"The Man from St. Petersburg" by Ken Follett
One day in May, 1914, a Russian price arrives in London. Ostensibly he is there to visit his aunt and uncle, the earl and countess of Walden. Only a few know the real purpose of Prince Orlov's trip: to work out a treaty of the highest importance in the face of impending war with Germany.... While the men negotiate, Lydia Walden prepares for her daughter Charlotte's presentation at court.
Beyond the protection afforded by the Walden mansion lurks an anarchist sworn to murder the prince, a fanatic whose secret hold over Lydia empowers him to destroy her private world even as he threatens to tip the balance of world power....
Here again is that heady mix of suspense and romance that gripped readers of "Eye of the Needle" and "The Key to Rebecca" and has become the unmistakable Ken Follett trademark.
"Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier" by Joanna L. Stratton
The unique collection of memoirs that was to become "Pioneer Women" was discovered in 1975 by a young Harvard College student, Joanna Stratton. "Ever since childhood," she writes, "my grandmother's spacious Victorian Home in Topeka, Kansas, had been a source of endless fascination for me. My favorite place was the expansive third-floor attic. In fact, it was my continuing curiosity about the treasures hidden there which led me to the filing cabinets wedged beneath the eaves. Rummaging through family letters, I came upon several drawers filled with old yellowing folders. Carefully labeled, they contained the personal memoirs of eight hundred Kansas women.
"No Escape" by Joseph Hayes
"I love you," Donald told Brenda before she ran out of the house.
"Alway remember that. Nothing else matters."
Donald was wrong. Living without fear mattered. Her own sanity mattered. And so did Toby, her small son, who was terrified of his father's uncontrollable, violent rages.
Escape. She had to escape.
But for Brenda Forrest and Toby and for the loving friends who gave them a place to hide, the long night of fear was only beginning. Because Donald was determined to hunt Brenda down. To take her back. And to anyone who got in his way - beware!
A heart-pounding psychological thriller by the author of "The Desperate Hours".
"The Citadel" by A.J. Cronin
When Andrew Manson earned his medical degree, he was full of hope and idealism. Ahead of him lay a bright future, a citadel to conquer.
In the remote mining towns of Wales, Manson's visions were put to the test. During those early days of practice, only his dedication to the healingarts and the love of his gallant young bride sustained him. Later, when Manson was finally enjoying prosperity as a London physician, his stunning material success was, in turn, put to the test. An overwhelmingly tragic shock made Andrew realize that he had lost sight of his earlier goals and gave him the determination never again to forget them.
A.J. Cronin, himself a doctor, wrote this modern classic in the 1930s. We offer it now in tribute to him. Time has not dimmed the courage and inspiration that shine from its pages.