The Ghosts of Summers Past

The Ghosts of Summers Past
Author: Kendra Alvey
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9798626438086
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Release: 2020-04-29
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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A ghost-seeing teen goth must uncover the secrets of her past before she can decide what to do with her future in the third book of the Sam the Spectator series - a spooky and humorous supernatural mystery set in 1990s West Texas. Samantha Winters has just graduated high school and the wide world awaits. But, where should she go and what should she do with her life? And why is her best ghost friend, Charlie, acting so weird? Maybe if she solves the mysteries of her past once and for all, she can figure out her future. Meanwhile, bad things are happening to good people all over town -including the cool new theater director and his super cute son- but it's unclear if the problem is supernatural or human. Can Sam, with new powers and old friends, save Bluebonnet just in time to possibly leave it?

Ghosts of Summers Past

Ghosts of Summers Past
Author: Katie Jane Newman
Pages: 240
ISBN: 1798641917
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Release: 2019-03-11
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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For twenty years Jessamy Summers kept the memories of The White House buried deep until she is forced to return to the only place she ever called home.Grieving for her free-spirited Great Aunt and mourning her broken marriage, Jessamy must look closely at the past to the find the answers to her future.But as secrets begin to unravel she finds that nothing is as it seemed....

The Eternal Season

The Eternal Season
Author: Stephen Rutt
Pages: 272
ISBN: 1783965738
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Release: 2021-09
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Summer is traditionally a time of plenty, of warmth, of breeding; a time to celebrate the abundance of nature teeming in our hedgerows, cities, marshlands and woodlands. But in the twenty-first century, 'summer' is becoming harder to define. The changing climate is bleeding our traditional distinctions into one another. Last February held days as warm as August. Or was it the other way around? Against the anxious backdrop of the global pandemic, Stephen Rutt seeks comfort and reassurance from nature in full bloom. But within his evocative exploration of the landscapes and wildlife that characterise the British summer, he also notes the disturbance to the traditional rhythms of the natural world: the wrong birds singing at the wrong time, the disruption to habitats and breeding, the myriad ways climate change is causing a derangement of the seasons. The Eternal Season is both a celebration of summer and an observation of the delicate series of disorientations that we may not notice while some birds still sing, while nature still has some voice, but that may be forever changing our perception of summer.

The Forgotten Summer

The Forgotten Summer
Author: Carol Drinkwater
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781405924153
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Release: 2016-02-11
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

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'Lovely, mouth-watering, page-turning. Packed with the sunshine, scents and savours of the South of France. Enough to make you rush straight to the Eurostar' Daily Mail The grape harvest at the Cambon family's magnificent Provencal vineyard is always a cause for celebration. But not this year. When the crop is accidentally destroyed, leaving the estate facing ruin, Clarisse Cambon knows exactly who to blame - her English daughter-in-law Jane. It's just the latest incident in a decades-long feud that has left Jane feeling like an uninvited guest in her husband Luc's family. But when tragedy strikes and Jane uncovers a shocking secret at the family's heart she wonders if she ever really knew any of the Cambons, especially her husband, at all. Now she is left with a terrible choice - walk away and see everything the Cambons believe in fall apart, or stay to expose the truth and risk being caught in the storm? 'Secrets, tragedy, hidden pasts and family secrets all set in glorious Provence - I loved this' Santa Montefiore 'This atmospheric read will whisk you straight to the South of France as you become immersed in the tale of secrets and heartbreak' Marie Claire If you loved The Forgotten Summer, don't miss Carol's new novel The Lost Girl, available now

Seasons in Time

Seasons in Time
Author: Larry Groves
Pages: 189
ISBN: 9781465328816
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Release: 2007-10-26
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
Language: en

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Fourteen year-old John Taylor, reluctant athlete, waits impatiently for the end of football season as he plans to end his sports career, despite the objections of his over-bearing father. Those plans fall apart as the seasons change and he soon fi nds himself embroiled in a paranormal mystery from the past which threatens his sanity and may cost him his life.

The Supernaturals

The Supernaturals
Author: David L. Golemon
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781250103123
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Release: 2016-10-18
Editor: Macmillan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Named One of Riffle's Ten Best Haunted House Books of All Time Built at the turn of the twentieth century by one of the richest and most powerful men in the world tucked away in the pristine Pocono Mountains, Summer Place, a retreat for the rich and famous, seems the very essence of charm and beauty, “a scene borrowed from a wondrous fairytale of gingerbread houses, bright forests, and glowing, sunny meadows.” But behind the yellow and white trimmed exterior lurks an evil, waiting to devour the unwary... Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy’s investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with the event. But Summer Place has other plans... As Summer Place grows stronger, Kennedy, along with the paranormal ghost hunting team, The Supernaturals, sets out to confront...and if possible, destroy...the evil presence dwelling there.

