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Reader's Digest Condensed Books Vol 106, 1975 Vol 5 : Lord of the Far Island / Alexander Dolgun's Story / Minnie Santangelo's Mortal Sin / A Sporting Proposition / Power
Reader's Digest Condensed Books Vol 106 1975 Vol 5 Lord of the Far Island / Alexander Dolgun's Story / Minnie Santangelo's Mortal Sin / A Sporting Proposition / Power Author:Victoria Holt, Alexander Dugan, Anthony Mancini, James Aldridge, Richard Martin Stern Lord of the Far Island by Victoria Holt — Ellen, apparently doomed to a drab life of service as a governess, receives an enigmatic invitation... — Living "between stairs" in her cousin's London town house, Ellen Kellaway's life as a Poor Relation seemed about to take a dramatic turn for the better when handsome Philip Carrington ... more »singled her out and proposed marriage. But fate was to intervene -- twice -- first tragically, then with an intriguing invitation that drew Ellen to a remote island off the coast of Cornwall and into the orbit of her newfound cousin, Jago.
A current nightmare of Ellen's since childhood is finally putto rest as the discovery of past secrets and the dawn of love come together in Victoria Holt's romantic mystery.
Alexander Dolgun's Story by Alexander Dolgun with Patrick Watson
It happened so quickly: one minute Alexander Dolgun was a carefree American youth walking down a Moscow street. An instant later he was on his way to Lubyanka Prison -- the first stop on a journey through hell. Dolgun's story is an extraordinary human document. Although it is a remorseless chronicle of suffering and degradation, it is also an inspiring testament to the power of the individual. Try as they would throughout the seven years of his captivity, Dolgun's adversaries were unable to break his spirit. Deprive him of sleep -- he learns to sleep sitting upright; confine him to a dark cell -- in his mind he paces across the face of Europe; beat him unmercifully -- still he taunts his interrogator.
One of Dolgun's fellow prisoners, a doctor he loved and respected, said to him, "Whatever you do, write about us. Tell the world about us. People have to know."
He promised he would. With this unforgettable book, he keeps his promise.
Minnie Santangelo's Mortal Sin by Anthony Mancini
For Minnie Santangelo, widowed Italian mamma living in New York's Little Italy, times of hardship have never smothered a buoyant good humor and natural conviviality. Now, as the neighborhood prepares for the annual Feast of Saint Anthony, Minnie looks forward to celebrating her favorite festival with joy made even more special by the homecoming of her son, Remo. Her excitement, however, takes a sinister turn when a local murder portends danger for the Santangelos.
Thus begins an adventure casting peaceable, pious Minnie in the unlikely role of sleuth, matching wits with mafiosi, suspecting her own friends and neighbors as she tracks a crafty killer. Sustained by her faith, guided by plucky determination, her talent for detection surprises even Minnie herself.
Suspenseful from beginning to end, Minnie's story is also rich in warmth and humor, blending a delightful assortment of characters in a setting as charming as it is unique.
A Sporting Proposition by James Aldridge
When the son of a poor Scots immigrant and the daughter of a wealthy rancher laid mutual claim to a mischievous Welsh pony, the Australian outback town of St. Helen was split asunder. The confrontation of the two indignant young people reveals long-smoldering resentments beneath the town's deceptively tranquil surface.
The spirit with which this boy and girl gamble for the love of a wild pony becomes contagious.
Power by Richard Martin Stern
To be a Granger meant you tackled life on a very special basis. Behind you was the vast Granger wealth and the driving Granger tradition of winning at everything you tried. Ahead of you was the challenge of proving yourself worthy of the Granger name and the Granger privilege. And shadowing you always was the force that could strengthen you, corrupt you, or destroy you - the force that was both your servant and your master - Power.« less