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The Summer House in Santorini: A wonderfully uplifting romance fo...
by Samantha Parks

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English

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Publication Date

August 07, 2019

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<h2>鈥?lt;strong>Oh my gosh I LOVED IT!</strong> This was honestly one of the<strong> best</strong> books I've read in a long while鈥?Georgina, Goodreads</h2><p><strong>One summer in Greece will change everything鈥?lt;/strong></p><p>Anna鈥檚 running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.</p><p>On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs,聽and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches,聽Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father.</p><p>As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that will change everything.聽She soon starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos.<br />聽<br />Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?</p><p><strong>Brimming with secrets and sunlight, this is the perfect holiday read for fans of Alex Brown, Jill Mansell and Sue Moorcroft.</strong></p><h2>Readers LOVE Samantha Parks! </h2><p>鈥?lt;strong>Wow</strong>, what an amazing debut book. Samantha Parks鈥檚 writing style had me <strong>gripped from the very first page</strong>鈥?Faith, Twitter</p><p>鈥榃ill <strong>110% make you want to visit Santorini!</strong>鈥?Stacey, The Cosiest Corner Book Blog</p><p>鈥?lt;strong>Gorgeous</strong>鈥?<strong>thank you</strong> Samantha Parks for delightful book!鈥?Margaret, Netgalley</p><p>鈥?lt;strong>Perfect</strong> beach or <strong>pool read</strong>鈥?Bee, Netgalley</p><p>鈥楲ovely and <strong>heartfelt</strong>鈥?Cheryl M-M鈥檚 Book Blog</p><p>鈥?lt;strong>Perfect chick lit!</strong>鈥?Christie, Instagram</p><p>鈥楢 glorious <strong>summer holiday read</strong>鈥?Ruth, top 100 Amazon reviewer</p><p>鈥楢 lovely romance <strong>set among rustic villages</strong> and <strong>white sandy beaches</strong>. What more could you ask for?鈥?Angela, Goodreads</p>
On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey
by Paul Theroux

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English

Pages

448

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>Legendary travel writer Paul Theroux drives the entire length of the US鈥揗exico border, then goes deep into the hinterland, on the back roads of Chiapas and Oaxaca, to uncover the rich, layered world behind today鈥檚 brutal headlines.</b><br /><br /> Paul Theroux has spent his life crisscrossing the globe in search of the histories and peoples that give life to the places they call home. Now, as immigration debates boil around the world, Theroux has set out to explore a country key to understanding our current discourse: Mexico. Just south of the Arizona border, in the desert聽region of Sonora, he finds a place brimming with vitality, yet visibly marked by both the US Border Patrol looming to the north and mounting discord from within. With the same humanizing sensibility he employed in <i>Deep South, </i>Theroux stops to talk with residents, visits Zapotec mill workers in the highlands, and attends a Zapatista party meeting, communing with people of all stripes who remain south of the border even as their families brave the journey north.<br /><br /> From the writer praised for his 鈥渃uriosity and affection for humanity in all its forms鈥?(<i>New York Times Book Review</i>), <i>On the Plain of Snakes</i> is an exploration of a region in conflict.<br /> 聽
The Christmas Holiday: The perfect heart-warming read full of fes...
by Sophie Claire

