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Alla Melenteva. The White Gold Ring (a short story).
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Genre: World Literature Length: 17 Pages (1,456 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 16th, 2020
1712 - Marseille, France. A greedy crook plots a heist of priceless paintings and portraits. Meanwhile, an ambitious knight changes his orders involving sacred relics.
But when the goods go missing, their plans shatter. Facing unpleasant consequences, the crook and the knight both blame their losses on the mysterious Marshall cousins.
1718 - Paris, France. Beautiful and headstrong, Charlotte never hesitates to engage in a sword fight, or a dance at a ball. But when she must choose between two young men, her lust for adventure leads her to seek the notorious Marshall cousins instead.
Her womanizing brother Henri and his arrogant friend Antoine reluctantly follow her into intrigue and danger. But will the stolen goods ever be restored to their rightful owners... and who are the mysterious Marshall cousins?
Genre: World Literature Length: 445 Pages (3,380 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 16th, 2020
A car bomb explosion horrifies Jerusalem.
Head of the Mossad, a former Israeli Air Force fighter pilot Gershon Shalit, is enraged by the murder of his daughter, frustrated by his wife's decision to leave and distrusts his prime minister - seeks revenge. But, his first priority is to eliminate the fundamental threats to destroy the State of Israel's existence.
His random encounter with a beautiful Chinese diplomat, leads to an impossible love affair, where he is exposed to a once in a lifetime offer that could diminish the threats to his country and save Zionism from collapse. Nothing will keep him from making this offer a reality, despite a heavy personal price.
• The Critical Offer is not just a 'run of the mill' thriller. Its futuristic and believable plot is based on a wide spectrum of inside information and suggests bold and 'out of the box' solutions to the Jewish state's main dilemmas...
• Can the Chinese megalomaniac initiative "Belt & Road" solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
• If you care about Israel's destiny - The Critical Offer is a breathtaking book that will keep you awake for many nights...
Genre: World Literature Length: 404 Pages (3,272 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 16th, 2020
Not for the faint-hearted
Miss Polly had a dolly. A beautiful daughter that she called her Baby Doll. Every day she dressed her in cute outfits and brushed her hair before they went outside to show off to the neighbors. On the playground, one day her Baby Doll talked to a boy, and for one unforgivable second, Miss Polly let herself be distracted by a woman telling her how adorable she thought her daughter was. When Miss Polly finally turned to look at her Baby Doll again, she was gone.
Many years later Emma Frost hears about the disappearance of the little girl and learns that she is not the only one to have gone missing from Fanoe Island back in the nineties. As she digs deeper into the story, she soon finds herself entangled in a web of strange and disturbing events.
Warning: Contains graphic scenes.
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Genre: World Literature Length: 300 Pages (5,005 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 15th, 2020
In the aftermath of World War One, Austria faces a severe economic crisis. Unemployment. Fear of decline. However, some people argue that the problem sits deeper. For them, the country's soul is at stake. Finally, people are fed up and demand a solution. And they get what they want. They get their hero. His name is Chancellor Dr. Schwertfeger. The Aryan messiah elected by the masses offers a simple but radical solution: "Out with the Jews!"
A word and a blow and soon the whole country celebrates the day the last Jew left Austria. The whole country? No, not everybody is happy. Lives are shattered. Friends, families, and lovers torn apart. And to make matters worse, the economy is not picking up. The gap left by the Jewish exodus is greater than expected. In this time of turmoil, one man is prepared to make a stand. Leo is one of the exiled and had to leave his loved one behind. Now, he is ready to fight for the love of his life and to die for his home country! Will the lovers be reunited? And what will become of Austria?
About the Author and the Book
With this satirical book, Hugo Bettauer was fighting the violent Anti-Semite movements of the 1920s. But little did he know! He was right and wrong at the same time. He was right, the Anti-Semites were aiming at a final solution to the so called Jewish question. Yet, we all know the course of history - exiling the Jews was not enough for the NAZIs.
The converted Christian Hugo Bettauer did not live to witness this human tragedy. After a failed attempt at moving to the US, the Austrian stayed in his home country where he worked as an author and as a correspondent for American newspapers. He wrote one of the first stories about a serial killer, wrote movie scripts, and published a magazine campaigning for progressive ideas such as impunity for homosexuals and women's rights. His articles caused so much sensation that he was taken to court, his magazine was seized and Mr. Bettauer received death threats. On ...
