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By Elizabeth Goudge. 1949
Unable to bear the prospect of a life at sea, young Anthony O'Connell deserts his ship at Torquay and escapes…into the Devonshire countryside under a new name. When Stella Sprigg, adopted daughter of a local farmer, encounters 'Zachary', the pair instantly know they are destined to be together. Intertwined with the local legend of St. Michael's Chapel, Stella and Zachary's story takes them from the secluded Devonshire valley to the perilous Mediterranean seas and finally to the poverty and squalor of eighteenth-century London.
By Daniela Sacerdoti. 2017
From the bestselling author of The Italian Villa and Watch Over Me, a breathtaking love story set on the beautiful…island of Seal. Perfect for anyone who loves Fiona Valpy and Lily Graham.'Atmospheric, romantic and compelling. Daniela writes with huge warmth and sincerity' Rosanna LeyCan a tiny Scottish island bring a heart back to life.. and offer a second chance at love?When Anna's partner walks away from their relationship, she is shattered. But it is her little girl Ava who takes it hardest of all, falling silent for three days. When she does finally speak, Ava talks about a new place - a small island of beauty, salt and sea in the Western Scottish Isles. In search of a new start, Anna and Ava embark on a journey to the remote and gorgeous Island of Seal. Falling in love with the locals and the landscape, could Seal offer the second chance they both need? Readers have been raving about Keep Me Safe:'A brilliant read. Love Daniela's books. *****' A reader'My book of the year. Highly recommended' A reader'I've already read Daniela's Glen Avich books and loved them but this one surpassed them' A reader'I could almost hear the sea and the wind. A great book' Lesley Pearse'I couldn't put it down' Daily Mail'Astoundingly good' The Sun'I fell in love with this book' Prima magazine'Heartwarming and mysterious' Katie Fforde'A mysterious journey to Seal, a place I already want to revisit' Dani Atkins'Exciting and emotional. I'm thrilled to find this is the first in a new series' Linda's Book Bag
By Ross Collins, Will Mabbitt. 2015
A funny fantasy-adventure series for fans of LEMONY SNICKET, NEIL GAIMAN, and ADAM GIDWITZHave you ever picked your nose? Have…you ever picked your nose and EATEN IT? Have you ever picked your nose, eaten it, and, by doing so, opened a portal to a world run by PIRATES?Mabel Jones has.Kidnapped, Mabel is forced to serve aboard The Feroshus Maggot with the strangest crew you'll ever meet. And the captain--an odious wolf named Idryss Ebenezer Split--won't let her go until she helps the pirates unlock the treasure they seek. Mabel's voyage takes her across the Greasy Pole of Certain Death, into the belly of a whale, and underground to a decrepit crypt. And she does it all...in pajamas!Read on if you dare. You are promised a most unlikely adventure.From the Hardcover edition.
By J. H. Gelernter. 2021
A desperate sea battle; a fortune risked on the turn of a card; a duel at dawn with the loser…Patrick…O’Brian meets James Bond. It’s 1803. The Napoleonic Wars are raging, Britain is on her heels, and His Majesty’s Secret Service has just lost its best agent, Thomas Grey. Deeply depressed by his wife’s untimely death, Grey resigns from the service and accepts an offer to join a lumber firm in Boston. But when a sea battle with a privateer forces the ship carrying him west to make port in neutral Portugal, Grey is approached with a counteroffer: become a wealthy man by selling out Britain’s spy network to France. The French take Grey for a disgruntled ex–naval officer, blithely unaware that Grey had lost his wife to an unlucky shot from a French cannon. Now, after many years serving King and Country, Grey seizes the opportunity to fight a covert war of his own. He travels to Paris, and—playing the part of the invaluable turncoat the French believe him to be—proceeds to infiltrate the highest levels of Napoleon’s government. If he can outwit his handlers, outmatch his French counterparts, and outrun Napoleon’s secret police, Grey may just avenge his wife’s death and turn the tide of war in England’s favor. Bursting with action and intrigue, Hold Fast sends readers headlong into an unrelenting spy thriller.
