"On your honor?" Joel's father said. "You won't go anywhere except the park?"
"On my honor," Joel repeated.
During a bicycle trip to the state park, Joel dares his best fried Tony to a swimming race in the dangerous Vermillion River. The boys have been warned never to go near the river, but Tony can't let Joel think he's scared. Both boys jump in.
When Joel reaches the sandbar, he turns and looks for Tony and finds that he has vanished. Joel is stunned. How can he face their parents and the terrible truth?
Grade Level: 4 and up
Today's Kindle Daily Deal is The Bloodletter's Daughter ($1.99), by Linda Lafferty, with the companion audiobook on sale for $3.99.
Within the glittering Hapsburg court in Prague lurks a darkness of which no one dares speak…
In 1606, the city of Prague shines as a golden mecca of art and culture carefully cultivated by Emperor Rudolf II. But the emperor hides an ugly secret: His bastard son, Don Julius, is afflicted with a madness that pushes the young prince to unspeakable depravity. Desperate to stem his son’s growing number of scandals, the emperor exiles Don Julius to a remote corner of Bohemia where the young man is placed in the care of a bloodletter named Pichler. The bloodletter’s task: cure Don Julius of his madness by purging the vicious humors coursing through his veins.
When Pichler brings his daughter Marketa to assist him, she becomes the object of Don Julius’s frenzied—and dangerous—obsession. To him, she is the embodiment of the women pictured in the Coded Book of Wonder, a priceless manuscript from the imperial library that was the mad prince’s only link to sanity. As the prince descends further into the darkness of his mind, his acts become ever more desperate, as Marketa, both frightened and fascinated, can’t stay away.
Inspired by a real-life murder that threatened to topple the powerful Hapsburg dynasty, The Bloodletter’s Daughter is a dark and richly detailed saga of passion and revenge.
The Redemption of Alexander Seaton ($1.59 / £0.99 UK), by Shona Maclean, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (no US edition).
It is 1626. On a stormy night in the Scottish town of Banff, the apothecary's assistant collapses in the street. The next morning he is found dead in the house of Alexander Seaton, a fallen minister, and reluctant, embittered teacher. Murder is suspected and when one of Alexander's few friends in the town is arrested, Alexander sets out to prove his innocence. Forced to confront his own demons, Alexander also has to contend with inflamed bigotry, a witch-hunt, and accusations of treacherous Catholic plotting.
An Amish Christmas: December in Lancaster County ($9.00 Kindle, $2.99 B&N), by Beth Wiseman, is the Nook Daily Find.
December in Paradise.
A time of hope, redemption, and new life.
A Choice To Forgive by Beth Wiseman.
After Daniel disappeared that long-ago Christmas Eve, Lydia built a life with his brother. But now she's a widow and Daniel has reappeared, asking for forgiveness. But can she go back to her normal life with her long-lost love as her neighbor?
A Miracle for Miriam by Kathleen Fuller.
Seth is no longer the arrogant young man who shattered Miriam's confidence and broke her heart. But can he convince "plain" Miriam that she is truly beautiful to him?
One Child by Barbara Cameron.
The birth of one child forever changed the world two thousand years ago. On a snowy Christmas night in Lancaster County, another child changes the world for two very different couples.