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A Bend in the Road

By Nicholas Sparks
  • Writer : Nicholas Sparks
  • Isbn : 075952582X
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Number of Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
  • Review Counts : 727
  • Book Compatibility : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Pdf : a-bend-in-the-road.pdf

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Fall in love with this small-town love story about a widower sheriff and a divorced schoolteacher who are searching for second chances -- only to be threatened by long-held secrets of the past. Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. As deputy sheriff of New Bern, North Carolina, he not only grieves for her and worries about their young son Jonah but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews, Jonah's second-grade teacher. A young woman recovering from a difficult divorce, Sarah moved to New Bern hoping to start over. Tentatively, Miles and Sarah reach out to each other...soon they are falling in love. But what neither realizes is that they are also bound together by a shocking secret, one that will force them to reexamine everything they believe in-including their love.

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  • Pdf File: round-the-bend.pdf

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Jeremy Clarkson gets really riled in Round the Bend What's it like to drive a car that's actively trying to kill you? This and many other burning questions trouble Jeremy Clarkson as he sets out to explore the world from the safety of four wheels. Avoiding the legions of power-crazed traffic wombles attempting to block highway and byway, he: • Shows how the world of performance cars may be likened to Battersea Dogs' Home • Reveals why St Moritz may be the most bonkers town in all of the world • Reminds us that Switzerland is so afraid of snow that any flakes falling on the road are immediately arrested • Argues that washing a car is a waste of time Funny, globe-trotting, irreverent and sometimes downright rude, Round the Bend is packed with curious and fascinating but otherwise hopelessly useless stories and facts about everything under the sun (and just occasionally cars). It's Jeremy Clarkson at his brilliant best. Round the Bend is a collection of Jeremy's motoring journalism from his column in the Sunday Times. Praise for Jeremy Clarkson: 'Brilliant . . . laugh-out-loud' Daily Telegraph 'Outrageously funny . . . will have you in stitches' Time Out Number-one bestseller Jeremy Clarkson writes on cars, current affairs and anything else that annoys him in his sharp and funny collections. Born To Be Riled, Clarkson On Cars, Don't Stop Me Now, Driven To Distraction, Motorworld, and I Know You Got Soul are also available as Penguin paperbacks; the Penguin App iClarkson: The Book of Cars can be downloaded on the App Store. Jeremy Clarkson because his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun and the Sunday Times. Today he is the tallest person working in British television, and is the presenter of the hugely popular Top Gear.

See Me

By Nicholas Sparks
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  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Isbn Code : 1455520594
  • Number of Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 353
  • Pdf File: see-me.pdf

Book Excerpt:

See me just as I see you . . . Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship. Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed. A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria's lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria's past begin to surface. As a series of threatening incidents wreaks chaos in Maria's life, Maria and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tenuous relationship they've begun to build, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour? Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.

After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own Book #1)

By Jen Turano
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  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Isbn Code : 1441265139
  • Number of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 246
  • Pdf File: after-a-fashion.pdf

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Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income. Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner. Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

A Bend in the Stars

By Rachel Barenbaum
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  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Isbn Code : 1538746271
  • Number of Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 784
  • Pdf File: a-bend-in-the-stars.pdf

Book Excerpt:

All the Light We Cannot See meets The Nightingale in this literary WWI-era novel and epic love story of a brilliant young doctor who races against Einstein to solve one of the universe's great mysteries. In Russia, in the summer of 1914, as war with Germany looms and the Czar's army tightens its grip on the local Jewish community, Miri Abramov and her brilliant physicist brother, Vanya, are facing an impossible decision. Since their parents drowned fleeing to America, Miri and Vanya have been raised by their babushka, a famous matchmaker who has taught them to protect themselves at all costs: to fight, to kill if necessary, and always to have an escape plan. But now, with fierce, headstrong Miri on the verge of becoming one of Russia's only female surgeons, and Vanya hoping to solve the final puzzles of Einstein's elusive theory of relativity, can they bear to leave the homeland that has given them so much? Before they have time to make their choice, war is declared and Vanya goes missing, along with Miri's fiancé. Miri braves the firing squad to go looking for them both. As the eclipse that will change history darkens skies across Russia, not only the safety of Miri's own family but the future of science itself hangs in the balance. Grounded in real history -- and inspired by the solar eclipse of 1914 -- A Bend in the Stars offers a heart-stopping account of modern science's greatest race amidst the chaos of World War I, and a love story as epic as the railways crossing Russia.

