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As you read Hidden Surprises, you will meet characters who learn about themselves and others. You may discover animals you have never seen before. You may even see some old friends in new stories.
Serenity Makepeace knows a lot about whole-grain bread, but she doesn't know beans about business. Her new catalog company featuring local handicrafts will benefit her offbeat artist community in Witt's End, Washington, but she needs a crack financial adviser to make it work. So she charms her way into the office, of Caleb Ventress, only to find a handsome wolf in conservative clothing. <P> An expert in the art of the deal, Caleb has no talent for long term relationships, and isn't sure what to do about this unconventional beauty who walks into his life. A pass from a paragon of conformity -- even one as handsome as Caleb -- is more than free-spirited Serenity bargained for. But when intrigues back in Witt's End threaten Serenity's plans and perhaps her life, she begins to trust Caleb without reading his fine print. . . and the bottom line might be true love. . . .
Bella must go on a special quest for a magical crystal in order to save her beloved Glimmer in the fourth book in the Unicorn Magic series!After a sparkly visit with her cousin, Violet, Bella is having a fun time at a party her parents are throwing in honor of Violet's visit. But there is one unexpected guest--Bella's aunt, Queen Fire, who rules over the Dark Forest. It turns out there is a magical crystal hidden deep inside Crystal Castle, and Queen Fire wants Bella to find it and bring it to her. It holds special memories that her aunt wants to have back, and if Bella can't complete her request, Queen Fire will take Glimmer away! Can Bella figure out how to find the crystal and save Glimmer?
From the book jacket: This is a glowing, intimate story of medieval England, absorbing for all who love adventure, beauty, authentic details of the period and, above all, books themselves. Young Hugh, a cripple with a love of ancient manuscripts inherited from his dead mother, is left by his mysterious father one stormy night in the sanctuary of the great Abbey of Glastonbury. Assisted by the good Brother John, librarian of the monastery, by his delightful friend, Dickon, and by the half-crazy songs and stories of a strange hermit, Hugh pieces together clues from partly destroyed documents which lead him on an exciting trail to a thrilling discovery, to recovered health, and to a glimpse of the Holy Grail itself. Fully illustrated in a manner that rounds out the perfect feeling for the period provided by the text, this is a book for quiet summer hours, or for reading by the fireside with the curtains snugly drawn against the storm of winter. A Newbery Honor book.
Erica Leitner knows all about big cities and culture--after all, she grew up in Boston and went to Harvard University. But her idea of the good life is owning a small farm in New Hampshire and digging a garden. So she's come to the town of Rockwell to plant roots--and zucchini--and make this place her home.Jed Willetz got his fill of Rockwell as a teenager and fled as soon as he could. He's back only temporarily to wrap up some family business. But his stay may be more exciting than he thought, because Erica Leitner--whom Jed is instantly attracted to--has found an antique box buried on land that used to belong to his grandfather, and Jed is thinking that the box and its bounty belong to him.Hidden treasures are at stake. And not just the kind inside the box!
When Nancy stumbles on an old diary full of secret clues in her own house, she finds a mystery that begins with one little old book--and ends with one big surprise!
From the book jacket: Alissa never believed in magic. But then she went to the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers once learned magic from enigmatic Masters. Under the tutelage of the last surviving Master, Alissa discovered that she had inherited her father's abilities. But the Hold is ruled by Bailic, the renegade Keeper who seized the First Truth, a book of magic he will use to harness the might of the city of the dead and wreak a war of total devastation. The book has thwarted Bailie's every attempt to access it, while it continually calls to Alissa-who must summon all her will to resist it. For, if she gives in to the First Truth's ultimate power and knowledge, she will be utterly changed-and the man she loves could be lost to her forever...
Vicki is excited when she is accepted as stewardess on Federal's affiliated airline down in Mexico. Her excitement turns to dismay when she reads an article about Mexico's problems with amoebic dysentery. Vicki fears that her father will not allow her to go to Mexico, but with the help of her friends, Vicki finally convinces her father that she will be fine in Mexico. Vicki happily departs for Mexico with her favorite flight crew, Dean Fletcher and Captain Jordan. Once in Mexico, Vicki and her crew are assigned to a run with a home base in the beautiful resort city of Acapulco. On one of their free days, Vicki and Dean fly to a small village that they had spotted from the air on one of their flights. Vicki wonders about the village leader, because he seems too refined for such a poor, remote village, and the village church contains a magnificent golden chalice that looks out of place in such a poor setting. After Vicki and Dean leave, they realize that they accidentally left Dean's camera behind in the village and plan to return for it later. Back at Vicki's hotel, Vicki is shocked when she sees pictures of herself that Dean had taken in the remote village laying on the manager's desk. The manager claims that the pictures were on a roll of film that a guest had asked to be developed, but Vicki knows that there is much that he is not telling her. Vicki soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous situation and must discover what connection the hotel manager has with the remote village before it is too late.
