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An abridged edition of Peter Ackroyd's magisterial biography of the city of London Prize-winning historian, novelist and broadcaster, Peter Ackroyd takes us on a journey - historical, geographical and imaginative - through the city of London. Moving back and forth through time, Ackroyd is an effortless, exuberant guide to times of plague and pestilence, fire and floods, crime and punishment, and sex and theatre. He brings the ever changing streets alive for the reader and shows us what lies beneath our feet and above our heads. His biography is as rich in detail and fizzing with vitality as the city itself.
New identity. New job. New life. She's 6,000 miles from home. With no money, no friends, and nowhere to go. What should Elizabeth do? She can't take the only job she's offered -- a maid in an earl's mansion. That's so... 19th century. But she's desperate. So now Liz is a servant. And treated like one...
When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. But after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off - and no Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? So Ted and his older sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery. This is an unputdownable spine-tingling thriller - a race against time.
London Holiday finds three women leading ordinary lives: Lesley is a St. Louis society woman; Julia is a successful Manhattan interior designer; and Margo, a teacher, is the divorced mother of a teenager. Best friends since their Missouri childhood, they are awakened to the realities of their often dreary existences by a shocking act of violence. Now desperate for change, the three friends escape on a trip to London and the unexpected promise of new lives awaiting them. Safe in the cozy confines of Mrs. Smith-Porter's bed-and-breakfast, the women enter a gracious new world of tea in the garden, antique markets, lush countryside, and...romance.
The final part of the classic spy trilogy, GAME, SET and MATCH, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. The spy who's in the clear doesn't exist...Bernard Samson hoped they'd put Elvira Miller behind bars. She said she had been stupid, but it didn't cut any ice with Bernard. She was a KGB-trained agent and stupidity was no excuse. There was one troubling thing about Mrs Miller's confession - something about two codewords where there should have been one. The finger of suspicion pointed straight back to London. And that was where defector Erich Stinnes was locked up, refusing to say anything. Bernard had got him to London; now he had to get him to talk...
England teeters on the brink of war. It's no longer a question of if. It's a matter of when. IN THE DARK FALL OF 1939, the hopes of the Polish people fade as Nazi bombers strafe the beloved city of Warsaw. Politicians debate while hundreds stand in lines at the British Embassy, desperate to flee the country before Hitler's ground forces arrive. Mac McGrath, a veteran American photographer, recorded the landslide toward war with dedication, believing that if he told the truth, the world would rise up and put a stop to Hitler's evil plans. Now his foolish idealism embarrasses him. Outside the embassy gates, Jewish schoolteacher Eva Weitzman prays for a miracle. Without a British passport, she will fall into the Nazis' clutches. Who will live and who will die? Will anyone dare to stand against the apathy of nations?
London Under is a wonderful, atmospheric, imaginative, oozing short study of everything that goes on under London, from original springs and streams and Roman amphitheaters to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts, and modern tube stations. The depths below are hot, warmer than the surface, and this book tunnels down through the geological layers, meeting the creatures, real and fictional, that dwell in darkness--rats and eels, monsters and ghosts. When the Underground's Metropolitan Line was opened in 1864, the guards asked for permission to grow beards to protect themselves against the sulfurous fumes, and named their engines after tyrants--Czar, Kaiser, Mogul--and even Pluto, god of the underworld. To go under London is to penetrate history, to enter a hidden world. As Ackroyd puts it, "The vastness of the space, a second earth, elicits sensations of wonder and of terror. It partakes of myth and dream in equal measure."From the Hardcover edition.
A determined young lady vows to give one of London's infamous rakes his comeuppance -- but when the rogue turns the tables, who truly learns a lesson in love? Beloved Sinner The ton gossips call him "Saint" -- but the Marquis of St. Aubyn has well earned his reputation as London's perfect scoundrel. Evelyn Ruddick knows she should avoid him at all costs -- but the strikingly beautiful lady wants to aid the children of the Heart of Hope Orphanage, and he heads the board of trustees. Evie is determined to teach the charming, arrogant man a lesson in compassion, but it won't be so easy -- especially since his touch is setting her desire aflame, making Evie yearn to submit to his passionate instruction ... The idea of joining in her "project" is unthinkable, but this enchantress refuses to give up! So what else is there for a self-respecting rake to do but seduce the lady? Yet soon it is he who is being seduced by Evie's tender heart and fiery blushes. Could the temptation of long, passionate nights in her arms bring about the impossible? Could the disreputable Saint at long last be reformed?
