Bookshelf Cleaning Giveaway #3

Hello, dear readers!  I've got another Bookshelf Cleaning Giveaway for you and this time up for grabs is a trio of fabulous HF novels!  I've read and LOVED all three books, but due to an oversight I received double copies of each, so I am spreading the love to you!

When you enter to win please let me know which title you are interested in, you can choose all three if you like!

Here are the books included in the giveaway, their formats and condition: 

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner - Paperback ARC (with a few small kitten bite marks on one corner.  Apparently Jasta kitten thought it was just as yummy as I did :)

For the King by Catherine Delors - Hardcover, finished copy, perfect condition

Claude & Camile: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell - Paperback ARC, perfect condition

About the Books

by C.W. Gortner

SYNOPSIS:  The truth is, not one of us is innocent. We all have sins to confess.
So reveals Catherine de Medici, the last legitimate descendant of her family’s illustrious line. Expelled from her native Florence, Catherine is betrothed to Henri, son of François I of France. In an unfamiliar realm, Catherine strives to create a role for herself through her patronage of the famous clairvoyant Nostradamus and her own innate gift as a seer. But in her fortieth year, Catherine is widowed, left alone with six young children in a kingdom torn apart by the ambitions of a treacherous nobility. Relying on her tenacity, wit, and uncanny gift for compromise, Catherine seizes power, intent on securing the throne for her sons, unaware that if she is to save France, she may have to sacrifice her ideals, her reputation, and the secret of her embattled heart.

by Catherine Delors

SYNOPSIS:  From the author of the critically acclaimed Mistress of the Revolution comes a spellbinding historical thriller set in post- revolutionary Paris.

For her first novel, Mistress of the Revolution, which the Associated Press dubbed one of the "best reads of the year," Catherine Delors earned comparisons to Tracy Chevalier and Philippa Gregory. In For the King, she again demonstrates her matchless ability to illuminate key turning points in history while weaving a gripping story about a man caught between his heart and his integrity.

The Reign of Terror has ended, and Napoléon Bonaparte has seized power, but shifting political loyalties still tear apart families and lovers. On Christmas Eve 1800, a bomb explodes along Bonaparte's route, narrowly missing him but striking dozens of bystanders. Chief Inspector Roch Miquel, a young policeman with a bright future and a beautiful mistress, must arrest the assassins before they attack again. Complicating Miquel's investigation are the maneuverings of his superior, the redoubtable Fouché, the indiscretions of his own father, a former Jacobin, and two intriguing women.

Based on real events and characters and rich with historical detail, For the King takes readers through the dark alleys and glittering salons of post-revolutionary Paris and is a timeless epic of love, betrayal, and redemption.

by Stephanie Cowell

SYNOPSIS:  Sometimes he dreamt he held her; that he would turn in bed and she would be there. But she was gone and he was old. Nearly seventy. Only cool paint met his fingers. “Ma très chère . . .” Darkness started to fall, dimming the paintings. He felt the crumpled letter in his pocket. “I loved you so,” he said. “I never would have had it turn out as it did. You were with all of us when we began, you gave us courage. These gardens at Giverny are for you but I’m old and you’re forever young and will never see them. . . .”

In the mid-nineteenth century, a young man named Claude Monet decided that he would rather endure a difficult life painting landscapes than take over his father’s nautical supplies business in a French seaside town. Against his father’s will, and with nothing but a dream and an insatiable urge to create a new style of art that repudiated the Classical Realism of the time, he set off for Paris.

But once there he is confronted with obstacles: an art world that refused to validate his style, extreme poverty, and a war that led him away from his home and friends. But there were bright spots as well: his deep, enduring friendships with men named Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Manet – a group that together would come to be known as the Impressionists, and that supported each other through the difficult years. But even more illuminating was his lifelong love, Camille Doncieux, a beautiful, upper-class Parisian girl who threw away her privileged life to be by the side of the defiant painter and embrace the lively Bohemian life of their time.

His muse, his best friend, his passionate lover, and the mother to his two children, Camille stayed with Monet—and believed in his work—even as they lived in wretched rooms, were sometimes kicked out of those, and often suffered the indignities of destitution. She comforted him during his frequent emotional torments, even when he would leave her for long periods to go off on his own to paint in the countryside.

But Camille had her own demons – secrets that  Monet could never penetrate, including one that when eventually revealed would pain him so deeply that he would never fully recover from its impact. For though Camille never once stopped loving the painter with her entire being, she was not immune to the loneliness that often came with being his partner.

