Friday March 8, 2013
Mysteries and secrets
Compiled by SHARMILA NAIR
Author: Polly Williams
Publisher: Headline Review, 341 pages
GINA married Rex just six months after meeting him, believing that she had found her one true love, her soulmate, the love of her life ... yada, yada. But then, the soulmate goes missing while on a holiday abroad and Gina’s perfect little world comes crashing down.
Certain that Rex is still alive and hasn’t abandoned her, Gina goes on a mission to bring back the man of her dreams, but her frantic search only unearths troubling secrets from her husband’s past. This is when Gina starts to question just how much she really knows the man she married.
The Midwife’s Daughter
Author: Patricia Ferguson
Publisher: Penguin Books, 390 pages
VIOLET Dimond is a midwife and has delivered many children. Now she’s delivering the children of those she had brought into the world a generation before.
Also known as the Holy Terror, Violet is one of the last people practising the traditional ways at the turn of the last century, as medical advancements threaten to end her profession.
The story also follows the changing lives of women as they prepare for the World War I, including Violet’s adopted daughter Grace, who is endlessly fascinating to the townsfolk because she possesses a skin colour they are not accustomed to.
Things are set to change with the war, but will it be a change for the better or worse? Violet and Grace themselves see nothing but more disruption to their already difficult lives.
Notes On The Crucible
Author: Robert Wilks
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish, 332 pages
THIS comprehensive “Notes On” volume is intended to help students better understand Arthur Miller’s renowned play, The Crucible, which is often a part of English language and literature courses. The play is a fictional retelling of events surrounding the real-life Salem witch trials of 17th century America.
This book also includes information about the life and times of Miller, commentaries on each act, as well as questions and activities at the end of each chapter.
The Last Frontier: Exploring The Afterlife And Transforming Our Fear Of Death
Author: Julia Assante
Publisher: New World Library, 391 pages
ALWAYS wanted to know what happens after we die? Well, so did Julia Assante. In this book, she not only probes what happens after death but also looks into near death experiences as well as after-death communication.
She brings together scholarly facts, religious theories and the personal accounts of people who claim to have touched the afterlife in some way.
She even claims to offer ways – albeit not scientifically proven – to make contact with departed loved ones in an attempt to heal, overcome guilt and maybe even find out who gets to keep the house.
The Body Language Of Dating
Author: Tonya Reiman
Publisher: Gallery Books, 383 pages
CAN’T seem to snag the guy or girl of your dreams? Maybe the problem isn’t your BO (although investing in deodorant has done no one harm) but the way you “read” your potential life partner.
While everyone reacts differently in various situations, knowing how to read body language, especially when it comes to dating, could prove to be useful.
The Body Language Of Dating begins with the basics, about anatomy and how various body parts of the two genders developed over time, and discusses communication differences, all backed by scientific studies and personal experiences.
The book also offers practical tips that are explained with scenarios and explores conversation skills and dressing to impress.
Authors: Clive Cussler & Thomas Perry
Publisher: Putnam, 374 pages
THIS is the fourth book in the Fargo series featuring rich treasure hunting husband and wife team, Sam and Remi Fargo.
They are roped into this latest adventure by an archeologist friend who asks them to help excavate a top secret historical site. They soon realise that they have in their hands clues to the location of Atilla The Hun’s hidden tomb that is rumoured to be filled with gold and other valuable possessions.
When there’s this much treasure at stake, though, you just know that the bad guys are going to come out of the woodwork ...