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The French for Christmas
by Fiona Valpy

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

October 03, 2014

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鈥?lt;b>Made me cry so many times 鈥?A beautiful, heartbreaking yet uplifting wonderful story</b>.鈥?<i>This Chick Reads</i><br /><br /><b>A year to forget. The perfect escape. And a little Christmas magic鈥?lt;/b><br /><br /><b>Touching, uplifting, and filled with delicious French cooking, <i>The French for Christmas</i> is the perfect Christmas treat.</b><br /><br /><b>Evie used to LOVE Christmas</b>, but this year she can鈥檛 wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory. <br /><br />When her best friends offer the use of their cottage in the beautiful French countryside, Evie jumps at the chance. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband, celebrity chef Will Brooke, plastered over the news with his latest 鈥榣ove interest鈥? leaving the country seems like the perfect plan.<br /><br />Armed with her French grandmother鈥檚 tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to happiness. <br /><br />And when Evie meets her next-door neighbour 鈥?the <i>tr貓s</i> gorgeous doctor Didier she finds a very willing taste-tester. But is it possible that he could be interested in more than just her <i>Tarte Tatin</i>? <br /><br />With snow falling, a special <i>R茅veillon</i> dinner and a little Christmas magic in the air, could Didier even be the one to thaw Evie鈥檚 heart? <b>Or will a visit from the ghost of Christmas past change everything?</b><br /><br /><h2>What people are saying about The French for Christmas</h2><br />鈥楽o <b>very real, so tragic, my heart absolutely ached</b> 鈥?A <b>heart-warming and truly beautiful</b> Christmas book.鈥?<b>5/5</b> <i>Paris Baker鈥檚 Book Nook</i><br /> <br />鈥?lt;b>One of my favourite stories I have read this year鈥?A truly superb novel. 5/5</b>.鈥?<i>Chloe鈥檚 Chick Lit Reviews</i><br /><br />鈥?lt;b>A truly wonderful novel</b> 鈥?touching, inspiring and heart-warming 鈥?<b>an absolute must on your holiday reading list. 5/5 Stars.</b>鈥?<i>Living Life with Joy</i><br /><br />鈥?lt;b>Just beautiful</b> 鈥?I was transported to a Christmas wonderland and I didn't want to leave! <b>Absolutely loved it!</b>鈥?<i>Becca鈥檚 Books</i><br /><br />鈥楢 winner 鈥?<b>I want to live this story</b>.鈥?<i>A Nurse and a Book</i><br /><br />鈥業 love Fiona Valpy's French countryside stories ... <b>The setting is wonderful and the snow and winter weather give it a fairytale like atmosphere 鈥?such a lovely Christmas story</b>.鈥?<i>Librarian Lavender</i><br /><br />鈥?lt;b>Beautiful descriptions of the idyllic French house and area 鈥?mouth-watering descriptions of the beautiful food</b> 鈥?a wonderful Christmas read. It has everything you could want from a book for this time of year.鈥?<i>Best Crime Books and More</i><br /><br />鈥?lt;b>I found myself talking out loud, muttering and cursing</b> 鈥?Fiona had given me <b>characters that I had connected with, that had strength and depth who I found I really cared about</b>.鈥?<i>Crooks on Books</i><br /><br />鈥?lt;b>This book made me cry</b> 鈥?Another great and emotional read with Christmas cheer, Christmas spirit.鈥?<i>French Village Diaries</i><br /><br />鈥楾ruly idyllic 鈥?everything we love about the Christmas season. <b>A beautiful read!</b>鈥?<i>M鈥檚 Bookshelf</i><br /><br />鈥業 <b>absolutely adored</b> this charming, thought provoking story鈥?I<br />felt really Christmassy reading this! The main part of the story is set during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, <b>the setting is gorgeous and the food sounds delicious</b>. Alongside all the festive-ness there is also a more serious underlying storyline to this novel which makes it truly touching and extremely gripping. <b>All in all the perfect wintry-night-by-the-fire read</b>.鈥?<i>Bookaholic Confessions</i><br /><br />鈥楾his was <b>a lovely, cozy read</b> which would be perfect for reading during those cold winter months.鈥?<i>Books and Book Ends</i><br /><br />鈥極ur main character Evie was a little treasure who has had a heartbreaking time recently and I found myself routing for her hoping for a happy ending for her鈥?<b>This was a great read with a lovely festive touch</b>.鈥?<i>Rea鈥檚 Book Review</i>
Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way
by Tanja Hester

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<div><b>A practical action guide for financial independence and early retirement from the popular "Our Next Life" blogger.</b></div><div><br /></div> In today's work culture, we're expected to hustle around the clock. But what if you could escape the traditional path and get on one that doesn't require working full-time until age 65? What if you could wake up every day without an alarm clock and do the things you love most? <br /><br /> Tanja Hester and her husband Mark left their crazed careerist lifestyle to live their dream life in Lake Tahoe, retiring early from high-stress careers. Now Tanja will help you map out a customized plan for freedom and make it easy to succeed, whether you're good at math and budgeting-or not! <i>Work Optional </i>is more than just a financial plan: it's a plan for your whole life-designed by you, not by an employer or clients. Tanja walks you through envisioning your dream life, accounting for variables such as health care and children, protecting yourself from recessions and future unknowns, and achieving a purpose-filled early retirement, semi-retirement, or career intermission with completely doable, non-penny-pinching steps. <br /><br /> You can live a happier, more meaningful life, free from the daily grind. Regardless of where you are in your career,<i> Work Optional</i> will get you there.<br />
Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent
by Gabrielle Walker

