THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND RICHARD & JUDY BOOKCLUB PICK The night before it all begins, Jude has the dream again . . . Can dreams be passed down through families? As a child Jude suffered a recurrent nightmare: running through a dark forest, crying for her mother. Now her six-year-old niece, Summer, is having the same dream, and Jude is frightened for her. A successful auctioneer, Jude is struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband. When she's asked to value a collection of scientific instruments and manuscripts belonging to Anthony Wickham, a lonely 18th century astronomer, she leaps at the chance to escape London for the untamed beauty of Norfolk, where she grew up. As Jude untangles Wickham's tragic story, she discovers threatening links to the present. What have Summer's nightmares to do with Starbrough folly, the eerie crumbling tower in the forest from which Wickham and his adopted daughter Esther once viewed the night sky? With the help of Euan, a local naturalist, Jude searches for answers in the wild, haunting splendour of the Norfolk woods. Dare she leave behind the sadness in her own life, and learn to love again? Praise for Rachel Hore's novels: ‘A tour de force. Rachel's Paris is rich, romantic, exotic and mysterious’ JUDY FINNIGAN ‘An elegiac tale of wartime love and secrets’ Telegraph ‘A richly emotional story, suspenseful and romantic, but unflinching in its portrayal of the dreadful reality and legacy of war’ Book of the Week, Sunday Mirror 'Pitched perfectly for a holiday read' Guardian 'Engrossing, pleasantly surprising and throughly readable' SANTA MONTEFIORE 'A beautifully written and magical novel about life, love and family' CATHY KELLY
There Is a God in Heaven Who Wants You to Know His Secrets—Learn to Hear Them
Author: Hank Kunneman
Publisher: Charisma Media
We live in an age when events and circumstances fill us with questions and apprehension: “What is going on?” “Why are these things happening?” “What is going to happen next?” Like the commercial about E. F. Hutton, the world is longing to eavesdrop on secret conversations that might reveal answers to our tough questions. In the Bible, God always had a prophetic voice that carried His secrets to kings and leaders of nations. In the same way today, God desires for us to see and hear what heaven is up to concerning us here on earth! This book gives important principles for receiving the secrets of the Lord, whether they concern things such as terrorism, violence, and natural disasters, or the daily occurrences of people in everyday life.
A torrential rain beads down on a train carrying Jonah Chernov from the fortress prison in St. Petersburg to an uncertain future in Paris. A baby girl, born to his condemned twin sister, rests in the arms of Marta Birkov, a woman saved from the gallows to nurse the infant. Unknown to Jonah, his sister, barely alive, is being spirited in a coffin to Copenhagen guarded by the former head of the czars secret police. Ghosts from their pasts, and the secrets they must hide to survive, will haunt these characters as they move through the dramatic events of the Gilded Age.
Eric Middleton's outward life is comfortable, mundane, safe and not going anywhere important. For much of his working day he attempts to cope with the twentieth century. He thinks himself into wild imaginations, drifts into reflective abstractions and tries out intricate daydreams and trips of fantasy. He seems to occupy two lives, two minds. When he wins a huge amount of money, a breathtaking opportunity confronts him; a parallel life, an alternative life, a different life. The plan to keep his wealth a secret leads him into new experiences which challenge his intrinsic weaknesses. He embarks on a cathartic and disastrous path towards his own chaos, and his Faustian failings lead to catastrophe and a shocking climax to his journey.
