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.

I'm baaaaaaccckkkkk!!!  I've been in Orlando since Friday celebrating my birthday with my friends and family and had a fabulous time!  The highlight was that my three best girlfriends were able to come to the party.  We've known each other for 20 years and this was the first time we've been together with all of our kids so we had a blast!  

Last week I received a few books for review and then got a couple for my birthday.  I'll start with those first.  Lady of the Butterflies by Fiona Mountain is one that I've been really drooling over for a loooong time, plus it was released on my birthday, so it must be meant to be!  On Reading by André Kertész was a gift from my mother.  It's a book that combines my love of photography and reading....she finds the best gifts!

by Fiona Mountain

SYNOPSIS:  On the ancient marshlands of Somerset - a place of mists and magic - a girl grows up in the shadow of the English Civil War, knowing that one day she will inherit the rich estate which belonged to her late mother. Her father, a stern but loving Puritan, once a distinguished soldier in Cromwell's army, fears for his daughter in the poisonous aftermath of the war, and for her vulnerability as an heiress. But above all he fears and misunderstands her scientific passion for butterflies. Eleanor Glanville was in fact destined to become one of the most famous entomologists in history, bequeathing her name to the rare butterfly which she discovered, the Glanville Fritillary. But not before she had endured a life of quite extraordinary vicissitude. Two marriages and an all-consuming love, which proved her undoing, a deep friendship with one of the great scientists of the day and finally, a trial for lunacy (on the grounds that no sane person would pursue butterflies) are all played out against the violent events of the Monmouth Rebellion and the vicious controversy over whether or not to drain the Somerset marshes. Now, if you drive down the M5, you will cross Kings Sedgemoor Drain - one of the first great ditches which reclaimed the land for farming and destroyed the precious habitat of the Glanville Fritillary.

On Reading
by Andrea Kertesz

Description:  André Kertész (1894-1985) was one of the most inventive, influential, and prolific photographers in the medium's history. This small volume, first published in 1971, became one of his signature works. Taken between 1920 and 1970, these photographs capture people reading in many parts of the world. Readers in every conceivable place—on rooftops, in public parks, on crowded streets, waiting in the wings of the school play—are caught in a deeply personal, yet universal, moment. Kertész's images celebrate the absorptive power and pleasure of this solitary activity and speak to readers everywhere. Fans of photography and literature alike will welcome this reissue of this classic work that has long been out of print.

Here are the books I received for review:

by Ciji Ware

Release Date:  October 1, 2010
Acquired by:  Sourcebooks Publishing

SYNOPSIS:  Masterfully bringing to life the drama and intrigue of 18th century London, author Ciji Ware sweeps readers into the story of a woman determined to write her own destiny. A blend of Shakespeare's talent and Helen of Troy's beauty, Sophie McGann is a woman ahead of her time. She defies society and convention to pursue her dream of seeing her plays performed on the grand stages of London. When scandal threatens her future, it will take a leading man from her past to help Sophie reclaim the life she has fought so hard to achieve.

The Princeling (Book Three, Morland Dynasty Series)
by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Release Date:  October 1, 2010

Acquired by: Sourcebooks Publishing

SYNOPSIS:  Elizabeth I is on the throne and Protestantism is sweeping the land, threatening the position of the Catholic Morlands. John, the heir, rides north to the untamed Borderlands to wed the daughter of cattle lord Black Will Percy. But he finds he must first prove himself through blood and battle. John's gentle sister Lettice is given in marriage to the ruthless Scottish baron, Lord Robert Hamilton, and in the treacherous court of Mary, Queen of Scots, she learns the fierce lessons of survival. Through birth and death, love and hatred, the Morlands fight to maintain their place amongst England's aristocracy.

by Laurie Albanese and Laura Morowitz

Acquired by:  TLC Book Tours

SYNOPSIS:  Italy, 1456. The Renaissance is in glorious bloom. A Carmelite monk, the great artist Fra Filippo Lippi acts as chaplain to the nuns of the Convent Santa Margherita. It is here that he encounters the greatest temptation of his life, beautiful Lucrezia Buti, who has been driven to holy orders more by poverty than piety. In Lucrezia's flawless face Lippi sees the inspiration for countless Madonnas and he brings the young woman to his studio to serve as his model. But as painter and muse are united in an exhilarating whirl of artistic discovery, a passionate love develops, one that threatens to destroy them both even as it fuels some of Lippi's greatest work.

Well, that's my mailbox. What goodies showed up at your door?



  1. Hope you had a great birthday!!

  2. Oh my, all of these sound just wonderful! I did read The Miracles of Prato, and thought it was very evocative and rich. It was a great book, and I really hope that you enjoy it. Happy reading!

  3. Hope you enjoyed your birthday and all the very best. Your selection of books this week looks wonderful. I really like the look of The Miracles of Prato and Wicked Company

  4. Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy Lady of the Butterflies as much as I did. Pity they've changed the cover though - the one on my copy is gorgeous.

  5. Happy Birthday!

    I've got the same two from Sourcebooks.

    TLC ignores my applications. I guess I am not booky enough.

    Maybe Pricilla should apply.
    bigger heh

  6. Man, when I was in middle school, I had a MAD crush on a guy w/ the last name of Prato. Book still sounds really good though! :)

  7. First, Happy Happy Birthday. far as your mailbox. Yes, I totally agree, I just love Ciji Ware. Can't wait to read another one of her awesome novels. You will love The Lady of the Butterflies so....I'm glad it coincides with your BDay. I read Miracles of Prato last year. I liked it. Have fun with the tour.

  8. Happy Birthday Amy I hope you had a good one. I see you got the cover I have for butterflies, is it not beautiful? Did you get a hardback copy? bet it is to die for beautiful.

  9. Of all of these, LADY OF THE BUTTERFLIES calls to me. It has since the first I saw of it. The others all appeal.

    My mailbox this past week or so held:
    THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer
    POWER OF A WOMAN by Robert Fripp
    EMBERS by Laura Bickle
    MONEY, HONEY by Susan Sey
    THE TUDOR WIFE by Emily Purdy

    Some serious reads and some beach books.


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