Today’s e-book bargains

The Gap of Time: William Shakespeare' The Winter's Tale Retold: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare)This is a modern re-telling of Shakespeare”s The Winter’s Tale.  I want to read it!

“A shining delight of a novel” (The New York Times Book Review): A Whitbread Prize–winning author reinvents Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale in this twisting story of time, loss, and redemption in 21st-century England and America. “Smart and witty… Compelling, entertaining, and elegant” (The Guardian).

Publisher Description

The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s “late plays.” It tells the story of a king whose jealousy results in the banishment of his baby daughter and the death of his beautiful wife. His daughter is found and brought up by a shepherd on the Bohemian coast, but through a series of extraordinary events, father and daughter, and eventually mother too, are reunited.

In The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale, we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology and the elliptical nature of time. Written with energy and wit, this is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax Series Book 1) by [Gilman, Dorothy]Mrs. Pollifax is a woman of retirement age who becomes an amateur spy.  I read the series

Publisher Description

“Should delight you whether you’re looking for smiles or thrills.”—The New York Times Book Review

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown, married children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. So, naturally, she became a CIA agent.

She takes on a “job” in Mexico City. The assignment doesn’t sound dangerous at first, but then, as often happens, something goes wrong. Now our dear Mrs. Pollifax finds herself embroiled in quite a hot Cold War—and her country’s enemies find themselves entangled with one unbelievably feisty lady.

“Mrs. Pollifax gives Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple a rival to reckon with.”—Toronto Star

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years ago. They are light, undemanding and fun.

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