The year is 1859 and Hero Hollis, beautiful and headstrong niece of the American consul, arrives in Zanzibar. It is an earthly paradise; it is also the last outpost of the Slave Trade. A passionate opponent of slavery, Hero is swept into a turmoil of royal intrigue, abduction, piracy, smuggling, and a virulent cholera epidemic. There in Zanzibar, the most cruelly beautiful island of the Southern Seas, she must choose her love and unravel her destiny.
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Paisley is ready to go: graduation, summer, and then she’s off to college. That is, until the mysterious new stranger in town named Beacon stops her dead in her tracks. Beacon blows her mind and it isn’t long before he’s got her blowing off her plans, too. But when catastrophe strikes - twice - can she defend her beautiful man against the people who want him gone? Or is Beacon really the bad boy that everybody warned her about?
In Victorian times, an unmarried woman of good breeding didn't have much choice of vocation. Agnes Grey, a single woman, becomes a governess because it is one of the few respectable occupations open to her. Ill treated by her employers, she finds that the only person who treats her well is the curate, Mr. Weston.