"I THINK ONE OF DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS KILLED HIM." For the four glamorous daughters of Lord Oswald Balcon, money can buy anything. From Fendi handbags to Ivy League educations, they live in a world of designer labels and unrestricted opulence -- their father's money and aristocratic status, coupled with their dazzling good looks, bought them every opportunity and advantage. They are beautiful, blond, and barely thirty, and the world is their luxury playground. Venetia, the sophisticated interior designer, has booming professional success but is desperate for a child and an escape from a loveless marriage. Camilla, the rising political star, is too brilliant and ambitious for any of her unworthy lovers to handle. Sweet yet savvy Cate is living out her ultimate dream, launching her own magazine, with an all-too-handsome business partner. The baby of the family, Serena, is one of the country's most beautiful actresses, on the cusp of international stardom, but her party-girl lifestyle is bringing about more scandal than success. The girls are the darlings of the London paparazzi, but when Lord Balcon turns up dead, the shadow of suspicion falls on his four daughters. A jealous tyrant, Daddy has tried to bring his daughters down all their lives. These four women -- at the top of their careers in show business, publishing, interior design, and politics -- must face an awful accusation, and each other, as they try to discover the truth that lies beneath the glossy surface of their lives. The facade of the Balcon family hides a web of deceit and betrayal, in which a thirty-year-old secret lurks, threatening to destroy them all. From the sun-drenched beaches of the Caribbean to Manhattan's elite society circuit, from the exclusive fashion houses of Milan to the star-studded streets of Cannes, the Balcon sisters play out their lives in a whirl of glitz and the ultra chic. But as tragedy and danger stalk every one of them, the scene is set for a stunning climax.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In Danielle Steel’s riveting novel, three women raised by their father on a sprawling California ranch now confront difficult truths about their past. Decades ago, after the death of his wife, Texas ranch hand JT Tucker took his three small daughters to California to start a new life. With almost no money, a will of iron, and hard work, he eventually built the biggest ranch in California. But when he dies suddenly at the age of sixty-four, the ranch is inherited by his three daughters—each of them finding it impossible to believe that this larger-than-life figure is gone from their lives. JT’s relationship with each daughter was entirely different. Caroline, the youngest and most reserved, was overlooked by her father for her entire life and fled to become a wife, mother, and writer in Marin County. Gemma, his declared favorite, sought out Hollywood glamour and success and became a major television star. Kate, the eldest, stayed at home with her father to do his bidding as a ranch hand, without thanks or praise, forsaking marriage and a family of her own for the love of him. Now, upon JT’s death, the paper trail he leaves behind begins to reveal much more than the three sisters ever guessed about who he really was. It will turn their world upside down, and each of them must grapple with a new reality, strengthening their relationships with one another, and discovering who they are now as grown women, in spite of him. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the West and the drama of a family in turmoil, Daddy’s Girls is the story of three remarkable women and their unique bond to each other—the daughters of a complex, many-faceted, domineering father who left his mark on each of them.
'This series just gets better and better' Breakaway Reviewers. He wasn't always a killer. At first, he just wanted to talk. D.C. Charlie Stafford has an odd case on her hands. And it may be her toughest one yet. A burglar who isn't interested in valuables, the subject of Operation Greystream is a strange but smooth operator. In the dead of the night, gloved and masked, he visits the elderly. He doesn't hurt them and, if they beg, he won't take anything of real value. All he wants is conversation... and they're powerless to refuse him. But then 87-year-old Florence Briarly is found by her friend, cold to the touch and neatly, too neatly, tucked into bed. And Charlie realises this case has taken a sinister, urgent turn. Now this stealthy burglar has had a taste of murder, it's only a matter of time until he craves it again...
Daddys Girls is a rich yet simple family tale of love, madness and spirit told in the three first-person points of view of its three women. Overlapping vignettes create a vivid patchwork of lifes defining moments to reveal dark forces lurking beneath the familys typical middle-class veneer as they struggle to love one another. The story is fiction with a dash of magical realism, but the inspiration is autobiographical. Daddys Girls recently received a glowing review from Terry Mathews of Bookbrowser.com. She calls it A book that will speak to you on many levels...that can alter your perception of the world, broaden your horizons and urge you to think outside the box. The best book Ive read since Cunninghams THE HOURS. And Ruth Williams, author of Younger Than That Now says Daddys Girls is a luxuriant narrative, telling the stories of three complex women two sisters and their mother and how their lives are impacted by the mental illness of one. A fascinating and obviously well-informed look at heartbreaking realities. This is a book written from the heart.
