Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

A tale of love, class, and murder during the era of the trade-union movement in nineteenth-century England, from the author of North and South. In Manchester, long-suffering John Barton and his daughter, Mary, both want a better future for each other.  John toils away with the trades’ union for better wages for his fellow workers in the textile mill, while Mary must consider whom she will marry. She decides to leave the working-class Jem Wilson, hoping instead to wed Harry Carson, the wealthy mill owner’s son. But when Harry is shot down in the street, Jem becomes the prime suspect—and learning the truth may yield a future Mary cannot bear.   A portrait of the working class’s struggles during the Victorian era, Mary Barton was Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel. She went on to write classics such as Wives and Daughters and was the creator of the town of Cranford, the setting for several BBC series.

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
104 reviews

Invisible by Cecily Anne Paterson

Jazmine Crawford doesnt make decisions. She doesnt make choices. She doesnt make friends. Jazmine Crawford only wants one thing: to be invisible. For Jazmine, its a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothings wrong than it is to admit that shes heartbroken about her dad dying. Shes been drifting and ignoring her over-worried mum for four years now.
When bad girl Shalini and her mates adopt Jazmine, she quickly finds herself involved in more than she can handle. Sitting in disgrace in the principals office, Jazmine is offered a choice: help drama teacher Miss Fraser in the upcoming production of The Secret Garden or face a four week suspension.
Its Miss Fraser who clinches the decision. I believe in you Jazmine, she says. I know you can do this. And Jazmine, terrified, disbelieving and elated all at the same time, joins the play.
For a while its all good. Drama star and chocolate lover Liam is friendly and Jazmine realises that making friends, talking to her mother and feeling her emotions isnt as scary as she thought. In a final happy twist of fate, acting diva Angela quits the play and with only a week to go, Miss Fraser asks Jazmine to take on the main role of Mary.
But then Shalini returns from her suspension. Shes out for payback, and she has just the ammunition she needs to force Jazmine to quit the play and go back to her old ways.
Will Jazmine be confident enough to stand up for herself against Shalini? Will Liam still like her if he finds out who she really is? And does she have the strength to face the truth about her fathers suicide?

Author: Cecily Anne Paterson

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
826 reviews

Out of the Shoebox: An Autobiographic Mystery (Historical Nonfiction story) by Yaron Reshef

Did you ever get a phone call that changed your life?That is what happened to author of this book. A mysterious unexpected phone call hurls Yaron Reshef into an intensive two-year journey, during which he has to solve a mystery that took shape in the 1930s and gradually unfolded in the present. A mysterious lot, a forgotten bank account, a people long gone ”” along with their memory which were obliterated during the Holocaust. All of these rise to the surface, bearing with them memories and emotions previously hidden away in the shoebox.Out of the Shoebox is a fascinating journal that reads like a detective story, comes across as an imaginative quest into the past, yet is the true personal story of the writer, Yaron Reshef. “I had no intention of writing a book. I had no need to write a story in general nor a story about my family and the Holocaust in particular. But life being what it is, sometimes things happen in mysterious, even surprising ways. Stuff that used to take center stage moves to the background, and background stuff moves downstage and center. That’s what happened in my case.” Yaron Reshef *** I read this fascinating book as a “quest story” and couldn’t stop reading it even for one moment. It is the story of the children of holocaust victims”. Rose Finkelman “Together with its literary values, Yaron Reshef’s book,” Out of the Shoebox”, can be used as a textbook or a model for anyone who believes in Intuitive Methods of information search”. A. Panini “It’s a long time since I enjoyed so much reading a historical story. It is an optimistic novel that tells us about the nature of reconciliation and acceptance”. Moses Bari Out of the shoebox reads absolutely like a detective story. When I read Yaron’s book I felt like “hearing the author voice reading me the story”. It was a spiritual experience for me. Ruth Levine Scroll up and grab a copy today.

