The Garden of Happy Endings

A Novel

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Author: Barbara O'Neal

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0345534468

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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From Barbara O’Neal, beloved author of How to Bake a Perfect Life and The Lost Recipe for Happiness, comes another magical, heartfelt novel—perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah and Susan Wiggs. After tragedy shatters her small community in Seattle, the Reverend Elsa Montgomery has a crisis of faith. Returning to her hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, she seeks work in a local soup kitchen. Preparing nourishing meals for folks in need, she keeps her hands busy while her heart searches for understanding. Meanwhile, her sister, Tamsin, as pretty and colorful as Elsa is unadorned and steadfast, finds her perfect life shattered when she learns that her financier husband is a criminal. Enduring shock and humiliation as her beautiful house and possessions are seized, the woman who had everything now has nothing but the clothes on her back. But when the going gets tough, the tough get growing. A community garden in the poorest, roughest part of town becomes a lifeline. Creating a place of hope and sustenance opens Elsa and Tamsin to the renewing power of rich earth, sunshine, and the warm cleansing rain of tears. While Elsa finds her heart blooming in the care of a rugged landscaper, Tamsin discovers the joy of losing herself in the act of giving—and both women discover that with time and care, happy endings flourish. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Zwischen uns das Meer

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Author: Kristin Hannah

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843704384

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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Seit einiger Zeit zieht sich Michael zunehmend von seiner Frau Jolene und den beiden gemeinsamen Töchtern zurück. In einem schrecklichen Streit schleudert er Jolene sogar ins Gesicht, dass er sie nicht mehr liebe. Das Paar trennt sich. Als Jolene eines Tages schwer verwundet wird, kommt Michael endlich zur Besinnung: Ihm wird bewusst, dass er kurz davor ist, die Liebe seines Lebens zu verlieren, und er will ihr beistehen. Doch Jolene will ihn nie mehr sehen – zu tief sitzt der Schmerz. Aber Michael kämpft – wird es ihm gelingen, ihr Herz zurückzugewinnen?

The Gardens of Covington

A Novel

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Author: Joan A. Medlicott

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429977906

Category: Fiction

Page: 337

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The Gardens of Covington joyously celebrates women and friendships, families and love, laughing through the tears, thinking with the head and the heart. The ladies, so real and inspiring, will make you wish they were your neighbors. If this is your first visit to the small town of Covington, you'll feel comfortably at home in the white farmhouse with the yellow shutters on Cove road that once again teems with warmth and fresh hope for today and tomorrow. If it's your second visit, you'll be thrilled to sit on the front porch once again and catch up with old friends and neighbors. Hannah, cool-headed and calm, battles to save their beloved hills from the rapacious development that has already ruined Loring Valley, only five minutes form Cove Road. Amelia, giddy with a newfound love, abandons the ladies and her photography to please her dashing new beau. And Grace is driven to prove she has an eye for business when she and her steady companion, Bob Richardson, open the Cottage Tearoom. New friends and neighbors are introduced. Eccentric Lurina Masterson, an eighty-one-year-old bride, brings tears of joy to all when, wearing her childhood dream of white satin, she married "Old Man," who is ninety-one. And George Maxwell, the ladies' closest neighbor, provides an inspired solution to preserving Covington's lush hills and valleys. Joan Medlicott writes lovingly about the complexity and tenderness of women. she writes with honesty about relationships, about love and passion, about commitment and friendship, as well as about the intricate bonds between parents and their children. As you join the ladies of Covington through their highs and their lows, their joys and their sorrows, you will not want the book to end, nor will you wish to leave their world behind you.

The Master of Happy Endings

A Novel

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Author: Jack Hodgins

Publisher: Dundurn.com

ISBN: 0887628168

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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The Master of Happy Endings is a powerful new novel about memory, belonging, helping others, and the vagaries of the human heart. It is also a compelling story about how a man in his late seventies manages to conjure one more great adventure for himself. Axel Thorstad lives in a shack on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia. Once a popular school teacher and thespian who touched the lives of hundreds of his students, he now lives in retirement and mourns the recent death of his wife. But even this stoical giant of a 77-year-old finds the isolation too much. He begins to run want ads in newspapers offering his services as a tutor, and meets the indomitable Mrs. Montana. She hires Axel to coach her precocious teenage-TV-actor son Travis for his school exams while he shoots a new episode in Hollywood. Life in L.A. is far removed from his isolated life in rural B.C., and soon Thorstad finds himself caught up in the drama of his young student’s life, and the return of an old flame. Set amidst the fleshpots, sound-stages and dining rooms of L.A., this engaging novel of lives and loves lost and found also gestures to the courage one needs in the face of the vulnerabilities of older age that all too soon beset.

Happy Endings

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Author: Adèle Geras

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780152057732

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 182

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Sixteen-year-old Mel encounters a tangled web of relationships and her first romance when she is cast in a local theater company's production of "Three Sisters".

