Alexa Mills gets the trip of a lifetime when she´s chosen to go on a humanitarian trip to the Philippines to help rebuild one of the villages that were devastated years ago by natural disasters. She´s more than excited until she steps on the jet and discovers her benefactor is none other than Lance Storm, the man with whom she had a one-night stand at her sister´s wedding to Ashton Storm. They are together in a foreign country for a month, and she can´t fight her attraction to him, though she knows marriage can end devastatingly badly. After all, the only example she´s ever had is the father who abused her and the weak mother who allowed it. When they return home and Lance asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend for the holidays so his family will lay off trying to get him married, she can´t resist the temptation. She doesn´t want to spend another holiday alone. But will Lexie forget that it´s all pretend as she is welcomed with open arms into the Anderson and Storm clan? Or will she manage to hold on to her convictions and walk away when the fantasy of being a part of a family and falling in love with a man is supposed to be over? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Samantha Cook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009495/bk_blak_009495_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the bestselling author of Lawrence in Arabia, a piercing account of how the contemporary Arab world came to be riven by catastrophe since the 2003 United States invasion of Iraq. In 2011, a series of anti-government uprisings shook the Middle East and North Africa in what would become known as the Arab Spring. Few could predict that these convulsions, initially hailed in the West as a triumph of democracy, would give way to brutal civil war, the terrors of the Islamic State, and a global refugee crisis. But, as New York Times bestselling author Scott Anderson shows, the seeds of catastrophe had been sown long before. In this gripping account, Anderson examines the myriad complex causes of the region´s profound unraveling, tracing the ideological conflicts of the present to their origins in the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003 and beyond. From this investigation emerges a rare view into a land in upheaval through the eyes of six individuals-the matriarch of a dissident Egyptian family; a Libyan Air Force cadet with divided loyalties; a Kurdish physician from a prominent warrior clan; a Syrian university student caught in civil war; an Iraqi activist for women´s rights; and an Iraqi day laborer-turned-ISIS fighter. A probing and insightful work of reportage, Fractured Lands offers a penetrating portrait of the contemporary Arab world and brings the stunning realities of an unprecedented geopolitical tragedy into crystalline focus.
Together in one volume, these two short novels complete the story of the internationally bestselling space opera that Kirkus calls ´´Wondrously imagined.´´ Kevin J. Anderson´s magnificent epic The Saga of Seven Suns and its sequel The Saga of Shadows has been called ´´A space opera to rival the best the field has ever seen´´ ( SF Chronicle ), ten huge novels that cover a future interstellar empire and a galaxy at war. These two short novels, Veiled Alliances and Whistling Past the Graveyard , tell key parts of the saga. Veiled Alliances is a prequel to the entire series, describing the origin of the green priests on Theroc, the first Roamer skymining operations on a gas-giant planet, the discovery of the Klikiss robots entombed in an abandoned alien city, the initial Ildiran expedition to Earth, the rescue of the generation ship Burton and the tragedy that leads to sinister breeding experiments on Dobro. Whistling Past the Graveyard is the connecting novel between the two series, lead-in to the Hugo-nominated novel The Dark Between the Stars. Trade Minister Rlinda Kett seeks to reestablish contact with lost human colonies that have vanished in the chaos after the elemental war nearly destroyed the cosmos. She travels to a planet called Happiness, site of an isolated neo-Amish colony where the treacherous Prince Daniel was exiled. As a civil war brews among the Roamer clans over the old ways versus new business methods, some brave clans venture back to skymining again, harvesting the restless clouds of huge gas giants-where the threat of the devastating hydrogue aliens always looms… ´´A setting so rich and detailed that the reader will suspend disbelief and actually be there.´´-R.A. Salvatore
Agnes´ hard life from a young age leaves her feeling scorned and unloved. As she works long hours in the castle´s kitchens, she is shunned by the other servants.While Agnes accepts her lot in life, she is surprised when she encounters the Laird of Edinburgh, William. Although he is kind to her, Agnes knows he is only being polite. But William´s heart flutters whenever he sees her.But there is someone in the castle of Clan Anderson who does not want William to be around Agnes, and they will do whatever it takes to remove her from William´s life. Too late, William realizes the deadly secrets of the castle and mourns the loss of Agnes deeply. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew McDermott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/162228/bk_acx0_162228_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Writer Elspeth Sandys was born during the Second World War, the result of a brief encounter between two people who would never meet again. The first nine months of her life were spent in the Truby King Karitane Hospital in Dunedin, where she was known as Frances Hilton James. With her adoption, a new birth certificate was issued and she became Elspeth Sandilands Somerville. Tom and Alice Somerville lived with their son John in Dunedin’s Andersons Bay. While Elspeth was happy among the ebullient and welcoming Somerville clan, she had a difficult relationship with her adoptive mother, who was frequently hospitalised with mental health problems. Elspeth’s search for her birth parents did not begin until much later in her adult life. What she discovered after an exhaustive search provided answers that were both disturbing and, ultimately, rewarding. What Lies Beneath is a searing, amusing, and never less than gripping tale of a difficult life, beautifully told. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elspeth Sandys. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crpr/000211/bk_crpr_000211_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Description: Bound in real Scott Weathered tartan cloth supplied with the authority of Kinloch Anderson, this pocket hardback notebook is 14 x 9cm, with 176 pages - each spread has left blank, right ruled pages. With stained edges, ribbon marker, a bookmark and inner note holder this notebook is part of the real cloth tartan notebooks from Waverley. The Clan Scott, whose motto is Amo (I love), are a clan of the Scottish Borders area. Other families connected to the clan are Buccleuch, Geddes, Laidlaw and Langlands. One of the most famous of the Scotts is historical novelist and playwright and poet Sir Walter Scott. Scott was the chief catalyst for the re-introduction of tartan for Scotland.