Author: Yaron Reshef

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
484 reviews

Black Beauty (AmazonClassics Edition) by Anna Sewell

From the meadow of his youth to the crowded, frosty streets of London, Black Beauty tells the story of his life under many masters in Victorian England, among them the kind Squire Gordon, the principled Jeremiah Barker, and the exploitive Nicholas Skinner. No matter the circumstance, Beauty bears joy and hardship with grace, heeding his mother’s advice to be good, gentle, and hardworking—always.At turns suspenseful, heartwarming, and heartbreaking, Black Beauty is a masterful tale promoting equality, compassion, and strength of character—and remains a treasured classic for animal lovers of all ages.AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.Revised edition: Previously published as Black Beauty, this edition of Black Beauty (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Author: Anna Sewell

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
584 reviews

The Merchant of Venice (AmazonClassics Edition) by William Shakespeare

After his ships and money are lost at sea, Antonio, a prominent Venetian merchant, cannot repay a loan to Shylock, the Jewish moneylender and long-suffering target of his ridicule. Antonio must rely on an unexpected source, Shakespeare’s first great heroine, to save his skin—quite literally—in this intriguing tale of love, law, mercy, and revenge.The Merchant of Venice is perhaps best known for its controversial depiction of Shylock. Originally conceived as a bloodthirsty villain, Shylock has been later understood as a far more sympathetic character that challenges cultural stereotypes while reminding audiences to look beyond the barrier of ethnocentricity.AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.Revised edition: Previously published as The Merchant of Venice, this edition of The Merchant of Venice (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Author: William Shakespeare

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
3713 reviews

A Small Country about to Vanish by Victoria Avilan

“A most remarkable homage to things Israeli, things Jewish, things human. Avilan, speaking directly to her beloved country . . . writes about Israel with the love and pain stemming from the realization that not all that we love is perfect, but we can’t help loving it, or him, or her. A Small Country about to Vanish is love’s survival story, between the author and her country of Israel, between Shelli and Rona, between a mother and her children, between a husband and wife. This book almost reads itself, so sure-footed is the pacing, the ease of being drawn in despite some unease about what is written. The author does not intrude on her characters with the pointed finger of too much message forcibly delivered. A reader’s ease and ability to identify with each main character is to have witnessed Avilan’s magic literary show. This is a tense, taut and shocking study of freedom. Freedom to love, to live, to remember or forget how one obtained and lost those freedoms.” — Historical romance author T. T. Thomas.

Author: Victoria Avilan

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
102 reviews

Macbeth (AmazonClassics Edition) by William Shakespeare

One night on the heath, the brave and respected general Macbeth encounters three witches who foretell that he will become king of Scotland. At first skeptical, he’s urged on by the ruthless, single-minded ambitions of Lady Macbeth, who suffers none of her husband’s doubt. But seeing the prophecy through to the bloody end leads them both spiraling into paranoia, tyranny, madness, and murder.This shocking tragedy—a violent caution to those seeking power for its own sake—is, to this day, one of Shakespeare’s most popular and influential masterpieces.AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.Revised edition: Previously published as Macbeth, this edition of Macbeth (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Author: William Shakespeare

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
3684 reviews

The Unhappy Medium: A Supernatural Comedy. Book 1 by T. J. Brown

About The Unhappy Medium

When even the laws of physics let you down, the absurd, the ludicrous and the frankly impossible may be all you have left.

Dr Newton Barlow has everything a theoretical physicist could ask for – a glittering career both in the lab and on television, a beautiful wife, and best of all, the opportunity to promote his rock-solid certainty that supernatural and religious beliefs are nothing but complete and utter hokum.

But Barlow is about to take a tumble. Mired in accusations of fraud, incompetence and malpractice, Newton is cast out from the scientific establishment and ejected from the family home. With his life in tatters, he descends into a wine-sodden wilderness.

Then, after three lost years, Barlow is suddenly approached by his old mentor and fellow sceptic Dr Sixsmith with an extraordinary proposition, an offer that Newton simply cannot refuse. There’s just one small problem:

Dr Sixsmith is dead.

Thrown headlong into a new reality that simply shouldn’t exist, Dr Newton Barlow is about to come up against the best and the worst of human nature: tooled-up vicars, paper-pushing ancient Greeks, sinister property developers, a saucy rubber nun and possibly the most mean-spirited man ever to have walked the earth (twice).

From the dusty plains of Spain to the leafy vicarages of Hampshire, Dr Barlow will have to contradict everything he ever believed in if he wants to save this world – and the next.

Author: T. J. Brown

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
357 reviews

Hill of Secrets: An Israeli Jewish mystery novel by Michal Hartstein

On a blooming May morning, five bodies of a single religious family are found in their apartment, in the quiet suburb of Givat Shmuel (Shmuel’s Hill).

Detective Hadas Levinger, a renegade atheist daughter of a religious family, is put in charge of the police investigation. Slowly and skillfully she peels the shells protecting this unique community and reveals hard and painful secrets.

Author: Michal Hartstein

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
224 reviews