Das Ministerium des äußersten Glücks

Roman

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Author: Arundhati Roy

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104038171

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

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In ihrem lange herbeigesehnten Roman »Das Ministerium des äußersten Glücks« führt uns Arundhati Roy, Autorin des Weltbestsellers »Der Gott der kleinen Dinge«, an den unwahrscheinlichsten Ort, um das Glück zu finden. Eine Reihe ausgestoßener Helden ist hier mit ihrem Schicksal konfrontiert, aber sie finden eine Gemeinschaft, sie bilden eine Familie der besonderen Art. Auf einem Friedhof in der Altstadt von Delhi wird ein handgeknüpfter Teppich ausgerollt. Auf einem Bürgersteig taucht unverhofft ein Baby auf. In einem verschneiten Tal schreibt ein Vater einen Brief an seine dreijährige Tochter über die vielen Menschen, die zu ihrer Beerdigung kamen. In einem Zimmer im ersten Stock liest eine einsame Frau die Notizbücher ihres Geliebten. Im Jannat Guest House umarmen sich im Schlaf fest zwei Menschen, als hätten sie sich eben erst getroffen – dabei kennen sie einander schon ein Leben lang. Voller Inspiration, Gefühl und Überraschungen beweist der Roman auf jeder Seite Arundhati Roys Kunst. Erzählt mit einem Flüstern, einem Schrei, mit Freudentränen und manchmal mit einem bitteren Lachen ist dieser Roman zugleich Liebeserklärung wie Provokation: eine Hymne auf das Leben.

He's Gone: A Novel

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Author: Deb Caletti

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0345534360

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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From National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti comes an intensely gripping story about love, loss, marriage, and secrets—perfect for readers of Jodi Picoult, Kristin Hannah, and Anna Quindlen. “One of the best books I’ve read all year.”—Barbara O’Neal, author of The Garden of Happy Endings “What do you think happened to your husband, Mrs. Keller?” The Sunday morning starts like any other, aside from the slight hangover. Dani Keller wakes up on her Seattle houseboat, a headache building behind her eyes from the wine she drank at a party the night before. But on this particular Sunday morning, she’s surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. Irritation shifts to worry, worry slides almost imperceptibly into panic. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He’s gone. As the police work methodically through all the logical explanations—he’s hurt, he’s run off, he’s been killed—Dani searches frantically for a clue as to whether Ian is in fact dead or alive. And, slowly, she unpacks their relationship, holding each moment up to the light: from its intense, adulterous beginning, to the grandeur of their new love, to the difficulties of forever. She examines all the sins she can—and cannot—remember. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth—about herself, her husband, and their lives together. “A thought-provoking and moving exploration.”—New York Times bestselling author Erica Bauermeister Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Priesthood of Both Sexes

Paying attention to difference

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Author: Ali Green

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281066949

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Here is a wealth of advice and encouragement for women and men who are called to work together at all levels of Christian leadership. Packed with perceptive anecdotes and theological insight, this pioneering book shows how a Church that is truly committed to the interests of all people lives out that commitment through the inclusivity of its leadership.

'What Does the Scripture Say?' Studies in the Function of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity

Volume 1: The Synoptic Gospels

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Author: Craig A. Evans,H. Daniel Zacharias

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567469980

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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These essays explore new methods and overlooked traditions that appear to shed light on how the founders of the Christian movement understood the older sacred tradition and sought new and creative ways to let it speak to their own times. Gurtner discusses the Matthean version of the temptation narrative. Chandler investigates the exhortation to 'love your neighbour as yourself' from Lev. 19.18b. Talbot re-examines Jesus' offer of rest in Mt. 11.28-30. Myers explores the ways Matthew's appeal to Isa. 42.1-4 in Mt. 12.17-21 affects the characterization of Jesus in his Gospel. Hamilton explores 1 Enoch 6-11 as a retelling of Genesis 3-6. Herzer seeks to explain varuiys aspects of Mt. 27.51b-53. McWhirter explores the citation of Exod 23.20, Mal. 3.1, and Isa. 40.3 in Mk 1.2-3. Hopkins investigates the manner in which Jesus engages questions and persons regarding purity and impurity. Miller notes that victory songs are a generally acknowledges category of Hebrew poetry. Gregerman argues that studies of early Christian proselytism to Gentiles are largely focussed on missionary methods of converts.

Love's Knowledge

Essays on Philosophy and Literature

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Author: Martha C. Nussbaum

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199879486

Category: Philosophy

Page: 432

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This volume brings together Nussbaum's published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy. The papers, many of them previously inaccessible to non-specialist readers, deal with such fundamental issues as the relationship between style and content in the exploration of ethical issues; the nature of ethical attention and ethical knowledge and their relationship to written forms and styles; and the role of the emotions in deliberation and self-knowledge. Nussbaum investigates and defends a conception of ethical understanding which involves emotional as well as intellectual activity, and which gives a certain type of priority to the perception of particular people and situations rather than to abstract rules. She argues that this ethical conception cannot be completely and appropriately stated without turning to forms of writing usually considered literary rather than philosophical. It is consequently necessary to broaden our conception of moral philosophy in order to include these forms. Featuring two new essays and revised versions of several previously published essays, this collection attempts to articulate the relationship, within such a broader ethical inquiry, between literary and more abstractly theoretical elements.

