The Lost Love Song
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|Author||: Minnie Darke|
|Editor||: Doubleday Canada|
Behind every great love song is a great love story. It's been seven years and Diana is finally ready to marry her long-time fiancé, Arie; she's even composing a beautiful love song for him, working on it in hotels and concert halls as she criss-crosses the world as a classical pianist. Before she can finish it, though, tragedy strikes--and Diana is lost to Arie forever. But her song might not be. . . . In Australia, the world has gone quiet for Arie and he lives his life accordingly, struggling to cope with his loss. In Scotland, Evie is taking stock of her life after the end of another lacklustre almost-relationship. Years of wandering the globe and failing to publish her poetry have taken their toll, and she might finally be ready to find what her travels have never been able to give her: a real home. As Diana's song is passed from musician to musician, winding its way around the world, it just might bring these two lost souls together. With heart-wrenching emotion, The Lost Love Song explores what it means to be lost, what it means to be found, and the power of music to bring people together.
|Author||: Minnie Darke|
|Editor||: Random House Australia|
A captivating, feel-good love story from the author of the acclaimed Australian bestseller Star-crossed, which has now been published in 30 countries around the world. For every love lost there is another to be found . . . In Australia, Arie Johnson waits impatiently for classical pianist Diana Clare to return from a world tour, hopeful that after seven years together she'll finally agree to marry him. On her travels, Diana composes a song for Arie. It's the perfect way to express her love, knowing they'll spend their lives together . . . Won't they? Then late one night, her love song is overheard, and begins its own journey across the world. In Scotland, Evie Greenlees is drifting. It's been years since she left Australia with a backpack, a one-way ticket and a dream of becoming a poet. Now she spends her days making coffee and her nights serving beer. And she's not even sure whether the guy she lives with is really her boyfriend or just a flatmate. Then one day she hears an exquisite love song. One that will connect her to a man with a broken heart . . . 'This lively and charming novel' Sydney Morning Herald PICK OF THE WEEK 'If you are looking for a charming read, then Darke has written a beauty ... Expect laughter and tears in equal measure.' Herald Sun PRAISE FOR STAR-CROSSED 'Will leave you with a warm glow . . . In every way a delight, Star-crossed is so much fun, this reviewer fell head over heels for it.' Herald Sun 'This is one dazzling, versatile writer, working with impeccable skill, sharp wit and frolicsome charm.' Weekend Australian 'An escapist delight . . . a light, fun read, with a creative spin on a winning rom-com formula.' Newsday
|Author||: Minnie Darke|
|Editor||: Random House|
A feel-good romance by the author of Star-crossed, perfect for anyone who loves David Nicholls, Marian Keyes and Jojo Moyes. Arie and Diana were destined to be together. Arie falls for Diana in a heartbeat. Their love creates a life for them, a marriage and a home. Pianist Diana wants to capture this in a song for Arie. But that’s not where the story ends... After Diana debuts their song to a room full of strangers, tragedy strikes and Arie never gets to hear it. There’s still a verse to come. Diana’s melody lives beyond her and the lost love song begins to find its way back home. Can it help Arie to find new hope, and a new love? Readers love Minnie Darke 'Witty, mischievous and intelligent... if you enjoy Marian Keyes or Mhairi McFarlane, you'll enjoy this. 'A clever and witty comedy' 'Warm, funny, addictive, I couldn’t put it down.' 'A smart and funny novel' 'Beautifully written with warmth and wit... a truly delightful read.' 'Uplifting, romantic and fabulous... I loved this charming book.'
