Inspired by true events and people, Moon Queen weaves a bright carpet of inspiration, by turns inspiring and heartbreaking, providing a new perspective on one of the most glorious periods of Turkish history.
Presque deux ans après sa capture par des Indiens cheyennes, suite à des représailles, Edwina Anderson, appelée Soleil chez ces derniers, est aujourd’hui pleinement intégrée à ce peuple libre, fier et courageux. Mariée au chef de la tribu, Fils d’Aigle, qui l’aime passionnément, et bientôt maman, la jeune femme a trouvé son équilibre et coule des jours qui pourraient être des plus paisibles si le gouvernement blanc ne livrait pas une lutte acharnée aux derniers Indiens dits « sauvages », afin de les faire rejoindre les réserves.
Pourtant, un regain d’espoir naîtra dans le cœur de ces gens acculés au plus triste sort lors de la bataille de Little Big Horn contre les Blancs, dont ils sortiront victorieux. Mais ce sera aussi leur première et dernière grande victoire. Par la suite des tribus entières seront massacrées régulièrement jusqu’à ce que les irréductibles gagnent enfin les réserves.
Au sein de cette tourmente, Fils d’Aigle et Edwina seront arrachés l’un à l’autre, et chacun de son côté connaîtra de durs moments, sans abandonner jamais l’espoir fou de se retrouver un jour.
Un roman historique palpitant et passionnel
La sérénité régnait sur le village en cette fin de nuit de mois d‘avril, mois de la lune des jeunes bisons. La chasse printanière fructueuse avait fourni à la communauté son compte de viande et suffisamment de peaux pour remplacer celles usagées des tipis, et l’hiver pas trop rigoureux suivi d’un printemps clément avaient facilité les déplacements. Aucune perte humaine n’avait endeuillé les familles qui s’étaient réjouies plutôt des naissances multiples qui avaient eu lieu. Pourtant, alors que chacun aurait dû être ravi de toutes ces bontés envoyées par Maheo le Grand Esprit des Cheyennes, les cœurs étaient lourds.
A PROPOS DE L’AUTEUR
Annie Gaborit a 58 ans et réside près de Royan. Atteinte de myopathie de longue date, l'écriture est la meilleure des thérapies et lui apporte l'évasion dont elle a besoin.
Then, one day, he receives a letter postmarked in "England” with no return address. He suspects whom it’s from and suspects that its contents may call him away from Shelby’s Creek, possibly forever…
Days pass before he opens it. His worst fears are confirmed. He must go to France immediately. The only problem is that France is under enemy occupation.
Upon contacting his former commanding army officer, he is offered a job with the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. His special skills get him a green light for immediate embarkation. He is to assist and support underground movements with a French resistance network with subversion, sabotage, intelligence and assassination, the latter being the problem. He won’t kill, as he repeats time and again. Not wanting to kill has nothing to do with being a coward and everything to do with respecting life, he tells himself, a lesson learned and deeply ingrained at Shelby’s Creek.
The next day, as he leaves the farm, he wishes for just one more harvest; one more full spring season; one more winter night in the cabin next to the fireplace. But he realizes soon that there may be something even more endearing than Shelby’s Creek.
Zee Mimms was just nineteen in 1864-the daughter of a stern Methodist minister in Missouri-when she fell in love with the handsome, dashing, and already notorious Jesse. He was barely more than a teenager himself, yet had ridden with William Quantrill's raiders during the Civil War.
"You'll marry a handsome young man," a palm reader had told her. "A man who will make you the envy of many. But . . . there will be hard times."
Zee and Jesse's marriage proved the palmist right. Jesse was a dangerous puzzle: a loving husband and father who kept his "work" separate from his family, though Zee heard the lurid rumors of his career as a bank robber and worse. Still, she never gave up on him.
And he earned her love, time and again.
Cindi Myers is the author of more than forty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her work has been praised for its depth of emotion and realistic characters. You can learn more about her and her work at www.CindiMyers.com or www.RomanceoftheWest.com.
