This is a complex, bittersweet collection of short stories. Her tales combine characters and occurrences that are at once cripplingly dark and yet also tinged with a quiet beauty and optimism and she deftly covers subjects such as identity, addiction, devotion and abandonment.
The year is 1924 and in his ancestral seat of Lake House, Michael Summoner, Lord Granville, is dying. He has left his fortune and title to his eldest surviving son, Edward. At his bedside is his youngest son Simon, Simon's fiancée, Vanessa, and his daughter Deborah. Edward is down at the village pub with his friends getting drunk to celebrate his good fortune. The family doctor arrives and seeing that Michael is dying goes to tell Edward. Doctor Sinclair finds him on the verge of marrying Rachel Stevens, the daughter of a farm labourer on his father's estate. He has met her in the pub where she has been sitting alone. Unable to get Edward to change his mind, the doctor agrees to be a witness at their impromptu wedding. So begins a family saga in which an English aristocratic family finds itself at war, not only with itself but with elemental forces of destruction beyond its comprehension.
Working Mothers' Humorous and Heartfelt Struggles to Find and Hold on to the Elusive Perfect Nanny
Author: Rachel Levy Lesser
Publisher: Turning Stone Press
Category: Family & Relationships
Who’s Going To Watch My Kids? is the true story of working mom Rachel Levy Lesser’s struggles to find and hold on to a nanny for her two young children. It also includes the stories of 15 other working moms and their humorous and heartfelt nanny tales. Each mother longs to employ the modern day Mary Poppins - that perfect nanny who they soon learn doesn't exist. This book explores the unique relationships that develop between working mothers (and fathers) and the nannies and the kids they care for. These relationships are more than professional yet not as intimate as familial ones (or sometimes even more so!) The working mothers in this book, Rachel included, put up with more issues from their nannies than they ever would with their employees in their offices, but in turn they also learn many lessons from their nannies and grow closer than they ever imagined. Rachel includes her own nanny rules based off of lessons learned from her experiences and those of the other mothers in the book.
Two babies...one scandalous secret! Discovering he's the father of an orphaned newborn rocks botanist Liam Hawke's world. But that's where nanny Jenna Peters fits in--a single mother herself, she immediately works her magic on his newborn daughter. Soon Liam himself can't resist being spellbound by this beauty. Jenna tries to keep her irresistible boss at arm's length but it's a losing battle. Once Liam finds out who she really is, she'll have to say goodbye to the man she loves and their unconventional family...unless the seductive single dad makes her a proposition this undercover princess can't refuse!
Psychology by Rebecca DelCarmen-Wiggins,Alice Carter
The Handbook of Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Mental Health Assessment brings together, for the first time, leading clinical researchers to provide empirically based recommendations for assessment of social-emotional and behavior problems and disorders in the earliest years. Each author presents state-of-the-art information on scientifically valid, developmentally based clinical assessments and makes recommendations based on the integration of developmental theory, empirical findings, and clinical experience. Though the field of mental health assessment in infants and young children lags behind work with older children and adults, recent scientific advances, including new measures and diagnostic approaches, have led to dramatic growth in the field. The editors of this exciting new work have assembled an extraordinary collection of chapters that thoroughly discuss the conceptualizations of dysfunction in infants and young children, current and new diagnostic criteria, and such specific disorders as sensory modulation dysfunction, sleep disorders, eating and feeding disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and ADHD. Chapters further highlight the importance of incorporating contextual factors such as parent-child relationship functioning and cultural background into the assessment process to increase the validity of findings. Given the comprehensiveness of this groundbreaking volume in reviewing conceptual, methodological, and research advances on early identification, diagnosis, and clinical assessment of disorders in this young age group, it will be an ideal resource for teachers, researchers, and a wide variety clinicians including child psychologists, child psychiatrists, early intervention providers, early special educators, social workers, family physicians, and pediatricians.
