Children of Italy
Author: Christine Simolke
Children of Italy is a thrilling novel of love, adventure, scandal, and heartbreak, set against the backdrop of the the early 20th century as millions of immigrants poured through the doors of Ellis Island in search of the American Dream.
A World Of Tears
Author: Linga Munthali
Publisher: Justfiction Edition
Casey a seventeen year old girl, lives with her parents and siblings in New York, Syracuse. They are considered the poorest in the neighborhood and life is so hard for them to the extent that Casey's little brother, Lewis, joins a group of bandits in order to steal and help his poor family. Casey gets pregnant and decides to run away, she's scared of what her parents would say or do to her.... "What would they do with a now pregnant me about to bring an extra mouth to feed and clothe?" She runs away and goes to Chicago where she finds refuge in the arms of a young man whom she falls in love with. When tragedy strikes like a lightning bolt from heaven, Casey's life becomes a living hell. She finds out that the love of her life, sweetheart, her soul mate is actually her brother. The skeletons in the closet rise to life. The lies, secrets and betrayal in Casey's family lead to the deaths of many.
Author: Nora Roberts
Living at a Virginia horse farm with the mother she had never known, Kelsey Byden becomes involved with a high-stakes gambler who raises troubling questions about her mother's past
Author: Gillian Shields
Publisher: Harper Collins
There are the small betrayals: the unkind word, the petty lies. And there are the betrayals that break hearts, destroy worlds, and turn the strong sweet light of day into bitter dust. When Evie Johnson started at Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, her life changed in ways she couldn't possibly have envisioned: the discovery of her link with Lady Agnes, her special bond with Helen and Sarah, and their sisterhood in the astonishing secrets of the Mystic Way. Above all, Evie's love for Sebastian has turned her world upside down. Now Evie returns to Wyldcliffe for another term and more danger. Surrounded by enemies, she lives every day in fear that Sebastian will fall into the darkness of servitude to the Unconquered Lords. The Wyldcliffe coven is plotting to destroy Evie and use Sebastian to secure their own immortality. Evie and her sisters must master the power of the Talisman before it is too late. But could it be Sebastian himself who will ultimately betray Evie? In this companion to Gillian Shields's dazzling Immortal, magic and sweeping romance cross the bounds of time to deliver heart-stopping emotion and suspense.
The Telling Room
Author: Michael Paterniti
Publisher: Dial Press
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Entertainment Weekly • Kirkus Reviews • The Christian Science Monitor In the picturesque village of Guzmán, Spain, in a cave dug into a hillside on the edge of town, an ancient door leads to a cramped limestone chamber known as “the telling room.” Containing nothing but a wooden table and two benches, this is where villagers have gathered for centuries to share their stories and secrets—usually accompanied by copious amounts of wine. It was here, in the summer of 2000, that Michael Paterniti found himself listening to a larger-than-life Spanish cheesemaker named Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras as he spun an odd and compelling tale about a piece of cheese. An unusual piece of cheese. Made from an old family recipe, Ambrosio’s cheese was reputed to be among the finest in the world, and was said to hold mystical qualities. Eating it, some claimed, conjured long-lost memories. But then, Ambrosio said, things had gone horribly wrong. . . . By the time the two men exited the telling room that evening, Paterniti was hooked. Soon he was fully embroiled in village life, relocating his young family to Guzmán in order to chase the truth about this cheese and explore the fairy tale–like place where the villagers conversed with farm animals, lived by an ancient Castilian code of honor, and made their wine and food by hand, from the grapes growing on a nearby hill and the flocks of sheep floating over the Meseta. What Paterniti ultimately discovers there in the highlands of Castile is nothing like the idyllic slow-food fable he first imagined. Instead, he’s sucked into the heart of an unfolding mystery, a blood feud that includes accusations of betrayal and theft, death threats, and a murder plot. As the village begins to spill its long-held secrets, Paterniti finds himself implicated in the very story he is writing. Equal parts mystery and memoir, travelogue and history, The Telling Room is an astonishing work of literary nonfiction by one of our most accomplished storytellers. A moving exploration of happiness, friendship, and betrayal, The Telling Room introduces us to Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras, an unforgettable real-life literary hero, while also holding a mirror up to the world, fully alive to the power of stories that define and sustain us. Praise for The Telling Room “Captivating . . . Paterniti’s writing sings, whether he’s talking about how food activates memory, or the joys of watching his children grow.”—NPR
Betrayal of Fate
Author: Cherelle Vanhanegin
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Two sons....that are forced to pledged their loyalty to their Father to become white fang ninja assassins, transfer to a new school to carry out the mission that they were given by their father, King Siurue. Once there they will meet the love of their life and enemy Sojiro and Kohaku, will have to decided whether they will kill Zazmolina and her sister Isriha, and help their father rid the world of all super natural creatures or will Sojiro and his brother Kohaku take a chance of fate and betray him for the sake of love? "Its a kill or be killed that is the white fang motto. It's just how the world of ninja assassins is."
