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As I was beginning to read Kate Mosse’s newest, ‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’, I suddenly decided to veer back in time to her 1st book in the Labyrinth series.
Situated in the Pyrenees Mountains in France, this story is an epic Grail-quest tale, actually Kate’s view of what a woman’s role in this medieval quest could have been.
You will go back and forth in time from present day to the 1200’s, and learn much about the Crusades and the Cather legacy. Enjoy Alais’ story and make sure to read the rest of the trilogy.
From Budapest to Paris... to Hitler's World War II invasion of European nations, The Invisible Bridge rings of deep love and exceptional history. Infused with notes of theatrical ballet and an architect's view of all that is Paris, this dream of a novel does not disappoint. With enduring infatuational love and terrible tragedy, this book is truly ranked in my top 20 all time favorites. It's descriptive historical passages guide you to keep reading even as history's darkest times unfurls - the Holocaust.
If you loved All the Light We Cannot See, you'll not want to miss this great read!
Take a flight back in time to Scotland and the Orkney Islands in the 1950s and relax with this book that is based on the story of Jane Eyre. With a compassionate character that you will find yourself rooting for, this book hits all the features that a true classic needs. The modern overtones seem to make the story more beguiling and believable. Whether you are a Bronte fan or not, this thoughtful escape reading is a treasure you won't soon forget.
What a great collection of goodies for everyone to enjoy this yummy holiday season! Pick up a copy for that person that you just don't know what you could get them. OR better yet, treat yourself to a Christmas present that will just keep on giving! ENJOY THE SEASON.
A book after my own heart...Mansions, mystery, love, hope, and discovery! Uncover the secrets as you escape to Gloucestershire, England, in the 1930s. Luscious reading!! What else can I say? Think WUTHERING HEIGHTS, REBECCA, with a bit of THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN thrown in! Thanks, Horizon Books, for allowing me to find this book here!
Follow the story of this extraordinary wolf who seems to have wanted to bond with the people of Juneau, Alaska, and their dogs for seven years. This true story moved me greatly and has opened my eyes to the plight of this very misunderstood species. You'll learn about his habits: how he lives, plays and hunts. You will read of his curiosities and his tendencies. If you love animals, or even care about them, you will be awed by Jans' honest mesmerizing narrative, in which he describes the beautiful Alaskan landscapes that Romeo inhabited.
Combine an old man's travels through his past, the wanderings of a book that couldn't be found, and a teenage girl who must resolve a passion to her own past and what do you get? ...this book
Nicole Krauss fills our hearts with both laugh-out-loud humor and deep love that seeps unknowingly through the main character into so many other lives. The sadness that is lived through somehow creates hope; the hope breeds, once again, the memory of love. A really good, tender depiction of how the written word can once again bind us together.
As an avid dog lover, I often find myself drawn to books about our canine friends. A Good customer here at Horizon Books recommended this read to me recently, so I gave it some of my precious reading time. I was not disappointed! This book is filled with insight and information; even a dog expert will be glad to have read about living with, loving, and hoping to extend the life of dogs. A Great book and what a bargain!
Have you read All the Light We Cannot See? Before he wrote this extraordinary novel, Anthony Doerr put together this insightful collection of some of his short stories. They are all beautiful renditions of individuals - their plights, their imaginations, and the grandeur (or not) of their lives. Every story shows a glimpse into memories and will help you to understand new perspectives on humanity. You won't forget these tales by this amazing Pulitzer Prize winning author.
THE grilling cookbook we've all been waiting for! Packed with mouth-watering meat recipes and great descriptions of the meats themselves, Dad will love this gift the most for Father's Day!
Once recommended to me by a good friend, this retelling of the biblical story of Hosea is my choice to you! Such a true gem, the power of love permeates throughout the story, with undertones of forgiveness, finding oneself, and the wrongs of judging others. Historical and emotional as well, it keeps you reading and refreshes the soul.... What an amazing Mother's Day gift this would be! Or treat yourself to one of the best books I've put in my own personal library!
Here we are with spring upon us and gorgeous gardens on our minds... so escape this April with a delightful novel that crosses continents - from Australia to England - and generations as well - from the early 1900s to present day. You will discover a family secret that is so wonderfully told that you really feel as though you were a part of it: what a quaint mixture of fairy tales, mystery, and history! If you haven't read Kate Morton before, this is definitely one of her best!
