Career-focused Jane Spencer is supposed to be on vacation. One whole week to relax and unwind at her family's home in Auckland. One whole week without any worries or cares, if only she can tear herself away from her work and the never-ending emails that seem to pile up.
Fortunately, there's a distraction on the other side of the fence. A distraction by the name of Toby Kahui. She hasn't seen Toby in years, not since they graduated from middle school. The connection is immediate. Compelling. Strong.
Will Jane conquer her fears about commitment? Will she let Toby sweep her off her feet? Is Jane willing to take a chance on the literal boy next door?
This is a novella featuring a white woman and a Māori man. It is a gentle and sweet story with a HEA ending.
The Charge of the Light Brigade is a famous poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, whose lines "Theirs not to reason why / Theirs but to do and die" have made the charge a symbol of warfare at its most reckless. The actual cavalry charge, led by Lord Cardigan, was most possibly based on a misunderstood order which occurred during the Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 during the Crimean War. The brigade was not completely destroyed, but after regrouping, only 195 men were still with horses. The charge of the Light Brigade became a subject of considerable controversy and public dispute throughout England. It continues to be studied by modern military historians and students as an example of what can go wrong when accurate military intelligence is lacking and orders are unclear.
Raw, intense short fiction that “delves into the most complex female territory imaginable and dissects until every honest bone is revealed” (Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa). From the author of Nine Months and Baby comes a daring new collection that seethes with alienation, lust, and rage. Inside Madeleine takes us from hospitals, halfway houses, and alleyways to boarding schools and Park Avenue penthouses, exploring the complex relationships girls have with their bodies, with other girls, and with boys. The title novella tracks the ins and outs of an outsider’s life: her childhood obesity and kinky sex life, her toxic relationships, whether familial or erotic—and her various disappearing acts, of body and mind.
DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle presents a unique, fictional montage of the war, and postwar, experiences of Vietnam support troops. Structurally based on Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time, DEROS Vietnam (the acronym stands for Date Eligible for Return from Over Seas) is a riveting collection of 16 short stories and 16 interlinears about the GIs who battled boredom, racial tensions, the military brass, drugs, alcohol—and occasionally the enemy. From cooks and correspondents to clerks and comptrollers, DEROS Vietnam distills the essence of life for soldiers in the rear during the war and, later, back home in a divided America. Vietnam veteran Doug Bradley, a former Army journalist who served in the air-conditioned jungle at U. S. Army Headquarters near Saigon in 1970-71, tells these compelling stories with wit, intensity, and empathy. In doing so, he provides a gateway to a Vietnam experience that has been largely ignored and whose reverberations still echo across America.
The more common experience of war in all branches of the service is that of support. Bullets, beans, and bandages don't get to the grunts by magic. Doug Bradley's stories explore the Vietnam War as experienced by the majority of its veterans. These stories are not about battle, but like all great stories they are about the battle for the human soul. Bradley is a talented and experienced writer and he describes that battle with clarity, insight, humor, and great skill. --Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
'Adolf' is a charming story of a wild rabbit introduced by the father into a miner's home to the delight of the children and the despair of the mother. Larger questions of life and death and nature and civilisation are touched on with a light hand.
Morley Roberts (1857-1942) was an adventurer who worked on railways and cattle and sheep ranches all over Africa and the Americas and still found time to write a large number of very varied novels and stories with a zest that only real-life experience can give.'A Comedy of Capricorn' is a humorous romantic tale. When Gwendolen invites the supremely eligible animal lover Lord Bampton to meet her parents so that he can ask permission to court her, she warns her family of the visitor's fondness for pets. Even the butler is warned to allow any strange or exotic animal which might accompany his Lordship into the drawing room without batting an eyelid. So when a stray goat turns up by chance at the same time as Lord Bampton, chaos, confusion and hilarity are predestined.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.
"The Puzzler" is a humorous tale of a young man who is trying to engineer a meeting with an influential law lord who he hopes will support him with a great business idea. A fortuitous chance means he happens on the law lord while he is conducting a light-hearted experiment with a group of old school friends.
They are attempting to see whether a monkey can climb an araucaria (monkey puzzle) tree. The experiment ends in farce as the monkey escapes and gets into the house... exactly at the moment when the owners of the house appear.
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