Then, as simply and as spontaneously as the adventure began, it ends. A lighthearted and funny parable about escaping the past to find the future, French Leave is a tribute to sibling relationships, local Loire wines, and the art of being together. For a few hours, and work, spouses, and lose themselves in a day of laughter, they forget about kids, teasing, and memories.
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The English Wife: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - Yes, there are rumors that she's having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. Bay's sister, janie, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, that it must be a third party, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel.
From new york times bestselling author, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, Lauren Willig, and even murder. Annabelle and bayard van duyvil live a charmed life in new york: he's the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, they had a whirlwind romance in London, and he's recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria.
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And though oscar tries to please his new wife, the secrets of the past sit uncomfortably between them. Meanwhile, for nan ogden, oscar’s housekeeper, Catherine’s sudden arrival has come as a great shock. In desperation, she agrees to marry him, but when Catherine travels to Oscar’s farm on Galveston Island, Texasa thousand miles from homeshe finds she is little prepared for the life that awaits her.
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Has shades of willa Cather, Sinclair Lewis, and Conrad Richter.
Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden SamovarFelony & Mayhem Press #ad - Her skills, and her passionate loyalty make shona the perfect recruit for a new and interesting project: Time-travel to Tzarist Russia, her deceptively mild appearance, prevent a gross miscarriage of romance, and – in any spare time – see to it that only the right people get murdered. It’s a big job, but no task is too daunting for a Head Girl from Miss Blaine’s.
Never underestimate a librarian. Comfortably padded and in her middle years, shona McMonagle may look bookish and harmless, but her education at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls has left her with a deadly expertise in everything from martial arts to quantum physics. It has also left her with a bone-deep loathing for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, that scurrilous novel that spread scandalous untruths about the finest educational institution in Edinburgh.
The Italian Party: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - But the secrets they are keeping from each other force them beneath the splendid surface to a more complex view of ltaly, America and each other. One of the wall street journal's "six more books to read this winter" • "required reading, " the new york post • Library Journal's "Spring/Summer Bests" of 2018 • A Sonoma Index-Tribune Bestseller • One of CrimeReads' "Debuts to Discover Spring 2018""Deeply funny.
The new york times book review podcast "A sweltering thriller set against the backdrop of what is probably your dream getaway destination: Tuscany. Bustle "tremendous fun! wives with big secrets, husbands with bigger ones, swirling around a 1950s Siena teeming with seduction and spycraft. Chris pavone, obsessed with modern convenience and progress, new york times bestselling author of the travelers "Seeing the "antiquated" culture of postwar/Cold War Italy through the eyes of Americans, sort of mirrors my Italy to America transition in a fun way—plus there are spies! Affairs! and lot of food!!" —Giada De Laurentiis"Imagine Beautiful Ruins plus horses; Toujours Provence with spies, a mystery and sex.
Michael’s dedication to saving the world from communism crumbles as he begins to see that he is a pawn in a much different game. When scottie’s italian teacher—a teenager with secrets of his own—disappears, her search for him leads her to discover other, darker truths about herself, her husband and her country.
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Conan o'brien newly married, Scottie and Michael are seduced by Tuscany's famous beauty.
American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo VanderbiltWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - Bullied into the wedding by her indomitable mother, Alva, Consuelo loves another. At blenheim palace, including producing an “heir and a spare, Consuelo is confronted with an overwhelming list of duties, ” but her relationship with the duke quickly disintegrates. But a deal was made, and consuelo, trading some of the vast Vanderbilt wealth for a title and prestige, bred to obey, realizes she must make the best of things.
. Massive crowds surge forward, awaiting their glimpse of heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. Just 18, but in tears, the beautiful bride has not only arrived late, yet her marriage to the aloof Duke of Marlborough proceeds. Consuelo finds an inner strength, charming everyone from debutantes to diplomats including Winston Churchill, as she fights for women’s suffrage.
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Perfect for readers of Jennifer Robson and lovers of Downton Abbey. Karen harper tells the tale of consuelo vanderbilt, her “The Wedding of the Century” to the Duke of Marlborough, and her quest to find meaning behind “the glitter and the gold. On a cold november day in 1895, a carriage approaches St Thomas Episcopal Church on New York City’s Fifth Avenue.
