Monday, September 5, 2011

Mailbox Monday

It's Mailbox Monday time!!  This weekly travelling meme that is being hosted for the month of September by Amused by Books

So there was a 4 for 3 sale at my favourite bookstore this past week and since I'm not one to pass up a book sale I came home with four new books!  I also received one book in the mail.

Here is my mailbox (all synopsis are courtesy of Chapters.indigo.ca):




Wildflower Hill by Kimberly Freeman


Emma, a prima ballerina in London, is at a crossroads after an injured knee ruins her career. Forced to rest and take stock of her life, she finds that she's mistaken fame and achievement for love and fulfillment. Returning home to Australia, she learns of her grandmother Beattie's death and a strange inheritance: a sheep station in isolated rural Australia. Certain she has been saddled with an irritating burden, Emma prepares to leave for Wildflower Hill to sell the estate.

Beattie also found herself at a crossroads as a young woman, but she was pregnant and unwed. She eventually found success-but only after following an unconventional path that was often dangerous and heartbreaking. Beattie knew the lessons she learned in life would be important to Emma one day, and she wanted to make sure Emma's heart remained open to love, no matter what life brought. She knew the magic of the Australian wilderness would show Emma the way.

Wildflower Hill is a compelling, atmospheric, and romantic novel about taking risks, starting again, and believing in yourself. It's about finding out what you really want and discovering that the answer might be not at all what you'd expect.

His Last Duchess by Gabrielle Kimm

A beautifully written, lushly romantic historical novel based on the poem "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning. The chilling story of Lucrezia de Medici, duchess to Alfonso d'Este, His Last Duchess paints a portrait of a lonely young girl and her marriage to an inscrutable duke.  

Lucrezia longs for love, Alfonso desperately needs an heir, and in a true story of lust and dark decadence, the dramatic fireworks the marriage kindles threaten to destroy the duke''s entire inheritance, and Lucrezia's future.  His Last Duchess gorgeously brings to life the passions and people of sixteenth-century Tuscany and Ferrara.


The Heretic's Wife by Brenda Rickman Vantrease

Tudor England is a perilous place for booksellers Kate Gough and her brother John, who sell forbidden translations of the Bible. Caught between warring factions-English Catholics opposed to the Lutheran reformation, and Henry VIII's growing impatience with the Pope's refusal to sanction his marriage to Anne Boleyn-Kate embarks on a daring adventure that will lead her into a dangerous marriage and a web of intrigue that pits her against powerful enemies. From the king's lavish banquet halls to secret dungeons and the inner sanctums of Thomas More, Brenda Rickman Vantrease's glorious new novel illuminates the public pageantry and the private passions of men and women of conscience in treacherous times.


The Scarlet Contessa by Jeanne Kalogridis

Daughter of the Duke of Milan and wife of the conniving Count Girolamo Riario, Caterina Sforza was the bravest warrior Renaissance Italy ever knew. She ruled her own lands, fought her own battles, and openly took lovers whenever she pleased. Her remarkable tale is told by her lady-in-waiting, Dea, a woman knowledgeable in reading the "triumph cards," the predecessor of modern-day Tarot. As Dea tries to unravel the truth about her husband's murder, Caterina single-handedly holds off invaders who would steal her title and lands. However, Dea's reading of the cards reveals that Caterina cannot withstand a third and final invader--none other than Cesare Borgia, son of the corrupt Pope Alexander VI, who has an old score to settle with Caterina. Trapped inside the Fortress at Ravaldino as Borgia's cannons pound the walls, Dea reviews Caterina's scandalous past and struggles to understand their joint destiny, while Caterina valiantly tries to fight off Borgia's unconquerable army.

The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley

Edinburgh: 1828

In the starkly-lit operating theaters of the city, grisly experiments are being carried out on corpses in the name of medical science. But elsewhere, there are those experimenting with more sinister forces.

Amongst the crowded, sprawling tenements of the labyrinthine Old Town, a body is found, its neck torn to pieces. Charged with investigating the murder is Adam Quire, Officer of the newly- formed Edinburgh Police. The trail will lead him into the deepest reaches of the city''s criminal underclass, and to the highest echelons of the filthy rich.

Soon Quire will discover that a darkness is crawling through this city of enlightenment - and no one is safe from its corruption.

The Edinburgh Dead is a powerful fusion of gothic horror, history, and the fantastical.


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What arrived in your mailbox this week?
 


13 comments:

  1. Wildflower Hill sounds like a story I would enjoy. Will look forward to your thoughts!

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  2. These all look like books I would enjoy- great mailbox!

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  3. I almost picked up Wildflower Hill at Barnes & Noble last night. Love the cover for that one.

    His Last Duchess looks good too. Hope you enjoy them all!

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  4. Wildflower Hill is going on my wish list. I hear it is very good! Enjoy your new reads.

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  5. I have Wildflower Hill, too! Can't wait to get into it!

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  6. I am so jealous -- I want each one of those books!! I hope you enjoy them all.

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  7. I read The Last Duchess after it came out in the UK - I really enjoyed it!

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  8. love seeing all these historicals here. Can't get enough of these myself. Enjoy them all!

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  9. Wow, Wildflower Hill sounds wonderful! Enjoy your new books.

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  10. All of those books sound good to me! Enjoy all of your new reads.

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  11. I've really wanted to read His Last Duchess. The Scarlet Contessa sounds good too.
    Enjoy!

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  12. The cover on Heretic's Wife is gorgeous. I hope its an improvement on The Illuminator.

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  13. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, everyone!

    I'll post reviews for each of these books once I finish them...given the size of my to be read pile it might be awhile, though :-)

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