Free literary fiction Kindle books for 20 Dec 17

Before That Night: Caine & Addison, Book One of Two (Unfinished Love series, 1)

by Violet Duke

— Now a USA TODAY Bestseller! —

Before that night, Addison Milan had been just a college dropout secretly raising her two young siblings in a beat-up minivan she’d bought with her first semester’s tuition refund–the only money her addict mother hadn’t taken off with when she’d abandoned them nearly two years ago.

Before that night, Caine Spencer had been just a rough, gruff cop sent to check out the phoned-in claims of suspected child neglect involving the same woman he’d met just months prior when she’d first served him the city’s worst diner coffee…which he’d been drinking daily ever since.

Before that night, Addison would never have thought the man she’d been fighting hard not to fall for–her only friend in her new shadow of a life–would be in a position to rip her family apart.

Before that night, Caine would never have believed any woman could make him fall head over heels, let alone make him feel so damn compelled to look the other way when it came to his job.

Then that one perfect night changed everything.

“Hot, sweet, and filled with tender moments, Violet Duke writes heroes who make me swoon!” — New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan

BEFORE THAT NIGHT (Bk 1 of 2) chronicles the events that take place seven years prior to EVERY NIGHT WITHOUT YOU (Bk 2 of 2), Caine & Addison’s story of love, sacrifice, and the lengths one will run–and chase–when their past threatens their future.

Note: Each of the four couples in the Unfinished Love series have two books (duets) that take place years apart. This is Caine & Addison’s Book 1; Book 2 reunites them seven years later, and concludes their story.

Four brothers. Each fighting for their second first chance at love. Years be damned.

(Caine & Addison)
— Book 1: Before That Night
— Book 2: Every Night Without You

(Drew & Skylar)
— Book 3: Before That Promise
— Book 4: Every Promise Unspoken

(Gabe & Hannah)
— Book 5: Before That Kiss
— Book 6: Every Kiss Goodbye

(Max & Kennedy)
— Book 7: Before That Chance
— Book 8: Every Chance We Lost

Capture Me

by Anna Zaires

“A perfectly dark thrill ride of breathtaking action and scorching hot romance” â??Skye Warren, New York Times bestselling author

A sizzling new series from the New York Times bestselling author of Twist Me

She fears him from the first moment she sees him.

Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. She grew up with them. She survived them. But when she meets Lucas Kent, she knows the hard ex-soldier may be the most dangerous of them all.

One nightâ??that’s all it should be. A chance to make up for a failed assignment and get information on Kent’s arms dealer boss. When his plane goes down, it should be the end.

Instead, it’s just the beginning.

He wants her from the first moment he sees her.

Lucas Kent has always liked leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. The Russian interpreter might’ve tried to seduce his boss, but she ends up in Lucas’s bedâ??and he has every intention of seeing her there again.

Then his plane goes down, and he learns the truth.

She betrayed him.

Now she will pay.

Il ladro di ricordi (Italian Edition)

by Mois Benarroch

A tutti noi succede a volte di parlare con un fratello di un ricordo d’infanzia e d’improvviso lui ci dice, ma non sei stato tu quello che ha fatto questo, sono stato io. E questo sembra normale. Ma, di cosa ci ricordiamo quando ricordiamo? Gli studi scientifici dicono che in meno di ventiquattro ore abbiamo già cambiato il ricordo di quello che è successo. Magari i nostri ricordi non sempre sono tanto nostri, sono parte di noi, in parte sono quelli che ci hanno raccontato altri che erano nello stesso posto, e altri magari sono ricordi di altri si infiltrano nel nostro registro celebrale. Il narratore de Il Ladro di ricordi non ruba i ricordi, ma si sente un ladro, perché può captare in alcuni momenti i ricordi più intimi delle altre persone, per rendersi conto poi che non riesce più a riconoscere i suoi ricordi da quelli degli altri. Il ladro di ricordi è un’autobiografia del mondo intero.

