Monday, July 5, 2010

Mailbox Monday July 5



Mailbox Monday is a meme where you can post what books came into your home during the week. It is hosted by Marcia over at The Printed Page. Go on over and check it out. Mailbox Monday will be going on a blog tour. Every month a different blog will be hosting Mailbox Monday. Sounds like fun, right? You can check out the schedule on The Printed Page.

All book summaries are borrowed from Goodreads.




As the wounds of the Civil War are just beginning to heal, one fateful summer would forever alter the course of a young girl’s life.

In 1868, on the barren shores of post-war Outer Banks North Carolina, the once wealthy Sinclair family moves for the summer to one of the first cottages on the ocean side of the resort village of Nags Head. Seventeen-year-old Abigail is beautiful, book-smart, but sheltered by her plantation life and hemmed-in by her emotionally distant family. To make good use of time, she is encouraged by her family to teach her father’s fishing guide, the good-natured but penniless Benjamin Whimble, how to read and write. And in a twist of fate unforeseen by anyone around them, there on the porch of the cottage, the two come to love each other deeply, and to understand each other in a way that no one else does.

But when, against everything he claims to represent, Ben becomes entangled in Abby's father's Ku Klux Klan work, the terrible tragedy and surprising revelations that one hot Outer Banks night brings forth threaten to tear them apart forever.

With vivid historical detail and stunning emotional resonance, Diann Ducharme recounts a dramatic story of love, loss, and coming of age at a singular and rapidly changing time in one of America’s most beautiful and storied communities.

I received this book for review from Read It Forward.



When had I choice to be other than I was? From childhood Alice Salisbury has learnt obedience in all things and at fourteen, dutifully marries the man her father has chosen for her - at the cost of losing the love of her mother forever and the family she holds dear. But merchant Janyn Perrers is a good and loving husband and Alice soon learns to enjoy her marriage. Until a messenger brings news of his disappearance and she discovers that her husband had many secrets, secrets he didn't want her to know - but which have now put a price on her own head and that of her beloved daughter.Brought under the protection of King Edward III and Queen Philippa, she must dutifully embrace her fate once more - as a virtual prisoner at Court. And when the king singles her out for more than just royal patronage, she knows she has little choice but to accept his advances. But obeying the king brings with it many burdens as well as pleasures, as she forfeits her good name to keep her daughter free from hurt. Still a young woman and guided by her intellect and good business sense, she learns to use her gifts as wisely as she can. But as one of the king's favourites, she brings jealousy and hatred in her wake and some will stop at nothing to see her fall from grace.

I received this book for review from Crown Publishers through Shelf Awareness.



Karen Essex turns on the heat in this transporting and darkly haunting new tale of love and possession that puts forth the question: What if everything you knew about Dracula . . . was wrong?

From the shadowy banks of the River Thames to the wild and windswept coast of Yorkshire, the quintessential Victorian virgin Mina Murray vividly recounts in the pages of her private diary the intimate details of what transpired between her and Count Dracula—the joys and terrors of a pas?sionate affair and her rebellion against a force of evil that has pursued her through time.

Mina’s version of this timeless gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into the dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and locked asylum chambers where she led a secret life, far from the chaste and polite lifestyle the defenders of her purity, and even her fiancĂ©, Jonathan Harker, expected of her.

Bram Stoker’s classic novel was only one side of the story. Now, for the first time, Dracula’s eternal muse reveals all. What she has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than ever imagined. The result is a scintillating gothic novel that reinvents the tragic heroine Mina as a modern woman tor?tured by desire.

I received this book for review from Doubleday Books.

What wonderful books made their way into your home?

23 comments:

  1. So funny, we got the same books! I've already read The Outer Banks House and I loved it. Can't wait to read the others. It was a good week!

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  2. The Outer Banks sounds good...enjoy all your books.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  3. Great book week! I really really have to get The King's Mistress! It's on my TBR list!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

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  4. Outer Banks House looks good- seems to be in a lot of MMs this week, except mine! But I did get the King's Mistress. Have a great week and happy reading.

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  5. I also got Dracula and The King's Mistress...looks like those are making the rounds this week!

    Enjoy your new additions!

    My mailbox is HERE.

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  6. These all look good Beth; enjoy!

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  7. Enjoy all three! I'll watch for reviews because I think they look good :)

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  8. I got The Outer Banks House too. I hope you enjoy your new treasures.

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  9. Looks like some good books. Happy Reading. Thanks for visiting my MM

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  10. Love the mailbox. Especially since I have a couple of them too. LOL
    Although, my mouth is watering over The Outer Banks. I have seen that a few places. Hope you enjoy it. :)

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  11. Oh the Outer Banks House looks great! Enjoy your books!

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  12. I've seen The Outer Banks on another blog and it caught my interest. Great selection of books in your mailbox. Enjoy!

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  13. Great books! I really wanna read The King's Mistress. Enjoy your books!

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  14. So many people received/are reading The King's Mistress today! It's really got my interest picqued, especially with the beautiful cover. In a way, it reminds me of The Reliable Wife in her red velvet dress.

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  15. Hey there – just swinging by for Monday to see what you are reading. I have seen these same three books on a lot of blogs. I will have to check them out. Have a great week. Stop by The Wormhole to check out what I have gotten and what I have been reading too. Happy reading! Bev.

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  16. I am seeing The Outerbanks House all over the place. I hope you enjoy it.

    Thanks for passing by today and Happy reading!

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  17. They all look good (well, I'm reading The King's Mistress right now). I'll be interesting in hearing what you think about the Dracula one.

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  18. Looks like some good books Beth. I have The King's Mistress as well. Happy Reading!

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  19. Love the cover of The Outer Banks House!

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  20. Those three are really making the rounds! I can't wait to start reading the reviews all you guys post.

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  21. The Outer Banks House sounds really good, and I just love the cover. Happy reading!

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  22. I have been seeing the Outer Banks everywhere and want to read this.

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  23. I just started Dracula in Love and so far the language is lush and the plot thrilling.

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