Amanda Clarke thinks of herself as perfectly ordinary in every way. Just a small-town girl who serves breakfast all day in a little diner nestled next to the highway, nothing but dairy farms for miles around. She fits in there.But then an old woman she never met dies, and Amanda was named in her will. Now Amanda packs a bag and heads to the big city, to Miss Zenobia Weekes´ Charm School for Exceptional Young Ladies. And it´s not in just any neighborhood. No, she finds herself on Summit Avenue in St. Paul, a street lined with gorgeous old houses, the former homes of lumber barons, railroad millionaires, even the writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Why, Amanda can practically hear the jazz music still playing across the decades.Scratch that. The music really, literally, still plays in the backyard of the charm school. Because the house stretches across time itself. Without a witch to protect this tear in the fabric of the world, anything can spill over. Like music.Or like murder.Charm School, Book 1 in the Witches Three Cozy Mystery series.If you´re a fan of Amanda M. Lee, N.M. Howell, or Amy Boyles, this mélange of magic and murder mystery is sure to charm you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tia Rider. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/159371/bk_acx0_159371_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a 32-year-old bachelor. Tall, with eyes the colour of hazelnuts, he is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective. Working in association with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is able to go where the police cannot, eliciting surprise revelations and confessions from his parishioners; whether it involves the apparent suicide of a local solicitor, a scandalous jewellery theft at a New Year’s Eve dinner party, or the unexplained death of a jazz promoter’s daughter. Alongside his inquiries, Sidney also manages to find time to enjoy cricket, warm beer, hot jazz, and the company of an attractive, lively young woman called Amanda. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Wickham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/001730/bk_isis_001730_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Forbidden love. Family secrets. A twist of fate. The stunning new generational saga from Belinda Alexandra, best-selling author of Tuscan Rose and White Gardenia. In New Orleans - the city of genteel old houses covered in Spanish moss, of seductive nightlife, of Creole, voodoo and jazz - two women separated by time and tragedy will find each other at last. Amanda, orphaned as a child and suffering the loss of her beloved grandmother, has left Sydney in search of a family she never knew. Ruby, constrained by the expectations of society and class, is carrying a lifetime of secrets. Amanda´s arrival sparks revelations long buried: a double life, a forbidden love, and a loss that cannot be forgotten. Southern Ruby is a sweeping story of love, passion, family and honour. Alternating in time between the 1950s and the eve of Hurricane Katrina, it is also a tribute to a city heady with music, drama, history and superstition which has borne the tumults of race and class and the fury of nature but has never given up hope. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caroline Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002827/bk_boli_002827_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A collection of sweet, tender, poetic, beautiful, heart-wrenching, sensual love stories. These stories share a common theme of love, set in a time period before cell phones and social media. ´´Second Best´´, by B. L. Aldrich, performed by Hillary Huber. 1944. The South. Can a heartbroken young woman learn to love again? ´´Didn´t It Rain´´, by Kathryn Burns, performed by Becca Balanger. 1964. Manchester. A teenager realizes her love for music...and for a girl. ´´The Painted World´´, by Cassandra Campbell, performed by Erin Bennett. It´s 1959, New York and Tennessee. Will a young woman choose the life she´s meant to live or the life for which she longs? ´´Adele´´, by Tony Healey, performed by Carol Monda. A couple who´s been married for decades. A secret shared. And a love that shows the beauty in supporting a partner when they share their authentic self. ´´Purple Roses´´, by Christina Thompson, performed by Xe Sands. A quiet farmhouse. A lifetime love, lost. A message sent from beyond that restores faith, hope, and blessings for a new love. ´´She Screams´´, by Jacob Strunk, performed by J. Rodney Turner. 1940s. A smoky bar. Jazz. Where love and lust seduces like a song. ´´Can´t Get Used to Losing You´´, by K. E. White, performed by Mark Turetsky and Tara Sands. It´s the 1980s. First love. Young love. But is it a forever love? ´´To Love Is to Burn´´, by Amanda R. Woomer, performed by Laura Jennings. 