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Mirth and Mischief by Jane Austen


A Heart for Milton: A Tale from North and South

Trudy Brasure - 2011
    But was it too late now to let the handsome, brooding mill owner know? Based on the novel "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell, this book weaves a change near the end of the original plot to create a romantic continuation to an enduring love story.This variation of "North and South" is written with a special appreciation for the way Gaskell shows both John and Margaret's progressive path from their initial rigid viewpoints to an enlarged understanding of the other side's perspective, values, and experience. Challenging her readers and her characters to see past the outward differences of class, position, gender, and religion, Gaskell reveals how much we all have in common. "A Heart for Milton" brings to life all of Gaskell's rich characters: Nicholas Higgins, Hannah Thornton, Henry Lennox, Mr. Bell and others. But at its core, this tale unfolds the joy, hope, passion, and fulfillment of the love forged between John Thornton and Margaret Hale as the reader follows their journey through the uncertainties of their engagement to the trials encountered in their first year of marriage…and beyond.

Wired Love: A Romance of Dots and Dashes

Ella Cheever Thayer - 1879
    This book published in 1879 mulls what how authentic a romance can be that is mediated over the wire by two telegraph operators.An excerpt from the book:But a very significant noise to Miss Nathalie Rogers, or Nattie, as she was usually abbreviated; a noise that caused her to lay aside her book,and jump up hastily, exclaiming, with a gesture of impatience:--"Somebody always 'calls' me in the middle of every entertaining chapter!"For that noise, that little clatter, like, and yet too irregular to be the ticking of a clock, expressed to Nattie these four mystic letters:--"B m--X n;"which same four mystic letters, interpreted, meant that the name, or, to use the technical word, "call," of the telegraph office over which she was present sole presiding genius, was "B m," and that "Bm" was wanted by another office on the wire, designated as "X n."A little, out-of-the-way, country office, some fifty miles down the line, was "X n," and, as Nattie signaled in reply to the "call" her readiness to receive any communications therefrom, she was conscious of holding in some slight contempt the possible abilities of the human portion of its machinery.For who but an operator very green in the profession would stay _there_?Consequently, she was quite unprepared for the velocity with which the telegraph alphabet of sounds in dots and dashes rattled over the instrument, appropriately termed a "sounder," upon which messages are received, and found herself wholly unable to write down the words asfast as they came.

Awakening & to Let

John Galsworthy - 1926
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Pride And Prejudice

Evelyn Attwood - 1813
    At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise are his headstrong second daughter Elizabeth Bennet and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy—two lovers whose pride must be humbled and prejudices dissolved before the novel can come to its splendid conclusion.

The Mutiny on the Bounty Trilogy

Charles Bernard Nordhoff - 2005
    The storytelling genius of the authors finds here a canvas filled with color, action and adventure. Readers will realize, as did the authors, that so large a drama could not be confined to the compass of an ordinary book. Nordoff and Hall chose to tell the story of the Bounty in three acts: Mutiny on the Bounty Men Against the Sea Pitcairn's Island In The Mutiny on the Bounty Trilogy these three books have been united in a single volume to form the complete work that the authors had in mind.

Little Dorrit: Volume 1

Charles Dickens - 1856
    Considered one of the English language's greatest writers, he was acclaimed for his rich storytelling and memorable characters, and achieved massive worldwide popularity in his lifetime. The popularity of his novels and short stories has meant that not one has ever gone out of print. Dickens wrote serialised novels, the usual format for fiction at the time, and each new part of his stories was eagerly anticipated by the reading public. Among his best-known works are Sketches by Boz (1836), The Pickwick Papers (1837), Oliver Twist (1838), Nicholas Nickleby (1839), Barnaby Rudge (1841), A Christmas Carol (1843), Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), David Copperfield (1850), Bleak House (1853), (1857), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1861) and Our Mutual Friend (1865).

Wuthering Heights

Ranae Rose - 2012
    Hindley despises him but wild Cathy becomes his constant companion, and he falls deeply in love with her, discovering that he can tame her unruly nature. Their tumultuous but passionate romance is threatened by the Lintons, who are determined to civilise Cathy. She endeavours to be a lady when they are present, but is as wild as ever when they are not—and remains forever untameable by anyone other than her lover, Heathcliff.When she will not marry him, Heathcliff's terrible vengeance ruins them all—but still his and Cathy's love will not die...A story of doomed love and revenge with a brilliant new introduction of passion fulfilled.


Sally Beauman - 1987
    A passionate story, spanning several countries, rich with international characters, across three decades as it tells the tale of a rich and powerful couple.

The Prisoner of Zenda & Rupert of Hentzau

Anthony Hope - 1894
    Rudolph Rassendyl's quiet life is interrupted by his unexpected and personal involvement in the affairs of Ruritania, whilst travelling through the town of Zenda, finding himself engaged in plans to rescue the imprisoned king.

Fair Margaret by H. Rider Haggard, Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

H. Rider Haggard - 1907
    More than love hangs in the balance!

A Mother's Courage

Dilly Court - 2007
    With two young children, the rent overdue and almost nothing to live on, she has no alternative but to turn to his estranged family for help.She sets off on the long and arduous journey to Yorkshire, but is met with hostility and soon realises she has little choice but to return to London. Virtually destitute and desperate, Eloise is faced with her worst nightmare: she must either go to the workhouse, or abandon her children at the Foundling Hospital. But she is determined to keep them safe and under her protective wing at all costs...

The Mad Baron

Summer Devon - 2011
    At first, certain he’s gone insane, Nathaniel learns potent opiates are the cause of his strange vision. But barricaded in a small room, he can’t outwit his mysterious jailer.Determined to steal back one of her father’s swords, Florrie Cadero gets more than she bargained for when she breaks into the baron’s mansion. The dashing, drugged man in the locked room soon sweeps her into his story—and his bed. When she discovers they’re trapped together, she devises a clever escape. Addicted to his captor’s drugs and bent on revenge, Nathaniel seeks out the feisty thief who freed him. Florrie, now a shopgirl, has foresworn her life of adventure. But Nathaniel’s offer of employment intrigues her. Together they must break his addiction and expose the villain who would destroy his life.Warning: This story contains sexually explicit scenes and adult language and may be considered offensive to some readers.

Jane Austen-Mansfield Park

Sandie Byrne - 2004
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Lantern in the Mist

Liliana Shelbrook - 2013
    In her innocence, Kathleen Colby trusted a man no woman should ever have believed. She dreamed he would take care of her, and would help her care for her helpless sister. Instead, in a drunken rampage, he assaulted her and left her shattered on the muddy streets of an Alaskan boomtown.Kathleen does not let him stop her. She escapes Skagway with her paralyzed sister Josie, in spite of her attacker. Just before winter closes in, on the last ship of 1899, they sail away to the south. Their dangerous journey is only beginning. They travel across America at the turn of the twentieth century, by train, on horseback, and on foot. One man, a man of many secrets, travels as Kathleen’s companion, but she cannot allow him into her heart. She knows that she cannot trust another supposed rescuer, that she alone must rescue herself. She is sure that she must learn to stand on her own legs before she can build a relationship with any man. Yet, Kathleen is drawn to this strange and passionate man, but perhaps the brutal assault she endured in Skagway has closed off her heart to the possibility of faith in someone else. She carries a gun, and is willing to shoot to kill or to take what she is owed. She trains herself to survive at any cost. For her unspeaking sister’s sake and her own, she learns to live in a savage world. Whether or not she reaches the great city of New York, she has been on a harsh road too long. Will she ever learn to live as a woman again, and to open her heart to love?

Anne of Green Gables Collection

L.M. Montgomery - 2009