Captain Alatriste: A swashbuckling tale of action and adventure (The Adventures of Captain Alatriste)
By Arturo Perez-Reverte. 1996
A thrilling,swashbuckling adventure series starring the Spanish D'ArtagnanCaptain Alatriste is a swordsman for hire in Spain at a timewhen Court…intrigue is high and the decadent young king has dragged the countryinto a series of disastrous wars. As a hired blade, Alatriste becomes involvedin many political plots and must live by his wits. He comes face to face withhired assassins, court players, political moles, smugglers, pirates and ofcourse, the infamous Spanish Inquisition...Introducing Iñigo Balboa, Alatriste's young page; Quevedo, asubversive poet who likes to start fights in the local tavern, the elegantCount of Guadalmedina, and the beautiful but deadly Angelica de Alquezar,CAPTAIN ALATRISTE is a thrilling tale of adventure and intrigue that will appealto anyone who enjoyed The Three Musketeers.
By Arturo Perez-Reverte. 1997
The second 'Captain Alatriste' novel, from a series which has sold 4 million copies worldwideA woman has been found in…a sedan chair in front of a church, strangled. In her hand is a pouch containing fifty escudos and a handwritten - but unsigned - note bearing the words 'For masses for her soul'. The chief constable Martin Saldana confides in his old friend and comrade in arms, Diego Alatriste. Still in danger from the powerful enemies he made in his first adventure, Captain Alatriste is considering returning to Flanders where the war has just resumed. But first, his old friend Quevedo asks him for a favour. The daughter of one of his friends must be rescued from a convent, which certain 'priests' seem to be treating as little more than a harem. Then the woman who brought the girl to the convent goes missing and the connection is made to the murder at the church. It seems that Alatriste's sword is required once more.
By Arturo Perez-Reverte. 2000
In this fourth instalment, Captain Alatriste becomes involved in a mission to save the King of Spain's gold... Swashbuckling adventure…and high octane action.The year is 1626, and a battle-weary Captain Alatriste and his companions sail home from the on-going war in Flanders. He returns to a Spain that is rotten to the core, as gold from the Americas floods into the port of Seville, brought by the country's infamous treasure fleet.As various factions within the Court vie for supremacy, certain interests are creaming off undeclared profits from the galleons' cargo, thus depriving the royal treasury of its lifeblood. Indeed some of the booty is finding its way into the hands of the same rebel provinces Spain is fighting to suppress.The King and his most trusted advisor, the Count-Duke Olivares, have become aware of one such plot and have decided to teach the perpetrator a lesson. Once more, they must call upon Captain Alatriste's blade in a dangerous adventure that will bring the captain face to face with his nemesis, and with a ruthless man who has designs on the throne...
By Arturo Perez-Reverte. 2006
Captain Alatriste's latest adventure - a story of skirmishes, privateers, boarded ships, swords and sackings.'This was a time where Spain…was revered, feared and hated in the easterly seas; where the devil had no colour, no name and no flag, and where the only thing needed to summon hell on earth (or sea for that matter) was a Spaniard and his sword'Alatriste is back - this time on the high seas! Accompanied by his faithful companion Inigo, the captain joins a Spanish galleon and sets sail from Naples towards the east on a journey that will take them to Melilla, Oran, and finally Malta where they must struggle against the Turk. On board they will have many adventures, including an encounter with The Moor Gurriato. Now seventeen, Inigo is still in love with Angelica but will wisdom come with age and experience?
By Arturo Perez-Reverte. 1998
The third in the bestselling Captain Alatriste series.Flanders, 1625. After his tussles with the Inquisition and the intrigue of the…Spanish court, Captain Alatriste has returned to the mud and desperation of the long war in Flanders. This is Iñigo's first experience of war and the realities of hand to hand combat. It is on the battlefield that he will finally have the chance to become a man and prove his worth.The troops are weary and ill-nourished and the winter has been long. As Spain sinks ever further into depravity and corruption, the soldiers have not been paid and must survive by whatever ways they can. Mutiny is in the air, but the Spaniards are strong and their famous iron discipline has brought them many victories against the Calvinist forces of the heretics. Reputation, honour, and the glory of Spain will keep them in the fight, but for how long? Meanwhile, the Captain's trusted friend Quevedo's star is rising at court and he keeps Alatriste appraised of the machinations of his arch-enemy Luis de Alquézar and the notorious assassin with the black heart, Gualterio Malatesta.
