Property of a Noblewoman Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

Property of a Noblewoman

  • Author : Danielle Steel
  • Publisher : Dell
  • Release Date : 2016-11-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 418
  • ISBN 10 : 9780425285398

Property of a Noblewoman Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In Danielle Steel’s thrilling novel, a woman’s legacy—shaped by tragedy, fortitude, and undying devotion—transforms lives and hearts long after she is gone, and fulfills at last her most precious bequest. Faded photographs of a glamorous couple in postwar Europe. Old letters hinting of tragic loss. And a breathtaking array of magnificent jewelry, spectacular stones in exquisite settings. These are the contents of a safe-deposit box long abandoned in a New York City bank. If no heir can be identified, the jewelry will be auctioned. But who was the woman who left such a fortune and no will? Two people, drawn together by chance, begin to unravel the mystery. Jane Willoughby is a law clerk at the surrogate’s court and Phillip Lawton a fine arts expert for Christie’s auction house. They are simply doing their jobs when they come to the bank to inspect the contents of the box. But for both Jane and Phillip the search turns personal—and their efforts to reconstruct an enigmatic life will lead from New York to London and Paris, to Rome and Naples, and a series of stunning revelations. Eighteen-year-old Marguerite Pearson left America with a broken heart in the shadow of World War II. She found a new life in Europe but forever mourned what she left behind. As the truth about Marguerite’s extraordinary history—her forbidden love affair and her family’s treachery—is slowly revealed, more people are drawn into the puzzle that Jane and Phillip have pieced together, and one among them will inherit the most unexpected gift of all.

Country Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings


  • Author : Danielle Steel
  • Publisher : Delacorte Press
  • Release Date : 2015-06-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345531025

Country Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this rich, involving novel from Danielle Steel, a woman’s life catapults from the old to the new, as she learns to seize the moment. COUNTRY Stephanie Adams is a devoted stay-at-home mother, married to a successful lawyer in northern California, in a dead marriage she’s stayed in for years for the sake of her children. Then, on a ski trip in Squaw Valley, her fifty-two-year-old husband dies suddenly and all bets are off. Despite her children’s grief, and her own conflicting emotions and loneliness, Stephanie tries to move on, but struggles to find herself as an independent individual after years of giving up her life for everyone else. A spur-of-the-moment road trip and fork in the road lead her to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and a chance meeting—and her whole life changes forever. She meets country music megastar Chase Taylor, who opens his whole world to her. Stephanie is no longer the same woman, and can’t be anymore. A new man. A new life. The excitement of Nashville. She discovers not only Chase, but herself. The music is bittersweet and the lyrics true in his dazzling, exotic, and honest world. As it deftly explores the complex ties between spouses, children, lovers, and friends, and dances between the past and the future, Danielle Steel’s moving novel brilliantly captures the shock of sudden loss, and the freedom it can bring. Here America’s most beloved novelist shares the enduring power of seizing the day. Carpe diem.

The Journal of Belarusian Studies Book

The Journal of Belarusian Studies

  • Author : Centre for Transition Studies & Anglo-Belarusian Society
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2023-02-03
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 127
  • ISBN 10 : 9781291419948

The Journal of Belarusian Studies Excerpt :

Pure Joy Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Pure Joy

  • Author : Danielle Steel
  • Publisher : Delacorte Press
  • Release Date : 2013-10-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345543769