Beyond the Sand Dune: Novel of Peace

by Asen Djinah

-A fascinating piece of work
-Very nicely written and confidently constructed
-The voice of a skilled storyteller, entirely relevant given the subject matter
-Relevant, thought-provoking
-A significant piece of work with some key morality at its core
-A must-read that will take you back in time

Many books are entertaining and tell us stories of people we don’t know, take us to places you haven’t been and worlds we can only imagine. Only a few can change our perspectives on life and make us reflect. Although a pure work of fiction, â??Beyond the Sand Dune’ does both. Not only is it an easy read and thoroughly enjoyable book, but it also challenges our understanding of certain things that we take for granted. â??Beyond the Sand Dune’ follows the lives of four main characters which fatefully converge towards one decisive moment in history that will have repercussions for centuries to come.

â??Beyond the Sand Dune’, a historical literary novel set in 9th century Arabia, is a highly-entertaining tale that combines romance, intrigue and political drama. It follows the lives of four main characters which fatefully converge towards one decisive moment in history that will have repercussions for centuries to come.
Written with compassion and humour, the readers are transported to old Arabia as they follow the vivid and interesting lives of the four characters. Despite the gravitas of the central theme, the book is a pleasant read with plenty of content, providing a fascinating, colourful and at times humorous insight into life of that era. The readers will be gripped throughout, starting by sympathising with Amel, a pregnant housewife who is wrongly accused of adultery after being raped. They will despise Fadel the vagrant, for trying to gain from the situation by reporting Amel to the authorities. Even more so, they will loathe chief scholar Kateb, who holds the highest position in judicial matters, for using Amel’s case in a political plot.
The romance between Amel and Hayder is heart-warming and pure as they come together against all odds and despite the sixty-year blood feud between their tribes. In contrast, the story of grand vizier Jaffar as a young boy is heart-breaking and will bring tears to many readers when they learn about his traumatic experience and the fate of his missing parents. They will empathise with the much-loved caliph who, like many leaders in history, is caught between a rock and a hard place. Readers will be kept on edge, eager to find out, whether poor Amel will be found guilty and condemned to death by stoning or found innocent.
This work of fiction will appeal to a wide range of readers for not only it is entertaining but it is also topical, broaching a sensitive issue in a subtle way.

After The Storm

by T.S. Arthur

After the Storm was written by the very popular nineteenth-century American author who articulated and disseminated the values, beliefs, and habits of middle-class life in pre-Civil War America. 

Timothy Shay Arthur (June 6, 1809 – March 6, 1885) — known as T.S. Arthur — was a popular 19th-century American author. He is most famous for his temperance novel Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There (1854), which helped demonize alcohol in the eyes of the American public. He was also the author of dozens of stories for Godey’s Lady’s Book, the most popular American monthly magazine in the antebellum era, and he published and edited his own Arthur’s Home Magazine, a periodical in the Godey’s model, for many years. Virtually forgotten now, Arthur did much to articulate and disseminate the values, beliefs, and habits that defined respectable, decorous middle-class life in antebellum America.

Agnes Grey

by Anne Brontë

Agnes Grey is the debut novel of English author Anne Brontë. The novel follows Agnes Grey, a governess, as she works within families of the English gentry. Scholarship and comments by Anne’s sister Charlotte Brontë suggest the novel is largely based on Anne Brontë’s own experiences as a governess for five years. Like her sister Charlotte’s novel Jane Eyre, it addresses what the precarious position of governess entailed and how it affected a young woman.

The choice of central character allows Anne to deal with issues of oppression and abuse of women and governesses, isolation and ideas of empathy. An additional theme is the fair treatment of animals. Agnes Grey also mimics some of the stylistic approaches of bildungsromans, employing ideas of personal growth and coming to age, but representing a character who in fact does not gain in virtue.

The Irish novelist George Moore praised Agnes Grey as “the most perfect prose narrative in English letters,” and went so far as to compare Anne’s prose to that of Jane Austen. Modern critics have made more subdued claims admiring Agnes Grey with a less overt praise of Brontë’s work than Moore.

Agnes Grey is the daughter of Mr. Grey, a minister of modest means, and Mrs. Grey, a woman who left her wealthy family and married purely out of love. Mr. Grey tries to increase the family’s financial standing, but the merchant he entrusts his money to dies in a wreck, and the lost investment plunges the family into debt.