By Simon Scarrow. 2019
The fourth in the new Roman pirate series of ebook novellas from the Sunday Times bestselling authors Simon Scarrow and…T. J. Andrews.AD 25. Across the treacherous waters of the Adriaticum, rival pirate ships and Roman squadrons battle for control. Only the strongest can survive ... In the dangerous waters along the Illyrian coast, a feared pirate crew is on the hunt. Prey is elusive, for Prefect Canis of the Roman navy has forbidden merchant ships from sailing without an escort. Captain Bulla and his first mate, the young pirate Telemachus, are relieved when a rare target is sighted. But the presence of armed soldiers on board takes them by surprise, as a gang of pirates prepares to take on a highly trained enemy. Victory, if it comes, will be at a terrible price. There's shocking news to follow. Aware of Telemachus's growing prowess on the seas, the Romans have imprisoned his enslaved brother Nereus. As the men of Poseidon's Trident set sail for Italia, pursued by aggressive Roman warships, a plan is taking shape in Telemachus's mind. A plan only he would dare even to think of ...Episode four in the PIRATA ebook novella series.
By Clive Cussler. 2010
In A.D. 327, a Roman galley with an extraordinary cargo barely escapes a pirate attack. In 1916, a British warship…mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. What ties them all together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his team are about to find out, as Roman artifacts discovered in Turkey and Israel unnervingly connect to the rise of a fundamentalist movement determined to restore the glory of the Ottoman Empire. From Washington to London to the treacherous shores of the Near East, dangerous men and desperate acts fill their path, and at the end of it, the most dangerous thing of all: the rumored existence of a mysterious "Manifest," lost long ago, which if discovered again . . . just might change the history of the world as we know it
By Alexander Kent. 1980
Richard Bolitho, popular hero of a dozen swashbuckling sagas about His Majesty's Navy in the age of sail, swings into…roaring action in this new novel by Britain's greatest writer of eighteenth-century naval fiction. Appointed a third lieutenant in the Royal Navy in 1774 at the age of eighteen, Bolitho joins HMS Destiny at Plymouth. Though he comes to appreciate his promotion at a time when most of the fleet is laid up, his good fortune is clouded by personal tragedy, and he is warned by his captain that the young lieutenant's loyalty is to him, the ship, and His Britannic Majesty--in that order. Dispatched on a secret mission far south to Rio, then to the Caribbean, Destiny and her crew confront the hazards of conspiracy, treason, and piracy-and Bolitho faces the loss of his first love. But the grim realities of life under sail on a man-of-war, the thunder and smoke of sea battles and bloody hand-to-hand skirmishes begin to mold the young lieutenant into the very model of a Royal Navy officer.