New York Times bestselling author Janet Dailey journeys to the Lone Star state and the Cee Bar Ranch, where the Calders face a new threat to their land and way of life.Quint Echohawk is a lawman, not a rancher, but he's a Calder through and through. And when someone sets out to undermine the Calders' Texas outfit, it's time for him to step in and investigate.From the moment Quint's boots touch Texas dirt, it's clear that everyone in town is running scared from Max Rutledge, the ruthless owner of a competing ranch. Posing as a cowboy looking for work, Quint has no one to trust but "Empty" Garner and his granddaughter, Dallas. In Empty, Quint finds a steadfast ally; in Dallas, Quint finds something more--the promise of a future.In a town where betrayal lies around every corner, where every unlocked door, thrown punch, or suspicious fire is just a hint of deadlier things to come, the Calders will be tested as never before. And this time, it could cost them more than their land...it could cost them everything.
Quint Echohawk takes a stand against a ruthless cattle baron who is more determined than anyone knows...
When private investigator Skylar Grady finds herself abandoned in the Arizona desert, she knows two things. First, her "simple" case tracking a deadbeat dad has someone spooked. Second-that someone will kill to keep her off the trail. So even when her rescuer, former patrol agent Jonas Sampson, wants her to leave, Skylar knows she's staying. No one gets rid of her that easily. If Jonas wants her safe, then he'll have to stick by her side. But her new partner is a mystery, too-one Skylar will risk her heart to solve.
For the sake of a childRundles and Salingers don't mix. Not since the tragic accident involving Zach Rundle's brother and Lindsey Salinger's mother. But when the well-being of Zach's five-year-old nephew is at stake, Zach and Lindsey are dragged together again.At first Zach thinks the social worker is stirring up the old feud. But he soon realizes that's the last thing on her mind. Before long, the attraction they'd felt twelve years ago returns, too. Could a child's needs bring them together? More important-would it help keep them together?
Thirteen tales of happiness, heartbreak, and desire from the acclaimed author of Home Cooking and Happy All the Time In the title story of this elegant and insightful collection, a book illustrator meets the man of her dreams and struggles to say good-bye to her old self: the perfect houseguest who delighted in the dinner parties of her married friends and always went home alone. "A Mythological Subject" is the tale of an adulterous affair that arrives unexpected and unwanted, like a natural disaster, but is no mistake. In "The Smile Beneath the Smile," Rachel Manheim, an ardent and intelligent young woman, must finally decide what to do about her unavailable lover. "A Girl Skating" is a delicate and haunting portrait of the unbridgeable divide between life and art, poetry and nature. The warmth, humor, and emotional honesty that characterize Laurie Colwin's writing are on full display in The Lone Pilgrim. Each of these sublime stories is a celebration not just of Colwin's remarkable talent, but of the beautiful mysteries of the human heart. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Laurie Colwin including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's estate.
In this darkly comic short story collection, Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realism to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian Reservation. These twenty-two interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. There is Victor, who as a nine-year-old crawled between his unconscious parents hoping that the alcohol seeping through their skins might help him sleep, "Thomas Builds-the-Fire", who tells his stories long after people stop listening, and "Jimmy Many Horses", dying of cancer, who writes letters on stationary that reads "From the Death Bed of Jimmy Many Horses III", even though he actually writes them on his kitchen table.
THE LONE SENTINEL Erik knew he was doing wrong. His father had been killed and he'd failed to report it. Instead, he'd gone on alone caring for the beam that was the Lone Sentinel. The beam protected biosote, a strange growth needed by an alien race, the Helgatites. People of the Earth colony on the planet Azure guarded the biosote in return for material and protection provided by the Helgatites. Erik had lived all his life at the Lone Sentinel. But he knew that Trust Control, the overseers of all the sentinels, would not let him stay there alone. He would have to move to the only city on Azure, New Province. What that would be like he knew too well from videos: too many people, too many buildings, too much to fear. Erik carefully followed all the rules by which the keepers of the sentinels lived. But nothing in his instructions prepared him for the arrival of Willa and Augusta, two runaways from New Province, or for the failure of his radio contact with Trust Control and the unexpected arrival of the Helgatites, who'd come, they said, to give the biosote a special treatment. What was he to do about Augusta and her mysterious sister, Willa? And what was it, really, that the Helgatites were doing? Sometimes it takes more than one head to solve big problems. It took all three of them, Erik, Augusta, and Willa, to discover what was really going on at the Lone Sentinel. And the only possible way to solve it involved more danger than Erik had ever thought he might face, even in New Province.