The Cracks in Our ArmorEuropa Editions #ad - By the international bestselling author of Billie: These seven short stories exploring modern French life are “a raw and tender ode to the human spirit” Booklist. Critically acclaimed and beloved across Europe, Anna Gavalda’s bestselling novels have been translated into numerous languages. These tales illustrate the importance of moving beyond the wounds of the past to embrace love, forgiveness, friendship, and family.
In this collection of short stories, all written in the first person, Gavalda has crafted intimate and inspiring portraits of people who confront their vulnerabilities and admit their weaknesses. From the trucker who puts his dog to sleep following the death of his son to the alcoholic widow who befriends a mysterious stranger, readers will meet expertly drawn characters in these seven stories of suffering and salvation.
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Dear Mrs. Bird: A NovelScribner #ad - Fans of jojo moyes will enjoy aj pearce’s debut, the kindness of strangers, with its plucky female characters and fresh portrait of women’s lives in wartime Britain” Library Journal—a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times. This charming, irresistible debut novel set in london during world war ii about a young woman who longs to be a war correspondent and inadvertently becomes a secret advice columnist is “a jaunty, heartbreaking winner” People—for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Lilac Girls.
Emmy dreams of becoming a lady war correspondent, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance; but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, renowned advice columnist of Woman’s Friend magazine.
Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel #ad - Emmeline lake and her best friend Bunty are doing their bit for the war effort and trying to stay cheerful, despite the German planes making their nightly raids. But as emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who many have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she begins to secretly write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.
Headlined by its winning lead character, who always keeps carrying on, Pearce's novel is a delight” Publishers Weekly. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. Irrepressibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs. Bird is “funny and poignant…about the strength of women and the importance of friendship” Star Tribune, Minneapolis.
City of Flickering LightGallery Books #ad - What begins as a quest for fame and fortune soon becomes a collective search for love, acceptance, and fulfillment as they navigate the backlots and stage sets where the illusions of the silver screen are brought to life. When her friends, leap after her, fellow dancer Millie Martin and comedian Henry Weiss, the trio finds their way to the bright lights of Hollywood with hopes of making it big in the burgeoning silent film industry.
With her “trademark wit and grace” randy susan meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters, Juliette Fay crafts another radiant and fascinating historical novel as thrilling as the bygone era of Hollywood itself. It’s july 1921, “flickers” are all the rage, and Irene Van Beck has just declared her own independence by jumping off a moving train to escape her fate in a traveling burlesque show.
. At first glance, scandalous, hollywood in the 1920s is like no other place on earth—iridescent, and utterly exhilarating—and the three friends yearn for a life they could only have dreamed of before. Juliette fay—“one of the best authors of women’s fiction” library journal—transports us back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and the raucous Roaring Twenties, as three friends struggle to earn their places among the stars of the silent screen—perfect for fans of La La Land and Rules of Civility.
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The Silent Companions: A NovelPenguin Books #ad - When elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. The residents of the estate are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition—that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her. A victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, The Silent Companions is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect—much like the companions themselves.
An extraordinary, memorable and truly haunting book. Jojo moyes, #1 new york times bestselling authorLaura Purcell's The Poison Thread is now out from Penguin!Some doors are locked for a reason. But pregnant and widowed just weeks after their wedding, with her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her late husband’s awkward cousin for company.
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Life, Only BetterEuropa Editions #ad - One day she loses her bag in a café—a bag that happens to contain ten thousand Euros. When an unknown man returns it to her a week later, Mathilde becomes obsessed with the mysterious encounter. Two lost young parisians discover new paths for their lives in this charming pair of novellas by the international-bestselling author of Billie.
Twenty-four-year-old mathilde has abandoned her studies in art history for a job leaving anonymous negative comments on websites. The following morning Yann throws caution to the wind and decides to change his life entirely. Life, only better is a touching, cleverly crafted book about choices and their consequences.
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One day he does a favor for one of his neighbors and is asked to stay for dinner as thanks.