First published in 1913, “O Pioneers!” is the first novel in Willa Cather’s “Great Plains” trilogy. Followed by “The Song of the Lark” in 1915 and “My Ántonia” in 1918, “O Pioneers!” introduces us to the Bergsons, a family of Swedish-American immigrants who live in the fictional farm town of Hanover, Nebraska at the beginning of the 20th century. The story centers on the life of Alexandra Bergson, who inherits the family farm with her mother and three brothers when her father dies. Many years of crop failures force the Bergson’s neighbors to give up and sell their farms, something that Alexandra’s brothers Oscar and Lou wish to do but which Alexandra and her mother are unwilling to do. Instead Alexandra convinces the family to mortgage their homestead in order to buy up the surrounding acreage. Amidst the backdrop of managing the farm there develops two romantic relationships in the novel, one between Alexandra and her childhood friend Carl Linstrum, who returns after many years away, and another between Alexandra’s youngest brother, Emil, and the unhappily married Marie Shabata. “O Pioneers!” is a classic portrayal of the struggles of immigrants in the great plains of America, a story of success in the face of hardship, and the growth of a young woman along the way. This edition includes a biographical afterword.
The denizens of a crumbling Dublin hotel are the subject of a meddling photographer in this Booker Prize–shortlisted “masterpiece” (Irish Times). Once a flourishing establishment, O’Neill’s Hotel has fallen on hard times. The same could be said for the people who live there. Among them are Mrs. Sinnott, the elderly, deaf, and mute proprietor; her drunkard son, Eugene; Morrissey, a small-time pimp; and the grim, lone porter O’Shea. But what might sound bleak to some holds irresistible allure for globetrotting photographer Ivy Eckdorf. Hearing stories of O’Neill’s Hotel from an ocean liner barman, Eckdorf catches the unmistakable whiff of human interest. Surely some tragic story hides within this crumbling corner of Ireland. Now she intends to uncover that story, frame it just so, and turn it into her next coffee table book. Though she has no connection to these hard-luck souls, she has arrived. And no one’s life will be the same—not even hers. “An astounding richness of pathos, humour and tragedy.” —Francis King “A small work of art [that] reaches antic heights.” —The New York Times
How does a lady mend her brother's broken heart?
Georgiana Darcy is less than pleased when her brother returns to town before he is expected. However, after greeting him and seeing that he is more morose than when he left, she becomes concerned. Convinced that she knows the reason behind Darcy's despondency, Georgiana sets out to remedy the problem and present her brother with the best Christmas gift ever -- an unbroken heart.
Netherfield sits empty. Mr. Collins has been refused, and Elizabeth Bennet's mother is suffering from a serious case of nerves. There is only one thing to be done. Elizabeth and her sister must be sent to town in the hopes that one or both might secure a husband.
Tossed into each other's paths, Darcy and Elizabeth renew their acquaintance and must decide how to proceed. Will Darcy continue to flee from the lady who has stolen his heart? Will Elizabeth be able to decipher Darcy's true character? Or will both be left lonely and broken-hearted this Christmas?
Two Days Before Christmas is just one of Leenie Brown's numerous Pride and Prejudice inspired stories. If you like well-written, sweet romance with surprising twists, open-minded heroines, and tender heroes then you'll love this story where gifts from the heart and love take center stage.
So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of Two Days Before Christmas, and get wrapped up in this sweet Christmas romance today.
This book sets out as forcibly and exactly as possible the religious belief of the writer. [Which] is a profound belief in a personal and intimate God." Later in the work he aligns himself with a "renascent or modern religion ... neither atheist nor Buddhist nor Mohammedan nor Christian ... [that] he has found growing up in himself.
He wished to please her by tolerating her mother. He hadn't expected to find his heart so entangled in her family.
In an attempt to right a wrong caused by his dog, Fitzwilliam Darcy extends an invitation for the Bennet family to stay at his home. He is confident he can tolerate Mrs. Bennet and her younger daughters for two weeks if it will please Elizabeth and help convince her to marry him. After all, he is determined to delight Mrs. Bennet by marrying her daughter.
As he expects, Mrs. Bennet and her daughters bring laughter and loudness to his home and cause some disturbance to his life. Unexpectedly, he discovers that inviting Mrs. Bennet and her daughters to Darcy House just might be the best decision he has ever made, for his life and his heart will be forever changed.
Delighting Mrs. Bennet is the second installment in Leenie Brown's Pride and Prejudice variation series Marrying Elizabeth. If you like well-written, sweet romance where the hero and heroine not only grow in their love for each other but also in their understanding of other family members, then you'll enjoy this story about discovering that even the most trying relations are not so very trying when seen through the eyes of love.
So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of Delighting Mrs. Bennet, and join Darcy and Elizabeth on the second leg of their journey to happily ever after as they learn to see things from a different point of view.
36 Complete Works of P. G. Wodehouse
A Damsel in Distress
A Man of Means
A Prefect's Uncle
Death at the Excelsior
Indiscretions Of Archie
Jill the Reckless
Love Among the Chickens
Man With Two Left Feet
Mike and Psmith
My Man Jeeves
Psmith in the City
Right Ho, Jeeves
Tales of St. Austin's
The Adventures of Sally
The Clicking of Cuthbert
The Coming of Bill
The Gem Collector
The Girl on the Boat
The Gold Bat
The Head of Kay's
The Intrusion of Jimmy
The Little Nugget
The Little Warrior
The Man Upstairs and Other Stories
The Politeness of Princes
The Prince and Betty
The White Feather
Three Men and a Maid
William Tell Told Again
He thought his future was bleak, but a well-orchestrated misstep might just bring him the happiness he seeks.
Fitzwilliam Darcy has experienced the sadness that currently resides in the eyes of his friend, Charles Bingley. Determined to see Bingley happy, Darcy confesses his part in creating the despondence his friend now feels and prepares to suffer the separation that will ensue.
However, what he expects and what he gets are very different things. Instead of facing a lonely life filled with heartache, he finds himself standing at the beginning of a path leading to not only his friend's happiness but his own as well.
It will not, however, be an easy path. There will be obstacles to overcome, but with a little help and scheming, no impediment will be too insurmountable – not even Caroline Bingley.
Confounding Caroline is the first book in Leenie Brown's Marrying Elizabeth series of Pride and Prejudice inspired stories. If you like well-written, sweet romance with determined heroes and surprising heroines willing to push the bounds of comfort and propriety to claim their one true love, then you will love this story about out-scheming a schemer in the quest for the chance at a happily ever after.
So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of Confounding Caroline, and slip into a world of unexpected mischief and join Darcy on the first leg of his journey to happily ever after.
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