Mailbox Monday

Another Monday, Another Mailbox!! Mailbox Monday is a feature where we gush about the yummy new books that now grace our bookshelves! WARNING: Mailbox Mondays can lead to extreme envy and GINORMOUS wishlists!!

Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Serena from the wonderful blog, Saavy Verse & Wit, for the month of October.
 
Hey all! I hope this post finds everyone doing fabulously!  Well, I'm not doing too well with this hiatus thing because I can't seem to stay away from the blog, so I'm back with my favorite meme.
 
Here are the books I have acquired over the past few weeks...

by Sophie Perinot

Release Date:  March 6, 2012

SYNOPSIS

Like most sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor were rivals. They were also queens.

Raised together at the 13th Century court of their father, Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence, Marguerite and Eleanor are separated by royal marriages—but never truly parted.

Patient, perfect, reticent, and used to being first, Marguerite becomes Queen of France. Her husband, Louis IX, is considered the greatest monarch of his age. But he is also a religious zealot who denies himself all pleasure—including the love and companionship his wife so desperately craves. Can Marguerite find enough of her sister’s boldness to grasp her chance for happiness in the guise of forbidden love?

Passionate, strong-willed, and stubborn, Eleanor becomes Queen of England. Her husband, Henry III, is neither as young nor as dashing as Marguerite’s. But she quickly discovers he is a very good man…and a very bad king. His failures are bitter disappointments for Eleanor, who has worked to best her elder sister since childhood. Can Eleanor stop competing with her sister and value what she has, or will she let it slip away?

by Persia Woolley

Publication Date:  June 1, 2011

SYNOPSIS

In a country still reeling from the collapse of the Roman Empire, the young King Arthur and his wife Guinevere struggle to keep the barbarians at bay even as they establish the Fellowship of the Round Table. The spirited and outspoken Guinevere skillfully combats an accusation of planning to poison Arthur in a country simmering with unrest and scandal. But Guinevere's greatest battles are dangers Arthur cannot see-ones she'll have to fight on her own. And all the while, she must reconcile her thirst for freedom with her duties as queen, and her growing love for Lancelot with her loyalty to her husband. Vibrantly human and touchingly real, Guinevere reigns as a woman poised to discover the true peril and promise of the human heart.

by Stephanie Dray

Publication Date:  October 4, 2011

SYNOPSIS

Sorceress. Seductress. Schemer. Cleopatra's daughter is the one woman with the power to destroy an empire... 

Having survived her perilous childhood as a royal captive of Rome, Selene pledged her loyalty to Augustus and swore she would become his very own Cleopatra. Now the young queen faces an uncertain destiny in a foreign land. 

The magic of Isis flowing through her veins is what makes her indispensable to the emperor. Against a backdrop of imperial politics and religious persecution, Cleopatra's daughter beguiles her way to the very precipice of power. She has never forgotten her birthright, but will the price of her mother's throne be more than she's willing to pay? 

by Lauren Willig

Release Date:  February 16, 2012

SYNOPSIS

As Napoleon pursues his plans for the invasion of England, English operative Augustus Whittlesby gets wind of a top secret device, to be demonstrated over the course of a house party at Malmaison. The catch? The only way in is to join forces with that annoying American socialite, Emma Morris Delagardie, who has been commissioned to write a masque for the weekend’s entertainment. Even so, it should leave plenty of alone time with Augustus’ colleague (and goddess), Jane Wooliston, who has been tapped to play the heroine. Or so Augustus tells himself. In this complicated masque within a masque, nothing seems to go quite as scripted… especially Emma.

by Roberta Rich 

Paperback Release Date:  April 3, 2012

SYNOPSIS

Not since The Red Tent or People of the Book has a novel transported readers so intimately into the complex lives of women centuries ago or so richly into a story of intrigue that transcends the boundaries of history. Hannah Levi is renowned for her gift at coaxing reluctant babies from their mothers using her secret “birthing spoons.” When a Christian count implores her to attend his dying wife and save their unborn son, she is torn. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christians, but the count’s payment is enough to ransom Hannah’s husband, Isaac, who has been captured at sea. Can she refuse her duty to a woman who is suffering? Hannah’s choice entangles her in a treacherous family rivalry that endangers the child and threatens her voyage to Malta, where Isaac, believing her dead in the plague, is preparing to buy his passage to a new life. 

Beautifully told with exceptional skill, The Midwife of Venice brings to life a time and a place cloaked in fascination and mystery and introduces a captivating new talent in historical fiction. 

Well, that's my mailbox...what goodies did you receive?

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20 comments:

  1. I really like the sound of the first one .D

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  2. I am glad you are feeling well enough to be back.

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  3. The Sister Queens sounds interesting and I am jealous that you have an ARC of The Garden Intrigue!

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  4. Wow! All of these look great! Love Arthurian legend and really want to read the Persia Woolley books.

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  5. Lucky you to have these books; enjoy reading them.

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  6. Enjoy all your new reads! These are all new to me.

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  7. I just finished Song of the Nile. All I can says is WHOA!

    How did you manage to get a copy of The Garden Intrigue already?! Jealous over here!

    Lindsey @ Babiesbooksandsigns.com

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  8. All of your books look really good!

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  9. The first one sounds fabulous. I know about the first sister but Eleanor is for me not a very well known character. Would like to find this.

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  10. Welcome back, Amy. I have certainly been thinking of you and sending you good vibes.

    Thanks for sharing these upcoming goodies. Each one of them sounds so good!

    Take care and know how many friends you have out there that you haven't even met! :-)

    Connie Fischer
    conniecape@aol.com

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  11. Wonderful mailbox. Looks like you got some great books! Have a great reading week.

    Have a look at my haul of free e-books this week!!

    Here is my post!

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  12. The Midwife of Venice sounds really good

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  13. Midwife of Venice sounds good. I hope you enjoy it...and the others. Hope all is well with you...happy reading

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  14. I've really wanted to get my hands on The Sister Queens. Hope you enjoy it!

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  15. I love Lauren Willig's books. I am going to have to get The Garden Intrigue!

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  16. All sound great, but especially The Midwife of Venice. Enjoy!

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  17. Midwife of Venice and the Lauren Willig book are both going on my wish list. Great mailbox!

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  18. I would love to read all of these, enjoy!

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/10/mailbox-monday_17.html

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  19. I still have to pick up Cleopatra's daughter and you have already received Song of the Nile. I am suck a slacker!

    Enjoy your books!

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  20. The covers are all gorgeous! Hope you enjoy them.

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