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Widowed at 34, amateur harpist Marie "Angel" Buchan realizes at 40 that her life and dreams are slowly slipping away. A summer in Scotland turns out to offer far more than she ever imagined! Not only does the music of her harp capture the fancy of the small coastal village she visits, she is unexpectedly drawn into a love triangle involving the local curate and the local duke. The boyhood friends have been estranged as adults because of their mutual love of another woman (now dead) some years before. History seems destined to repeat itself, with Marie in the thick of it. Her involvement in the lives of the two men, as well as in the community, leads to a range of exciting relationships and lands Marie in the center of the mystery of a long-unsolved local murder. Eventually she must make her decision: with whom will she cast the lot of her future?
Katie and I'd been born in the same country only a year apart, but might have been in different centuries on opposites sides of the world.
The definitive guide to growing apples wisely, naturally, and with gentle impact on the earth. For decades fruit growers have sprayed their trees with toxic chemicals in an attempt to control a range of insect and fungal pests. Yet it is possible to grow apples responsibly, by applying the intuitive knowledge of our great-grandparents with the fruits of modern scientific research and innovation. Since "The Apple Grower" first appeared in 1998, orchardist Michael Phillips has continued his research with apples, which have been called "organic's final frontier. " In this new edition of his widely acclaimed work, Phillips delves even deeper into the mysteries of growing good fruit with minimal inputs. Some of the cutting edge topics he explores include: bull; The use of kaolin clay as an effective strategy against curculio and borers, as well as its limitations bull; Creating a diverse, healthy orchard ecosystem through understory management of plants, nutrients, and beneficial microorganisms bull; How to make a small apple business viable by focusing on heritage and regional varieties, value-added products, and the "community orchard" model The author's personal voice and clear-eyed advice have already made "The Apple Grower" a classic among small-scale growers and home orchardists. In fact, anyone serious about succeeding with apples needs to have this updated edition on their bookshelf.
This illustrated collection offers fascinating insight on restoring the wolf population to the southern Rockies. Detailed reports by wildlife biologists, geographers, legal and policy experts, and conservationists provide a comprehensive look at not only the ecological imperatives, but also the history, legal framework, and public attitudes affecting the future of wolves.
Historical fiction about two girls in the South in the year 1865.
A magnificent saga of love and war, of political conflict and imminent change, of two women...<P><P> Against the vast and formidable backdrop of pre-revolutionary Russia, the lives of two families become inextricably entwined.<P> Anna Yevnovna Burenin, a peasant girl from the tine village of Katyk, must leave the home she loved to work in a prince's palace in St. Petersburg, bringing her family's heritage of faith with her.<P> Anna's future is altered forever when she is thrust into the presence of the high-minded, spoiled Princess Katrina. But even as Anna's own life is changed, her faith exerts a transforming influence over the willful young princess.<P> But the life of protected royalty in St. Petersburg cannot be isolated forever from the forces that buffet the mighty Russian Empire. While grand dukes and their duchesses celebrate New Year's at the Tsar's legendary Winter Palace, revolution brews and war in the Balkans seems inevitable. Both peasant and princess face the prospect of their beloved Russia being torn apart by conflict within and without.<P> Caught in the crosscurrents of history, who will survive?
Back Cover: Behind every door is a life, and behind every life is a destiny. Destiny Junction could be your town. It could be my town. Like any town, behind its doors and storefronts and stained glass windows live and work men, women, and young people-all of whom thirst for the same thing, though most do not realize it. Personal stirrings are at work within hearts that no one can see. This is their story... a story about life and what it means... or what it ought to mean. Perhaps it's your story?
Christian historical novel about people who come to America and those who journey west.
Newly married, Marie and Alaster Reidhaven's life seems idyllic. But things start to fall apart when the Duke's sister's curses and spells start to plague them. Alaster dies and again Marie is widowed. Marie returns to Canada to visit her dying father. The reunion is tender and healing for them both. Unexpectedly months later, Marie is astonished to learn that back in Scotland, her deceased husband Alaster never signed their pre-nup and had instead undertaken the legalities necessary to insure his estate would indeed go to Marie. Olivia is furious and full of threats and attempts to kill Marie and then disappears. Marie inherits and again assumes the title and role of duchess.But now the other half of her former "love triangle" bubbles up from out of her past. Marie and Grahm begin seeing each other "as friends" awaiting God's leading. Olivia reappears and again tries to kill Marie. Olivia eventually dies of cancer, unrepentant. The Reidhaven family line is at an end, the legacy of their memory to be carried forward by Marie who loved, in the end, all of them.
