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Written with a comparable passion, power and breadth of vision, Charlotte Gray is Sebastian Faulks's first novel since Birdsong. It is 1942. London is blacked out, but France is under a greater darkness, as the Vichy regime clings ever closer to the Nazi occupier in their danse macabre. From Edinburgh, Charlotte Gray, a volatile but determined young woman, travels south. In London she conceives a dangerous passion for an English airman. Charlotte goes to France on an errand for a British organisation helping the Resistance and for her own private purposes. Unknown to her, she is also being manipulated by people with no regard for her safety. As the weeks go by Charlotte finds that the struggle for France's soul is intimately linked to her battle to take control of her own life. Charlotte Gray examines the lost domains of the past, the limits of memory and the redemptive power of art. It is also a brilliant evocation of life in Occupied France, filled with memorable characters, such as Julien Levade, the local resistance leader, and his father, a painter and reformed libertine. As the people in the village of Lavaurette prepare to meet their terrible destiny, the truth of what took place in 'the dark years' is finally revealed. These harrowing scenes are presented with the passion and narrative power that readers will recall from Birdsong.
It's 1895. Charlotte and her family came to France three years ago so that her father could learn to paint in the French style of Impressionism. Now they are traveling to London to see if the famous artist John Singer Sargent will paint Charlotte's mother's portrait. In London, Charlotte and her best friend, Lizzy, stay in their own room at the Savoy Hotel, attend a fancy dinner party with famous writers, watch boat races on the River Thames, learn about legendary London ghosts, and even visit a gypsy camp.Illustrated with beautiful museum reproductions and exquisite watercolor paintings, the book also includes biographical sketches of the featured painters. This vibrant journal of Charlotte's exciting journey will make any reader long for lovely London.
When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found murdered on the outskirts of Blackfield, Charlotte Markham, the recently hired governess, steps in to take over their care. During an outing in the forest, they find themselves crossing over into The Ending, the place for the Things That Cannot Die, where Lily Darrow, the late mistress of Everton, has been waiting. She invites them into the ominous House of Darkling, a wondrous, dangerous place filled with enchantment, mystery and strange creatures that appear to be, but are not quite, human. However, everything comes with a price, and as Charlotte begins to understand the unspeakable bargain Mrs. Darrow has made for a second chance at motherhood, she uncovers a connection to the sinister occurrences in Blackfield and enters into a deadly game with the master of Darkling, one whose outcome will determine not just the fate of the Darrows, but of the world itself. Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling is a Victorian gothic tale about family ties, the realm beyond the living, and the price you pay to save those you love.
Charlotte's taken the Girlfriends' challenge: Find your first love. What's he doing? How's he doing? On a business trip to Prince Edward Island-searching for antiques and folk art-Charlotte doesn't have to look very hard to find Liam Connery. But he's not what she expected. Not at all....Instead of the pilot he wanted to be, he trains and raises dogs. He's a man living a secluded existence in a rambling country house. A man with secrets.And yet-like Jane Eyre, with Liam playing the Mr. Rochester role-Charlotte's powerfully drawn to him. Falling in love, dreaming of marriage and babies and the promise of forever. A promise Liam may not be able to make...or to keep.
Redheads Have More Fun!Eight-year-old Tim Thorneton had decided he wanted a mom, and a baby sister-a baby sister with red hair....Charlotte Darnelle wanted to make one thing clear-she was not a redhead. She was a strawberry blonde, and any man who thought otherwise was in deep trouble. Needless to say, Matthew Thorneton was in it up to his neck!It seemed Matt would stop at nothing to get his hands on the Colorado ranch that Charlotte had just inherited. He'd even tried kissing her into selling out. She was going to show him that this little city girl could look like a lady and still be as tough as a no-good cowboy with sexy brown eyes.
In 1856, 12-year-old Charlotte and her widowed father are members of a Welsh handcart company on the Mormon Trail, so poor they cannot afford wagons but must push carts from Iowa City to Utah. When a woman in the company dies giving birth, and her husband is too distraught to care for the baby girl, Charlotte grandly offers to care for the baby, whom she names Rose. But taking care of Rose turns out to be much harder than Charlotte expected. She's stuck; she can't give Rose back. As she struggles along the trail with the infant, she comes to love Rose, and to dream of life with "her" baby, even though Papa and others remind her that she will have to give Rose back to her father when they part ways at the end of the trail.
