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!

Bonjour readers!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was nice but busy and I had some great books to keep me company.  Included in this week's Mailbox Monday are three that I received for review and one I picked up at a local used bookstore.

First up is To Be Queen: A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitaine by the lovely Christy English.  Thanks Christy, I am looking forward to meeting up again with Eleanor!

Release Date: April 5, 2011


The author of The Queen's Pawn delves into the early life of the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine in her new historical novel.

After her father's sudden death, fifteen-year-old Eleanor is quickly crowned Duchess of Aquitaine and betrothed to King Louis VII. When her new husband cannot pronounce her given name, Alienor becomes Eleanor, Queen of France.

Although Louis is enamored of his bride, the newly crowned king is easily manipulated by the church and a God that Eleanor doesn't believe in. Now, if she can find the strength to fight for what she wants, Eleanor may finally find the passion she has longed for, and the means to fulfill her legacy as Queen. 

Second, is A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware.  The newest reissue by Sourcebooks takes place in San Francisco in the early 1900s and has one of the most gorgeous covers I've ever seen!  I have loved the previous three reissues and have no doubt that Ciji Ware will bring it again!

Release Date: March 31, 2011


Inspired by female architect Julia Morgan, this is the riveting tale of a race against time to rebuild two luxury hotels after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed 400 city blocks and left 250,000 homeless.

Morgan’s fictional protegee Amelia Bradshaw and client J.D. Thayer will sacrifice anything to see the city they love rise from the ashes; in the process, they can’t help but lose their hearts.

Third, is Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon.  This is one that I've been waiting to read for quite some time so I was very excited when it showed up this week!

Release Date:  March 1, 2011


Two sheltered princesses, one wounded warrior; who will live happily ever after?

Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war. One gloomy, windswept morning as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea, she witnesses a miracle: a glittering mermaid emerging from the waves, a nearly drowned man in her arms. By the time Margrethe reaches the shore, the mermaid has disappeared into the sea. As Margrethe nurses the handsome stranger back to health, she learns that not only is he a prince, he is also the son of her father's greatest rival. Sure that the mermaid brought this man to her for a reason, Margrethe devises a plan to bring peace to her kingdom.

Meanwhile, the mermaid princess Lenia longs to return to the human man she carried to safety. She is willing to trade her home, her voice, and even her health for legs and the chance to win his heart….  

A surprising take on the classic tale, Mermaid is the story of two women with everything to lose. Beautifully written and compulsively readable, it will make you think twice about the fairytale you heard as a child, keeping you in suspense until the very last page. 

And last, but certainly not least, is the final book that I needed to acquire to complete my Pink Carnation series collection...The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation #3) by Lauren Willig.

Rebellion is brewing in Ireland, egged on by the unquenchable Black Tulip. The Pink Carnation and Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe (formerly of the League of the Purple Gentian) are on the case. But as the Irish uprising draws nearer and the Black Tulip grows bolder, Geoff finds himself struggling with a very different sort of problem. An unexpected wife.

Well, that's my mailbox....what books made it to yours?



  1. Another Ciji Ware and I haven't even read her first!!!! Lovely books here. Enjoy the reading.

  2. Mermaid looks awesome! I have had my eye on it for some time as well.

  3. Ooooh, what goodies! Of course, the Christy English book...oh la la! And Mermaid looks SO good. I think that particular Willig might be my favorite cover, besides The Mischief of the Mistletoe.

    Happy reading!

  4. I really want to read Mermaid. I liked her other book, Godmother, so am curious about that one.

  5. I am really looking forward to Race to Splendor, and yay! for completing your Pink Carnation books.

  6. Those all sound just great! The Mermaid especially caught my eye. Happy reading!

  7. Wow! A Race to Splendor looks wonderful, and I totally agree with you: gorgeous cover!:)

  8. All of those books make me drool. The Pink Carnation series is amazing as are all of these books. The cover of the novel, A Race to Spendor, is lovely. Beautiful gowns really draw the eye to a book! By the way, can I borrow the keys to your mailbox?? ;)

  9. Nice bunch of books. To Be Queen is one I have my eye on. I received 2 books in my mailbox.


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