My Ántonia by Willa Cather

“My Ántonia” evokes the Nebraska prairie life of Willa Cather’s childhood, and commemorates the spirit and courage of immigrant pioneers in America. One of Cather’s earliest novels, written in 1918, it is the story of Ántonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, teach her English, and follow the remarkable story of her life.Working in the fields of waving grass and tall corn that dot the Great Plains, Ántonia forges the durable spirit that will carry her through the challenges she faces when she moves to the city. But only when she returns to the prairie does she recover her strength and regain a sense of purpose in life. In the quiet, probing depth of Willa Cather’s art, Ántonia’s story becomes a mobbing elegy to those whose persistence and strength helped build the American frontier.Willa Cather was a great artist. —Truman CapoteNo romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as “My Ántonia”. —H. L. MenckenThe time will come when Willa Cather will be ranked above Hemingway. —Leon Edel

Author: Willa Cather

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
1114 reviews

The Warrior’s Wife (The Warriors Series Book 1) by Denise Domning

Lady Katherine de Fraisney believes in chaste love until she meets her father’s sworn enemy Sir Rafe Godsol. His kisses awaken her heart and her body in ways she never dreamed possible.Rafe Godsol is determined to take Kate to avenge his father’s death and reclaim property stolen by Kate’s family. When he discovers the daughter of his foe could be the wife of his heart when he never expected to marry, he’ll defy anyone who tries to take her from him, be that her father, his king…or even the lady herself.

Author: Denise Domning

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
323 reviews

Smiling at Heaven (The Laramie Series Book 6) by Karen J. Hasley

In the fall of 1919, Thea Hansen’s world seems to spiral out of control. First, her dearly loved father dies suddenly from the influenza epidemic sweeping across the globe. Then her brother, Lloyd, returns from The Great War transformed into a brooding stranger. Could it get any worse?

Yes, indeed. With a brutal murder close to home and her brother as chief suspect, Thea’s wildly spinning world doesn’t look like it will slow down anytime soon. She’s lived in bucolic Blessing, Kansas, all her life, after all, and hasn’t had much experience with out-of-control worlds.

Still, the bright and level-headed Thea knows a good thing when she sees it, and she sees it in the person of Augustus Davis. As her brother’s former commanding officer, Gus Davis knows Lloyd is no murderer and as a skilled attorney, he’s determined to prove it. Together, Thea and Gus will deal with unexpected malice and obsession, with assault and fear, with secrets and suspects, and in the end, ordinary little Blessing will hold a lot of shocks for Thea Hansen. Passions revealed. Lies uncovered. Murderers exposed. But what Thea is willing to do to keep her world balanced and her future settled may be the most surprising thing of all.
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Smiling at Heaven concludes where the first novel of Hasley’s Laramie Series began —in Blessing, Kansas. With 40 years between events in the first book and last, the story of the Davis family and their extended lives comes to a satisfying conclusion.

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The Laramie Series
1. Lily’s Sister 2. Waiting for Hope
3. Where Home Is 4. Circled Heart
5. Gold Mountain 6. Smiling at Heaven

Author: Karen J. Hasley

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
191 reviews

Moonlight Falls on Seven Sisters (Seven Sisters Series Book 2) by M.L. Bullock

The Ghostly Saga of Seven Sisters ContinuesStep Into the Moonlight Garden–If You DareWhen a young, wealthy heiress, Calpurnia Cottonwood, disappears from Seven Sisters in 1850, rumors swirl. But no trace of the girl had ever been found””until now. Historian Carrie Jo Jardine and her handsome employer, Ashland Stuart, find clues to the heiress’ whereabouts and even more mysteries are revealed. With Carrie Jo’s ability to dream about the past, she watches a sinister plot unfold. Is she unable to prevent tragedy, or can she intercede without ending up lost too? Uncanny encounters with an unhappy presence and a walk in the Moonlight Garden leave Carrie Jo wondering if the past is trying to repeat itself. Can she and Ashland survive threats from the present and the past? Will they be safe when moonlight falls on Seven Sisters?Books in the Seven Sisters SeriesSeven SistersMoonlight Falls on Seven SistersShadows Stir At Seven SistersThe Stars That FellThe Stars We Walked Upon˃˃˃ The Desert Queen SeriesThe Tale of NefretThe Falcon RisesThe Kingdom of Nefret˃˃˃ Praise for the Seven Sisters Series”Historical fiction mixed with a modern mystery at its finest!””This book is fabulous with delightful characters.””Cannot stop reading! Intriguing storyline, well developed characters, so enjoy the building of the plot and storyline!””I absolutely love this book and couldn’t wait to read the second one in the series!””Easy reading. Very exciting, captivating & intriguing! Could not put the book down.”If you love fast-paced ghost stories, grab a sample or a free copy now!

