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From one of America's favorite storytellers comes a heartwarming, inspirational book to help readers understand their lives as one continuous, never-ending story."What I didn't understand at that time was that not only would all my writing dreams come true (and even above and beyond anything I could have dreamed or imagined), but that I would come to see my own life as one grand story. That's what this book is about." Debbie Macomber has inspired readers with her stories for decades. Now for the first time, she helps us to understand that our lives are stories, part of a grand narrative that God is writing day by day. With chapters that cover the importance of characters, setting, backstory, and conflict, Macomber uses the elements of a story to show how to understand our own lives better. Each chapter has a storytelling prompt--a searching question that will help frame your story--and a sidebar that pulls an idea out of the chapter and expands it with practical tips. Once Upon a Time shares Debbie's love of story and helps showcase the big picture of the story God is writing through us.
From the New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli comes the candid and moving story of one of the world's most fascinating royal families... When Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III, she crowned her career with an ending even Hollywood would have never dared to script. Even without a title, the slim, goddess-like blonde radiated a queenly air of purity and unshakable serenity. When the Academy Award-winning actress took on the role of Princess of Monaco, it looked like a dream come true. Now master biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli gently draws back the curtains of secrecy. Based on hundreds of exclusive interviews with friends and relatives, Once Upon a Time reveals the very real -- and less than picture perfect -- men and women of the Kelly and Grimaldi families. Here are honest and full portrayals of Grace and Rainier, not only as prince and princess, but as a married couple and as parents struggling with the conflicts that can challenge any household. Perhaps for the first time, we see Grace in all her complexity: the daughter whose heartbreaking relationship with her father colored her every decision, the down-to-earth young woman who accepted a proposal from a man she barely knew and leapt into an unknown culture and destiny. Once Upon a Time unveils her thoughts and feelings on the wedding that captured the imagination of the world, the royal family's shocking prenuptial requests, and the sacrifice of her career. From scandals in the family generations before Caroline and Stephanie, to the strange behavior of Grace's mother, to tensions within the Grimaldi marriage, to the dramatic and mysterious death of Grace herself, Once Upon a Time proves that no polished image reflects the truth. Even in what appears to be a fairy tale, the players are always flesh-and-blood human beings. You will be entranced by the ones you meet in this book. Book jacket.
"Once upon a Time" Is TimelessThe year is 1880, and Bertie, having just arrived in New York with her family, is grateful to be given work as a seamstress in the home of textile tycoon J. P. Wellington. When the Wellington family fortune is threatened, Bertie's father boasts that Bertie will save the business, that she is so skillful she can "practically spin straw into gold. "Amazingly, in the course of one night, Bertie creates exquisite evening gowns -- with the help of Ray Stalls, a man from her tenement who uses an old spinning wheel to create dresses that are woven with crimson thread and look as though they are spun with real gold. Indebted to Ray, Bertie asks how she can repay him. When Ray asks for her firstborn child, Bertie agrees, never dreaming that he is serious. . . .
Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are spending their summer as au pairs--for a royal family! When Jessica sees the beautiful European chateau where they'll be staying for the summer, she feels like she's living in a fantasy world--complete with a prince, a royal ball, and a guarded castle. Is there an evil stepmother too? Elizabeth adores her young charges at Chateau d'Amour Inconnu. The only problem child is Pierre, a 6-year-old who loves to hide from her. While trying to find Pierre one day, Elizabeth gets lost in a vast topiary maze on the castle grounds. What she discovers at the maze's end just might turn her wildest fantasies into reality!
To win her love. . . As an extremely wealthy laird, Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, can have any of the maidens at the ball he attends. The only problem is they are all English and Gowan is not so certain they are suitable. He is accustomed to the hard-working lasses from his Highlands, not these dainty noblewomen who spend their days drinking tea or some other such nonsense. But then he makes the acquaintance of Lady Edith Gilchrist. Utterly bewitched by the emerald-eyed beauty with lush golden locks, he knows he must have her. He must free her from her tower. . . "Edie" had the misfortune of being dreadfully ill at her debut ball and barely remembers what Gowan looks like. Even worse, she accepted his proposal the following day. Edies only true passion is playing music--until Gowan writes a scandalous letter and stirs the most irresistible desire. Yet when they marry, Edie realizes her husband needs a lesson and locks herself in a tower. Somehow Gowan must find a way to enter the tower and convince his new bride that she belongs in his arms.
