In the poverty-stricken years after the First World War, a travelling troupe of players arrives in the small Northern village of Bishop Auckland. With them is Pippa, a young French girl who has her own secrets. For her, and for so many of her companions, the troupe provides a sanctuary from the outside world. Protected by the lights, make-up and costumes, none of them notices what is going on underneath their very noses. But when something tragic happens in the town within days of Pippa's arrival, she is forced to start examining her old life and looking forward to a new one, no matter what the cost...
Her first assignment is... to sleep with her boss! A misunderstanding leads Pippa Stevenson into Andreo D'Alessio's bed. He is a fabulous lover, but all the same, Pippa is overcome with shame because he's her boss! However,now Andreo has decided that he wants Pippa all to himself, in the boardroom and the bedroom! But business and pleasure are a tricky mix, and soon Andreo needs to find a way to persuade Pippa to accept his new proposition--to promote her from mistress to wife!
Dumped at the altar and left without a home, Rosie Xalbadora takes a job as a governess at the edge of the Australian outback. There she meets Pippa Bristow, a sensitive child who copes with her parent's bitter divorce by escaping into a magical world of fairy queens and unicorns. Pippa's enigmatic single father, Adam Bristow, will do what it takes to keep his daughter safe from his manipulative oil heiress ex-wife. Struggling to shield Pippa from her mother's games, Rosie must face the ghosts of her own painful past while fighting a growing attraction to her handsome, emotionally unavailable employer. But help comes in the form of a quirky, elderly neighbor; a welcoming Outback town, and two horsemen who visit Rosie each night in her dreams. When Rosie and Pippa act impulsively to save a small, white pony from slaughter, their ill-timed compassion puts Adam's custody dispute, Pippa's fantasies, and Rosie's worst fears all up for bid in an epic courtroom showdown. The Auction blends the heart-wrenching, Gothic undertones of Jane Eyre with the can-do spirit of The Horse Whisperer, and just a hint of the supernatural. * Keywords: Australia, Australian romance, Australia romance, Aussie romance, horse romance, horse auction, horse, horses, nanny, nanny romance, governess, governess romance, Jane Eyre, teacher, teacher romance, Australia, Aussie, Oz, Aboriginal myth, Aboriginal mythology, Mimi, Mimis, Dreamtime, Aboriginal Dreamtime, First Australians, Condamine River, fracking, animal abuse, horse abuse, horse slaughter, custody dispute, custody battle, bitter custody dispute, mental illness, divorce, child custody, child abuse, child neglect, bitter divorce, divorce trial, single father, single dad, dating after divorce, Jimeta, dressage, natural horsemanship, what to read after The Horse Whisperer, life after divorce, Queensland, Darling Downs, what to read after the thorn birds, Toowoomba, what to read after the man from snowy river, Millmerran, cattle station, cattle ranch, ranch, station, cattle station, ghost, ghosts, ghost rider, fairy, fairies, fairy queen, gothic, Gothic romance
Author: Pippa Norris
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 2004-09-20
Genre: Political Science
Seminal thinkers of the nineteenth century - Auguste Comte, Herbert Spencer, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud - all predicted that religion would gradually fade in importance and cease to be significant with the emergence of industrial society. The belief that religion was dying became the conventional wisdom in the social sciences during most of the twentieth century. During the last decade, however, the secularization thesis has experienced the most sustained challenge in its long history. The traditional secularization thesis needs updating. Religion has not disappeared and is unlikely to do so. Nevertheless, the concept of secularization captures an important part of what is going on. This book develops a theory of secularization and existential security. Sacred and Secular is essential reading for anyone interested in comparative religion, sociology, public opinion, political behavior, political development, social psychology, international relations, and cultural change.
Philippa "Pippa" Lisle is more interested in politics than fashion. From Sweetbriar Cottage, she writes essays on the issues of the day, not daring to reveal herself as their author, the radical Prometheus. After all, what respectable gentleman would wed her if the truth were known that "she" was posing as a "he"? So when the disarmingly handsome Lord Selworth seeks Prometheus' literary help, Pippa is torn. She's sure if she accepts, her secret will be out.
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2010-11-20
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
In this thrilling sequel, Gemma continues to pursue her destiny to bind the magic of the Realms and restore it to the Order. Gemma and her friends from Spence use magical power to transport themselves on visits from their corseted world of Victorian London (at the height of the Christmas season), to the visionary country of the Realms, with its strange beauty and menace. There they search for the lost Temple, the key to Gemma's mission, and comfort Pippa, their friend who has been left behind in the Realms. After these visits they bring back magical power for a short time to use in their own world. Meanwhile, Gemma is torn between her attraction to the exotic Kartik, the messenger from the opposing forces of the Rakshana, and the handsome but clueless Simon, a young man of good family who is courting her. This is the second book in Libba Bray's engrossing trilogy, set in a time of strict morality and barely repressed sensuality, about a girl who saw another way.