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English

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Publication Date

September 19, 2019

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<p><font size="+1">'A cosy and heart-warming Christmas read - the perfect festive treat' <b>Heidi Swain</b></font><br /><font size="+1">'A fun and festive read' <b>Trisha Ashley</b></font></p><p><i><b>***</b></i></p><p><i>Can a trip away lead you home?</i></p><p>After a bad break-up, <b>eternal optimist Evie Miller</b> has moved to the small village of Willowbrook to finally pursue her dream of opening a craft shop. Unfortunately, with money worries and an ex-boyfriend determined to track her down, <b>her fresh start isn't going entirely to plan</b>.</p><p><b>Jake Hartwood is also looking to escape his past</b>. Haunted by the loss of his wife, he's determined not to get close to anyone again - and the last thing he wants is to be celebrating this December.</p><p>Hoping to avoid the festivities, Evie and Jake arrange to <b>escape Christmas together as friends</b> in Provence. But will the magic of the season change things between them?</p><p><b>And what happens if one of them starts to feel something more?</b></p><p><b>*****</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b><font size="+1"><b>Readers are loving <i>The Christmas Holiday</i>!</b></font></p><p>'This was a wonderful festive story full of intrigue, drama and romance.' <b>Five stars</b></p><p>'A lovely heart warming story. Loved it.' <b>Five stars</b></p><p>'This is definitely a book to curl up with of an evening, a book to make you smile and feel happy. The characters are so lovely, the writing so warm.' <b>Five stars</b></p><p>'I loved this book, and read it in one sitting.' <b>Five stars</b></p><p>'A lovely heart-warming book that I could not put down. I really strongly recommend and can't wait to see what's next from this author!' <b>Five stars</b></p>
3,000 Spanish Words and Phrases They Won't Teach You in School (S...
by , Fernando D鉚ez de Urdan...

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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No matter how much Spanish you study, it鈥檚 nearly impossible to fully convince the native-speakers that you鈥檝e got it. Even those estudiantes perfectos who have seemingly mastered speaking a foreign language in a classroom run into problems in real-life situations. <i>3,000 Spanish Words and Phrases They Won鈥檛 Teach You in School</i> goes beyond classroom Spanish by thoroughly explaining expressions, idioms, and quirks used daily by native speakers. This must-have manual also includes information on pronunciation, manners, abbreviations, and culture, making it much more than a phrase book! Learn within these pages everything you need to know to speak colloquial Spanish, including: <ul><li>Translation of common proverbs: like <i>When in Rome, do as the Romans do</i>.</li><li>Slang: Like 隆Alivianate!鈥?cheer up or get high</li><li>Dual words: like integro and entero鈥攚ith the same meaning.</li><li>False cognates: Words that are similar but have very different meanings in English and Spanish</li></ul> So next time you plan a trip or just want to impress your friends, pick up <i>3,000 Spanish Words and Phrases They Won鈥檛 Teach You in School</i> and drop the stuffy high school phrase book!
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown
by Paul Theroux

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English

Pages

490

Publication Date

April 05, 2004

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In <i>Dark Star Safari</i> the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances.<br /><br /> Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to Africans, aid workers, missionaries, and tourists. What results is an insightful meditation on the history, politics, and beauty of Africa and its people, and "a vivid portrayal of the secret sweetness, the hidden vitality, and the long-patient hope that lies just beneath the surface" (Rocky Mountain News). In a new postscript, Theroux recounts the dramatic events of a return to Africa to visit Zimbabwe.
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard

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English

Pages

442

Publication Date

December 15, 2009

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<b>At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, <i>The River of Doubt</i> is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt鈥檚 harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.</b><br /><br />The River of Doubt鈥攊t is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.<br /><br />After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil鈥檚 most famous explorer, C芒ndido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.<br /><br />Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. <i>The River of Doubt</i> brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.<br /><br />From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt鈥檚 life, here is Candice Millard鈥檚 dazzling debut.
The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier
by Ian Urbina

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English

Pages

513

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<b>"<b>A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see.... The soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself."</b><br /><b>--Susan Casey, best-selling author of </b><b><i>The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean</i></b><br /><br /><br /><b>A riveting, adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.</b></b><br /><br />There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.<br /><br />Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways -- drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely. <br /><br />Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning expos茅, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.
Eat Pray Love 10th-Anniversary Edition: One Woman's Search for Ev...
by Elizabeth Gilbert

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English

Pages

387

Publication Date

January 30, 2007

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<b>The 10th anniversary edition of one of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time from the bestselling author of <i>City of Girls</i> and<i> Big Magic</i>, Elizabeth Gilbert.<br /></b><br />Elizabeth Gilbert鈥檚 <i>Eat Pray Love</i> touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves. Now, this beloved and iconic book returns in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition, complete with an updated introduction from the author, to launch a whole new generation of fans. <br /> 聽<br /> In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want鈥攈usband, country home, successful career鈥攂ut instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.
The French for Always
by Fiona Valpy