Genre: World Literature Length: 121 Pages (1,716 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 15th, 2020
Dare she hope?
When James Bryan Cullen takes on convict transportee Elizabeth Bartlett in 1796 as a housekeeper, his challenge is to convince her that life on Norfolk Island is worth living. But how do you come back from being wrongly accused of a crime, then exiled to the other side of the world, and losing two sons?
Is Cullen the gentle soul he appears to be?
In a society that treats her as worthless, should Elizabeth dare to hope?
"Beautifully written, characters exposed carefully but honestly. I flinched and smiled when I finished reading this book. A must read. A visit to Norfolk Island is now essential."
Genre: World Literature Length: 205 Pages (1,237 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Feb 14th, 2020
"On a Lark": Idiom, meaning to do something on a whim or just for fun.
African American savant Lark Chambers is young, beautiful and brilliant, an interpreter formerly trained by the United Nations. Fluent in seven languages, she's at the top of her game at Linguistics, Interpreting, Sign and Translation (LIST), the company that assigns her to Dario DiRossi, a multi-billion dollar textile heir, and currently her devastatingly handsome boss. DiRossi is no threat to her self control, however. As a product of the foster care system, Lark doesn't know the first thing about getting close enough to a man to trust him with her heart. But when a handsome stranger christens her first night in her favorite city of Florence with lovemaking, Lark finds herself confronting the turmoil behind her put- together exterior. And her latest assignment just might put her over the edge.
Genre: World Literature Length: 250 Pages (3,320 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 14th, 2020
It started with a bet.
Princess Lia has been banished to the Royal Academy to teach Manners and Deportment. Not only did she hate her time as a student there but the teachers aren't happy about her return as a guest professor for the year.
Banking on making friends with the other new teacher, Lia imagines Professor Lehman to be a lovely elderly gentleman with tuffs of white hair and a bent spine.
When the real Nick Lehman arrives with his striking Godlike looks, Lia is bound and determined to ignore him. After all, her father has finally promised her freedom if she serves her time and stays away from scandal.
Who cares if he makes her knees weak and haunts her dreams? That smoking hot body and chiseled chin, not going to be a problem.
Lia's a princess on a mission, what could go wrong?
Sally has waited patiently for Benedict to finally notice her, well, no more. Just as she is about to give up on him he makes her promise to give him thirty days.
Now King Benedict has thirty days to figure out who is stealing from the treasury, fend off the bevy of beauties his advisors have dragged in, and convince Sally to give him a chance at love.
This story contains strong language and sexual situations.
Genre: World Literature Length: 328 Pages (515 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 13th, 2020
It is 1943, and the Nazis control large parts of Italy. Colonel Anselm Bernhardt devotes his attention to stealing Italian art - and having his way with Italian women - but there is one great treasure that he covets even more.
In present day, his grandson swears to make amends for Bernhardt's crimes, but is bitten by the same temptation. When he begins his search for the mysterious treasure in southern Italy, he discovers a secret that can change the course of history.
Based on historical events, The Secret of Altamura takes you back to the cloud of terror that hung over wartime Italy, and invites you to explore the secrets that were hidden from the Nazi invaders.
- "If you're a fan of Italy, this book is for you. You'll see the countryside, taste the food, and live with the people. If you're a fan of mysteries, this book is for you. It will keep you guessing until the very end. And if you're a fan of World War II history, this book is for you. You'll glimpse a part of the Italian campaign through the eyes of the people who lived there. In The Secret of Altamura, Rosano skillfully blends all three themes into one well-written, emotionally engaging narrative."
- "Kept me intrigued with the history of Southern Italy during WW2. Makes me want to visit Italy and discover the culture myself. I'm amazed at the details and research that were woven into the story."
Genre: World Literature Length: 202 Pages (300 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 13th, 2020
The name is Charlee. Charlee Coleman. Used to be fun. Free spirited. Lots of friends. Happy. Then one day, I met Chance. He was everything I dreamed of in a man and more. We got hitched after dating for five years. I never recognized any warning signs - even though they were right there in my face. Now, I am married to what I like to call, "Chance the Disaster." A cold hearted, self-centered, narcissistic control freak. I am waiting for my knight in shining cowboy to come rescue me...
Genre: World Literature Length: 309 Pages (1,267 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 13th, 2020