Having not read a good mystery for a few months, I decided to give Tana French a try. It's always good to start with the author's first book, so I did and WOW! - am I hooked! As a young girl, I, like one of the main characters, spent many an hour playing in the woods near my home, so the setting of this thriller greatly captured my interest. The plot is full of descriptive murder, memories, and police procedural events. The detectives stay with you, as always with a good book's characters, and the story itself is harrowing, romantic, dramatic, and tragic all at once. I promise you this: you will want to read all of Tana French's books!
For those of you who have read and loved The Bronze Horseman, I eagerly recommend it's sequel Tatiana and Alexander. This timely story, just in time for Valentine's month, is sprinkled with not only love hearts but with war history, all while the main characters try to find eachother across oceans and continents. The story goes back and forth between the two, putting us right in the middle of their griefs and passions. Definitely not only a romance (or I would not have chosen it), this book is epic in survival and hope, a moving historical saga!
From time to time in my reading world, I love to return to the eras of ancient kings and queens and their regal court drama. This very book happens to be the book that started my love of this Tudor historical craze! I have always been so intrigued as to what made Henry VII so nasty. What else didn't I know about? Did Anne Boleyn have a sister who may have turned his head? And why did he feel it necessary to cut off Anne's head? Philippa Gregory is a master. She has definitely done her homework and we reap the benefits of a great read!
We all love pets!! What could be more inspiring than this collection of 365 daily anecdotes about pets and their unconditional love? This book of the lessons that animals teach us will be such a great gift to treasure for years to come, for both you favorite pet lover and/or yourself!!
Out in the wilds of Glacier National Forest, life can be serene and beautiful, or it can be deadly. This mystery brings us all the grandeur of wide-open protected lands, and takes us upon a thrilling, gruesome adventure. The descriptions of the landscape are lush and the characters are quiter unique, effectively supporting a man vs. nature theme. This crime novel is definitely not in my "normal" reading genre, but once I started to read it, I could not put it down. The Wild Inside will keep you in suspense until the very end!
Fall is here and with it comes preparing for Haloween. Time for a scary read! I read this great classic ghost story many years ago and it remains, in my eyes, one of the scariest books ever written. The tale is about four men who "go back to the past" and certainly get more than they bargain for. Chilling and suspenseful, you will long remember this book and its characters. Keep the lights on!
One of the most loved tales of all time, one of love and loss, suffering and survival, is Romeo & Juliet! What could Juliet's young life have been like? What is not really revealed in Shakespeare's play? Step back into old Verona to the household of the Cappelletti family and view this young girl's story through her nurse's compassionate eyes. At times sensual, tragic, and comic, in this book we catch glimpses of rivalries, jealousies, and secrets that the Bard only hinted at. Revisit the Italian Renaissance with this affecting (prequel) !
this is such a great read for anyone who thinks they have read it all about the hiding and care of refugees who were being sought by the Nazis. It is no fairytale story - it really happened - over 300 people were saved while being hidden in a zoo in Warsaw! Hiding many of the survivors in animal cages, the Zabinskis and those who helped in their compound, actually put themselves in grave danger. The book details the lengths good people will go to help others - all in the name of human decency.
A refreshing story of early 1900”s London history, bringing to light the plight of the young London flower sellers. In a mysterious way, Ms. Gaynor brings us main characters that exhibit never-give-up attitudes and she places us right in the London culture of the afflicted, crippled, and orphaned children. Family bonds, hope, second chances, and overcoming adversity are sensitive emotional themes in this book. Touching and intriguing as well, it speaks “the language of flowers” to us all.
Treat yourself to the many splendors of Hawaii, while following the plight of a young girl who suddenly appears with signs of leprosy at the age of seven. As the young girl grows up and is quarantined on the leprosy settlement Moloka'i, we learn her story and all that this devastating disease brings her way. Her courageous attitude is an encouragement to us all!!
For as long as I can remember, I have been infatuated with books about mansions. Rebecca's Manderley remains at the top of my list. Who was Rebecca? Whatever happened to her? You will go back again and again to this classic... trying to determine if you may have missed something.