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English

Pages

260

Publication Date

April 23, 2014

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Fans of <b>Katie Fforde</b>, <b>Carole Matthews</b>, Victoria Connelly or Erica James 鈥?and everyone who enjoyed Nick Alexander鈥檚 <i>The French House</i> 鈥?will love Fiona Valpy.<br /><br /><b>Five weddings. The perfect venue. One little hitch鈥?lt;/b><br /><br />Leaving the grey skies of home behind to transform a crumbling French Ch芒teau into a boutique wedding venue is a huge leap of faith for Sara. She and fianc茅 Gavin sink their life savings into the beautiful Ch芒teau Bellevue 鈥?set under blue skies and surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Bordeaux.<br /><br />After months of hard work, the dream starts to become a reality 鈥?until Gavin walks out halfway through their first season. Overnight, Sara is left very much alone with the prospect of losing everything.<br /><br />With her own heart breaking, Sara has five weddings before the end of the season to turn the business around and rescue her dreams. With the help of the locals and a little French <i>courage</i>, <b>can she save Ch芒teau Bellevue before the summer is over?</b><br /><br /><h2>What people are saying about <i>The French for Always</i></h2><br />鈥楾his was set in the gorgeous French countryside which, itself, was another character in the novel, <b>I honestly felt like I was there drinking in the sunshine, the atmosphere and the wine!</b> The description in this book was just beautiful full on wonderful metaphorical language and adjectives that tasted wonderful in the mouth!<br /><br />Overall this novel would be <b>a lovely summer read</b>, you will feel the heat emanating off the page and so will definitely put you in the mood for barbecues and a glass of wine or two alfresco. This is a stand along novel, so if you haven't read anything from this author before, it would be a great introduction to her <b>lovely writing!</b>鈥? <b>4/5</b> <i>Fabulous Book Fiend</i><br /><br />鈥?lt;b>I fell in love with this novel</b> as soon as I had read the first few pages. I am a sucker for any story that in one way or another has to do with weddings, but I have to admit, I鈥檓 not a particular fan of France. Yet, the descriptions of Chateau Bellevue, the surroundings, the small village and its inhabitants... I loved it and <b>the whole atmosphere in the novel immediately made it feel like summer, even though it was raining where I was!</b> The main character, Sara, was easily likeable and I felt myself rooting for her and her wedding business, especially after her fianc茅 Gavin decides to leave her and she suddenly has to set up the business on her own. Luckily, Sara is surrounded by a great cast of supporting characters, including the trustworthy Karen and handsome and charming Thomas.<br /><br />The storyline, which revolves around Sara and her attempts to save Chateau Bellevue, was really enjoyable, especially because of the five weddings that are organised at the venue while the story enfolds. Each of the weddings featured a specific couple, all of them different from one another with their own background. <b>Fiona Valpy鈥檚 writing is great; well-paced, detailed, and captivating</b>, and I definitely look forward to reading more of her work in the future. 鈥楾he French for Always鈥?is a wonderfully warm and thoroughly enjoyable read, and <b>definitely the book to pick up if you are looking for your first taste of summer!鈥?9.5/10</b> <i>Spoonful of Happy Endings</i>
New York Fantastic: Fantasy Stories from the City that Never Slee...
by Night Shade Books

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English

Pages

424

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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An intriguing but insular man with telekinetic powers becomes New York City鈥檚 greatest superhero . . . A love affair blossoms between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building . . . There are tunnels under New York that do not appear on any map . . . Being a Manhattan real estate broker for supernaturals is a real challenge . . . Editor and anthologist Paula Guran collects a diverse array of unusual and memorable tales set in the Big Apple, from a who鈥檚-who of New York Times bestsellers and Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writers including George R. R. Martin, Peter Straub, Naomi Novik, Maria Dahvana Headley, Holly Black, and many more. Anyone who鈥檚 visited New York, New York knows what a 鈥渕agical鈥?place it is; these stories reveal just how marvelous, extraordinary, mysterious, and even occasionally eerie a truly fantastic city can be.

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