The Sugar Planter's Daughter

A beautiful heartbreaking novel of love, loss and hidden tragedy

Author: Sharon Maas

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1786810336

Category: Fiction

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A breathtaking and unforgettable story of a woman torn between her family and the man she loves. 1912, British Guiana, South America: Winnie Cox is about to marry George Quint, the love of her life. Born into a life of luxury and privilege on her father's sugar plantation, Winnie has turned against her family by choosing to be with George, a poor black postman from the slums. Winnie may be living in poverty, but she's got what sister Johanna doesn't have: a loving husband and a beautiful family. And despite Johanna running her family's sugar plantation, Winnie will always be their mother's favourite daughter, a bitter pill for Johanna to swallow. Then Winnie's son falls ill and she must travel to Venezuela desperate for a cure. With her sister away, Johanna finds herself increasingly drawn to George. But he only has eyes for Winnie. Johanna, stung by the rejection and the fragile state of her own marriage, is out for revenge, no matter how devastating the consequences. A compelling and evocative story of betrayal, temptation and buried secrets that will captivate fans of Dinah Jefferies and Kate Furnivall. What readers are saying about Sharon Maas: 'A beautifully written story of love against all the odds.' Portobello Book Blog 'A wonderful and heartrending book' Sean's Book Reviews 'A beautiful mesmerising work ... I was completely transported' Krafti Reader 'A terrific writer' Barbara Erskine 'A page-turning story, full of humanity, crossing cultures and continents, reminiscent of Andrea Levy.' Katie Fforde 'A beautiful story about tragic love and ultimately about forgiveness with powerful messages about love, life and learning to let things go in order to be happy.' Life With Joy 'Rich in detail and emotion and has the most beautiful and real description of loss I have ever read.' Shaz's Book Blog

The Secret Life of Winnie Cox

Slavery, forbidden love and tragedy - spellbinding historical fiction

Author: Sharon Maas

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1910751502

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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‘This is a beautiful, mesmerising work of fiction that makes you think about the past and the history of slavery… Sharon Maas is an author to look out for with regards to historical, romantic fiction.’ Krafti Reader 1910, Guyana. A time of racial tension and poverty. A time where forbidden love must remain a secret. Winnie Cox lives a privileged life of dances and dresses on her father’s sugar cane plantation. Life is sweet in the kingdom of sugar and Winnie along with her sister Johanna, have neither worries nor responsibilities, they are birds of paradise, protected from the poverty in the world around them. But everything can change in a heartbeat… When Winnie falls in love with George Quint, the post-office boy, a ‘darkie’ from the other side, she soon finds herself slipping into a double life. And as she withdraws from her family, she discovers a shocking secret about those whom are closest to her. Now, more than ever, Winnie is determined to prove her love for George, whatever price she must pay and however tragic the consequences might be. A breath-taking love story of two people fighting to be together, in a world determined to break them apart. ‘I absolutely love Sharon Maas writing style- you can just picture the setting and the relationships between the characters in such a vivid world.’Bookworms and Shutterbugs 'Superb book about love in a different age against all the odds. Brilliant.' Baatty about Books 'Intriguing and compelling ...a page-turner that had me drawn into a previously unexplored world. An emotional drama' Natalie-Meg Evans ‘This rich story grabbed me from the start! It is powerful, fulfilling, thought-provoking and a whole lot more. Definitely a must read! Totally engrossing!’ Great Historical Fiction Review Blog 'A beautifully written book - one which transports you to the place it is set in. The plot, the twist, the setting, everything was perfect.' Any Excuse to Read ‘I hope many people will pick up this book and see just what magnificent writing and storytelling abilities Sharon has. Right from the outset the writing in this book is beyond beautiful and resonates such a chord. A deeply satisfying read of love, loss and determination.’ Shaz’s Book Blog ‘A beautifully written story of love against all the odds.’ Portobello Book Blog 'A beautifully written story of forbidden love...I fell in love with Winnie ... the book is written with sensitivity and heart-aching honesty' The Bookshelf Blog Acclaim for Sharon Maas: ’A terrific writer.’ Barbara Erskine 'A page-turning story, full of humanity, crossing cultures and continents, reminiscent of Andrea Levy.’ Katie Fforde 'Beautifully and cleverly written. A wondrous, spellbinding story which grips you from the first to the last page… I can't recall when I last enjoyed a book so much.' Lesley Pearse ‘An authentic reflection of a world full of sadness, joy and surprise.' The Observer ‘A beautiful story about tragic love and ultimately about forgiveness… with powerful messages about love, life and learning to let things go in order to be happy.’ Life With Joy ‘Rich in detail and emotion and has the most beautiful and real description of loss I have ever read.’ Shaz’s Book blog

