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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week.  It is now being hosted at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s what I added to the shelves:

For review:

the winter guestThe Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff — from the author

Life is a constant struggle for the impoverished eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three young siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation.  The constant threat of arrest for even the most minor infraction has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor.  Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn’t be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats and hardships the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day.

Then Helena discovers an Allied paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village, wounded, but alive.  Risking the safety of herself and her family, she hides Sam — a Jew — but Helena’s concern for the American grows into something much deeper and the dream of a life beyond the mountains beckons.  Defying the perils that render a future together all but impossible, Sam and Helena make plans for the family to flee.  But Helena is forced to contend with the jealousy her choices have sparked in Ruth, culminating in a singular act of betrayal that endangers them all — and setting in motion a chain of events that will reverberate across continents and decades.  (publisher’s summary)

this is how i'd love youThis Is How I’d Love You by Hazel Woods — from Plume

It’s 1917 and America is on the brink of World War I.  After Hensley Dench’s father is forced to resign from the New York Times for his antiwar writings, she finds herself expelled from the life she loves and the future she thought she would have.  Instead, Hensley is transplanted to New Mexico, where her father has taken a job overseeing a gold mine.  Driven by loneliness, Hensley hijacks her father’s correspondence with Charles Reid, a young American medic with whom her father plays chess via post.  Hensley secretly begins her own exchange with Charles, but looming tragedy threatens them both.  When everything turns against them — will their words be enough to beat the odds?  (publisher’s summary)

dashDash by Kirby Larson — from Scholastic

Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wage of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home — or her beloved dog, Dash.  But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it.  The camp is a crowded and unfamiliar place, whose dusty floors, seemingly endless lines, and barbed wire fences begin to unravel the strong Kashino family ties.  With the help of a friendly neighbor back home, Mitsi remains connected to Dash in spite of the hard times, holding on to the hope that the war will end soon and their life will return to normal.  They have lost their home; will the Kashinos also lose their sense of family?  And will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited?

With heartbreaking honesty and stunning emotional depth, Newbery Honor-winning author Kirby Larson brings to bold life a powerful story of family, enduring friendship, and the resilience of the human spirit.  (publisher’s summary)

darcy choosesPride and Prejudice: Darcy Chooses by Gianna Thomas — from NPC Pubs

What if Elizabeth Bennet met Fitzwilliam Darcy before the Meryton Assembly?

What if she heard Darcy’s insulting comment at the Assembly?

What if he apologized at that ball?

What if they rubbed along for a while until Lizzy’s pride and temper got in the way?

And what if Wickham falls in love for the first time in his profligate life? What will he do, and how will he react when the young woman doesn’t return his feelings?

Pride and Prejudice: Darcy Chooses is about innocent young couples – Darcy and Elizabeth and Bingley and Jane – and the feelings that love evokes and how they handle those feelings. It even takes a brief look at several married couples: Why is there little affection between Thomas and Fanny Bennet? How have the Gardiners grown in their love for one another? And what will happen to the Hursts’ marriage? It is a realistic look at relationships that very well may have readers taking a closer look at their own marriages.

Add the Wicked Wickham to the mix and what do you have? You have a tale of friendships, love lost, love gained and the angst of everyday life in Regency England. (publisher’s summary)

From a friend at book club:

no graves as yetNo Graves as Yet by Anne Perry

On a sunny afternoon in late June 1914, Cambridge professor Joseph Reavley learns that his parents have died in an automobile crash.  Joseph’s brother, an officer in the Intelligence Service, reveals that their father had been en route to London with a mysterious secret document — allegedly possessing the power to disgrace England and destroy the civilized world.  Now that explosive paper has vanished, and Joseph is left to wonder: How had it fallen into the hands of his father, a quiet countryman?

But Joseph is soon burdened with a second tragedy: the shocking murder of his most gifted student, who was loved and admired by everyone.  Or so it appeared.  As England’s seamless peace begins to crack, the distance between the murder of an Austrian archduke and the death of a brilliant student grows shorter every day.  (publisher’s summary)

shoulder the skyShoulder in the Sky by Anne Perry

By April 1915, as Chaplain Joseph Reavley tends to the soldiers in his care, the nightmare of trench warfare is impartially cutting down England’s youth.  On one of his rescue forays into no-man’s-land, Joseph finds the body of an arrogant war correspondent, Eldon Prentice.  A nephew of the respected General Owen Cullingford, Prentice was despised for his prying attempts to elicit facts that would turn public opinion against the war.  Most troublesome to Joseph, Prentice has been killed not by German fire but, apparently, by one of his own compatriots.  What Englishman hated Prentice enough to kill him?  Joseph is afraid he may know, and his sister, Judith, who is General Cullingford’s driver and translator, harbors her own fearful suspicions.

