Der Name der Rose, einer der größten literarischen Erfolge der letzten Jahrzehnte, ist zugleich historischer Roman, heimtückische Kriminalgeschichte und ein unterhaltsames Gelächter über die Schlechtigkeit der Welt. Im Jahre 1327 kommt Bruder William von Baskerville in eine Abtei im Apennin, um ein Treffen zwischen den ketzerischen Minoriten und Abgesandten des Papstes zu organisieren. Er und sein Gehilfe werden jedoch bald mit allerlei wunderlichen Ereignissen konfrontiert; mehrere Mönche kommen auf befremdliche Art ums Leben. William untersucht geheime Schriften, findet ein gespenstisches Labyrinth und schließlich den Mörder - jedoch zu spät, um die Abtei zu retten. Ecos Welterfolg wurde 1986 verfilmt
´´Das war ihr Zimmer, Schwester´´, riss die Magd Elisabeth aus ihren Gedanken. ´´Hier geht es zu ihrem Salon. Dort fand man sie, als...´´ Die Magd brach ab. Elisabeth hielt inne, die Hand bereits am Türknauf. ´´Mochtest du sie?´´, fragte sie leise. ´´Rose? Jeder mochte sie. Sie war so jung und süß, so unbeschwert und leicht; eine Blume, die mitten in der Blüte gebrochen wurde´´, antwortete die Magd und drehte sich um. Im Gehen vergrub sie ihr Gesicht in den Händen und Elisabeth hörte ihr Schluchzen. Kloster Altenhohenau, Anno Domini 1604: Das Leben von Schwester Elisabeth könnte so ruhig verlaufen. Wären da nicht die Äbtissin, die sie als neue Verwalterin des Klosters vorgesehen hat, oder ihre alte Freundin Agatha, die unter Tränen und mit gebrochenem Herzen von Wolgast nach Altenhohenau geflohen ist. Als eines Tages auch noch ein Bote des Grafen von Eiselfing vor den Toren des Klosters steht, ist es mit der Beschaulichkeit und dem frommen Leben voller Andachten und Gebete für Elisabeth vorbei. Denn Rose von Eiselfing, die Grafentochter, wurde enthauptet. Und ausgerechnet Elisabeth soll ihren Mörder finden. Anfangs noch widerwillig beginnt sie gemeinsam mit Agatha zu ermitteln - und muss sich bald fragen, ob Wahrheit und Gerechtigkeit immer den richtigen Weg darstellen.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a heartfelt novel about the bonds of family and the power of second chances. When Kate Bowman temporarily moves to her grandmother´s Missouri farm with her husband and baby son, she learns that the lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly. The family has given Kate the job of convincing Grandma Rose, who´s become increasingly stubborn and forgetful, to move off her beloved land and into a nursing home. But Kate knows such a change would break her grandmother´s heart. Just when Kate despairs of finding answers, she discovers her grandma´s journal. A beautiful handmade notebook, it is full of stories that celebrate the importance of family, friendship, and faith. Stories that make Kate see her life-and her grandmother-in a completely new way...
Perfect for fans of Tell Me Three Things and The Astonishing Color of After, A Constellation of Roses is brimming with a magic all its own—lovable and flawed characters, an evocative setting, and friendships to treasure. Ever since her troubled mother abandoned her, Trix McCabe has preferred to stay on the move. But when she lands with her long-lost relatives, she finds out that the McCabe women have talents like her own that defy explanation: pies that cure all ills, palm-reading that never misses the mark, knowledge of secrets that have never been told. Before long, Trix feels like she might finally have found somewhere she belongs. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she´ll have to decide whether to take a chance on this new life . . . or keep running from the one she´s always known. More magic awaits in the stunning companion novel, The Deepest Roots, which Booklist called ´´a must-read” in a starred review!
Shortlisted for the Epic Novel award in the Romantic Novelists Association Books Awards. Spanning four generations, The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley sweeps from the glittering palaces of the great maharajas of India to the majestic stately homes of England, following the extraordinary life of a girl, Anahita Chavan, from 1911 to the present day . . . A lifelong passion. An endless search. In the heyday of the British Raj, eleven-year-old Anahita, from a noble but impoverished family, forms a lifelong friendship with the headstrong Princess Indira, the privileged daughter of rich Indian royalty. Becoming the princess´s official companion, Anahita accompanies her friend to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury - reluctant heir to the magnificent, remote Astbury Estate - and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. But when her turbulent relationship with her equally famous boyfriend takes an unexpected turn, she´s relieved that her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, will take her away from the glare of publicity to the wilds of Dartmoor in England. Shortly after filming begins at the now-crumbling Astbury Hall, Ari Malik, Anahita´s great-grandson, arrives unexpectedly, on a quest for his family´s past. What he and Rebecca discover begins to unravel the dark secrets that haunt the Astbury dynasty . . .