A Bend in the River of Life

By Budh Aditya Roy
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  • Publisher : Strategic Book Publishing
  • Isbn Code : 1618972030
  • Number of Pages : 303
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reviews : 237
  • Pdf File: a-bend-in-the-river-of-life.pdf

Book Excerpt:

A man laments the loss of woman of his life, whether it be the sudden death of his wife or his daughter leaving him after marrying.

A Bend in the River of Life

By Marianne de Nazareth
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  • Publisher : One Point Six Technology Pvt Ltd
  • Isbn Code : 9352011651
  • Number of Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 146
  • Pdf File: a-bend-in-the-river-of-life.pdf

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Sabrina and her sister, Samara, are Anglo-Indian girls raised by strong-minded and free-spirited parents. Their father proudly represented Mysore State as a passionate young athlete and their mother, already a successful teacher, chose to pursue her Masters degree in Literature at the age of 50. They were the ideal parents who brought their daughters up to be strong, independent women but at the same time, took care of their needs and were present whenever they needed the support. Who could have guessed that these two solid individuals, who never had the word “can’t” in their vocabulary, would be reduced to mere vegetative states, as the dreaded Parkinson’s disease hit them one after the other? Heartbroken, Sabrina and Samara watch their parents degenerate slowly, with no hope for recovery or an end to their misery. As they go through the trials of life, their growing family struggles to come to terms with Parkinsonism, a disease that presently has no cure. Through all the highs and lows, Sabrina recognizes the value of living in the moment and treasuring the beautiful memories one makes with family—even with a bend in the river of life.

End of the Road

By Jonathan Oliver
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  • Publisher : Solaris
  • Isbn Code : 1849976503
  • Number of Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 406
  • Pdf File: end-of-the-road.pdf

Book Excerpt:

ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE Each step leads you closer to your destination, but who, or what, can you expect to meet along the way? Here are stories of misfits, spectral hitch-hikers, nightmare travel tales and the rogues, freaks and monsters to be found on the road. The critically acclaimed editor of Magic, The End of the Line and House of Fear has brought together the contemporary masters and mistresses of the weird from around the globe in an anthology of travel tales like no other. Strap on your seatbelt, or shoulder your backpack, and wait for that next ride... into darkness. An incredible anthology of original short stories from an exciting list of writers including the best-selling Philip Reeve, the World Fantasy Award-winning Lavie Tidhar and the incredible talents of S.L. Grey, Ian Whates, Jay Caselberg, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Zen Cho, Sophia McDougall, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Anil Menon, Rio Youers, Vandana Singh, Paul Meloy, Adam Nevill and Helen Marshall.

Social Media on the Road

By Oskar Juhlin
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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Isbn Code : 1849963320
  • Number of Pages : 204
  • Category : Computers
  • Reviews : 672
  • Pdf File: social-media-on-the-road.pdf