CHARM is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Cinderella story which takes all the much-loved elements of the classic fairytale (the handsome prince, the fairy godmother, the enchanted mouse, the beautiful girl and, of course, the iconic balls) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. This is fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of ONCE UPON A TIME, GRIMM, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and more. This edition contains 15 original pen and ink illustrations by Les Edwards. You can learn more about Sarah Pinborough at www.sarahpinborough.com, or by following @SarahPinborough on twitter.
As a practiced reporter until her newspaper went to that great pressroom in the sky, P.I. Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore, even the parts being slobbered on by the sad-sack greyhound she's minding for her uncle. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular local sport. Business tycoon "Wink" Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball back to town, and everybody's rooting fro him -- until a devastating, muckraking expose of his lurid past appears on the front page of the Baltimore Beacon-Light. It's a surprise even to the Blight's editors, who thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink -- who's found in his garage with the car running. Now the Blight wants to nail the unknown computer hacker who planted the lethal story, and the assignment is right up the alley of a former newshound like Tess. But it doesn't take long for her to discover deeper, darker secrets, and to realize that this situation is really more about whacking than hacking. It's just murder in Baltimore these days -- and Tess Monaghan herself might be next on the list. As a practiced reporter until her newspaper went to that great pressroom in the sky, P.I. Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore, even the parts being slobbered on by the sad-sack greyhound she's minding for her uncle. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular local sport. Business tycoon "Wink" Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball back to town, and everybody's rooting for him -- until a devastating, muckraking expose of his lurid past appears on the front page of the Baltimore Beacon-Light. It's a surprise even to the Blight's editors, who thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink -- who's found in his garage with the car running. Now the Blight wants to nail the unknown computer hacker who planted the lethal story, and the assignment is right up the alley of a former newshound like Tess. But it doesn't take long for her to discover deeper, darker secrets, and to realize that this situation is really more about whacking than hacking. It's just murder in Baltimore these days -- and Tess Monaghan herself might be next on the list.
Bonny does NOT want to go to Charm School, no matter how much Mum wants her to. And it's just as bad as she feared. Worse, in fact.
Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.
When a charm school opens in Sweet Valley, Jessica can't wait to attend. What could be better than taking classes to learn about clothes, makeup, and going to parties? But when sister Elizabeth uncovers some suspicious things about the school's owners, she and her friends do some dangerous detective work.
When it comes to love. . . When expert surfer Josie Griffin has a rare wipeout, she's shocked to discover that a real-life treasure chest is to blame--one that contains a necklace hung with the biggest stone she's ever seen. But that's nothing compared to the shock she gets when she places the jewel around her neck. Instantly a mysterious little kilted man appears to inform her that the charm has betrothed her to an eighteenth-century Scottish laird! It's not that Josie has anything against handsome lairds--or older men. But three hundred plus years may be stretching things a bit. After all, she has a career to consider. And besides, she's sure the effects of her concussion will be wearing off any minute--until the minutes turn to hours. . . then days. . . A little charm goes a long way The spirit of Connal MacNeil has been waiting centuries for his betrothed to appear on Scotland's roaring shores. Josie's arrival with the MacNeil charm stone is his dream come true. Her passion is a fiery match to his own--and her powerful body is perfect for bearing the heir he plans. He bargained his soul for this last chance at prosperity, and he won't take no for an answer. Unfortunately the lass doesn't quite understand that destiny has bound them for all eternity. In fact, she seems determined to deny him at every turn--when she isn't busy with her foolhardy need to go wave hunting. But it doesn't take long for other, more earthly MacNeil charms to take hold. For Josie is only human--and Connal has waited long enough for the love affair of his lifetime to finally begin. . . .
