This story focuses on the lives of three people and the effect that a devastating war had on them. They suffered unspeakable horrors, ostensibly in the name of religion but the consequences of their injuries were to affect them for the rest of their lives. The one who suffered the most was a young girl called Lila, but there were people who cared enough to take her away and try to give her a new start - however uncertain and difficult - in a land far from her home.
Beautiful Emily King is expected to make a good marriage by her grasping family, but when she goes to Compton Abbey to attract wealthy James Copeland, her own feelings conflict with her mercenary goal. Miles Houghton has loved Emily for years and expects her to marry him. Mr Crawley is another suitor who has her father's blessing. As Emily is swept up into a tangle of elopements and scandal, her path becomes harder and fraught with danger.
"There will always be skeptics, Michael," Dick said. "There will also always be people who make money. I never force anyone to do anything."
Dick was confident and charming and Michael relaxed.
The hook had been baited.
Michael Kilmartin, an Irishman now settled in South Africa is a busy lawyer, bored with his life and profession. He makes the ideal target for two con artists, the elegant Dick Willoughby and the beautiful Claire Salthouse, both of whom set out to ensnare with a web of deceit.
There are so many pressures when a girl leaves school - get a job or go to university, change that job into a career or focus on a relationship? For Hannah, bright though she is, university holds no appeal. So she opts for a job with no defined career plan.
For a time it seems as though she is content to drift, that is until and young and attractive man joins her company. From that point on love takes the same fatalistic course as Hannah's working life, without much thought a relationship begins.
Everyone possesses secrets buried in their pasts. Secrets best left locked away where they belong. Simon was no different, he vowed that his secrets would never be revealed and he would take them with him to his grave. When he meets a gruesome and untimely death however, his wife and daughters realised there was a great deal they didn't know about the enigmatic Simon.
In anti-Semitism we usually imagine the Jews to be the victims. In this book, the author shows the Jews to also be the aggressor, alongside the Muslims, both of whom have for centuries persecuted the Christians of the Middle East, a forgotten but not insignificant Semitic entity. After a survey of history interlaced with personal experience, the author sets a challenge for the world at large, the Christians, Jews and Muslims, to move and stem the rising tide of persecution of the forgotten Christians of the Middle East.
Although interspersed with humour, drama and intrigue abound in this tortured life story of an exceptional man. Appalled at the desperate plight of his South African countrymen following the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), a young clergyman dedicates his life to achieving their upliftment. From Namaqualand, an isolated semi-desert, Dr. Willem Steenkamp battles near-illiteracy, superstition and intermarriage and pleads for irrigation. A fiery orator, his political opponents fear his burgeoning influence: imprisonment and slander follow his successes. But he is unstoppable...