|Author||: Minnie Darke|
|Editor||: Ballantine Books|
"From the author of Star-Crossed...Behind every great love song is a great love story. It's been seven years and Diana is finally ready to marry her long-time fiancé, Arie; she's even composing a beautiful love song for him, working on it in hotels and concert halls as she criss-crosses the world as a classical pianist. Before she can finish it, though, tragedy strikes--and Diana is lost to Arie forever. But her song might not be... In Australia, the world has gone quiet for Arie and he lives his life accordingly, struggling to cope with his loss. In Scotland, Evie is taking stock of her life after the end of another lackluster almost-relationship. Years of wandering the globe and failing to publish her poetry have taken their toll, and she might finally be ready to find what her travels have never been able to give her: a real home. As Diana's song is passed from musician to musician, winding its way around the world, it just might bring these two lost souls together. With heart-wrenching emotion, The Lost Love Song explores what it means to be lost, what it means to be found, and the power of music to bring people together"--
|Author||: Michael Bryson,Arpi Movsesian|
|Editor||: Open Book Publishers|
This book is a history of love and the challenge love offers to the laws and customs of its times and places, as told through poetry from the Song of Songs to John Milton’s Paradise Lost. It is also an account of the critical reception afforded to such literature, and the ways in which criticism has attempted to stifle this challenge. Bryson and Movsesian argue that the poetry they explore celebrates and reinvents the love the troubadour poets of the eleventh and twelfth centuries called fin’amor: love as an end in itself, mutual and freely chosen even in the face of social, religious, or political retribution. Neither eros nor agape, neither exclusively of the body, nor solely of the spirit, this love is a middle path. Alongside this tradition has grown a critical movement that employs a 'hermeneutics of suspicion', in Paul Ricoeur’s phrase, to claim that passionate love poetry is not what it seems, and should be properly understood as worship of God, subordination to Empire, or an entanglement with the structures of language itself – in short, the very things it resists. The book engages with some of the seminal literature of the Western canon, including the Bible, the poetry of Ovid, and works by English authors such as William Shakespeare and John Donne, and with criticism that stretches from the earliest readings of the Song of Songs to contemporary academic literature. Lively and enjoyable in its style, it attempts to restore a sense of pleasure to the reading of poetry, and to puncture critical insistence that literature must be outwitted. It will be of value to professional, graduate, and advanced undergraduate scholars of literature, and to the educated general reader interested in treatments of love in poetry throughout history.
|Author||: Jo Beverley,Robin Hobb,Jacqueline Carey,Tanith Lee,Cecilia Holland|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
Featuring five deliciously romantic stories set in historical and high fantasy worlds, this exclusive eBook set is the perfect gift for any romance reader. Featuring stories by Jo Beverley, Cecelia Holland, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, and Tanith Lee, this collection of five wonderful romantic stories from five wickedly creative authors includes beautiful maids and clever minstrels, orphans destined for greatness and spies thirsting for revenge, and a pair of lovers who must struggle against the forces of magic and fate. Originally published in the anthology Songs of Love and Death (edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois), these compelling stories are specially packaged in one eBook set at a great price.
|Author||: Minnie Darke|
|Editor||: Doubleday Canada|
Sometimes even destiny needs a little bit of help . . . When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable—to Justine, anyway. Justine works at the Alexandria Park Star, and Nick—she now learns—relies on the magazine's astrology column to guide him in life. Looking for a way to get Nick's attention, Justine decides to make a few small alterations to the Aquarius copy before it goes to print. But, of course, Nick is not the only Aquarius making important life choices according to what is written in the stars, and the doctored horoscopes end up reverberating throughout the lives of the column's devoted readers as well as those who cross their diverted paths. Spanning a year—as Earth moves through all twelve star signs—and charting the ripple effects of Justine's astrological meddling, Star-Crossed is a delicious, intelligent and affecting love story about fate, chance and how we all navigate the kinds of choices that are hard to face alone.
|Author||: Patti Callahan Henry|
|Editor||: Thomas Nelson|
Just in time for Christmas, escape with a perfect love song, a perfect love story, and a perfect dose of holiday magic. "Patti Callahan Henry is quickly becoming one of my favorites." —Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author Can one song change the course of a life? Brothers Jimmy and Jack Sullivan live a nomadic life doing what they love: touring with their band, The Unknown Souls. But Jack’s recent engagement to Kara has everyone looking forward to a Christmas destination wedding in Ireland. Unlike his brother, Jimmy never expected to fall in love. But he feels a sense of peace and happiness whenever he’s around Kara’s best friend, Charlotte—which has him wondering what he’s missing. Over Thanksgiving, Jimmy and Charlotte write a song while sitting together on the back porch. When the band sings it at a Christmas concert the next night, Jimmy insists it’s the perfect love song—but a manager for another famous duo is adamant that it’s the perfect Christmas song. Before Jimmy knows what’s happening, he’s on tour with the hottest country band around and suddenly everyone knows his name. But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Jimmy finds himself far away from those he loves—especially Charlotte. Only a Christmas miracle—or two—will be able to lead Jimmy back to Ireland, to his brother, and to love. “I fell in love with both Patti Callahan Henry and her work. The Perfect Love Song is a lyrical and heartwarming tale of love and forgiveness. Patti takes you to those places in the heart you didn’t even know you wanted to go.” —Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad “Patti Callahan Henry’s The Perfect Love Song is a wonderfully romantic and inspiring novel about love and redemption that sings with emotional truth. An essential read by a master storyteller.” —Cassandra King, New York Times bestselling author of Same Sweet Girls “Her characters are so real, you feel as if you’ve known them a very long time.” —Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed Beautiful, jacketed hardcover perfect for gift giving Sweet Christmas story of approximately 45,000 words Includes: Discussion questions for book clubs Patti’s family shortbread recipe Instructions for Charlotte’s Southern Garland The Legend of the Claddagh Ring
|Author||: Carole Mortimer|
Harlequin Presents offers you another chance to enjoy this bestselling novel from Carole Mortimer. Return of the millionaire's wife… Brooke Adamson knew how devilishly handsome magnate, Rafe Charlwood felt about her. She was his wife after all—or rather she had been, until a terrible car accident three years ago, which Rafe still believed had claimed her life. Now she's returned, with a new face and identity, to claim her son. But even though she despises Rafe—almost as much as he hates the memory of the woman he married—resisting his sinful touch and devastating kiss proves more difficult than Brooke ever anticipated…
|Author||: Santa Montefiore|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
An idyllic Cornish holiday in the summer of 1958. A happy aristocratic family blessed with wealth and promise. But unbeknown to all of them, death stalks paradise. When catastrophe strikes in the most unexpected way, the tragedy first breaks Celestria Montague's young heart - then shatters her every illusion. With the backing of her grandfather, a flamboyant American robber baron, Celestria sets out to unravel the deadly yet bizarre riddle. Amongst the orange groves of Italy's ruggedly beautiful southern coast, she finds a grotesque, bewildering mist of masquerades and mirrors. In this labyrinth of deception that threatens to destroy all her faith in family and affection, she meets a man who teaches her that truth is the heart of all love.
