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!!

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

Happy Monday everyone!  My mailbox last week was pretty good as I received two books I've been eager to read.

First up, I received Gabrielle Burton's Impatient with Desire by the author.  Thank you Gabrielle!  I love the cover and it's even better in person.

SYNOPSIS: In the spring of 1846, Tamsen Donner, her husband, George, their five daughters, and eighty other pioneers headed to California on the California-Oregon Trail in eager anticipation of new lives out West. Everything that could go wrong did, and an American legend was born.

The Donner Party. We think we know their story--pioneers trapped in the mountains performing an unspeakable act to survive--but we know only that one harrowing part of it. Impatient with Desire brings us answers to the unanswerable question: What really happened in the four months the Donners were trapped in the mountains? And it brings to stunning life a woman--and a love story--behind the myth.

Tamsen Eustis Donner, born in 1801, taught school, wrote poetry, painted, botanized, and was fluent in French. At twenty-three, she sailed alone from Massachusetts to North Carolina when respectable women didn't travel alone. Years after losing her first husband, Tully, she married again for love, this time to George Donner, a prosperous farmer, and in 1846, they set out for California with their five youngest children. Unlike many women who embarked reluctantly on the Oregon Trail, Tamsen was eager to go. Later, trapped in the mountains by early snows, she had plenty of time to contemplate the wisdom of her decision and the cost of her wanderlust.

Historians have long known that Tamsen kept a journal, though it was never found. In Impatient with Desire, Burton draws on years of historical research to vividly imagine this lost journal--and paints a picture of a remarkable heroine in an extraordinary situation. Tamsen's unforgettable journey takes us from the cornfields of Illinois to the dusty Oregon Trail to the freezing Sierra Nevada Mountains, where she was forced to confront an impossible choice. 

Impatient with Desire is a passionate, heart-wrenching story of courage, hope, and love in hardship, all told at a breathless pace. Intimate in tone and epic in scope, Impatient with Desire is absolutely hypnotic.

And from Allie at Hist-Fic Chick I got Prima Donna by Megan Chance.

SYNOPSIS:  Opera singer Sabine Conrad is the toast of nineteenth-century New York high society. A celebrated soprano with the voice of an angel, she is showered with adulation by her audiences and courted by wealthy patrons. But behind the scenes, her every move is controlled by a Svengali-like manager, Gideon Price. When her attempt to escape him goes tragically awry, she flees, leaving behind a grisly murder.

Three years later, as Marguerite Olson, she has put aside the prima donna she once was to run a low-class theater in Seattle. Hidden among prostitutes, drunks, and miners, a desperate and determined Marguerite carefully guards the secrets of her old life—until her past returns to offer a terrifying proposition.

Prima Donna captures both the glittering decadence of New York and the rough raunchy waterfront of Seattle, as Marguerite, caught between two worlds, must find the strength to confront the truth of her past and choose which voice defines her in this dark and harrowing novel.




  1. Impatient With Desire sounds really good. Not a title you'd expect for a book about the Donner party! Happy reading.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  2. ooohh, Prima Donna sounds fabulous! I hadn't seen that one before. Enjoy!

  3. both of these books sound great. happy reading

  4. Enjoy your books. Amy! I hope they are good ones. I am rooting Gabrielle Burton's since she shares my name =)

  5. Agreed, Impatient with Desire's cover looks really inviting. Check out my mailbox here

  6. Great sounding books! I agree, Impatient with Desire's cover is gorgeous!!! Enjoy!

    Here is mine::

  7. I have Impatient With Desire on my wish list. Both of your books sound great. Enjoy them both.

  8. Both of these sound wonderful. The Donner party must be the new thing, because I think there is another books out there recently about it.

  9. I have Prima Donna, too. Looking forward to reading it!

  10. Both PRIMA DONNA and IMPATIENT WITH DESIRE, are high on my list to read. IPRIMA DONNA because it sounds like a good suspenseful story. IMPATIENT because it deals with an incident in our history I've always had questions about.

  11. Impatient With Desire looks so good! The plot from Prima Donna reminds me of "Sleeping With the Enemy" - a movie which truly freaked me out.


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