In search of "the best America there ever was," bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today--a town where Greene discovers the echoes of the most touching love story imaginable: a love story between a country and its sons. During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen. Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen--staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers--was open from five a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Astonishingly, this remote plains community of only 12,000 people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended. In this poignant and heartwarming eyewitness history, based on interviews with North Platte residents and the soldiers who once passed through, Bob Greene tells a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.
Getting cold feet isn't unusual, except. . . I'm not the bride! I'm Kelsey Wilson, the wedding planner. My job is to make sure my cousin's nuptials go off without a hitch--my business depends on it! But how am I supposed to do that with Connor McClane back in town? The drop-dead-gorgeous P. I. has his reasons for making sure this wedding doesn't happen. Problem is, now he's got me thinking about that once-in-a-lifetime walk down the aisle. Which is crazy--Connor and I couldn't be more wrong for each other. Then why does it feel so right when he takes me in his arms? I'd better watch out. Or the next wedding I plan just might be my own!
All of London looks forward to the Dowager Duchess of Clayworth's annual ball. For no matter how hard the serious society matron strives to host an elegant event, scandal always ensues . . . Seven years ago it was a young Serena Donovan and Jonathan Dane who shocked the ton when they were discovered in a most compromising position. Tonight they return for the first time as the Earl and Countess of Stratford. And while Serena hopes for a quiet evening to introduce her younger sister Olivia to society, Jonathan's only desire is to pick up where he and Serena left off . . . Though innocent Olivia secretly longs for the kind of passion her sister shares with her husband, none of the men she's met spark a fire inside her heart-least of all the notorious Marquis of Fenwicke. When his request for a waltz turns into something sinister, Olivia must use her wit and wiles to evade a powerful peer who vows if can't have her, no man shall... Word Count: 8,096 words.the vile man strong-arms her into an empty room and attempts to seduce her. She's desperate to find her sister and go home before anyone realizes what has happened...but where could Serena and Jonathan have gotten off to?
Dennis McKiernan has written mostly fantasies that take place on the world of Mithgar. Here he writes a pure fairy tale and does so very well. Camille, the youngest of five daughters of a poor crofter, is contracted to marry Alain, Prince of the Summer Wood, in Faerie. She is borne off to her new lord on the back of a huge bear and finds her love to be a truly princely person who must constantly wear a mask. She peeks at his face one night and dire consequences ensue. Very well written.
Once Upon An Accommodation addresses questions children and adults may have about Learning Disabilities, accommodations, and how to go about self-advocacy. These issues are the same whether you are 8 or 88.
Literary anthology for Christian schools.
Once Upon a Cuento is an anthology of short stories by contemporary Latina/o authors. The stories, written for young people, grade five and up, explore heritage and -history, identity, language, and relationships from the perspective of Mexican-American, Cuban-American, Dominican-American, and Puerto Rican writers. In all, the collection features seventeen stories by well-known and emerging writers, most of which are original to this collection. Contributors include acclaimed Puerto Rican children's authors Nicholasa Mohr and Carmen T. Bernier-Grand; Cuban-American novelist, essayist, and poet Virgil Suarez; and Mexican-American short story writers and teachers Lorraine Lopez and Sergio Troncoso. The stories are grouped by theme-heritage, holidays, and contemporary culture; family life; friends and other relationships; and dealing with differences. Individual stories explore additional themes such as the challenge of making do with little money, the process of moving to a new country and learning English, and young people's relationships to animals and to the natural world. Each story contains an introduction that offers historical, cultural, and biographical information. A general introduction and list of works by the thirteen contributors offer further avenues for research and discussion. Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the editor-in-chief of Multi Cultural Review and the author of the award-winning reference work Our Family, Our Friends, Our World: An Annotated Guide to Significant Books for Children and Teenagers.