Boys of Summer

Boys of Summer
Author: Steve Berman
Pages: 268
ISBN: 9781602827035
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Release: 2012-05-01
Editor: Bold Strokes Books Inc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Walt Whitman referred to a "Mad, naked, Summer Night!" In the pages of Boys of Summer, acclaimed editor Steve Berman's latest anthology, talented authors and fresh voices reveal the allure and excitement of the season for gay teens. June always promises romance. July entices with its raw heat, and August offers a languid fire that will burn out before autumn's approach. These are stories of young love and adventure, when the sky's ceiling is a bright blue marvel, when another boy's laughter at the beach can distract from dull summer jobs.

Things of the Earth

Things of the Earth
Author: C.A. Portnellus
Pages: 610
ISBN: 9781480840553
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Release: 2016-12-29
Editor: Archway Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It is 1954 and Barton Barre has not only survived World War II, but also come home a hero, thanks to his familys lucky phoenix. However, for this man of action, fortune is as fickle as is his heart. Now as he works to build a Texas oil empire, he must also keep his beautiful wife, Elise, and their son, Francis, content. Unfortunately, for Barton, this challenge is not easy as temptation and greed influence his every move. Elise is a devoted mother who also faithfully follows Barton despite his callousness and lies. She knows his soul and believes he is the beast that only her love can tame. Francis is a resilient boy who has learned early that when it comes to his father, he comes last. As he matures, strives for perfection, and exceeds his parents expectations, Francis still manages to fall into the shadow of their demanding lives. As temptation knocks on his own door, life leads Francis down a new path where every decision comes with consequences and he ponders whether he is now a victim of the dreaded La Barre family curse. In this continuing multi-generational tale, fate and luck, play havoc with the Barre family during post-World War II Texas where love appears to be the only key to bliss.

Little Book of Verse

Little Book of Verse
Author: Claire Buss
Pages: 329
ISBN:
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Release: 2020-05-13
Editor: Claire Buss
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Little Book of Verse Book 1 in the Little Book Series A poetry collection by Claire Buss A collection of both humorous and sincerely heartfelt poems from award-winning author Claire Buss. Her poetry is simple yet beautiful as she touches the heart of family life and deals with difficult emotions. She offers insight into motherhood from being tired to having sore feet, having time fly and chasing those summer ghosts. This charming little book of poetry is the first in the Little Book Series. “Claire’s poetry has both tenderness and heartache – a little book of substance.” Leo McBride, Inklings Press

The Misfortunes of Family

The Misfortunes of Family
Author: Meg Little Reilly
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781488088698
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Release: 2020-02-04
Editor: MIRA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

WHAT BRINGS FAMILY TOGETHER CAN ALSO PULL IT APART JJ, Spenser, Charlie and Philip, the four adult sons of retired Senator John Bright, dutifully head with their partners to the lake house for their annual family reunion. The Brights are the picture of perfectness, a family of outsize pride—fun, attractive, competitive and a bit terrible… They have everything they need, except the ability to see themselves clearly. This year the senator has agreed to let a producer film them for a documentary. Naturally, they let their guard down—each adrift in his own way. Petty jealousies surface amid the joys of summer. Philip, the youngest and least like his siblings, announces an unconventional decision and earns the ribbing—or is it scorn—of his brothers. The senator toys with another political run. But not everyone wants in this time. So one by one, family secrets start to come out…and keep coming. It becomes apparent that, despite their affection for one another, it is time for this big, dysfunctional family to redefine what it means to be a Bright.

Gender and Short Fiction

Gender and Short Fiction
Author: Jorge Sacido-Romero,Laura Lojo-Rodríguez
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781351604895
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Release: 2018-05-30
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In their new monograph, Gender and Short Fiction: Women's Tales in Contemporary Britain, Jorge Sacido-Romero and Laura M Lojo-Rodriguez explain why artistically ambitious women writers continue turning to the short story, a genre that has not yet attained the degree of literary prestige and social recognition the novel has had in the modern period. In this timely volume, the editors endorse the view that the genre still retains its potential as a vehicle for the expression of female experience alternative to and/or critical with dominant patriarchal ideology present at the very onset of the development of the modern British short story at the turn of the nineteenth century.

In Flight Entertainment

In Flight Entertainment
Author: Helen Simpson
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781409090854
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Release: 2010-05-06
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Poignant, funny and perceptive, Helen Simpson's fifth collection of runs the gamut of emotions and deals with birth, death and everything in between. We shift from a diary chronicling the dangers of life as a woman in the bleak 2040s, to two students falling in love then almost talking themselves out of it in an argument about the end of the world, to a heartfelt anti-cancer spell cast in the hope of protecting a friend. Moving effortlessly between tragedy and comedy and packed with a host of distinctive voices, this is an outstanding collection from a master of the genre.

