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via Katie @ Sourcebooks
Forced to marry Hugh le Despenser, the son and grandson of disgraced traitors, Bess de Montacute, just 13 years old, is appalled at his less-than-desirable past. Meanwhile, Hugh must give up the woman he really loves in order to marry the reluctant Bess. Far apart in age and haunted by the past, can Hugh and Bess somehow make their marriage work?

Just as walls break down and love begins to grow, the merciless plague endangers all whom the couple holds dear, threatening the life and love they have built.

Award-winning author Susan Higginbotham's impeccable research will delight avid historical fiction readers, and her enchanting characters will surely capture every reader's heart. Fans of her first novel, The Traitor's Wife, will be thrilled to find that this story follows the next generation of the Despenser family.

via Shelf Awareness
Ice Land is an epic tale of forbidden love. Set in the year 1000 AD, in the shadow of a smoldering volcano, it portrays a society on the brink of change, where the old values of loyalty and kinship are threatened by a new world order.

Freya knows that her people are doomed. Warned by the Fates of an impending catastrophe, she goes in search of a magnificent gold necklace said to have the power to alter the course of history. But to obtain the necklace, she must pay a terrible price and sell herself to the four brothers who created it.

via Caitlin @ Random House
As war and treachery loom, an ambitious man’s mission threatens to topple two dazzling realms and their formidable rulers: Catherine de Medici, the Dark Queen, and Ariane, the Lady of Faire Isle.

It is 1588, and as the Spanish Armada prepares to besiege England, Paris balances on the brink of revolution. To maintain her grip on the throne and on the dark magic that has become her obsession, Catherine de Medici turns to Louis Xavier, a ruthless corsair who was schooled in the dark arts and has mastered piracy along the Spanish main. But Louis’s basest instincts are held in check by the kindness of Lady Jane Danvers, a British exile whose innate sense of honor is but one facet of her complex and passionate nature.

On Faire Isle, Ariane Cheney, unaware of the escalating threat from the Dark Queen, struggles with the task of protecting the daughters of the earth and their vast store of ancient magical wisdom. Weak and desperate for an advantage, the ailing Catherine makes a devil’s bargain that will cast a shadow over all.

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  1. All of these choices sound amazing! I am especially intrigued bu Hugh and Bess...

  2. Nice books. Looking forward to your review on Hugh & Bess and I must admit Ice Land has me intrigued. Happy reading :-)

  3. Iceland sounds great, as to Hugh and Bess. Enjoy

  4. Okay I am officially jealous that you got Twilight of a Queen. I am collecting that series.

    The Ice Land book sounds really interesting because I am researching that era.

    I also received Hugh and Bess :)

  5. I am definitely coveting your mailbox. :) Great books. I did get the Iceland book too. Happy Reading and Happy Monday.

  6. I am always so jealous of your mailbox! I am particularly envious of Twilight of a Queen!

    I hope you enjoy reading all of them. :)

  7. I love the cover to Ice Land, but now that I've read the synopsis, I'm not as interested in the book! Happy reading!

  8. These all sound really good! I hope you like them!

  9. Great books! I'll be reading Hugh and Bess as well. I'm hoping Ice Land shows up in my mailbox this week.

  10. Looks like you have some great reads there. Wow!

  11. Darn I missed out on Hugh And Bess.. no fair.. but I did get Twilight of a Queen ~so My series is complete already and I haven't begun it!

  12. I received Hugh & Bess, too. Can't wait to read it. Enjoy your new books!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  13. I have Hugh and Bess for review. Looks good so far.


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