Meanwhile, Joseph and Judith’s brother, Matthew, an intelligence officer in London, continues his quiet search for the sinister figure they call the Peacemaker, who, like Eldon Prentice, is trying to undermine the public support for the struggle — and, as the Reavley family has good reason to believe, is in fact at the heart of a fantastic plot to reshape the entire world.  An intimate of kings, the Peacemaker kills with impunity, and his dark shadow stretches from the peaceful country lanes of Cambridgeshire to the twin hells of Ypre and Gallipoli.  (publisher’s summary)

angels in the gloomAngels in the Gloom by Anne Perry

In March 1916, Joseph Reavley, a chaplain at the front lines, and his sister Judith, an ambulance driver, are battling not only the Germans but the bitter cold and appalling casualties at Ypres.  Scarcely less at risk, their brother Matthew, an officer in England’s Secret Intelligence Service, fights the war covertly from London.  Only the Reavley’s married sister, Hannah, living with her children in the family home in tranquil Cambridgeshire, seems safe.  But appearances can be deceiving.

When the savage brutalized body of a weapons scientist is discovered in a village byway, the fear that haunts the battlefields settles over Cambridgeshire — along with the shadow of the obsessed madman who murdered the Reavley’s parents on the eve of the war.  Once again, the sinister figure who calls himself the Peacemaker is plotting to kill.  (publisher’s summary)

at some disputed barricadeAt Some Disputed Barricade by Anne Perry

July 1917:  Joseph Reavley, a chaplain, and his sister Judith, an ambulance driver, are bone-weary as they approach the fourth year of the conflict; the peace of the English countryside seems a world away.  On the Western Front, the Battle of Passchendaele has begun, and among the many fatalities from Joseph’s regiment is the trusted commanding officer, who is replaced by a young major whose pompous incompetence virtually guarantees that many good soldiers will die needlessly.  But soon he, too, is dead — killed by his own men.  Although Joseph would like to turn a blind eye, he knows that he must not.  Judith, however, anguished at the prospect of courts-martial and executions for the twelve men arrested for the crime, has no such inhibitions and, risking her own life, helps all but one of the prisoners to escape.

Back in England, Joseph and Judith’s brother, Matthew, continues his desperate pursuit to unmask the sinister figure known as the Peacemaker — an obsessed genius who has committed murder and treason in an attempt to stop Britain from winning the war.  As Matthew trails the Peacemaker, Joseph tracks his escaped comrades through Switzerland and into enemy territory.  His search will lead to a reckoning pitting courage and honor against the blind machinery of military justice.  (publisher’s summary)

we shall not sleepWe Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry

After four long years, peace is finally in sight.  But chaplain Joseph Reavley and his sister Judith, an ambulance driver on the Western Front, are more hard pressed than ever.  Behind the lines, violence is increasing:  Soldiers are abusing German prisoners, a nurse has been raped and murdered, and the sinister ideologue called the Peacemaker now threatens to undermine the peace just as he did the war.

Matthew, the third Reavley sibling and an intelligence expert, suddenly arrives at the front with startling news:  The Peacemaker’s German counterpart has offered to go to England and expose his co-consipirator as a traitor.  But with war still raging and prejudices inflamed, such a journey would be fraught with hazards, especially since the Peacemaker has secret informers everywhere, even on the battlefield.  (publisher’s summary)

where rainbows endWhere Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

Since childhood, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin.  But they’re suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America.  Rosie is lost without him.  Then, just as she is about to join Alex in Boston, she gets life-changing news — news that will keep her home in Ireland.

Their magical connection remains but can their friendship survive the years and miles — as well as new relationships?  And always at the back of Rosie’s mind is whether they were meant to be more than just good friends all along.  Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart — until now.  But will they gamble everything — including their friendship — on true love?  And what twists and surprises does fate have in store for them this time…?  (publisher’s summary)

his majesty's dragonHis Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire Book 1) by Naomi Novik

*I really enjoyed this book when we read it for book club (reviewed it here) but now I get to own it!*

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies…not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future — and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature.  Thrust into the rarefied world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.  For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.  (publisher’s summary)

victory of eaglesVictory of Eagles (Temeraire Book 5) by Naomi Novik

For Britain, conditions are grim:  Napoleon’s resurgent forces have breached the Channel and successfully invaded English soil.  Napoleon’s prime objective is the occupation of London.  Unfortunately, the dragon Temeraire has been removed from military service — and his captain, Will Laurence, has been condemned to death for treason.  Separated by their own government and threatened at every turn by Napoleon’s forces, Laurence and Temeraire must struggle to find each other amid the turmoil of war.  If only they can be reunited, master and dragon might rally Britain’s scattered resistance forces and take the fight to the enemy as never before — for king and country, and for their own liberty.  (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week.  It is now being hosted at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s what I added to the shelves over the past few weeks:

For review:

jane austen's first loveJane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James — from Berkley

Fifteen-year-old Jane Austen dreams of three things:  doing something useful, writing something worthy, and falling madly in love.  When she visits her brother in Kent to celebrate his engagement, she meets wealthy, devilishly handsome Edward Taylor — a fascinating young man who is truly worthy of her affections.  Jane knows a match between her and Edward is unlikely, but every moment she spends with him makes her heart race — and he seems to return her interest.  Much to her displeasure, however, there is another seeking his attention.

