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Tobias Campion, rector of Moreton St Jude, is delighted to welcome the widowed Lady Chase as his parishioner. Charming and generous-spirited, she nonetheless harbours a secret sorrow: her son is missing, presumed dead, and her loathsome nephew Sir Marcus is desperate to declare himself heir to the estate. Much as Tobias dislikes Marcus, his feelings for another member of the family are rather different - the lovely Lady Dorothea enchants him from the very start, not least because of her kindly ways with the enigmatic governess Anne. Then Anne disappears on the very day that the body of a stranger is found in a local river. Surely she has not had a hand in his death? When it transpires that the man might have been bringing news of Lady Chase's missing son, Tobias is forced to quit the village to uncover the truth. Unfortunately, many of those he encounters in his travels are equally determined to keep the past well hidden...
In The Shadow of the Past, Gregory D. Miller examines the role that reputation plays in international politics, emphasizing the importance of reliability-confidence that, based on past political actions, a country will make good on its promises-in the formation of military alliances. Challenging recent scholarship that focuses on the importance of credibility-a state's reputation for following through on its threats-Miller finds that reliable states have much greater freedom in forming alliances than those that invest resources in building military force but then use it inconsistently. To explore the formation and maintenance of alliances based on reputation, Miller draws on insights from both political science and business theory to track the evolution of great power relations before the First World War. He starts with the British decision to abandon "splendid isolation" in 1900 and examines three crises--the First Moroccan Crisis (1905-6), the Bosnia-Herzegovina Crisis (1908-9), and the Agadir Crisis (1911)-leading up to the war. He determines that states with a reputation for being a reliable ally have an easier time finding other reliable allies, and have greater autonomy within their alliances, than do states with a reputation for unreliability. Further, a history of reliability carries long-term benefits, as states tend not to lose allies even when their reputation declines.
[Barbara] did not fi t the classic model of an immigrant who becomes acquainted with America through school or work, learns English, falls in love with and adopts Americas values, and is helped along in many cases by an American spouse. First of all, I was not an American. We became American together; if anything, rather than lead, I lagged behind. More important, like me, she came [from Germany] to this country fully bilingual, with considerable familiarity with its history and society, and a developed set of values. America fi t those set of values; she did not have to discover them. This book is in large part for those familiar with Barbaras community service and political work who wish they had known her longer or more closely. This book is also for the many whom Barbara would have wished to know personallythose committed to community service who, like herself, believed strongly in voting rights, human rights, and womens rights, who shared her limitless curiosity, and who loved history as much. The book is at the same time about my own journey. I traveled not only wherever she went during this journey, but in her constellation. I met in the process her spiritual kin, people linked to her by history, alleys she had not gone into, and relationships she had not fully explored. (Introduction)
Candace Martin learns to hate at an early age after a scarring childhood at the hands of an abusive neighboring farmer. She struggles with an obsessive need for revenge that nearly destroys her life. The violent loss of her innocence causes her teenage years to be tormented by vivid nightmares. The shameful abuse she suffers prevents emotional or physical intimacy with her high school sweetheart and contributes to marital problems later in life. An accident leaves the farmer, Charlie McClellan, paralyzed. In an ironic twist of fate, Candace becomes his caretaker. Agonizing conflicts consume Candace as she derives a pleasure in creating sexual fantasies for Charlie as he sits helplessly imprisoned in a wheelchair. After Charlie?s death, Candace marries Jake, her father?s hired hand. She nearly has a nervous breakdown when he discovers compromising photos of her that the farmer had taken years ago. Jake convinces Candace that his love for her is not diminished. He patiently guides her through their marriage, counseling at the hands of a female psychiatrist and eventual rehabilitation. Candace defeats the dark secrets of the past through additional counseling with a respectable physician and subsequently establishes a safe house for abused teenagers.
Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve--the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she is stalking the truth about the past, someone is stalking her. Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife--a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. With his estranged brother the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble. Join the chase as this determined duo search the murky shadows of the past for the keys to unlocking the present and moving into a future filled with new hope and love. Readers will be swept into the sultry South in this debut novel from a promising and already award-winning writer.
Through a range of case studies from eastern and western Europe, this book breaks new ground in investigating the extent to which European peoples living within Europe were also subjected to the ideologies and practices of colonialism.

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