1871, Peshtigo, Wisconsin. A deadly wildfire and the love that rises from the ashes. These stories will make you swoon and laugh, cause tears and sighs. The world needs more love, and Vintage Love Stories is excited to share it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Becca Balanger, Erin Bennett, Hillary Huber, Laura Jennings, Carol Monda, Tara Sands, Xe Sands, Mark Turetsky, J. Rodney Turner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/125665/bk_acx0_125665_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Grantchester Mysteries 1 Now a major, prime-time six-part series Grantchester for ITV Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a thirty-two year old bachelor. Sidney is an unconventional clergyman and can go where the police cannot. Together with his roguish friend Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney inquires into the suspect suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, a scandalous jewellery theft at a New Year´s Eve dinner party, the unexplained death of a well-known jazz promoter and a shocking art forgery, the disclosure of which puts a close friend in danger. Sidney discovers that being a detective, like being a clergyman, means that you are never off duty... Sidney Chambers will be played by James Norton (Death Comes to Pemberley), and Robson Green (Reckless) will take on the role of Geordie Keating. Other cast members include Morven Christie (Twenty Twelve) as the beautiful heiress Amanda Kendall, while Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses) will play Sidney´s housekeeper, and Kacey Ainsworth (Eastenders) is to join them as Geordie´s wife.
Dieselpunk and decopunk are alternative history re-imaginings of (roughly) the WWI and WWII eras: tales with the grit of roaring bombers and rumbling tanks, of ´We Can Do It´ and old time gangsters, or with the glamour of flappers and Hollywood starlets, smoky jazz and speakeasies. The stories in this volume add fairy tales to the mix, transporting classic tales to this rich historical setting. Two young women defy the devil with the power of friendship. The pilot of a talking plane discovers a woman who transforms into a swan every night and is pulled into a much more personal conflict than the war he´s already fighting. A pair of twins with special powers find themselves in Eva Braun´s custody and wrapped up in a nefarious plan. A team of female special agents must destroy a secret weapon-the spindle-before it can be deployed. Retellings of The Little Mermaid, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Monkey King, Swan Lake, Pinocchio and more are all showcased alongside some original fairy tale-like stories. Featuring stories by Zannier Alejandra, Alicia K. Anderson, Jack Bates, Patrick Bollivar, Sara Cleto, Amanda C. Davis, Jennifer R. Donohue, Juliet Harper, Blake Jessop, A.A. Medina, Elizabeth, Nellie Neves, Wendy Nikel, Brian Trent, Alena VanArendonk, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Sarah Van Goethem, and Robert E. Vardeman.
In this dazzling debut, Amanda Boyden delivers a compulsively readable novel of girlhood friendship. Set in 1978 Kansas City and then swirling through California in the early 80s, the story of Lisa and Celeste tells of two girls who are more than just inseparable - they can barely tell where one ends and the other begins. Celeste´s life seems just about perfect: she´s beautiful, has a gigantic house, two older sisters to coach her through middle school, and loving parents - the stern but secretly soft Mrs. Diamond and the lively, bombastic Mr. Diamond. As Lisa´s own house has long been a place devoid of joyful noise - her mother has been shut in her bedroom wearing her nightgown for years - Lisa joins the Diamond household, slipping into their routine of Sunday night dinners, wearing Celeste´s clothing, and soaking in the normalcy of the Diamond life. What starts off as a sweet coming-of-age story - mastering jazz dance high kicks, the perfect baby oil basting for a suntan, and the fine art of making filet mignon for Celeste´s larger-than-life father - soon swirls into an intoxicating novel of art, experimentation, music, and self-destructive impulses. As the girls outgrow their suburban life, chafing at their curfews, discovering sex, beer, and pot, they fall deeper and deeper in love with a new wild freedom. They dare each other onwards, adventuring into the realm of concerts, cocaine, and the San Francisco punk scene. This is the story of their shared fall from grace. Gorgeous, sexy, and exuberant, in this completely addictive debut, Amanda Boyden brings us into the world of a friendship so tightly knit that where one girl leads, the other can´t help but follow. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Martha Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002210/bk_acx0_002210_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.