Passion explodes, and Sofia's tattered pride demands that Sir Tobin surrender his heart. A battle of wills ensues that makes war seem tame, when nothing will stop this ruthless warrior from winning his lady. In a classic Barnett battle of will and wit, a knight and his lady find that love at first sight is dangerous at best and never, ever easy. Wicked has all the pageantry of Medieval England, liberally laced with poignancy and humor.
England, 1044. Harold Godwineson, a young, respected Earl, falls in love with an ordinary but beautiful woman. He marries Edyth despite her lack of pedigree, pitting him against his turbulent family and his selfish King, Edward. In France, William, the bastard son of a duke, falls in love with power. Brutal and dangerously smart, William sets his sights on England, finding ambition a difficult lust to conquer.
In 1066, with the old King Edward dying, England falls vulnerable to the winds of fate-and the stubborn will of these two powerful men. In this beautifully crafted tale, Helen Hollick sets aside the propaganda of the Norman Conquest and brings to life the English version of the story of the last Saxon King, revealing his tender love, determination, and proud loyalty, all shattered by the unforgiving needs of a Kingdom. Forced to give up his wife and risk his life for England, the chosen King led his army into the great Battle of Hastings in October 1066 with all the honor and dignity that history remembers of its fallen heroes.
"A novel of enormous emotional power...Helen Hollick is a fabulous writer of historical fiction." -Elizabeth Chadwick, author of To Defy a King
What Readers Are Saying:
"We all know the ending! But Helen Hollick's masterful and moving account of Pre-Conquest England still carries the reader along on an enthralling journey to that moment...it made me cry in all the right places. Helen Hollick is a consummate storyteller."
"An epic work, grand and sweeping. I've read many versions of the events of 1066 but this is one of the best."
(This book was previously published in the U.K. as HAROLD THE KING)
A crown can be won, blood cannot be changed.
Mathilda of Flanders is furious at her father's choice of husband for her. William of Normandy has a reputation as a rough warrior but after a violent start to their courtship Mathilda discovers him to be a man of unexpected sensitivity, driven by two goals: to win her heart and to win her a throne.
Astoundingly the throne seems to come first, for King Edward of England invites the newlyweds to Westminster and declares William his heir. But with the passing of time, this secretive promise is soon forgotten . . . though not by William. Or Mathilda.
As events either side of the Narrow Sea reach crisis point, Mathilda has to decide what she wants: heart or throne? How deep does her ambition run and what is she prepared to sacrifice to succeed?
Dianella Lee fights to conserve rare, tiny orchids on Australia’s southern coast, one of the most biodiverse wildflower regions in the world. But her world of beauty and love is thrown into harsh relief when her family business is almost destroyed by her own mother.
Wade Hamilton has made it big in Silicon Valley, California in 3D computer images. He’s about to make a huge, life-changing business deal and needs time out, not complications. But one glance at Dianella and her passion, and he succumbs to orchidmania.
Opposites attract, and orchids have their own magic, but when faced with distance, family drama and diverse priorities, what chance do a flower girl and a billionaire have?
… who became the legend
… we know as
Pendragon's Banner is the second book in Helen Hollick's exciting King Arthur trilogy, covering 459-465 A.D. This is not a fairy tale or fantasy. There is no Merlin, no sword in the stone, and no Lancelot. This is the most accurate Arthurian legend ever written, based on historical evidence and meticulous research.
At age twenty-four, King Arthur has the kingdom he fought so hard for and a new young family. But keeping the throne of Britain—and keeping his wife and three sons safe—proves far from easy. Two enemies in particular threaten everything that is dear to him: Winifred, Arthur's vindictive first wife, and Morgause, priestess of the Mother and malevolent Queen of the North. Both have royal ambitions of their own.
In this story of harsh battles, secret treasonous plots, and the life-threatening politics of early Britain's dark ages, author Helen Hollick boldly reintroduces King Arthur as you've never seen him before.