Growing up in rural Texas, Mitchell Evans's ambition to be a dancer made him a target. Though he found success in New York City, Mitch is at a crossroads, and heads home for the first time in twelve years to figure things out. When what appears to be a reindeer jumps out in front of his car, he drives off the road and into the path of the one man he hoped to avoid. The last person Texas Ranger Web Eisley expects to see four days before Christmas is his first love. He hasn't seen Mitch since they quarreled over coming out to their friends and family years ago. Though he's not in the closet now, Web has worked hard for the respect of his fellow officers, but he still regrets the loss of Mitch in his life. And his bed. The attraction between them is as strong as ever, and it doesn't take long for the men to pick up where they left off. But is love enough to keep Mitch in town in the New Year? 26,000 words
After a violent stagecoach heist that leaves a family friend dead, Jessie and Ki join the chase for the killer, Reno Quant, an outlaw who has never been seen.
In the gold mining town of Redemption, Colorado, a snakepit of violence and greed, Jessie and Ki must do a little investigating when one of Jessie's friends is murdered by the mining boss's thugs.
Her baby's father isn't the cowboy he claimed to be-he's a Hollywood hotshot in hiding! Kelly Michaels was fooled once-when a sexy stranger seduced the socks off her. It wasn't until the rancher left her Texas town that she discovered he was Hollywood heartthrob Jace Compton-and she was pregnant with his baby. Now he's back, and Kelly won't be fooled twice. Jace bought a local ranch to escape the rat race. But when he runs into Kelly and finds out she's had his child-that settles it. He's ready to make Kelly his, no matter how many demons from the past are standing in his way...
From the Book Jacket: Laura Draper is having the worst day of her life By noon, her career as a magazine editor, relationship with a well-known photojournalist, and very sanity are all in doubt. She finds herself marooned at a crossroads in Nowhere, Texas, wondering which way to turn What's a girl to do? Certainly not allow herself to be lured into the ramshackle Lone Star Cafe run by two crazy old ladies who claim their coffee has mystical secret ingredients. Definitely not return again and again. And under no circumstances fall for the laid-back moves, twinkling eyes, and slow grins of guitar-picking local guy Graham Keeton. Laura can't help herself. Suddenly her uptight 'professionalism is out the window. She's landing in the most amazing, undignified, hilarious situations with Graham, and she likes it. What in the world is happening to her? Where is she heading, and why does it feel as if she's finally come home?
SMOKE JENSEN, MATT JENSEN, FALCON AND DUFF MACCALLISTER --TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME. They just wanted to get home for Christmas ...but fate had other plans. It's December 1890. A Texas rancher named Big Jim Conyers has a deal with Scottish-born, Wyoming cattleman named Duff MacCallister. Along with Smoke and Matt Jensen, the party bears down on Dodge, Kansas, to make a cattle drive back to Forth Worth. But before they can get out of Dodge, guns go off and a rich man's son is killed. Soon the drive turns into a deadly pursuit, then a staggering series of clashes with trigger-happy rustlers. And the worst is yet to come--the party rides into a devastating blizzard, a storm so fierce that their very survival is at stake. From America's greatest Western author, here is an epic tale of the unforgiving American frontier and how, amidst fierce storms of man and nature, miracles can still happen.
Four Christmas novellas: Christmas Cowboy by Palmer, Redbird by Palmer, A Hawk's Way Christmas by Johnston, and Taming the Lone Wolf by Johnston.
Could Prince Charming be an ornery cowboy? Not that history teacher Melody Chandler is looking for her prince. Her troubled brother takes all her spare energy. But the town matchmakers must have Seth Turner in mind for her. Because the handsome rancher keeps charging over to the historic house she's renting on his land, demanding she leave his family history alone. Well, it's his family who gave her permission to study the Turner past--and it sure is juicy! What is Seth so afraid she'll find? If the Mule Hollow matchmakers have their way, it's the key to his heart!
Babysitting a mother-to-be on the verge of giving birth was the last thing Jonas Redman needed. The undercover ranger had come to Chaparral Ranch on a perilous mission; he couldn't afford any distractions. And sweet, alluring Alexa Cantrell was one distracting woman. When Alexa came home to New Mexico, she didn't expect to clash with the new ranch manager. He seemed determined to protect her. But the rugged loner was hiding something. . . . Then passion ignited, and Alexa realized how far she'd go to win Jonas's trust. But could she trust her heart to a man who might not be there tomorrow?
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