While war escalates on every side, twenty-one-year-old Amanda wages her own internal battles. Betrayed by those who masqueraded behind claims of love, she faces flight From the sinister world that had held her in its grip. None but her pursuers apprehend the value of the secrets she possesses. The success of England's war effort lies in the balance. As the European powers descend into open warfare, unprecedented peril lurks at every hand. For the Rutherfords of Devonshire, the call to arms is an inescapable duty. But to commit a son to the conflict as well as a father represents a test of faith unlike anything they have faced. Insulated by the surrounding Alps from the political and military storms raging across Europe, the residents of the Chalet of Hope offer refuge and respite to the weary and faint of spirit. But despite the tranquility of their alpine paradise, some troubling yet unspoken emotion stirs in the heart of their young guest.
This updated edition of "The Village Herbalist" provides a complete guide to the art and practice of herbalism, as well as an introduction to the herbalist's role in family and community life. Inspirational profiles of practicing herbalists from across the country add a human touch to the authors' wealth of practical herbal knowledge. "The Herbalist's Way" includes time-honored healing wisdom from many cultures, as well as information on: Roles and responsibilities of herbalists in their communities; Herbal workshops, conferences, and education centers; Growing, drying, and preparing medicinal herbs; Learning to listen to clients and recommend holistic treatments for healing and continued wellness; Licensing, marketing, and other legal and business issues facing modern herbalists; and Comprehensive resources and suggestions for building your herbal library.
Many people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something virtually anyone with space and passionate desire can do - given wise guidance and a personal commitment to observe the teachings of the trees. A holistic grower knows that producing fruit is not about manipulating nature but more importantly, fostering nature. Orcharding then becomes a fascinating adventure sure to provide your family with all sorts of mouth-watering fruit. The Holistic Orcharddemystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, as well as orchard design, soil biology, and organic health management. Detailed insights on grafting, planting, pruning, and choosing the right varieties for your climate are also included, along with a step-by-step instructional calendar to guide growers through the entire orchard year. The extensive profiles of pome fruits (apples, pears, asian pears, quinces), stone fruits (cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums), and berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, and elderberries) will quickly have you savoring the prospects. Phillips completely changed the conversation about healthy orcharding with his first bestselling book,The Apple Grower, and now he takes that dialogue even further, drawing connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes and other insectary plants; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; and the newest research on safe, homegrown solutions to pest and disease challenges. All along the way, Phillips' expertise and enthusiasm for healthy growing shines through, as does his ability to put the usual horticultural facts into an integrated ecology perspective. This book will inspire beginners as well as provide deeper answers for experienced fruit growers looking for scientific organic approaches. Exciting times lie ahead for those who now have every reason in the world to confidently plant that very first fruit tree!
In a state assumed to have a constitutionally weak governor, the Speaker of the Texas House wields enormous power, with the ability to almost single-handedly dictate the legislative agenda. The House Will Come to Order charts the evolution of the Speaker's role from a relatively obscure office to one of the most powerful in the state. This fascinating account, drawn from the Briscoe Center's oral history project on the former Speakers, is the story of transition, modernization, and power struggles. Weaving a compelling story of scandal, service, and opportunity, Patrick Cox and Michael Phillips describe the divisions within the traditional Democratic Party, the ascendance of Republicans, and how Texas business, agriculture, and media shaped perceptions of officeholders. While the governor and lieutenant governor wielded their power, the authors show how the modern Texas House Speaker built an office of equal power as the state became more complex and diverse. The authors also explore how race, class, and gender affected this transition as they explain the importance of the office in Texas and the impact the state's Speakers have had on national politics. At the apex of its power, the Texas House Speaker's role at last receives the critical consideration it deserves.
