A captivating novel of rich spectacle and royal scandal, Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow spans fifteen years in the fateful reign of Marie Antoinette, France’s most legendary and notorious queen.
Paris, 1774. At the tender age of eighteen, Marie Antoinette ascends to the French throne alongside her husband, Louis XVI. But behind the extravagance of the young queen’s elaborate silk gowns and dizzyingly high coiffures, she harbors deeper fears for her future and that of the Bourbon dynasty.
From the early growing pains of marriage to the joy of conceiving a child, from her passion for Swedish military attaché Axel von Fersen to the devastating Affair of the Diamond Necklace, Marie Antoinette tries to rise above the gossip and rivalries that encircle her. But as revolution blossoms in America, a much larger threat looms beyond the gilded gates of Versailles – one that could sweep away the French monarchy forever.
Elizabeth Massie - King Takes Queen
Dissent rises in the kingdom of King Henry VIII of England. The king's ongoing dispute with the papacy over a desire for annulment is about to incite the Reformation, and his next step is to appoint a new archbishop in order to obtain his long-awaited marriage to Anne Boleyn. All crests that once bore the initials "H & K" are promptly replaced with an intertwining "H & A," the first of many significant changes to come. The birth of the new royal couple's first child, Princess Elizabeth, is followed by the death of Katherine of Aragon. New legislation decrees that any who dare commit an act against the king - or the kingdom's newfound beliefs - will face extreme consequences. With her husband growing increasingly impatient, it becomes apparent that the only crime Anne could commit against her king would be to deny him a male heir. As pressures rise in the kingdom, those who once found themselves in the king's good graces foresee a somber end to their reign. This rich novelization of season two of The Tudors follows the complicated relationship between Henry and Anne through to its historically significant and dramatic conclusion.
Amanda Quick - The Paid Companion
The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical-he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion. Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected. But when he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge, the fire in her golden eyes sways him to make a generous offer. Her sorry financial circumstances-and dreams of a life of independence-convince her to accept. But St. Merryn appears to be hiding a secret or two, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy London home. Elenora soon discovers that this lark will be a far more dangerous adventure than she'd been led to believe. And the Earl of St. Merryn will find that the meek and mild companion he'd initially envisioned has become a partner in his quest to catch a killer-and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart.
Amanda Quick - Mistress
After a year of grand adventures touring the classical ruins of Italy and Greece, Iphiginia Bright returned to England to discover that the real excitement was at home. It seems that her Aunt Zoe has fallen victim to a sinister blackmailer and only Iphiginia can hope to stop the culprit before he can do more harm. Her plan is inspired: Imitating history's most legendary beauties--Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Aphrodite--the former schoolmistress will remake herself, and descend upon London Society as the dazzling mistress of Marcus Valerius Cloud, the infamous Earl of Masters. Rumors hint that the Earl has disappeared at the blackmailer's hands, and by posing as his unknown mistress, Iphiginia is convinced she can ferret out the villain. Overnight, Iphiginia is transformed into a vision with a host of eager admirers, including one she does not expect -- the Earl of Masters himself, who strides into a shimmering ballroom one evening to cooly reclaim his "mistress". He is everything they say he is... arrogant, attractive, devastatingly seductive, and Iphiginia can't help but be enthralled. But when Marcus agrees to play along with her charade, she doesn't know that the determined earl has plans of his own: to tease and tempt her, until the beautiful deceiver becomes more than his mistress in name only.
Amanda Quick - Ravished
From the cozy confines of a tiny seaside village to the glittering crush of the a fashionable London soiree comes an enthralling tale of a thoroughly mismatched couple . . . poised to discover the rapture of love. There was no doubt about it. What Miss Harriet Pomeroy needed was a man. Someone powerful and clever who could help her rout the unscrupulous thieves who were using her beloved caves to hide their loot. But when Harriet summoned Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, to her aid, she could not know that she was summoning the devil himself. . . . Dubbed the Beast of Blackthorne Hall for his scarred face and lecherous past, Gideon was strong and fierce and notoriously menacing. Yet Harriet could not find it in her heart to fear him. For in his tawny gaze she sensed a savage pain she longed to soothe . . . and a searing passion she yearned to answer. Now, caught up in the Beast’s clutches, Harriet must find a way to win his heart–and evade the deadly trap of a scheming villain who would see them parted for all time.