PRAISE FOR PENDRAGON'S BANNER:
"Hollick's interpretation is bold, affecting and well worth fighting to defend."
"Weaves together fact, legend, and inspired imagination to create a world so real we can breathe the smoke of its fires and revel in the Romano- British lust for life, love and honour."
Historical Novel Review
"Camelot as it really was... a very talented writer."
Sharon Kay Penman, bestselling author of Devil's Brood
PRAISE FOR THE KINGMAKING:
"Hollick juggles a cast of characters and a bloody, tangled plot with great skill."
"If only all historical fiction could be this good."
Historical Novels Review
"Stripped of its medieval trappings, the story of Arthur's rise loses none of its legendary power… this [is a] well-researched, skillfully constructed trilogy opener."
"Hollick does a remarkable job of bringing to life a little known but powerful queen... an absorbing plot that never lags over the course of a fat, satisfying book."—Publishers Weekly
Sometimes, a desperate kingdom is in need of one great woman
Saxon England, 1002. Not only is Æthelred a failure as King, but his young bride, Emma of Normandy, soon discovers he is even worse as a husband. When the Danish Vikings, led by Swein Forkbeard and his son, Cnut, cause a maelstrom of chaos, Emma, as Queen, must take control if the Kingdom-and her crown-are to be salvaged. Smarter than history remembers, and stronger than the foreign invaders who threaten England's shores, Emma risks everything on a gamble that could either fulfill her ambitions and dreams or destroy her completely.
Emma, the Queen of Saxon England, comes to life through the exquisite writing of Helen Hollick, who shows in this epic tale how one of the most compelling and vivid heroines in English history stood tall through a turbulent fifty-year reign of proud determination, tragic despair, and triumph over treachery.
What Reviewers Are Saying
"Hollick is a master at making each historic scene come alive in the mind of a character with the most to lose... rich, tasty, sugary sludge of historical fiction... the best the genre has to offer."—Historical Novels Review
"Brilliant prose, historical accuracy, and rich detail bring this violent era to life. The Forever Queen stands as a well-detailed biographical account of one of England's strongest, most determined queens."— Historical Novel Review Blog
"A rich and descriptive tapestry of Anglo Saxon history, warring factions, political intrigue and betrayal, brutal violence, and yes, love."—Queen of Happy Endings
Praise for Helen Hollick
"A very talented writer."—Sharon Kay Penman, bestselling author of Devil's Brood
"If only all historical fiction could be this good." —Historical Novels Review
"Hollick juggles a large cast of characters and a bloody, tangled plot with great skill."—Publishers Weekly
"Helen Hollick has it all. She tells a great story." —Bernard Cornwell
(This book was previously published in the U.K. as THE HOLLOW CROWN.)
Elizaveta meets her match when the fearsome Viking warrior Harald Hardrada arrives at her father's court seeking fame and fortune. He entrusts Elizaveta to be his treasure keeper, to hold the keys to his ever-growing wealth - and eventually to his heart.
Theirs is a fierce romance and the strength of their love binds them together as they travel across the vast seas to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. In 1066, their ambition carries them to Orkney as they plan to invade England and claim the crown . . .
Man and beast knew what lay ahead.
After the war cry.
Bitter the grave.
At long last, the peace King Arthur was born to usher in has settled over the realm. But Arthur was also born to be a warrior... and all true warriors are restless without a fight. Yearning for battle and ever-loyal, Arthur is easily deceived into setting sail for Gaul to defend its territories-leaving his country vulnerable and leaderless.
A beacon of hope in a land of desolation, he was to be the Lord of the Summer Land for now and forever. But first, the Pendragon must face the ultimate test, one that will take all his courage, strength of will, and honor to survive.
Because once destiny is fulfilled, can you ever truly win again?
"Helen Hollick has it all. She tells a great story..." -Bernard Cornwell
"Hollick's interpretation is bold, affecting, and well worth fighting to defend." -Publishers Weekly