Unsure of her budding relationship, Jane seeks distraction by attempting to correct the pairings of three other prospective couples.  But when her matchmaking aspirations do not all turn out as anticipated, Jane discovers the danger of relying on first impressions.  The human heart cannot be easily deciphered, nor can it be directed or managed.  And if others must be left to their own devices in matters of love and matrimony, can Jane even hope to satisfy her own heart?  (publisher’s summary)

a jane austen daydreamA Jane Austen Daydream by Scott D. Southard — from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

All her heroines find love in the end — but is there love waiting for Jane?

Jane Austen spends her days writing and matchmaking in the small countryside village of Steventon, until a ball at Godmersham Park propels her into a new world where she yearns for a romance of her own.  But whether her heart will settle on a young lawyer, a clever Reverend, a wealthy childhood friend, or a mysterious stranger is anyone’s guess.

Written in the style of Jane herself, this novel ponders the question faced by many devoted readers — did she ever find love?  Weaving fact with fiction, it re-imagines her life, using her own stories to fill in the gaps left by history and showing that all of us — to a greater or lesser degree — are head over heels for Jane.  (publisher’s summary)

Purchased:

pies & perilPies & Peril by Janel Gradowski

When Amy Ridley decided to compete in the Kellerton Summer Festival Pie Contest, the last thing she expected was to find the reigning pie queen, Mandy Jo, dead — a raspberry pie smashed on her face! Mandy Jo made fantastic pies, but she accumulated more enemies than baking trophies. But when Amy receives a note threatening her own life, she decides to do some investigating herself.

It seems that half the town has a reason to kill the mean pie queen, and Amy finds herself sifting through a list of suspects that’s longer than her list of recipes. Not to mention playing cupid for her love-shy best friend, fending off a baker intent on finding out her prize-winning culinary secrets, and ducking the deadly attentions of Mandy Jo’s killer. If Amy doesn’t find out who wanted the pie queen dead soon, her own goose may be cooked!

**Recipes included!** (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week.  It is now being hosted at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s what I added to the shelves over the past few weeks:

For review:

maisie dobbsMaisie Dobbs (Tenth Anniversary Edition) by Jacqueline Winspear — from Soho Crime

Maisie Dobbs got her start as a maid in an aristocratic London household when she was thirteen.  Her employer, suffragette Lady Rowan Compton, soon became her patron, taking the remarkably bright youngster under her wing.  Lady Rowan’s friend, Maurice Blanche, often retained as an investigator by the European elite, recognized Maisie’s intuitive gifts and helped her earn admission to the prestigious Girton College in Cambridge, where Maisie planned to complete her education.

The outbreak of war changed everything.  Maisie trained as a nurse, then left for France to serve at the Front, where she found — and lost — an important part of herself.  Ten years after the Armistice, in the spring of 1929, Maisie sets out on her own as a private investigator, one who has learned that coincidences are meaningful, and truth elusive.  Her very first case involves suspected infidelity but reveals something different.

In the aftermath of the Great War, a former officer has founded a working farm known as The Retreat, that acts as convalescent refuge for ex-soldiers too shattered to resume normal life.  When Fate brings Maisie a second case involving The Retreat, she must finally confront the ghost that has haunted her for over a decade.  (publisher’s summary)

accidentally yoursAccidentally Yours by Robin Helm — from Indie Jane

Two worlds…

Two centuries…

Two men who love the same woman…

Two prayers fervent enough to shift time…

Endless questions and possibilities…

What would a man give for a second chance at love?

What would he sacrifice to keep it?

What if the proud, arrogant Fitzwilliam Darcy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice never changed his disastrous proposal to Elizabeth Bennet at Hunsford?  What if the humbled man who successfully courted her was not the same Mr. Darcy?

In Accidentally Yours, Book 1 of the Yours by Design Christian Fantasy romance series, the lives of two men are turned upside down when both of them fall in love with the same woman.  (publisher’s summary)

Gift:

another world insteadAnother World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 edited with an introduction by Fred Marchant — from Fred Marchant, who was my English professor back in the day at Suffolk University

“I stand and dream another world instead,” wrote William Stafford in 1942.

The other world he dreamed of was one of peace and freedom.  Twenty-eight years old and a conscientious objector during World War II, he was assigned under penalty of law to work in Civilian Public Service camps, an internal exile within his own country.  In this remarkable collection of poems, many of them never before published or long out of print, the first decade of Stafford’s writing life is for the first time made available to readers.  Edited by poet Fred Marchant, one of the first Marine officers honorably discharged as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, Another World Instead tells the story of a committed pacifist living in a time of war and a writer beginning a major life in American poetry.  (publisher’s summary)

Free ebooks:

Pride and Prejudice, Retold in Limericks by Séamus O’Leprechaunpride and prejudice limericks

Séamus O’Leprechaun retells Jane Austen’s famous novel using the ancient and honourable artform of the limerick! The classics will never be the same again… (publisher’s summary)

fatefulFateful by Cheri Schmidt

A huge fan of Jane Austen, Danielle hopes to find her own Mr. Darcy when she leaves Colorado to attend art school in London. Of course she knows it’s silly to wish for that, naive even. But she’s met enough males who lacked respect for women, a growing trend it seemed. And at nineteen…well…. However, on only her second night there she gets lost and is threatened by a stalker who proves to be immune to her martial arts training. Before she is completely overpowered, she is then saved by Ethan Deveroux.