In the Driver s Seat

In the Driver s Seat
Author: Helen Simpson
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780307486233
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Release: 2008-12-18
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A dark, dazzling, surprisingly funny new collection of stories (“Masterly” —Adam Mars Jones, The Observer; “A virtuoso performance” —Jane Shilling, The Sunday Telegraph) about single women and wives in various phases of midlife—anxious mothers, besotted mothers, beset mothers—in a (futile) search for security and consolation. Helen Simpson’s stories are short but by no means small. One story takes the Iraq war as its subject; another describes a smoker’s reprieve from death by lung cancer; in another, a simple tale of home maintenance—a woman in a conversation with the carpenter replacing her door after a break-in—becomes a deftly sketched study of grief. In still another, Simpson manages the seemingly impossible—producing laughter at terminal illness and untimely death (this might be the first story in which the amputation of a limb provides a happy ending). And finally, the story entitled “Constitutional”—a pun on one of the word’s meanings: a walk taken for the benefit of one’s health—deals with memory, family, Alzheimer’s, oak trees, pregnancy for the over-forties, stolen photographs, and crossword puzzles. Helen Simpson’s stories move and disturb us as they light up the human gift for making the best of it—whatever it is.

The Story Loss

The Story  Loss
Author: Victoria Hislop
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781781857304
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Release: 2013-09-26
Editor: Head of Zeus
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'I think few of the stories in Loss will leave readers cold...' Victoria Hislop, bestselling author and champion of the short story, has chosen her favourite short stories by women writers. Here are prizewinners, famous wits, well-known feminists, national treasures and rising stars. All the stories in this volume are about loss: lost lives, lost loves, lost innocence, even a lost leopard. The many ways in which loss touches our lives are shown in these varied stories. CONTRIBUTORS: Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bowen, Dorothy Parker, Shirley Jackson, Flannery O'Connor, Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Rhys, Anna Kavan, Muriel Spark, Ellen Gilchrist, Penelope Fitzgerald, Lorrie Moore, Hilary Mantel, Susan Hill, Colette Paul, Yiyun Li, Helen Simpson, Edna O'Brien, Edith Pearlman, Emma Donoghue, Carrie Tiffany and Lucy Wood.

Bikini Is a State of Mind

Bikini Is a State of Mind
Author: Nancy Gardner,Lina Soares,Cynthia Lewis,Ann Haley
Pages: 168
ISBN: 1467068470
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Release: 2006-02-08
Editor: Author House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

To: Female Baby Boomers Cc: Young women who may grow old one day Subject: The Joy of Life Dearest Baby Boomers and Future Bifocal Wearers, Are you old enough to need bifocals, but young enough to deny it? Are you tired of exercise programs that leave you . . . tired? Are you weary of self-help books that expect you to change your evil ways? Do you consider sloth a virtue youd like to pursue? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the attached book is for you. Bikini Is a State of Mind gives you magical advice on the joy of wearing nothing but a bikini and a smile, even if you have reached an age when a muumuu might be more appropriate. Buy the book, curl up in a lounge chair beside the pool, and get into the best shape of your life. Respectfully yours, Coach This book centers on five fifty-something women who form the Bikini Team in Davidson, North Carolina. During the summer, the women meet at the local Swimming Hole clad in bikinis. At other times of year, they gather together for parties, retreats, and social outings, usually wearing a little more than bikinis. At the heart of the book lies the metaphor of wearing bikinis in middle age. This small concept is the seed of something much largera holistic approach to aging without giving up edginess and attractiveness. This is a book by, for, and about women who, although aging, still take care of themselves; still relish dressing up, down, and scantily; and still turn heads. Their bodies are not what they used to be. But their spirit, camaraderie, and flair make a statement that others read as stylish, free, and lots of fun. They want to spread the word.

Splintered Souls

Splintered Souls
Author: Erica Lucke Dean
Pages: 244
ISBN:
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Release: 2015-09-22
Editor: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Ava Flynn walks away from a scholarship to Georgetown and moves into her grandmother’s abandoned summer home in coastal Maine, she steps into the center of a centuries-old curse. On her first night, she notices a mysterious leather-clad stranger looking up at her third-story window. For weeks, everywhere she goes, Ava catches more glimpses of him, but she can never get close enough to find out who he is. Over three hundred years ago, Lady Catherine Fairchild risked everything to protect her unborn child, sending a ripple through time that would change Ava’s future. As the mystery unravels, the horrifying consequences of Lady Catherine’s choices drag Ava deeper into a world she never knew existed, trapping her in a conflict that’s been raging since before she was born. A winner-take-all battle for her soul.

