New dress. New husband. New life. In some ways, Elsie was living her very own fairy tale. Her prince was none other than Mr. Blake Atherton -- fun, handsome, muscular and rich. Their romance had been spectacular both in its brevity and intensity. She couldn't help but wonder if this was how Cinderella felt the day after her story ended.
Today Elsie would pretend to be a grand lady, entertaining on the balcony of her husband's mansion. In truth, she would rather hide in the garden with a favorite book. Better yet, she could ride the trolley downtown to the 5th Street Store and take up her old job. Be useful. Be productive. Be practical.
Women had won the vote. They were joining the workforce in unprecedented numbers. Intellectual opportunities beckoned. It was never Elsie's desire to live a life of luxury and privilege. Patting her hair while heading for the balcony, Mrs. Atherton contemplated how life had become so uncomfortable.
"Look Mum, a diary. Who was Lillian Loveday?" Megan asks, holding it out.
"Your great grandmother: my granny. Read it to me."
For a moment, Louise is lost, wistful even. She was very close to Lillian, much closer than to Roberta and she wonders what she will recognise of the person she knew and loved so much.
Roberta Flanders is ill in hospital and wants to spend what time she has left at home, so at the end of the summer term, Louise collects her daughter Megan from school and they drive to the old farmhouse in the country, which has been in the family for generations.
Roberta's life has not been easy and once back at home and in her own bed, ghosts from the past start to reveal their secrets, causing her to question some of her beliefs.
Louise has her own ghosts to deal with. Her marriage is crumbling and she needs to re-evaluate her life. Her relationship with her mother is difficult, but she has a duty to care for her; especially now, at the end of her days. Also, she doesn't ...
Amir and his family are among the 3 million Syrian refugees stuck in a situation beyond their control. Amir wants his very young daughter to know the truth about the Syria he knew and the reason they fled, so despite being mocked for it he begins to write his story. After a strange sequence of events this personal account of life before and during the war becomes a worldwide phenomenon climbing the bestseller charts. As such the world wants to know, is it a true story and more importantly what happened to Amir and his family. Jacqueline, a journalist from the United States, sets out to find one refugee among millions. What she finds causes her to rethink what she thought she knew about Syria and especially people in general.
Propping his right ankle atop his left knee, Blake Atherton furtively peered around his paperwork at the girl he'd helped belowdecks. Could his mother's ridiculous assertion about staring into someone's eyes and finding true love possibly be true? Was love at first sight an actual experience? His logical inclination was to dismiss this encounter as the absurd episode it appeared to be.But Blake had learned to play his hunches; they hadn't failed him yet. As the ship rocked its way to Catalina, he found an opportunity to prove himself indispensable. The girl's face had taken on a tinge of green. She turned toward the stairs trying to catch fresh air. Blake grinned, recognizing obvious signs of seasickness. She was not a sailor. No matter.After signing and dating his paperwork July 3, 1911, Blake returned it to his jacket pocket, then made his way toward the impeccably attired miss. Was this the opportunity of a lifetime or a ridiculous way to chat up a stranger? There was only one way ...
Genre: Historical Fiction Length: 151 Pages (1,507 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Aug 3rd, 2020
She left criminal life behind. Will her new business venture send her to sleep with the fishes?
Florida Coast, 1932. Edith Duffy might be grieving her gangster husband's death, but she's no damsel in distress. Leaving the sordid world of Philadelphia bootlegging, she settles in a small town outside Miami and buys a speakeasy. But when she launches a lucrative rum-running operation, indignant locals conspire to destroy her.
Edith lands squarely back in gangland culture, with a Bible-thumping preacher campaigning to shut her down and smugglers resentful of her skill. And now she must forge alliances and make unlikely allies just to survive. Luckily, her mentor is none other than the wife of the notorious Al Capone...
Will Edith's fondness for underworld profits lead her to a dead end?
Gathering Storm is the first book in the Rum Runners' Chronicles, a fast-paced historical women's fiction trilogy. If you like atmospheric settings, mob stories, and independent heroines, then you'll ...