While Danielle does find the romance she seeks in Ethan, he’s no Mr. Darcy. Her hero is held by a spell which fractures their chance at a happy ending. During the day Ethan is closer to mortal than immortal and can date her like any other man. Yet, as the sun sets, the powerful magic of an ancient curse returns and the evil of that spell is revealed. When that magic begins, Danielle’s fairytale romance ends because Ethan Deveroux is a vampire. (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week.  It is now being hosted at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s what I added to the shelves:

For review:

grand centralGrand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion by Melanie Benjamin, Jenna Blum, Amanda Hodgkinson, Pam Jenoff, Sarah Jio, Sarah McCoy, Kristina McMorris, Alyson Richman, Erika Robuck, and Karen White — from Berkley

A war bride awaits the arrival of her GI husband at the platform…

A Holocaust survivor works at the Oyster Bar, where a customer reminds him of his late mother…

A Hollywood hopeful anticipates her first screen test and a chance at stardom in the Kissing Room…

On any particular day, thousands upon thousands of people pass through New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, through the whispering gallery, beneath the ceiling of stars, and past the information booth and its beckoning four-faced clock, to whatever destination is calling them.  It is a place where people come to say hello and good-bye.  And each person has a story to tell.

Now, ten bestselling authors inspired by this iconic landmark have created their own stories, set on the same day just after the end of World War II, in a time of hope, uncertainty, change, and renewal…  (publisher’s summary)

the major's daughterThe Major’s Daughter by J.P. Francis — from Plume

April, 1944.  The quiet rural village of Stark, New Hampshire, is irrevocably changed by the arrival of one hundred fifty German prisoners of war.  And one family, unexpectedly divided, must choose between love and country.

Camp Stark is under the command of Major John Brennan, whose beautiful daughter, Collie, will serve as translator.  Educated at Smith and devoted to her widowed father, Collie is immediately drawn to Private August Wahrlich, a peaceful poet jaded by war.  As international conflict looms on the home front, their passion blinds them to the inevitable dangers ahead.

Inspired by the little-known existence of a real World War II POW camp, The Major’s Daughter is a fresh take on the timeless theme of forbidden love.  (publisher’s summary)

stronger even than prideStronger Even Than Pride by Gail McEwen — from Meryton Press

“…in his behaviour to me there were stronger influences even than pride.”

When George Wickham speaks these words to an impressionable Elizabeth Bennet, she can have no idea how true they will turn out to be.  Stronger Even Than Pride, Gail McEwen’s latest novel, explores whether love can survive the biggest obstacles that Fate — and a most ruinous stubbornness — can conjure up to separate two people destined to be together.  After Elizabeth refuses to read the faithful narrative of Darcy’s dealings with Mr. Wickham, this Pride and Prejudice variation takes an unexpected turn when she chooses to exonerate the wrong man.

Events quickly spiral out of control, and Fitzwilliam Darcy is forced to watch helplessly as the woman he loves slips further and further from his grasp.  Can there be a happily ever after for them?  Can a love, stronger than pride, redeem even the worst mistakes?  (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week.  It is now being hosted at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s what I added to the shelves:

For review:

pride, prejudice and cheese gritsPride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway — from Howard Books

This hilarious retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice tells the story of two hardheaded Civil War historians who find that first impressions can be deceiving.

Shelby Roswell, a Civil War historian and professor, is on the fast track to tenure — that is, until her new book is roasted by the famous historian Ransom Fielding in a national review.  With her career stalled by a man she’s never met, Shelby struggles to maintain her composure when she discovers that Fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her small Southern college.

Ransom Fielding is still struggling with his role in his wife’s accidental death six years ago and is hoping that a year at Shelby’s small college near his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, will be a reprise from the pressures of Ivy League academia.  He never bargained for falling in love with the one woman whose career — and pride — he injured, and who would do anything to make him leave.

When these two hotheaded Southerners find themselves fighting over the centuries-old history of local battles and antebellum mansions, their small college is about to become a battlefield of Civil War proportions.

With familiar and relatable characters and wit to spare, this book shows you that love can conquer all…especially when price, prejudice, love and cheese grits are involved!  (publisher’s summary)

the sweetnessThe Sweetness by Sande Bortiz Berger — from Susannah Greenberg Public Relations

Vilna, 1941.  When her family is forced from their ghetto by the invading Nazis, Rosha Kaninsky, a curious child, asks her grandmother why she is carrying nothing but a jug of lemons and water.  “Something to remind me of the sweetness,” the wise woman tells her.  Brooklyn, 1941.  Rosha’s cousin, Mira Kane, a gifted teen with dreams of escaping to Hollywood to become a designer, finds her plans abruptly thwarted when her father — traumatized by the fate of his Vilna relatives — becomes intent on safeguarding those he loves from a brutal world.  Meanwhile, unbeknownst to her American family, Rosha is alive, saved when her father thrusts her into the arms of a Polish Catholic candle maker.  Inspired by true events, The Sweetness is a tale of heartbreak and hope at a most tragic time in history.  (publisher’s summary)