By Sophie Green. 2019
The perfect summer read from the internationally bestselling author. If you loved The Lido, you won't want to miss The…Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle . . . 'Heart-warming' Hello 'Wonderfully atmospheric' Sunday Mirror 'A heart-warming tale' Woman & Home (Best Escapist Reads)'The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle will have you laughing and crying' YoursIn a seaside suburb on Australia's golden coast, four women head to the water to swim every day . . .Housewife Theresa wants to get fit; she also wants a few precious minutes to herself. So at sunrise each day she strikes out past the waves.From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims. With her husband gone, it is the one constant in her new life.Elaine takes to the sea having recently moved from England, while Leanne is twenty-five years old and only has herself to rely on.In the waters of Shelly Bay, these four women find each other. They will survive bluebottle stings and heartbreak, they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean's salt.Most of all, they will cherish their newfound friendship, each and every day.Praise for Sophie Green, author of The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle:'Reading this book was like snuggling beneath a warm beach towel after a bracing dip in the ocean' Joanna Nell, author of The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village'Brimming with atmosphere and warmth, this gorgeous book completely carried me away. I absolutely loved it' Jenny Ashcroft
By F. T. Lukens. 2021
A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour…in this swoony adventure that is The Gentleman&’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean. <P><P>Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family&’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel. Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean. That is, until Tal runs into Athlen days later on dry land, very much alive, and as charming—and secretive—as ever. But before they can pursue anything further, Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held ransom in a plot to reveal his rumored powers and instigate a war. Tal must escape if he hopes to save his family and the kingdom. And Athlen might just be his only hope…
By Fred Waitzkin. 2018
Inspired by a true story, artfully told by the author of Searching for Bobby Fischer: A Bahamian island becomes a…battleground for a savage private war. Charismatic expat Bobby Little built his own funky version of paradise on the remote island of Rum Cay, a place where ambitious sport fishermen docked their yachts for fine French cuisine and crowded the bar to boast of big blue marlin catches while Bobby refilled their cognac on the house. Larger than life, Bobby was really the main attraction: a visionary entrepreneur, expert archer, reef surfer, bush pilot, master chef, seductive conversationalist. But after tragedy shatters the tranquility of Bobby’s marina, tourists stop visiting and simmering jealousies flare among island residents. And when a cruel, different kind of self-made entrepreneur challenges Bobby for control of the docks, all hell breaks loose. As the cobalt blue Bahamian waters run red with blood, the man who made Rum Cay his home will be lucky if he gets off the island alive . . . When the Ebb Tide cruises four hundred miles southeast from Fort Lauderdale to Rum Cay, its captain finds the Bahamian island paradise he so fondly remembers drastically altered. Shoal covers the marina entrance, the beaches are deserted, and on shore there is a small cemetery with headstones overturned and bones sticking up through the sand. What happened to Bobby’s paradise?
He drew in a deep breath. &“I know it&’s too much to ask, but I ask it anyway… Will you…wait for me, Harriet?&”1819, Isle of Mull, Scotland: As Harriet Campbell looks out at the stormy Atlantic Ocean on the eve of Allan MacDougall&’s departure to the New World, she expects a tearful goodbye. But instead her childhood sweetheart begs her to wait for him, promising one day he will come back for her.As months and eventually years pass—waiting for just one love letter to arrive —Harriet begins to regret the promise she made. Not realising his letters have gone astray, Allan is devastated to not hear back from Harriet; his heart quietly breaking as he battles for his independence and ultimately his life, in the wild and brutal new settlements.Then, Harriet&’s fragile family fortunes take a turn for the worse, and when an immoral neighbour makes her an offer she isn&’t sure she can refuse, she&’s left with an impossible choice—stay faithful to the man she loves… or save her family and their farm from destitution?Can fate bring Harriet and Allan back together again? Or will time and the ocean that has separated them, keep them apart forever?An absolutely heart-wrenching, powerful, epic story about love, courage and betrayal for fans of Diana Gabaldon and Poldark.Previously published as Far Horizons.Readers are loving The Heart Goes On:&“So thrilling and gripping. It completely tugs at your heart strings!... It gave me all of the feels… I truly felt that the storytelling was brilliant. This is the kind of book that stays with you.&” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars&“Epic historical saga with two romances!... Grab a cuppa before you sit down to immerse yourself in this fantastic book, as you won't be able to put it down until you're done… The writing is breathtaking, catapulting the reader back in time so viscerally that one can truly feel every struggle these daring families endured. I highly recommend this book, and this series, for anyone who loves true history with heart-warming romance.&” Be My Book Boyfriend, 5 stars&“A great historical romance, I loved the way with the perspectives you almost get two stories in one. I loved the drama, the emotion and tension. I loved the themes of hope, patience and perseverance throughout which we all need during these turbulent times and it takes the past sometimes to remind us of this. A fantastic read, my first by the author but definitely won&’t be the last.&” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars&“This historical romance was packed with raw emotion that grabbed my attention and held it until the last page…
Caroline sighed. She longed to be away from here, from the rain and barren hills and bitter winds, with nothing…ever happening. It was as if she&’d spent her whole life waiting for something truly exciting…1832, Scotland: When Caroline Reid is offered the chance to travel to America to live with her estranged uncle, she has only two things on her mind: to become the belle of Boston society and to make an enviable—and financially advantageous—match.But from the moment her journey begins, things do not go as she expects. From the seasickness on her Atlantic crossing, to the unexpected friendship she strikes up with a young widow named Eleanor, the Caroline who set sail for the New World isn&’t quite the same person who arrives there…Then she meets Eleanor&’s brother, Ian Campbell, and her rebel heart cannot help but beat faster. Even though he doesn&’t have a fortune, Caroline&’s feelings overwhelm her earlier ambitions. However, her uncle—who had so gallantly invited her to live in his house—has other plans. And he will stop at absolutely nothing to get what he wants…An unmissable story about friendship, courage and impossible choices for fans of Diana Gabaldon, Tamera Alexander and Poldark.Previously published as Another Country.Readers love Her Rebel Heart:&“I guarantee that you will require some tissues close at hand… You feel like you're sliding into a nice hot bath. These characters become your friends by the time you finish reading the book. I truly didn&’t want to put it down.&” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars&“Fantastic… The vivid historical details instantly transport the reader back in time. I was thoroughly captivated right from the start and couldn't put it down.&” Be My Book Boyfriend, 5 stars&“Engrossing… gripping and absorbing… Kate Hewitt imbues her narrative with evocative period and atmospheric detail. This historical romance is another breathtaking example of author Kate Hewitt&’s outstanding storytelling prowess.&” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars&“Excellent historical fiction… beautifully written… I loved it.&” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars&“Loved this book and totally enjoying the whole series.&” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars&“This is a story to lose yourself in… Fans of sagas will love this historical family drama.&” Goodreads Reviewer&“A captivating read.&” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars&“[An] enthralling work of historical fiction.&” NetGalley Reviewer&“Beautifully written and emotional, these are great historical romance books…
By Steve Vernon. 2006
Scary tales from Nova Scotia, by the author of The Tatterdemon Omnibus and Where the Ghosts Are: A Guide to Nova Scotia&’s Spookiest…Places. This is a collection of ghost stories from Nova Scotia—from the restless spirits of Devil&’s Island to the Black Dog of Antigonish Harbour. Documented and well-known stories from the provincial archives are mixed with word-of-mouth legends of strange happenings and scary sightings from across the province. Author Steve Vernon relies on his storytelling experience to create moody and terrifying tales from the annals of history. Praise for Steve Vernon &“Writing with a rare swagger and confidence, Steve Vernon can lead his readers through an entire gamut of emotions from outright fear and repulsion to pity and laughter.&” —Cemetery Dance
By Thomas H Raddall. 2006
From an award-winning, master storyteller, a classic love story set on a barren, post-World War I island known for its…shipwrecks. A Nova Scotia classic, The Nymph and the Lamp is the story of Isabel Jardin, a strong and sensitive woman, and the men in her life—the stoic Matthew Carney, a living legend, the passionate Gregory Skane, and the innocent but infatuated Jim Sargent. Set in the 1920s, the story unfolds against the wild desolation of Marina, a wind-swept island off the coast of Nova Scotia, as the characters come to terms with their personal contradictions and the demands of isolated island life.
By A. P. Hernández. 2020
Tu rêves d'être un pirate? Alors de rates pas les aventures trépidantes et amusantes de la Première et Unique Grande Académie…des Pirates. Rencontre Hugo, Ruben, Elena, German et Ivan...et d'autres amis encore! Découvre les drôles d'idées de Casimiro, le professeur Pirate! Ce n'est pas facile de trouver une telle académie, mais aujourd'hui c'est ton jour de chance. Tu y apprendras les fondamentaux de la piraterie, les commandements des pirates, comment trouver un trésor et en plus de ça tu visiteras l'Île du Crabe. Bienvenue à bord Pirate!