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Reader's Digest Select Editions (The Anniversary, Flirting with Pete, Avenger, Waterloo Station)
Reader's Digest Select Editions - The Anniversary, Flirting with Pete, Avenger, Waterloo Station Author:Amy Gutman, Barbara Delinsky, Frederick Forsyth, Emily Grayson Reader's Digest Select Editions — The Anniversary, Amy Gutman — Laura has created a new life for herself far away from the horror of a boyfriend who was executed as a serial rapist and murderer. After five years, her life is full of possibilities, but the past is not buried as deeply as she thinks — Flirting with Pete, Barbara Delinsky — The product... more » of a one-night stand, Casey Ellis has followed her father's career as an acclaimed psychologist from afar, although he has never acknowledged Casey as his daughter. When he dies and leaves his townhouse to Casey, she is stunned. Exploring the rooms, she finds a manuscript about a troubled teen named Jenny, who was physically abused by her mother and sexually abused by her father. The father served a six-year term in prison for murdering the mother, and as the manuscript begins, is about to be released from prison. The terrified Jenny looks to escape with a mysterious stranger named Pete. While Casey looks for clues to Jenny's identity and fate, and how it all ties in with her father, she simultaneously finds romance with Jordan, a gardener who turns out to be an undercover detective also tied in with Jenny.
Avenger, Frederick Forsyth
It is the story of vigilante Cal Dexter's pursuit of a Serbian warlord into the jungles of the fictional Republic of San Martin. Dexter, former Vietnam tunnel rat, now small-town attorney and clandestine kidnapper of refugees from justice, is after Zoran Zilic, a gangster who has escaped Serbia with a fortune but not before savagely killing an American aid worker who happens to be the grandson of a billionaire mining magnate. It's the magnate who sets in motion the operation against Zilic, first through a man known as "The Tracker," who locates him, then via the Avenger, whose task is to bring Zilic to American justice. But Zilic is protected in his South American jungle compound not only by the best security money can buy but also by a top FBI man who plans to use the warlord to help take out a dangerous terrorist named Usama bin Laden; much of the narrative takes place within weeks of 9/11, and is laced with irony.
Waterloo Station, Emily Grayson
Carrie Benedict, 18, opts to help her grandmother, Maude, clean out her attic rather than spend time with her boyfriend. Carrie, about to go to college, unearths a volume of poetry that reminds Maude of when she was 18 in 1938 and left Longwood Falls, New York, to travel to England and study at Oxford. There she fell in love with her young, handsome, and married tutor, Stephen, while pouring over poems of the Romantic Age. The upcoming war threatens to tear them apart. Then, disregarding the pleas of both her family and her lover, Maude decides to stay in England and join the war effort by becoming a nurse. She knows that Stephen can't communicate with her because of his position in the Navy and his married status, yet she receives a letter that changes her life and her attitude toward love. Grayson's heroine survives turbulent historical times in a very tender love story that resonates in the contemporary world as once again the threat of war impacts lives. Patty Engelmann