Of Marriageable Age

Author: Sharon Maas

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1909490237

Category: Fiction

Page: 796

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The Lost Daughter of India

A heartbreaking novel of tragedy and secrets that will have you hooked

Author: Sharon Maas

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1786811189

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q

An epic page-turning family saga

Author: Sharon Maas

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1909490598

Category: Fiction

Page: 660

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'A page-turning story, full of humanity, crossing cultures and continents, reminiscent of Andrea Levy.’Katie Fforde Thirty years of family secrets. Three generations of women. One family heirloom that could change everything. When she ran away from her childhood home in Guyana, Rika swore that she would never return. Cut off from her family, she has fought hard to make a life for herself and daughter, Inky, in London. Now, over thirty years later, Rika’s cantankerous, wheelchair-bound mother, Dorothea, arrives in London. But as old wounds re-open, Dorothea and Rika are further apart than ever. Inky soon learns that her grandmother is sitting on a small fortune. As she uncovers the secrets of the past one by one, she unravels the tragedy that tore her mother and grandmother apart. But nothing can prepare her, or Rika, for Dorothea’s final, unexpected revelation. An epic, mesmerizing tale of tragic loss, the strength of words left unspoken, and the redeeming power of love. ‘A beautiful story about tragic love and ultimately about forgiveness…with powerful messages about love, life and learning to let things go in order to be happy.’ Life With Joy ‘Rich in detail and emotion and has the most beautiful and real description of loss I have ever read.’ Shaz’s Book blog ‘Wow what a very touching story that was filled with super characters and important real-life issues…’ AJ Book Review Club ‘If you are fond of family dramas that span generations, continents, and cultures, you will find this to be a worthwhile read. I found the shift in attitudes toward gender and ethnicity across generations and cultures to be particularly interesting.’ Jane Tursel ’A terrific writer.’ Barbara Erskine

A Daughter's Courage

An utterly heartbreaking novel of family secrets, tragedy and love

Author: Renita D'Silva

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1786811774

Category: Fiction

Page: 446

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Beneath a Burning Sky

A thrilling mystery. An epic love story.

Author: Jenny Ashcroft

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: 0751565059

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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***THE KINDLE BESTSELLER*** 'Exotic and mysterious - I was gripped by this complex tale' Dinah Jefferies 'Beautifully described . . . A moving love story' Tracy Rees 'Emotional, evocative and enthralling.' Kate Furnivall Beneath a Burning Sky is a beautiful and gripping story of love, betrayal and mystery, set against the heat and intrigue of colonial Alexandria. Perfect for fans of Victoria Hislop, Lucinda Riley and Kate Furnivall. ********************** The shores of Alexandria, 1891 Olivia Sheldon has travelled across the world to marry a man she does not love. Reluctant to leave England but coerced into the marriage, Olivia's reward is being reunited with her estranged sister, Clara. Her punishment is falling impossibly and illicitly in love with the enigmatic Captain Edward Bertram. Then one scorching day Clara is abducted from Alexandria's busiest street. Desperate to find her sister - and the truth about her disappearance - Olivia becomes embroiled in Egypt's shadowy underworld, risking both her life and future with Edward. Because, determined as Olivia is to find Clara, there are others who will stop at nothing to conceal what's become of her . . . Praise for Jenny Ashcroft: 'Evocative, absorbing, fascinating . . . A rich and satisfying read' Gill Paul 'A summer must-read' Red 'Completely entrancing . . . Perfect escapism, beautifully written.' Emma Rous 'It's impossible to put this book down.' Kate Riordan 'Brilliant; everything romantic historical fiction should be' Nicola Cornick 'The writing is beautiful and the setting absolutely glorious . . . lovely, lush and poignant' Nikola Scott 'Absolutely brilliant' Kerry Fisher 'First-class writing, brilliant characters, fascinating locations and gripping plots' Tracy Buchanan 'Exquisitely written . . . unputdownable and unforgettable' Iona Grey 'A wonderful novel, full of mystery that kept me gripped until the end' Rachel Burton