A Mormon Doctor, His Beautiful Wife, and an Almost Perfect Murder
Author: Shanna Hogan
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: True Crime
In 2007, Dr. Martin MacNeill—a doctor, lawyer, and Mormon bishop—discovered his wife of 30 years dead in the bathtub of their Pleasant Grove, Utah home, her face bearing the scars of a facelift he persuaded her to undergo just a week prior. At first the death of 50-year-old Michele MacNeill, a former beauty queen and mother of eight, appeared natural. But days after the funeral when Dr. MacNeill moved his much younger mistress into the family home, his children grew suspicious. Conducting their own investigation into their mother's death, the MacNeill's daughters uncovered their father's multiple marital affairs, past criminal record, and falsified college transcripts he used to con his way into medical school. It would take six long years to solve the mystery of Michele's murder and secure a first-degree murder conviction against the once prominent doctor. New York Times bestselling author Shanna Hogan delves into the high-profile case, unmasking the monster beneath the doctor's carefully concocted façade.
"It's 2 a.m. and I'm wide awake, counting the days and hours until my plane leaves for Paris--3 days and 16 hours, to be exact. But ready or not, it's bonne journee for me. Croissant anyone?" When twenty-something Rachel Spencer needed a change of pace from her corporate job, she traded in her power suit and stilettos for blue jeans and flip flops, said au revoir to Houston, Texas, and bonjour to a summer in Paris. Little did Rachel know she was about to take on her most challenging job yet: nannying three rambunctious children, ages 14, 11, and 7. With razor sharp wit and heartfelt humor Rachel chronicles her hilarious adventures--and misadventures--as she works to master her new job, learn a new language, and find her place among a family of strangers: • First Day Faux Pas--Determined to make an entrance her first day on the job, Rachel winds up tumbling down the foyer steps in a short black dress--and baring all to the children! • The Nanny Book--A small leather-bound book written in Franglais (English and French)--detailing Rachel's daily nannying duties. • Dressed to Impress--Despite dreams of capturing the tres chic French style, Rachel learns that strappy sandals and nannying don't always mix. • Teen Troubles--When Rachel catches Diane, who is 14 going on 21, mixing rum and boys into her leisure time, she discovers there is a fine line between "nanny" and "friend" • Country Living--During a trip to the French countryside, Rachel learns that French Country is much more than a china pattern! • Where the Heart Is--By the end of her stay, Rachel realizes the answers she was searching for all along weren't in Houston or in Paris--they were in her heart. A hilarious real-life tale, Au Paris is a story of self-discovery, independence, and following your heart at all costs.
One tragic decision dashed Rachel Carson's plans and made her scared of her own shadow. Now on the run, she must forever give up the hope of love—or a baby. But with her new identity, she can help care for a motherless little girl, left in the protection of handsome Sheriff Cade Garner. As tough as his Wyoming mountains, Cade takes his responsibilities seriously. He will do whatever is necessary to protect baby Jenny and give her the life she should have had. But his sharp instincts tell him something is up with the mysterious nanny who swept into their lives. The alluring blonde has roused his senses…and his heart. As a lawman, he seeks to uncover her secrets. He knows he can protect her and the baby, if only she will dare to trust again.
Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart. Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF... With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song. Each book in the Country Blues series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order. Series Order: Book #1: You’re Still the One Book #2: The Nanny Arrangement
Rhapsody in Blue and the Creation of an American Icon
Author: Ryan Ba?agale
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In Arranging Gershwin, author Ryan Ba?agale approaches George Gershwin's iconic piece Rhapsody in Blue not as a composition but as an arrangement -- a status it has in many ways held since its inception in 1924, yet one unconsidered until now. Shifting emphasis away from the notion of the Rhapsody as a static work by a single composer, Ba?agale posits a broad vision of the piece that acknowledges the efforts of a variety of collaborators who shaped the Rhapsody as we know it today. Arranging Gershwin sheds new light on familiar musicians such as Leonard Bernstein and Duke Ellington, introduces lesser-known figures such as Ferde Grof? and Larry Adler, and remaps the terrain of this emblematic piece of American music. At the same time, it expands on existing approaches to the study of arrangements -- an emerging and insightful realm of American music studies -- as well as challenges existing and entrenched definitions of composer and composition. Based on a host of newly discovered manuscripts, the book significantly alters existing historical and cultural conceptions of the Rhapsody. With additional forays into visual media, including the commercial advertising of United Airlines and Woody Allen's Manhattan, it moreover exemplifies how arrangements have contributed not only to the iconicity of Gershwin and Rhapsody in Blue, but also to music-making in America -- its people, their pursuits, and their processes.
