♥ Book Title : The Stranger's Child
☯ Full Synopsis : "Embraced by the family of his Cambridge schoolmate, Cecil Valance writes an inspiring poem in an autograph album that becomes a staple of every English classroom after he is killed during World War I. By the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty. 75,000 first printing."Article| Alan Hollinghurst| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Stranger's Child
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Stranger’s Child is Alan Hollinghurst’s masterpiece, the book that cements his position as one of the finest novelists of our time. In its scope, intelligence and elegance. Sixteen-year-old Daphne Sawle is reading Tennyson in a hammock in the garden of Two Acres, the family home in suburban London. Her brother George arrives to visit with his Cambridge friend Cecil Valance, a handsome, assured and sometimes outrageous young man with a burgeoning reputation as a poet. After a tantalizing and dramatic weekend Cecil writes a long poem in Daphne’s autograph album as a parting gift. It is titled “Two Acres,” and both Daphne and George (whose feelings for Cecil also go well beyond mere friendship) immediately see how important the poem is – but none of them can foresee the complex and lasting effects it will have on all their lives. When the next section of the novel begins, everything has changed: Daphne is married to Cecil’s brother Dudley Valance; George to a historian named Madeleine; and Cecil is dead, killed by a sniper in World War One. A Cabinet officer and man of letters named Sebastian Stokes is compiling an edition of Cecil’s poems. He is especially curious about Cecil’s personal (and passionate) letters and unpublished poems, papers that seem to have gone missing. The book leaps forward to a party to celebrate Daphne’s seventieth birthday. We meet Peter Rowe, a music teacher, and his boyfriend, Paul Bryant, a bank employee with a feeling for Cecil’s poetry. Soon Paul is taking up an idea that Peter abandoned: to write a biography of Cecil Valance. It means making some startling discoveries about a past that the Valance family would prefer to keep in sepia and shadows. The Stranger’s Child is that rare thing, a historical novel whose characters, in their passions and betrayals, constantly surprise the reader, and will surely be read for generations to come."Article| Alan Hollinghurst| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Stranger's Child
☯ Full Synopsis : "Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2011 Alan Hollinghurst's first novel since The Line of Beauty, winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize. It is the late summer of the last year before the first Great War. Cecil Valance, a beautiful young aristocratic poet, is visiting Two Acres, the home of his Cambridge friend and lover, George Sawle. On his departure, Cecil leaves a poem, dedicated to George's younger sister Daphne, which when published becomes a touchstone for a generation, symbolizing an England in its final glory. Meanwhile Daphne has also become involved with Cecil's family, visiting their Victorian Gothic country house, Corley, and developing a relationship with Cecil's brooding, manipulative brother, Dudley, that will link the families for ever. The Stranger's Child begins as a novel about two families and two houses: by the time it reaches its profound and moving conclusion, it has become an epic tale told in five parts covering almost a hundred years. Like The Line of Beauty, this is a deliciously funny novel, glittering with acute observation and arch insight into the worlds of those who belong and of those who are excluded, of carefully hidden secrets which are finally, dramatically revealed."Article| Alan Hollinghurst| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : What If a Stranger Approaches You?
☯ Full Synopsis : "Explains why it is necessary to be careful around strangers and offers advice on ways to stay safe."Article| Anara Guard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Cry for the Strangers
☯ Full Synopsis : "A family of outsiders settles in the small, close-knit coastal village of Clark's Harbor and is suddenly plagued by strange deaths and fearful visions, leading them to believe sinister forces are at work."Article| John Saul| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Never Talk to Strangers
☯ Full Synopsis : "Discusses different situations to help make important distinctions between people who are "safe" and people to avoid."Article| Irma Joyce| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Children of Strangers
☯ Full Synopsis : "Proud mulatto colony ostracizes girl, who sacrifices everything for her white child."Article| Lyle Saxon| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Raising God's Children
☯ Full Synopsis : "I’ve often heard it said, “Children don’t come with an instruction manual.” I beg to differ. Children do come with an instruction manual; it’s called The Holy Bible. Raising God’s Children is a manual of sorts based on standard traditional and contemporary Christian values and is loaded with both natural and spiritual wisdom offering insight into what has been learned from every available resource—including, the wisdom of people who have raised excellent children; insight from people who spoke of what they would have done differently concerning their children; the wisdom of hit-and-miss, trial-and-error, and right-and-wrong judgment calls learned by many parents during years of raising their own children; the natural common sense of raising children; and the instructions laid out for us in the Holy Bible. This book is an emotional adventure of thought-provoking, discussion-initiating subjects and issues we face in our daily responsibilities of raising our children, interwoven with many personal short stories that will bring a smile to your face and even make you laugh out loud. It will make you sad at times, and maybe a little angry; but mostly, it will arm you and make you vigilant. This is an invaluable wealth of information that has the potential to change the world in two to three generations if put into practice."Article| Ada C. Conway| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Emma's Baby
☯ Full Synopsis : "That was how she saw him, mostly, in the weeks that followed. Standing there in the doorway with his toothy little grin, his crooked fringe, his blue fleece with the smiley elephant on the front. Life as a single mother is hard. Emma loves her thirteen-month-old son Ritchie, she really does – but sometimes, she dreams about what life would be like without him. But when Ritchie is abducted from the London Underground, Emma’s dream becomes a nightmarish reality. So why don’t the police seem to believe her? Why do they think that she would want to harm her son? If Emma wants Ritchie back, it looks like she’ll have to find him herself. She hasn’t been the best mother in the past – but she’s willing to go to desperate lengths to bring her little boy home . . ."Article| Abbie Taylor| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Stranger Child
☯ Full Synopsis : "One Dark Secret. One act of revenge. When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident. Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie. Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis. Emma's life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby? When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help, she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core. They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they're right."Article| Rachel Abbott| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Encyclopedia of Theory & Practice in Psychotherapy & Counseling
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Jose A. Fadul (General Editor)| Statement ..."