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Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples and Spain, claimed that he had never wanted the overpowering roles thrust upon him by his illustrious younger brother Napoleon. Left to his own devices, he would probably have been a lawyer in his native Corsica, a country gentleman with leisure to read the great literature he treasured and oversee the maintenance of his property. When Napoleon's downfall forced Joseph into exile, he was able to become that country gentleman at last, but in a place he could scarcely have imagined.It comes as a surprise to most people that Joseph spent seventeen years in the United States following Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. In The Man Who Had Been King, Patricia Tyson Stroud has written a rich account--drawing on unpublished Bonaparte family letters--of this American exile, much of it passed in regal splendor high above the banks of the Delaware River in New Jersey.Upon his escape from France in 1815, Joseph arrived in the new land with a fortune in hand and shortly embarked upon building and fitting out the magnificent New Jersey estate he called Point Breeze. The palatial house was filled with paintings and sculpture by such luminaries as David, Canova, Rubens, and Titian. The surrounding park extended to 1,800 acres of luxuriously landscaped gardens, with twelve miles of carriage roads, an artificial lake, and a network of subterranean tunnels that aroused much local speculation.Stroud recounts how Joseph became friend and host to many of the nation's wealthiest and most cultivated citizens, and how his art collection played a crucial role in transmitting high European taste to America. He never ceased longing for his homeland, however. Despite his republican airs, he never stopped styling himself as "the Count de Survilliers," a noble title he fabricated on his first flight from France in 1814, when Napoleon was exiled to Elba, nor did he ever learn more than rudimentary English. Although he would repeatedly plead with his wife to join him, he was not a faithful husband, and Stroud narrates his affairs with an American and a Frenchwoman, both of whom bore him children. Yet he continued to feel the separation from his two legitimate daughters keenly and never stopped plotting to ensure the dynastic survival of the Bonapartes.In the end, the man who had been king returned to Europe, where he was eventually interred next to the tomb of his brother in Les Invalides. But the legacy of Joseph Bonaparte in America remains, and it is this that Patricia Tyson Stroud has masterfully uncovered in a book that is sure to appeal to lovers of art and gardens and European and American history.
As seventeenth-century England wrestled with the aftereffects of the Reformation, the personal frequently conflicted with the political. In speeches, political pamphlets, and other works of religious controversy, writers from the reign of James I to that of James II unexpectedly erupt into autobiography. John Milton famously interrupts his arguments against episcopacy with autobiographical accounts of his poetic hopes and dreams, while John Donne's attempts to describe his conversion from Catholicism wind up obscuring rather than explaining. Similar moments appear in the works of Thomas Browne, John Bunyan, and the two King Jameses themselves. These autobiographies are familiar enough that their peculiarities have frequently been overlooked in scholarship, but as Brooke Conti notes, they sit uneasily within their surrounding material as well as within the conventions of confessional literature that preceded them.Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England positions works such as Milton's political tracts, Donne's polemical and devotional prose, Browne's Religio Medici, and Bunyan's Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners as products of the era's tense political climate, illuminating how the pressures of public self-declaration and allegiance led to autobiographical writings that often concealed more than they revealed. For these authors, autobiography was less a genre than a device to negotiate competing political, personal, and psychological demands. The complex works Conti explores provide a privileged window into the pressures placed on early modern religious identity, underscoring that it was no simple matter for these authors to tell the truth of their interior life--even to themselves.
In A Rich Man's Whim, bedding Kat should be easy for billionaire Mikhail, but the tempting redhead is impossible to seduce! So Mikhail offers to pay off her debts-in exchange for a month on his yacht, and in his cabin, virginity included!In The Sheikh's Prize, marrying Sapphire Marshall was the biggest mistake of Sheikh Zahir's life. Now, his ex-wife has returned to his desert and Zahir plans to banish her from his mind once and for all, beginning with reclaiming his wedding night!In The Billionaire's Trophy, when Bastian Christou sees his intern's photo on an escort website, he's stunned by both her double life and her stunning photo. Since Bastian has an ex-fiancée to keep at bay, Emmie Marshall might just be the best armor money can buy!In Challenging Dante, Dante Leonetti is convinced Topaz Marshall is after his family's money, and he's determined to seduce the truth from her lips. After experiencing Leonetti's ferocious reputation firsthand, will she be able to resist his legendary charms?
