Smoke

Smoke by Ivan Turgenev

Smoke by Ivan Turgenev

Smoke is a novel by the highly acclaimed Russian writer Ivan Turgenev that tells the gripping story of a secret love affair between a young betrothed Russian man and a young married Russian woman, while also delivering in the opening chapters the author’s criticism of Russia and Russians of the period. The story takes place largely in the German resort town of Baden-Baden.

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Philomene’s Marriages

Philomene's Marriages by Henry Greville

Philomene's Marriages by Henry Greville

‘Philomène’s Marriages’ is a story of French life, located in Normandy, and also in Paris, and is a translation from the French of a new work by the gifted and popular authoress, Henry Gréville, whose works have become so famous and popular, that they no longer require any elaborate introduction to the reading public. The heroine’s life in this charming story is one of every-day occurrences, made up of the never-ending round of country pleasures and duties, narrated in a most fascinating manner, amid scenes of French life in Normandy, and is an admirable picture of peasant country home-life, being a comedy of life, full of cleverness and wit, while the book is commendable for its high moral tone, as well as its interest, which is preserved throughout.

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The Story of a Whim

The Story of a Whim by Grace Livingston Hill

The Story of a Whim by Grace Livingston Hill

A group of girls send gifts and letters to one whom they think to be a young woman like them. “Christie” is really a poor young bachelor tending his orange grove in sunny Florida. Through his correspondence with Hazel (who still thinks he’s a girl) he becomes a Christian, and falls in love with her. What will happen when she takes a trip south to meet her dear pen-pal?

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The Big Blue Soldier

The Big Blue Soldier by Grace Livingston Hill

The Big Blue Soldier by Grace Livingston Hill

Back from the Great War, a penniless and disillusioned young soldier finds himself in the home of Miss Marilla Chadwick, a sweet old lady who is expecting her nephew for dinner. Mary Amber, Miss Marilla’s neighbor, is also there. He hates girls. She hates men. What will be the result? He will fight girl in the concrete!

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The Maker of Moons and Other Short Stories

The Maker of Moons and Other Short Stories by Robert W. Chambers

The Maker of Moons and Other Short Stories by Robert W. Chambers

An eclectic collection of 8 stories by one of the early masters of the weird tale, Robert W. Chambers. The stories include a range of topics including war, romance, humor and even fishing. The title short story, “The Maker of Moons,” is considered to be one of Chamber’s greatest weird horror tales and was one of H.P. Lovecraft’s favorite stories by the author.

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In Search of the Unknown

In Search of the Unknown by Robert W. Chambers

In Search of the Unknown by Robert W. Chambers

Robert Chambers was a contemporary of Lovecraft, and this book consists of “weird supernatural tales” in a somewhat similar manner, except that the emphasis is on humor rather than horror. The narrator works for the newly opened Bronx Zoo in New York. He describes his adventures trying to obtain various rare specimens for the zoo’s collection, animals that range from the merely extinct to the considerably more unusual. Along the way, he invariably finds a beautiful woman to fall in love with.

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Precious Bane

Precious Bane by Mary Webb

Precious Bane by Mary Webb

Precious Bane is a novel by Mary Webb which touches on ambition, prejudice and hatred but also on the power of love. Prue Sarn is a farm girl in rural Shropshire during the period of the Napoleonic Wars and is viewed with suspicion by the local community because of having been born with a harelip. Her ambitious and domineering brother betrays her and her superstitious neighbours accuse her of witchcraft. An itinerant weaver Kester Woodseaves, makes his living by weaving for the local people in their homes. Like Prue, he loves the natural world and comes to recognises Prue’s inner strength and beauty.

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Coningsby

Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli

Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli

Coningsby is the first of trilogy of political novels that Disraeli and gives an insight into his views of the political turmoil following the passage of the Great Reform Bill by the Whigs in 1832 (a second Reform Bill was passed in 1867 under Disraeli’s Tory leadership as prime minister). While Coningsby looks primarily at political questions, its successor — Sybil, or the Two Nations — was concerned with the “condition of England” question and the growing social and economic imbalance between rich and poor that in tje writer’s view was hastened (though not begun) by the industrial revolution. Granted that Disraeli was not Dickens or Trollope or Eliot or one of the other giants of British letters in the nineteenth century, it’s a bit unfair to suggest (as some have) that the plots are thin and only there to provide the writer with a podium for setting forth his political and social views. It’s true that Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Boy Gets Girl, but much else happens as well, particularly thanks to the role played by the mysterious figure of the Jewish Sidonia, who in addition to enormous wealth and widespread international connections embodies a kind of wisdom that transcends the mere knowledge acquired by even the best educated Englishmen. Coningsby, himself a product of both Eton and Cambridge, is fortunate enough to be taken under his wing, and intelligent enough to accept his guidance.

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The Mystery Alliance

The Mystery Alliance by Taffey Tawanna Champion

The Mystery Alliance by Taffey Tawanna Champion

Before the captivating Evian Magi enters the picture and becomes a key member of The Mystery Alliance, Myth Vaga was a critical ally within their intriguing fold. He once lived amongst The Mystery Alliance in London, England. Yet, a serendipitous meeting and an ensuing romantic involvement with a bewitching beauty becomes the instrumental catalyst for his not surprising, but climactic betrayal.

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Love Through Cobra’s Eye

Love Through Cobra's Eye by Kimaya Mathew

Love Through Cobra's Eye by Kimaya Mathew

Rashi Sharma is in dire search of a job when she gets the offer for the post of Shesh Chauhan’s personal secretary by the elder brother, Vritra Chauhan. The world turns upside down for her when she comes to know that a snake, whom she saved a particular day from getting killed by the common people is a weresnake and has developed a certain attraction for her. What now? Will Rashi ever meet Vasu, the weresnake? Will she be able to tell him the depth of her love?

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