The All You Can Dream Buffet

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Author: Barbara O'Neal

Publisher: Wheeler Publishing, Incorporated

ISBN: 9781410467690

Category: Fiction

Page: 527

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"Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life's work after she's gone. So she invites her three closest online friends--fellow food bloggers, women of varied ages and backgrounds--out to her farm. She hopes to choose one of them to inherit it--but who?"--Page 4 of cover.

Beklage deine Sünden

Die Kincaid-James-Romane 17 - Roman

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Author: Deborah Crombie

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641200040

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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Notting Hill im Mai: In Cornwall Gardens, einem von exklusiven Stadthäusern gesäumten Park in bester Lage, wird die Leiche einer 24-jährigen Frau entdeckt. Wie sich herausstellt, hat Reagan Keating als Kindermädchen in einer der angrenzenden Villen gearbeitet. Und schon bald erfährt Inspector Gemma James von einem weiteren mysteriösen Todesfall in dem Park: Vor einigen Monaten starb der kleine Henry Su unter mysteriösen Umständen. Hinter den schönen Fassaden der noblen Wohnanlage scheint so manches abgründige Geheimnis zu lauern, und Gemma könnte bei den Ermittlungen die Hilfe ihres Mannes Superintendent Duncan Kincaid gebrauchen. Doch der muss sich derweil den Geistern seiner Vergangenheit stellen: Duncan befürchtet, dass er seine Frau und seine Kinder unüberlegt in große Gefahr gebracht hat. Eine Angst, die sich nur zu bald bewahrheiten könnte ...

How did Long John Silver Lose his Leg?

And Twenty-Six Other Mysteries of Children's Literature

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Author: Dennis Butts,Peter Hunt

Publisher: Lutterworth Press

ISBN: 0718841948

Category: Religion

Page: 154

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How did Long John Silver Lose His Leg? is a wonderfully diverting tour through some of the best-loved classics of children's literature, addressing many of the unanswered questions that inspire intense speculation when the books are laid down. Could Bobbie's train really have stopped in time (The Railway Children)? Did Beatrix Potter have the 'flu in 1909, and did this lead to a certain darkness in her work (The Tale of Mr Tod)? Would the 'rugby football' played by Tom Brown be recognised by sportsmen today (Tom Brown's Schooldays)? Having established the cultural importance of children's books in the modern age, the authors also consider the more serious issues posed by the genre. Why are we so defensive of the idyllic worlds presented in children's books? Why have some of our best-loved authors been outed as neglectful parents to their own children? Should we ever separate the book from its creator and appreciate the works of writers convicted of crimes against children? A treat for any enthusiast of children's literature, this entertaining book provides rich detail, witty explication, and serious food for thought.

Year's Happy Ending

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Author: Betty Neels

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1426875010

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Professor Gideon Beaufort tried Deborah's good nature severely. He scorned her future as a trained nanny, spending her life caring for other people's children. But was his proposal any more enticing? All he wanted was a substitute mother for his young daughter and nothing more—apparently he'd forgotten how to love! Perhaps the exotic skies of Portugal's Algarve and a nanny with stars in her eyes could help the cynical widower remember….

Happy Endings

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Author: Margaret Logan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Mothers and daughters

Page: 164

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The Dream of the Red Chamber

An Allegory of Love

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Author: Jeannie Jinsheng Yi

Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books

ISBN: 0966542177

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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Provides an analysis of the dreams found in Hong lou meng and their structural function in allegory.

The Sidewalk Artist

A Novel

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Author: Gina Buonaguro,Janice Kirk

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429902450

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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"A fantasia of a double tale skimming through the art capitals of Europe with double muses, double love pursuits, double Raphaels, even double authors, a tale dripping with idealized romantic settings, mystery, art, and a touch of magic, The Sidewalk Artist will keep readers wondering what is real and what is artifice--as fine paintings always do." --Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue While in Europe researching her next novel, twenty-something American Tulia Rose falls headlong into a romance with a handsome sidewalk artist. As he takes her on a tour of Europe's artistic treasures, she begins writing the story of the painter Raphael and his secret lover. Yet as her own affair grows deeper, Tulia's sidewalk artist grows more mysterious. Why does he seem so familiar? And what is his connection to the great Renaissance painter? Set in Paris and Italy, this lyrical first novel interweaves two parallel love stories, offering readers a unique view on the research and inspiration that goes into creating historical novels such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Birth of Venus.