Monday, January 28, 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.

I received some great books this week!





 Received For Review:

A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn

Paris, 1923

The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even amongst Paris society. But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her oft-married mother blanch. Delilah is exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather's savannah manor house until gossip subsides.

Fairlight is the crumbling, sun-bleached skeleton of a faded African dream, a world where dissolute expats are bolstered by gin and jazz records, cigarettes and safaris. As mistress of this wasted estate, Delilah falls into the decadent pleasures of society. 

Against the frivolity of her peers, Ryder White stands in sharp contrast. As foreign to Delilah as Africa, Ryder becomes her guide to the complex beauty of this unknown world. Giraffes, buffalo, lions and elephants roam the shores of Lake Wanyama amid swirls of red dust. Here, life is lush and teeming-yet fleeting and often cheap. 

Amidst the wonders-and dangers-of Africa, Delilah awakes to a land out of all proportion: extremes of heat, darkness, beauty and joy that cut to her very heart. Only when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah discover what is truly worth fighting for-and what she can no longer live without.


The Bruges Tapestry by P.A. Staes

Following a 500-year-old mystery concerning a Flemish tapestry is routine work for Detective Claire DeMaere, since she's employed by the Newport Beach Art Theft Detail. But, unlike past cases, this one involves arresting Paolo Campezzi, lover to her best friend Nora. Mr. Campezzi is a distant descendant of a Florentine Duke, who commissioned the tapestry in 1520 in Bruges, Belgium. Claire finds that she must explore the true provenance of the tapestry, free Mr. Campezzi in order to re-establish her friendship with Nora and depend on the expertise of a textile expert she doesn't know. All this must occur in 72 hours, before the Vatican takes the tapestry back. But Claire isn't the only one with the Vatican looking over her shoulder. Claire's story intertwines with a 1520 diary by Beatrice van Hecke, the tapestry-weaver's daughter. Only Claire can discover the secret that is woven in time.

Purchased

Tyringham Park by Rosemary McLoughlin

Tyringham Park is the Blackshaws magnificent country house in the south of Ireland. It is a haven of wealth and privilege until its peace is shattered by a devastating event which reveals the chaos of jealousy and deceit beneath its surface.Charlotte Blackshaw is only eight years old when her little sister Victoria goes missing from the estate. Charlotte is left to struggle with her loss without any support from her hostile mother and menacing nanny. It is obvious to Charlotte that both of them wish she had been the one to go missing rather than pretty little Victoria.Charlotte finds comfort in the kindness of servants. With their help she seeks an escape from the burden of being the unattractive one left behind.Despite her mothers opposition, she later reaches out for happiness and believes the past can no longer hurt her.But the mystery of Victorias disappearance continues to cast a long shadow over Tyringham Park a mystery that may still have the power to destroy its world and the world of all those connected to it.

God Save the King by Laura Purcell

London, 1788. The calm order of Queen Charlotte’s court is shattered by screams. Her beloved husband, England’s King, has gone mad.

Left alone with thirteen children and a country at war, Charlotte must fight to hold her husband’s throne in a time of revolutionary fever. But it is not just the guillotine that Charlotte fears: it is the King himself.

Her six daughters are desperate to escape their palace asylum. Their only chance lies in a good marriage, but no Prince wants the daughter of a madman. They are forced to take love wherever they can find it – with devastating consequences.

The moving true story of George III’s madness and the women whose lives it destroyed.


Gifts (from Jennifer over at The Relentless Reader)

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler is an unforgettable novel about a mysterious mail-order bride in the wake of WWII, whose sudden decision ripples through time to deeply impact the daughter she never knew

In the wake of World War II, a young, enigmatic woman named Lily arrives in Montreal on her own, expecting to be married to a man she’s never met. But, upon seeing her at the train station, Sol Kramer turns her down. Out of pity, his brother Nathan decides to marry her instead, and pity turns into a deep—and doomed—love. It is immediately clear that Lily is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters when she disappears, leaving a new husband and a baby daughter with only a diary, a large uncut diamond – and a need to find the truth

Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why has she left and where did she go? It's up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions, as she searches for the mother she may never find or truly know. 


With or Without You by Domenica Ruta

A haunting, unforgettable mother-daughter story for a new generation—the debut of a blazing new lyrical voice

Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, and whose highbrow taste was at odds with her hardscrabble life. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter a love of stories. Kathi frequently kept Domenica home from school to watch such classics as the Godfather movies and everything by Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, telling her, “This is more important. I promise. You’ll thank me later.” And despite the fact that there was not a book to be found in her household, Domenica developed a love of reading, which helped her believe that she could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by.

With or Without You is the story of Domenica Ruta’s unconventional coming of age—a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit ’90s youth and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process. In a brilliant stylistic feat, Ruta has written a powerful, inspiring, compulsively readable, and finally redemptive story about loving and leaving.


What books arrived in your mailbox this week? 

 


17 comments:

  1. I got 'A Spear of Summer Grass' as well, but I am envious beyond belief that you have 'Tyringham Park'...I am dying to read that one. I tried to request it on Netgalley but alas it is open only to Australian residents. Wonder when it will be released in the US? Any clue?

    Kimberlee
    www.girllostinabook.com

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    1. I admit I was (happily) surprised to find out Tyringham Park was already available here (Canada). I'm not sure when it will be available in the US. I looked on Amazon for you and it doesn't even have it listed for pre-order. Maybe the author doesn't have a US publisher. If you want to buy it you can pre-order it through Book Depository -- it's available in Feb.

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  2. Deanna Raybourn's book is another highly anticipated book for me. Lucky you! Hope it's a good one. Tyringham Park also looks promising. Enjoy your week!

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    1. I can't wait to read the Raybourn book - I've enjoyed everyone one of her books.

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  3. I received the first two books as well. Happy reading!

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  4. These look great, enjoy!

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/01/mailbox-monday_28.html

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    1. Me, too. I hope I like it as much as I did her other novels.

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  6. God Save the King sounds good and I've heard great things about it. Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

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    1. I'm glad to hear that. I admit I've not heard anything about it.

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  7. I hope you like the books Melissa!! :)Have a great week of reading!

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  8. I got the Raybourn too! Now I just need to find time to read it!

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  9. Tyringham Park's cover is so elegant, and the story sounds interesting too. Enjoy your new books!

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  10. VERY nice mailbox....ENJOY!!

    Tyringham Park looks good and so does The Imposter Bride.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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