Let Them Read Books.
I know I shouldn't be out buying books right before Christmas, especially since I'm quite sure I'll find a few gift cards to my favourite bookstore under the tree Christmas morning, but it seems I just can't help myself.
Here are the books that made their way into my home this past week -- All synopses come courtesy of Chapters.indigo.ca
Received for review:
The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau
An aristocratic young nun must find a
legendary crown in order to save her father-and preserve the Catholic
faith from Cromwell's ruthless terror. The year is 1537. . .
Stafford, a Dominican nun, learns that her favorite cousin has been
condemned by Henry VIII to be burned at the stake. Defying the sacred
rule of enclosure, Joanna leaves the priory to stand at her cousin's
side. Arrested for interfering with the king's justice, Joanna, along
with her father, is sent to the Tower of London.
Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, takes terrifying steps to
force Joanna to agree to spy for him: to save her father's life she
must find an ancient relic-a crown so powerful, it may hold the ability
to end the Reformation. Accompanied by two monks, Joanna returns home
to Dartford Priory and searches in secret for this long-lost piece of
history worn by the Saxon King Athelstan in 937 during the historic
battle that first united Britain.
But Dartford Priory has
become a dangerous place, and when more than one dead body is
uncovered, Joanna departs with a sensitive young monk, Brother Edmund,
to search elsewhere for the legendary crown. From royal castles with
tapestry-filled rooms to Stonehenge to Malmesbury Abbey, the final
resting place of King Athelstan, Joanna and Brother Edmund must hurry
to find the crown if they want to keep Joanna's father alive. At
Malmesbury, secrets of the crown are revealed that bring to light the
fates of the Black Prince, Richard the Lionhearted, and Katherine of
Aragon's first husband, Arthur. The crown's intensity and strength are
beyond the earthly realm and it must not fall into the wrong hands.
Cromwell's troops threatening to shutter her priory, bright and bold
Joanna must now decide who she can trust with the secret of the crown
so that she may save herself, her family, and her sacred way of life.
This provocative story melds heart-stopping suspense with historical
detail and brings to life the poignant dramas of women and men at a
fascinating and critical moment in England's past.
At Home with the Templetons by Monica McInerney
When the Templeton family from England
takes up residence in a stately home in Australia, they set the locals
talking-and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons
seem so bohemian, unusual...peculiar even.
No one is more
intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina
Donovan and her young son Tom. Before long, the two families' lives
become entwined in unexpected ways, to the delight of Gracie, the
sweetest of the Templeton children.
In the years that follow,
the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and
turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy
tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again?
Australia's top-selling female novelist comes her best book yet-a
wonderfully entertaining and touching story about the perils and
pleasures of love, friendship and family.
Breakfast at Darcy's by Ali McNamara
When Darcy McCall loses her beloved Aunt Molly, she doesn't expect any
sort of inheritance - let alone a small island. Located off the west
coast of Ireland, Tara hasn't been lived on for years, but according to
Molly's will Darcy must stay there for twelve months in order to fully
inherit, and she needs to persuade a village full of people to settle
there, too. Darcy has to leave behind her independent city life and swap
stylish heels for muddy wellies. Between sorting everything from the
plumbing to the pub, Darcy meets confident Conor and ever-grumpy Dermot -
but who will make her feel really at home?
Divergent by Veronica Roth
One choice can transform you. Pass initiation. Do not fail! Thrilling
urban dystopian fiction debut from exciting young author. In
sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior's world, society is divided into five
factions -- Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless
(the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) -- each
dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to
form a "perfect society." At the age of sixteen, teens must choose the
faction to which they will devote their lives. On her Choosing Day,
Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejects her family's group, and chooses
another faction. After surviving a brutal initiation, Tris finds romance
with a super-hot boy, but also discovers unrest and growing conflict in
their seemingly "perfect society." To survive and save those they love,
they must use their strengths to uncover the truths about their
identities, their families, and the order of their society itself.
That is what arrived in my mailbox this week. What did you get in yours?