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Mrs Laura Palfrey, a widow, moves to the Claremont Hotel in London and starts a new life among other permanent elderly guests. In order not to seem alone, she mentions that her grandson may soon come to visit her. Despite her letters, however, Desmond never appears. One day Mrs Palfrey falls in the street, and a young man, Ludo, rescues her. She invites him to dinner, and when the other residents mistakenly take him for Desmond she goes along with it and gains Ludo's cooperation in the lie. A sweet friendship grows between the two, but lying is a strain for Mrs Palfrey. Ludo's poverty, his uncomfortable relationship with his mother, and an unsatisfactory lovelife with an aloof girl named Rosie weigh upon him. The story deals with all these problems and with those of the other residents at the Claremont who struggle to lead full lives although they have little to do. This gentle, sometimes quite humorous, sad and tender novel recently became a lovely film with a slightly more hopeful atmosphere. This book is for anyone who is old, knows old people, or wonders about becoming old.
Readers everywhere will welcome the witty, wise, and resourceful lady whose widowhood from the well-connected but certainly unconventional Mr. Pargeter prompted a new career in sleuthing. Sleuth she may be, and a particularly good one at that--with the help of some of her late husband's shady friends--but at the moment she's looking forward to a glorious holiday on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu. Or perhaps not so glorious, as Melita Pargeter's traveling companion has made the arrangements for the two-week package tour, and her standards don't quite meet Mrs. P's luxury expectations. Still, Corfu, with its seafront tavernas, its sunlit villas and dramatic coastline is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The setting alone almost guarantees a holiday to remember. Just how memorable, however, is a surprise even to Mrs. Pargeter. When the recently widowed Joyce Dover asks Mrs. Pargeter to carry through customs a package that sounds suspiciously like liquid, Mrs. Pargeter agrees. It's peculiar, though, that Joyce would import into Greece a bottle of ouzo. It's not exactly a rare or expensive Greek beverage. Mrs. Pargeter wonders if Joyce may be hiding something. And why is Joyce so strangely nervous? Mrs. Pargeter soon discovers that the carefree tourist facade in the little village of Agios Nikitas masks a reality of shocking secrets and proud defiance.
Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle: children because she's lots of fun, and parents because she can cure children of any bad habit through unusual means.
From the book: Once when the ten piglets were very small, their mother, Mrs. Pig, had a problem. Her piglets were all fond of ketchup, too fond. They ate it on everything. No matter how hard Mrs. Pig tried to cook things they would like, they never tasted it; everything was covered with ketchup -- even dessert -- before they ate it. Not until one day at the supermarket, when there was a big sale on ketchup, did Mrs. Pig think of a way to solve her problem. She bought six enormous jars. And brought them home. Though there may be no fierce wolf after the piglets this time, their situation is almost as grave, and the final results are just as funny and even more lasting than the ones in Mr. and Mrs. Pig's Evening Out and Garth Pig and the Ice Cream Lady. Other books about the Pig family are available from Bookshare.
A writer and his demons. A woman and her desires. A wife and her revenge... Inspired by literature's most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress's tantalizing confession, and his wife's frightening obsession... in this "intelligent, sexy, and utterly addictive" (M. J. Rose) new masterpiece of historical fiction. 1845: New York City is a sprawling warren of gaslit streets and crowded avenues, bustling with new immigrants and old money, optimism and opportunity, poverty and crime. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is all the rage--the success of which a struggling poet like Frances Osgood can only dream. As a mother trying to support two young children after her husband's cruel betrayal, Frances jumps at the chance to meet the illustrious Mr. Poe at a small literary gathering, if only to help her fledgling career. Although not a great fan of Poe's writing, she is nonetheless overwhelmed by his magnetic presence-- and the surprising revelation that he admires "her" work. What follows is a flirtation, then a seduction, then an illicit affair... and with each clandestine encounter, Frances finds herself falling slowly and inexorably under the spell of her mysterious, complicated lover. But when Edgar's frail wife Virginia insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe's tales. And like those gothic heroines whose fates are forever sealed, Frances begins to fear that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself...
