From the New York Times bestselling author of the Border Chronicles comes a novel of Florentine historical romance—the continuing saga of The Silk Merchant’s Daughters... After her sisters become the scandals of Florence, Lucianna Pietro d’Angelo finds that the only wealthy man who’ll have her for his wife is an aging bookseller whom Lucianna comforts in his final years. When he passes away, she inherits his shop—and a sizable fortune affording Lucianna comfort in widowhood. Then Robert Minton, Earl of Lisle, visits her bookshop. The Englishman is not only dashing and handsome, he’s a trusted courtier of Henry VII. Lucianna’s parents cannot deny the spark of attraction between their daughter and the earl, so they scheme to send her to London. There, Lucianna steps out of the shadow of her quiet Florentine life, pursuing a love she never dreamed possible—one unfolding in the court of the new Tudor king.
Preparing for her arranged marriage and life in her intended's chateau, dutiful daughter Serena is heartbroken by her fiancé's indecent proposal and runs away to England, where her love for a romantic courtier is challenged by her parents. Original.
Florentine silk merchant Giovanni Pietro d’Angelo and his wife want nothing more than to marry their daughters to wealthy men of distinction. But when their son is implicated in a tragic accident, it is their eldest daughter, Bianca, who must pay the price—by marrying the powerful and debauched Sebastiano Rovere in exchange for his silence. Bianca flees the cruel union and seeks shelter in a seaside villa where she discovers the possibility of love at last. But Florentine society will never approve of the man she’s chosen: Prince Amir, grandson of Mehmet the Conqueror. Two passionate lovers. Two different worlds determined to keep them apart.
A Historical Mystery Thriller of a real life Monte Cristo! A Riveting Blend of Ken Follett & Alexandre Dumas Who is the Count of Saint-Germain? A mysterious, ageless adventurer who dabbles in alchemy, composes operas, and spies for kings. Throughout the 18th century, he always appears EXACTLY the same, a handsome & wealthy gentleman around 30 years of age. The Count is forever entwined in pivotal events -- from the doomed Scottish Rebellion to the bloody French Revolution, but always from the shadows ... He was Francis Rakoczi, last son of an exiled Hungarian prince. Falsely accused by the Italian Inquisition, he must surrender all; including his very identity, and Luciana, his only love. He searches the globe, from the Persia to the Himalayas, desperately seeking answers to a cryptic destiny. But those who betrayed him will not get off scot free. For time is now on his side, and the clock is ticking for his enemies! A Grand Adventure, written on the canvas of the globe with an hourglass lasting centuries. Rich in historic detail, The Man Who Would Not Die follows one of the most intriguing enigmas in history, the never-aging le Comte de Saint-Germain. From his early years as an exiled prince to his Marco Polo-like quest for answers. The past comes wonderfully alive through the eyes of one of histories greatest mysteries. What was his secret? Was he truly immortal?
This guide to the film industry from the 1900s to the present day has now been updated with John Walker's critiques of the films that have been turning heads in 2002/3. It delivers all the cast and crew credits, fun trivia and behind-the-scenes information you need on thousands of movies (over 23,000) including hundreds of new ones. This perennial guide also includes plot synopses and critical evaluations, as well as video cassette, laser disc and DVD availability. Reader friendly icons denote films suitable for family viewing, Academy Award Winners and nominees, soundtrack availability and video format compatibility. The guide also contains lists of four-star and three-star films by title and year.