Searching for the father who had abandoned her eighteen years earlier, Rachel Storm poses as a nanny at imposing Talbert Hall and finds a holiday welcome from the handsome Lord Trenton Abshire, who offers to assist her in her quest. Original.
[Menage Amour: Erotic Futuristic Sci-Fi Menage a Trois Romance, M/M/F with M/M elements, public exhibition, sex toys, HEA] Note to self: when working as an intergalactic nanny, don't buy the cheapest language translator on the market. When Serena Wilkins finds herself on the wrong ship, landing on the wrong planet, and accidentally almost marrying two strangers, she has no reason to believe her day might improve. Stranded, penniless, and jobless, she finds herself in the middle of a new world, where sexuality is joyfully explored and relationships come in threes. In a culture where naked is normal and watching is encouraged, Serena finds herself fantasizing about the two men who offered her shelter. Kaydin son of Halimina and Jerrod son of Gerdavia have long dreamed of starting a family together. The recent approval of human mail-order brides to Descon seems just the way to get started. The woman who turns up is the wrong one, yet Serena is absolutely perfect for them. Convincing her to stay just might be a whole lot of fun. ** A Siren Erotic Romance
Der Preis des Glücks Sie wollen das perfekte Paar sein, Kinder und Beruf unter einen Hut bringen, alles irgendwie richtig machen. Und sie finden die ideale Nanny, die ihnen das alles erst möglich macht. Doch wie gut kann man einen fremden Menschen kennen? Und wie sehr kann man ihm vertrauen? Sie haben Glück gehabt, denken sich Myriam und Paul, als sie Louise einstellen - eine Nanny wie aus dem Bilderbuch, die auf ihre beiden kleinen Kinder aufpasst, in der schönen Pariser Altbauwohnung im 10. Arrondissement. Wie mit unsichtbaren Fäden hält Louise die Familie zusammen, ebenso unbemerkt wie mächtig. In wenigen Wochen schon ist sie unentbehrlich geworden. Myriam und Paul ahnen nichts von den Abgründen und von der Verletzlichkeit der Frau, der sie das Kostbarste anvertrauen, das sie besitzen. Von der tiefen Einsamkeit, in der sich die fünfzigjährige Frau zu verlieren droht. Bis eines Tages die Tragödie über die kleine Familie hereinbricht. Ebenso unaufhaltsam wie schrecklich.
Johnny was chatting online with a young woman and shared his fantasies. She was a Sub looking for a Dom to please. At the same time, Johnny started fantasizing about his new babysitter Rachel. Then he discovered the dark secret of the young babysitter through a tattoo and hot lingerie. For Mature Audiences Only (18+)
'I asked Jai what she has learned since my diagnosis,' Randy Pausch wrote about his wife in THE LAST LECTURE. 'Turns out, she could write a book titled Forget the Last Lecture; Here's the Real Story.' DREAM ON traces Jai's experiences since Randy's diagnosis, from the constant struggle she faced as a mother of three small children, to the burdens and dilemmas that accompany the role of caregiver: navigating the steep medical learning curve; managing finances; often neglecting one's one's needs; making gut-wrenching decisions; and dealing with emotions ranging from guilt and resentment, to our greatest human qualities of compassion and love. With concrete advice woven artfully into a personal narrative, DREAM ON will resonate and appeal not only to the legions of readers who made THE LAST LECTURE a phenomenal bestseller, but also to all those who have lost -- or are in the process of losing -- a loved one.
A panoramic look at South Africa in the 1950s, this spirited tale explores the people, music, and hardships common to areas such as District Six, Durban, and Sophiatown. Based on the life of musician Shunna Pillay, the story focuses on what it feels like to yearn for freedom amid governmental and societal constraints.