Set in France and America, News of Our Loved Ones is a haunting and intimate examination of love and loss, beauty and the cost of survival, witnessed through two generations of one French family whose lives are all touched by the tragic events surrounding the D-Day bombings in Normandy.What if your family’s fate could be traced back to one indelible summer?Over four long years, the Delasalle family has struggled to live in their Nazi-occupied village in Normandy. Maman, Oncle Henri, Yvonne, and Françoise silently watched as their Jewish neighbors were arrested or wordlessly disappeared. Now in June 1944, when the sirens wail each day, warning of approaching bombers, the family wonders if rumors of the coming Allied invasion are true - and if they will survive to see their country liberated.For 16-year-old Yvonne, thoughts of the war recede when she sees the red-haired boy bicycle past her window each afternoon. Murmuring to herself ´´I love you, I love you, I love you´´, she wills herself to hear the whisper of his bicycle tires over the screech of Allied bombs falling from the sky.Yvonne’s sister, Geneviève, is in Paris to audition for the National Conservatory. Pausing to consider the shadow of a passing cloud as she raises her bow, she does not know her family’s home in Normandy lies in the path of British and American bombers. While Geneviève plays, her brother, Simon, and Tante Chouchotte anxiously await news from their loved ones in Normandy.Decades later, Geneviève, the wife of an American musician, lives in the US. Each summer, she returns to her homeland with her children so they may know their French family. Geneviève’s youngest daughter, Polly, becomes obsessed with the stories she hears about the war, believing they are the key to understanding her mother and the conflicting cultures shaping her life.Moving back and forth in time, told from varying points of view, News of Our Loved Ones 1. Language: English. Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007946/bk_harp_007946_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you´re gonna run for your life, you gotta wear the right shoes. Pre-teen shoe model Riley Mae laces up her flaming orange Sole Fire running shoes for another ad campaign - this time in Kenya, Africa! Kenya is the perfect place for runners to train, with its high elevation and encouragement from Olympic athletes. It´s also a great hiding place for Riley and her Swiftriver friends from so-called enemies back in the United States - but for how long? Adjusting to a new culture is difficult. Every chore is tiring, school is miles away, and there’s always the threat of a lurking lion that can ruin everything. But after spending time with the children and Christian women in her friend Sunday’s remote village, Riley finds herself growing stronger and praying for God to use her to spread the good news. Her prayers are answered in exciting and startling ways when she meets an orphaned girl seeking answers at a children’s home, but also when an error in judgment causes her to stumble into a surprise meeting with the enemy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jorjeana Marie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/001402/bk_oasi_001402_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
World War II is now in its third year and although nothing can dent the unwavering patriotism of Henrietta and her friends, everyone in the Devonshire village has their anxious moments. Henrietta takes up weeding and plays the triangle in the local orchestra to take her mind off things; the indomitable Lady B, now in her late 70s, partakes in endless fund-raising events to distract herself from thoughts of life without elastic; and Faith, the village flirt, finds herself in the charming company of American GIs. With the war nearing its end, hope seems to lie just around the corner, and as this spirited community muddles through, Lady B vows to make their friendships outlast the hardship that brought them together. Joyce Dennys was born, in 1893, in India. The Dennys family relocated to England in 1896. Dennys enjoyed drawing lessons throughout her schooling and later enrolled at Exeter Art School. As she got older, her drawing took a backseat to the domestic and social duties of a mother and doctor´s wife and she became increasingly frustrated. She voiced her frustrations through the character of Henrietta, a heroine she created for an article for Sketch. These writings were later compiled to form Henrietta´s War, first published in 1985. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kimberley Datnow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009736/bk_adbl_009736_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Spirited Henrietta wishes she was the kind of doctor´s wife who knew exactly how to deal with the daily upheavals of war. But then, everyone in her close-knit Devonshire village seems to find different ways to cope: There´s the indomitable Lady B, who writes to Hitler every night to tell him precisely what she thinks of him; the terrifyingly efficient Mrs Savernack, who relishes the opportunity to sit on umpteen committees and boss everyone around; flighty, flirtatious Faith who is utterly preoccupied with the latest hats and flashing her shapely legs; and then there´s Charles, Henrietta´s hard-working husband who manages to sleep through a bomb landing in their neighbour´s garden. With life turned upside down under the shadow of war, Henrietta chronicles the dramas, squabbles, and loyal friendships that unfold in her affectionate letters to her ´dear childhood friend´´ Robert. Warm, witty and perfectly observed, Henrietta´s War brings to life a sparkling community of determined troopers who pull together to fight the good fight with patriotic fervour and good humour. Henrietta´s War is part of The Bloomsbury Group, a new library of books from the early 20th-century chosen by readers for readers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mandy Gasson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009688/bk_adbl_009688_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Valley Retirement Village is the scene of a serial killer´s revenge. Who is alphabetically killing Sew and So Club members, and why? When the newly-elected sheriff botches the investigation, Dana Logan and Sarah Cafferty, widows living in the village, decide to solve the murders themselves. Dana, a mystery novel buff, and Sarah, a private investigator´s widow, soon make a sobering discovery: They are also on the killer´s list. Dana´s beautiful daughter Kerrie, a news correspondent, arrives, complicating matters, but she quickly proves her value in the investigation. San Joaquin Valley fog hides the killer as well as hindering the murder case. The plot is sprinkled with romance as well as humor in this first novel of the Logan and Cafferty senior sleuth series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chelsea Ward. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015849/bk_acx0_015849_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.