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, but for the month of December MM is on tour and hosted by Rose City Reader.  Yours truly will be the MM host for April!

Hi all!  Well, Atlanta is finally thawing out from the deep freeze and I'm starting to get mail again...yippee!!!  I received two for review and one used book ordered from Amazon.

First up is one I've been lusting after for a while now, Pale Rose of England by Sandra Worth...a few minutes after it was delivered yesterday I tore it open and started reading.  I'm about 1/3 of the way through and I have a feeling that this is going to be a big hit for Sandra...I just can't put it down!  I am super excited that Sandra will be stopping by PTTP for an interview on February 1st, release day! 

by Sandra Worth

Release Date:  February 1, 2011


From the award-winning author of The King's Daughter comes a story of love and defiance during the War of the Roses.

It is 1497. The news of the survival of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, has set royal houses ablaze with intrigue and rocked the fledgling Tudor dynasty. With the support of Scotland's King James IV, Richard-known to most of England as Perkin Warbeck-has come to reclaim his rightful crown from Henry Tudor. Stepping finally onto English soil, Lady Catherine Gordon has no doubt that her husband will succeed in his quest.

But rather than assuming the throne, Catherine would soon be prisoner of King Henry VII, and her beloved husband would be stamped as an imposter. With Richard facing execution for treason, Catherine, alone in the glittering but deadly Tudor Court, must find the courage to spurn a cruel monarch, shape her own destiny, and win the admiration of a nation. 

This next one is one that I didn't know was coming, but I may have to find some time to check it out.  Has anyone read it and can comment?

by Sarah Blake

Paperback Release Date:  February 1, 2011


In 1940, Iris James is the postmistress in coastal Franklin, Massachusetts. Iris knows more about the townspeople than she will ever say, and believes her job is to deliver secrets. Yet one day she does the unthinkable: slips a letter into her pocket, reads it, and doesn't deliver it.

Meanwhile, Frankie Bard broadcasts from overseas with Edward R. Murrow. Her dispatches beg listeners to pay heed as the Nazis bomb London nightly. Most of the townspeople of Franklin think the war can't touch them. But both Iris and Frankie know better...
The Postmistress is a tale of two worlds-one shattered by violence, the other willfully naïve-and of two women whose job is to deliver the news, yet who find themselves unable to do so. Through their eyes, and the eyes of everyday people caught in history's tide, it examines how stories are told, and how the fact of war is borne even through everyday life.

And last, but not least is a book that I featured on my first On My Wishlist post:

The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV
by Anne Somerset

Publication Date:  September 23, 2004


The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread, arrests followed. Suspects included those among the highest ranks of society. Many were tortured and numerous executions resulted.

The 1676 torture and execution of the Marquise de Brinvilliers marked the start of the scandal which rocked the foundations of French society and sent shock waves through all of Europe. Convicted of conspiring with her adulterous lover to poison her father and brothers in order to secure the family fortune, the marquise was the first member of the noble class to fall.

In the French court of the period, where sexual affairs were numerous, ladies were not shy of seeking help from the murkier elements of the Parisian underworld, and fortune-tellers supplemented their dubious trade by selling poison.

It was not long before the authorities were led to believe that Louis XIV himself was at risk. With the police chief of Paris police alerted, every hint of danger was investigated. Rumors abounded and it was not long before the King ordered the setting up of a special commission to investigate the poisonings and bring offenders to justice. No one, the King decreed, no matter how grand, would be spared having to account for their conduct.

The royal court was soon thrown into disarray. The Mistress of the Robes and a distinguished general were among the early suspects. But they paled into insignificance when the King's mistress was incriminated. If, as was said, she had engaged in vile Satanic rituals and had sought to poison a rival for the King's affections, what was Louis XIV to do?

Anne Somerset has gone back to original sources, letters and earlier accounts of the affair. By the end of her account, she reaches firm conclusions on various crucial matters.
The Affair of the Poisons is an enthralling account of a sometimes bizarre period in French history.

Well, that's my mailbox...I'd love to hear what showed up in yours!!



  1. I liked The Postmistress although I did find it a little bit different to what I was expecting. I got Pale Rose of York too!

  2. I am longing to read Pale Rose of England... sounds like it is going to be just as good as it sounds! Enjoy :)

  3. You have some wonderful looking reads here! Postmistress is one I hope to read soon!

  4. You got some great books in...hope you enjoy them! I have The Postmistress in my TBR pile, so will be interested to see what you think of it.

  5. As usual you have some gorgeous stuff here! Enjoy.

  6. Amy, these books look FABULOUS! Enjoy, honey :)

  7. Pale Rose of England sounds wonderful, I hope you're enjoying it. I read The Posmistress a few months ago and really liked it. It is historical fiction but probably lighter historical fiction than much of what you read. But it's a very interesting story with some great characters.

    ~ Amy

  8. I read and reviewed The Postmistress last year and really loved it. I'm a sucker for European historical fiction.

  9. Great mailbox Amy.

    I have not read The Postmistress, but my mom did and thought it was really good.

    Pale Rose of England sounds wonderful; will look for your review!

  10. Again, 3 more books for my wish list. I am intrigued by THE AFFAIR OOF THE POISONS. Sounds like it is a most interesting investigation.


  11. This past week I received THE DARLING STRUMPET by Gillian Bagwell from Yankee Romance Reviewers and OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon from Seductive Musing.
    Two great books I can't wait to read.


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