It's time for Mailbox Monday, a weekly travelling meme that is being hosted during the month of January by At Home With Books.
I received lots of great books last week! I might have to cool it on the book purchasing in the weeks to come and focus instead on those books I already have :-)
Received for Review:
The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins
She spies for General Washington, betrays the Redcoats and battles for America's independence...
1777, and a fledgling country wages an almost hopeless struggle
against the might of the British Empire. Brought together by a fateful
kiss, Anne Merrick and Jack Hampton are devoted to each other and to
their Patriot cause. As part of Washington's daring network of spies,
they are ready and willing to pay even the ultimate price for freedom.
battlefields raging along the Hudson, to the desperate winter
encampment at Valley Forge and through the dangerous intrigue of
British-occupied Philadelphia, Anne and Jack brave the trials of
separation, the ravages of war and an unyielding enemy growing ever
For love and for country, all is put at
risk-and together the pair must call upon their every ounce of courage
and cunning in order to survive.
Received from Author:
Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins
They call her Dark Maggie for her thick black
hair, but the name also has a more sinister connotation. As the lone
survivor of an attack on her village, she was thought to be cursed, and
unfit for marriage. Maggie is also gifted with quick wits and skilled
in medicine, trained as a midwife. Venturing to the colonies as an
indentured servant, she hopes to escape the superstitions of the old
country, and find a home of her own. But what she discovers is a New
World fraught with new dangers.
Won (courtesy of Bippity Boppity Book):
The Lion Wakes by Robert Low
It is 1296 and Scotland is in turmoil. The old
king, Alexander III, has died after falling off his horse one dark and
stormy night. Scotland's future is in peril. Edward I of England,
desperate to keep control of his northern borders, arranges for John
Baliol, a weak man who Edward knows he can manipulate, to take
leadership of Scotland. But unrest is rife and many are determined to
throw off the shackles of England. Among those men is Robert the Bruce,
darkly handsome, young, angry and obsessed by his desire to win
Scotland's throne. He will fight for the freedom of the Scots until the
end. But there are many rival factions and the English are a strong and
fearsome opponent. The Lion Wakes culminates in the Battle of Falkirk
which proves to be the beginning of a rivalry that will last for
My Own Purchases:
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
"The body you are wearing used to be mine."
So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a
London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no
recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her
former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the
agents who want to destroy her.
She soon learns that she is a
Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy
that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also
discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural
ability of her own.
In her quest to uncover which member of
the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four
bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret
training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters,
and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.
Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a
richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an
ambitious debut from a promising young writer.
The Unseen by Katherine Webb
England, 1911. When a free-spirited young
woman arrives in a sleepy Berkshire village to work as a maid in the
household of The Reverend and Mrs Canning, she sets in motion a chain
of events which changes all their lives. For Cat has a past - a past
her new mistress is willing to overlook, but will never understand . .
This is not all Hester Canning has to cope with. When her
husband invites a young man into their home, he brings with him a
During the long, oppressive summer,
the rectory becomes charged with ambition, love and jealousy - with the
most devastating consequences.
The First Wife by Emily Barr
His first wife was everything you're not. But was she everything she seemed?
Lily, a young woman left alone in the world on the death of her
grandparents, finds purpose when she befriends Harry Summers, a
grieving widower, whose wife Sarah recently took her own life in
Barcelona. The pair fall in love and Lily finally finds the security
she has never had. But Lily's life takes a darker turn when she
realises there may be more to Sarah's death than meets the eye.
Anxious to find the truth before she marries her beloved Harry, Lily
sets off to Barcelona in search of answers. What she discovers is more
shocking than she could ever have imagined.
I also purchased:
- Theodora by Stella Duffy
- My Love, My Enemy by Jan Cox Speas
- The Debutante by Kathleen Tessaro
- The Nosferato Scroll by James Becker
That's it for me. What was in your mailbox this past week?