After the death of his wife, Texas ranch hand JT Tucker took his three small daughters to California to start a new life. With almost no money, a will of iron, and hard work, he eventually built the biggest ranch in California. Caroline, the youngest, was overlooked by her father for her entire life and fled to become a wife, mother, and writer in Marin County. Gemma, his declared favorite, sought out Hollywood glamour and success and became a major television star. Kate, the eldest, stayed at home to do her father's bidding as a ranch hand, forsaking a family of her own. Upon JT's death their world is turned upside down, strengthening their relationships with one another and discovering who they are now as grown women.
Daddy's Girl looks critically at little girls as both the objects of and consumers of popular culture. Looking at examples ranging from the comic strip Little Orphan Annie in the 1920s to Minipops in the 1980s and Popskool in the 90s, as well as girls holding talent contests and watching TV at home, the author confronts the way in which they are simultaneously portrayed as innocent and erotic and asks what this means for the little working class girls who long to join the glamorous ranks of the famous.
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A young lady's relationship with her earthly father should be a natural reflection of her spiritual relationship with her Heavenly Father. Even when fact does not reflect truth, "We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28, KJV). This book looks to explore a natural father-daughter relationship and the working together of that relationship for the good of the spiritual father-daughter relationship. Our sincere prayer is that this book raises an awareness in girls that their Heavenly Father is calling for them, longing to show himself to them and develop an intimate father-daughter relationship with them.
Soulful Expressions from Black Daughters to Their Fathers
Author: Melda Beaty
Publisher: Souldictates Pub
Category: Literary Criticism
A diverse group of black women use poetry, prose, epistles, and journals to speak of feelings of love, pain, disappointment, fulfillment, betrayal, and confusion as they chronicle a journey of healing and redemptive love toward their fathers.
A killer is loose on the streets of Detroit; torturing and mutilating the innocents of Motor City. But are all of its occupants really that innocent? Detective Artie Franco and his team in the Major Case Unit have been assigned to investigate, stop and bring to justice this twilight menace. However the various methods of death that the killer implements, plus the unusual trophies taken from each of the bodies causes a turf war between the local cops and the F.B.I who want nothing more to seize the case and bask in its glory. The case teeters too close to home for Artie and he is temporarily relieved, the obnoxious Special Agent Parker calling the shots and setting out to find the profile perfect killer, ignoring the human puzzle that is the case. Unless a union between the F.B.I and Detroit Major Case Unit can be found, the killer will continue prowling the streets, upping its body count one gruesome murder at a time. Can Artie find common ground for his team and the feds? Can he solve the puzzle surrounding the killers trophy choice? Can he ultimately stop Detroits serial killer before his private life collides with his professional life?
Antidotes Parents can Provide for Body Dissatisfaction, Excessive Dieting, and Disordered Eating
Author: Carolyn Costin
Your Dieting Daughter is a must read for anyone wanting to help contribute to a young woman’s development of a healthy self and body esteem, whether she is 13 or 30. Costin has updated the first edition of this book to reflect her 15 additional years of expertise on dealing with the tricky issues of body image, food, and weight in a culture that places an unhealthy emphasis on being thin. From aiding a young girl to lose weight for health reasons; to encouraging a young woman to accept her natural body size; to helping detect, prevent, and understand eating disorders, this second edition is full of practical and invaluable information. Chapters guide parents in the Do’s and Don’ts that will help a daughter to accept, respect, and care for her body. Readers will learn the importance of setting a good example and the critical need to take the focus from numbers and measurements - such as scale weight, clothing size, miles run, or sit-ups accomplished - to important goals like health, body acceptance, and finding physical activity to enjoy. Whether you are interested in being a good role model for you daughter, helping girls and women who are currently suffering from an eating disorder or body image issues, or raising the next generation of girls to value the size of their heart over their body size, this is a book not to be missed.