Pure Joy Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this moving memoir, Danielle Steel tells the story of how she met a dog the size of a mouse with a personality that could light up an entire room. From Minnie’s arrival at home in San Francisco to clothes-shopping jaunts in Paris, her adventures provide the perfect backdrop for a heartfelt look at the magic that dogs bring to our lives, and how they become part of the family, making indelible memories. We meet Steel’s childhood pug, James; and Elmer, the basset hound who was steadfastly at her side in her struggling days as a young writer; Sweet Pea—unveiled in a Tiffany box for a dog-loving husband—and all those lucky dogs who shared a household of nine children, other canines, and one potbellied pig. As she reflects on the beloved pets who have brought joy, and sometimes chaos, to her home through the years, Steel also shares her thoughts on the trials and tribulations of bringing a new dog into a household, the challenges of housebreaking and compatibility, the losses we feel forever. Filled with colorful characters (human and otherwise), delightful photographs, practical wisdom drawn from long experience, and brimming with warmth and insight on every page, Pure Joy is a love letter to this special relationship—and one of the most charming books yet from the incomparable Danielle Steel. Praise for Pure Joy “The mega-selling [Danielle Steel] shares happy memories of her numerous dogs. . . . Steel brings readers into her life, recounting delightful moments with her many dogs, the dogs her children have owned, and her newest friend, Minnie, her tiny Chihuahua. . . . Plainly told with honesty and affection, these stories are an affirmation of the timeless connection between humans and their canine companions.”—Kirkus Reviews “Steel doesn’t just love to write blockbusters; she loves dogs. Here’s her valentine to all the dogs she’s raised (looking to be mostly of the small sort), with lots of black-and-white photos t

Islands in the Lake Book

Islands in the Lake

  • Author : Richard M. Conway
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 409
  • ISBN 10 : 9781316518892

Islands in the Lake Excerpt :

Thanks to creative uses of the environment, Xochimilco's residents preserved their culture and society in the face of colonial disruption.

Golden Lilies Book

Golden Lilies

  • Author : Kwei Li
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2011-11-29
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN 10 : 9781453222959

Golden Lilies Excerpt :

Century-old letters tell a story of timeless love in a vanished country First translated by American scholar Elizabeth Cooper in 1914 and published as My Lady of the Chinese Courtyard, this haunting collection of letters was out of print until discovered by bestselling author Eileen Goudge. In its pages she found the story of Kwei-li, a noblewoman of nineteenth-century China. In rich, elegant detail, Kwei-li writes of passionate love for a man whom she first meets on their wedding day. She navigates the difficulties of homemaking and motherhood, becoming a confident wife as her happy home is threatened by the forces of change that are sweeping the nation. Enhanced with beautiful new illustrations, this is a timeless chronicle of a strong woman’s struggle against the onset of modernity. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Eileen Goudge including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Framing the Polish Family in the Past Book

Framing the Polish Family in the Past

  • Author : Piotr Guzowski
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-12-31
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 424
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000516111

Framing the Polish Family in the Past Excerpt :

This volume shows how families in different contexts – noble, urban, legal, religious - and across different periods of history from the late Middle Ages to the modern era, shaped the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its successor states, pre-partitioned and post-partitioned Poland. Contributors draw on a diverse range of different sources including rural and urban court registers, church registers, and population surveys to examine the economic bases of families as well as marital and family conflicts. The sources and the applied research methods enable contributors to characterize families led not only by men but also by single women. New research methods employed include approaches to family structures drawn from sociology, such as life-cycle and life-course analysis, as well as anthropological methods to reconstruct kinship in communities. Spanning several centuries, and from the river Oder to the Black Sea, the Baltic, Lithuania, Belarus and the Ukrainian borderlands, this volume is a major contribution to the historiography on East Central Europe, a region still too often omitted from histories of Europe. Framing the Polish Family in the Past will appeal to researchers and students alike in Polish and Lithuanian History and Medieval and Early Modern Society and Culture.

Women s History in Global Perspective Book

Women s History in Global Perspective

  • Author : Bonnie G. Smith
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 0252029909

Women s History in Global Perspective Excerpt :

Regional and global perspectives from the finest writers on women's history

The Apartment Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Apartment

  • Author : Danielle Steel
  • Publisher : Delacorte Press
  • Release Date : 2016-05-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804179676

