Monday, November 22, 2010

Mailbox Monday November 22

Mailbox Monday is meme created by Marcia from The Printed Page. Marcia says,"Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists." Mailbox Monday is on tour and this months hostess is Julie from Knitting and Sundries. Thank you Julie for hosting!

I received two books this week. Both are very different but both look very good. The book descriptions and pictures were borrowed from Goodreads.

The Dressmaker by Posie Graeme-Evans

Ellen Gowan is the only surviving child of a scholarly village minister and a charming girl disowned by her family when she married for love. Growing up in rural Norfolk, Ellen’s childhood was poor but blessed with affection. Resilience, spirit, and one great talent will carry her far from such humble beginnings. In time, she will become the witty, celebrated, and very beautiful Madame Ellen, dressmaker to the nobility of England, the Great Six Hundred.

Yet Ellen has secrets. At fifteen she falls for Raoul de Valentin, the dangerous descendant of French aristocrats. Raoul marries Ellen for her brilliance as a designer but abandons his wife when she becomes pregnant. Determined that she and her daughter will survive, Ellen begins her long climb to success. Toiling first in a clothing sweat shop, she later opens her own salon in fashionable Berkeley Square though she tells the world – and her daughter - she’s a widow. One single dress, a ballgown created for the enigmatic Countess of Hawksmoor, the leader of London society, transforms Ellen’s fortunes, and as the years pass, business thrives. But then Raoul de Valentin returns and threatens to destroy all that Ellen has achieved.

In The Dressmaker, the romance of Jane Austen, the social commentary of Charles Dickens and the very contemporary voice of Posie Graeme-Evans combine to plunge the reader deep into the opulent, sinister world of teeming Victorian England. And if the beautiful Madame Ellen is not quite what she seems, the strength of her will sees her through to the truth, and love, at last.

I received this book from Atria Books for my honest review.

Three Seconds by Roslund & Hellstrom

Piet Hoffmann is the best undercover operative in the Swedish police force, but only one other man is even aware of his existence. After a drug deal he is involved in goes badly wrong, he must face the hardest mission of his life - infiltrating Sweden's most infamous maximum-security prison.

Detective Inspector Ewert Grens is charged with investigating the drug-related killing. Unaware of Hoffmann's real identity, he believes himself to be on the trail of a dangerous psychopath. But he cannot escape the feeling that vital information pertaining to the case has been withheld or manipulated.

Hoffmann has his insurance: wiretap recordings that implicate some of Sweden's most prominent politicians in a corrupt conspiracy. But in Ewert Grens they might just have found the perfect weapon to eliminate him.

I received this book as part of the Barnes and Noble First Look Book Club.

I am hoping to get back to blogging a bit regularly again. This time of year seems to get crazy around here so I am hoping that maybe things can quiet down a bit. I have seen there is a readathon going on somewhere in the blogosphere this coming weekend and I really want to participate. I have much reading to catch up on. I just have to find where I saw it. I'm not a Black Friday shopper so staying tucked in with a stack of books sounds like heaven to me!

What wonderful books made their way into your home?


  1. Oh Three Seconds looks like one I would like!

  2. I love the cover of The Dress Maker! Just looking at that cover makes me want to read it. = )

  3. I've seen The Dressmaker on a couple of blogs - it looks so good! I hope you enjoy it.

  4. I spy my little eye... what's this... The Dressmaker... MUST HAVE!

    Just read the synopsis and hungry for more!

    Nice loot and WOW!

  5. I haven't heard of either book but I look forward to reading for reviews. Happy Reading.

  6. They couldn't be any different could they??? I'm in love with the cover of the first one!

  7. I started The Dressmaker yesterday. Good so far, but I'm about a third of the way through the book and she's still a child, so I hope the adult part of her life isn't rushed! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  8. Enjoy your new books! And don't worry about not being around as much. I think we all have that problem during the holidays.

  9. My copy of Three Seconds also arrived last week. I'll be getting started on it this weekend.

    I'll be participating in the readathon Thankfully Reading Weekend too. I won't go near a store on Black Friday.

  10. I got The dressmaker too. Isn't the cover gorgeous. Three Seconds sounds like quite a thriller.

  11. They really are TOTALLY different, but both look so good. The Dressmaker is high on my want list, too! Enjoy!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries


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