Through first hand accounts of high-profile business meetings and behind-the-scenes decision making, Kyojiro Hata, the president of Louis Vuitton Japan, tells the story of how he turned Louis Vuitton into the most sought after label in the Japanese market.
‘She was greetin’ again. But there’s no need for Lorraine to be feart, since the first day of primary school, Angela has always been there to mop up her tears and snotters.’ An uplifting black comedy of love, family life and friendship, Talk of the Toun is a bittersweet coming-of-age tale set in the summer of 1985, in working class, central belt Scotland. Lifelong friends Angela and Lorraine are two very different girls, with a growing divide in their aspirations and ambitions putting their friendship under increasing strain. Artistically gifted Angela has her sights set on art school, but lassies like Angela, from a small town council scheme, are expected to settle for a nice wee secretarial job at the local factory. Her only ally is her gallus gran, Senga, the pet psychic, who firmly believes that her granddaughter can be whatever she wants. Though Lorraine’s ambitions are focused closer to home Angela has plans for her too, and a caravan holiday to Filey with Angela’s family tests the dynamics of their relationship and has lifelong consequences for them both. Effortly capturing the religious and social intricacies of 1980s Scotland, Talk of the Toun is the perfect mix of pathos and humour as the two girls wrestle with the complications of growing up and exploring who they really are. ‘Fresh, fierce and funny... a sharp and poignant study of growing up in 1980s Scotland. You'll laugh, you'll cry... you'll cringe.’ - Karen Campbell
Only minutes before Sherrill is to marry Carter, the man of her dreams, she discovers him in the arms of another woman. When Sherrill finds that the other woman is desperately in love with Carter, she decides the wedding must go on--with the other woman as the bride! Later, as Sherrill arrives at the church to watch the wedding that should have been hers, she stumbles out of the car--and falls into the arms of a passing stranger. When Sherrill looks up to apologize, she sees a tall, handsome man whose piercing eyes seem to see deep within her.
Shaken and distressed, Sherrill lets the man help her into the church. He stays close beside her throughout the ceremony and is her encouragement and support through the rest of that painful day.
Soon he is no longer a stranger . . . and more than a friend.
An ancient spell is beginning to unravel. In the face of danger, can true love save them all? For the first time in print, best selling author Brynna Curry gives us three tales of suspense, romance and magic. In EARTH ENCHANTED writer Liv Corrigan teams up with widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke to stop the madman who murdered his wife. Injured, Jack retreats with Liv to his house under armed guard. But with Liv’s mysteries rapidly coming unraveled, a diamond-thief to stop and passion in the air, the safe house is anything but safe for their hearts! Having failed in his mission to avenge his lost would be lover, Serena Roarke, Special Agent Gabriel Spiller returns to Alabama in search of the missing diamonds needed to reopen the investigation in TO TAKE UP THE SWORD. A secret meeting between Leannan O'Neal and her sister before she died left Lea with an ugly figurine and nothing but questions.
Hang-up calls at work and a trashed house reminds her of the card Serena gave her. With a killer hot on her heels, Lea goes on the run in search of Serena's 'Angel', but how long can Gabe keep her alive, and is the cost worth more than her life? In WAIT FOR THE WIND, Kate O'Connell grew up loved by the Corrigan family, all the while suffering from the inescapable reality of her own alcoholic father. At a young age she gave her heart and innocence to Ryan Corrigan. For once happiness seemed within her reach, until in one horror-filled night, the monster she called 'Daddy' changed everything. Too many misunderstandings forced Kate and Ryan apart, but now Kate's come home to open her clinic and raise her daughter, Allaina, closer to his family. Will she be able to open Ryan's heartto his magic? Ryan is glad to be back on Irish soil, but the reason he left still haunts him. As he tries to build a new life and redeem his past, can he forgive Kate and reclaim his healing gift in time to save his sister and her twins?
Calistoga is a name unlike that of any other city in America, first uttered by a man who had intended to develop the "beautiful land"--or Tu-la-halusi as the land at the foot of Mount St. Helena was known to the region's native Wappo tribe--into a resort area rivaling that great eastern resort of similar geological character, Saratoga Springs, New York. During a promotional event, the developer, Samuel Brannan, was about to declare that he would make his hot springs resort community the Saratoga of California, when he transposed the names and declared he would make it the Calistoga of Sarafornia--and the town's name was born. The name resonated with locals at the time and has come to represent the pioneer spirit, optimism, and determination of those who would make their way to this secluded region of northern Napa County. Men and women have come in pursuit of their dreams--farming, bottling the local mineral water, and building a community in the spirit of early Calistoga.