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Miss Alice Bursnell is determined to wreak revenge on Nathaniel Eastwood, Viscount Abingdon, for the seduction, ruin, and death of her beloved twin sister. But how to expose a seducer without falling prey herself? As she gets closer to Nathaniel, she finds she is in serious danger of following in her sister's much-too-tempted footsteps. The man is nothing like the heartless rake she expected . . . and his kisses are truly divine. Could she be wrong about him? When a mysterious and gorgeous woman confronts Nathaniel at a fancy ball, he suspects she has murder on her mind-his own. But the more he tries to determine who the deceptively innocent beauty is-and what she's up to-the deeper he falls under her alluring spell. Nathaniel fears he's in imminent danger of losing his life . . . or worse, his heart. Contains mature themes.Show more
A brilliant distillation of the key ideas behind successful self-improvement practices throughout history, showing us how they remain relevant today Self-help today is a multi-billion-dollar global industry, one often seen as a by-product of neoliberalism and capitalism. Far from being a recent phenomenon, however, the practice of self-improvement has a long and rich history, extending all the way back to ancient China. For millennia, philosophers, sages, and theologians have reflected on the good life and devised strategies on how to achieve it. Focusing on ten core ideas of self-improvement that run through the world's advice literature, Anna Katharina Schaffner reveals the ways they have evolved across cultures and historical eras, and why they continue to resonate with us today. Reminding us that there is much to learn from looking at time-honed models, Schaffner also examines the ways that self-improvement practices provide powerful barometers of the values, anxieties, and aspirations that preoccupy us at particular moments in time and expose basic assumptions about our purpose and nature.Show more
What cost will she pay to save her soul? After failing to return with the Dragon's Heart, Zemira is sent by her father to infiltrate the Court of Blood, in search of the mythical cauldron that contains the power of the long-lost dragon kings. But her deal with Prince Keir bears dangerous consequences-for Keir is determined to gain the cauldron himself. Caught between two deadly enemies, can Zemira save herself? And will Keir ever forgive her for the deception she played upon him? Contains mature themes.Show more
From Siobhan Daiko, international bestselling author of The Orchid Tree, comes an epic new novel of love, betrayal, and finding where you truly belong. Set in Italy during World War II and the present day. Lidia De Angelis has kept a low profile since Mussolini's laws wrenched her from her childhood sweetheart. But when the Germans occupy Venice in 1943, she must flee the city to save her life. Lidia joins the partisans in the Venetian mountains, where she meets David, an English soldier fighting for the same cause. As she grows closer to him, harsh German reprisals and Lidia’s own ardent patriotic activities threaten to tear them apart. Decades later in London, while sorting through her grandmother’s belongings after her death, Charlotte discovers a Jewish prayer book, unopened letters written in Italian, and a fading photograph of a group of young people in front of the Doge’s Palace. Intrigued by her grandmother’s refusal to talk about her life in Italy before and during the war, Charlotte travels to Venice in search of her roots, There, she learns not only the devastating truth about her grandmother’s past, but also some surprising truths about herself.Show more
She's a plain Jane. He's uber famous. Who's stalking who? Author Sally Speck has it all-a promising career, great friends, a loving family. So when superstar celebrity Tom Darlington takes an interest in her, she thinks, why not? But the fun fling soon turns into a nightmare, as she's relentlessly hounded by the media and harassed by Tom's crazed fans. But more worrying is Tom's increasingly obsessive and frightening behavior. As Sally's life crumbles around her, she learns a shocking family secret that threatens to tip her over the edge. Perhaps drastic action is her only hope of escape . . . What happens when a celebrity stalks a fan? Find out in this gripping psychological thriller about dark obsessions, family bonds spiraling out of control, and just how far we'll go when pushed past our limits.Show more
A beautiful opposites-attract, lesbian romance fused with music, fear, hope, and honesty. Primary school teacher and singer Rosie Tanner has stopped waiting for someone to have a baby with. She's diving in and going it alone . . . although her pregnancy plans are a secret for now. Amber Kingsley's only goal is to stay sober and safe, so any complications like relationships are definitely out. That is, until she accidentally joins a community choir-despite having no musical talent or interest-after laying eyes on beautiful star soloist Rosie. It seems her heart has some crazy ideas. So should Amber actually listen to it? Contains mature themes.Show more
