Miniver Hargreaves and her divorcee mother live a meagre, make-do-and-mend existence, but at least they have each other. Then tragically, at barely sixteen years of age, Min is left to fend for... More > herself when her mother passes away. The teenager must use all of the resources her mother taught her, just to survive.
Now a successful florist and seamstress, hard working Min finds herself rather lonely so when Robert Smith, a soldier on leave, begins to pay her some attention she is very flattered.
After a whirlwind romance the young couple are quickly married, with Rob taking a naive Min completely under his wing. But what Min believes to be love begins to evaporate into control, and then spiral into violence.
Can a distraught Min escape Rob and reach inside herself to find her survival skills once again? If not for her own sake this time, but for the safety of her child?< Less
Ves Asirin wins a trip to the Tower of Parlen Min. There, with 19 other children, he competes in the Sword Challenge; a series of puzzles and tasks, for $12 million. As fantastic and glorious as the... More > tower seems to be, Ves finds that it keeps a dark and secret history that he has been connected to for over 150 years, a secret that will define his destiny ... if he can escape 'The shadow'.< Less
Set in China between two World Wars, this is the story of a missionary family dedicated to the education and independence of the Chinese people.
Robert McClure and Jeanie Graham shared a common... More > dream: to become foreign missionaries. They married in 1916, and left for China, their home for the next twenty-one years.
Jeanie's detailed letters home form the backbone of this memoir written by their daughter, Agnes Alden, and augmented by Agnes’ own comments and observations.
During their time in China, Bob and Jeanie struggled against poverty and superstition all the while introducing the concepts of human rights, dignity for girls, and education for those hungry to learn. They helped build schools, hospitals, and agricultural stations, and then trained the best and brightest Chinese men and women to run them. Through all these harrowing times, they kept their wits about them, fostering a keen sense of humor and a bedrock belief in the goodness of the human soul.< Less