The Apartment Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This vibrant, tender, and moving tale pulses with the excitement of New York City, as Danielle Steel explores twists of fate, and the way that sometimes, in special places, friends can be the family we need most. They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives. Claire Kelly finds the walk-up apartment—a spacious loft in Hell’s Kitchen. But the aspiring shoe designer needs at least one roommate to manage it. She meets Abby Williams, a writer trying to make it on her own, far away from her successful family in L.A. Four years later, Morgan Shelby joins them. She’s ambitious, with a serious finance job on Wall Street. Then Sasha Hartman, a medical student whose identical twin sister is a headline-grabbing supermodel. And so the sprawling space, with its exposed brick and rich natural light, becomes a home to friends about to embark on new, exhilarating adventures. Frustrated by her ultra-conservative boss, Claire soon faces a career crisis as a designer. Abby is under the spell of an older man, an off-off-Broadway producer who exploits her and detours her from her true talent as a novelist, while destroying her self-confidence. Morgan is happily in love with a successful restaurateur who supplies her roommates with fine food. At her office, she begins to suspect something is off about her boss, a legendary investment manager whom she’s always admired. But does she even know him? And Sasha begins an all-work-no-play residency as an OB/GYN, as her glamorous jet-set sister makes increasingly risky decisions. Their shared life in the apartment grounds them as they bring one another comfort and become a family of beloved friends. Unexpected opportunities alter the course of each of their lives, and as they meet the challenges, they face the bittersweet reality that in time, they will inevitably move away from the place where their dreams began.

Mothers and Daughters Book

Mothers and Daughters

  • Author : Barbara Alpern Engel
  • Publisher : Northwestern University Press
  • Release Date : 2000-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 241
  • ISBN 10 : 9780810117402

Mothers and Daughters Excerpt :

The first psychosocial study of the female intelligentsia in Russia, Mothers and Daughters explains how and why women radicals of the nineteenth century diverged from their male counterparts, describes the forces that led women to rebel, and discusses their mixed legacy to future generations. Barbara Alpern Engel examines her subject on three levels: the traditional family system; early feminism and women's rebellion against the family; and the causes and consequences of women's revolutionary activity. She describes the impact this revolt had on the family and the lives of radical women and the movement's role in inspiring a new feminine mythology. Throughout, Engel brings nineteenth-century women to life, humanizing history as she presents a case study of how the personal became political in a time and place very different from our own.

Women in the Lusophone World in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period Book

Women in the Lusophone World in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period

  • Author : Darlene Abreu-Ferreira
  • Publisher : Baywolf Press
  • Release Date : 2007-11-20
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 556
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx

Women in the Lusophone World in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period Excerpt :

The present collection echoes and contributes to a number of the issues defined by both the traditional and revisionist historiography. The intent of this special issue of the Portuguese Studies Review was to highlight some of the new research on late medieval and early modern Portuguese women, subjects typically situated outside of the academic mainstream, and to complement the four major collections on the history of Portuguese women published since 1986, as well as the larger literature dealing with Spain. The essays are organized into six general themes: “Female Characters in Late Medieval Chronicles,” “Women and Power in the Late Middle Ages,” “Habsburg Queens and Portugal,” “Women and the Economy,” “Attitudes Toward Women,” and “Women and Religion.” The volume presents essays by Amélia P. Hutchinson, José Valente, Jutta Sperling, Ivana Elbl, Susannah C. Humble Ferreira, Félix Labrador Arroyo, Annemarie Jordan, Almudena Pérez de Tudela, Amélia Polónia, Amândio Jorge Morais Barros, Darlene Abreu-Ferreira, Pedor Miguel Reboredo Marques, Marcia Eliane Alves de Souza e Mello, Jessiva V. Roitman, Inês Amorim, Elisbete de Jesus and Célia Rego, and Haruko Nawata Ward, with an Introduction by Darlene Abreu-Ferreira and Ivana Elbl. The volume also contains an Addendum on the Portuguese Estado Novo, with studies by Sonny B. Davis and Antonio Muñoz Sánchez.