Author: M.L. Bullock

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
362 reviews

The Passion of Marie Romanov by Laura Rose

“July 17, 1918—from the writings of Marie Nicolaevna Romanovna, age 19. Midnight, in bed with her sister, Anastasia (Shvybz), in the Ipatiev Mansion in Ekaterinburg, during the last night of their lives. So much of my story unfolds by moonlight. This is a tale of midnight wakings and forced marches before dawn. Since this nightmare began, I do not dare undress, even to go to bed. I wear my dressing gown, my hair is prepared, and my shoes are set beside me. I have no idea when we will be summoned to rise. We have moved, as in the worst of dreams, slowly toward this place. There is no logic other than the sleepwalker’s obedience—to follow instruction which we cannot resist: an actual lunacy. Now, I have control only of this—my record of what happened to us, to me. I have committed a single sin, my one terrible transgression. I pray to be absolved. In this recording of memory lies all meaning to my life. Let my will prevail in this, my ultimate wish, to salvage something of value from this tragedy. The rest, as my mother says, is in God’s hands. When I look back, as I must in the short time allotted to me now, I can see the exact moment when our lives changed: at last light, on the thirteenth of March, 1917.”Here, in startling new historical detail, based on original diaries and letters, is the Romanov tragedy told from the point of view of the Tsar’s third daughter, Marie, Anastasia’s closest, older sister. Marie’s story is unique-only Marie crossed the frozen Siberian river with her parents, and only Marie shared the full 78 days and nights in ‘The House of Special Purpose.’ About the Author:Laura Rose is a popular playwright in Russia and is of Russian descent. She has extensively researched the history and explored the Alexander Palace and the site of the Ipatiev mansion.

Author: Laura Rose

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
369 reviews

The Marathon Watch: Second Edition "Ross" by Larry Laswell

Duty, honor, and tradition confront blind ambition. Based on a true event!

Great book. I really enjoyed reading this. Fast action and well written. You should add this to your must read list – Kindle Customer (3/2/15)

This is one of the best naval stories I have read in years. – Neely Sexton

This is a book for Clancy, Follett, Reeman, and Poyer fans. The Marathon Watch pits treachery, deceit, and betrayal against naval traditions of duty, honor, and loyalty. At the center of this struggle is the oldest US naval destroyer, the USS Farnley. The chief of naval operations steps in to rescue the Farnley and bring an unscrupulous admiral to justice, but disaster strikes. Guided by the canons of tradition, the Farnley’s courageous captain and crew disobey the admiral’s orders. In a life-or-death struggle, the Farnley sails in harm’s way to save the life of a single man and the future of the US Navy.

Leadership lessons abound in this story of duty and honor. New in this edition, a leadership discussion guide!

Author: Larry Laswell

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
196 reviews

What Remains of the Fair Simonetta (Remains Series) by Laura T Emery

Anastasia (Stacia) Uqualla has been dead for eleven years, residing as a spirit in the Italian Church of Ognissanti, when she suddenly awakens in the body of the renowned Renaissance beauty, Simonetta Vespucci. She reunites with Mariano, the father of Botticelli, whose ghostly presence has kept her company in the afterlife. Her journey through the Renaissance will also find her rubbing elbows with the young Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenzo de’ Medici, and many other Renaissance painters, including the awkwardly dashing Botticelli himself. With the body and raging hormones of a teenage girl, Stacia experiences all the passions in life a second time around. Take a ride through history in this second book in the “Remains” series by Laura T Emery, a light historical fiction with a sense of humor and a sexy edge.

Author: Laura T Emery

Rating: Rating: 4.90 / 5
48 reviews

Toward A New Beginning – Arkansas Valley – Book 1 by r. William Rogers and Al Lacy

2003 Christy Award Winner for “Excellance In Christian Fiction.”Although Sam Bartlett enjoyed a successful horse-supplying business in Independence, Missouri, he was none-the-less envious of the hundreds of folks who passed through on their way west. Unable to stand it any longer, he convinces his wife, Judith, to pull up stakes, pack up their three-year-old son, Tom, and accompany him on a journey that turns out to be much more than either of them could have imagined.The trek quickly develops into one of extreme hardship and survival that is further complicated by: dangerous weather, raging river crossings, unique personalities in the wagons, hostile Indian attacks, hunger, water shortage, vengeance, courage, romance, and biblical principles. The determined travelers’ abilitiy to effectively defend themselves is pushed to the very limits as One Eye’s maurading warriors harrass and attack them repeatedly, with devastating results. With four of the train’s beloved children having been taken captive, the inner strength of the beleagured pioneers is sorely tested and a handful of the men set out to recover the children.After valiant attempts to rescue their children fail miserably, they are forced to return empty-handed. Against all that is held sacred, the members of the wagon train are forced to leave their children

Author: r. William Rogers and Al Lacy

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
351 reviews