A vividly-rendered portrait of both the rise of Impressionism and of the artist at the center of the movement, Claude and Camille is above all a love story of the highest romantic order.
Giveaway Information

- To enter, please leave a comment below and include your email address (only comments with email addresses will be entered in the giveaway).
- Please tell me which book you are entering the giveaway for, you can choose all three if you'd like.
- Giveaway is open to US and Canada ONLY.
- For +5 additional entries become a follower of Passages to the Past. If you are already a follower you will automatically receive the bonus entries. 
- For +3 additional entries join the Passages to the Past FB Page.
- For +1 additional entry each, please help spread the word by blogging, posting on sidebar, tweeting or posting this giveaway on Facebook.  You can use the SHARE buttons below.
- Giveaway ends on November 28th.


  1. I would love to win "The Confessions of Catherine de Medici"

    I am a follower and also a member of the FB page.

  2. I would like to enter the giveaway for all 3 books!

    +5 follower
    +1 Tweet:!/starmetaloak/status/137172097494548480


  3. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I would like to win Claude & Camille.

    I am a follower.

  4. I would love to win Claude and Camile. My email address is readhandedlibrarian(at)gmail(dot)com. I am already a GFC follower.

  5. I just visited Paris for the first time and immediately went to the Musee D'Orsay to see the Monets - unfortunately the entire Impressionists wing was closed down for that week only!

    I would love to win "Claude and Camille!"

    +5 for being a long-time follower and +3 for being a member of the FB page.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. This is a fantastic giveaway and I would like to enter for all three books!

    +5 follower
    +3 following FB page
    +1 post on my blog:

    Thank you!

  7. Rena, I would love to win For the King by Catherine Delors. I loved her first book Mistress of the Revolution. I'm a long time follower of this blog and already jointed Passages to the Past FB page. I shared about this great giveaway on my FB page.

  8. I would love to win The Confessions of Catherine de Medici.

    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

  9. I'm also a follower.
    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

  10. Hi Amy!

    I would love to win The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, kitten nibbles and all :)! I have the other two books so Confessions would make a nice finish to the collection!

    +5. GFC follower (Colleen Turner).
    +3. Facebook page member (Colleen Turner).


  11. I would love to win any-- or all :-) -- of these books.


    +5 GFC
    +3 FB
    +1 - I tweeted about this giveaway!

  12. All would be awesome - but if I had to choose, it would be "For the King" - I have heard such good things about this book! Thanks so much for (a) cleaning out your stuff, and (b) givign that stuff away! :)

    Ammy Belle
    apereiraorama @ gmail . com

    GFC FOllower --> Ammy Belle
    FB FOllower --> Ammy Pereira

  13. I haven't read any of the books so enter me for all 3 please.

    GFC follower - Jennifer Denning

  14. I'd like to enter to win any of the three.

    I follow you on gfc as mamamunky.

  15. I haven't read any of these. But I've heard raves about C.W. Cortner. So I choose The Confessions of Catherine de Medici... Thank you in advance (in case I win!).

  16. I've read the other two books, so I'd love to win For the King. I like the era of Revolutionary France. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am a Google follower.


  17. I'd love to read the Gortner book.

    I am a follower too.

    shhhimreading at hotmail dot com

  18. I would LOVE to read Stephanie's book! I can't believe I haven't read it yet.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    tiger_fan_1997 AT yahoo DOT com

    I am a blog follower, and a FB follower. :-)

  19. I love reading anything about Catherine de Medici.
    thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Oops, forgot to mention
    GFC Donna
    follow on FB

  21. I would love to win The Confessions of Catherine Medici or Claude and Camille! Thanks for the giveaway!
    FB&Blog Follower

  22. Amazing titles! Please enter me for all three!

    I'm a follower.


  23. Oh, I would love to read Camille! I'm a Facebook follower and a follower...

    teabird17 atyahoodotcom

  24. I already have FOR THE KING, but the other two are high on my Wish List and I would like to be entered into the drawing for them.

    I am a GFCD Follower, librarypat.

    I belong to the Passages to the Past FB Page (group).

