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The New York Times Book Review calls multiple-award winner Peter Dickinson "a stylist of subtle brilliance". Always surprising and incisive, the author of The Yellow Room Conspiracy and dozens of other unique novels returns with his first new book in five years; and proves again that in his masterful hands, powerful drama and devastating secrets can be found at the heart of even the smallest mysteries.For nearly her whole life, through most of the twentieth century, Rachel Matson saw the world through the lens of a camera, and produced stunning photographs that not only captured the moment but hinted at a greater truth. Now the ninety-year-old widow lies paralyzed, in the final stages of a debilitating illness. Yet while Rachel's body may be useless, her spirit remains indomitable, her mind razor sharp, and her eye, the trained eye of an artist, still picks up the most telling details. Together with her vast collection of photographs, these gifts are about to help her meet an extraordinary challenge, as she confronts a shattering mystery that harkens back over the decades...On a television program that showcases heirlooms, an antique pistol that belonged to her late husband, Colonel Jocelyn Matson, turns up, leaving Rachel bewildered and then profoundly disturbed. How could the prized Ladurie -- one of a matched pair of dueling pistols she had given to him to commemorate his return from the horrors of a Japanese POW camp -- appear hundreds of miles away in the possession of a stranger?Determined to learn the fate of Jocelyn's gun, Rachel falls back on the one thing left to her -- her intellect -- and soon begins the painful process of teasing the past from the shadows. Whatemerges from the vivid shards of her memories is a mesmerizing tale of honor, passion, and betrayal that stretches from colonial India to modern-day England ...a tale of a loving marriage interrupted by war, of a once-proud reg
On the pathologist's cold metal table lay the naked body of Beatrice Gwendoline Wansdyke, spinster ... Dead of perfectly natural causes at age 59. "The problem," mused the good doctor, "is not so much what she died from as what she died with: a quarter of a million pounds, in a bank account no maiden lady of modest means should have." Detective Inspector CD. Sloan could feel in his bones it was murder. He had guessed at the motive. He would surely uncover the method. But why couldn't he find out where-oh-where had her little dog gone? And why would looking almost cost him his life?
From the cover flap: "Ellen Shaw arrives in London expecting to join her sister Fiona, who's found her the perfect job managing an antiquarian bookshop. Instead she finds an empty apartment, and no sign of her sister. Ellen's only contact is Hugh Weston, Fiona's boss and the bookshop's owner. Though Hugh seems solid and dependable, he remains a stranger she's not sure she can trust. Hugh has his own theories about Fiona's disappearance: his grandmother had beenmurdered only days before, and Hugh suspects Fiona had something to do with it. As danger begins to stalk Ellen through the streets of London, Hugh has only moments to decide if she's Fiona's partner in crime...or an unlucky pawn who needs hs help."
A look at the lives of twenty-three American moral leaders shows how these hometown heroes acquired their moral goals and sustained them in the face of grave risk and sacrifice, working for everything from civil rights to the poor.
Frozen out of her clique after vicious rumors circulate, Regina Afton takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit whom she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be "more" than just a friend.
"You want me to find a husband for your daughter?" As personal assistant to the rich and eccentric, Katie Collins thought she'd heard it all. Now to keep her job she has to play matchmaker for her boss's only child. With her shapeless clothes and prim appearance, Katie has not had much experience with the opposite sex. That doesn't stop her from trying to turn shy Wilhemina into a swan. Or from dragging reluctant bodyguard Michael Wingate to Texas, where their lovelorn heiress has run off to lasso herself a cowboy. Working with Michael becomes more dangerous than Katie bargained for. He is exactly the kind of control freak she despises -- and so hot he melts her plain-Jane defenses faster than a desert sunrise. Of course, falling in love with the man is out of the question. But just once Katie Collins wants to be a little naughty, to discover why all good girls sometimes want to be bad!
A jaw-dropping story of how a girl from the suburbs ends up in a prince's harem and emerges from the secret Xanadu both richer and wiser. At eighteen, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition. The "casting director" told her that a rich businessman in Singapore would pay pretty American girls $20,000 if they stayed for two weeks to spice up his parties. Soon, Jillian was on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend the next eighteen months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei, leaving behind her gritty East Village apartment for a palace with rugs laced with gold and trading her band of artist friends for a coterie of backstabbing beauties. More than just a sexy read set in an exotic land, Some Girls is also the story of how a rebellious teen found herself--and the courage to meet her birth mother and eventually adopt a baby boy.
Nine-year-old cousins Rosie, Lily, and Tess make a neighborhood newspaper celebrating all their friends on Cobble Street.
Tom McGuane animates the wide prairie, the ranches where cattle roam and cutting horses are trained, and the packed coliseums in which these horses compete for prestige and prize money. Best of all, McGuane brings to life the horses he has known, celebrating the unique glories that make each of them memorable. McGuane's writing is infused with a love of the cowboy life and the animals and people who inhabit that world where the intimate dance between horse and rider is as magical as flight--well beyond what the human body could ever discover on its own.