The triumphant success of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" compels fledgling poet Frances Osgood to meet her literary idol, a mysterious, complicated man who soon has her under his seductive spell in an all-consuming affair. And when Edgar's frail young wife breaks into their idyll to befriend her rival, Frances fears that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself. . . .prising revelation that he admires her work. What follows is a flirtation, then a seduction, then an illicit affair . . . and with each clandestine encounter, Frances finds herself falling slowly and inexorably under the spell of her mysterious, complicated lover. But when Edgar's frail wife Virginia insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe's tales. And like those gothic heroines whose fates are forever sealed, Frances begins to fear that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself. . . .
On the very morning Mrs. Pollifax and her husband Cyrus are leaving for Bangkok, the CIA arrives on her doorstep with an urgent request for help. All she's got to do is carry a small object to someone named Ruamsak, and get something from him in exchange. After her arrival, however, she discovers the body of a murdered man and moments later, watches in horror as Cyrus is kidnapped!
Although recently married, Mrs. Pollifax is packed and ready to go to China, where a young agent, Sheng Ti, holds the answers to goings on at the sinister Feng Imports--a one-time agency front.
In response to a desperate SOS Kadi Hopkirk flies to the African country of Ubangiba, where her childhood friend Sammat is soon to be crowned king. Mrs. Pollifax reluctant to allow the girl to venture alone into what she fears may be grave danger, crashes the party. On arrival, Kadi and Mrs.P soon discovers that Sammat has dangerous enemies.
Mrs. Pollifax stood under a dripping umbrella and wondered why it so often rained at funerals. Or at burials, she amended, staring out from under her umbrella at sodden flowers heaped around the grave, and a dozen figures in black, heads bowed as the words "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" were intoned.
Mrs. Pollifax is on hand in Morocco to back up an inept CIA agent, and it's a good thing. Their first informant is killed, and Mrs. Pollifax begins to get the idea that her colleague is not who he says he is. Still, she forges ahead, checking out suspicious informants, and coming to the conclusion that someone is an imposter and someone wants her dead....
Mrs. Pollifax and Farrel are going to Jordan to retrieve an Iraqi writer's manuscript, but not everything is going as planned.
She could not find the film ... Was it lost or stolen? But if the film wasn't lost-and it couldn't have been, she thought grimly, going over and over it- then it had to have been stolen, and stolen while she was taking her bath. She sat without moving, allowing the shock of this to catch up with her, and it was a very real shock, with implications that left her a little dizzy. How frightfully arrogant she'd been, she thought, dashing about taking her snapshots so openly while all the time someone on this safari didn't want to be photo-graphed. Someone had allowed her to snap as many of them as she pleased, and then her film had been quietly taken away from her. She had been discreetly and firmly put in her place. Score one for the assassin, she thought
Posing as a tourist in China, Emily Pollifax meets the sinister challenges of the Orient to safeguard a treasure for the CIA ... and all but loses her life in the bargain.
All Mrs. Pollifax wants on this spring day is the peace and quiet of her Connecticut greenhouse. Then she discovers that a young woman, Kadi Hopkirk, has been hiding in her junk closet for two days. Kadi spills out an improbable story - that since a chance meeting with a childhood friend she has been followed by persons unknown in a sinister van. She's convinced that the henchmen inside are hellbent on finding her. A little experiment on Mrs. P's part proves at least this part of the story correct. Kadi soon confides the rest of the story - a close tie with an assassinated foreign president and an item in her possession that makes both her and our sleuth moving targets for - someone. When Mrs. P puts in a call for help to her old CIA crony Carstairs, he's wrapped up in the kidnap of a wealthy financier. Before she knows it, what began as a dash for safety and a call for help expands into an assignment that leads to hair-trigger violence in exotic places.
Mrs. Rosey Posey is an eccentric grandmotherly character created by bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn. Mrs. Rosey Posey tells stories to the neighborhood children and teaches them how God loves and cares for them. A lesson in God's care for us. Rachel finds a baby bird that has fallen from its nest. "No one else saw it," she tells Mrs. Rosey Posey. But MRS. Rosey Posey knows that someone else did see it.