Welcome to Grace Valley, California, a small town filled with engaging characters facing true-to-life issues. As the town doctor, June Hudson is the heart of the community and readers will follow June's story and discover with her why Grace Valley is a place to call home.The Grace Valley TrilogyDeep In The ValleyJust Over The MountainDown By The River
From #1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHORMaya BanksPregnancy, Passionand the End of Innocence...Ashley Carter had saved herself for Devon Carter, and it was worth it. Now she wants their passion to last in holy matrimony. But her dreams of true love are crushed by the discovery that their marriage is another of Daddy's business deals. Her strategy: act the part of perfect wife and make Devon love her.But Devon misses the bubbly, no-holds-barred woman his wife used to be. Who is this Ashley with the steely demeanor of a society wife? And will he find a way to rekindle the fire in her eyes...especially now that she's pregnant?"Top Pick! [...] An extraordinarily moving romance with wonderfully charismatic protagonists."-RT Book Reviews on The Tycoon's Secret AffairTEMPTED was originally published as Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss
Book Four of The St. Croix ChroniclesForced out of London's coal-blackened streets, Cherry St. Croix is faced with her most difficult undertaking yet: sobriety.At long last, my guardian, the enigmatic Mr. Oliver Ashmore, has revealed himself-and his order is clear: I am to be dried out at once, regardless of my wishes.I loathe the country estate I am imprisoned within. Footsteps follow me, voices call for me, and my sanity wavers. In my fevered dreams, I am haunted by those I failed, while waking proves no protection from the ghosts of my reckless past. The craving for laudanum plagues me. I require a distraction.To unravel the alchemical mysteries of my mother's family, I must rely on Ashmore's tutelage. I am lured to the art and drawn by the secrets my guardian possesses. Yet the deeper I delve, the more I believe that something dreadful disturbs these haunted corridors. In my madness, I fear that what it wants most...is me.106,000 words
In a novel that's perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Stacey Kennedy returns to Club Sin with another wicked and wild tale of submission, seduction, and love. At Las Vegas's exclusive Club Sin, Aidan Knight is the Master, unleashing the erotic yearnings of his submissive lovers. But his dominant façade conceals a devastating loss--something he instantly recognizes in his personally trained submissive Cora Adams. Sworn to unearth her secrets, Aidan uses his seductive skills to ignite her wildest desires until Cora yields to the pleasure she can find only with him. Cora came to the BDSM club to act out her sub-and-dom fantasies without ever revealing the heartbreak that haunts her. But Aidan's masterful touch is bringing her closer to the edge . . . and deeper into a world of control and surrender. He refuses to allow her to submit to any other man--nor does she want to. It's a dangerous game they're playing. For as they give in to passion, they must lay bare their souls for a love that could heal--and free--them both. Bared is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences. Advance praise for Bared "Bared is a seductively haunting tale of control and surrender that will tantalize existing fans of the series while enticing new readers into the passionate world of Club Sin."--Eliza Gayle, New York Times bestselling author of Submissive Beauty"Bared is a hot blend of raw sensuality, and Stacey Kennedy is an author to watch!"--Eden Bradley, author of The Dark Garden and Dangerously Bound Praise for Stacey Kennedy's Claimed "Claimed sucked me in! Stacey Kennedy weaves together the intense BDSM lifestyle with the soft touch of a sweeter, more traditional love story in a novel with an engaging heroine at its heart."--J. Kenner, New York Times bestselling author of Release Me "Deliciously sexy, Claimed will captivate you at once, leading you on an erotic journey that you won't want to end. A fabulous talent, Kennedy shines in this fast-paced and exciting novel."--New York Times bestselling author Cheyenne McCray "Tender, emotional--and smoking hot!"--Savanna Fox, author of the Dirty Girls Book Club series Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.
In this nail-biting thriller for fans of The Hunger Games and V for Vendetta, a spirited young mother must bring down a tyrannical government to save herself--and her illegally born son.Worldwide overpopulation. Legalized suicide. A government dedicated to reducing citizen numbers. And a woman who is sentenced to death, but refuses to be culled. Cassie O'Neil broke the law: she had sex before marriage. After learning she was pregnant, she hid from everyone and gave birth alone. Now she must give her life in exchange for the baby she illegally produced. But before she commits suicide on a game show watched by millions, she finds a will to live she didn't realize she had, and goes on the run. Cassie is forced to steal to survive, and she finds herself among a dissident group that is plotting to sabotage a laboratory containing a secret virus that is far more important than any of them realize. Captured by the police, they are taken to a secret government installation. Now the group's only chance at survival is to accept the Prime Minister's mission--a mission that forces Cassie to make the decision she's been running from for so long.Fast-paced and utterly enthralling, this follow-up to Lisa Hinsley's dystopian debut The Plague will keep you turning the pages through the exploits of an unforgettably tenacious heroine.
"Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie .... The book's title is a metaphor not only for the month of April but also for Gamache's personal and professional challenges--making this the series standout so far. " --Sarah Weinman Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat. It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth But not everything is meant to return to life. . . When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil--until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along? Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.
[from the back cover] "In Scotland's Western Highlands the rain began slowly but soon was coming down in torrents. Bob Woburn was curious because the cloud seemed to rise from the earth, yet the sky above was clear. Arriving at the nearest village by motor cycle he was horrified to find the whole village under water and the surrounding hills crumbling into the flood. Once again it is over to Dr Palfrey and Z5."
The Three Investigators undertake a case involving an Egyptian mummy which whispers, but only to one man.
[From the back cover:] "Now for the first time in one volume, these classic canine capers from the pages of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine will delight anyone who loves dogs and loves a good mystery! In The Theft of the Barking Dog, an Old English Sheepdog is the purloined pooch in a lighthearted tale by Edward D. Hoch ... In The Chocolate Dog, Margery Allingham introduces a very unusual canine with more on his mind than chasing cats ... In The Withered Heart, Jean Potts proves that a dog may be "man's best friend"--but he can also be a murderer's worst enemy ... In A Dog in the Daytime, Rex Stout teams up a dog with a Wolfe--Nero, that is ... and in Puzzle for Poppy, Patrick Quentin sends a detective and his movie-star wife in dogged pursuit of a poisonous prey ... And Many More!"
Million-dollar question: Who gets to marry Max? Enigmatic toy tycoon Max Loden had built a financial empire on that catch phrase. But the world's hottest catch had never been tempted to satisfy anyone's curiosity -- until now.... Least likely answer: The butler's niece! Sure, Sidney Grant daydreamed about her uncle's dishy boss. But she knew Max would never trade his acclaimed bachelorhood for a spinster servant. What Sidney didn't know was that her matchmaking uncle had recruited the entire household staff to play Cupid -- or that love can blossom in the last place you'd ever expect....
What had she agreed to? Leonora Freemantle had wagered high stakes that book learning, not birthright, produced a gentleman, but now with the roguish Sergeant Morse Archer under her tutelage, she was no longer sure of the outcome. Would it be polish, passion...or public outrage? If Leonora Freemantle couldn't spruce him up enough to pass muster with the Society swells at Bath, she'd be hastily married off. But not if he could help it, Rifleman Morse Archer vowed, for this beautiful bluestocking with her highbrow ideals and innocent charm was effortlessly teaching him the true language of love...!
A KISS FOR THE CAMERA... Desperate to save her Father's business, Caitlin Rourke enters a Reality TV Contest with one thing on her mind - The prize money! To win she has to convince her family and friend's that she's marrying a stranger... As she gets to know her gorgeous fiance, Aiden Flynn, she gets increasingly torn between helping her family and keeping her feelings for Aiden a secret. As their wedding day looms and the cameras roll there's another surprise in store for Caitlin...
Two Weddings...and a Misunderstanding Just when things are starting to look up, trouble touches down. With a Derby hopeful in the paddock and her flighty sister on her way to the altar with a reliable man, the last person Charity MacKay wants to see is the groom's rogue relative, Tanner Davenport. Flyboy, bad boy, reckless adventurer, he's too fascinating -- too big! -- for her small Kentucky town. And he's determined to rescue his brother from making what Tanner thinks is the worst mistake of his life. The sparks are flying between Charity and Tanner. And not just because she wants her sister's wedding to happen and he doesn't. If Charity can't control her attraction to Tanner and Tanner can't stop his growing attraction to Charity, a second wedding might be on the way!
Colleagues... GP Madeline Harrington makes it very clear to her new neighbor, Dr. Marcus Hunt, that she doesn't like his approach to medicine, doesn't like his laid-back attitude--doesn't like him! Lovers... But as Marcus's healing touch gradually wins her over, Madeline realizes that she might have misjudged this very brilliant, very gorgeous doctor. Husband and wife? Passion soon deepens into love. But when Marcus's ex-wife turns up with an earth-shattering revelation, Marcus faces the greatest challenge of all--gaining Madeline's trust, and convincing her to become his bride.