MacDonald tries farming with exotic circus animals, but has better luck with his neighbor's cow, horse, and chicken--or does he?
Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!"Katie Chandler's life is pure magic-literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job. CEO Merlin (yes, the Merlin) and taps Katie and her special ability to uncover the magical mole.Keeping her feelings in check while sleuthing alongside Owen, Katie is shocked to discover that her immunity to magic is waning, putting her in grave danger. Soon she's surrendering to the charms and enchantments of everyone and everything around her, including a killer pair of red stilettos. Katie must now conjure up her natural instincts to get to the bottom of the break-in, regain her power, and win the wizard of her dreams.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Will there be happily ever after? Don't miss the fractured-fairy tale conclusion to the action-packed and humor-filled Half Upon a Time trilogy!Jack and May have gone their separate ways, and each is now set on course to fulfill their destiny...or are they? Nothing is ever quite as it seems in the world of fairy tales, and the two friends are in for some huge surprises as they prepare to battle the Wicked Queen once and for all. Knights, fairy godmothers, giants, and beanstalks--all of these and more fill the pages of the thrilling and hilarious conclusion to the Half Upon a Time trilogy!
Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. When your father's a pastor, it's hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reasons to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel. In her third novel, acclaimed author Sara Zarr examines the coexistence of affliction and hope, and what happens when everything you thought you believed--about God, your family, and yourself--is transformed.
In this riveting sequel to Whats Left of Me, Eva and Addie struggle to share their body as they clash over romance and join the fight for hybrid freedom. With a powerful voice, an intense sibling relationship, and a sweet romance against the odds, this second novel in the Hybrid Chronicles is perfect for fans of Ally Condie, Lauren Oliver, and Scott Westerfeld. Addie and Eva escaped imprisonment at a horrific psychiatric hospital. Now they should be safe, living among an underground hybrid movement. But safety is starting to feel constricting. Faced with the possibility of being in hiding forever, the girls are eager to help bring about change--now. The answer seems to lie within a splinter group willing to go to extremes for hybrid freedom, but as Addie and Eva fall ever deeper into their plans, what they thought was the solution to their problems just might be the thing that destroys everything--including their bond to each other.
Michael O'Shea is a member of Ireland's police force, known as The Guards. He's also a sociopath who walks a knife edge between sanity and all-out mayhem. When an exchange program is initiated and twenty Guards come to America and twenty cops from the States go to Ireland, Shay, as he's known, has his lifelong dream come true--he becomes a member of the NYPD. But Shay's dream is about to become New York's nightmare. Paired with an unstable cop nicknamed Kebar for his liberal use of a short, lethal metal stick called a K-bar, the two unlikely partners become a devastatingly effective force in the war against crime. But Kebar harbors a dangerous secret: he's sold out to the mob to help his sister. Her rape and beating leaves her in a coma and pushes an already unstable Kebar over the edge just as Shea's dark secrets threaten boil over and into the streets of New York. Once Were Cops melds the street poetry of Brooklyn and Dublin into a fast-paced, incomparable hard-boiled novel. This is Ken Bruen at his best.
This eBook is Part II from Peterson's How to Master Online Learning which provides the most comprehensive information about online degree programs, online certifications, and continuing education; advice on paying for online classes, software, and textbooks; and expert strategies for online learning success.
Oncofertility has emerged as a way to address potential lost or impaired fertility in cancer patients and survivors, with active biomedical research that is developing new ways to help these individuals preserve their ability to have biological children. In order to move beyond oncofertility as a science and medical technology and begin to address the ethical, legal, and social ramifications of this emerging field, we must give voice to scholars from the humanities and social sciences to engage in a multidisciplinary discussion. This book brings together a pool of experts from a variety of fields, including communication, economics, ethics, history, law, religion, and sociology, to examine the complex issues raised by recent developments in oncofertility and to offer advice from national and international perspectives as we create new technology. Given the inherent interdisciplinary nature of oncofertility, this book is not only valuable, but also necessary to cultivate a deep understanding of new issues with the eventual aim of offering proposals for addressing them. Indeed, this book will be useful for people not only within the humanities and social sciences disciplines but also for those who are confronted with cancer and the possibility of impaired fertility and the medical practitioners within oncology and reproductive medicine who are at the front lines of this emerging field.