"Riveting account of actual events and their startling twists and turns." "Haunting psychological cliffhanger of terrifying abuse, unrelenting brainwashing attempts, and one child's determination to survive and thrive." Arthur M. Bodin, Ph.D., ABPP Former President, Division of Family Psychology, American Psychological Association "A gripping account of the effects of a child's continual trauma and her struggles for physical and emotional safety. Tracy May balances the horror of relentless threat and fear with acts of kindness from others. A courageous and inspirational story filled with huge characters and major legal precedents. Once I started reading the book, I could not put it down. As a psychologist, I recommend this exceptional addition to the understanding of trauma and recovery." Joseph Keenan, Ph.D. "A child's terrifying journey through severe and pervasive family dysfunction and many forms of child abuse, including parental alienation. The story reflects a keen understanding of coping with adversity. A powerful and moving testimonial to the strength of the human spirit and a must read for anyone moving on from a stormy past." Andrew Newman, M.D., FCCP Keeping Mother's Secrets is a gripping memoir of a child's courage to survive terrifying physical, emotional and sexual abuse. It has many unpredictable twists and turns as the child, Tracy, clings to hope and finds a way to thrive. This brave, honest and graphic account is enhanced by legal documents and the memories of others who were involved. Keeping Mother's Secrets is an inspirational read that will engage, enlighten and fascinate the public. It also offers hope to those who have suffered abuse and trauma."
What is it like to recover from betrayal of trust today in a culture that is blind to the trauma and impatient with grief? When her long-time partner suddenly left her shortly before their wedding, the author found nothing had prepared her for the depth and duration of the pain. Despite having lived through her husband's death years earlier, she was stunned by the intensity of the suffering and could not understand why this shock hit so hard. Her loss of faith in this one person precipitated an existential and spiritual crisis that called her very understanding of human nature into question, and she wanted to know why. As she wrested with what turned out to be a massive trauma, she began to keep careful notes of her inner life-hoping to capture the paradoxes of love, grief and longing mixed with bewilderment and post-traumatic stress. With fearlessness and bracing frankness, she succeeds. "Love and the Mystery of Betrayal" seamlessly blends research and reflection, love and heartbreak, rage and transformation, and the personal with the collective. The deep, engaging writing provides the type of solace only a kindred spirit who has been there can. This achingly moving chronicle and meditation on the mysteries of love and betrayal shows how faith and love can triumph even after the most life-shattering revelations and loss. "This story of heartbreak has a rare quality: it is absolutely honest." -Ginette Paris, PhD, "Heartbreak" ..".a powerful book that will serve many." -Tara Brach, PhD, "Radical Acceptance," "True Refuge" "Sandra Dennis does not sugar-coat the experience of abandonment and betrayal with easy tips on getting over it or with spiritual bypass sleight of hand.... A much needed contribution to our collective healing..." -Francis Weller, Founder of Wisdom Bridge, "Entering the Healing Ground" "What Sandra Dennis tells us about the transformative power of suffering is so important and so true. I hope many read this book; many surely are in need of it." -Fr. Richard Rohr, "Silent Compassion," "Breathing Underwater" ..".a rare and beautiful book...invaluable for anyone interested in harnessing the deepest human heartbreak as a crucible for spiritual awakening....a triumph of spirit." -Miranda Macpherson, "Boundless Love" ..".a powerful and thoughtful book right from the heart that will be a source of comfort and assistance to a lot of hurting people." -Lundy Bancroft, "Why Does He Do That?" ..".probes the subject of betrayal in an almost kinesthetic way, like a dance that is also superbly intelligent." -Charlie Fisher, PhD," Meditation in the Wild" and "Dismantling Discontent" "What a remarkable book Sandra Dennis has written! I celebrate her courage and discoveries, and welcome her home!" -Gangaji, "Hidden Treasure," "A Diamond in Your Pocket"
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Ada, the Betrayed
Author: James Malcolm Rymer
Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive
James Rymer was a 19th century author best known for writing penny dreadfuls, and Ada, the Betrayed was his very first known work, published in 1845.