Karen Marie Moning - Beyond the Highland Mist
AN ALLURING LAIRD He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistibly challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve. A PRISONER IN TIME She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite in her. Not even the barriers or time and space could keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about flowing the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side...
Jude Deveraux - Twin of Ice / Twin of Fire
Houston Chandler is a natural beauty whose demure nature masks deep-running passions. Her twin sister, Blair, is independent, hot-tempered, and madly in love -- with Houston's fiancé. Their entwined adventures across the American frontier are captured in two novels as powerfully compelling as ice and fire. Happily betrothed to Dr. Lee Westfield, Houston is every bit the good girl she was raised to be. So when faced with Kane Taggert's brash marriage proposal, Houston is outwardly shocked. But beneath her gracious demeanor lies a woman of hidden longings — and her defenses begin to melt the second this rugged stranger touches his hungry lips to hers. While dreaming of practicing medicine, Blair falls in love with her placid sister's fiancé, himself a passionate doctor. Blair's impetuous spirit has won her a medical degree in a man's world — and captivated Lee's heart. But even as the couple's ardor grows, there are nights when Lee disappears only to return exhausted, haunted. His silence imperils their love. But the truth would imperil her life.
Amanda Quick - Dangerous
At five and twenty, Prudence Merryweather knew very well tht risks a woman took by visiting a gentleman in the dead of night. But bearding the notorious Earl of Angelstone in his den was the only way to stop him from engaging her hot-headed brother in a duel. And that was why she found herself ushered into Sebastian's frobidding presence at three int the morning--and thoroughly kissed before dawn. She was a country-bred innocent--and an intriguing experience for a man who dwelt more in the shadows than in the sunshine. Yet as her boldness drew Prue into one dangerous episode after another, Sebastian found himself torn between a raging hunger to possess her and a driving need to protect her. And the reckless beauty would soon need all the protection she could get...
Amanda Quick - I Thee Wed
It isn't easy making a living as a lady's companion when one possesses a sharp tongue and an original mind. That's why Emma Greyson has gone through three such positions in six months. Her current post at a tiresome country house party has her bored to tears—until an extraordinary encounter with the legendary Edison Stokes leads to a secret position as his assistant. Stokes is on a peculiar mission, searching for an anonymous thief who has stolen an ancient book of arcane potions. He suspects his quarry is among the party's guests—and that the villain is looking for an intuitive woman on whom to test a certain elixir. A woman just like Emma... For Emma, the new post brings unexpected passion and chilling danger. But when murder strikes, she realizes the awful truth. Unless she and Edison devise a scheme to outwit a merciless killer, she could forever lose the man of her dreams—and even her very life....
Philippa Gregory - Wideacre
Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the eighteenth century she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others. Sexual and wilful, she believes that the only way to achieve control over Wideacre is through a series of horrible crimes, and no-one escapes the consequences of her need to possess the land. Sweeping, passionate, unique: 'Wideacre' is the novel which brought Philippa Gregory to bestselling fame and is the first of the trilogy which continued with 'The Favoured Child' and concluded with 'Meridon'.
