Pacific Heights

Author: Paul Harper
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780857387486
Release Date: 2011-08-04
Genre: Fiction

Pacific Heights, San Francisco A serial seducer is targeting wealthy, vulnerable women. He's winning their hearts. He's winning their minds. And soon, unless PI Marten Fane can stop him, he'll be taking their lives.

Designing a Place Called Home

Author: James Wentling
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319479170
Release Date: 2016-12-28
Genre: Technology & Engineering

This insightful volume shares design ideas to help builders, planners and architects create mass-produced affordable housing that pushes suburban development in more sustainable, liveable directions. The author argues that improving the quality of design in our new homes and communities for greater resiliency, sustainability, and equality, we can build neighborhoods and communities where residents feel more connected t their homes and to one another. Through text, photographs and illustrations, the book reviews prototypical American housing design, then suggest ways to both learn from the past as well as adapt for new environmental imperatives, demographic changes and lifestyle needs. Written by a practicing architect with 25+ years of experience optimizing residential design, this pioneering approach to suburban building will inspire readers to view mass produced housing through a new, modern lens.

The Door in the Wall

Author: Benita Kane Jaro
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
ISBN: 9780865165335
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Genre: History

Marcus Caelius Rufus, a young politician, has holed up in a country town in the midst of a bloody and prolonged civil war. Great forces contend for Rome, and Caelius has ties to them ill -- the charismatic Julius Caesar, his beloved teacher Cicero, the hero Pompey the Great, Which side is he on? He must choose. Now he must reconsider who he is: his childhood and education, his loves and friendships, his complex relationship to Caesar, the man who has come to dominate his life. Before he is done, he will discover the shocking truth about Caesar, about Rome, and about himself. This book is a vivid and exciting read.

The Dorset House Affair

Author: Norman Russell
Publisher: Robert Hale
ISBN: 9780709096832
Release Date: 2012-03-30
Genre: Fiction

Dorset House is the home of the Claygate family, and a place where diplomats love to congregate. When young Maurice Claygate and Sophie Lenart, a notorious woman spy, are found shot dead, Inspector Arnold Box, investigating the murders, hears from Colonel Kershaw, Head of Secret Intelligence, that there are international ramifications to the case. Together the two men pursue a ruthless thief and a stolen document across France, bring the affair to a devastating and unexpected climax in the great palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King, at Versailles. Set in late Victorian times, this is the seventh book in the Inspector Box series.

The Garden Wall

Author: Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Publisher: Charlesbridge
ISBN: 9781607342519
Release Date: 2006-02-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Already unhappy that his family has moved from the country to the city, Tim is not pleased when his new neighbor turns out to be not only a girl, but also deaf.

Deerskin

Author: Robin McKinley
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781497673670
Release Date: 2014-11-18
Genre: Fiction

From the Newbery Medal–winning author of The Hero and the Crown: the story of a princess who flees her father’s unwanted attention and finds an unexpected new life. Princess Lissla Lissar is the only child of the king and his queen, who was the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms. Everyone loved the splendid king and his matchless queen so much that no one had any attention to spare for the princess, who grew up in seclusion, listening to the tales her nursemaid told about her magnificent parents. But the queen takes ill of a mysterious wasting disease and on her deathbed extracts a strange promise from her husband: “I want you to promise me . . . you will only marry someone as beautiful as I was.” The king is crazy with grief at her loss, and slow to regain both his wits and his strength. But on Lissar’s seventeenth birthday, two years after the queen’s death, there is a grand ball, and everyone present looks at the princess in astonishment and whispers to their neighbors, How like her mother she is! On the day after the ball, the king announces that he is to marry again—and that his bride is the princess Lissla Lissar, his own daughter. Lissar, physically broken, half mad, and terrified, flees her father’s lust with her one loyal friend, her sighthound, Ash. It is the beginning of winter as they journey into the mountains—and on the night when it begins to snow, they find a tiny, deserted cabin with the makings of a fire ready-laid in the hearth. Thus begins Lissar’s long, profound, and demanding journey away from treachery and pain and horror, to trust and love and healing.

Once upon a Dream

Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101191120
Release Date: 2000-11-01
Genre: Fiction

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents four romantic stories of impossible dreams come true... In Nora Roberts’s “In Dreams,” a beautiful young woman is drawn to a castle in the forests of Ireland and becomes the link to a stranger’s past—and the curse that has trapped him forever in the eternity of his own dreams. In Jill Gregory’s “The Sorcerer’s Daughter,” the fate of a captive wizard depends on his lovely daughter—and the intentions of a spellcast adventurer who dreams of a priceless treasure, and a love that could be the greatest reward of all. In Ruth Ryan Langan’s “The Enchantment,” two strangers seek refuge in an abandoned estate on a storm-swept night—only to discover that their most elusive dreams of romance are as enchanted, and as real, as true love itself. In Marianne Willman’s “The Bridge of Sighs,” an American art appraiser becomes haunted by dreams of a lonely young girl while visiting Venice—a vision that illuminates a tragic past, and a future of endless love.

The Door in the Wall

Author: H G Wells
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141197517
Release Date: 2011-02-15
Genre: Fiction

'And so, in a trice, he came into the garden that has haunted all his life.' H.G. Wells was a pioneer of science fiction, its first and greatest influence. Here his boundless invention creates three very stories: a poignant parable of a mysterious door, a thrilling account of be-tentacled sea creatures and the darkly comic chronicle of an academic rivalry taken too far . . . This book includes The Door in the Wall, The Sea Raiders and The Moth.

The Garden Next Door

Author: José Donoso
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 0802133681
Release Date: 1994-01
Genre: Fiction

A Chilean writer named Julio and his wife, Gloria, are at a low point in their lives. Constantly bickering, the pair are beset by worries about money, their writing, and their son (who may or may not be plying the oldest profession in Marrakesh). When Julio's boyhood best friend, now a famous artist, lends the couple his luxurious Madrid apartment for the summer, it is an escape for both - but in particular for Julio, who fantasizes about the garden next door and the erotic life of the lovely young aristocratic woman who inhabits it. But Julio's life - and career - unravel In Madrid: he is rebuffed by a famous literary agent, Nuria Monclus, who detests him and his novel; his son's friend from Marrakesh moves in and causes havoc; and Gloria begins to drink. In the face of pitiless adversity, Julio's talent inexorably begins to fade. The garden next door, however, is also Gloria, who has been doing some creating of her own. It is this twist that transforms Donoso's brilliant satire of the writer's life into something even greater: a carefully crafted and bitteily comic meditation on gardens, deceit, and the nature of a writer's muse.