Set in Italy in 1866, A Christmas Escape is Anne Perry's 13th festive Victorian novella. December, 1866. Charles Latterly, Hester Monk's brother, travels to Italy to spend Christmas on the volcanic island of Stromboli. In his secluded mountain hotel a curious group of people has gathered, and Charles senses a brittle strain between some of his fellow guests as they visit the crater of the island's famous rumbling volcano. While the guests prepare for Christmas, the volcano threatens to erupt, and they realise they must leave at once. As they plan their escape, with Charles thrust reluctantly into leading the group to shelter, one of their number is found dead. But if this is murder, there is a killer in their midst, and Charles must navigate a path to safety...A Christmas Escape is the intriguing and dramatic new festive tale from the pen of Anne Perry, the master of Victorian crime.
Eleven year old Horst watched in horror as allied bombers returned the following night repeating the destruction until nothing was left standing in Koenigsberg except the railroad station. They had completely destroyed the City of the Teutonic Knights, the Dancing Forest and the life-long home of Philosopher Immanuel Kant. Smoke billowed for weeks from the burning buildings, filling the country side with the smell of death and destruction. A beautiful ancient city was no more.
Discarded Shackles--The Escape, captures the emotion and flavor of the South during the pre-Civil War days. Ellza is a slave girl with unusual privilege. Her purpose in life is to be a playmate and companion to the white daughter of a plantation owner. Her life is sheltered under the roof of the big-house and the influence of the master's daughter. All goes well in Ellza's life until the day the young mistress determines to leave to become the wife of a slave owner on a neighboring plantation. She is suddenly forced to face the brutal reality that she is property to be sold and used as it pleases someone else. Faced with this reality, Ellza chooses to run away with another slave to what she knows only as the promised land. Her life is dramatically changed. The oppressive mantle of slavery and the sweet call of freedom create a tension that envelops every aspect of her life. This historical fiction story sets the stage for a series of stories chronicling her journey.
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