O Brian mechs.inddNorthern Lights by Tim O’Brien — from Broadway Books

Originally published in 1975, Tim O’Brien’s debut novel demonstrates the emotional complexity and enthralling narrative tension that later earned him the National Book Award. At its core is the relationship between two brothers: one who went to Vietnam and one who stayed at home. As the two brothers struggle against an unexpected blizzard in Minnesota’s remote north woods, what they discover about themselves and each other will change both of them forever. (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week.  It is now being hosted at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s what I added to the shelves:

For review:

simple faithSimple Faith by Anna Schmidt — from Barbour

Quaker Anja Steinberg could not save her Jewish husband and young daughter from the Nazis, but even in the midst of her heartbreak, Anja is following her faith’s calling to help Allied airmen escape from behind enemy lines to freedom.

When American Peter Trent’s plane is shot down, he parachutes into a field near Anja’s grandfather’s farm, and she sees Peter as just one more in a long line of soldiers that she will help escape to return to his base in England.  The journey will take months and he will need to travel across most of western Europe — all the while with the Gestapo in pursuit.  There’s just one small problem:  Anja is falling in love with Peter.  And loving this soldier could be life-threatening, not only for Peter but for Anja and her ten-year-old son as well.  (publisher’s summary)

Win:

ode to childhoodOde to Childhood edited by Lucy Gray — from Savvy Verse & Wit

Ode to Childhood is an anthology of poetry celebrating children and childhood — from the magical times and memories of childhood, through to the unconditional love a parent has for a child.  The poems begin in infanthood, with the joys that babies and toddlers bring as they learn to move and speak, and moves on to playtime, friendships, holidays, trips and school days.  Some of our best-loved poets are featured, such as William Blake, John Betjeman, Robert Louis Stevenson, Adrian Mitchell and WH Auden.  The wonderful, endearing illustrations throughout make this the ideal book for anyone who cherishes a child in their life.  (publisher’s summary)

Surprise:

passenger on the pearlPassenger on the Pearl by Winifred Conkling — from Algonquin Young Readers

In 1848, thirteen-year-old Emily Edmonson, five of her siblings, and seventy other enslaved people boarded the Pearl under cover of night in Washington, D.C., hoping to sail north to freedom.  Within a day, the schooner was captured, and the Edmonsons were sent to New Orleans to be sold.  Emily and her sister Mary were saved from even crueler conditions there when yellow fever swept through the slave pen where they were held.  The sisters were sent back to Virginia, where they were eventually ransomed with the help of their parents and abolitionists, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, who later made them models for characters in Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Both girls went to Oberlin College, where Mary died of tuberculosis.  Emily became a teacher at the first school in Washington, D.C., dedicated to the education of African American young women and remained dedicated to abolition for the rest of her life.

Passenger on the Pearl presents many aspects of a turbulent time in American history:

*the daily lives of enslaved people;

*the often changing laws affecting them;

*the high cost of a failed escape;

*the fate of all fourteen Edmonson children and their mother, Milly, whose goal to die free shaped her whole family’s lives; and

*the stories of the slave traders and abolitionists whose lives intersected with the Edmonsons’.  (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

© 2014 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week.  It is now being hosted at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s what I added to the shelves:

For review:

a long time goneA Long Time Gone by Karen White — from NAL

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had.  But in the spring, nine years to the day since she left, that’s exactly what happens — Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.

What she hopes to find is solace with “Bootsie,” her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right.  But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories.  Now Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caregiver, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she herself once was.

But for Vivien things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts.  Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself — by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted them for generations.  (publisher’s summary)

the care and management of liesThe Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear — from Harper

By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained — by Thea’s passionate embrace of women’s suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea’s brother, Tom, who runs the family farm.  When Kezia and Tom wed, just a month before Britain declares war on Germany, Thea’s gift to Kezia is a book on household management — a veiled criticism of the bride’s prosaic life to come.  Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia’s responsibility.  Each woman must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil.  But will well-intended lies and self-deception be of use when they come face to face with the enemy?  (publisher’s summary)

the wild dark flowersThe Wild Dark Flowers by Elizabeth Cooke — from Penguin

When May came that year in Rutherford, it was more beautiful than anyone could ever remember. More beautiful, and more terrible…

From inside their sprawling estate of Rutherford Park, the Cavendish family had a privileged perspective of the world. On the first morning in May, 1915, with a splendid view that reached across the gardens to the Vale of York, nothing seemed lovelier or less threatening. And yet…

At the risk of undoing the Cavendish name with scandal, William and Octavia Cavendish have been living a lie, maintaining a marriage out of duty rather than passion. But when their son Harry joins the Royal Flying Corps in France, the Cavendish family are forced to face the unavoidable truths about themselves, the society in which they thrive, and the secrets they can no longer bear.