Young children are curious about everything and everyone. This book acquaints them with some of the tools which deaf kids use. Other books in the Understanding Differences series are available in this library.
Acclaimed author Graham Joyce's mesmerizing new novel centers around the disappearance of a young girl from a small town in the heart of England. Her sudden return twenty years later, and the mind-bending tale of where she's been, will challenge our very perception of truth. For twenty years after Tara Martin disappeared from her small English town, her parents and her brother, Peter, have lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. And then suddenly, on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents' home and there, disheveled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It's a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara's story just does not add up. And, incredibly, she barely looks a day older than when she vanished. Award-winning author Graham Joyce is a master of exploring new realms of understanding that exist between dreams and reality, between the known and unknown. Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a unique journey every bit as magical as its title implies, and as real and unsentimental as the world around us.
SHE HADN'T KNOWN SHE'D BEEN MISSING....He had cop written over every inch of his tempting body, and beautiful senator's daughter Riane Rutherford-Quinlan knew from the moment he asked her to dance that he wasn't the type to attend charity balls. He was there for a reason. He was searching for something-or someone.UNTIL HE FOUND HER.Ex-cop turned private investigator Joel Logan had been hired to find a child illegally adopted over twenty years ago. A child, now a woman, who had no idea she'd been living a lie. Could Joel tell her the truth without destroying her secure world? Or would his own desire for Riane lead to a mistake that could cost her life-and his heart?
The night I didn't just take a memo...Nicholas Camden, my positively gorgeous boss, is a man who has occupied my dreams for nearly two years, a man who has never noticed me as a woman. Until the day we went from colleagues discussing a takeover to passionate lovers-right there on top of his executive desk! This completely unexpected-but not unwelcome!-turn of events now has me wondering what our future holds, and if that night of passion has indeed planted the seed for a lifetime commitment....
Named after the mighty Babe Ruth, Ruth DiMarco has some big shoes to fill. But she's already on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a major-league baseball player. Eleven-year-old Ruth is the star shortstop in her small Maine town, and now a reporter is coming to interview her for Sports Illustrated magazine. She's at the top of her game. Then she overhears her father in the crowd: "Real major-league talent. But I can't help thinking what a shame it is that it's all wasted on a girl." Suddenly Ruth is doubting herself, her dream, and the game she loves. In search of answers, she looks to those closest to her: her best friend, Ellie, a self-proclaimed feminist; her father, a famous sportswriter; and her mother, a firefighter hero, who died eight years ago. But Ruth knows the truth lies within herself. The real question is: Without Sports Illustrated and Little League and Babe Ruth, who is Ruth DiMarco?
Once through the doors of the Bon Marché, I could finally let out a sigh of relief. The pretty little trinkets ripe for the buying reminded me that I was in my element. Alex Simons, style writer, has landed in Paris for fashion week, her heart beating in perfect tempo with the hallowed words Prada, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo. She's blissfully unaware of her approaching fate: a public humiliation captured on TV, a shot at an exclusive on the season's hottest designer, and falling in love with Nick Snow, the cutest straight guy in France. But while her hormones are still raging, the subject of her scoop mysteriously disappears and she gets a painful reminder of something she already knows: Men can break your heart-even if they're harder to resist than a sample sale. Now, as fast as she can say "Do you accept Visa?" Alex takes matters firmly in hand: First shop, then get her story, and then get her man...
When an old friend buys a trenchcoat and opens his own detective agency, PI Cat DeLuca sees a train wreck. Everything Billy Bonham knows about being a private dick he learned from Humphrey Bogart. And that's just enough to make him dangerous. The bungling detective is in way over his head on a case involving murder and a stolen pair of Marilyn Monroe's dazzling diamond earrings. His outrageous client, Cristina McTigue, is pursued by men who want her dead. Five minutes after meeting the woman, Cat would cheerfully kill her too. When Billy is gunned down on the street, it's up to Cat to save his crazy client and nail a murderer. She soon finds herself dodging bullets, knee-deep in trouble, and chasing diamonds. Before it's over, she'll be helped by her sexy FBI boyfriend, a hunky ex-spy, her outrageous Italian family of Chicago cops, and her interfering Mama. With a cast of zany characters and a pace that's unrelenting, this laugh-out-loud mystery is best served hot.
It's prom season, and no town does prom like Tinsel Town. Ben is back for the summer - just in time to be Anna's prom date. But his family has a house guest who's so hot, she's bound to burn up their perfect plans. Adam finds out a scandalous secret that threatens to tear Cammie's world to pieces. Sam agrees to take Parker to the prom and they end up doing a lot more than dancing. What happens when Sam's romance-obsessed boyfriend Eduardo flies in from Paris to surprise Sam? This prom is sure to be glamorous, scandalous, and occasionally downright shocking! It's just the kind of night the A-List crew will never forget.