    Shared on Twitter.!/pbbearclaw/status/137275030051635200

    Shared this on Facebook.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  25. Another giveaway, you are so generous! I would love to win For The King. I'm a very faithful follower, here and on your FB page, and I am posting this on Twitter and FB. Thanks. Emma

  26. I would like to enter for Catherine de Medici, please. I facebooked it, I tweeted it, and I'm a follower.

    dragonflame720 at yahoo dot com

  27. Thank you for the chance to win.

    I am a current follower via your blog and facebook. I have also tweeted, facebooked and put your giveaway on my blog.

    griperang at

  28. Congratulations! You've been given The Versatile Blogger Award at Griperang's Bookmarks! You can read more about this here:

  29. I would love to be entered into the giveaway. These books have been on my wish list for quite some time.

    I am a GFC follower

    I belong to the Passages to the Past Facebook

  30. this is such a generous giveaway!! thank you!!

    i would like to enter for all 3 book giveaways!!!!

    +5 = GFC follower - cyn209
    +3 = FB page follower - cyn209
    +1 = shared on


  31. This sounds like a great read.


  32. If I had to pick one it would be The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. But since I don't I'd love to read all 3. And I'm a follower

  33. Please enter me for The Confessions of Catherine De Medici.
    I am a facebook follower and the website and pass on your page.
    My email address is
    Thank you, Sue

  34. I'd love to read all three!

    +5 gfc follower

  35. Any one of the three books would be great. I'm a gfc follower and fb follower.


  36. All 3 books sound amazing, and I haven't read any of them, so I would love to enter all three!! Thanks for the giveaway:)

    +5 GFC follower
    +3 FB fan

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  37. Please enter me for the giveaway for all three books - they all sound great!

    +5 gfc follower
    +3 FB fan

    Many thanks,

  38. I have been wanting to read all of these titles for some time now. "For the King" sounds great as do all of these wonderful novels. At the risk of appearing to be greedy, do please enter me for all three in hopes that I will be lucky enough to win one. Thank you for the giveaways and for the intriguing synopses.

  39. Wow, great giveaway! I'd love to win Confessions of Catherine De Medici!

    I'm already a follower of Passages to the Past +5 (Kara DiDomiizio)

    I like Passages tot he Past on FB (Kara DiDomizio) +3 Thank you for the opportunity <3

  40. All three of these books are on my TBR list so winning any one of them would be great. Claude and Canile:A Novel of Monet would be my first choice. Thanks for the giveaway

  41. I would love to enter to win all three! They look so good.

    I am a follower: Sweet.
    I am a member of FB group: Jeanette Green

    jandeplus3 at

  42. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    I would like to enter for "The Confessions of Catherine de Medici" and "For The King"

    +5 I already follow gfc
    +3 follow on fb=-mamabunny shelor
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  43. I would love to have either The Confessions of Catherine de Medici or For the King. Thank you!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  44. I follow on GFC
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  45. tweet!/CarolAnnM/status/137964749647388672
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  46. These all sound great, but I especially like the sound of Claude and Camille. I'm already a follower and I just asked to join on facebook. Thanks for this chance!!

  47. Hi, Amy!
    I would love to read Claude and Camille. One of my favorite Impressionist painters... :] I'm a new follower and twitter fan, and a new tour person with you.
    It's going to be such a fun ride, Amy! :]

    Thank you!

  48. I`d like to enter for "The Confessions of Catherine de Medici" and "For The King"

    +5 follower of Passages to the Past(Lori Thomas)

    +3 follower Passages to the Past FB Page(Tudor Rose)


    ctymice at gmail dot com

  49. I would like to be entered to win any of the three! :)

    +5 already a follower
    +1 Twitter!/bharbin11/status/138433265055965184
    +1 posted to Facebook


  50. ruthjoec at aoldotcom any would be great

  51. I would love to be entered for all 3 giveaways...tried to comment last week and it somehow didn't get posted...
    Thanks, Amy!
    Cynthia McArthur

  52. I am entering for all three books, thanks! for the giveaway.

    tributebooksmama(at)gmail dot com

  53. I'd like to be entered for the Monet book.

    +5 for following
    +3 for Facebook follow.

    akreese at hotmail dot com

  54. I would like to read Claude and Camille. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  55. Please enter me for Claude and Camille. thanks for this giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  56. I would love to win any of those three.

    +5 for following
    +3 for Facebook follow

  57. Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to win any of the three books but I have especially wanted to read Confessions of Catherine de Medici.
    I love your site.


    +5 follower entries

    Please enter me for Claude and Camille and For the King

    I know I am a day late and understand if I cant be entered in!


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