Legendary Recipes from Virginia's Queen of Pie Mrs. Rowe, known fondly as "the Pie Lady" by legions of loyal customers, was the quintessential purveyor of all-American comfort food. Today her family carries on this legacy at the original Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant and Bakery in Staunton, Virginia, as well as at the new country buffet. The restaurant's bustling take-out counter sells a staggering 100 handmade pies every day! With the pies being snapped up that quickly, it's no wonder that Mrs. Rowe urged her customers to order dessert first. In Mrs. Rowe's Little Book of Southern Pies, recipes for Southern classics like Key Lime Pie and Pecan Fudge Pie sit alongside restaurant favorites like French Apple Pie and Original Coconut Cream Pie. Additional recipes gathered from family notebooks and recipe boxes include regional gems like Shoofly Pie and Lemon Chess Pie. With berries and custards and fudge--oh my!--plus a variety of delectable crusts and toppings, this mouthwatering collection offers a little slice of Southern hospitality that will satisfy every type of sweet tooth--and convince even city slickers to take the time to smell the Fresh Peach Pie.From the Hardcover edition.
May Sarton's ninth novel explores what it means to be a woman and a writer, to have chosen, perhaps to be lonely. Dealing with the question of the sources of a woman's creative impulse, it has struck a responsive chord in an increasing chord in an increasing number of readers. The complexity of human love in its many guises is also Miss Sarton's concern. Hilary Stevens, a formidable personality and poet of reknown, is in her seventies. This singularly uncompromising heroise becomes the quarry of two young reporters whose assignment it is to cover the provenance of Hilary Stevens' poetic insporation. In the course of their interview, Hilary comes to terms with her own past as it has crystallized in a series of encounters with the Muse.
Sarton's most important novel tells the story of a poet in her seventies, whose life is retold episodically during an interview with two writers from a literary magazine <P> Hilary Stevens's prolific career includes a provocative novel that shot her into the public consciousness years ago, and an oeuvre of poetry that more recently has consigned her to near-obscurity. Now in the twilight of her life, Hilary, who is both a feminist and a lesbian, is receiving renewed attention for an upcoming collection of poems, one that has brought two young reporters to her Cape Cod home. As Hilary prepares for the conversation, she recalls formative moments both large and small. She then embarks on the interview itself--a witty and intelligent discussion of her life, work, and romantic relationships with men and women. After the journalists have left, Hilary helps a visiting male friend with his anxiety over being gay and imparts wisdom about channeling his own creative passions.This ebook features an extended biography of May Sarton.
In the suburbs of Connecticut, a carpenter embarks on a gruesome killing spree While she's preparing dinner for her husband, Mrs. Porter runs out of lemons. Driving to the supermarket through the achingly quaint downtown area of suburban Putnam Wells, she yearns for life in New York City. The Porters moved to Connecticut because it was supposed to be safer, quieter, more predictable--until that afternoon, when she returns home and finds a madman waiting with a butcher knife in his hand. He doesn't just kill Mrs. Porter--he takes his time, leaving behind a gory scene that would horrify even the hardest New York cop. The killer is Paul White, a local carpenter whose wife knows nothing about his thirst for blood; Mrs. White is an innocent who lives to make her husband and daughter happy. As she begins to see shadows of Paul's vicious side, she will learn just how twisted love can be.
It's Poetry Month! And Ms. Coco, who runs the gifted and talented program, is poetry crazy! She cries when she sees a sunset! She thinks boys should have feelings! She talks in rhyme! All the time! Will A.J.'s life ever be normal again?
Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott couldn't agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance, the students are soon soaring through the sky and getting lost on purpose. In addition to learning what birthday cakes are and how best to approach a bumbershoot tree, the students also manage to learn a little something about strength and bravery.Bestselling author Elise Primavera has created an irresistible, richly illustrated story about finding your way.
Single female in love with the boss. Please return favor... This is the ad secretary Jane Dobson secretly wanted to place in "The Personal Touch!" column. Instead, shy but sexy Charles Warren had her tracking down his old college girlfriend with the goal of proposing. If he figures this is in Jane's job description, he is sorely mistaken! Charles is secretly attracted to Jane, but is clueless about her feelings. Until the day she gets conked on the head by a plaster cupid-and he's there for the fallout! Suddenly Jane's now convinced that he's her fiancé and they are passionately in love. Worse, she wants to start the honeymoon...early. Of course, she's mistaken. But is this a mistake any red-blooded, loving man would want to correct?
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