Download Secret Europe by John Howard, Mark Valentine (.ePUB)

Secret Europe by John Howard, Mark Valentine
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Overview: The authors of Secret Europe were inspired by the lives of the many courageous spirits in all parts of the continent who followed their conscience in troubled times: and formed a sort of Secret Europe which tried to preserve the values of our common humanity. The stories often take place in borderlands, not only in terrain but in time too, and sometimes on the borders of this world and other, mysterious worlds. Many are set during times of upheaval—war, revolution, dictatorship—while others concern more personal upheavals. Each of the remote and relatively unknown regions is evoked with a fine sense of place, and we share in the lives of authentic characters who are faced with difficult, often dangerous, choices.
Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics


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Download Wolves around the Throne by S.J.A. Turney (.ePUB)

Wolves around the Throne (Wolves of Odin Book 4) by S.J.A. Turney
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Overview: The wolves of Odin escort a Norman noblewoman to her wedding in France, but there are plenty who object to the union, and will not hold their peace…
AD 1044. All eyes are on the marriage of Beatrix de Hautville to Armand de Mortain. The union could calm a tense political situation in Normandy: a young, illegitimate nobleman called William is vying for the ducal throne, and making plenty of enemies along the way.
One of these is Beatrix’s elder brother, Serlo, and it is hoped the joining of the two families will cool his anger.
Halfdan and the wolves of Odin are bound for stormy political seas. Will they be able to navigate the currents, or will they be drawn into a brutal family feud?
Packed with political machinations in the pursuit of power, this adventure is perfect for fans of Giles Kristian.
Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics


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Download George and Louise Series by Eva Seyler

George and Louise Series (1-2) by Eva Seyler
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 2.3MB | Retail
Overview: Eva was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She left that humidity pit at the age of three and spent the next twenty-one years in California, Idaho, Kentucky, and Washington before ending up in Oregon, where she now lives on a homestead in the western foothills with her husband and five children, two of whom are human.
Genre: Fiction > General Fiction / Classics | Historical

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#1 – The Summer I Found Home
Oregon, 1925. Like his semi-reclusive parents, ten-year-old George Graham doesn’t have friends, preferring to live inside the safe and predictable world of his books. This all changes when his classmate Louise Pearson, new to town, befriends him. Curious about his family’s secrets, and with plenty of her own, the pair become an irrepressible, inseparable team, bantering and bickering their way through what turns out to be an unforgettable summer.

Louise’s quick brain puts together the scattered clues she and George scrounge up about his parents’ past. They discover that George’s dad has another family back in England—a wife and four daughters—and that he’s still sending them almost every penny he earns. Hoping for answers, Louise writes to the eldest of George’s half-sisters, Susan, never expecting Susan herself to turn up on the family doorstep unannounced. And all the long-held family secrets begin to unravel.

#2 – Shadows From the Sky
Oregon, 1927: Twelve-year-old Louise Pearson wants to fly. Her mother doesn’t think it’s ladylike; her best friend George Graham doesn’t think it’s safe.

But Louise doesn’t feel safe on the ground. Her mother seems to be holding her at arm’s length. George is preoccupied with a religious identity crisis. Worst of all, terrifying anonymous notes keep popping up where Louise least expects them. Charles Lindbergh’s celebrated crossing of the Atlantic provides some much-needed distraction for a while, but as the summer goes on and the notes grow more threatening, Louise knows she needs to figure out who is targeting her… before her worst nightmares become reality.

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Download Ramanujar by Indira Parthasarathy, T. Sriraman (Translator) (.ePUB)

Ramanujar: The Life and Ideas of Ramanuja by Indira Parthasarathy, T. Sriraman (Translator)
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 6.4 MB
Overview: Indira Parthasarathy’s Tamil play Ramanujar, which won the K.K. Birla Foundation’s Saraswati Samman in 1999, presents the medieval Vaishnava acharya not only as an exponent of the Visishtadvaita philosophy but even more strikingly as a radical social reformer with an inclusive vision. The play strives to demonstrate that he redefined the very idea of a Vaishnava. The play also takes a balanced view of the hagiographic and historical accounts on the controversial events in his long life, such as Chola persecution, Ramanuja’s exile, conversion of the Hoysala King from Jainism, and the meeting with the Delhi Sultan. The Epilogue, a playlet included in this new edition, presents an imaginary meeting of the aged renunciant with his long-separated wife. The searching questions she poses make the savant reflect upon and evaluate himself, his past and the impact he has made on society. The present translation of the play, which includes the Epilogue, makes the work available to a wider audience. The Introduction and Commentary point out how Indira Parthasarathy employs the traditional hagiographic accounts as a critical tool to probe issues of social and religious amity and gender equity.
Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics


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Download Ballad Series by Sharyn McCrumb (.ePUB)

Ballad Series (##2, 5, 8-11) by Sharyn McCrumb
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 2.9 Mb
Overview: Set in the Appalachian wilderness and blending legends and folklore with high suspense, these stellar novels are considered one of McCrumb’s crowning achievements.
Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics > Historical


#2 The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter
Everyone in Dark Hollow, Tennesee, knew that old Nora Bonesteel had "the Sight." So naturally she was the first to know about the murder-suicide. Four members of the Underhill family lay dead on a run-down farm, and the two children who survived had no one left. Only the minister’s wife, Laura Bruce, was willing to be their guardian. The grisly case was supposed to be "open and shut," but it bothered Sheriff Spencer Arrowood. He had this worried feeling that the bad things were far from over at the Underhill’s farm. And he would feel a lot worse if he knew what else old Nora saw: tragedy for Laura Bruce, an elderly man, and a young mother…and the kind of dying that would test the courage of the living and a sheriff’s insights into country ways and hearts.

#5 The Ballad of Frankie Silver
In 1833 Frankie Silver was an eighteen-year-old girl convicted of murder in Burke County, North Carolina. Through a detailed investigation, the local sheriff, and soon all the townsfolk, discover reason to question her guilt—but the wheels of justice were mercilessly unstoppable, and she was hanged.
Now, more than a century later, another woman is convicted of murder in the lush hills of Tennessee. Her life is in the hands of Spencer Arrowood, a man who begins to discover that the convictions of these two women have deep and haunting parallels. Although Frankie’s fate cannot be changed, there is still time to alter the fate of another innocent woman.

#8 The Devil Amongst the Lawyers
In 1935, when Erma Morton, a beautiful young woman with a teaching degree, is charged with the murder of her father in a remote Virginia mountain community, the case becomes a cause célèbrefor the national press.
Eager for a case to replace the Lindbergh trial in the public’s imagination, the journalists descend on the mountain county intent on infusing their stories with quaint local color: horse-drawn buggies, rundown shacks, children in threadbare clothes. They need tales of rural poverty to give their Depression-era readers people whom they can feel superior to. The untruth of these cultural stereotypes did not deter the big-city reporters, but a local journalist, Carl Jennings, fresh out of college and covering his first major story, reports what he sees: an ordinary town and a defendant who is probably guilty.

#9 The Ballad of Tom Dooley
A literary triumph—what began as a fictional re-telling of the historical account of one of the most famous mountain ballads of all time became an astonishing revelation of the real culprit responsible for the murder of Laura Foster. Hang down your head, Tom Dooley…The folk song, made famous by the Kingston Trio, recounts a tragedy in the North Carolina mountains after the Civil War. Laura Foster, a simple country girl, was murdered and her lover Tom Dula was hanged for the crime. The sensational elements in the case attracted national attention: a man and his beautiful, married lover accused of murdering the other-woman; the former governor of North Carolina spearheading the defense; and a noble gesture from the prisoner on the eve of his execution, saving the woman he really loved.

#10 King’s Mountain
John Sevier had not taken much interest in the American Revolution. Homesteading in the Carolina mountains, Sevier was too busy fighting Indians and taming the wilderness to worry much about a far-off war, but when an arrogant British officer sends a message over the mountains, threatening to burn the settlers’ farms and kill their families, the Revolutionary War becomes personal.

#10.5 Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past
When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when they decide to stay through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls. On Christmas Eve, Sheriff Spencer Arrowood and Deputy Joe LeDonne find themselves on an unwelcome call to arrest an elderly man for a minor offense. As they attempt to do their duty, while doing the right thing for a neighbor, it begins to look like they may all spend Christmas away from home.

#11 Prayers the Devil Answers
Years later, after the tragedy, someone remembered the Dumb Supper and what had happened there. That was the cause of it, they said, because the ritual wasn’t a game after all. It really was magic, but magic has rules, and she broke them.

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