|Author||: Steve Moretti|
|Editor||: DWA Media|
An epic time-travel adventure powered by love and a mysterious cello that connects two women across centuries. In 2018 an aspiring young cellist dreams of joining the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. But after a crushing rejection, a new hope emerges in the form of a long lost music score from her dying grandmother in Scotland. When Adeena plays this music on the oldest surviving cello made in the United Kingdom, something opens the gates of time and she’s connected to another woman from the past. Their connection is undeniable. Katharine living in 18th century Scotland is also a cellist and a composer. Their connection is augmented by the love of the same man doomed to die after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The magic of a priceless cello connects two souls that share the same heart in all that truly matters to them – love and the maddening drive to compose and to perform. Get swept away in this historical time-slip fantasy-adventure powered by classical music that refuses to be bound by time – and an impossible love that defies the tragic fate already determined by history. In Book I of the Song for a Lost Kingdom trilogy, the timeless power of music transcends the limitations of the ordinary world for those who truly listen through their heart. Music is not bound by time. Your time-slip adventure awaits…
|Author||: Gabriel García Márquez|
Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband, and a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years.
|Author||: Lucy Treloar|
|Editor||: Gallic Books|
‘Salt Creek is a raw and convincing addition to the canon. Treloar writes with beauty and a winning compassion.’ The Times, Book of the Year Failed entrepreneur Stanton Finch moves his family from Adelaide to the remote Coorong area of Southern Australia, in pursuit of his dream to become a farmer. Housed in a driftwood cabin, they try to make the best of their situation. The children roam the beautiful landscape of Salt Creek; visitors are rare but warmly welcomed; a local Indigenous boy becomes almost part of the family. Yet there are daily hardships, and tensions with the Ngarrindjeri people they have displaced; disaster never seems far away. With Mrs Finch struggling to cope, Hester, their perceptive eldest daughter, willingly takes on more responsibility. But as Hester’s sense of duty grows, so does a yearning to escape Salt Creek and make a new life of her own … The multi-award-winning debut historical novel – Walter Scott and Miles Franklin-shortlisted. Reviews ‘Salt Creek is a love song to a lost world… the precision of Treloar’s poetry stops the heart.’ The Guardian ‘This is another brilliant and absorbing addition to the recent crop of exceptionally fine historical novels exploring the Australian pioneer experience and is very highly recommended.’ Historical Novels Review Magazine ‘Empathetic and beautifully written, the story drives deep into the pioneering experience with the confidence of a writer perfectly at ease with her subject.’ Daily Mail ‘[An] impressive debut… a haunting story.’ The Sunday Times ‘Brilliant and engaging, Salt Creek is first-rate historical fiction.’ Foreword Review ‘A historical novel in its grittiest, most real form’ Good Housekeeping ‘This engrossing novel is rich in character and local colour.’ Woman and Home ‘Salt Creek is an intense personal story, a very human story and a great read.’ New Books Magazine ‘Hester Finch is a wonderful character – the brave heart of this haunting, absorbing story’ Kirsty Wark ‘Evocative and beautifully written debut novel, set in 19th century Australia. Rich with landscape and stifling heat, it is absorbing and thought-provoking.’ The Bookbag ‘Salt Creek is historical fiction at its best, ferrying us to distant shores that seem curiously relevant to our own’ Toast Magazine[Ink@84] ‘Refigures the historical novel … Salt Creek introduces a capacious new talent’ The Australian ‘Written with a profound respect for history: with an understanding that beyond a certain point, the past and its people are unknowable.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘[A] deeply moving story about love and rejection as much as it is about the impact of European settlement and the destruction of Indigenous culture.’ Sunday Age ‘A haunting story, beautifully written and quietly subversive. It’s a spectacular debut.’ ANZ Lit Lovers ‘Salt Creek is a novel alive with character, history and poetry, leading us with careful understatement into the unfamiliar world of the Coorong region of Southern Australia.’ Walter Scott Prize Jury
|Author||: Odafe Atogun|
|Editor||: Canongate Books|