Make your business stand out without the cost of advertising! The best marketing you can do for your business is to concentrate on creating a high-quality operation that customers, employees and other businesspeople will trust, respect and recommend. Marketing Without Advertising teaches small business owners practical strategies to: encourage customers to spread the good word about your business attract new customers and gain their trust turn dissatisfied customers into loyal supporters list your products or services widely and inexpensively plan marketing events that will keep customers involved encourage the media to comment positively on your business The 6th edition is completely rewritten with and updated with real world examples and resources. It also discusses the latest marketing trends, such as international Internet marketing and blogs.
Unearthing the Hall's ancient secrets Becomes Their Greatest Test of Faith Yet. In the Devonshire countryside of her childhood, Amanda Rutherford learns that it is never too late to recapture the treasures or youth. Heartbroken over past mistakes, her life begins to blossom in the sunshine of reconciliation, and she grows closer to the Gardener who tills the soil of every willing heart. The Great War is over. Yet in spite or the tragedy it visited upon them, the faith of the Rutherford family remains strong as they are now called upon to wrestle with new and unexpected challenges. Their quest for divine guidance leads to the discovery of the long-held secrets of Heathersleigh Hall, secrets that-to those with a heart of understanding-reveal the path of true discipleship.
If you are a business user or data professional, this book will give you a solid grounding in the use of TIBCO Spotfire. This book assumes no prior knowledge of Spotfire or even basic data and visualization concepts.
High above the English coastline, political storms swirled far more turbulent than any natural storm. Indeed, the silent clouds moving steadily but inexorably westward were thick and black and worldwide in their scope. Yet few apprehended the threat. It was not only nationalism, liberalism, the rising expectation of the middle class, #11;and the political instability of the European power structure that made this a #11;dangerous time. There were unseen currents of deceit and deception lurking silent #11;but lethal beneath the surface of European affairs. And some, masquerading under #11;a cloak of truth and enlightenment, gave no hint of their subversive loyalties. As England and the rest of Europe approach a climax when the world will be changed forever, the Aurnerrorout or Devonshire stand, too, in a peril they have no #11;way to foresee. Estranged from her family, twenty-year-old Amanda has left #11;Heathersleigh Hall for what seems an exciting world in prewar London and the #11;suffragette movement. Determined to make an impact and stand on her own two #11;feet, she has no idea of danger surrounding her on all sides.
From the nineteenth century until today, the power brokers of Dallas have always portrayed their city as a progressive, pro-business, racially harmonious community that has avoided the racial, ethnic, and class strife that roiled other Southern cities. But does this image of Dallas match the historical reality? In this book, Michael Phillips delves deeply into Dallas's racial and religious past and uncovers a complicated history of resistance, collaboration, and assimilation between the city's African American, Mexican American, and Jewish communities and its white power elite. Exploring more than 150 years of Dallas history, Phillips reveals how white business leaders created both a white racial identity and a Southwestern regional identity that excluded African Americans from power and required Mexican Americans and Jews to adopt Anglo-Saxon norms to achieve what limited positions of power they held. He also demonstrates how the concept of whiteness kept these groups from allying with each other, and with working- and middle-class whites, to build a greater power base and end elite control of the city. Comparing the Dallas racial experience with that of Houston and Atlanta, Phillips identifies how Dallas fits into regional patterns of race relations and illuminates the unique forces that have kept its racial history hidden until the publication of this book.
Deep Inside heathersleigh Hall Lay the Secrets of Heathersleigh Hall Among the gently rolling Devonshire downs of southwest England, the Rutherford family led a peaceful and privileged life at Heathersleigh Hall-their elegant country estate outside the picturesque village of Milverscombe. Charles and Jocelyn Rutherford considered themselves a thoroughly modern couple, teaching their children to throw oil the restrictions of a society long steeped in tradition. A rising political star in Parliament, Charles spent his weekdays in London, engaged in moving England forward into the twentieth century, while Jocelyn remained at Heathersleigh with her children, secluded from the prying eyes of London society. But there are secrets beneath this prosperous and contented life. Unbeknown to them, the One who knows all secrets looked upon Charles and Jocelyn with a love that penetrated all their carefully constructed layers of protection. He was about to set them on a journey of truth that would change the Rutherfords in ways they never could have imagined.
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