While studying under Vivaldi, three girls in a Venice orphanage forge their own notions of love in a sensuous, engrossing novel told in three narrative voices. It is a longing search for love that motivates three girls living in the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage renowned for its extraordinary musical program. But for Rosalba, Anetta, and Luisa, the love they seek is not where they expect to find it. Set in the early 1700s in the heart of Venice, this remarkable novel deftly weaves the history of Antonio Vivaldi's early musical career into the lives of three young women who excel in voice and instrument. Under the composer's tutelage and care, the orphans find expression, sustenance, and passion. But can the sheltered life of the orphanage prepare them for the unthinkable dangers outside its walls?
A trick of magic, a twist of fate.As the orphaned nephew of the king, trusted companion to his cousin, and second heir to the throne of Skala, Prince Tobin's future is clear. But not as clear as the spring in which a hill witch shows him his true face--and his secret destiny....Now Tobin carries a burden he cannot share with even his closest friend, Ki, his squire. He is to rule--not as he is but as he was born: a woman. Given the shape of a boy by dark magic, Tobin is the last hope of the people of Illior--those who desperately seek a return to the old ways, when Skala was ruled by a line of warrior queens. They still believe that only a woman can lift the war, famine, and pestilence that have run rampant through the land since the king usurped his half sister's throne. It is these outlaw wizards and witches who protect Tobin--and it is for them that Tobin must accept his fate. With the unsuspecting yet fiercely loyal Ki at his side, Tobin must turn traitor against the only blood ties he has left. He must lift the masks of Skala's rulers to show their true colors--before he can reveal the power of the woman within himself. (From the Paperback edition.)
Palmer describes living an undivided life as both an individual and a communal journey. He talks about the process of a "circle of trust" as a way to help us reach our own wholeness.
This book is meant for those who have ever thought there's something deeply wrong in their life or the state of the world in general. So often we're troubled by the anxieties of everyday life, numbly repeating daily rituals with no significance or inner meaning. Contemporary seekers long for a deeper spirituality that, while rooted in Western tradition, will reconnect them with the hidden wisdom that lies beneath all mystical teachings. For decades, our modern society has looked to the East for spiritual guidance and renewal. Here is a guide much closer to home that will lead to a refined and renewed spiritual path and help people rediscover their deeper selves-a true connection of the body, mind, and soul.Covering the gamut from Kabbalah, Gnosticism, and Sufism to shamanism, Neopaganism, Theosophy, and mystical Christianity, Hidden Wisdom is the handbook to the Western wisdom traditions. Also included are the teachings of C.G. Jung, G.I. Gurdjieff, Alice Bailey, and Rudolf Steiner. Authors Smoley and Kinney examine the key figures and movements of these traditions throughout history to offer a balanced and coherent view of esoteric Western practices. Accessible to all readers-whether they're considering membership or long-term practice of any one tradition or teaching or they're simply curious about their options-this book lends advice on how to find groups and like-minded individuals and how to best avoid possible pitfalls.
With the expected grace of Wendell Berry comes The Hidden Wound, an essay about racism and the damage it has done to the identity of our country. Through Berry's personal experience, he explains how remaining passive in the face of the struggle of racism further corrodes America's potential. In a quiet and observant manner, Berry opens up about how his attempt to discuss racism is rooted in the hope that someday the historical wound will begin to heal.
Anna Mae Shetler is a tomboy who loves nothing more than exploring the woods with her two best friends, Amos and Jeremiah. During a game of hide and seek they stumble upon a mystery that will threaten to tear apart their friendship, and--as they soon discover--it's a mystery that caused a rift in their families decades earlier. Anna Mae and her friends are playing in the old tree house in the woods when a floor board suddenly breaks. No one is seriously hurt, but when they take a second look, they see that a metal box of money and a diary are hidden under the floor in the crook of the tree branches. Upon further inspection, they discover that it is a lot of money.As the three set out to solve the mystery, they learn that Jeremiah and Anna Mae's grandmothers were once great friends, something they would have never guessed since the two women have only been distantly civil to each other in their lifetimes. As they search further, Jeremiah and Anna Mae realize there is a missing third party who must certainly hold the answers to this puzzle. Before they can find out, the money disappears again and threatens the trust of the three friends.Can Anna Mae solve this mystery before it tears apart more relationships? And can God heal decades-old pain and distrust?
