St. Petersburg, 1911: Inna Feldman has fled the pogroms to take refuge with relatives in Russia’s capital city. Welcomed into the flamboyant Leman family, she is apprenticed into their violin-making workshop. But revolution is in the air and, as society begins to fracture, she is forced to choose between her heart and her head. She loves her brooding cousin, Yasha, but he is wild and destructive; Horace Wallich, the Englishman who works for Fabergé, is older and promises security and respectability.
Of all the women he had ever known she was the most ethereal. Loving her was like swathing oneself with a long scarf of spirit.'Harriet Hume, musical, mystical and whimsical, is the very essence of femininity- both princess and trollop. Her beautiful room in a dilapidated Kensington House is the setting for this love story, she herself an extension of the beauty which surrounds her.
On a delayed train, deep in the English countryside, two strangers meet. It is 1942, and they are both men of fighting age, though neither is in uniform. As strangers do in these days of war, they pass the time by sharing their stories. But walls have ears, and careless talk costs lives.... At Bletchley Park, Honey Deschamps spends her days at a Typex machine in Hut 6, transcribing decrypted signals from the German army. One winter's night, as she walks home in the blackout, she meets a stranger in the shadows.
When Alexandra discovers that her husband, Philippe, is having an affair, she can't believe he'd risk losing the love that has transformed both their lives. Still in shock, Alexandra finds herself powerfully attracted to a much younger man. Jean-Luc Malavoine is 23, intense and magnetic. He's also the son of Philippe's best friend. With every increasingly passionate liaison, Alexandra is pulled deeper into a situation that threatens everyone she holds dear.
It is 1941. While the 'war of chaos' rages in the skies above London, an unending fight against violence, murder and the criminal underworld continues on the streets below. One ordinary day, in an ordinary courtroom, forensic pathologist Dr Keith Simpson asks a keen young journalist to be his secretary. Although the 'horrors of secretarial work' don't appeal to Molly Lefebure, she's intrigued to find out exactly what goes on behind a mortuary door.
It's 1527 and Hans Holbein is welcomed as a guest at the splendid Chelsea home of Sir Thomas More to paint the family portrait. Unknown to them, it is the dawn of a tumultuous time in English history, affecting the family as well as Tudor society. Meg Griggs, a foster daughter of More, attracts the attention of two people, one of them being Holbein. She marries one - but loves the other.
"Fascinating and complex"
The glittering fortunes of the Massot family, vastly wealthy owners of one of the last great aristocratic jewellery firms in Paris, were plunged into confusion seven years ago by the disappearance of Pierre Massot, the family's charismatic head. Now, his beautiful young wife, Sophie, has decided that the family and the firm must move on to survive. But some people have other ideas. A trail of scandal is waiting to be uncovered, one that could rip the Massots' carefully constructed world to shreds.
The suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch, but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cutthroat world of newspapers is hard enough. Sent to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond, Frankie finds herself fascinated by the tightly laced acrobat and follows her across London to a Mayfair corset shop that hides more than one dark secret.
Will Shakespeare is about to meet the girl who will change his life forever. After a mixed-up courtship with the Hathaway sisters ends badly, Will jumps at the chance to go to London, where he can pursue his dream of becoming an actor. There, Will meets the unusually tall (and strong) Meg who has earned the nickname "Long Meg" for her height. She's also fleeing her own past as an orphan turned thief. Disguised as "Mack", Meg was once a member of a band of boy thieves who betrayed her.
Fourteenth century England.The country is in turmoil.The King is in debt to the City,and the old order had broken down.The King's mistress,Alice Perrers,becomes the virtual ruler of the country. Dislaked and despised by the Black Prince, her strong connections to the merchants make her a natural ally for the King's ambitious second son,John of Gaunt. Together, they create a powerfull position for one of his henchmen, Geoffrey Chaucer.
Catherine de Valois, daughter of the French king, is brought up in the unstable environment of the royal court, where her only friend is the poet Christine de Pizana. Married to Henry V as part of a treaty, she is terrified at the idea of being married to a man who is a foreigner - an enemy and a rough soldier. Within two years she is widowed, and mother of the future king of England and France.
When Polly Evans set off on a journey round Spain by bicycle, she found more adventures than she had bargained for: She survived a nail biting encounter with a sprightly pig, escaped over-zealous suitors, had her morality questioned by locals and indulged in her love of regional cooking. While she pedalled, Polly pondered some of the more lurid details of Spanish history - the king who collected pickled heads and the unfortunate duchess who lost her feet.
The first five stories in this collection are stories from Ireland, exploring the dark history of the country and the dogged optimism of its people. The following four tales are of the uncanny - striking studies of witchcraft and black magic, evoking a strange haunting atmosphere illustrating the power of evil and its effect on the imagination.
Jane Seymour is a shy, dutiful 15-year-old when her eldest brother, Edward, brings his bride home to Wolf Hall. Katherine Filliol is the perfect match for Edward, as well as being a breath of fresh air for the Seymour family, and Jane is captivated by the older girl. Over the course of a long, hot country summer, the two become close friends and allies, while Edward is busy building alliances at court and advancing his career. However, only two years later, the family is torn apart by a dreadful allegation made by Edward against his wife.
Ivy is a determined young faery, living in an abandoned tin mine with her clan. In a cruel twist of fate she was born without wings, and she longs to fly like the others.
When she meets an enigmatic stranger, he seems to offer an answer. But there is more to him than meets the eye - and there are more secrets in Ivy’s world than she ever realised....
Rhosmari trembled as the Empress walked over to her.‘Oh, do not struggle. There is nowhere for you to escape,’ the Empress said, her voice silken and sweet.Then she unsheathed a small dagger from her waist.‘This will only hurt a little ...’ Rhosmari has lived her whole life on a sheltered chain of faery islands. But with the Empress’s power growing, and her desire to enslave the entire faery race becoming a reality, Rhosmari knows she must fight back ...
Three fabulously funny and entertaining stories about, ‘Agent Amelia’, and how she goes about saving the world all by herself – thwarting a string of criminal masterminds in the process! Includes The Case of the Ghost Diamond, The Case of the Cat-Nappers, and The Case of the Whispering Weeds.
Rain designs exquisite stained glass windows.But the law is clear-girls cannot be part of the glassmakers' guild.Leaving home, she travels to Magharna.When Peri witnesses Rain's capture by a gang of bandits,his fate and heart become tied to hers.They escape the outlaws,but Peri's family of falconers and untouchables,scorned by all.Can Rain and Peri's love survive the prejudices against them?And with the country on the brink of disaster will they be able to stop their world from smashing apart?
Rain designs exquisite stained-glass windows. But the law is clear: girls cannot be part of the glassmakers' guild. Leaving home, she travels to Magharna. When Peri witnesses Rain's capture by a gang of bandits, his fate and heart become tied to hers. They escape the outlaws, but Peri's family of falconers and untouchables is scorned by all. Can Rain and Peri's love survive the prejudices against them?
When beautiful debutante Cathryn Brocklehurst meets dashing aristocrat Nicolas Abingdon, it is love at first sight, even though he is some 20 years older than her. Cathryn’s parents are vehemently against the match, for Nicholas has been married before. The besotted couple defy parental opposition and society’s disapproving whispers to wed, but their happiness is short-lived.
"Enjoyable and Easy Listen"