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 February MM is on tour and hosted by Library of Clean Reads.  Yours truly will be the MM host for April!

Hey there, I hope this MM is finding you well and reading something yummy!  I've got two new additions for review to report.

by Sarah Bower

Release Date:  March 1, 2011


In 1492, when Ferdinand and Isabella expel the Jews from Spain, six year old Esther Sarfati finds herself travelling to Rome to join her father, a successful banker who has helped his fellow Spaniard, Rodrigo Borgia, finance his bid for the Papacy. Nine years later, as Pope Alexander VI, he repays the favour by offering Esther a place in the household of his daughter, Lucrezia, who is about to marry Alfonso d'Este, heir to the Duchy of Ferrara. Against her own better judgement, but in accordance with her father's wishes for her future, Esther converts to Christianity and enters Lucrezia's service as lady-in-waiting. Flattered by Lucrezia's favour, seduced by the friendship of her cousin, Angela Borgia and swept off her feet by Lucrezia's glamorous and dangerous brother, Cesare, she is drawn into a web of intrigue and deceit which will test her heart to its utmost and burden her with secrets she must carry to her grave. Set against the glittering background of the court of Ferrara in the early sixteenth century, this is the heart-breaking story of what happens to an innocent abroad in the world of the Borgias.

by Lenore Hart

Release Date:  February 15, 2011


When eight-year-old Virginia "Sissy" Clemm meets her handsome cousin, Edgar Allan Poe, he seems the very image of the make-believe husband she conjures up in childhood games. He’s thirteen years her elder, but kind, soft-spoken, brooding, and handsome. Eddy floats in and out of her life as he fails his way through West Point and then the army. Each time he returns to Baltimore, their odd friendship grows, and her understanding of the moody, troubled writer deepens. As Sissy prepares for a career on the musical stage, her childhood crush turns to love. When she is 13, Eddy proposes marriage, swearing to care for her forever. Yet even child brides eventually grow up, and it's really Eddy who needs caring for, who leans on her. She gains his complete devotion, true — yet also must endure his abrupt disappearances, strange moods, and the aftermath of alcoholic binges. Then, when she falls ill, Poe’s greatest fear – that he’ll once again lose a woman he loves – drives him both to near-madness, and to his greatest literary achievement.

This provocative novel explores the mysterious and confounding relationship between Poe and Sissy Clemm, his great love and constant companion. Lenore Hart, author of Becky, explores love, loss, the afterlife, and American literature's most haunted and demonized literary figure, by imagining the real, beating heart of the woman who loved and inspired him – and whose absence ultimately destroyed him.

What goodies came your way?



  1. Both of those sound great. I'd love to read the one about Poe first! Can't wait to see what you think of them.

  2. I have the Sins of the House of Borgia in my pile. It looks so good.

  3. OOOH very nice Amy, I have the UK version of Sins of the House of Borgia, "Book of Love". I have been meaning to get to it for quite some time. The Raven's Bride sounds really really good. Enjoy the reads and by the way you did something different here and I am not sure what it is but I like it, maybe it is the font size. I MISSED you Amy!

  4. Sins of the House of Borgia sounds really good! Haven't read much about Borgia related so maybe should before the show starts?

  5. The Borgia story sounds so good. I will try to find this at sometime - a really intriguing one.

  6. I am really anxious to read Hart's book. Virginia Poe is generally a very underrated figure in her husband's biographies.

  7. Enjoy your books. I'm still on the fence for Sins of the House of Borgia. I think I'll wait until some reviews are done on it.

    Enjoy your Books! I received 2.


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