Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mailbox Monday

It's time for Mailbox Monday, a weekly travelling meme that is being hosted during the month of January by At Home With Books.

Without further ado, here are the books that made their way into my home over the past week -- all are my own purchases (all synopses courtesy of

God Is an Englishman by R.F. Delderfield

Adam Swann, scion of an Army family and veteran of campaigns in the Crimea and India, determines to make his fortune and found his own dynasty. His struggle to succeed and his conquest of Henrietta, the spirited daughter of a rich manufacturer, form the central theme of a novel that takes the reader from the dusty plains of India to the teeming slums of nineteenth-century London, from the chaos of the great industrial cities of the age to the peaceful certainties of the English countryside. 

Filled with epic scenes and memorable characters, God Is an Englishman is a rich novel of remarkable strength, honesty, love, and warmth.

Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorland (Book One) by John Flanagan

Full of adventure, storytelling, magic, and deep characterization, this debut fantasy introduces the magic-practicing Rangers, protectors of the kingdom, and Will, a 15-year-old villager who has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice.

Plus, after enjoying this one immensely, I went out and bought books 2 - 4 of the series:

- Ranger's Apprentice: The Burning Bridge
- Ranger's Apprentice: The Icebound Land
- Ranger's Apprentice: The Battle for Skandia

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy''s cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

At the Mercy of the Queen by Anne Clifford Barnhill

A sweeping tale of sexual seduction and intrigue at the court of Henry VIII, At the Mercy of the Queen is a rich and dramatic debut historical about Madge Shelton, cousin and lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn.

At the innocent age of fifteen, Lady Margaret Shelton arrives at the court of Henry VIII and quickly becomes the confidante of her cousin, Queen Anne Boleyn. But she soon finds herself drawn into the perilous web of Anne's ambition.

Desperate to hold onto the king's waning affection, Anne schemes to have him take her guileless young cousin as mistress, ensuring her husband's new paramour will owe her loyalty to the queen. But Margaret has fallen deeply in love with a handsome young courtier. She is faced with a terrible dilemma: give herself to the king and betray the love of her life or refuse to become his mistress and jeopardize the life of the her cousin, Queen Anne. 

That's what arrived in my mailbox.   What did you get in yours?