'Burning with magic and loss, exile and return, beauty and heartache, Taduno's Song is a colossal epic, disguised as a small novel' MARLON JAMES, Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History Of Seven Killings The day a stained brown envelope arrives from Taduno's homeland, he knows that the time has come to return from exile. Arriving full of hope, the musician discovers that his community no longer recognises him and no one recalls his voice. His girlfriend Lela has disappeared, taken away by government agents. He wanders through his house in search of clues but any trace of his old life has been erased. As he realises that all there is left of the house and of himself is an empty shell, Taduno finds a new purpose: to unravel the mystery of his lost life and to find his lost love. Through this search, he comes to face a difficult decision: to sing for love or to sing for his people. Taduno's Song is a moving tale of sacrifice, love and courage.
|Author||: Neeraj Gupta|
|Editor||: Justfiction Edition|
Sameer is a young, educated and well qualified guy with some disabilities in his body. He was without any love in his life. Accidently he talked to Sonia and strange love between them flourishes with time for one and half years without even seeing each other. Things took an ugly turn when they saw each other and Sonia was reluctant to continue relation with him because of his physical disabilities. Sameer in a rage wanted to teach her a lesson and decided to marry Mitali, his school time friend. It was a relation in rage but still he loved Sonia. At last some incidents occur and Sameer was totally changed without any love for anyone. This story reflects the sequences of love incidents in Sameer's life and how he regained his true love finally. It's a heartening tale of love, pain, lies and emotions. It's my first venture as an author and hope you like it.
|Author||: Sue Langford|
Faith Andrews is trying to make a major life decision. Things never had been easy for her. First, she ends up in a relationship built in hell then she ends up falling for her best friend. She never did make the right decision with men. Years before, Faith had walked away hand in hand with a man she thought was her soul mate. This time, life would change completely with the blink of an eye. It isn't until Faith goes wandering around the Grand Ole Opry that she realizes what she needed all along. Faith gets advice over and over from someone who calls herself Patsy. When Faith asks more, she realizes she's talking to the country legend, Patsy Cline. Patsy knows what to do - Never ever let go of a dream. Fight to make your dreams come true. No matter what the situation, Patsy always knows just what to say. Jamie Gilbert had been writing and singing music since his teenage years. When he finally met Faith, he fell hard. He let her go once when she left to be with Evan. There wasn't going to be a second time. He was putting a ring on her finger. Now all he needed to do was convince her. Jason had warned Jamie more than once that if he did Faith wrong, he'd be replaceable. When he saves Faith from a situation that nobody expected, he starts to fall for her. The fact that she's married means nothing. Love triumphs. Now he just has to convince Faith of that.
|Author||: Andrea Levy|
|Editor||: Penguin Canada|
You do not know me yet but I am the narrator of this work. My son Thomas, who is printing this book, tells me it is customary at this place in a novel to give the reader a little taste of the story that is held within its pages. As your storyteller, I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed. July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation called Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale. She was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and she was also present when slavery was declared no more. My son says I must convey how the story also tells of July's mama, Kitty; of the negroes that worked the plantation land; of Caroline Mortimer, the white woman who owned the plantation; and many more persons besides—far too many for me to list here. But what befalls them all is carefully chronicled upon these pages for you to peruse. Perhaps, my son suggests, I might write that it is a thrilling journey through that time in the company of people who lived it. All this he wishes me to pen so the reader can decide if this is a novel they might care to consider. Cha, I tell my son, what fuss-fuss. Come, let them just read it for themselves.
|Author||: Robin Talley|
Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Nina LaCour, this #ownvoices romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley has something for everyone: backstage rendezvous, deadly props, and a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to True Love. Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off any entanglements until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over. Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet and funny, and care as much about the play’s success as Mel. Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.
|Author||: Caroline B. Cooney|
In small-town Southern community, 16-year-old Lutie Painter treasures the "Laundry List" of lost songs that were passed down to her by her African-American great-great-grandmother, songs that had been composed by descendants of slaves and transmitted only through singing, and which would transform Lutie's life forever.