In the wake of a terrible war, the emotional shifts between a husband and a wife, a wife and her lover, and a mother and her children, will shake the very foundation of the Cavendish family, and change the uniquely vulnerable lives of all who reside at Rutherford Park. (publisher’s summary)

Surprises:

the queen of the tearlingThe Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen — from Harper

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne.  A girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa.  But though she may be inexperienced, Kelsea is not defenseless:  around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl.  But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, and an act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne:  the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun — a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that could make her a legend … if she can survive.

The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of A Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine.  Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut form the talented Erika Johansen.  (publisher’s summary)

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week.  It is now being hosted at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s what I added to the shelves:

For review:

mr. darcy's pledge Mr. Darcy’s Pledge by Monica Fairview

Torn between his heart and his mind…Mr. Darcy must make a choice.

Fitzwilliam Darcy has always been able to keep his emotions under control.  That is, until he falls under the spell of Elizabeth Bennet and surprises himself by blurting out a proposal to her like a moonstruck youth.  Stung to the quick by her rejection, his pride in tatters, and left with no possibility that she will ever return his regard, Darcy determines to put all thoughts of Elizabeth behind him.  But not even Town with its boundless opportunities for amusement can keep the image of Elizabeth Bennet from pursuing him everywhere he goes.

By the time Darcy leaves Town to travel up to Pemberley, he has learned one thing.  There is only one way of overcoming Miss Bennet’s bewitching hold over him and Darcy is desperate enough to try it.  The solution is to get married.  And this time, he is not going to choose a wife by allowing his emotions to lead him by the nose.

His choice will be entirely rational…

In Volume I of this Pride and Prejudice variation, Monica Fairview traces Mr. Darcy’s journey as he struggles to come to terms with the upheaval Elizabeth Bennet has caused in his life…and his heart.  (publisher’s summary)

Free ebooks:

just janeJust Jane: A Novel of Jane Austen’s Life by Nancy Moser

In this moving and authentic portrayal, Christy Award-winning author Nancy Moser transports readers back to the life and times of one of the literary world’s beloved heroines, Jane Austen. Growing up in a clergyman’s home gives Jane opportunities to observe human nature at its best—and worst. Vivid and delightful characters pour from her pen—Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Emma Woodhouse, Fanny Price, John Willoughby…   Jane dreams of publishing her stories and sharing them with the world, but how can she? She’s just Jane from Steventon. Will anyone ever read her novels? (publisher’s summary)

behind jane austen's doorBehind Jane Austen’s Door by Jennifer Forest

A tour of a Regency home, room by room.

Behind Jane Austen’s Door takes you on a tour of a Regency house, room by room, to explore the delicate challenges and the beautiful lives of Jane Austen’s women.

Jane Austen did not place her stories in castles or on the battlefields, but in that one building so important to Elizabeth and Elinor: a home of their own.

What was life like for Jane Austen’s women in the home? From drawing room diva, to mother, wife and savvy housekeeper, Jane Austen’s women lived fascinating lives in their homes. Behind Jane Austen’s Door is a gentle 14,500 words. This is a short read, perfect for a few hours relaxing reading. (publisher’s summary)

fidelity & affectionFidelity & Affection: A Pride & Prejudice Sequel by Yve Turner

Elizabeth and Darcy are married, and if any literary pairing ever promised a union of peculiar, passionate devotion, it must surely be theirs.

Their conjugal felicity encourages Georgiana to overcome her shyness sufficiently for her to fall in love with a handsome, amiable young gentleman, but a scandal from his past threatens to tear their burgeoning relationship asunder.

Kitty too discovers what it is to love, but sadly a lack of fortune may forestall her happy ever after.

As for Lydia and Wickham, while their ill-starred union never seemed likely to develop into a faithful, harmonious marriage, his latest betrayal goes far beyond mere infidelity, and this time his loathsome behaviour may just lead to his own destruction.

Once Darcy and Elizabeth have settled comfortably into domestic bliss, can their ardour for each other, once so all consuming, really survive all of the vexations that even a loving marriage inevitably brings? And just who is this beautiful young lady that Darcy has become secretly involved with, surely her arts and allurements will not succeed in drawing him in… (publisher’s summary)

unladylike pursuitsUnladylike Pursuits by Alyssa Goodnight

She needs to find a husband but in truth would rather not.

Miss Emily Sinclair has just answered the summons that will change her life. On the eve of spinsterhood, she is offered a month to find a willing gentleman or suffer a marriage to her stepmother’s odious cousin. Neither choice seems palatable.

He wants to remain a bachelor and is weary of marriage-minded misses.

Lord Brandon Davenport has had more than enough of marriage–the infidelity, the gossip, the inconvenience. It has all reaffirmed his conviction to never involve himself in such a predicament.

Of course, need and want are very different matters…or are they?

When the two find themselves grudgingly paired in the ambush of highwaymen, temper is matched equally with desire, leading Emily to realize that Brand is the perfect prey for her husband hunt. But is Brand too cagey to be caught in her trap? (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week.  It is now being hosted at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s what I added to the shelves over the past couple of weeks:

miss darcy decidesMiss Darcy Decides: A Pride and Prejudice Novella by Reina M. Williams — from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Miss Darcy Decides is a Pride and Prejudice Novella, a light, sweet sequel to the Amazon Regency Romance bestseller, Most Truly.

