posted: Jun. 7, 2014 @ 10:39a
4.3 out of 5 stars (121 customer reviews)
Rich in Historical Detail, This Is a Romance that Delivers!An unsolved mystery separates ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis from his lost son--his only living relation, his only family. Shortly before her tragic demise, his wife abandoned their infant to strangers, refusing to reveal the child's whereabouts. Now, three years later, Brogan has discovered the boy at the home of a shipbuilder's daughter, Lorena Huntley.Lorena guards a dark secret about her young charge. She finds herself falling for the heroic captain who has come to claim his newly built ship, unaware his motive for wooing her is to befriend the boy he plans on reclaiming as his own--until the day another's evil deceit leaves her helplessly shipbound, heading toward England.As the perfect opportunity to reclaim his son unfolds, Brogan is haunted by thoughts of Lorena in her dire circumstance, and he is forced to make a heartrending choice between his child and the woman who has begun to capture his heart. But only his unselfish sacrifice can win him the greatest prize of all--love.
In The Tradition Of Corelli’s Mandolin And Eleni Comes An Epic Historical Fiction Novel Set In Greece. By Richard Romanus, A Nominee For The Writers Guild Of America Award For Best Original Screenplay.
In the hardscrabble villages of northern Greece, strength is the only measure of a girl’s beauty. But Maria Christina is delicate, nearsighted, unmarried at 17 – already a spinster, in a town with few choices– and hopeless. She’s overshadowed by Matoula, the nimble, radiant older sister whom she loves but envies. Worse still, she smolders with shameful desire for handsome, worldly Yiannis, Matoula’s husband, a doctor from sophisticated Athens.
It’s the bitter winter of 1940, war just over the horizon, the Axis Powers massing to invade. All the able-bodied men have gone to defend the border. The women must supply their food and clothing, their bandages and bullets – on foot over mountain trails, by starlight, through deep snow. But only those deemed strong may help. Not Maria Christina. For her that’s just another humiliation.
Defiantly, she joins Matoula on a supply run. And then her worst nightmare comes true: it is strong, deserving Matoula who dies. Yiannis is left a widower, torn between commitment to the resistance, where his skills are desperately needed, and responsibility for Zoitsa, the young daughter Matsoula bore him.
War rages on – against the Italians, then the Germans, and then heartbreaking civil strife among the Greeks themselves. Conflict burns within Maria Christina and Yiannis, too. They are engulfed by passion, separated by duty to country, bonded by common loss and devoured by Maria Christina’s guilt at surviving her more beautiful, capable sister.
A vivid epic of calamity and longing, of modernity vanquishing tradition, Matoula’s Echo makes just one fragile promise of redemption in the form of Maria Christina’s new awakening.
Michal (The Wives of King David Book #1): A Novel
As the daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege--but one that is haunted by her father's unpredictable moods and by competition from her beautiful older sister. When Michal falls for young David, the harpist who plays to calm her father, she has no idea what romance, adventures, and heartache await her.
As readers enter the colorful and unpredictable worlds of King Saul and King David, they will be swept up in this exciting and romantic story. Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes her readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as one of the wives of David. A sweeping tale of passion and drama, readers will love this amazing story.
The accidental discovery of a decades old murder thrusts a young American diplomat in modern day Berlin into a terrifying race against time to destroy an underground menace that has lain dormant since the closing days of World War II.
An obscure murder in the last days of World War II, a demonic plot that remains shrouded in time... Either through fate, accidental circumstance, or even the hand of God, a horror begins to surface and unfold. But is it too late to change its catastrophic outcome?
Out of the West
Out of the West is a compelling work of literary fiction, a war novel that explores the challenges of peace. A gripping historical adventure, it paints a portrait of courage and love in the fatal shadow of global conflict that has spilled into the twenty-first century.
Citizens of Nazi-occupied Greece face daily decisions that affect their freedom and their survival. When music teacher Petros intervenes in a dispute between a Greek woman and a German soldier, he and jazz singer Thea are plunged into the brutal world of armed resistance.
Ian Chalmers, a British agent, lands in Northern Greece, where he joins Petros’ and Thea’s network. Never fully understanding his Greek collaborators, he forms a deep bond with them.
In Scotland after World War Two, Ian is alienated from everyday life until he meets Clare, an up and coming intelligence officer. Surrounded by opportunity and courted by influential mentors, Ian and Clare learn that integrity has to be fought for in peacetime Britain just as in wartime Europe.
When Ian undertakes a final mission to Greece, now in the full throes of civil war, the weight of ideology and history descends with sudden force on the small town where former friends and enemies confront one another in a terrifying climax.
The Titanic Plan
100 years ago J. Pierpont Morgan and a group of Wall Street bankers took direct control of the American economy.
100 years ago radical firebrands were conspiring to create a workers revolution.
100 years ago the American government was paralyzed by a bitter political struggle.
100 years ago a great ship sank on her maiden voyage.
They said it was an accident. They said it was an error of judgment.
They were wrong.