From the bestselling author of A Gathering Storm, and the Richard & Judy Bookclub pick A Place of Secrets, comes a gripping and moving story spanning 25 years and World War II, secrets, family and enduring love. The streets of Paris hide a dark past… September, 1937. Kitty Travers enrols at the Conservatoire on the banks of the Seine to pursue her dream of becoming a concert pianist. But then war breaks out and the city of light falls into shadow. Nearly twenty-five years later, Fay Knox, a talented young violinist, visits Paris on tour with her orchestra. She barely knows the city, so why does it feel so familiar? Soon touches of memory become something stronger, and she realises her connection with these streets runs deeper than she ever expected. As Fay traces the past, with only an address in an old rucksack to help her, she discovers dark secrets hidden years ago, secrets that cause her to question who she is and where she belongs … Praise for Rachel Hore's novels: ‘A tour de force. Rachel's Paris is rich, romantic, exotic and mysterious’ JUDY FINNIGAN ‘An elegiac tale of wartime love and secrets’ Telegraph ‘A richly emotional story, suspenseful and romantic, but unflinching in its portrayal of the dreadful reality and legacy of war’ Book of the Week, Sunday Mirror 'Pitched perfectly for a holiday read' Guardian 'Engrossing, pleasantly surprising and throughly readable' SANTA MONTEFIORE 'A beautifully written and magical novel about life, love and family' CATHY KELLY
Do you feel you belong; that you fit-in in this world? Have you experienced abuse, adoption, loss, and grief? The Wall of Secrets was how I survived those feelings of not belonging, not fitting-in; not being wanted or loved. Each drawer holds one of my traumas, one of my secrets. Not only do adoptee’s struggle with these feelings, but perhaps everyday people like you do as well. My first memoir, Finding Heart Horse, led me to a place where I was able to open my Wall of Secrets one drawer at a time, and heal the many traumas. I go from being the “street kid” in Finding Heart Horse to a nurse and mother experiencing a near death experience, uncovering demons from my past, and after thirty-five years of searching, finding my biological family. The journey is not without many twists and turns as painful discoveries are made and truths revealed. The Wall of Secrets proves that people can change; that our thoughts do affect our daily lives and the direction we take. That inside, deep inside, your heart and soul you can find the diamonds of your authentic self. We all want to belong, to be loved, to trust and be our true selves. Inside these pages you will find inspiration to push through your fears, to get to the other side where peace lies waiting. There is always hope and healing. If you dig deep enough, you too will find your diamonds and discover they were there all along just waiting. A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to Covenant House Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
In this wide-ranging book Paul Christopher Johnson explores the changing, hidden face of the Afro-Brazilian indigenous religion of Candombl?. Despite its importance in Brazilian society, Candombl? has received far less attention than its sister religions Vodou and Santeria. Johnson seeks to fill this void by offering a comprehensive look at the development, beliefs, and practices of Candombl? and exploring its transformation from a secret society of slaves--hidden, persecuted, and marginalized--to a public religion that is very much a part of Brazilian culture. Johnson traces this historical shift and locates the turning point in the creation of Brazilian national identity and a public sphere in the first half of the twentieth century. His major focus is on the ritual practice of secrecy in Candombl?. Like Vodou and Santeria and the African Yoruba religion from which they are descended, Candombl? features a hierarchic series of initiations, with increasing access to secret knowledge at each level. As Johnson shows, the nature and uses of secrecy evolved with the religion. First, secrecy was essential to a society that had to remain hidden from authorities. Later, when Candombl? became known and actively persecuted, its secrecy became a form of resistance as well as an exotic hidden power desired by elites. Finally, as Candombl? became a public religion and a vital part of Brazilian culture, the debate increasingly turned away from the secrets themselves and toward their possessors. It is speech about secrets, and not the content of those secrets, that is now most important in building status, legitimacy and power in Candombl?. Offering many first hand accounts of the rites and rituals of contemporary Candombl?, this book provides insight into this influential but little-studied group, while at the same time making a valuable contribution to our understanding of the relationship between religion and society.
From the bestselling author of A Week in Paris, and A Place of Secrets, comes a timeless love story, lost in letters of the past . . . THE RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK 2018 Can a chance encounter unlock one woman's past? On holiday in Italy, Briony Wood becomes fascinated by the wartime story of a ruined villa hidden amongst the hills of Naples. Not only is it the very place where her grandfather was stationed as a soldier in 1943, but she also discovers that it harbours the secret of a love long lost. Handed a bundle of tattered letters found buried at the villa, Briony becomes enraptured by the blossoming love story between Sarah Bailey, an English woman, and Paul Hartmann, a young German. The letters lead her back almost seventy years to pre-war Norfolk. But as Briony delves into Sarah and Paul’s story, she encounters resentments and secrets still tightly guarded. All too quickly it is clear that what happened long ago under the shadow of Vesuvius, she suspects, still has the power to cause terrible pain . . . Praise for Rachel Hore's novels: 'Compelling, engrossing and moving; a perfect holiday indulgence' SANTA MONTEFIORE‘ Fascinating, hugely readable’ JUDY FINNIGAN ‘An elegiac tale of wartime love and secrets’ Telegraph ‘A tender and thoughtful tale' Sunday Mirror 'Pitched perfectly for a holiday read' Guardian
A Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction book of 2011 A Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction title for 2011 On a hill above the Italian village of Ravello sits the Villa Cimbrone, a place of fantasy and make-believe. The characters that move through Michael Holroyd's new book are destined never to meet, yet the Villa Cimbrone unites them all. A Book of Secrets is a treasure trove of hidden lives, uncelebrated achievements, and family mysteries. With grace and tender imagination, Holroyd brings a company of unknown women into the light. From Alice Keppel, the mistress of both the second Lord Grimthorpe and the Prince of Wales; to Eve Fairfax, a muse of Auguste Rodin; to the novelist Violet Trefusis, the lover of Vita Sackville-West—these women are always on the periphery of the respectable world. Also on the margins is the elusive biographer, who on occasion turns an appraising eye upon himself as part of his investigations in the maze of biography. In A Book of Secrets, Holroyd gives voice to fragile human connections and the mystery of place.