The City of Tears

The City of Tears
Author: Kate Mosse
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781509806904
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Release: 2021-01-19
Editor: Pan Macmillan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Following on from the Sunday Times number one bestseller, The Burning Chambers, Kate Mosse’s The City of Tears is a breathtaking novel of revenge, persecution and loss. June 1572: for ten, violent years the Wars of Religion have raged across France. Neighbours have become enemies, countless lives have been lost, and the country has been torn apart over matters of religion, citizenship and sovereignty. But now a precarious peace is in the balance: a royal wedding has been negotiated by Catherine de’ Medici and Jeanne d’Albret, an alliance between the Catholic Crown and Henri, the Huguenot king of Navarre. It is a marriage that could see France reunited at last. Meanwhile in Puivert, an invitation has arrived for Minou Joubert and her family to attend this historic wedding in Paris in August. But what Minou does not know is that the Joubert family’s oldest enemy, Vidal, will also be there. Nor that, within days of the marriage, on the eve of the Feast Day of St Bartholomew, Minou’s family will be scattered to the four winds and one of her beloved children will have disappeared without trace . . . Sweeping from Paris and Chartres to the City of Tears itself – the great refugee city of Amsterdam – this is a story of one family’s fight to stay together, to survive and to find each other, against the devastating tides of history . . . 'A gorgeously written, utterly absorbing epic . . . I absolutely loved it' - Lucy Foley 'This is historical fiction to devour. Nobody does it like Kate Mosse' - Anthony Horowitz, on The Burning Chambers 'A novel with vast scope and ambition, brilliantly achieved . . . I was utterly immersed in this spell-binding story' Rosamund Lupton, author of Three Hours

Thanks to Her I Rose

Thanks to Her  I Rose
Author: Natase Hopkins
Pages: 116
ISBN: 9781424136841
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Release: 2006-06-01
Editor: "Thanks to her, I Rose!"
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With its variety of themeslove, life and survival Thanks to Her, I Rose! is a collection of poetry that uncovers the many emotional facets of living in this modern world. It is the first of three books written to reveal the many phases in one mans life. With the books simplicity in verse, the author compassionately describes his challenges to find not only success but, ultimately, happiness. His passion evokes the heart to weep at times; other times, it leaves the reader with an endearing smile. Natases words charismatically explain his sense of pride and success, along with the strength of his character to rise above and find his own identity. In short, this book overwhelms. It brilliantly delivers a poetic story of a man who survived the misery of his uncertainties and the harsh rigors of his life to find not only love and appreciation but also his purposewriting.

The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club

The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club
Author: Lexi Eddings
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781496704047
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Release: 2016-10-01
Editor: Kensington Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“A unique take on what it means to go home again.” —Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author The lake is crystal blue, the hills roll for miles, and breaking news travels via the Methodist prayer chain. But don’t let the postcard fool you. Coldwater Cove, Oklahoma, leavens its small-town charm with plenty of Ozark snark. For Lacy Evans, returning to flyover country is the definition of failure. She had everything she wanted—an award-winning design firm, a chic city condo, a handsome, aristocratic almost-fiancé. Then her boyfriend ran off with her receptionist and her clients' money. Now she’s out of business and crashing on her parents’ couch. When she slides into a booth at the Green Apple Grill, she's feeling lower than a worm's belly. But Lacy’s old classmate Jacob Tyler is happy to see her. Coldwater’s football hero came back from Afghanistan short part of a leg and some peace of mind, but he’s counting his blessings, and Lacy could be one of them. Then there’s her ex, Daniel, wearing a sheriff’s badge and a wedding ring, but looking like young summer love. And a host of unlikely serendipities: the selfless do-gooders who sneak around taming curmudgeons and constructing second chances. The Fighting Marmots. The sprawling, take-no-prisoners Bugtussle clan. Lacy thought she knew her hometown, and herself. She just wanted to get on her feet and keep running. But the longer she stays, the more she finds to change her mind. . . “Readers of sweet romance will fall in love with Coldwater Cove. Lexi Eddings’s talent shines in this edgy, fresh story.” —Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

Red Promises

Red Promises
Author: Halli Villegas
Pages: 62
ISBN: 155071130X
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Release: 2001
Editor: Guernica Editions
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The tone and form of one's fife is what gives it shape. It is the voice that gives it meaning. In these poems that range from childhood in suburbia to life in the city, Halli Villegas chronicles the experience of the outsider and the observer with a freshness and candour that is unique. These poems will surprise and delight with their passionate and intriguing expressions of sexuality and sensuality.