While visiting a young woman — who was not so fortunate as Miss Georgiana Darcy in escaping the persuasions of a rogue — Georgiana meets Sir Camden Sutton, whose reputation causes Georgiana to wonder as to his motives. Her wondering soon turns to a different feeling when Sir Camden comes to stay at Pemberley, showing himself to be a very different man than was rumored. While Sir Camden struggles with his past and his commitment to his future, as well as the ill intentions of haughty Caroline Bingley, Miss Darcy must decide whether to listen to others, or the words written on her heart. (publisher’s summary)

zagareZagare: Litvaks and Lithuanians Confront the Past by Sara Manobla — from Gefen Publishing House

Veteran broadcaster Sara Manobla’s professional trip to Moscow in 1977 and subsequent commitment to the cause of the refuseniks prompted her own voyage of self-discovery.  Together with her cousin, she embarked on a roots journey to Zagare, a little shtetl on the border between Lithuania and Latvia.  Here she met Isaac Mendelssohn, the sole survivor of the town’s Jewish community.  Unexpectedly, a meaningful and fruitful relationship developed between Isaac, a group of descendants and a group of local inhabitants, always shadowed by memories of the slaughter in 1941 of Zagare’s Jewish population by Nazis and local Lithuanian collaborators.

The culmination came in 2012 with a joint project of the two groups to erect a memorial plaque in the center of the town.  Manobla also helped ensure that a Zagarean family who had rescued two women during the Nazi occupation was posthumously honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous among the Nations.  This account of a search for roots ends on a note of hope, reconciliation and coming to terms with today’s highly charged relationship between Lithuanians and Jews.  (publisher’s summary)

the secret life of violet grantThe Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams — from Putnam

Manhattan, 1964: new Bryn Mawr graduate Vivian Schuyler defies her monied Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding socialite: break into the Mad Men world of stylish Metropolitan magazine.  But when she receives a mysterious parcel in the mail, the unexpected contents draw her into her family’s past, and the hushed-over crime of passion of an aunt she never knew.

Berlin, 1914: Violet Schuyler Grant endures her marriage to the philandering scientist Dr. Walter Grant simply because he provides the support to her position as a young American female physicist in prewar Germany.  But the arrival of Dr. Grant’s magnetic former student, Lionel Richardson, interrupts this delicate détente.  Richardson challenges Violet to escape her husband’s perverse hold.  As war looms and Lionel’s true motives become clear, Violet is tempted to take steps to set herself free and live a life of her own conviction with a man whose cause is as audacious as her own.

As Vivian digs deeper into her aunt’s past, Violet’s story unfolds, shedding light on the darkness of her years abroad…and teaching Vivian to seek the ambitious future — and the love — she wants most.  (publisher’s summary)

the transcriptionistThe Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland — a surprise from Algonquin

No one can find it.  That’s the first thing.  The Recording Room is on the eleventh floor, at the end of a rat-hued hallway that some workers at the newspaper have never seen; they give up on the ancient elevator, which makes only local stops with loud creaks of protest.  Like New Yorkers who refuse to venture above Fourteenth Street, there are newspaper workers who refuse to go above the fourth floor for fear of being lost forever if they leave the well-lit newsroom for dark floors unknown.

In this room you’ll find Lena.  She works as a transcriptionist for the Record, a behemoth New York City newspaper.  There once were many transcriptionists at the Record, but new technology and the ease of communication have put most of them out of work, so now Lena sits alone in a room on the building’s eleventh floor, far away from the hum of the newsroom that is the heart of the paper.  Still, it is an important job — vital, really — a vein that connects the organs of the paper, and Lena takes it very seriously.

And then one day she encounters something that shatters the reverie that has become her life — an article in the paper about a woman mauled to death by lions in the city zoo.  The woman was blind and remains unidentified, but there is a picture, and Lena recognizes her as someone whom a few days before she had met and talked to briefly while riding home on a midtown bus.

Obsessed with understanding what caused the woman to climb into the lion’s den, Lena begins a campaign for truth that will ultimately destroy the Record‘s complacency and shake the venerable institution to its very foundation.  In the process she finds a new set of truths that gives her the strength to shed what she describes as her “secondhand life” and to embrace a future filled with promise, maybe even adventure.

An exquisite novel that asks probing questions about journalism and ethics, about the decline of the newspaper and the failure of language, The Transcriptionist is also the story of a woman’s effort to establish a place for herself in an increasingly alien and alienating world.  (publisher’s summary)

mission at nurembergMission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis by Tim Townsend — a win from Reading to Know

Lutheran minister Henry Gerecke was fifty years old when he enlisted as an army chaplain during World War II.  As two of his three sons faced danger and death on the battlefield, Gerecke tended to the battered bodies and souls of wounded and dying GIs outside London.  But at the close of the European theater, with Hitler defeated and scores of American troops returning home to resume their lives, Gerecke received his most challenging assignment: he was sent to Nuremberg to minister to the twenty-one imprisoned Nazi leaders awaiting trial for crimes against humanity.