Philippa Gregory - The Other Boleyn Girl
Mary Boleyn catches the eye of Henry VIII when she is a girl of just fourteen. But her joy is cut short when she discovers that she is a pawn in her family's plots. When the capricious king's interest warnes, Mary is ordered to pass on her knowledge of how to please him to her friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Anne soon becomes irresistible to Henry, and Mary must resign herself to being the other Boleyn girl. But beyond the court is a man who dares to challenge the power of her family to offer Mary a life of freedom and passion. If only she has the courage to break away - before the Boleyn enemies turn on the Boleyn girls... (Harper, 2011)
Cassandra Clare - Clockwork Prince
In Clockwork Prince, with Mortmain vanished and the clock counting down on how long Charlotte can keep control of the Institute away from Benedict Lightwood, Will, Jem and Tessa must dig into Mortmain’s past to predict what he will do in the future, But secrets about Mortmain aren’t all they find buried — Tessa begins to uncover the truth about her own birth, and the ghosts of Will’s past return to haunt him. As Tessa grows closer to Jem, and Will is driven further toward the brink of madness by jealousy and guilt, will they discover the truth in time to halt the next phase of Mortmain’s evil plan?
Jeanne Kalogridis - Medici Katalin, a démoni királyné
Az Én, Mona Lisa és a Borgia menyasszony szerzőjének új regénye egy szenvedélyes királyné történetét meséli el. Medici Katalin - Nostradamus bizalmasa, Mária skót királynő fondorkodó anyósa és a Szent Bertalan-éjszakai mészárlás eltervezője - a történelem rettenetes uralkodóinak egyike. A nagy tekintélyű firenzei családba született lányt mesésen gazdag örökössé teszi szülei korai halála, ám a városállamot súlyos konfliktusok szakítják ketté, Katalint bebörtönzik, majd amikor kiszabadul, férjhez adják a francia király jóképű középső fiához, Henrikhez.Katalin megcsalt, sokáig gyermeket szülni képtelen asszony lesz, aki mágiához folyamodik, hogy elnyerje férje szerelmét és termékennyé váljon. Ennek azonban meg kell fizetnie az árát: a határtalan szeretet könyörtelen démonná torzítja.
Sebastian Faulks - The Girl at the Lion d'Or
On a rainy night in the 1930s, Anne Louvet appears at the run-down Hotel du Lion d'Or in the village of Janvilliers. She is seeking a job and a new life, one far removed from the awful injustices of her past. As Anne embarks on a torrential love affair with a married veteran of the Great War, The Girl at the Lion d'Or fashions an unbreakable spell of narrative and atmosphere that evokes French masters from Flaubert to Renoir.
Diana Gabaldon - Szitakötő borostyánban
A nagyszabású regényfolyam második része, amely ismét visszarepít bennünket az időben a XVIII. századi Skócia drámai és szenvedélyes eseményei közé... _Szitakötő borostyánban_ Claire Randall húsz éven keresztül megőrizte a titkait. De most felnőtt lányával együtt visszatér Skócia fenséges, ködfátyolba burkolózó hegyei közé. Claire itt szeretné elmondani a lányának az igazságot egy fontos dologgal kapcsolatban, amely éppen olyan megdöbbentő, mint ami mögötte van: az ősöreg kőkör rejtélye; az idő korlátain átívelő szerelem; és James Fraser, a skót harcos, akinek lovagiassága egykor ott tartotta Claire-t a férfi évszázadának veszedelmei között, a saját korába való visszatérés helyett. _"Rengeteg akció, rengeteg szex... Diana Gabaldon született mesélő."_ - Arizona Republic
Judith McNaught - Whitney, kedvesem
Whitney Stone már a keresztnevével feltűnést keltett a tizenkilencedik század elején Angliában. Földbirtokos apja szántszándékkal adott neki fiúnevet, hogy ezzel is kifejezze csalódottságát. Az eszes, vadóc kislány az apja véleménye szerint túlságosan önálló, és korántsem viselkedik kifogástalan úrikisasszonyként. Csakhogy Whitneyt Párizsban élő nagybátyja és annak szerető felesége felkarolják. Bevezetik az úri társaságba, és gondoskodnak róla, hogy rendkívüli bája, értelme kibontakozhasson, s ámulhasson rajta ország-világ. Hanem ez még mindig kevés a boldogsághoz, amelyért a lánynak kemény küzdelmet kell vívnia. Apja ugyanis elherdálja Whitney hozományát, mi több, a háta mögött eljegyzi Westmoreland hercegével, a kéjenc főrenddel, aki szemet vetett rá, és százezer fontot sem sajnál érte. Mit bánja Martin Stone, hogy a lánya mást szeret! Vajon a szerelem ereje elegendőnek bizonyul, hogy a sors szeszélye állította akadályokon túljutva a gyönyörű leány végre révbe jusson?