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In the future, everyday life in traffic will be intricately meshed with city life. Today motorways, cities and streets are places where we spend a considerable amount of time, and where a large number of everyday encounters between people occur. Any road user’s journey coincides with hundreds or even thousands of others. This book unpacks the details of the practical achievements involved in socially engaging with people at high speed. Although, generally speaking, these encounters are brief and interaction is slight, the recent emergence of mobile technologies offers opportunities to support drivers and passengers beyond just helping them to reach their destination. New social media could enhance interaction in traffic making life on the road more interesting and meaningful. Such innovative applications could include car stereos that share music amongst drivers; digital games that interact with the landscape passing outside the car windows, or with passengers in surrounding cars; message systems that allow drivers to help each other; and web applications that allow motorcyclists to socialize on the road. Social Media on the Road - The Future of Car Based Computing provides a bridge between research in transport planning and traffic technology, and new media areas such as Computer Human Interaction and Computer Supported Cooperative Work. Those studying and researching in the areas of human computer interaction in mobile use contexts, and those interested in developing new forms of mobile applications and services will find this book an excellent resource. Oskar Juhlin is Associate Professor and Director of the Mobile Life VinnExcellence Centre at Stockholm University and Interactive Institute. 'This book represents a pioneering and key research work that examines the future of transportation being merged with communication and interactive media. It also provides a glimpse of the future potential of mixed reality entertainment for children and family on the move. It is essential for scientists, designers, and engineers working on mobile social media, as well as for business people looking for new potential urban transport media services.' Professor Adrian D. Cheok, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University.

Why Trust Science?

By Naomi Oreskes
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Isbn Code : 0691222371
  • Number of Pages : 392
  • Category : Science
  • Reviews : 590
  • Pdf File: why-trust-science.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Why the social character of scientific knowledge makes it trustworthy Are doctors right when they tell us vaccines are safe? Should we take climate experts at their word when they warn us about the perils of global warming? Why should we trust science when so many of our political leaders don't? Naomi Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength—and the greatest reason we can trust it. Tracing the history and philosophy of science from the late nineteenth century to today, this timely and provocative book features a new preface by Oreskes and critical responses by climate experts Ottmar Edenhofer and Martin Kowarsch, political scientist Jon Krosnick, philosopher of science Marc Lange, and science historian Susan Lindee, as well as a foreword by political theorist Stephen Macedo.

The Road Is a Battlefield

By Kevin J. Wisbith
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  • Publisher : Booktango
  • Isbn Code : 1468934600
  • Number of Pages :
  • Category : Law
  • Reviews : 737
  • Pdf File: the-road-is-a-battlefield.pdf

Book Excerpt:

This book is written by someone on the other end of the RADAR gun intending to offer the reader tips, strategies and insight on things they need to know to avoid getting pulled over for speeding.

"Upshur" Choctaw Gold

By OTIS MORPHEW
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Isbn Code : 144015970X
  • Number of Pages : 284
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 933
  • Pdf File: upshur-choctaw-gold.pdf

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They say a man can't escape his past, which is true in most cases,...because, without having lived his reputable past, Upshur may not have gotten his son back and would have failed anyway, if not for the ancient Choctaw! The Indians saved Willy's life and in gratitude, Upshur gave his promise that should they ever need him, he would come. Thinking he would never have to keep the promise, he gave his word! But three months after bringing Willy home, his new friends were in trouble of a kind they could not fight alone and hope to win. An army of treasure hunters had descended on Devil Mountain, and they had a map to a fabulous gold mine. What could he do that an army of ghostly warriors could not? Not knowing the answer, he took a friend back with him,...but could they succeed? Would this mean the end to the Ancient Ones,...if so, where would they go? Their work was cut out for them, and the mystery of Devil Mountain was far from over as they would discover. What lay hidden beneath Devil Mountain, and why was it so unbelievable? What was the evil White Buffalo spoke of, and could they prevent it from escaping?

Deadly Woods

By DAVE CLOSE
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  • Publisher : Trafford Publishing
  • Isbn Code : 1466980648
  • Number of Pages : 212
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 868
  • Pdf File: deadly-woods.pdf

Book Excerpt:

There’s something very deadly lurking in the woods surrounding the town of Marshton. What it actually is, no one knows. The mystery continues to grow as does the death count. The local residents are living in fear of the very woods they once freely enjoyed.