Gender  Property  and Law in Jewish  Christian  and Muslim Communities in the Wider Mediterranean 1300   1800 Book

Gender Property and Law in Jewish Christian and Muslim Communities in the Wider Mediterranean 1300 1800

  • Author : Jutta Sperling
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2009-10-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135235017

Gender Property and Law in Jewish Christian and Muslim Communities in the Wider Mediterranean 1300 1800 Excerpt :

Examining women's property rights in different societies across the entire medieval and early modern Mediterranean, this volume introduces a unique comparative perspective to the complexities of gender relations in Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Through individual case studies based on urban and rural, elite and non-elite, religious and secular communities, Across the Religious Divide presents the only nuanced history of the region that incorporates peripheral areas such as Portugal, the Aegean Islands, Dalmatia, and Albania into the central narrative. By bridging the present-day notional and cultural divide between Muslim and Judeo-Christian worlds with geographical and thematic coherence, this collection of essays by top international scholars focuses on women in courts of law and sources such as notarial records, testaments, legal commentaries, and administrative records to offer the most advanced research and illuminate real connections across boundaries of gender, religion, and culture.

Blue Book


  • Author : Danielle Steel
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-01-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446487747

Blue Excerpt :

'Emotional and gripping' Daily Mail Happiness can be found in the most unexpected places . . . Ginny Carter was once a rising star in TV news, married with a young son – until her whole world dissolved on a freeway in a single instant. In the aftermath, she somehow pieces her life back together, but struggles to truly find meaning in her life. Then, on the anniversary of the fateful accident, she meets thirteen-year-old Blue Williams, who has been living on the streets, utterly alone. Ginny reaches out to him and slowly their friendship grows, each becoming the family the other lost. But just as Blue is truly beginning to trust her, she learns he has been hiding a shocking secret. Ginny wonders if she can help Blue to feel whole again, and at the same time heal herself. Blue is an emotionally gripping story of dark secrets revealed, second chances, and the power of love and courage to overcome life’s greatest challenges.

This Noble Woman Book

This Noble Woman

  • Author : Michael M. Greenburg
  • Publisher : Chicago Review Press
  • Release Date : 2018-08-01
  • Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780912777122

This Noble Woman Excerpt :

Frederick Douglass dismissed Myrtilla's plan to open a school for African American girls in the slaveholding South as "reckless, almost to the point of madness." But Myrtilla Miner, the daughter of poor white farmers in Madison County, New York, was relentless. Fueled by an unyielding feminist conviction, and against a tide of hostility, on December 3, 1851, the fiery educator and abolitionist opened the School for Colored Girls—the only school in Washington, DC, dedicated to training African American students to be teachers. Although often in poor health, Myrtilla was a fierce advocate for her school, fending off numerous attacks, including stonings, arson, and physical threats, and discouraging local "rowdies" by brandishing her revolver with open displays of target practice. The school would gradually gain national fame and stimulate a nationwide debate on the education of black people. Myrtilla's School for Colored Girls would slowly flourish through the years, and its mission exists even today through the University of the District of Columbia. This Noble Woman is the first modern biography of Myrtilla Miner for young adults, and includes historic photos, source notes, a bibliography, and a list of resources for further exploration.

The Dordogne Deception Book

The Dordogne Deception

  • Author : Sherry Joyce
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2013-07-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN 10 : 9781475987782

The Dordogne Deception Excerpt :

Ambushed: a twenty-year marriage dissolved. Ambushed: a high-profile executive career hanging precariously by a thread. Ambushed: a seemingly perfect life. Stunned, beautiful and successful Silicon Valley executive Cherise Eden never saw her divorce coming. With a lucrative payout from her job, she flees San Francisco to start a new life in the Dordogne region of France. As the new owner of a posh bed and breakfast, Chateau Roufillay, she meets seductive and irresistible Francois Delacroix, a guest at the castle who sweeps emotionally fragile Cherise off her feet while unaware of his dark past. Retired Scotland Yard detective Brett Maxfield discovers his old friend, Sir Raleigh Aubrey died gruesomely—his wheelchair plummeting down the grand staircase of his manor home, Brightingham. Or, was he pushed? Determined, Brett resolves to unravel the mystery, following the trail of bizarre clues from England to Switzerland and Bordeaux, ultimately leading to Roufillay. Lives, lies and lust intertwine as danger approaches. Trapped and frantic, Cherise needs an ally. But can she trust Brett?