Mailbox Monday

Another Monday, Another Mailbox!! This is a feature where we all share with each other the yummy books that showed up at our doors! WARNING: Mailbox Mondays can lead to extreme envy and GINORMOUS wishlists!!

It was a good week over here at my mailbox - I received a quad-fecta of historical fiction treats!  What about you?

by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Release Date:  April 1, 2010  |  Acquired by Sourcebooks

SYNOPSIS:  The first book in the epic bestselling Morland Dynasty series which spans from the Wars of the Roses to Queen Victoria's long reign, where war and famine, peace and plenty, love and loyalty, greed and envy spread the lines of the family throughout the country—into the courts of kings and the salons of the Regency, onto the battlefields of Culloden and the Crimea and beyond.

In The Founding, seeking power and prestige, grim, ambitious Yorkshireman Edward Morland arranges a marriage between his meek son Robert and spirited Eleanor, young ward of the influential Beaufort family. Eleanor is not only appalled at being forced to marry a mere "sheep farmer," but is secretly in love with Richard, Duke of York. Yet, in time, this apparently ill-matched union becomes both passionate and tender, the foundation of the Morland Dynasty, and sustains them through bloody civil war which so often divides families, sets neighbor against neighbor, and brings tragedy close to home.

by Margaret Campbell Barnes

Release Date:  April 1, 2010  |  Acquired by Sourcebooks

SYNOPSIS:   Set against the backdrop of a country racked by revolt and class warfare, Within the Hollow Crown showcases the true spirit of a king at the end of one of the most glorious dynasties, who wants both England's heart and crown. Perhaps one of the most misunderstood of all English monarchs, the son of the Black Prince and grandson of Edward III has been portrayed in a dim light by history. But Margaret Campbell Barnes gives readers a different portrait of Richard II. Although his peace-loving ways set him apart from the war-mongering medieval world around him, Richard proved himself a true king by standing down a peasant revolt and outwitting the political schemes of his enemies. Struggling to uphold the valiant Plantagent dynasty, Richard and his queen, Anne of Bohemia, nonetheless manage to create an exquisite partnership, described as "one of the tenderest idylls of romance ever written."

by Jerome Charyn

Release Date:  February 22, 2010   |   Acquired by W.W. Norton & Co.

SYNOPSIS:  An astonishing novel that removes Emily Dickinson’s own mysterious mask and reveals the passions and heartbreak of America’s greatest poet. What if the old maid of Amherst wasn’t an old maid at all? Her older brother, Austin, spoke of Emily as his “wild sister.” Jerome Charyn, continuing his exploration of American history through fiction, has written a startling novel about Emily Dickinson in her own voice, with all its characteristic modulations that he learned from her letters and poems. The poet dons a hundred veils, alternately playing wounded lover, penitent, and female devil. We meet the significant characters of her life, including her tempestuous sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert; her brooding father, Edward; and the Reverend Charles Wadsworth, who may have inspired some of her greatest letters and poems. Charyn has also invented characters, including an impoverished fellow student at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, who will betray her; and a handyman named Tom, who will obsess Emily throughout her life. Charyn has written an extraordinary adventure that will disturb and delight. 9 illustrations.

by Katharine McMahon

Release Date:  February 2, 2010   |   Acquired by Penguin Publishing

SYNOPSIS:  The #1 international bestseller about love, war and betrayal from the author of The Alchemist's Daughter

In 1854, adventurous Rosa Barr travels to the Crimean battlefield with Florence Nightingale's nursing corps. For Mariella Lingwood, Rosa's cousin, the war is contained within the letters she receives from her fiancé, Henry, a celebrated surgeon who also has volunteered to work in the shadow of the guns. When Henry falls ill, Mariella impulsively takes an epic journey to the ravaged landscape of the Crimea and the tragic city of Sebastopol. What she finds there, as her world beings to crumble, is that she has much to learn about secrecy, faithfulness, and love...




  1. Nice mailbox haul! Beautiful cover on the Rose of Sebastopol. I'm looking forward to reviews and hopefully some recommendations for the historical fiction challenge LOL

  2. You have some great books there! The Rose of Sebastopol sounds great - and isn't its cover lovely?

  3. What a great stash Amy! I got The Founding and Within the Hollow Crown as well and I can't wait to read them, such beautiful covers!

  4. Ohh, I must get my hands on a copy of The Rose of Sebastopol. I loved The Alchemist's Daughter and I hope this one will be just as good.

  5. Ooh, I got Within The Hollow Crown too - I haven't read any of her books yet, even though I have 2 of them. I actually received some stuff this week - posting mailbox tomorrow.

  6. You had a very happy mailbox this week! Enjoy :)

  7. I just love your blog, but had to quit reading for a while because your reviews are always so good and interesting that I have a pile of books on my bookshelf! Now I want to read The Founding.

    I'm currently watching season three of The Tudors on Netflix. And once again obsessed with that era.

  8. The Rose of Sebastopol sounds good. I actually have a copy of The Founding -- can't wait to get to it.

  9. I got The Founding also. Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is only familiar to me for her mysteries. This should be an interesting reading experience. Have a great week and enjoy all your new books!

  10. Emily Dickinson is my favorite poet, so that book really appeals to me. Happy reading!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  11. What a great selection, Amy! I am hoping to get The Founding this week, there was an error in my 'order' so I got a romance-y one initially...
    The Emily Dickinson looks very interesting, I would so love to read that one! I'll have to settle for your review.
    My mailbox is here. Happy Monday!

  12. Envious, moi?! Well...yeah- big time!!! I want them all!!!

  13. Oh, intriguing collection of books! The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson sounds really captivating!

    My MM:

  14. Ooh, the Emily Dickinson one looks really fun! Adding it to my wishlist :)

  15. I'm reading a Margaret Campbell Barnes now (The Tudor Rose). Love her writing style! Looks like a great mailbox!

  16. I just pulled out The Rose of Sebastopol to read because I finished The Crimson Room of hers and was mesmerized by it. I have a review being published soon that I will share when it is in print.
    The Founding is intriguing to me as I have heard so many people talking about it. Awesome pile of books you have. Enjoy.


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