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 March MM is on tour and hosted by I'm Booking It.  Yours truly will be the MM host for April!

Happy Monday all!  Time again to chat about the new additions to our bookshelves.  I received two lovely books this past week for review - they were both on my wishlist and I'm really itching to get to them!

by Anne Easter Smith

Release Date:  May 3, 2011


This is the story of Cecily of York, mother of two kings and one of English history’s most intelligent and courageous women.

In Cecily Neville, duchess of York and ancestor of every English monarch to the present day, Anne has found her most engrossing character yet. Cecily earned two monikers from her contemporaries: Rose of Raby for her fair-haired beauty and Proud Cis for her fierce loyalty and courage in the face of the many history-making events she experienced in her eighty years. This was a woman who could have been queen had her husband lived to win the day over Henry VI and his queen, Margaret of Anjou, in the winter of 1461.

History remembers Cecily of York standing on the steps of Ludlow Castle, facing an attacking army while holding the hands of her two young sons. Queen by Right reveals how she came to step into her destiny, beginning with her marriage to Richard, Duke of York who she meets when she is nine and he is thirteen. Raised together in her father’s household, they become a true love match, and together they face personal tragedies, pivotal events of history, and deadly political intrigue.

All of England knows that Richard has a clear claim to the throne, and when King Henry VI becomes unfit to rule, Cecily must put aside her own hopes and fears and help her husband decide what is right for their family and the kingdom. As civil war escalates between the cousins of Lancaster and York, Cecily will lose her love, her favorite brother and her dearest child. But in the end, she will watch proudly as her oldest son takes his father’s place at the head of a victorious army and is crowned at Westminster Abbey as King Edward IV.

D.L. Bogdan

Release Date:  May 1, 2011


The death toll in Henry VIII's England can be counted in the thousands. No one was more aware of this than Thomas Howard, third duke of Norfolk. Relying on his indomitable force of will, cleverness, and sheer good fortune, Thomas Howard manages to be one of the king's only intimates to survive an unforgettable reign of terror. This impeccably researched companion piece to "Secrets of the Tudor Court" chronicles the ambitious duke's life, loves, and remarkable capacity to endure. Before he was the king's uncle, before he was his nieces' ultimate betrayer, Thomas Howard was a hostage at the court of Henry VII while his father was imprisoned in the dreaded Tower of London. There he would marry the queen's sister, his forever princess Anne Plantagenet. While he founded a dynasty, his career as soldier and sailor brought him acclaim and the trust of the Tudors. But when unspeakable tragedy robs him of family and fortune, Thomas must begin again. Abandoning notions of love, Thomas seeks out an advantageous match with the fiery Elizabeth Stafford, daughter of the duke of Buckingham. Clever, willful, and uncompromising in principle, the young duchess falls victim to a love she cannot deny. When Thomas takes on a mistress, the vulnerable Bess Holland, Duchess Elizabeth prepares to fight for all she holds dear. Only then does she learn she faces a force darker than anything she could ever have imagined, an obsessive love that neither she nor Bess can rival. 

That's my mailbox...what goodies did you get?



  1. Oh, I had lost track of Anne Easter Smith's books. This one looks good, but I should probably read the last one before I get this one!

  2. Good ones Amy, I still have yet to read an Smith one. Sigh...someday. Great score this week.

  3. Two books that sound excellent. This is the first I have heard of RIVALS IN THE TUDOR COURT. I am not familiar with the main characters of this book.

  4. 'Queen By Right' looks especially good to me. I look forward to reading your thoughts.

    I received 3 books in my Inbox, rather than my mailbox:

  5. You always have beautiful books in your Mailbox. Enjoy.

  6. i didn't realize anne easter smith had a new book coming out. i love her writing! thanks amy!

  7. Both of the synopses of those books leave me wanting to read them right away. You are so lucky. I wish I had a "Magic Mailbox" too! Enjoy reading them!

  8. Rivals in the Tudor Court looks really interesting. I really enjoy stories about this time period.

  9. They both look good. I love to get queen by Right. Happy reading!

    My MM is here:

  10. Amy, you are so lucky to receive and get to read those delicious novels. What a terrific "job" you have!


Related Posts with Thumbnails

Passages to the Past
All rights reserved © 2013

Custom Blog Design by Blogger Boutique

Blogger Boutique