The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins is considered one of the first detective novels. A case of forbidden love, identity theft and unjust imprisonment, The Woman in White has been called one greatest 100 novels of all time.
H.G. Wells popularized the idea of time travel in his 1895 novel, The Time Machine. This classic book tells the story of a Victorian scientist who travels far into the future in a mechanical device he has built.
A collection of three different stories, Gothic and grotesque, but with enduring charm: The Signal Man; The Haunted House; and The Trial for Murder. The novels are the author’s brief but successful foray into the mystery and detective genres.
Sherlock Holmes and Professor Watson are warned that someone named John Douglas is in grave danger and could be murdered at any time. The unfortunate event happens before Holmes can stop it and now he has to solve yet another daunting crime. He arrives at the crime scene - an old manor with a moat and a drawbridge - but very few pieces fall into place. For example, how did the murderer get inside?
The Violet Fairy book is an excellent collection of lesser-known fairy tales. Featuring Serbian, Lithuanian, Japanese, Russian and other lesser-known fairy tales, The Violet Fairy Book is a collection that is sure to surprise and delight young readers.
A family struggles to survive on a strange tropical island after their ship is destroyed at sea. This timeless tale was inspired by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and is a moral and heartwarming tale of a family on the brink. Much more than the classic film, this novel is a delight for children and adults.
The Three Musketeers is a classic adventure novel. This is the tale of d'Artagnan, a young man who leaves Paris to become a Musketeer and meets three friends who live by the motto "all for one, one for all."
Alleyne is all-grown up now and ready to leave the comfort of the abbey where he was raised. He wants to join the White Company - a group of mercenaries ready to fight for England in the Hundred Years’ War - but first he must visit his older brother. The meeting doesn’t go as planned, and Alleyne ends up saving Maude who turns out to be the daughter of Sir Nigel Luring, the commander of the White Company.
Alice from Alice in Wonderland is back this time trying to get a sense of a whole new different imaginary world. He goes through the looking-glass and ends up being part of a chess match. She is a mere pawn and in order to be crowned queen she must move all the way to the eighth rank. Can she do it?
Three monkey brothers have to fulfill their mother’s dying wish of finding their father who left for the Valleys of Tishnar. So they embark on a special journey full of wonderful adventures through dense forests, massive wastelands and great mountains. Will they find their father well and unharmed?
Paul Courtland must choose between his two loves.
In Three Lives, Gertrude Stein tells the story of three common American women. The first one is Anna Federner, a German immigrant with green parrot that colors her apparently dull serving life. Melanctha, a black woman searching for a meaning in her mixed life, is the protagonist of the second part of the book while Lena, a passive and misunderstood of German descent, is the unsung hero of the third part.
After spending several years away from home to study, Grace Melbury returns to Little Hintock only to find Giles, her betrothed, still in love with her. Her father thinks Giles - a humble peasant - isn’t worthy of marrying his highly-educated daughter and persuades her to marry a young doctor by the name of Edgar Fitzpiers. Edgar is not quite the loyal type though.
Amory Blaine is a young upper-class boy confident he can make a living out of writing literature. He attends Princeton University, serves in World War I and returns to the United States where he ends up poor, without any close confidantes and with a broken heart.
Using interviews with people who knew the great Abraham Lincoln, Wayne Whipple tries to build a character that's as great as the 16th President of the United States. Follow his journey from a motherless boy living in a humble hut to his great challenges that ultimately built his magnificent personality and prepared him for his final battle, the battle that would change America forever.
Spy for the British Empire, W. Somerset Maugham traveled many times to the South Pacific and the Far East. There, he began creating a series of short stories about the life of the colonialists and how the remoteness and strangeness of such far-away lands can ultimately destroy the very soul of the civilized man.
The War Romance of the Salvation Army by Grace Livingston Hill is a romance novel, but one unlike her other books. Instead of focusing on the developing love between a man and a woman, this book features the "romance" between the U.S. Army and the Salvation Army. This book features a collection of stories about the women who traveled to the front lines during World War I.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a collection of fantastic stories told by the Baron himself. Witness the wonders of far-away places and know the story behind his nickname: The Baron of Lies. Did he really go to the moon? Did he really meet goddess Venus? What about dancing in the belly of a whale?
The final voyage of a British sailing ship, the Chancellor, told from the perspective of one of its passengers.
Like many of Conrad’s writings, the action in The Secret Sharer is set on a boat at sea and revolves around a central character torn apart. He is the new ship captain and has to win the trust of his crew. To make things difficult however, he accepts to hide a man accused of murder in his cabin. The two characters strike up a strange bound.
John Cameron and Ruth MacDonald rediscover themselves in the eve of World War One. John has to fulfill his duties yet he tries to refuel his regained relationship with Ruth.
A French lowborn, Julien Sorel, wants more for himself than what life gave him. So he starts to slowly climb the social ladder using his keen intelligence, from an acolyte of the Church and tutor of a wealthy family to a private secretary of a diplomat. However, his past mistakes will forever haunt him.
The third novel in the 'Mysterious Island' trilogy follows the adventures of some British balloonists who have crashed on a remote Pacific island and struggle to survive among pirates and escaped convicts.
In the thick of the French Revolution, only one man stands as a savior to the aristocracy of Paris. The Scarlet Pimpernel is on a mission to whisk endangered nobles across the English channel while maintaining his alter-identity as a well-dressed English dandy. This fun tale of romance, adventure and intrigue was initially written by Baroness Orczy as a play and has been adapted for stage and screen.
Edgon Heath is a mystical place where life is not at all ordinary and simple. It is also the stage where the tragedy in The Return of the Native unfolds. And like any classical tragedy, the action revolves around a woman, goddess-like Eustacia Vye who searches for a way to escape the mundane. Will passion bring her relief?