Little Women itself “has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth.” Little Women has been read “as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well.” Alcott “combines many conventions of the sentimental novel with crucial ingredients of Romantic children's fiction, creating a new form of which Little Women is a unique model.”
"poorly edited recording"
How do Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet overcome the consequences of poor decisions made by their fathers when Darcy and Elizabeth were young? In A Father's Sins, Mr. George Darcy, father of an illegitimate child raised by his steward, Mr. Wickham, agreed with his wife, Anne, that the firstborn son of their marriage would be heir to Pemberley. However, Mr. Darcy loved his eldest son, George Wickham, and indulged him by bringing him to Pemberley to live after the death of his wife.
Herodotus wrote the first history book in the world. That is why he is sometimes called the "Father of History". He lived about 2500 years ago in the fifth century BC. He was born at a place called Halicarnassus in Asia Minor. The modern names for these places are Bodrum in Turkey. Herodotus was a keen traveler who went all over the ancient world and was interested in everything he saw and heard.
One of the most universally loved and admired English novels, Pride and Prejudice was penned as a popular entertainment. But the consummate artistry of Jane Austen (1775 -1817) transformed this effervescent tale of rural romance into a witty, shrewdly observed satire of English country life that is now regarded as one of the principal treasures of the English language.
Fitzwilliam Darcy needs a wife. Elizabeth Bennet needs a husband. What occurs when two strong-minded, kind-hearted strangers unite in this most sacred state? Will love grow? In this novel, Darcy and Elizabeth are faced with frustrations and blossoming feelings of tenderness. Our favorite couple finally reaches their happily ever after. Or, do they?
"Well written, but limited scope."
Elizabeth Bennet's girlish dreams of love and romance are shattered. Her father has decided she will be the one to secure her family's future through a marriage of convenience to his heir. Disappointment and sadness weigh on her soul when she travels with her aunt and uncle - a consolation before she submits to duty. When she sees the reflection of her heartbreak in the face of an unknown young lady, Elizabeth reaches out to the girl, extending a hopeful outlook she herself has been denied.
Every parent's worst nightmare: Seven-year-old Natalie Barrett is snatched while walking home from school on a Friday afternoon. The police begin a desperate hunt to find her before it is too late. They fear the worst when a body is located near a golf course. Sarah Jenson is Natalie's teacher. When one of the detectives on the case is suddenly killed, Sarah believes the events may be linked and begins to search for answers. With suspects stacking up, she is in a race against time to discover the perpetrator.
"I only listened to the first 15 minutes or so"
This novel is really something extraordinary. Allingham's characterization is faultless and her portrayal of a sociopathic serial killer is chilling in its intimate portrayal of him. We don't see very much of Campion in this book, but her other characters steal the show. There is the truly wonderful Polly and Annabelle and young Richard are wonderful, but her depiction of Gerry is remarkable. This audiobook is a gripping read and an Allingham tour de force.
"Same book, different title as Hide My Eyes."
This audiobook has nothing to do with killing yourself; it's about the reasons why you wouldn't. Why Don't You Kill Yourself is the title because most of us would never consider killing ourselves. The thought may have crossed our mind at some extremely difficult point in our life, but we didn't. We didn't do it then, and we wouldn't do it now. One of the reasons is because we have some things we would like to accomplish or create in this life. Even though every one of us has a reason, conscious or subconscious, we wouldn't consider killing ourselves.
Women of the Round Table centers on a group of friends who meet regularly around a kitchen table. Nothing is as it appears, and none of these women are ordinary. Each of these characters shares a common ground which gradually becomes invested with greater meaning ... bound together by generations of birth, death, and the miraculous ... a crystal has been handed down to a pair of sisters. It has power in it: each holder can make one wish.
Over the years, Gabriel Devalle has more than earned his reputation as one of "those devilish Devalles." No one is more surprised than Gabe, therefore, when a debutante tosses herself into his path, only to have her gown "accidentally" ripped by her mischievous and alluring sister, all in the name of causing a scandal. Or was it to prevent a scandal? Either way, the gown-ripping sister has certainly drawn his notice.
"Ridiculous waste of money"
Sarah Morton hopes discovering the truth about the 1859 shipwreck of the Royal Charter will silence the demons of her past. But, tormented by visions and threats on her life, Sarah fears the ship may claim her as its final victim. Set along the dramatic and dangerous Anglesey coastline, The Charter is a story of greed and forgiveness - when the treasures of the past evoke the crimes of today.
"A True Treasure Hunt Mystery!"
For two millennia descendants of a small sect of Anglesey Druids have protected their blood lineage and mysterious secrets from the world. Until members of this secret society are murdered one by one. Detective Sergeants Gareth Parry and Chris Coleman, along with new girl DC Megan Jones, must stop this killer at all costs. What they discover will shock the whole police team and leave consequences that have an impact like no crime in the history of the force.
Charming and Just a Bit Disarming is a collection of three novellas. Each of these novellas was previously featured in other anthologies. This collection includes: "An Unintended Journey," (originally featured in A Summons from the Castle), "Flight of Fancy," (originally featured in The Betting Season), and "To Enchant an Icy Earl," (originally featured in A Season to Remember.)
In 1968, a naive 19 year old Midwestern girl marries an older Pakistani man and moves to Lahore where she lives as a Muslim wife for almost two years. She did not realize that her new husband married her to gain American citizenship and return to the United States. Her life in Pakistan is adventure-filled: shopping bazaars, dancing girls, an Islamic red light district, historical Moghul architecture, and social turmoil.
"Interesting story, distracting narration"
Helen West is coming to terms with her husband's death and trying to cope with her six-year-old son's grief. Jake suffers from nightmares, and visions of what he calls his 'other' life. He talks about a boy called Jacob and a place known only as 'the island'. Helen's journey to find the source of Jake's torment leads them to North Wales, where the university town of Bangor is in lockdown following a series of student abductions.
When Tim Herring's family moves to the village of Lushbury near Stonehenge, strange things begin to happen...Who is the mysterious girl hiding in Tim's garden? Why do the birds of Lushbury only fly in straight lines, and why do the church bells toll when the building has lain derelict for years? Tim's questions are soon answered as the children are pitched into a desperate race to protect an ancient secret buried beneath the Standing Stones - but can they really hope to win against such a terrifying enemy?
"Not a bad read, good for young adults"
It is Thursday, 16th October 1834. Thousands of spectators are on the streets of London. Balconies are crammed with people eager to see the astounding spectacle of the Houses of Parliament being consumed by fire. The eminent architect Charles Barry returns to London aboard a packed stagecoach determined to win the commission to rebuild Parliament. To do so he exploits a brilliant young designer, Augustus Pugin, and his genius for Gothic design. Pugin has a vision to transform society through his Gothic architecture
Have a dream of being an author? Frustrated with banging your head against the publishing wall? (Let's face it...why else would you be reading this?) Don't worry. You are by no means alone! Success in publishing is equal parts skill, determination, knowledge, and pure, dumb luck. If you have the drive, and you have the skill, but you're missing that little bit of insight into the industry, this book might just be the edge you're looking for. (For the luck...you're on your own.)
“You are my heiress now.” Malaxia, the most formidable witch on earth, chooses young Liana as her successor. But does Liana want to be the most powerful and destructive witch in the world? Liana gets help from a most unlikely source: Jettaret, vicomte, crusader, murderer, lost soul.