Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
I go to the library every week, and I try to plan it so I go on the days the library bookstore is open. I love great deals on books, and have started taking in a list of books I want, so I can remember what to look for!
Here are the books I picked up from the library bookstore this week:
1. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell – this is the first book in the series, and I haven’t read any of them yet. I’ve been looking for this book, and although the bookstore has tons of her books in hardback, this one I could only find in mass market paperback. But, for $.50, I can replace it later with the hardback and give this one away!
2. One Book in the Grave by Kate Carlisle – this is the fifth in the Bibliophile Mystery series. It’s fun to read a book about books and people who love them!
3. Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross – I love LOVE Miss Julia. She is a spunky little lady who takes in her husband’s mistress and love child after his death to prove she can be a “good Christian”. She ends up loving them, and they make quite a funny little family. I laugh out loud at all her escapades.
4. The Friday Night Knitting Club by kate jacobs. I’ve been wanting to read this series, and this is book #1, and for $1, how could I turn it down?
5. Blessings by Anna Quindlen. I have a confession – I’ve never read any of Anna Quindlen’s books. *gasp*. Its true, I don’t know why I haven’t, but I decided now was as good a time as any to get started! I’d love to hear your thoughts about this book if you’ve read it!
Here are the ARC books I received in the mail this past week.
1. Heart of Gold by Robin Lee Hatcher from Thomas Nelson.
“Back in her beloved Virginia, Shannon Adair loved nursing injured soldiers back to health. but in Grand Coeur, Idaho – the rough-and-tumble place where her father has been called to lead the church – she’s not sure where she fits in. Then a critically ill woman arrives, and Shannon knows her place at last: to care for this dear woman and ease her pain.
Matthew Dubois is the fastest and most reliable stagecoach driver on Wells Fargo’s payroll. But his widowed sister is dying and he’s about to inherit his young nephew. So he takes a job at the Wells Fargo express office in Grand Coeur until he can find the one thing he needs to get back to driving: a wife to care for the boy.
What neither of them knows is that God is at work behind the scenes – and is lovingly bringing them together to discover the true desires of their hearts.” (back cover of the book)
2. The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe from Hyperion/Voice. Katherine is also the author of the popular book, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.
“A vividly atmospheric love story, The House of Velvet and Glass is set in Boston just before World War I. After the loss of her mother and sister on the Titanic, our heroine, Sybil, is obsessed with contacting them in the afterworld. she turns to a spiritualist medium to help make the connection. At the same time, Sybil struggles with her brooding father and black sheep brother. And just as she is sensing that her time to marry may have passed, a surprising series of events brings an old flame back on the scene.
How is a master of period detail, and she brings upper-class Boston vividly to life. We move from the dangerously seductive opium dens of Chinatown to opulent town houses to Harvard’s hushed libraries. In addition, there are flashbacks to the glittering salons of the Titanic on the eve of its sinking.” (from the enclosed letter from the publisher)
3. The Expats by Chris Pavone from Crown Publishers.
“Kate Moore is an expat mom living the expat life. In the cobble stoned streets of Luxembourg, her days are filled with play dates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris and skiing in the Alps. Kate is also guarding a tremendous, life-defining secret – one that’s become so unbearable that it begins to unravel her neat little expat life. She suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be; plus her husband is acting suspiciously; and as she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, increasingly terrified that her own past is catching up with her. As Kate begins to dig to uncover the secrets of the people around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage and her life.” (from back cover)
I also received some E-Book ARCs.
1. The Last Song by Eva Wiseman from Tundra Books
“Spain had been one of the world’s most tolerant societies for eight hundred years, but that way of life was wiped out by the Inquisition. Isabel’s family feels safe from the terrors, torture, and burnings. After all, her father is a respected physician in the court of Ferdinand and Isabella. Isabel was raised as a Catholic and doesn’t know that her family’s Jewish roots may be a death sentence. When her father is arrested by Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor, she makes a desperate plan to save his life – and her own.”
2. Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin by Robin LeFevers from Houghlin Mifflin
“Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?”
3. The Acadian Diaspora by Chrisopher Hodson from Oxford University Press
“Late in 1755, an army of British regulars and Massachusetts volunteers completed one of the cruelest, most successful military campaigns in North American history, capturing and deporting seven thousand French-speaking Catholic Acadians from the province of Nova Scotia, and chasing an equal number into the wilderness of eastern Canada. Thousands of Acadians endured three decades of forced migrations and failed settlements that shuttled them to the coasts of South America, the plantations of the Caribbean, the frigid islands of the South Atlantic, the swamps of Louisiana, and the countryside of central France.
The Acadian Diaspora tells their extraordinary story in full for the first time, illuminating a long-forgotten world of imperial desperation, experimental colonies, and naked brutality. Using documents culled from archives in France, Great Britain, Canada, and the United States, Christopher Hodson reconstructs the lives of Acadian exiles as they traversed oceans and continents, pushed along by empires eager to populate new frontiers with inexpensive, pliable white farmers. Hodson’s compelling narrative situates the Acadian diaspora within the dramatic geopolitical changes triggered by the Seven Years’ War. Faced with redrawn boundaries and staggering national debts, imperial architects across Europe used the Acadians to realize radical plans: tropical settlements without slaves, expeditions to the unknown southern continent, and, perhaps strangest of all, agricultural colonies within old regime France itself. In response, Acadians embraced their status as human commodities, using intimidation and even violence to tailor their communities to the superheated Atlantic market for cheap, mobile labor.
Through vivid, intimate stories of Acadian exiles and the diverse, transnational cast of characters that surrounded them, The Acadian Diaspora presents the eighteenth-century Atlantic world from a new angle, challenging old assumptions about uprooted peoples and the very nature of early modern empire.”
4. The Weepers by Susanne Winnacker from Marshall Cavendish.
“Sherry has lived with her family in a bunker for more than three years. Her grandfather’s body has been in the freezer for the last six months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago, they ran out of food. Sherry and her father must leave the safety of the bunker. What they find is an empty Los Angeles, destroyed by bombs and haunted by Weepers, savage humans infected with a rabies virus. While searching for food, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a vineyard where a handful of survivors are picking up the pieces of their other lives, before the virus changed everything. Sherry must find a way to help her family, stay alive, and decide whether Joshua is their savior or greatest danger as his desire for vengeance threatens them all. This debut novel is a page-turner that is not easy to forget.”
What books made it into your house this week?