Stephanie Perkins - Anna and the French Kiss
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?
Danielle Steel - Ékszerek
A világhírű amerikai írónő huszonkilencedik regényét tartja kezében az Olvasó. Sarah Whitfield éppen hetvenötödik születésnapjára készül. Franciaországi kastélyának ablakából figyeli az ünnepre érkező rokonokat és barátokat, közben lelki szemei előtt leperegnek élete filmjének kockái. Emlékek árja borítja el, öt évtized minden szépsége és gyötrelme. New York, a válás első férjétől, a második világháború, amikor a kastély kórházzá alakult, a súlyosan megsebesült William herceg, Sarah második férje, akit az asszony odaadó ápolása gyógyított meg. És persze - az ékszerek. Szebbnél szebbek. Velük Sarahnak kezdetben nem is üzleti céljai voltak: a háború után szinte csak ékszerekkel lehetett fizetni. A gyűjteménytől hosszú út vezetett a világ első számú ékszerbirodalmához. Danielle Steel ezen a kalandos úton vezeti végig nagyívű történetének olvasóit.
Katie Fforde - Wedding Season
Sarah is a wedding planner hiding a rather inconvenient truth - she doesn't believe in love. Or not for herself, anyway. But as the confetti flutters away on the June breeze of yet another successful wedding she somehow finds herself agreeing to organise two more, on the same day and only two months away. And whilst her celebrity bride is all sweetness and light, her own sister soon starts driving her mad with her high expectations but very limited budget. Luckily Sara has two tried and tested friends on hand to help her. Elsa, an accomplished dress designer who likes to keep a very low profile, and Bron, a multi-talented hairdresser who lives with her unreconstructed boyfriend and who'd like to go solo in more ways than one. They may be very good at their work but romance doesn't feature very highly in any of their lives. As the big day draws near all three women find that patience is definitely a virtue in the marriage game. And as all their working hours are spent preparing for the wedding of the year plus one they certainly haven't got any time to even think about love . Or have they?
Harper Allen - Dead Is the New Black
Ever since Tash's grandfather Darkheart revealed the big family secret--Tash and her triplet sisters were born of a vampire slayer--Tash's life has been a series of surprises. But none of that prepared her for the possibility of turning vamp herself. That's the good news. The bad? The most gorgeous man she's ever laid eyes on is over two hundred years old. And one of her sisters wants to stake him, while the other wants to doom him to a life of tortured guilt. Worse yet, with a new Queen Vamp in town, it's up to Tash to infiltrate her army. As a semihuman, there's no danger of Tash falling under Lady Jasmine's control. Or so she thinks...
Katie Fforde - Paradise Fields
It's not as if Nel hadn't enough on her plate already: organising a farmers' market in the picturesque Paradise Fields and keeping track of her unnervingly beautiful teenage daughter - plus sorting out a houseful of animals - are quite enough to keep her busy. The last thing she needs is another complication in her life, but when her old friend Sir Gerald dies and his son, Pierce - accompanied by his glamorous American wife - takes possession of The Big House, it seems that preserving the Fields is not on his list of priorities. Nel takes up arms, determined to fight for the meadow and the market she loves. But whom can she trust? She's pretty sure her friends Sacha and Vivian are on her side, but her sensible boyfriend Simon, an estate agent, is less encouraging. And then there's Jake, the exaspering yet attractive stranger who kissed her under the mistletoe. Maybe she's been a not-so-merry widow for far too long.