From the author of the international bestseller, Hothouse Flower, Lucinda Riley's The Light Behind the Window is a breathtaking and intense story of love, war and, above all, forgiveness. The present: Emilie de la Martiniéres has always fought against her aristocratic background, but after the death of her glamorous, distant mother, she finds herself alone in the world and sole inheritor of her grand childhood home in the south of France. An old notebook of poems leads her in search of the mysterious and beautiful Sophia, whose tragic love affair changed the course of her family history. As Emilie unravels the story, she too embarks on her own journey of discovery, realizing that the château may provide clues to her own difficult past and finally unlock the future. The past: London 1943. A young office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is drafted into the SOE, arriving in occupied Paris during the climax of the conflict. Separated from her contact in her very first hours in France, she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family who are caught up in a deadly game of secrets and lies. Forced to surrender her identity and all ties to her homeland and her beloved husband, Constance finds herself drawn into a complex web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come. ** Note to readers: In the US, this book is published under the title The Lavender Garden. **
Brand new stories by: George Pelecanos, James Grady, Kenji Jasper, Jim Beane, Jabari Asim, Ruben Castaneda, James Patton, Norman Kelley, Jennifer Howard, Richard Currey, Lester Irby, and others. Mystery sensation Pelecanos pens the lead story and edits this groundbreaking collection of stories detailing the seedy underside of the nation's capital. This is not an anthology of ill-conceived and inauthentic political thrillers. Instead, in D.C. Noir, pimps, whores, gangsters, and con-men run rampant in zones of this city that most never hear about.
Roberto Marais is haunted by his past as an under-cover carabinieri. A time of cynicism and corruption, in the world he investigated, and in his own soul. A meeting with Emma—like Roberto ravaged by guilt—begins to revive him. When her teenage son asks Roberto to help him conquer his nightmares, Roberto at last achieves a true rebirth.
Only one thing stood out: Lexington Natalia Hunter was now an heiress, an heiress to a multi-million-dollar fortune, a mansion on the ocean, a yacht, a limousine—so much luxury, far past her most cherished daydream...She felt as if Christmas had come early this year, only no other Christmas could compare to this. It was her favorite holiday, all the rich colors and food and presents, especially from Aunt Cami. Now Aunt Cami had left her the greatest present she would ever receive: many millions of dollars to live the rest of her life in luxury. Lexi always knew she was meant for more than a mediocre job with a run-of-the-mill salary. Her life was supposed to be full of the finer things. When her Aunt Cami dies and leaves her fortune to Lexi, all of Lexi's hopes and dreams of a high class life become a reality. After buying everything she wants, Lexi becomes bored and soon finds herself partying hard with her new rich friends. Then tragedy strikes. Will her new friends help her pick up the pieces? Can she ever forgive herself for the tragedy that is all her fault? Will Lexi find a greater purpose for living in the lap of luxury and become The Prodigal Heiress?
Note to readers: In the UK, this book is published under the title The Light Behind the Window. An aristocratic French family, a legendary château, and buried secrets with the power to destroy two generations torn between duty and desire. La Côte d’Azur, 1998: In the sun-dappled south of France, Emilie de la Martinières, the last of her gilded line, inherits her childhood home, a magnificent château and vineyard. With the property comes a mountain of debt—and almost as many questions... Paris, 1944: A bright, young British office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is sent undercover to Paris to be part of Churchill’s Special Operations Executive during the climax of the Nazi occupation. Separated from her contacts in the Resistance, she soon stumbles into the heart of a prominent family who regularly entertain elite members of the German military even as they plot to liberate France. But in a city rife with collaborators and rebels, Constance’s most difficult decision may be determining whom to trust with her heart. As Emilie discovers what really happened to her family during the war and finds a connection to Constance much closer than she suspects, the château itself may provide the clues that unlock the mysteries of her past, present, and future. Here is a dazzling novel of intrigue and passion from one of the world’s most beloved storytellers.
Haunted by terrifying nightmares and a mysterious prophecy, a young man embarks on a 3,000-mile trek through the African bush. From Victoria Falls at night during a lunar rainbow to the great African savanna stampeding with wildebeest to the evocative Serengeti with Mt. Kilimanjaro rising with the dawn, The Light Behind Blue Circles captures some of Africa's most iconic scenery. This is a ghost story--it's about that rumble in your stomach when adrenaline surges. It's that feeling you get when you stand in the dark and hear an animal growling from only feet away, or sense there's someone else in a gloomy room. Although this fictional story has characters that are Maasai, it's not about their culture as much as a web that several Maasai and a Seer get drawn into, along with several travelers. Start reading, and you'll never look at Africa the same again.
Described as a "tragicomedy", this one-act play is set in a Florida bunkhouse for "permanent transients". The title may be translated as "The Gracious Lady", but the "characters include a kooky society gossip columnist, the frowsy crone who runs the place, a demented former Viennese vaudevillian, a Cocaloony bird (evidently a local name for a pelican) and a tomahawk-brandishing, war-whooping, blond-wigged Indian." -- adapted from publisher's website.
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Orphaned at a young age when his parents are killed in a car accident, Adam Swanson lived his life without questioning his surroundings or ever considering whether God actually existed, but after he gets a visit from the Arch Angel Gabriel, that all changes. Through a series of bizarre glimpses into the supernatural, he quickly begins to learn that there is indeed more to this life. When his grandfather dies and leaves Adam both his house and an unusually large amount of money, he finds a strange book that reveals an ancient family secret placing him directly in the middle of an age old plot to bring the anti-Christ into the world. As Adam struggles to figure out what his place is in the world, he learns that not only is there more going on in the supernatural realm than the could have ever imagined, there is also more going on in the natural realm than meets the eye. This fast paced thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat and questioning what is just beneath the surface.
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