Monday, January 14, 2013

Mailbox Monday

It's time for Mailbox Monday, a weekly meme created for bloggers to share the books that arrived in their home over the previous week.  Mailbox Monday is a travelling meme and is being hosted in the month of January by Lori over at Lori's Reading Corner







 Received for Review:

Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent

In 1861 London, Violet Morgan is struggling to establish a good reputation for the undertaking business that her husband has largely abandoned. She provides comfort for the grieving, advises them on funeral fashion and etiquette, and arranges funerals. Unbeknownst to his wife, Graham, who has nursed a hatred of America since his grandfather soldiered for Great Britain in the War of 1812, becomes involved in a scheme to sell arms to the South. Meanwhile, Violet receives the commission of a lifetime: undertaking the funeral for a friend of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. But her position remains precarious, especially when Graham disappears and she begins investigating a series of deaths among the poor. And the closer she gets to the truth, the greater the danger for them both...

The Darlings by Cristina Alger

Since he married Merrill Darling, daughter of billionaire financier Carter Darling, attorney Paul Ross has grown accustomed to all the luxuries of Park Avenue. But a tragic event is about to catapult the Darling family into the middle of a massive financial investigation and a red-hot scandal. Suddenly, Paul must decide where his loyalties really lie.

Debut novelist Cristina Alger is a former analyst at Goldman Sachs, an attorney, and the daughter of a Wall Street financier. Drawing on her unique insider's perspective, Alger gives us an irresistible glimpse into the highest echelons of New York society—and a fast-paced thriller of epic proportions that powerfully echoes Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children and reads like a fictional Too Big to Fail.


Purchased:

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes sees images; glimpses into its past, and of those who have owned it before. Born with this rare ability, Nicola sees it as something to keep hidden. But when a young woman arrives at the London gallery Nicola works at, offering a wooden carving for sale and claiming it belonged to Russia's Empress Catherine, Nicola faces a dilemma. With no proof of its past, Nicola's boss believes the carving - known as 'the Firebird' - is worthless. But Nicola has held it, and she knows that the woman, who is in desperate need of money, is telling the truth. Compelled to help, Nicola turns to a man she once left, and still loves: Rob McMorran, whose own psychic gifts are far greater than her own. With Rob to help delve into the past, Nicola travels from Scotland to Belgium, and on into Russia. There, in St Petersburg, the once-glittering capital, Nicola and Rob unearth a tale of love and sacrifice, of courage and redemption - a story which will change their lives for ever.

The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson

The epic story of the queen who founded the Tudor dynasty, told through the eyes of her loyal nursemaid. Perfect for fans of Philipa Gregory. Her beauty fuelled a war. Her courage captured a king. Her passion would launch the Tudor dynasty. When her own first child is tragically still-born, the young Mette is pressed into service as a wet-nurse at the court of the mad king, Charles VI of France. Her young charge is the princess, Catherine de Valois, caught up in the turbulence and chaos of life at court. Mette and the child forge a bond, one that transcends Mette's lowly position. But as Catherine approaches womanhood, her unique position seals her fate as a pawn between two powerful dynasties. Her brother, The Dauphin and the dark and sinister, Duke of Burgundy will both use Catherine to further the cause of France. Catherine is powerless to stop them, but with the French defeat at the Battle of Agincourt, the tables turn and suddenly her currency has never been higher. But can Mette protect Catherine from forces at court who seek to harm her or will her loyalty to Catherine place her in even greater danger?

The Iron King by Maurice Druon

“Accursed! Accursed! You shall be accursed to the thirteenth generation!”

The Iron King – Philip the Fair – is as cold and silent, as handsome and unblinking as a statue. He governs his realm with an iron hand, but he cannot rule his own family: his sons are weak and their wives adulterous; while his red-blooded daughter Isabella is unhappily married to an English king who prefers the company of men.

A web of scandal, murder and intrigue is weaving itself around the Iron King; but his downfall will come from an unexpected quarter. Bent on the persecution of the rich and powerful Knights Templar, Philip sentences Grand Master Jacques Molay to be burned at the stake, thus drawing down upon himself a curse that will destroy his entire dynasty…


Mistress Of My Fate by Hallie Rubenhold

Set during a period of revolution and turmoil, Mistress of My Fate is the first book in a trilogy about Henrietta Lightfoot, a young woman who was abandoned as a baby and raised alongside her cousins, noble children of a lord and lady. At just sixteen years old, circumstance and a passionate love affair tear Henrietta away from everything she knows, leading to a new life fending for herself on the streets of 18th century London as a courtesan, gambler, and spirited intellect of the city.





In addition, I also purchased the following:

  • The Witches Daughter by Paula Brackston
  • Crossing on the Paris by Dana Gynther
  • Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell

What books did you receive in your mailbox last week?




20 comments:

  1. So many good books! The Darlings catches my eye. Enjoy!

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  2. A Kearsley that I was unaware of! thanks for the update!

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    1. The Kearsley novel is, so far, only available in the UK. I just couldn't wait for it's release here so I ordered it :-)

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  3. They all look good. The Firebird especially caught my eye. I'm a fan of Susanna Kearsley's books.

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    1. I love her books, too. I hope this one lives up to my expectations.

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  4. Well, you know what I'm going to say even before I say it.......The Firebird!!!! I want it!!!!! Enjoy. :)

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    1. You are the first person I thought of when I prepared this post. I knew you'd be excited for this one :-)

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  5. I have Vanity Fare on my wish list...and really want to read The Darlings. Enjoy!

    Here's MY MONDAY MEMES POST

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  6. They all look so good....Mistress of My Fate and Lady of Ashes are catching my eye.

    ENJOY them all.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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  7. They all look good to me, enjoy!

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/01/mailbox-monday_14.html

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  8. Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous of your arrivals! I want all of them, pretty much, especially Lady of Ashes! Envy!!!

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    1. Ha Ha! Usually I have mailbox envy when it comes to your acquisitions.

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  9. I enjoyed The Darlings, I hope you do too. The Firebird looks interesting.

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  10. Those sounds all so good! I'd love to get my hands on The Iron King and can't wait for your review. Happy reading!

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  11. Great haul!! I am so envious! Hope you have fun reading them all!

    Kimberlee
    www.girllostinabook.com

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  12. Enjoy your new goodies! Many of these are tempting me to add them to my TBR list!

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  13. You'll be glad to know that The Firebird is another fabulous read from Kearsley!

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  14. Whoa! I am dying to read The Firebird!!! It sounds so good!

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