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By Beth Powning. 2021
Growing up on the Bay of Fundy, Azuba Galloway dreams of going to sea. She watches magnificent ships slowly making…their way into Whelan’s Cove, the sense of exoticism bursting from their holds along with foreign goods. As a young woman, Azuba marries a seasoned merchant sea captain, Nathaniel Bradstock. Unwilling to have him away at sea for most of their married life, and anxious to see far shores, she extracts a promise that he will take her with him. But Azuba becomes pregnant soon after they marry and Nathaniel knows too well the perils of life on a ship. He reneges on his promise and refuses to allow Azuba to join him. When Nathaniel leaves on his journey, Azuba desperately misses her husband. Days turn into weeks and months – voyages can take two, three years before the ship and crew return home. Despite her loneliness, Azuba becomes a strong, independent woman, caring for her child and her home. With her parents and beloved grandmother nearby, she settles into a life of quietude and predictability, all the while yearning to be by her husband’s side aboard his ship. Her loneliness eventually propels her into a friendship with the local vicar, Reverend Simon Walton. He is a quiet, kind and contemplative man, and Azuba takes comfort and enjoyment in their increasingly intimate friendship. One afternoon, despite her misgivings, Azuba goes on a picnic with the vicar and becomes trapped by the tide. When they return home the next morning, Azuba and Reverend Walton have become a topic of gossip. When Nathaniel returns home he is enraged by her impropriety. Reluctantly he decides to take Azuba and their young daughter, Carrie, with him on his next voyage. Mother and child are loaded from a rowboat and hauled onto the weather deck along with barrels of coal and crates of chickens. Nathaniel has drawn a line across the deck. "You’ll never again cross that line," he instructs Azuba.It is October 1862. It will be three years before Azuba sees the shores of Whelan’s Cove again. Aboard Traveller, the small family visits places Azuba dreamed she would one day see: London, San Francisco and exotic countries in Europe. But she also experiences the terror that can come during a life at sea: a harrowing passage around Cape Horn, half-starvation while listlessly floating in the doldrums, and a stop at the Chincha Islands to pick up a load of guano, where she witnesses a mass suicide by slaves. She begins to question her decision to join her husband, particularly when she realizes there is "no way to erase horror from a child’s memory."Misery follows misfortune and Azuba feels alone in a male world, surrounded by the splendour and the terror of the open sea. The voyage tests not only her already precarious marriage, but everything Azuba believes in. With a sure hand, Beth Powning captures life aboard a sailing ship – ferocious storms, the impossibly isolated ports of call, the gruelling daily routine – and shows how love evolves even in the most extreme circumstances. The Sea Captain’s Wife is an awe-inspiring tour that captures the vigour of life in the last days of the Age of Sail and gives us an unforgettable young heroine who shows compassion, courage and love while under incredible duress.
The Man In The Yellow Doublet: The Adventures Of Captain Alatriste (The Adventures of Captain Alatriste)
By Arturo Perez-Reverte. 2003
Captain Alatriste returns in a swashbuckling tale of intrigue, romance and regicide.Captain Alatriste's affair with the beautiful actress Maria de…Castro is rankling not only his long-term mistress but also the King of Spain. With loyal companion Inigo distracted by the affections of Angelica, Alatriste becomes embroiled in a series of tussles outside his lover's house. Ambushed by arch-nemesis Malatesta, a skirmish ensues that leads to the death of Maria's other lover - the monarch himself. But behind this tale of sexual jealousy lurks a darker truth. As it becomes clear that both Alatriste and Inigo have been cunningly honey trapped - and that the dead man was an impostor. With a puppet king waiting dutifully in the wings, Alatriste must use all his cunning and swordsmanly guile to prevent the murder of the real king - and his implication in a crime for which he has been perfectly framed.
By Anita Shreve. 2007
At the age of twenty-nine, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to find her footing again,…she has answered an advertisement to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend a sultry summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage.But when the Edwards' two grown sons, Ben and Jeff, arrive at the beach house, Sydney finds herself caught up in a destructive web of old tensions and bitter divisions. As the brothers vie for her affections, the fragile existence Sydney has rebuilt is threatened. With the subtle wit, lyrical language, and brilliant insight into real emotion that has led her to be called 'a supremely elegant anatomist of the human heart' (The Times), Shreve weaves a story about risk, family, and the supreme courage that it takes to love.
By Mary Stewart. 1964
Stuck inside? Join the original queen of the page-turner Mary Stewart, as she leads you on a thrilling journey through…a dangerous and deadly Provence . . .'Mary Stewart is magic' New York Times'One of the great British storytellers of the 20th century' IndependentLucy Waring, a young, out-of-work actress from London, leaps at the chance to visit her sister for a summer on the island paradise of Corfu, and what's more, a famous but reclusive actor is staying in a villa nearby. But Lucy's hopes for rest and romance are shattered when a body washes up on the beach and she finds herself swept up in a chilling chain of events. I shuddered, and drank my coffee, leaning back in my chair to gaze out across pine tops furry with gold towards the sparkling sea, and surrendering myself to the dreamlike feeling that marks the start of a holiday . . .'A comfortable chair and a Mary Stewart: total heaven. I'd rather read her than most other authors.' Harriet Evans'She built the bridge between classic literature and modern popular fiction. She did it first and she did it best.' Herald
By Chris Mould. 2009
With a werewolf still on the loose, Stanley Buggles knows that Crampton Rock lies in deadly danger. Who will confront…the escaped criminal who roams the wild and windy moor?And how will the treasure keepers protect the gold mine from the threat of piracy ...?Originally published under the title 'The Treasure Keepers'.