What Makes Love Last?
Author: John Mordechai Gottman, John Gottman, Nan Silver
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The best-selling author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work lends scientific insights into how to build and maintain trust in committed relationships, sharing a formula for calculating a couple's loyalty level that takes into account a relationship's likely future and vulnerability to infidelity.
The Pope and Mussolini
Author: David I. Kertzer
Publisher: Random House
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the gripping story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will forever change our understanding of the Vatican’s role in the rise of Fascism in Europe. The Pope and Mussolini tells the story of two men who came to power in 1922, and together changed the course of twentieth-century history. In most respects, they could not have been more different. One was scholarly and devout, the other thuggish and profane. Yet Pius XI and “Il Duce” had many things in common. They shared a distrust of democracy and a visceral hatred of Communism. Both were prone to sudden fits of temper and were fiercely protective of the prerogatives of their office. (“We have many interests to protect,” the Pope declared, soon after Mussolini seized control of the government in 1922.) Each relied on the other to consolidate his power and achieve his political goals. In a challenge to the conventional history of this period, in which a heroic Church does battle with the Fascist regime, Kertzer shows how Pius XI played a crucial role in making Mussolini’s dictatorship possible and keeping him in power. In exchange for Vatican support, Mussolini restored many of the privileges the Church had lost and gave in to the pope’s demands that the police enforce Catholic morality. Yet in the last years of his life—as the Italian dictator grew ever closer to Hitler—the pontiff’s faith in this treacherous bargain started to waver. With his health failing, he began to lash out at the Duce and threatened to denounce Mussolini’s anti-Semitic racial laws before it was too late. Horrified by the threat to the Church-Fascist alliance, the Vatican’s inner circle, including the future Pope Pius XII, struggled to restrain the headstrong pope from destroying a partnership that had served both the Church and the dictator for many years. The Pope and Mussolini brims with memorable portraits of the men who helped enable the reign of Fascism in Italy: Father Pietro Tacchi Venturi, Pius’s personal emissary to the dictator, a wily anti-Semite known as Mussolini’s Rasputin; Victor Emmanuel III, the king of Italy, an object of widespread derision who lacked the stature—literally and figuratively—to stand up to the domineering Duce; and Cardinal Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli, whose political skills and ambition made him Mussolini’s most powerful ally inside the Vatican, and positioned him to succeed the pontiff as the controversial Pius XII, whose actions during World War II would be subject for debate for decades to come. With the recent opening of the Vatican archives covering Pius XI’s papacy, the full story of the Pope’s complex relationship with his Fascist partner can finally be told. Vivid, dramatic, with surprises at every turn, The Pope and Mussolini is history writ large and with the lightning hand of truth.
One summer, young Charlotte met Riccardo and fell in love. Then she discovered that he, the son of a noble family in Italy, was merely enjoying summer love, and her days of devoting her heart and body ended in tragedy. Some years later, Riccardo’s mean looks still haunt and pain her. Now a real-estate agent, Charlotte is shocked when she finds her next client is none other than the unforgettable Riccardo!
Catching the Tide
Author: Judith Lennox
Publisher: Hachette UK
Secrets shape the ebb and flow of our lives... Two sisters face battles in life and love amongst the ever-present threat of war in Judith Lennox's unforgettable historical novel, Catching the Tide. Perfect for fans of Santa Montefiore and Kate Morton. 1933. Tessa and Frederica Nicolson enjoy one last idyllic summer at the beautiful Villa Millefiore, overlooking Florence. Four years later, Italy is a distant memory and Tessa is revelling in the glamour and excitement of modelling in London, until a passionate affair with married author Milo Rycroft leads to tragic consequences. Tessa returns to Florence, and, missing her sister desperately, Freddie, too, travels to Italy, where she is swept up in adventure, danger and romance, and makes a chance encounter that will change her life. With the outbreak of World War Two, Tessa and Freddie must fight for their own survival and happiness, while they wonder whether they will ever see each other again... What readers are saying about Catching the Tide: 'Ideal escapism' 'This beautifully written book has an overarching theme of love and loss, and expertly captures the hedonistic atmosphere of pre-war WW2 London and Europe' 'Wonderful story, I couldn't put the book down!'
Three best friends. One tragic accident. A heartbreaking novel about friendship, love and sacrifice from R&J bestseller, Amanda Brooke