A haunting debut set in the harsh, beautiful landscape of Ireland's north coast. Patrick Jackson lies on his deathbed in Derry and recalls a family history marked by secrecy and silence and a striking absence of conventional pieties. He remembers the death of an eight-year-old girl whose body was found on reclaimed land called Inch Levels on the shoreline of Lough Swilly. And he is visited by his beloved but troubled sister, Margaret, and by his despised brother-in-law, Robert, and by Sarah, his hard, unchallengeable mother. Each of them could talk about events in the past that might explain the bleakness of their relationships, but leaving things unsaid has become a way of life. Guilt and memory beat against them as shock waves from bombs in Derry travel down the river to shake the windows of those who have escaped the city. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liam Houricane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028129/bk_adbl_028129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the giant opaque penthouse windows he watched her return to the street. Had her recent presence born in him the minutest of desire, he might have flown from his place high in the sky to meet her on the walkway below. For, his had been a life of ease. Aside from brief moments of want for a father too many times in absence, his every whim was addressed. Now what he wanted most was to go back - perhaps to a place where his age was closer to hers. As if to ride the time-space elemental force - empty air cool and soothing, to travel around a universe of stars and distant blue, beautiful spheres, each bathed in a translucent silvery show never before seen or imagined. A place so minute in the grand understanding of things, yet magnanimous in each of their individual essentiality. Shooting from galaxy to galaxy, until, as yet undiscovered breaches in our own understanding of things, carry him - placing him soft as crimson dawn to lay where she lay - that she might hold him as he has never been held... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Finch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009233/bk_acx0_009233_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The last time Megan saw her youngest daughter, Emma, was on the little girl’s third birthday. Now, two years later, she sees her daughter’s face in every blonde girl she passes - at the grocery store, in car windows, at the doctor’s office. She is determined to find her daughter, but her commitment borders on obsession as she finds herself following these little girls who resemble her missing daughter. Her inability to move on after Emma’s kidnapping has distanced Megan from her friends and family. Her two older daughters resent her relentless and fruitless search for their sister, and her husband, Peter, pleads with her to come to terms with Emma’s absence before her obsession causes the destruction of the rest of their family. Meanwhile, in the same small town, Jack dotes on his granddaughter, Emmie, but has begun to question his wife, Dottie’s, secrecy about Emmie and her mother, Mary. As Dottie slips into dementia, Jack can’t help wonder if there is a dark secret Dottie is keeping from him. Jack and Megan’s lives collide at the town fair when Megan snaps a photograph of a little girl with her grandparents - an act that could lead to catastrophe for both families. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Natalie Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004775/bk_brll_004775_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At first glance it may appear that the church in rural North America is thriving. Nestled just below any average small town skyline of water towers and grain elevators one will find the steeples and stained glass windows of various church buildings. From a distance it would seem that rural communities are being sufficiently served by the mere number of churches present. But a closer look within the walls of the average rural church paints a much different and disturbing picture. Many rural churches find themselves stuck in a current of decline that is ultimately leading to their death. They lack a clear understanding of their purpose. They are floundering in an absence of leadership. They possess little to no vision for how a BIG God longs to impact their small community for His eternal kingdom. And instead of embracing the changes necessary to propel them into the future, they are clinging to worn out traditions of the past.Rural Church RESCUE speaks directly to churches struggling with these issues. Speaking from his experience as both a rural church pastor and firefighter, Jon Sanders presents a unique perspective on these common problems facing the rural church. Using a metaphor drawn from the world of the fire service, Sanders outlines six principles necessary for rural churches to be healthy and reclaim the vital role God has called them to in their communities. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jon Sanders. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/133984/bk_acx0_133984_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A converted stone farmhouse on the Irish coast is about to receive its first guests in this warmly captivating story for fans of Maeve Binchy and Monica McInerneyWhether it was the lure of the rugged coastline or the comforting image of the house, he wasn't sure, but he couldn't remember the last time he'd taken a holiday. . . With its brightly painted front door, white-sash windows and garden path sweeping down toward the sea, Lizzie O's guesthouse promises a welcome escape from the world. Aisling and Mick Fitzgerald are travelling all the way from Tasmania to celebrate their wedding anniversary, but Aisling is burdened with a secret that could ruin their marriage. Declan Byrne, exhausted from an unhealthy routine of long hours, takeaway and too much red wine, has spontaneously taken the week off to visit the village of his childhood summers. Katie Daly returns to West Cork after an absence of 35 years to care for her ageing mother only to find she must confront her painful past. Finally, Mia Montgomery is taking this holiday without telling her husband.Each of this group of strangers is at a crossroads. And one week in the middle of winter may change all of their lives.Praise for Esther Campion's Leaving Ocean Road and The House of Second Chances:'Warm, wise and full of humour. Esther Campion is a wonderful new voice in Australian fiction' CATHY KELLY 'Joins the captivating Maeve Binchy in the pantheon of popular Irish novelists' Irish Scene