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Juliet ♥ ♥ ♥
Cassandra Campbell
16 discs

Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved Aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.  This key sends Julie on a journey that will change her life forever—a journey into the troubled past of her ancestor Giulietta Tolomei.  In 1340, still reeling from the slaughter of her parents, Giulietta was smuggled into Siena, where she met a young man named Romeo. Their ill-fated love turned medieval Siena upside-down and went on to inspire generations of poets and artists, the story reaching its pinnacle in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.

But six centuries have a way of catching up to the present, and Julie gradually begins to discover that here, in this ancient city, the past and present are hard to tell apart. The deeper she delves into the history of Romeo and Giulietta, and the closer she gets to the treasure they allegedly left behind, the greater the danger surrounding her—superstitions, ancient hostilities, and personal vendettas. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families involved in the unforgettable blood feud, she begins to fear that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”

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Sepluchre  ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Donada Peters

Download 20:17

The stories of two women separated by more than a century are brought together by a series of visions that are related to the tarot and a small church, known as a Sepulchre in the grounds of the Domaine de la Cade.

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Nefertiti  ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Cassandra Campbell
13 discs

Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s ancient gods, overthrow the priests of Amun, and introduce a new sun god for all to worship. From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people. Her charisma is matched only by her husband’s perceived generosity: Amunhotep showers his subjects with lofty promises. The love of the commoners will not be enough, however, if the royal couple is not able to conceive an heir, and as Nefertiti turns her attention to producing a son, she fails to see that the powerful priests, along with the military, are plotting against her husband’s rule. The only person wise enough to recognize the shift in political winds—and brave enough to tell the queen—is her younger sister

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The Winter Garden ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Susan Ericksen
12 discs

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard and the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again standing alongside their cold and disapproving mother Anya.  The girls discover that their mother harbors a secret past which explains why she had never been able to give them the  comfort they crave.

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Memoirs of a Geisha ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Elaina Erika Davis
3 discs (abridged)

Chiyo Sakamoto, the daughter of a poor fisherman,  attains the pinnacle of geisha success.   Sold as a child by her financially desperate father, Chiyo is placed in a house for geisha as the personal maid to Hatsumomo, one of Kyoto’s most sought-after geisha. There she is trained in the arts of dance, singing and the tea ceremony. Hatsumomo, however, threatened by Chiyo’s beauty, treats her with unrestrained cruelty. Chiyo’s position is one of indentured servitude: she may not leave until she has repaid all of her living expenses and even her original purchase cost. After many vicissitudes, Chiyo is transformed into a celebrated geisha called Sayuri; many men offer to be her danna however she is holding out for her one true love.


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Sense and Sensibility (Abridged) ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Kate Winslet

The Dashwood women are left in reduced circumstances when their father dies and  they see the family estate pass to their half brother John. Eninor and Marianne arrive at their new home, a cottage on a distant relative’s property, where they experience both romance and heartbreak. The contrast between the sisters’ characters is eventually resolved as they each find love and lasting happiness.

The narration by Kate Winslet is beautiful although a good portion of Austen’s novel has been omitted for this version.  Had Kate read the entire novel I would have given it ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Practical Magic ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Christina Moore

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally endured that fate as well.   As children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.  But the bonds they share, even into adulthood, bring them back–almost as if by magic

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