Author: Denis Theriault; Translated by John Cullen
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Tania moves from Bavaria to Montreal to fine-tune her French and fall in love. Finding work as a waitress at a low-key restaurant in a working-class area of the city, she meets Bilodo, a shy postman who writes haiku and who is passionate about calligraphy. The two hit it off but then one stormy day their lives take a dramatic turn, and as their destinies become increasingly entwined the two are led into a world where nothing is as it seems. The Postman’s Fiancée reunites readers with the touching and much-loved characters first found in The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, charming readers once again with his deft touch and lyrical prose with this love story that will move readers, young and old alike.
*Selected for Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 Book Club* Secretly steaming open envelopes and reading the letters inside, Bilodo has found an escape from his lonely and routine life as a postman. When one day he comes across a mysterious letter containing a single haiku, he finds himself avidly caught up in the relationship between a long-distance couple who write to each other using only beautiful poetry. He feasts on their words, vicariously living a life for which he longs. But it will only be a matter of time before his world comes crashing down around him.
The enigmatic men in their lives are giving away no secrets… But neither of these women will stop until they uncover the love that lies beneath in these two charming romances from Betty Neels and Caro Carson. Discovering Daisy Plain Daisy Gillard leads a quiet life, helping her parent’s run their antiques shop. Until handsome pediatrician Mr. Jules der Huizma sweeps into her life and becomes her personal knight in shining armor! When he whisks her away to Holland, she can no longer deny she’s falling for him. Only charming Jules is engaged to another woman, leading Daisy to wonder if he can ever truly give her his heart and make her his bride… The Doctor’s Former Fiancée Dr. Lana Donnoli didn’t want to imagine that the Braden MacDowell she had once loved could have turned so cold and calculating. But the billionaire CEO is taking away her funding. Just what is going on beneath her ex-fiancé’s icy facade? He’s now all about the bottom line, a fact Lana just can’t comprehend. But their passion for each other is just as intense. Will those old feelings be enough to get them to a place where love is the best medicine?
From fake fiancée...to wife for real? Playboy A&E doctor Ben Robertson has an emergency: he needs a fiancée quick! He'd invented a fiancee to keep a certain person happy—who is now demanding to meet his bride-to-be! Ben has no choice but to beg his housemate, surgeon Kirsty Brown, to play the part. Kirsty reluctantly agrees, but regrets her decision as soon as she discovers what's involved: she's expected to wear Ben's ring, attend engagement parties as his blushing bride and share his bed! Ben is her friend—not her lover—so why is she suddenly wishing she were his real fiancée after all?
A moving story of friendship and the power of imagination, from the award-winning author of The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman The loss of a parent brought them together. Two boys united by grief. Set on the rugged north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, where the wind merges with the forest and the waves, where albatross whirl overhead and snow lies deep on the land, two lonely boys form a powerful friendship. Together they take refuge in a magical undersea world of their own creation, searching for a sense of belonging. But for one of them the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur, and the loyalty of his friend is put to the test in a journey that threatens to end in tragedy. Infused with his characteristic charm, Denis Thériault’s novel The Boy Who Belonged to the Sea is a powerful fable about the pain of losing someone you love and the longing for security, which has touched readers’ hearts all over the world.
Double Indemnity ; Mildred Pierce ; and Selected Stories
Author: James Mallahan Cain
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Three classics from the noir master include signature pieces about murder, obsessive love, and psychological devotion; and are complemented by five short works including "Pastorale," "The Baby in the Icebox," "Dead Man," "Brush Fire," and "The Girl in the Storm." 15,000 first printing.
"This series just keeps on getting better." - Amazon review In the world of high-stakes gambling, a killer lurks... It's springtime in Denver, and private investigator Reed Ferguson is less than a week away from his wedding. When an old flame, Alicia Ferrigam, shows up asking for help, things quickly go awry. Alicia plays in a high-stakes poker tournament, and she believes someone is cheating. She asks Reed to find out who, but before he can identify the cheater, a mysterious death occurs at the tournament. Suddenly Reed finds himself on a suspect list almost as long as the wedding guest list. With his fiancee Willie spinning from pre-wedding jitters, and his parents and future in-laws arriving in two days, Reed juggles to balance wedding commitments and the search to find the killer. But can he solve the crime and get himself off the suspect list before wedding bells ring? Great for fans who love a fast-paced, humorous read, without a lot of swearing or sex. More Great Reviews of this private investigator series: Kirkus Reviews: The promising kickoff to Pawlish's comic mystery series, starring far-from-perfect PI Reed Ferguson. Pawlish earns high marks for plot construction, with twists and turns naturally unfolding as Ferguson, inexperienced but not incapable, feels his way through the case. A good-humored mystery series worth following. 5 star review: Oh how I've missed the Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe characters that saw me with a flashlight in the dead of night flipping pages to see what happened next. Thank you Ms. Pawlish for bringing back to life this long-lost art of the detective battling against all odds and getting to the bottom of things. Maureen with zencherry book reviews The Reed Ferguson mystery series: Book 1: This Doesn't Happen In The Movies Book 2: Reel Estate Rip-off Book 3: The Maltese Felon Book 4: Farewell, My Deuce Book 5: Out Of The Past Book 6: Torch Scene Book 7: The Lady Who Sang High Book 8: Sweet Smell Of Sucrets Book 9: The Third Fan Book 10: Back Story Book 11: Night of the Hunted Book 12: The Postman Always Brings Dice short story: Elvis And The Sports Card Cheat Private Investigator Mystery Series Categories: - Mystery Series - Private Investigator Series - Crime Thrillers - Crime Series - Private Detective Novels - pulp - humor - comedy"
A vividly-rendered portrait of both the rise of Impressionism and of the artist at the center of the movement, Claude and Camille is above all a love story of the highest romantic order. In the mid-nineteenth century, a young man named Claude Monet decided that he would rather endure a difficult life painting landscapes than take over his father’s nautical supplies business in a French seaside town. Against his father’s will, and with nothing but a dream and an insatiable urge to create a new style of art that repudiated the Classical Realism of the time, he set off for Paris. But once there he is confronted with obstacles: an art world that refused to validate his style, extreme poverty, and a war that led him away from his home and friends. But there were bright spots as well: his deep, enduring friendships with men named Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Manet—a group that together would come to be known as the Impressionists, and that supported each other through the difficult years. Even more illuminating was his lifelong love, Camille Doncieux, a beautiful, upper-class Parisian girl who threw away her privileged life to be by the side of the defiant painter and embrace the lively Bohemian life of their time. His muse, his best friend, his passionate lover, and the mother to his two children, Camille stayed with Monet—and believed in his work—even as they lived in wretched rooms and often suffered the indignities of destitution. But Camille had her own demons—secrets that Monet could never penetrate—including one that when eventually revealed would pain him so deeply that he would never fully recover from its impact.