The Towers of Tuscany

  • Filename: the-towers-of-tuscany.
  • ISBN: 1477827218
  • Release Date: 2014-12-16
  • Number of pages: 358
  • Author: Carol Cram
  • Publisher: Lake Union Press

Sofia is trained in secret as a painter in her father's workshop during a time when women did not paint openly. She loves her work, but her restless spirit leads her to betray her extraordinary gifts to marry a man who comes to despise her for not producing a son. After Sofia's father is crushed by his own fresco during an attack motivated by a vendetta, Sofia realizes she must escape her loveless marriage. She flees to Siena, where, disguised as a boy, she paints again. When her work attracts the notice of a nobleman who discovers the woman under the dirty smock, Sofia is faced with a choice that nearly destroys her. Meticulously researched settings and compelling characters are united with a strong heroine in this rich portrait of medieval Italy.

The Towers of Trebizond

  • Filename: the-towers-of-trebizond.
  • ISBN: 9780006544210
  • Release Date: 1956
  • Number of pages: 277
  • Author: Rose Macaulay
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK

This story describes the experiences of a group of people on a trip to Turkey. Aunt Dot is set on the emancipation of Turkish women through the encouragement of a wider use of the bathing hat, whilst Laurie's only object is pleasure.

The Hills of Tuscany

  • Filename: the-hills-of-tuscany.
  • ISBN: 9780385334419
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Author: Ferenc Maté
  • Publisher: Delta

The author chronicles his and his wife's first five years in Tuscany, in a memoir by turns buoyant, reflective, and humorous


  • Filename: constantinopolis.
  • ISBN: 1477827420
  • Release Date: 2015-03-10
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: James D. Shipman
  • Publisher: Lake Union Press

For over a thousand years, the medieval city of Constantinople has been the jewel on the crown of the Roman Empire. Now, the once-mighty metropolis is broken down, with its defensive walls in shambles. Long have the neighboring Turks wanted to claim the city, and Mehmet—the impetuous new Turkish sultan—thinks he and his legions might finally have their chance. In defiance of his late father's advisors, Mehmet vows to be the first leader in a millennium to wrench Constantinople from the Christians. He is determined to take the city from the weakened but beloved Emperor Constantine—even if he loses his throne and his life in the process. An epic historical military adventure, Constantinopolis plots out the future of civilization as shaped by a number of fascinating characters, including one leader desperate to save his people from destruction and another determined to lead his nation to glory.

The Wisdom of Tuscany

  • Filename: the-wisdom-of-tuscany.
  • ISBN: 0920256686
  • Release Date: 2010-10-26
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Ferenc Mate
  • Publisher: Albatross

A twenty-year resident draws on personal experience and anecdotal history to explore the region's picturesque and culturally rich environment and the positive impact it has on its people, in a tribute that celebrates regional community spirit, cuisine, and craftsmanship. By the best-selling author of The Hills of Tuscany.

The Complete Stories of J G Ballard

  • Filename: the-complete-stories-of-j-g-ballard.
  • ISBN: 9780393076875
  • Release Date: 2010-11-08
  • Number of pages: 1216
  • Author: J. G. Ballard
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

A collection of 98 enthralling and pulse-quickening stories, spanning five decades, venerates the remarkable imagination of J. G. Ballard. With a body of work unparalleled in twentieth-century literature, J. G. Ballard is recognized as one of the greatest and most prophetic writers in the world. With the much-hailed release of The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard, readers now have a means to celebrate the unmatched range and mesmerizing cadences of a literary genius. Whether writing about musical orchids, human cannibalism, or the secret history of World War III, Ballard's Complete Stories evokes the hallucinations of Kafka and Borges in its ability to render modern paranoia and fantastical creations on the page. A Washington Post Best Book of 2009, Boston Globe Best Book, Los Angeles Times Favorite Book, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book.

Cooking with Fernet Branca

  • Filename: cooking-with-fernet-branca.
  • ISBN: 9781609450953
  • Release Date: 2005-09-01
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: James Hamilton-Paterson
  • Publisher: Penguin

Gerald Samper, an effete English snob, has his own private hilltop in Tuscany where he wiles away his time working as a ghostwriter for celebrities and inventing wholly original culinary concoctions––including ice-cream made with garlic and the bitter, herb-based liqueur of the book’s title. Gerald’s idyll is shattered by the arrival of Marta, on the run from a crime-riddled former soviet republic. A series of hilarious misunderstands brings this odd couple into ever closer and more disastrous proximity.

The Rose Girls

  • Filename: the-rose-girls.
  • ISBN: 1477829326
  • Release Date: 2015-06-01
  • Number of pages: 310
  • Author: Victoria Connelly
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Thirty-year-old Celeste Hamilton's life is at a crossroads: she has just left a disastrous marriage, and her estranged mother has recently died, leaving the family's rose business in jeopardy. Reluctantly, Celeste returns to the family home, a moated manor house in Suffolk, to help her two younger sisters sort out the estate and revive the business. Having endured the fallout from her mother's narcissistic personality disorder when she was younger, Celeste is filled with self-doubt and crippling insecurities. But she must find the strength and courage to take charge and make some tough decisions to keep the old house from falling down around them. The Rose Girls is an uplifting, tender and romantic story of courage, perseverance and the healing power of family.

Up at the Villa

  • Filename: up-at-the-villa.
  • ISBN: 9780771060205
  • Release Date: 2016-06-07
  • Number of pages: 90
  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Publisher: New Canadian Library

Mary Panton is a young widow; her alcoholic, violent husband was killed in a car accident, and now she lives in a friend’s villa. Her life is quiet, but she is content – until things are thrown off kilter by the appearance of Karl Richter, an Austrian art student fleeing the Nazis. At first Mary and Karl are drawn together by their shared sense of loss, but Karl’s scars run much deeper than Mary realizes, and she finds herself caught in a web of deceit and death. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

When the Siren Calls

  • Filename: when-the-siren-calls.
  • ISBN: 9781780883106
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Tom Barry
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

When the Siren Calls, set in Tuscany, is an adult contemporary romance and business thriller. It is the story of two people, Isobel and Jay, and their passionate and cathartic affair. She is a restless and neglected woman - a modern day Lady Chatterley - struggling to live a life true to herself, not the one her workaholic husband and fickle friends expect. The enigmatic Jay is a gifted but flawed maverick, a powerful and controlling lothario locked in his own fight for survival.When Jay invites Isobel to his idyllic Tuscan retreat she imagines a life of excitement outside her stagnant marriage. But all is not as it seems and Isobel finds herself trapped in a web of deception and betrayal. Hopelessly bound under Jay’s spell, Isobel must discover if her lover is her saviour, or her nemesis.

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