Captains Courageous

by Rudyard Kipling

Captains Courageous is a novel by Rudyard Kipling, that follows the adventures of fifteen-year-old Harvey Cheyne Jr., the spoiled son of a railroad tycoon, after he is saved from drowning by a Portuguese fisherman in the north Atlantic. The novel originally appeared as a serialisation in McClure’s, beginning with the November 1896 edition. In 1900, in his essay “What We Can Expect of the American Boy,” Teddy Roosevelt extolled the book and praised Kipling for describing “in the liveliest way just what a boy should be and do.”

The book’s title comes from the ballad “Mary Ambree”, which starts, “When captains courageous, whom death could not daunt”. Kipling had previously used the same title for an article on businessmen as the new adventurers, published in The Times of 23 November 1892.

Protagonist Harvey Cheyne, Jr., is the son of a wealthy railroad magnate and his wife, in San Diego, California. Washed overboard from a transatlantic steamship and rescued by fishermen off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Harvey can neither persuade them to take him quickly to port, nor convince them of his wealth. Harvey accuses the captain, Disko Troop of taking his money (which we later learn was found on the deck he fell from.) Disko Troop, captain of the We’re Here, bloodies his nose but takes him in as a boy on the crew until they return to port. Harvey comes to accept his situation.

Through a series of trials and adventures, Harvey, with the help of the captain’s son Dan Troop, becomes acclimated to the fishing lifestyle, and even skillful. Great stories of the cod fishery with references to New England whaling and 19th century steam and sailing are intertwined with the “We’re Here”s adventures during a season at sea. Eventually, the schooner returns to port and Harvey wires his parents, who immediately hasten to Boston, Massachusetts, and thence to the fishing town of Gloucester to recover him. There, Harvey’s mother rewards the seaman Manuel, who initially rescued her son; Harvey’s father hires Dan to work on his prestigious tea clipper fleet; and Harvey goes to Stanford to prepare for taking over his father’s shipping lines.

Teacher of the Year: the novel

by Joe David

Step into the madcap world of “education” where you will meet the unforgettable characters â?¦

Erda Von Schwantz, the sex educationist, who has mastered the art of penetrating the minds of her students and who then uses the information to write the definitive book on adolescent perversion; Roger Murphy, the â??vitamin” pill distributor for a Jamaican manufacturer, who also is a movie producer of adult bookstore art films; Borlinda Borgia, the born-again Christian, who through the guidance of Roger and Erda learns to use her body for God’s work; Pepe/Pepita Noriega, the transvestite school principal, who uses Roger’s vitamins to seduce Niko Papalodopoulos the straight counselor before he can save Pepe/Pepita from him/herself; Phyllis Jaffe, the bullish superintendent, who gives up her worldly ways and dedicates her life to Bible readings, teas, and Borlinda’s mother. And most importantly you will meet the greatest teacher alive, a teacher of impeccable heritage and education, a teacher whose infinite wisdom saves the public schools from scandal …

Frank Hamme, teacher of the year!

What critics have said about the book:
On target – Spectrum Magazine, Lake Forest College

Funny, racy and frightening – Dwayne Day, WWWV-Radio Charlottesville

Wonderfully humorous – Mike Bowler, The Baltimore Sun

Twistedly comic – Sam Weller, New City (Chicago)

koisurukoto (Japanese Edition)

by toru okuda

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A Daughter of the Snows

by Jack London

A Daughter of the Snows is Jack London’s first novel. Set in the Yukon, it tells the story of Frona Welse, “a Stanford graduate and physical Valkyrie” who takes to the trail after upsetting her wealthy father’s community by her forthright manner and befriending the town’s prostitute. She is also torn between love for two suitors: Gregory St Vincent, a local man who turns out to be cowardly and treacherous; and Vance Corliss, a Yale-trained mining engineer.

The novel is noteworthy for its strong and self-reliant heroine, one of many who would people his fiction. Her name echoes that of his mother, Flora Wellman, though her inspiration has also been said to include London’s friend Anna Strunsky. Despite the progressive attitude toward women, the novel focuses on the racial superiority of Anglo-Saxons.

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