Chicago, 1899. A city known for vice and violence welcomes a new show to town: the Daughters of Aphrodite Lyric Opera. Despite being branded "obscene" by the press and civic leaders - or perhaps partly because of it - their performances are a hit. Almost 18 and not yet married, Constance defies the will of her parents and sneaks out to see for herself what all the fuss is about. She will come to discover that the troupe's leader, the fear, gifted and enigmatic Victoria da Vinci, is a woman with big ideas, big secrets and a complex past. Constance soon finds herself immersed in a world of danger and mystery . . . and must make a choice. 50% historical fiction, 25% sci-fi and 25% adventure-fantasy, Dicing Time for Gladness captures the conflicted spirit of turn-of-the-century America in a time of bound optimism and deep uncertainty.
Thomas Hardy – The Short Stories - An Introduction. Many giants of Literature originate from the shores of these emerald isles; Shakespeare, Dickens, Chaucer, The Brontës and Austen to which most people would willingly add the name Thomas Hardy.
Far From The Madding Crowd, Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, The Mayor Of Casterbridge are but three of his literary masterpieces. But let us add to this his short stories. They are often overlooked as being the poor, under-developed relative of a greater work. But from writers of the calibre of Hardy this is just not so. He picks stories and creates characters that drive, meld and create pages that in their numerically shorter length are in fact the perfect length. Our stories are read for you by Richard Mitchley.
Something sinister is happening on the streets of San Francisco. Suicides by hanging. Beautiful dead women with syringes hanging in their arms. Separate unconnected cases, and it's up to Police Inspector Keller and Park to find the connection. Their investigation leads them through a complex labyrinth of clues and evidence: Suicides, homicides, terrorism, drug trafficking and human trafficking! Will Keller and Park find out who's behind this intricate network of evil? Keller and Park will always give it everything that they've got. But will all they've got be enough, or will they have to pay the ultimate price?
Wealthy, powerful Grant Thorne is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Blaire, the beautiful angel who saved his life when he was injured in a blizzard. The CEO of Thorne Industries and the son of a Senator, he lives his life in the public eye. Convincing the reclusive artist to be a part of his world won’t be easy, but determination fuels his pursuit. Blaire Callahan had escaped her dangerous past to create a new life for herself, or so she thought, until one night she rescues a handsome stranger who rattles her quiet existence. Their chemistry is undeniable, but is it enough to risk her heart and give up the safety of her remote sanctuary? Dreams of having a life together come to a screeching halt when the couple is photographed at a political event. And when Blaire suddenly vanishes, Grant begins unraveling her past, and realizes the woman he fell in love with was never as she seemed. Can a woman held captive by the lies of her past really have a future with a man who’s captured her heart? Or will her dangerous past catch up with her and jeopardize their future forever…
Whether it's the height of the good times, or the depths of the bad ones, the Irish seem to know how to celebrate life's wonders with great enthusiasm and vigor. This book is the perfect gift for anyone who is even a wee bit Irish. With the popular Abbey Elves, wonderful themes such as love of God, country, family, and tradition are expressed, with the just that touch of wisdom and mischief that make the elves perfect expressions of the wonders of the Irish.
Цей нарис присвячено економічній історії, що включає розвиток ремесел, аграрного сектору та промислів, зовнішньої та внутрішньої торгівлі, грошового обігу, зародків податкової системи та зародження економічної думки на території України в IX–XV ст., з акцентуванням уваги на факторах (зокрема й позаекономічних: політична, релігійна, соціальна та інші сфери), які впливали на розвиток економіки України в зазначений період. Окремий розділ виділено для стислого огляду економічного розвитку від часу появи на українських теренах перших людських колективів і до IX ст.
н. е. Матеріал викладено у науково-популярній формі, тож ця праця буде не тільки корисною для студентів-економістів та істориків під час вивчення курсів і спецкурсів з економічної історії України, але й цікавою для широкого кола читачів.