Language

English

Pages

421

Publication Date

January 15, 2013

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<p>Antarctica is the most alien place on the planet, the only part of the earth where humans could never survive unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, most of which focus on only one aspect of its unique strangeness. None has managed to capture the whole story鈥攗ntil now.<br /><br />Drawing on her broad travels across the continent, in <i>Antarctica </i>Gabrielle Walker weaves all the significant threads of life on the vast ice sheet into an intricate tapestry, illuminating what it really feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people. With her we witness cutting-edge science experiments, visit the South Pole, lodge with American, Italian, and French researchers, drive snowdozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming.<br /><br />This is a thrilling trip to the farthest reaches of earth by one of the best science writers working today.</p>
Notting Hill in the Snow: The most heartwarming and uplifting Chr...
by Jules Wake

Language

English

Pages

308

Publication Date

October 11, 2019

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<h2>Escape to Notting Hill this Christmas鈥?lt;/h2><p><strong>From the bestselling author of <em>Covent Garden in the Snow</em>, this is the most romantic and charming book you鈥檒l read this Christmas鈥?lt;/strong></p><p><em>A Notting Hill nativity鈥?what could go wrong?</em></p><p>Viola Smith plays the viola in an orchestra (yes really!) but this year she's been asked to stretch her musical talents to organising Notting Hill's local nativity.</p><p>Nate Williams isn't looking forward to Christmas but as his small daughter, Grace, has the starring role in the show, he's forced to stop being a Grinch and volunteer with Viola.</p><p>With the sparks between them hotter than the chestnuts roasting in Portobello market, Nate and Viola can't deny their feelings. And as the snow starts to fall over London, they find themselves trapped together in more ways than one鈥?lt;/p><p><strong>This is a gorgeously heartwarming and uplifting Christmas romance, perfect for fans of Sue Moorcroft, Isabelle Broom or any Hugh Grant romcom鈥?From <em>Four Weddings and a Funeral</em> to <em>Notting Hill</em>!</strong></p><h2>Praise for <em>Covent Garden in the Snow</em>鈥?lt;/h2><p>鈥楬ad me <strong>laughing from the first page</strong>!鈥?<em>Rachel鈥檚 Random Reads</em></p><p>鈥楤uy this book, put up a do not disturb sign and enjoy indulging in every page 鈥?<strong>you won't be disappointed</strong>!鈥?<em>Gem鈥檚 Quiet Corner</em></p><p>鈥楢 romantic and hilarious novel with <strong>a beautiful and snowy Christmas atmosphere</strong>鈥?<em>Chicklit Club</em></p><p>鈥極h I absolutely loved Tilly! What <strong>a fun, festive book</strong>, and a beautiful cover鈥?<em>LoveReading.com</em></p>
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>
The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find...
by Tristan Gooley

Language

English

Pages

416

Publication Date

August 26, 2015

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<p><b>Turn Every Walk into a Game of Detection</b></p><p>When writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world filled with clues. The roots of a tree indicate the sun鈥檚 direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a sand dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points south. To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more, gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and around the world. Whether you鈥檙e walking in the country or city, along a coastline, or by night, this is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal 鈥?if you only know how to look!</p>
The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi: My Journey into the Heart of S...
by Kathie Lee Gifford

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

March 06, 2018

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<p>As a lifelong student of Scripture, Kathie Lee Gifford has always desired a deeper understanding of God鈥檚 Word and a deeper knowledge of God Himself. But it wasn鈥檛 until she began studying the biblical texts in their original Hebrew and Greek鈥攁long with actually hiking the ancient paths of Israel鈥攖hat she found the fulfillment of those desires.</p><p>Now you can walk with Kathie on a journey through the spiritual foundations of her faith:</p><ul><li><strong>The Rock (Jesus Christ):</strong>聽Hear directly from Kathie about her life-changing and ever-deepening connection with Jesus, the Lover of her soul.</li><li><strong>The Road (Israel):</strong>聽Explore dozens of ancient landmarks and historical sites from Israel, the promised land of God鈥檚 covenant.</li><li><strong>The Rabbi (God鈥檚 Word):</strong>聽Go beyond a 鈥淪unday school鈥?approach to the Bible by digging into the original languages and deeper meanings of the Holy Scriptures.</li></ul><p>As you journey through聽<em>The Rock, The Road, and The Rabbi</em>, you鈥檒l also find additional content from Messianic Rabbi Jason Sobel throughout the book. Jason鈥檚 insight into the Hebrew language, culture, and heritage will open your eyes to the Bible like never before.</p><p>Come! Begin your journey toward a deeper faith through聽<em>The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi</em>.</p>
On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey
by Paul Theroux

Language

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
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown
by Paul Theroux

Language

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.
Tell Me Who I Am: The Story Behind the Netflix Documentary: Now ...
by , Marcus Lewis

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

July 04, 2013

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<p>Imagine waking up one day to discover that you have forgotten everything about your life. Your only link with the past, your only hope for the future, is your identical twin.</p><p>Now imagine, years later, discovering that your twin had not told you the whole truth about your childhood, your family, and the forces that had shaped you. Why the secrets? Why the silences? You have no choice but to begin again.</p><p>This has been Alex's reality: a world where memories are just the stories people tell you, where fact and fiction are impossible to distinguish. With dogged courage he has spent years hunting for the truth about his hidden past and his remarkable family. His quest to understand his true identity has revealed shocking betrayals and a secret tragedy, extraordinary triumph over crippling adversity and, above all, redemption founded on brotherly love.</p><p>Marcus his twin brother has sometimes been a reluctant companion on this journey, but for him too it has led to staggering revelations and ultimately the shedding of impossible burdens. </p><p>Their story spans continents and eras, from 1950s debutantes and high society in the Home Counties to a remote island in the Pacific and 90s raves. Disturbing, funny, heart-breaking and affirming, Alex and Marcus's determination to rebuild their lives makes us look afresh at how we choose to tell our stories.</p>

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