The Orphan of India

A Heartbreaking and Gripping Story of Love, Loss and Hope

Author: Sharon Maas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781786811875

Category: Child musicians

Page: 364

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Living on the streets of Bombay, Jyothi has no-one to turn to after her mother is involved in a tragic accident. Monika and Jack Kingsley are desperate for a child of their own. On a trip to India, they fall in love with Jyothi and decide to adopt the orphan child. The new family return to England, but Jyothi finds it difficult to adapt. As Monika and Jack's relationship fractures, Jyothi is more alone than ever and music becomes her solace. But even when her extraordinary musical talent transforms into a promising career, Jyothi still doesn't feel like she belongs. Then a turbulent love affair causes her to question everything. And Jyothi realises that before she can embrace her future, she must confront her past ...

Beneath an Indian Sky

A heartbreaking historical novel of family secrets, betrayal and love

Author: Renita D'Silva

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1786813092

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Island in the East

Two great loves. One shattering betrayal. A war that changes everything.

Author: Jenny Ashcroft

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: 0751565075

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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'Beautifully written and impressively researched, Island in the East is a stunner. Emotional, evocative and enthralling.' Kate Furnivall 'Evocative, absorbing. . . A rich and satisfying read' Gill Paul 'Historical fiction at its atmospheric best' Red 'A moving, stirring love story, and so richly atmospheric. I could practically feel the sweat prickling on my skin' Rachel Rhys With a sizzling love affair playing out against sisterly rivalry and epic family drama, Island in the East is the perfect read for fans of Victoria Hislop, Dinah Jefferies and Tracy Rees. ************** Two great loves. One shattering betrayal. A war that changes everything. Singapore, 1897 Harriet and Mae Grafton are twenty-year-old identical twins born from a scandalous affair. They grew up in India slighted by gossip and ostracised from polite society. They had each other and that was enough. But when their wealthy benefactor sends them to Singapore, they meet the mysterious Alex Blake and their relationship fractures with devastating consequences. 1941 Ivy Harcourt is posted to wartime Singapore amid the looming threat of Japanese invasion. Ivy knows the island will be a far cry from war-torn London, but she is totally unprepared for what awaits her: strangers from her grandmother Mae's past, an unstoppable love affair and a shattering secret that's been waiting to be uncovered . . . Vivid, authentic and utterly beautiful, Island in the East is evocative, atmospheric and romantic historical fiction at its very best. Praise for Jenny Ashcroft: 'Exotic and mysterious - I was gripped by this complex tale' Dinah Jefferies 'Beautifully described . . . A moving love story' Tracy Rees 'It's impossible to put this book down.' Kate Riordan 'A great read.' Judith Lennox 'A summer must-read' Red 'Brilliant; everything romantic historical fiction should be.' Nicola Cornick 'Absolutely brilliant' Kerry Fisher 'Completely entrancing . . . Perfect escapism, beautifully written.' Emma Rous 'Evocative, lush and beautifully written, Island in the East is a gripping read.' Nikola Scott 'First-class writing, brilliant characters, fascinating locations and gripping plots' Tracy Buchanan 'Exquisitely written . . . unputdownable and unforgettable' Iona Grey 'A wonderful novel, full of mystery that kept me gripped until the end' Rachel Burton

The Bending Cross

A Biography of Eugene Victor Debs

Author: Ray Ginger,Mike Davis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781931859400

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 516

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This moving biography presents the definitive story of the life of and legacy of the most eloquent spokesperson and leader of the US labour and socialist movements. Eugene Debs was a railway organiser and socialist. He ran for president five times, once from prison. With a new introduction by Mike Davis.

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew

From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England

Author: Daniel Pool

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 143914480X

Category: Education

Page: 416

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A “delightful reader’s companion” (The New York Times) to the great nineteenth-century British novels of Austen, Dickens, Trollope, the Brontës, and more, this lively guide clarifies the sometimes bizarre maze of rules and customs that governed life in Victorian England. For anyone who has ever wondered whether a duke outranked an earl, when to yell “Tally Ho!” at a fox hunt, or how one landed in “debtor’s prison,” this book serves as an indispensable historical and literary resource. Author Daniel Pool provides countless intriguing details (did you know that the “plums” in Christmas plum pudding were actually raisins?) on the Church of England, sex, Parliament, dinner parties, country house visiting, and a host of other aspects of nineteenth-century English life—both “upstairs” and “downstairs. An illuminating glossary gives at a glance the meaning and significance of terms ranging from “ague” to “wainscoting,” the specifics of the currency system, and a lively host of other details and curiosities of the day.