We live today in an interconnected world in which ordinary people can became instant online celebrities to fans thousands of miles away, in which religious leaders can influence millions globally, in which humans are altering the climate and environment, and in which complex social forces intersect across continents. This is globalization. In the fifth edition of his bestselling Very Short Introduction, Manfred B. Steger considers the major dimensions of globalization: economic, political, cultural, ideological, and ecological. He looks at its causes and effects, and engages with the hotly contested question of whether globalization is, ultimately, a good or a bad thing. From climate change to the Ebola virus, Donald Trump to Twitter, trade wars to China's growing global profile, Steger explores today's unprecedented levels of planetary integration as well as the recent challenges posed by resurgent national populism.Show more
Jacob Ashland's life has taken an unexpected turn. He's now the Earl of Ashland and expected to marry. But he's done that before and had his heart ripped from his chest. When Charlotte shows up at his door needing protection, he offers to marry her-in name-only. Charlotte, an orphan, suspects her sinister cousin of terrorizing London. When her maid disappears, she fears for her own life and runs away. Lord Ashland offers marriage, and it's the perfect solution. But it isn't long before she finds herself falling for her new husband. Unfortunately, he won't allow himself to love anyone ever again. And she knows her dark secret could destroy everything. Contains mature themes.Show more
Bridget's afterlife has finally settled down into a nice, safe, dead-body-free rhythm. And she couldn't be more discontent. And then someone starts murdering livies . . . with a scythe. Feeling partially responsible, Bridget jumps into the investigation with both feet, her best friend Sabrina, and all of her housemates in tow. But, as crazy as it sounds, finding a killer isn't Bridget's biggest concern. Her biggest concern is how will she be able to survive the mundanity of the afterlife once the investigation is over.Show more
“Wow wow wow… I would highly recommend this book to everyone.” – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars How far would you go to keep your baby safe? Grace bundled her eight-week-old daughter into her carry cot, opened the door and ran. Her life in New York faded into the background – she needed to keep her baby safe. She needed to get as far away from Patrick as possible. Now, staying in a remote cottage in Wales, Grace is trying to start again. But she can’t shake the uneasy feeling that she’s been followed. And then she finds a note. Left on her bed. A tiny scrap of paper with scrawl in bright red pen. Keep her close. Anything could happen. She’s been found. Patrick wants his baby back. But Grace will do everything to stop him. An utterly gripping cat and mouse thriller that will keep you reading long into the night! Fans of Lisa Jewell, Adele Parks and Sally Hepworth will love And Then She Ran. Readers LOVE And Then She Ran “An addictive and chilling read with a very dramatic ending. It had everything I love in a thriller and more.” – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars “I adored this book. Best writing I’ve ever read.” – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars “The tension in this book builds beautifully, leaving you on the edge of your seat barely daring to breathe at times… So well written, a real page turner. Loved it.” – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars “Great characterisation, perfectly paced plot and twists at exactly the right time… Karen Clarke has written a bestseller with an added grenade at the end.” – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars “Couldn’t put this book down. It had me gripped from the start and did not let me go.” – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars “This keeps you guessing all the way through.” – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 StarsShow more
Can something so perfect really be poisonous? When Rachel and her husband Adam move to Maple Cottage in remote Cheshire, it should be the fulfilment of their dream to start a family. Haunted by her past and challenged by events around her, Rachel finds that her home is not the sanctuary she envisaged-and neither is her marriage. Adam's temper rages when he discovers he is infertile. She seeks solace in the arms of her gardener and falls pregnant. Dreams become reality-and a garden grows, but as every gardener knows, even the most beautiful plants can be toxic. Can Rachel find the happiness she craves, or will the toxic past take root and lead her down a dark path? Contains mature themes.Show more
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