STIRRING UP THE PAST...After her sister was attacked and left for dead, Ashley Davis traveled to the remote Greystone Island in search of answers. But identifying her sister's assailant while on the imposing and mysterious Langdon estate seemed impossible-especially when she sensed a sinister force lurking in the shadows.COULD GET HER KILLEDNow the only way to uncover the truth-and stay alive-was to join forces with Brad Taylor, the island's mysterious police officer. But forging this unlikely union with the one man who made her pulse race seemed even more frightening than the long-buried secrets of the past that were about to resurface....
Izzy's mother works far away and leaves Izzy at home, alone with Rob the Slob. Angry at her mother and trying to deal with school, friends and the attentions of charismatic Cody Dillon, Izzy finds her life swirling out of control. Coerced into putting out to help Cody, Izzy finds she is one in a long line of girls ensnared in prostitution, with no way to escape. Believing that her mother will come for her, Izzy manages to fight back and, when the chance appears, make a run for it.
Jamie Sullivan is a widowed mother of twin five-year old boys. A creative goldsmith with her own line of designer charms, she is determined to forge her own unique brand of success. Jamie guards a painful secret that leads her to be emphatic about not letting a man into her life: on the day of her late husband's funeral, she found out he was cheating on her.Nick Grey is the gorgeous, charming, and daydream-inducing headmaster of the private elementary school Jamie's children will attend. After single-handedly bringing up his daughter while earning his doctorate and proving himself to the school's board of directors and the community, he feels burned out. Come the end of the semester, Nick is taking a year off to travel the world.When they meet, an instant attraction blazes through both. But Nick's not sure he's interested in starting over and raising kids again and Jamie's not sure she can trust her heart. Will they be able to nurture their attraction into something that can last forever?Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
WANTEDHe hadn't needed some dossier to remember FBI agent J. J. Barnes. Killer looks. Killer body. Killer instincts. She could take care of herself.Officially, U.S. Marshal Cody Landry led a detail to ensure J.J. lived to deliver testimony against the Russian mob that had tried to assassinate her once already. Unofficially, he was to lure the assassins into the open...using J.J. as bait. Cody hated the idea. Because more primal than his urge to protect this woman was his desire to possess her. But an affair, with secrets still between them, would be wrong.Even deadly.
Happy New Clique! Once upon a time, in Westchester and Orlando, there were four betas just waiting for their alpha. It took a miracle to bring the Pretty Committee together--or rather, a New Year's Yves party. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it just cliques. Massie Block: Is destined to lead, but trapped as a beta in the Ahnabees, the top clique at PMS (Presbyterian Middle School). She has ah-mazing ideas--Friday night sleepovers, Gossip Points, and atching charm bracelets. When will it be her time to rule? Alicia Rivera: Is dying to lead the Body Alive Dance Studio Squad. With the captain on vacashy;tion, BADSS's live performance on Merri Lee Marvil's New Year's Yves show is her chance to shine. Will she prove herself alpha-worthy--or will she need to find a whole new clique? Dylan Marvil: Is done, done, and done with people kissing her teeny-tiny butt just because her mom is famous. But who would be brave enough to stand up to someone so Marvilous? Kristen Gregory: Has made a New Year's resoshy;lution to make friends and get a life. Escape from Planet Loser starts . . . now! Claire Lyons: Is psyched times ten to win a last-minute invitation to the New Year's Yves satellite party in Orlando. But first she needs to sneak out of the house. And the countdown to midnight begins in ten . . . nine . . . eight . . . The Clique . . . the only thing harder than getting in is staying in.
"Her face," Phoebe whispered urgently. "Look at her face. I don't think that happened last time. Malvolio's possession of her must be almost total." Piper nodded as Paige helped her get to her feet. "No two ways about it. He's definitely getting stronger." C. K. looked around the room, her eyes glittering wildly. "I require a vehicle," she said. "You will provide one." "Okay," Phoebe said, as she carefully got up. "No problem. Mind if we come along for the ride?" C. K. smiled. "Foolish witches," she said. "You think that you can stop me? I am stronger than you can possibly imagine. No power on this earth can prevent what I am about to unleash." "I'll take that as a yes," Phoebe said. She headed for the front hall. Yanking her keys from her purse, she lobbed them across the room toward C. K. "You drive."