By Chris Mould. 2007
Crampton Rock is a peaceful fishing village on a remote island, accessible only at low tide. And all looks crisp…and cosy as Stanley Buggles settles down for the winter. But something wicked has blown in with the wind. What is the headless ghost desperate to tell Stanley? And who are the deadly pirates, marching through the oncoming blizzard?Originally published under the title 'The Icy Hand'.
By Chris Mould. 2008
Stanley Buggles holds the key to the smugglers' map.But does he dare to uncover its ancient secrets? What will happen…if he ventures down into the treacherous tunnels?And who is following behind...?Originally published under the title 'The Smugglers' Mine'.
By Claudie Gallay. 2008
In the storm-swept landscapes of Normandy's coastline lies a village that might just be at the ends of the earth.…A woman has recently arrived to seek healing for some deep sorrow, and spends her days cataloguing migratory birds. On the day of a battering storm a stranger appears in the bar, arousing her curiosity. He stirs up suspicion in the village, looking for answers to apparently unanswerable questions about his family lost long years ago in an accident at sea. What actually happened? How was it that the lighthouse did not guide them safely to shore? The eccentric inhabitants of this desolate village seem riveted to old hatreds, determined to leave secrets buried. Gradually the bird-watcher succeeds in unravelling a tragedy at the heart of a community in which many are suffering still from the loss of people they have loved. And in the process finds her own peace. The Breakers is an immensely satisfying and evocative mystery of great depth. Claudie Gallay unpeels the emotions of her unforgettable characters with such subtlety that the reader is captivated.
By Chris Mould. 2007
Crampton Rock is a peaceful fishing village on a remote island, accessible only at low tide. But Stanley has awoken…the ghostly world of long dead and buried pirates - and they are heading to meet him ... Originally published under the title 'The Silver Casket'.
By Susan Donovan. 2013
New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan welcomes you to Bayberry Island, a special place where a bronze mermaid statue…promises to grant true love to anyone who asks with an open heart... Perfect for fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, JoAnn Ross and Jill Shalvis.Rowan Flynn was happy to leave Bayberry Island when she was whisked away by her investor fiancé. But when he loses what's left of her family's fortune and is exposed as a con man, Rowan reluctantly returns to run the Safe Haven Bed and Breakfast, determined never again to fall for the ridiculous fantasy of the mermaid matchmaker.But when a handsome stranger arrives at the B&B the night before the annual Mermaid Festival, Rowan's life takes a turn for the interesting. Could it be the divine hand of the town's patroness? Or is Rowan being set up for another disappointment?Don't miss more irresistible Bayberry Island romance with Clancy's story in The Sweetest Summer and Duncan's story in Moondance Beach.
By James Black. 2011
He was dead, his mouth open in a scream of unimaginable terror...Blackbeard is the most feared pirate of all. But…when he comes face-to-face with evil mummies, and a force more powerful and horrifying than himself, can he - and his pirates - survive?
By Beryl Bainbridge. 1996
WINNER OF THE WHITBREAD PRIZE FOR FICTION 1996WINNER OF THE COMMONWEALTH WRITERS' PRIZE 1997'A narrative both sparkling and deep .…. . the cost of raising [the Titanic] is prohibitive; Bainbridge does the next best thing' Hilary Mantel'Brilliant . . . do not miss this novel' Daily Telegraph'A moving, microcosmic portrait of an era's bitter end' The TimesFor the four fraught, mysterious days of her doomed maiden voyage in 1912, the Titanic sails towards New York, glittering with luxury, freighted with millionaires and hopefuls. In her labyrinthine passageways the last, secret hours of a small group of passengers are played out, their fate sealed in prose of startling, sublime beauty, as Beryl Bainbridge's haunting masterpiece moves inexorably to its known and terrible end.
By James Patterson, Andrew Gross. 2005
The perfect job. Working for an easy-going boss at his luxurious mansion by the sun-kissed beach, watching beautiful women walk…by. The perfect girl. Tess - gorgeous, funny, apparently very rich and crazy for him.The perfect score. Five million up for grabs. And to get his share, all he needs to do is trigger three house alarms to throw the cops off the scent of the real robbery.Could things get any better for Ned Kelly? But things don't go according to plan. And when Tess is brutally murdered and the others involved in the robbery are massacred, Ned is the prime suspect. With danger at every twist and turn, he's running for his life.
