Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Another week, another Mailbox Monday.   Mailbox Monday is a weekly travelling meme that is being hosted for the month of November by the creator of the meme, Marcia at Mailbox Monday.

My book purchases have slowed recently, so it's been a few weeks since my last Mailbox Monday post, but this past week saw several new books make their way into my home (all are my own purchases).

All synopses are courtesy of

 The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins 

On a bright May day in New York City, Anne Peabody receives an unexpected kiss from a stranger. Bringing news of the repeal of the Stamp Act, Jack Hampton, a member of the Sons of Liberty, abruptly sweeps Anne into his arms, kisses her--and then leaves her to her fate of an arranged marriage...

1775: Nearly ten years have passed and Anne, now the Widow Merrick, continues her late husband's business printing Tory propaganda, not because she believes in the cause, but because she needs the money to survive. When her shop is ransacked by the Sons of Liberty, Anne once again comes face to face with Jack and finds herself drawn to the ardent patriot and his rebel cause.

As shots ring out at Lexington and war erupts, Anne is faced with a life-altering decision: sit back and watch her world torn apart, or stand and fight for both her country's independence and her own.

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to the rules passed down from my father. But now a haunted police detective has entered my world and everything is changing, including the rules that have always kept me safe. 

It started with the discovery of a young woman's brutalized body in an old Charleston graveyard I've been hired to restore. The clues to the killer and to his other victims lie in the headstone symbolism that only I can interpret. Devlin needs my help, but his ghosts shadow his every move, feeding off his warmth, sustaining their presence with his energy. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the symbols lead me closer to the killer and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Not so very long ago, Eragon-Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider-was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle

The Very Picture of You by Isabel Wolff

                                                  Thirty-five-year-old Ella Graham is a portrait painter whose career is taking off. At a fundraising
event, Ella's half-sister, Chloe, makes the winning bid in an auction for an Ella Graham portrait commission. The portrait will be of her fiancé, Nate, as a surprise engagement present for him. There's just one problem-Ella can't stand Nate, and painting him is the last thing she wants to do.

But as they spend time together in the studio, Ella finds her feelings towards Nate are changing, and she begins to realize-to her horror-that she is not simply warming to him but is falling in love. Chloe, newly promoted at work and busy reining in her mother's overly enthusiastic wedding planning, is completely unaware that the two people she cares most about are falling for each other.

To make things worse, after being out of the picture for thirty years, Ella's father, John, contacts her out of the blue-and Ella wants nothing to do with him. But then she makes a startling discovery about her parents' relationship that turns everything she has known about family and loyalty on its head. Desperate to protect Chloe from heartbreak, but anguished by her growing love for Nate, Ella can't imagine tearing her family apart by revealing her true feelings. But will the wedding tear her apart instead?

What books did you get this week?