Three sister witches. Two magical sons. One evil ex-husband. Countless demons, baddies, and all-around evildoers vanquished. It all adds up to eight seasons of Charmed, the witchy, wonderful hit television show from Aaron Spelling. This, the second volume of the only authorized companion guide to Charmed, contains everything you need to know about the sexiest supernatural show of all time. Covering seasons six, seven, and eight, the final season, VOLUME 2 lets you inside the enchanted world of Phoebe, Paige, and Piper! Exclusive in-depth interviews with the cast and crew, a prologue by Aaron Spelling, an introduction by executive producer Brad Kern, episode guides, character profiles, and notable quotes.
Piper stared at the gun the demon was holding on her, wondering if she could blow it up without letting the demon take her power and use it against her. She ultimately decided that a bullet would do less damage than an explosion. "Look, witch," the demon said. "I don't care about you. Just let me have the Earthshaker and you can go on your merry way." "I think we both know that's not going to happen," Piper replied, shifting her body so she was in front of Muriel. If she had to, she could try to freeze time if the gun was fired. Maybe if she just tried to freeze the bullet and not the demon she wouldn't have her power reflected back. Of course, the idea of freezing a bullet heading at her at the speed of, well, a speeding bullet, was no easy task. Then again, i(j was better than the other option: death.
"What can I tell you? Demons are wacky that way.' Piper said. "They don't always play fair." She rattled her arms in their chains. Nothing doing. Firm as ever. "Your only hope is to let me out of here so my sisters and I can help you." Caitlyn's expression was grim. "Even if I wanted to-which, for the record, I don't," she said emphatically, "I wouldn't be able to. Those chains are enchanted. I don't have the power to break them." "Someone in your village must," Piper said, practically begging. "But that's just it, Piper. We're nowhere near my village," Caitlyn said sweetly. "We're in Lexor's dungeon. He'll be here any minute. You're trapped in the Underworld, my dear."
In this night and in this hour, I call upon the Ancient Power. Bring back my sister, Bring back the Power of Three. Based on the TV series.
Prepare to be gripped by unrelenting suspense. Prepare to be touched by a tidal force of emotion. This is the story of seven strangers, each escaping reality, who meet by chance in a tropical paradise that holds more promise and more peril than any one of them could have imagined. JOANNA: From the gloom of a London doctors' practice, she takes a spontaneous holiday to a Caribbean world of scorching sun, silver sand, and a tantalizingly beckoning blue sea. "The world is full of hypochondriacs," warns her boyfriend, urging her to keep quiet about her job. But Jo is not the only one concealing the truth. Among the enchanting and diverse bunch of characters she meets, it turns out one is playing a deadly game of charade. LOWELL, an American lawyer, and VINCENT, an art dealer from Amsterdam, share a close and long-standing relationship while mainraining separate lives and private worlds that scarcely overlap. CORA LOUISE and FONTAINE: Mother-anddaughter socialites from Charleston, South Carolina, they travel the world together, keeping up appearances, dreading the exposure of their own murky secret. JESSICA: A music festival organizer from England, she mourns a lost love she dares not discuss and risks rebuff when she confesses things. By mutual consent, the vacation becomes an annual event as close friendships develop, and the group starts to meet on each other's home ground. Yet the Caribbean sunshine has its darker side. Someone is on the trail of a killer and several will die before that trail comes to an end...
The iinfluence of Stein and her literary circle on the literature of Europe and America.
When Bronwyn turned twenty she took the oath to protect, and for the last five years she's kept that promise, working as a kind of one-witch secret service to the British Prime Minister. Her arsenal includes a combination of potions, spells, explosions, mind-reading tricks, and general butt-kicking skills. But Bronwyn has a soft side, too-especially when it comes to Dr. Sam, the favorite physician of her new hometown, Sweet, Texas. He's smart, funny, adorable, everything she could want in a man. Except he's also a warlock-a big no-no in Bronwyn's book of dating. Being a witch is definitely getting in the way of her sex life. If zapping evil jerks is easy, why is finding a boyfriend so hard?