In 1002, 15-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son.
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The year is 1546, and Suleiman the Magnificent, the powerful and feared sultan of the Ottoman Empire, issues an invitation to every king in Europe: You are invited to send your finest player to compete in a chess tournament to determine the champion of the known world. Thousands converge on Constantinople, including the English court's champion and his guide, the esteemed scholar Roger Ascham.
Orphaned when her father dies in the Civil War, Molly Petree is taken in by Uncle Junius on his Agate Hill plantation. But the terminally ill Junius is manipulated into marriage by his housekeeper, Selena, who inherits Agate Hill upon his death. Neglected and abused under Selena's watch, Molly escapes to a better life with help from her father's closest battlefield companion. But as she grows into a refined, educated woman, Molly remains haunted by tragedy.
Author Julie Cannon’s beloved Homegrown series has brought joy through good country living to countless readers. The third in the series, Those Pearly Gates looks in on Imogene Lavender and her family two years after the death of her husband and her marriage to the Rev. Lemuel Peddigrew. For Imogene and her daughter, Jeanette, life as pastors’ wives is proving more difficult than they first imagined. But a family emergency forces everyone to reevaluate relationships with each other and God.