Description : "Nope, why should I ever want to go back to Ecuador, they gave me away, why would I want to go back," was always Marisa's reply to the question of her returning to her birth country. This was until 2003 when she was 28 years old, and started to say, "Mom, Dad, I want to see people who look like me," followed with, "Dad, when are we going to Ecuador?" "Sweetie, if you want to go back to your place of birth, with the intent of finding your birth mother; I have a problem with that," I would reply to her. But finally after several months of discussions between her, her adoptive mother and me; she finally was receptive to visiting her native Ecuador to just see where she came from. "Finding Maria, The Secret Mother," is a 100% true story of Marisa and her adoptive father venturing to Ecuador to allow her to "See people who looked like her." With Marisa's adoptive mother being her greatest supporter for her return, Marisa and her Dad struck off on a God orchestrated adventure that as one lady said, "This adventure has God's fingerprints all over it." This wonderful story is filled with love, hope, forgiveness, and healing; with God at the podium orchestrating the adventure that will pull on your deepest heart strings. One seemingly amazing event would be called great; two, maybe a coincidence; three, semi miraculous; but 14 documented events just out of the blue; well, you be the judge. Your heart will pull you into Marisa's search for her birth mother in a far away country. This story will warm your heart as well as change your life; just let it. This is God's story, we are only putting it in to print........Richard A. Elkins, Marisa's adoptive father.
Description : A 2014 National Indie Excellence Award winner A Junior Library Guild Selection, 2014 A School Library Journal Top 10 Latino Books of 2014 As a straight-A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T.'s life seems as apple-pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin. But M.T. hides two facts to the contrary: her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant. With senior year of high school kicking into full swing, M.T. sees her hopes for a “normal” future unraveling. And it will take discovering a sense of trust in herself and others for M.T. to stake a claim in the life that she wants. Author Maria E. Andreu draws from her personal experience to tell a story that is timely, relevant, and universally poignant.
Description : When Elizabeth Bennet refuses his hand, Darcy is devastated and makes it his mission to change. By every civility in his power, Darcy slowly tries to win her affections, but Elizabeth is not easily swayed. Darcy vows to unlock the secrets that will make her his. He curses himself for his social awkwardness and appearance of pride, and sets out to right the wrongs he's done her family. Elizabeth's family and friends misunderstand his intentions, and being in Elizabeth's presence proves to be both excruciating for the shy Darcy-and a dream come true. For the first time in his life, he must please a woman worth having, and the transformation leads him to a depth of understanding and love that he never could have imagined.
Description : Maria knew about guilt. It was a stubborn, pervasive and toxic emotion, and incredibly difficult to shake. Especially if really, deep down, you didn't think you deserved to let it go. Maria spends her days tending to the bees of Honeybee Haven and creating wonderful honey products to fund children in need. A former nun, Maria's life has long been shaped by a shadowy secret and her own self-imposed penance for events in her past. The arrival of two letters, one pink, from nearby Noosa Heads, and one marked with a government crest, herald the shattering of Maria's peaceful existence. Before they were married, Tansy made a very serious deal with her husband, Dougall. With their elegant apartment and beachside lifestyle in Noosa, they have everything they agreed they wanted in life, so Tansy is going to ignore the feelings that might suggest she has changed her mind. On top of those not-really-there feelings, Dougall wants to move to Canada! Surprising and intriguing, The Beekeeper's Secret is an exploration of family in all its facets, and the astounding secrets we keep from those we love.
Description : Francisca de Luarac, the daughter of a poor Spanish silk grower, is a dreamer of fabulous dreams. Marie Louise de Bourbon, the niece of Louis XIV, dances in slippers of fine Spanish silk in the French Court of the Sun King and imagines her own enchanted future. Born on the same day--in an age when superstition, repression, and the Inquisition reign--the lives of these two young women unfold in tandem, barely touching. Each hoards the memory of her adored lost mother like an amulet. Francica's obsession with her lover, a Catholick priest, will shaper her fate. Marie Loouise is yoked by political expediency to the mad, imptoent Carlos II of Spain. But even as their twin destinies spiral inexorably toward disaster, both Queen and commoner cultivate a dangerous, secret life dedicated to resistance, transcendence, and love. Written in gorgeous prose that has the sheen of silk, Kathryn Harrison's POISON vividlyreminds us of the persistence of desire, the passion that exists between mothers and daughters, and the sorcery of dreams.
Description : Eliza Wolf, a young Jewish girl, desperate in World War II Poland, gave her baby to the town prostitute, Wanda, for safe-keeping. After the war, Eliza returned to find that Wanda, determined to keep the child, had disappeared, and Eliza vowed to find her.
Description : This account of Stalin's life begins with his early years, the family breakup caused by the suspicion that the boy was the result of an adulterous affair, the abuse by his father and the growth of the traumatized boy into criminal, spy, and finally one of the 20th century's political monsters.
Description : As the teenage ruler of his own country, Matt must cope with clones and cartels in this “electric blend of horrors and beauty” (Publishers Weekly), the riveting sequel to the modern classic House of the Scorpion, winner of the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Printz Honor. Matt has always been nothing but a clone—grown from a strip of old El Patron’s skin. Now, at age fourteen, he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of ruling over his own country. The Land of Opium is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, which ranges on the map like an intestine from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster—and hidden in Opium is the cure. And that isn’t all that awaits within the depths of Opium. Matt is haunted by the ubiquitous army of eejits, zombielike workers harnessed to the old El Patron’s sinister system of drug growing—people stripped of the very qualities that once made them human. Matt wants to use his newfound power to help, to stop the suffering, but he can’t even find a way to smuggle his childhood love, Maria, across the border and into Opium. Instead, his every move hits a roadblock, some from the enemies that surround him…and some from a voice within himself. For who is Matt really, but the clone of an evil, murderous dictator? Is his true destiny already predetermined by his genes?
Description : For the first time in paperback—New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels presents the compelling tale of two strangers thrown together in a desperate race to save an innocent child. . . THE FUTURE SCROLLS To Manhattan editor Dani Arnold, it might have sounded like something out of a novel. But when she impulsively comes to the aid of a lost child, she finds herself plunged into a mystery more dangerous than anything on the city streets—with an enigmatic stranger who threatens everything she believes in. . .yet fascinates her in a way no other man ever has. . . Dr. Alex Mendenares will do anything to keep his daughter safe. Anything except reveal the potentially devastating secret that has been guarded by his family for centuries. But he never bargained on meeting someone like Dani Arnold, who instantly captures his little girl's heart—and lights an unexpected spark in his own. Now, against the most deadly odds, Alex must place his trust in a woman he barely knows. . .but would like to know much better. . . Praise for FERN MICHAELS "A fun read. . .will keep readers on tenterhooks." —Booklist on KENTUCKY RICH "A tribute to the author." —People on PLAIN JANE