reminders of the bloody, violent past are everywhere, and Laura is disturbed by evidence of recent human interference. Rules have been broken, and the protected wildlife is behaving strangely. On a diving expedition, Laura emerges into an ice cave where she is shocked to see an anguished figure, crying for help. But in this freezing, lonely landscape there are ghosts everywhere, and Laura wonders if her own eyes can be trusted. Has she been in the ice too long? Back at base, Laura's questions about the whaling station go unanswered, blocked by scientists unused to outsiders. And Laura just can't shake what happened in the cave. Piecing together a past and present of cruelty and vulnerability that can be traced around the world, from Norway, to Nantucket, Europe and Antarctica, Laura will stop at nothing to unearth the truth. As she comes face to face with the dark side of human progress, she also discovers a legacy of love, hope and the meaning of family. If only Laura can find her way . . . Out of the ice. Praise for The Lost Swimmer 'A vivid, suspenseful thriller' Sydney Morning Herald 'Reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley ... In the best thriller traditions, this exciting novel's end-game contains an unexpected twist.' The Age 'An expertly scripted psychological thriller ... An evocative, absorbing and tense tale of trust and betrayal.' Australian Book Review 'The definition of a page-turner.' Marie Claire 'A smartly constructed, tense thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end. It's a remarkable debut from former filmmaker Ann Turner, who's destined to become a prominent name in Australian writing.' Better Reading