Anthony Carstairs, Earl of Beaumont, has seven sisters and very little money to provide for their dowries, dresses, and dreams of good society marriages. An unexpected inheritance from a distant relative is an absolute godsend for the cash-strapped earl. The estate he will inherit, however, is located in far-off Cornwall. There is a rather rundown manor house, as well as an uninhabitable castle overlooking the sea, along with some good farmland, so the earl´s first thought is to sell the place for much needed funds. For Jennifer Polperran, current occupant of the house and lands in question, the earl´s inheritance means that she has lost her home. Her adopted father had little else to leave her, so she must either marry a neighbor she loathes, Sir Alec Salcombe, or live in extremely reduced circumstances. But for all her life, Jennifer´s father had told her of an ancient legend, of a fortune in gold and jewels stolen by two star-crossed lovers and hidden away somewhere on the estate just before their tragic and untimely deaths. Many had sought the treasure over the centuries, but Jennifer might just have found the key to its location, if only she can get the new owner´s consent, and perhaps even his cooperation in finding it. Convincing the Earl of Beaumont to give her leave to stay and search proves less difficult than she imagined. But their way is fraught with disappointment and peril, not the least of which is caused by the ruthless and rapacious Sir Alec. Regardless, romance quickly blossoms between the earl and the penniless Jennifer, and together they persevere in the hunt that is their best hope for a bright, golden future together. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lake Janssen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/085023/bk_acx0_085023_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A collection of horror stories by the iconic Charles Beaumont. When The Hunger and Other Stories first appeared in 1957, it heralded the arrival of Charles Beaumont as an important and highly original new voice in American fiction. Although he is best known today for his scripts for television and film, including several classic episodes of The Twilight Zone, Beaumont is being rediscovered as a master of weird tales, and this, his first published collection, contains some of his best. Ranging in tone from the chilling gothic horror of ´´Miss Gentilbelle´´, where an insane mother dresses her son up as a girl and slaughters his pets, to deliciously dark humor in tales like ´´Open House´´ and ´´The Infernal Bouillabaisse´´, where murderers´ plans go disastrously awry, these 17 stories demonstrate Beaumont´s remarkable talent and versatility. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006879/bk_blak_006879_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fans of Julia Quinn´s Bridgerton Series and Johanna Lindsey´s Malory series will delight in this swoon-worthy adventurous romance series with roguish heroes and feisty, intelligent heroines! Her Wicked Longing contains two new short teaser stories starring Audrey Sheridan and her maid, Gillian Beaumont! What trouble can a young lady with a talent for mischief and her maid get into in just one day? ´´His Wicked Maid´´ - always prim and proper, lady´s maid Gillian Beaumont has never acted with wild abandon the way her young, headstrong mistress does. But deep down she dreams of a life filled with love and a husband who will give her his whole heart even though she knows it´s impossible. With a list of chores from her mistress, Gillian is given the chance to live the life of a gentle lady, and she clings to it, knowing that soon it will be over. While wearing a dress meant for her lady, she catches the eye of a handsome earl and is swept away from her duties by his rakish good looks and charm. Heated looks in public and passionate kisses in a dark corner of a bookshop create a perfect day for Gillian to cling to when she returns to her real life. ´´ Her Wicked Lessons´´ - determined to learn the art of the spy trade, Miss Audrey Sheridan finds a way to escape a dull afternoon tea by running off to the residence of an infamous French courtesan. Hoping to improve her French for a future mission to the continent, she never expects to be caught by the one man who haunts her dreams: Jonathan St. Laurent, the former servant-turned-brother of a duke. With one penetrating look from those bewitching green eyes of his, Audrey knows she´s in trouble. Unable and unwilling to confess her real reason for visiting a French courtesan, Audrey decides to convince Jonathan she´s there to learn the art of seduction. But she never expects the devilish rogue to take her lessons seriously. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracy Marks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/091752/bk_acx0_091752_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.