300 spicy recipes from some of the most flavorful and piquant cuisines.
Just when I thought my life couldn't get any more chaotic, I'm proved wrong. My new dog, Spike, is a tiny terror. My demented sister Libby is dealing with the effects of recent childbirth by trying to locate the "goddess within" (whatever that is) . . . and my tough-guy boyfriend is gallivanting through Scotland on a fishing trip--or is he? Oh, and one of Philadelphia's rich and infamous was just found brutally murdered. With all this going on, who has time to write for the society pages? When Rush Strawcutter, the husband of a wealthy dog food heiress, is found bludgeoned to death in a horse stall at an exclusive hunt club, Nora Blackbird is as surprised as anyone. Her surprise turns to shock when her sister Emma is discovered nearby, unconscious and badly bruised. Worse still, the evidence points toward a devious blackmail scheme--with Emma as the main suspect. Investigating with the help of friend and foe alike, Nora inadvertently uncovers the scandalous secrets of some of Philadelphia's high and mightiest . . . and attracts the unwanted attention of the real killer.
It's the role of a lifetime...Living out of a car and waiting tables to make ends meet is hardly the stuff of fairy tales. So when a gorgeous man approaches Alyx Dagmar with a wild story about her royal lineage and an even wilder proposition, the aspiring actress is sure he's got the wrong woman.Self-made billionaire Daniel Voldakov needs connections before he can expand his software business into Europe. A blue-blooded fiancée would open all the right doors-and Daniel's certain he can tempt the pretty but penniless Princess Alyxandretta to accept the part she was born to play.Alyx can't resist Daniel's offer, and throws herself into the role. But as the paparazzi fall in love with their "storybook romance," Alyx finds herself drawn to Daniel in ways she'd never imagined. Are his returned affections true, or all just part of the plan? He'll do anything it takes to prove his love, and to make her see that the only happily ever after he wants is with her...the real her.57,000 words
London, 1817"You are suggesting that, now our year of mourning for our husbands has come to an end, we should all take at least one lover?"Sophia Rowlands, the widowed Duchess of Clayborne, is shocked by her friend's daring proposition-but is even more astounded when Dante Carfax, Earl of Sherbourne, offers to do the honor! He may be rakishly handsome and undeniably arousing, but he's also four years her junior and they've been at odds ever since he stole a kiss from her ten years ago....As a young man, Dante had taken one look at the beautiful Sophia and desired her more than any other woman before-or since. After years of longing, he's determined to claim her at last. But can he convince Sophia to risk scandal and surrender to their passion?
Dear Reader, Long before I started writing paranormal romance, I wrote historical romance novels as Deborah Raleigh. Now I'm thrilled to share my favorites with a whole new readership, including this deliciously sinful tale of two outcasts who find each other--and lose themselves in passion. . . A rake with a penchant for gambling, Rutherford Hawksley has friends in both high places and low--perfect for trying to find his brother's killer. Ruthless in his quest, he discovers his prime suspect is planning to murder a woman traveling to London. A woman with information Hawksley would very much like to know. But his simple plan of abduction goes awry when he plucks the not-so-simple Miss Clara Dawson from her coach. . . Hawksley is used to charming ladies into submission, yet Clara's spirit proves quite the match for him. And soon he can think of nothing more pleasurable than keeping this rare bird in his not-so-gilded cage, where he can pick her most intriguing mind, enjoy her exquisite body--and teach her more about desire than she ever dreamed possible. . . I hope you enjoy reading these sensual, romantic tales as much as I enjoyed writing them! With love,Alexandra Ivy108,240 Words
Some like it dangerous . . . Highland beauty Catriona Kincaid cares nothing for propriety--or even her own safety--when she storms the grounds of Newgate Prison. Determined to return to Scotland and restore her clan's honor, she seeks the help of Sir Simon Wescott, a disgraced nobleman and notorious rogue. She is prepared to offer him both wealth and freedom, but she never dreams the wicked rake will be bold enough to demand a far more sensual prize. Some like it seductive . . . Simon is shocked to discover the tomboy he met long ago has blossomed into a headstrong temptress. Although he's sworn off his dreams of becoming a hero, he can't resist playing knight errant to Catriona's damsel in distress. Both adventure and peril await them at her Highland home, where they will risk their lives to vanquish her enemies . . . and risk their hearts to discover a passion beyond their wildest dreams.
Rupert Stirling, Duke of Stratton, has long since acquired the nickname Devil. And with outrageous exploits both in and out of ladies' bedchambers, my, has he earned it!Risqué behavior is beyond Pandora Maybury, widowed Duchess of Wyndwood-although with her dark secret she's far too well acquainted with being the subject of ribald gossip for her liking. If only the Ton knew just how innocent she really was...including Rupert who, after rescuing her from a compromising situation, seems intent on wickedly compromising her himself!
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