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The Circular Staircase
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Paula Faye Leinweber
Spieldauer: 7 Std. und 51 Min.
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Mary Roberts Rinehart was an American writer, most well-known for her mystery novels. She was often called the American Agatha Christie, though her first novel, The Circular Staircase, was published years before Christie's. The Circular Staircase is as complex a mystery as anyone could wish for, full of twists and turns, mysterious intruders, a murder and kidnapping, bank failure, all revolving around the sinister staircase itself.
Dawn of the Morning is the story of a young woman coming of age in the early 1800s. Having never known a loving home, she is sent away to school by her hard and unfeeling father and stepmother, and a marriage is arranged for her to a man she dislikes and fears.
Throughout history, blood moons have always been surrounded by persecution and provision, great trials, and triumphs. The first blood moons, in 1493-1494, provided a new world for the Jewish people. The second, in 1949-1950, gave them Israel, and the third, in 1967-1969, presented the Jewish people with Jerusalem. Now, a fourth set of blood moons is on the horizon, and Tassie's mother is certain they will bring about great change.
Sophie Biddle, an heiress on the run with a child in tow, considers herself abandoned by her family and God. In 1900, Reverend Ian McCormick is determined to start anew in Stone Creek, Michigan, believing he has failed God and his former flock. While Sophie seeks acceptance for the child and a measure of respect for herself, the rumors swirl about her sordid past. Should Ian show concern for Sophie's plight, he could risk everything - including his position as pastor of Stone Creek.
Julia Cloud had a gentle, caring spirit, devoting her life to her Lord Jesus and caring for others, including her invalid mother. After her mother's death she was faced with a bleak life of poverty until an unexpected visit from her wealthy niece and nephew completely changed her life. They were off to college and wanted "Cloudy Jewel", their childhood nickname for Julia, to come and be their mother and chaperone. Thus started a new adventure for all three, full of love and happiness.
Paul Courtland was the most popular, well-liked man on campus. After watching his fellow classmates give another student a good hazing to try to break down his strong Christian values, Paul then watched the Christian man die in a fire while trying to save as many people as he could. The event changed Paul's life, when he encountered Jesus Christ himself. A young and beautiful woman named Gila had other ideas for Paul and wanted him all for herself. She did all in her power to woo him away from the unseen presence of Christ. Would she succeed?
Celia Murray had always known love growing up with her Aunt Hannah. Now living in a boarding house in a big city, she longed for those days of love and safety. When an unexpected inheritance changes her circumstances, she invites her aunt to come help her make the boarding house into a real home for the boarders. An even more unexpected gift came with the new boarder, a handsome young minister who changes Celia's heart in ways she never expected. Can she dare to confess these changes to him?
Robberies, a kidnapping, and clandestine night adventures were not at all what Victoire planned for her life. And she most certainly never planned to be betrayed. But war - and love - are unpredictable. Joined by her friend Rainier who is mistrusted by Leal, the mysterious Voleta, and Father Pierre, Victoire and Leal must struggle for survival, the grounds of France, and the material of their souls.
Ruth and John, who were school chums in their childhood, reconnect after many years when John is leaving to join the Army during the Great War. They are both on a search for meaning and answers, and for God, during this desperate world war. Through their search they again find each other, their God, and love.
Where There’s a Will is Mary Roberts Rinehart’s hilarious comedy involving a health spa, an heir, a would-be princess, and an impostor. The story is told by Minnie, who has essentially run the spa for years and inherited the care of its famous spring from her father. When the old doctor dies and leaves the Hope Springs Spa to his near-do-well grandson with the stipulation that he live on premises for two months in order to inherit, the grandson is nowhere to be found. So Minnie tries to save the spa by enlisting the help of family and friends to trick the lawyer....