The Speech of Angels

Author: Sharon Maas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780007123858

Category: Child musicians

Page: 422

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Jyothi is growing up on the streets of Bombay when she is rescued by an affluent Western couple, their contribution to the starving of India. But she soon finds adapting to the orderly, middle-class English way of life, to school, and to rules and regulations hard.

Peacocks Dancing

Author: Sharon Maas

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007118473

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Another magical saga by the author of Of Marriageable Age. How many of us think as adults we've lost the vitality of childhood? And how many manage to find it again? This is Rita Maraj's dilemma. Living in a ramshackle house in Georgetown, leader of the local neighbourhood gang, Rita collects people like she does dogs, cats, ants, and even an unwanted police horse. But then her father remarries: her stepmother is determined to tidy up house, husband and stepdaughter, and move into respectable society. Rita's charm and liveliness become compressed by the pressure to conform, and the duty to find a suitable husband. But then a messenger arrives, searching for a possible heir to the distant family estates. Suddenly liberated, and determined to search for her roots, Rita's sense of adventure is reawakened first by the formidable personage of her distant relative, but even more by the tragedies of her long lost, romantic cousin. Her early life -- saving half the wildlife of her neighbourhood -- is only preparation for the destiny that awaits her. Dramatic and vivid, moving and exotic, Peacocks Dancing is a captivating story, a joy to read.

An Old English Home and its Dependencies

Author: Sabine Baring-Gould

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465608532

Category:

Page: N.A

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There lives in my neighbourhood a venerable dame, in an old bacon box in a fallen cottage, whose condition will be best understood by the annexed illustration. Fifteen years ago the house was in habitable condition, that is to say to such as are not particular. It was true that the thatched roof had given way in places; but the proprietress obtained shelter for her head by stuffing up the chimney of the bedroom fireplace with a sack filled with chaff, and pushing her bed to the hearth and sleeping with her head under the sack. But access to this bedroom became difficult, as the stairs, exposed to rain, rotted, and she was compelled to ascend and descend by an improvised ladder. After a while the ladder collapsed. Then the old lady descended for good and all, and took up her abode on the ground floor—kitchen, and parlour, and dining-room, and bedroom all in one. "And terr'ble warm and comfortable it be," said she, when the roof fell in bodily, and covered the floor overhead. But when the walls were exposed, rain and frost told on them, and also on the beam ends sustaining the floor, and the next stage was that one side of the floor gave way wholly. "Tes best as it be," said the old woman; "now the rain runs off more suant." But in falling the floor blocked the fireplace and the doorway. The consequences are—now we come to the present condition of affairs—that the old lady has had to do without a fire for certainly three winters, amongst others that bitter one of 1893-4, and her only means of egress and ingress is through the window. Of that not one half of the panes are whole; the gaps are stopped with rags.

The Orchestration of the Arts — A Creative Symbiosis of Existential Powers

The Vibrating Interplay of Sound, Color, Image, Gesture, Movement, Rhythm, Fragrance, Word, Touch

Author: M. Kronegger

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401734119

Category: Philosophy

Page: 476

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Regardless of the subject matter, our studies are always searching for a sense of the universal in the specific. Drawing, etchings and paintings are a way of communicating ideas and emotions. The key word here is to communicate. Whether the audience sees the work as laborious or poetic depends on the creative genius of the artist. Some painters use the play of light passing through a landscape or washing over a figure to create an evocative moment that will be both timeless and transitory. The essential role of art remains what is has always been, a way of human expression. This is the role that our participants concentrate on as they discuss art as the expression of the spirit, a creative act through which the artist makes manifest what is within him. Spirit suggests the unity of feeling and thought. Avoiding broad generalities, our participants address specific areas in orchestration with music, architecture, literature and phenomenology. Profs. Souiller, Scholz, Etlin, Sweetser, Josephs show us at what point art is an intimate, profound expression and the magic of a civilization as a whole, springing from its evolving thoughts and embodying ideals, such as the Renaissance, the Baroque, Modernism and at what point it reflects the trans formation of a particular society and its mode of life.

The Kaiser's daughter

Author: Viktoria Luise (Herzogin zu Braunschweig und Lüneburg)

Publisher: W.H. Allen

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 276

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