By Nicholas Sparks. 2002
Two fragile people. One desperate second chance.Reeling and desolate, Adrienne Willis needs space to rethink her life after her husband…leaves her for a younger woman. Fleeing everything, she jumps at the chance to look after her friend's guesthouse in the coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina. But there is a storm heading for Adrienne, in more ways than she can imagine.Stranded and isolated as the weather closes in, Adrienne has only one guest: Paul Flanner, a man running from his own shattered past. Taking refuge, Paul and Adrienne have only each other to turn to. Against all the odds, their one weekend sets in motion feelings that will resonate through the rest of their lives.
By James Rollins. 2009
Three years ago, a mysterious package arrived for Jake and Kady Ransom. Inside were two halves of a Mayan gold…coin, their mother's sketchbook and their father's notebook. But their architect parents failed to return from an expedition to the site of a long-lost Mayan civilization. Now Jake and Kady are plunged into a terrifying adventure. Someone is very interested in what's happened to their parents. And in Jake and Kady themselves. So begins a journey into a world of dangers both ancient and modern. Can Jake and Kady survive long enough to solve the mystery?
By Adam Bushnell. 2019
When a sea monster is terrorising the oceans and then kidnaps the prince, only one team can save the day…- the Parrots of the Caribbean!This first colour chapter book is a perfectly levelled, accessible text for Key stage 2 readers aged 7-8. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.The Key Stage 2 Reading Champion Books are suggested for use as follows:Independent Reading 11: start of Year 3 or age 7+Independent Reading 12: end of Year 3 or age 7+Independent Reading 13: start of Year 4 or age 8+Independent Reading 14: end of Year 4 or age 8+Independent Reading 15: start of Year 5 or age 9+Independent Reading 16: end of Year 5 or age 9+Independent Reading 17: start of Year 6 or age 10+Independent Reading 18: end of Year 6 or age 10+
By Harry Thompson. 2005
The 15th anniversary edition of a brilliant, action-packed and gripping novel of Charles Darwin's voyage on the Beagle - longlisted…for the Man Booker Prize. New introduction from Daisy Goodwin.'A master storyteller' Sunday TimesIn 1831 Charles Darwin set off in HMS Beagle under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy on a voyage that would change the world. This is the story of a deep friendship between two men, and the twin obsessions that tear them apart, leading one to triumph, and the other to disaster.'An outstandingly good first novel. A page-turning action-adventure combined with subtle intellectual arguments. The meticulous research enriches this fascinating tale' Sunday Telegraph
By Mike Brownlow. 2021
Count along with the Ten Little Pirates in this action-packed, counting rhyme adventure!The Ten Little Pirates are sailing out to…sea ... But what will the Ten Little Pirates do when they meet a singing mermaid? And a whooshing hurricane? And a HUNGRY shark?Part traditional counting rhyme, part fun-filled story, Ten Little Pirates is perfect for sharing together. Read the bouncy rhyming story.Count from ten to one and back again, as the Little Pirates disappear then reappear. Spot and count the details on each page. And join in with all the great sound-words!The Ten Little series has sold over a million copies worldwide, and Ten Little Bookworms is a 2019 World Book Day pick.'Traditional counting rhyme given a jaunty pirate twist that kids will love... a rollicking read with an easy rhythm and jaunty illustrations... excellent.' Guardian
By Beth Kery. 2009
For fans for Sylvia Day, J. Kenner and Maya Banks. A sizzlingly sexy novel from the New York Times ebook…bestselling author of the Because You Are Mine series and The Affair.To most people Hawaii's crystal shores are an inviting opportunity to escape reality. But for Lana Rodriguez, the picture-perfect getaway disguises the bitter truths she escaped years ago. Now a successful blues singer, Lana's returning to Waikiki with a different outlook on the past, and a bold defiance when it comes to men, romance, and sex. Local celebrity, businessman and island god, Jason Koa, may be every woman's dream. For Lana, it's not exactly love at first sight. Though their start is rocky, they can't deny the passions they arouse in each other. Jason refuses to become Lana's pawn. It's time to show her who makes the rules on this island - and in the bedroom. But will Jason's attempt at breaking Lana's shell reveal secrets that neither are prepared to face, or will they allow themselves to get swept away by a tidal wave of desire?Enter the seductive world of Beth Kery where the rules are broken with that first electrifying touch in the sizzling Because You Are Mine, One Night of Passion and The Affair novels.
By Susan Donovan. 2014
New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan returns to Bayberry Island, where a bronze mermaid statue could be the cause…of heartbreak or everlasting romance for a practical-minded police chief and his first love. Perfect for fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, JoAnn Ross and Jill Shalvis.Every instinct tells Police Chief Clancy Flynn that his island's claim to fame is nothing but a silly tourist attraction. Still, he can't help but wonder if his lifetime of bad romances - starting with the pretty tourist who broke his twelve-year-old heart - could be traced back to a childhood prank involving that very statue...Then one day the pretty tourist comes barrelling back into Bayberry - all grown-up and on the run with her niece. Though Evelyn McGuinness is wanted for kidnapping, she tries to persuade Clancy that there's more to the story. Now the by-the-book police chief must make the toughest decision of his life: to take Evelyn into custody - or into his arms...Don't miss more irresistible Bayberry Island romance with Rowan's story in Sea of Love and Duncan's story in Moondance Beach.