What happens when a former Zen Buddhist monk and his feminist wife experience an apparition of the Virgin Mary? When a vision of a mysterious ´´Lady´´ invited Clark Strand and Perdita Finn to pray the rosary, not only were they disinterested in becoming Catholic, they were finished with institutional religion altogether. Their main spiritual concerns were the fate of the planet and the future of their children and grandchildren in an age of ecological collapse. But this Lady barely even referred to the Church and its proscriptions. She spoke of the miraculous power of the rosary to transform lives and heal the planet, revealing the secrets she had hidden within the rosary´s prayers and mysteries-secrets of a past age when forests were the only cathedrals and people wove ´´rose garlands´´ for a Mother whose loving presence was as close as the ground beneath their feet. She told Strand and Finn: The rosary is My body, and My body is the body of the world. Your body is one with that body. What cause could there be for fear? Weaving together their own remarkable story of how they came to the rosary, their discoveries about the eco-feminist wisdom at the heart of this ancient devotion, and the life-changing revelations of the Lady herself, the authors reveal an ancestral path-available to everyone, religious or not-that returns us to the powerful healing rhythms of the natural world.
Marie du Trieux, a tavern keeper with a salty tongue and a heart of gold, struggles as she navigates love and loss, Native wars, and possible banishment by authorities in the unruly trading port of New Amsterdam, an outpost of the Dutch West India Company. In New England, John Tinker, merchant and assistant to a renowned alchemist and eventual leader of Connecticut Colony, must come to terms with a family tragedy of dark proportions, all the while supporting his mentor´s secret quest to find the Northwest Passage, a desired trading route purported to mystically unite the East with the West. As the lives of Marie and John become intertwined through friendship and trade, a search for justice of a Dutch woman accused of witchcraft in Hartford puts them on a collision course affecting not only their own destinies but also the fate of colonial America.
Rosalind Harper ist es gewohnt, selbst über ihr Leben zu bestimmen. Nach dem frühen Tod ihres Mannes widmete sie sich neben der Kindererziehung ganz ihrer Leidenschaft, der Gartenkunst, die zusehends ein Symbol für ihre Unabhängigkeit wird. Doch dann lernt sie den Ahnenforscher Mitchell Carnegie kennen.
Janetta Orlando´s life has been bouncing along the gutter like a Brunswick bowling ball after a series of disastrous relationships and bad breakups. When her girl´s getaway with her best friend, Anne, to the wine country is abruptly cancelled, she is left with nothing to look forward to. No vacation. No wine. No men. Bob White is headed to Rome from Pittsburgh with his girlfriend, Connie, who is fluent in Italian, to sell his invention to an Italian businessman. Days before their departure, Connie dumps him leaving him without a translator or a clue as to how to conduct business in Rome. When Bob reluctantly arrives at Janetta´s salon, Bella Figura, for the complete makeover Connie had scheduled for them prior to their breakup, Janetta concludes that Bob is a hopeless loser who desperately needs her makeover magic if he´s going to have any chance of selling his invention. When Bob tells her that Connie is no longer accompanying him to Rome, Janetta lies and says that Connie must be crazy. Why any girl would love to go to Rome with him! Janetta muses that she loves the Eternal City so much that she´d go to Rome with Satan if he asked her. After Bob learns that Janetta has two weeks off and speaks Italian, he presents her with a deal: He will pay her to accompany him to Rome to serve as his translator. At first hesitant, she agrees but soon learns that the devil is in the details as she and Bob clash over nearly everything from fashion to food. When they finally arrive in Rome, Janetta meets the Italian businessman, handsome Giuliano Legato, where her reckless ways ignite a catastrophe that jeopardizes everything Bob has worked for and dreamed of accomplishing. She also learns that there is more depth to Bob than she´d assumed, and that she is the one who is desperate need of a makeover-of her life. Laughter, tears, and love flow like the Trevi Fountain as Janetta, with the help an unlikely aide, finds her true herself and her true love in Rome.