Get rescued by a hero in disguise in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's Shadow Agents: Guts and Glory miniseries! The man standing watch over Dr. Tina Jamison was an imposing, scarred figure. Even more frightening was what would happen when her kidnappers discovered they'd taken the wrong woman. Only she didn't realize this same guard was an undercover agent, or that Drew Lancaster left no fellow Elite Operations agent behind. Running handcuffed together through Texas, Drew vowed to protect Tina against all dangers. For a man who'd fought so may battles, he couldn't afford to lose this one. She'd need to follow his orders to stay alive. But it didn't take a doctor to see that this wounded warrior she'd once feared needed some saving himself....
Accustomed to hiring and firing in a snap, Pete Scholfield was at a complete loss when it came to finding a wife. So why, when he engaged Ms. Thomasina Tyler to relocate his business, did he find himself considering her for another role? Sure, the chic spitfire was invading his dreams, but no way, no how did Tommie fit with his ideal of the perfect wife and homemaker! Starting out with nothing, Tommie had worked too hard to become Fort Worth's most successful Realtor to let this handsome millionaire with decidedly old-fashioned views distract her. Clean and cook? Tommie would turn up the heat, all right, but not in the kitchen!
A PREMARITAL MESS! Cassidy Clayton had a case of the hots for Mr. Toolbelt, aka Blade Frederick, her contractor. But Blade wasn't the man she was supposed to marry. Bad-boy Blade wasn't even in her league...but their combustible chemistry made them both forget which side of the tracks they came from! Blade Frederick enjoyed seeing a rich girl get hot under the collar. They had something special between them, but Cassidy was forbidden territory. Blade knew their time was running out...and so he had to make a decision -- should he let Cassidy make the biggest mistake of her life or tell her the truth about what was in his heart?
Nurse Harriet Remy and her surgeon husband, Guillaume, thought they had the perfect marriage. They loved working for an overseas medical-aid service and children were never part of their plan--until Harriet's fertility came under threat and her subsequent desire for a baby came between them. After a year apart, they're together on their final assignment. Gill still adores his wife and for him the assignment becomes more than work, it becomes a mission to save his marriage. And this time he's prepared to do whatever it takes to keep his bride by his side--forever.
Consultant surgeon Seth Hardcastle is furious when Dr. Olivia Mackenzie gets the E.R. director's post. And it gets worse when he not only has to work with Olivia -- but live with her, too! Seth is way out of his league with Olivia. They don't agree on anything; he can't seem to charm her. And he can't get her out of his mind. In fact, the handsome consultant realizes Olivia is the woman he wants -- forever. The question is...can he get Olivia to agree? E.R. Drama -- hearts are racing!
Doctors Tom and Helen Brooke have a great marriage -- when they can find the time to see each other amidst the pressures of work at the Belfield Infirmary and the demands of their adorable twins. Despite feeling overworked and underappreciated, Helen knows that she and Tom have something very special. So when Tom's handsome friend becomes their new colleague and makes a play for Helen, she might be flattered but she's not going to stray.Then a series of misunderstandings makes her think maybe Tom doesn't care. Except he does, passionately, and now he's faced with the fight of his life -- the fight to save his marriage....
Fighting for her very special surgeon Brilliant surgeon Ben Blackwood grew up with nothing. He's fought for everything he has. So when the rich daughter of the man who made Ben's career path near impossible appears as his new trainee, Ben isn't happy... But Georgiana Willoughby is nothing like he imagined. She's beautiful, she's clever, and she has the potential to be a fantastic surgeon. Sparks fly between them, but Ben can't let himself get involved. They are too different. Innocent and caring, but indulged by her father, Georgie's never had to fight for anything. Until now. It's up to her to show Ben that opposites can attract...
Her carefully crafted facade is unraveling...fast Rebecca MacKenzie's career as a caregiver for the elderly suited her perfectly. Ease their suffering, hop back in the motor home and move on. Caring without commitment. It was ideal for someone trying to outrun her memories...and mistakes. Someone determined to stay detached. Flynn Harris, her new patient's grandson, is weakening her resolve in every way. His scrutiny, his suspicion-and worst of all, his kisses-are more than distracting. They're dangerous. Because she's teetering on the edge of caring. And revealing her secrets. And...staying.
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