The rapidity with which new diagnostic procedures and treatment modalities are being developed within neuro-oncology means that experts continually have to strive to ensure that their knowledge remains up-to-date. With this in mind, the editors have prepared a new, revised edition of Neuro-oncology of CNS Tumors that takes account of the very significant advances made since publication of the well-received first edition. The clear structure of the first edition has been retained as it ensures that the book will serve as an easy-to-use reference, providing ready guidance on diagnosis and treatment. Each chapter addresses a particular disease, and great efforts have been made to include all findings and other information likely to be relevant in clinical practice. Once again, the contributors have been carefully selected and are leading experts on their subject. This book will prove of great value to both practicing clinicians and researchers in the field of translational neuro-oncology.
What's up with Jessica? Elizabeth doesn't get it. Lately Jessica wants to hang out with her all the time, 24/7. She doesn't mind -- Jessica is her twin and her best friend. But when Jessica asks if Liz wants to wear the same outfits to school, it's too weird. Wearing the same clothes is so ... fifth grade.
Two things interest Stanley Manning: crossword puzzles, and the substantial sum his wife Vera stands to inherit when his mother-in-law dies. Otherwise, life at 61 Lanchester Road is a living hell. For Mrs. Kinaway lives with them now-and she will stop at nothing to tear their marriage apart. One afternoon, Stanley sets aside his crossword puzzles and changes all their lives forever. . . InOne Across, Two Down, master crime writer Ruth Rendell describes a man whose strained sanity and stained reputation transform him from a witless loser into a killer afraid of his own shadow. Mischievously plotted, smart, maddeningly entertaining,One Across, Two Downis a dark delight-classic Rendell.
Eve's dad has sent her to a convent school in Spain to keep her away from Luke. Lonely and miserable back in the UK, Luke finds himself tempted by another girl, Hayley - and ends up spending the night with her. Regretting it almost immediately, he hopes Eve will never find out - but then she turns up on his doorstep having run away. She says she's missed him so much and she wants them to finally sleep together - the first time for both of them, the perfect cementing of their enduring relationship. Luke knows he's messed up - but how can he tell Eve the truth? She thought she was Luke's one and only - he wishes she was. . .
Debunking the myth that only children are selfish, maladjusted "little emperors," a prominent journalist makes a funny, tough-minded, and honest case for being and having an only child.Lauren Sandler is an only child with an only child of her own, who found that discussing the choice to stop at one kid was loaded with anxiety, doubt, misinformation, and judgment. After investigating what only children really are like and whether stopping at one child is an answer to reconciling motherhood and modernity, she learned a lot about herself--and a lot about our culture's assumptions. In this heartfelt work, Sandler demystifies the perceived problems of the only child and legitimizes a conversation about the larger societal costs of having more than one. We ask when people are having kids--never a kid, never one child at a time. If parents no longer felt they had to have second children to keep from royally screwing up their first, would the majority of them still do it? And, if the literature tells us--in hundreds of studies--that a child isn't better off with a sibling, and it's not something parents truly want for themselves, then whom is this choice serving? One and Only examines these questions, exploring what the rise of the single-child family means for our economies, our environment, and our freedom. Sandler considers hundreds of studies and interviews, traveling around the world to discover that only children are just fine, their parents often happier, and our planet is better off for them. Sandler's controversial revelations will probably draw rebukes from the majority of parents who believe that having several children is the healthiest model for all members of a family. Others will claim that she's quite possibly cracked the code of happiness, demonstrating that having just one may be the way to resolve our countless issues with adulthood in our overtaxed age.
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