Deerbrook portrays the failed love affair between Edward Hope, a local physician and Margaret Ibbotson, his sister-in-law. Married to Hester Ibbotson, Edward's life becomes a series of misfortune, first with his stifling marriage and second due to a vile rumour that he had robbed a grave!
"Every town-bred person who travels in a rich country region, knows what it is to see a neat white house planted in a pretty situation, -- in a shrubbery, or commanding a sunny common, or nestling between two hills, -- and to say to himself, as the carriage sweeps past its gate, "I should like to live there," -- "I could be very happy in that pretty place." Transient visions pass before his mind's eye of dewy summer mornings, when the shadows are long on the grass, and of bright autumn afternoons, when it would be luxury to saunter in the neighbouring lanes; and of frosty winter days, when the sun shines in over the laurustinus at the window, while the fire burns with a different light from that which it gives in the dull parlours of a city."
Genre: Historical Fiction Length: 544 Pages (2,588 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Aug 11th, 2020
Meet the Black Prince's champion, a knight known as the Black Angel...
1356 A.D. - It is warring times for England as the Black Prince sweeps his way through France, waging nasty warfare on the population. Masterminding this brutal strategy is the knight they call the Black Angel. Brandt de Russe, Duke of Exeter, is the brains behind the prince's war machine, a mountain of a man who is as cunning as he is frightening. In battle, no man is his equal.
The Lady Ellowyn de Nerra, granddaughter of the great mercenary Braxton de Nerra, has been sent to London by her crippled father to collect the men he has donated to the Black Prince's wars in France. De Nerra men are mingled with the Duke of Exeter's men and Ellowyn is at the dock when the duke disembarks his ships. In her attempt to introduce herself to Brandt and explain her purpose, the duke has little time for the beautiful young woman and mistakes her for a whore. Grossly insulted, Ellowyn threatens the man that all sane men fear.
And so begins the fiery, passionate, and deep love story that transcends families, kings, and two continents, building to the Battle of Poitiers where Brandt is on the front lines. In battle, no man is his equal but even the most powerful of men are prisoners of their own hearts.
Note: The de Russe Legacy series can be read in any order, as they are all stand-alone novels, but the chronological order (by the year the story is set in) is:
1 Lord of War: Black Angel
2 The Iron Knight
4 The White Lord of Wellesbourne
5 The Dark One: Dark Knight
6 Dark Moon
7 Dark Steel
"We all lived in the shadow of K'ai-feng's ashes now. No denying it. However safe we felt, the world hung by a silken thread." So begins the second book of the Southern Swallow series - The Nan Tu (The Southern Migration) and, like the first book, The Academician, it is told by K'u Ko-ling, servant to the Grand Tutor, Li K'ai-men. The Emperor Kao has proclaimed that his court and government will migrate to the south, a progress filled with adventure, intrigue, war and tragedy, thus setting a series of events in play that shaped the Middle Kingdom.
Set on the broad canvas of Sung Dynasty China, The Nan Tu is a tale of love, separation and sacrifice. Yet heroes emerge from the ashes and restoration is within their grasp. From the mountain lairs of bandits to the sweep of the fleet at sea, The Nan Tu will transport you to a world that should have never been forgotten. Still, there are more important things than empires and history. There's love and destiny - the destiny of Li K'ai-men's relics and the enlistment of his helpmates to guard over the membrane of time.
That very day broke everything in her, and she swore within her to bring back her family's lost glory. Diana's father had just been murdered by his gang for ratting them out to the police, and they had come for what he owed them. Horses, cattle and all they claimed had been purchased with the filthy money her father had made from stolen items.
Surviving on these terms has been hard. A whole year of struggling to get by in Texas had been hard on all of them especially their mother. She was doing her best, but it seemed she could no longer hold it together. I have to tell her, Diana thought as she held the woman who had fought so hard to get them through a year of hardship in her arms.
How would they survive without their father?
AMISH SECOND CHANCES
Sarah had to leave the Amish community when her marriage fell apart. She found a new job in a new city and tried to put the pieces of her life back together.
David has done the same. He feels guilt for hurting Sarah and still loves her. He knows her heart won't heal easily and forgiveness may be out of reach. Will their divorce be final or will he be able to somehow, someway, make his way back into the heart of his bride?