In the remote mountains of Arizona where he lives with his mother, stepfather, and two sisters, fourteen-year-old Chase discovers two kidnapped boys and gets caught up in a dangerous adventure when he comes up with a plan to get them to safety.
This is the fictionalized memoir of Ida Vos, who spent five years in hiding during World War II. A compelling look at what it was like to be a Jewish child during this time.
A steamy, heart-stopping thrill ride through the jungle as a woman living a lie is forced to trust the one man who can expose her secrets. . . .Posing as the spoiled girlfriend of an international crimelord, Delanie Eastman braves a remote mountain in South America to find her missing sister. The last person she expects to see is Kyle Wright, the man she had a torrid affair with four years ago. What is he doing so far from home? Though frightened and suspicious of this man who is not what he seems, Delanie cannot resist the dangerous attraction that draws her ever closer to him like a moth to flame.Kyle is in the middle of his own secret mission and he's not about to let the gorgeous, unpredictable Delanie ruin his carefully laid plans. He will guide Delanie out of the jungle by any means necessary-including seduction. But just one touch is all it takes to rekindle the intoxicating flame that still burns between them, igniting an arsenal of desire that could cost them their lives. For soon both are on the run, playing a lethal game of . . .HIDE AND SEEKFrom the Paperback edition.
SHE WON'T GIVE UP Erica James has spent the past three years as a skip tracer, hunting down others and hoping one day it will lead to her kidnapped daughter. Now she has a new suspect-Max Powell's missing sister. Max, a private investigator, has found evidence that connects the two missing girls, and together, he and Erica search for answers. The closer they get to finding answers, the stronger their feelings for each other become. But the kidnapper will stop at nothing-including murder-to keep them from finding Erica's daughter. Family Reunions: Bringing loved ones back together
In another in the Amanda Roberts series, Amanda goes after the killer of young women in a park for her newspaper. Along the way, she reconnects with her former love and a new romance is kindled.
Maggie Bradford is on trial for murder, and this is the celebrity trial of the decade. Maggie is one of the most beloved singer/songwriters anywhere. She's also the devoted mother of two children. She seems to have it all. And so, the whole world wants to know, how could she have murdered not just one, but two of her husbands?
From the editors of Caught Looking, hot and playful stories of watching and showing off.Whether confidently performing for an eager audience or secretly spying on unsuspecting neighbors, these voyeurs and exhibitionists live out their naughtiest fantasies.In this sizzling new collection, an office worker flashes a window washer who's stunned by his good fortune, while a boyfriend demands to know what his girlfriend gets up to when it's just her and her vibrator. We get a front-row seat to the steamiest live action around as sexy men and women strip, tease, and make us beg for more.
Watching others as they expose themselves - or reversing the equation by taking center stage - can be some of life's naughtiest delights. Hide and Seek proves that the eye is as much a pathway to pleasure as any other part of the body. The possibilities are endless: watching a lover undress from the safety of a hidden hole in the wall; peeking at the neighbors through a crack in the blinds when they think nobody's looking; visiting a local strip club to glimpse a beautiful dancer; or going to an orgy where a world of sexual scenarios suddenly appears. In Hide and Seek, readers get a front-row seat to the steamiest live action around as sexy men and women strip, tease, and make us beg for more.
Hide God's Word in your heart, and seek Him in your life!Bestselling author and Grammy-nominated artist Stephen Elkins has created an exceptional product that includes everything parents need to get their children excited about spending time with God. With an eye-popping 3D lenticular cover, this book contains 52 Bible stories, devotions, verses, prayers, and a link for a free audio download of Scripture memory songs children will love singing along to. Narrated by Kirk Cameron, this full-length album reinforces the Bible verses and helps children commit them to memory.Meets national education standards.
Moss and her partner Biff are the mainstays of their northern mining community, running the grocer's shop. Are they quite what they seem? One woman guesses at a truth concealed for many years.
These are the dregs, a squalid society of addicts and derelicts, people long since disconnected from a society that is preoccupied with the new businesses and the new homes bringing prosperity to a city concentrating on advertising its quality of life. Only Detective Inspector John Rebus senses something evil, something too dangerous to ignore that has to be investigated and brought up into the light. Something that may prove to be very closely connected indeed to the bright new world above. It is an investigation that will find him not just trying to solve a crime but fighting for his life.
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