A crucial yet largely untold coda to the horrors of World War II, Mission at Nuremberg unearths groundbreaking new research and compelling firsthand accounts to take us deep inside the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, into the very cells of the accused and the courtroom where they answered to the world for their crimes.  Never before in modern history had man accomplished mass slaughter with such precision.  These twenty-one Nazis had sat at the right hand of Adolf Hitler; Hermann Goering, Albert Speer, Wilhelm Keitel, Hans Frank, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner were the orchestrators, and in some cases the direct perpetrators, of the most methodical genocide in history.

As the drama leading to the court’s final judgment unfolds, Tim Townsend brings Henry Gerecke’s impossible moral quandary to life:  How, having risked his own life (and those of his sons) to eliminate the Nazi threat, could he now win the confidence of these men?  In the months after the war ended, Gerecke had visited Dachau.  He had touched the walls of the camp’s crematorium.  He had seen the consequences of the choices these men had made, the orders they had given and carried out.  As he worked to form compassionate relationships with them, how could he preach the gospel of mercy, knowing full well the devastating nature of the atrocities they had committed?  And as the day came nearer when he had to escort these men to the gallows, what comfort could he offer — and what promises of salvation could he make — to evil itself?

Detailed, harrowing, and emotionally charged, Mission at Nuremberg is an incisive new history of the Nuremberg trials as well as a nuanced reflection on the nature of morality and sin, the price of empathy, and the limits of forgiveness.  (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week.  It is now being hosted at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s what I added to the shelves:

the sea gardenThe Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson — from Harper

Hailed as a “master of mood and shadow,” with a “gift for bringing the senses to life,” Deborah Lawrenson returns to the sensuous Provence of her acclaimed novel The Lantern in this romantic tale of World War II mystery — three linked novellas rich in drama and steeped in atmosphere.

THE SEA GARDEN

On the lush Mediterranean island of Porquerolles off the French coast, Ellie Brooke, an award-winning British landscape designer, has been hired to restore a memorial garden.  Unsettled by its haunted air and the bitterness of the garden’s owner, an elderly woman who seems intent on undermining her, Ellie finds that her only ally on the island is an elusive war historian…

THE LAVENDER FIELD

Near the end of World War II, Marthe Lincel, a young blind woman newly apprenticed at a perfume factory in Nazi-occupied Provence, finds herself at the center of a Resistance cell.  When tragedy strikes, she faces the most difficult choice of her life…and discovers a breathtaking courage she never expected.

A SHADOW LIFE

Iris Nightingale, a junior British intelligence officer in wartime London, falls for a French agent.  But after a secret landing in Provence results in terrible Nazi reprisals, he vanishes.  When France is liberated, Iris is determined to uncover the truth.  Was he the man he claimed to be?

Ingeniously interconnected, these three spellbinding narratives are woven into one unique tale of love, mystery, and murder.  The Sea Garden is a vivid and absorbing chronicle of love and loss in the fog of war — and a penetrating and perceptive examination of the impulses and circumstances that shape our lives.  (publisher’s summary)

a haven from hitlerA Haven from Hitler by Heini Gruffudd — from Y Lolfa

This is a story of suffering and heroism, love and hatred, death and survival during the most destructive years of the 20th century in Europe.

Originally published in Welsh under the title Yr Erlid, it won the Welsh Book of the Year prize in 2013.  It tells the story of the family of Kate Bosse-Griffiths, of German-Jewish descent, who fled the brutal regime of the Nazis and became one of Wales’ leading academic and literary figures.

In Oxford, she met fellow Classics scholar and Egyptologist J. Gwyn Griffiths, and they soon settled as a married couple in Rhondda, where Kate established the Cadwgan Literary Circle.

Meanwhile, her family, like hundreds of thousands of others of Jewish descent, suffered from Nazi persecution.

The story is based on hundreds of letters, documents and first-hand accounts by members of the family.  They tell of the Nazi-inspired attacks of Kristallnacht, life under their brutal regime, efforts to flee and periods of imprisonment, and the horror of life inside concentration camps.  (publisher’s summary)

pride and persistencePride and Persistence by Jeanna Ellsworth — from the author

Undaunted by a threatening storm, Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley insists he must deliver his letter to Miss Elizabeth Bennet — then tragedy strikes.  Riddled with guilt, Elizabeth comes to the aid of the comatose Mr. Darcy and stays by his side until he regains consciousness.  She soon learns that although Mr. Darcy has awoken, he has not returned to himself.  And with no memory of her first disastrous proposal, he has concluded that there is nothing he wants more than to propose to Miss Elizabeth.

This humorous journey of love leaves one asking, can persistence pacify prejudice?  Can Elizabeth see the real gentleman behind the injury, a man who persists in professing his love to her every chance he gets?  In this Regency variation of Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet both learn the value of persistence.  (publisher’s summary)

the secrets of darcy and elizabethThe Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth by Victoria Kincaid — from the author

In this Pride and Prejudice variation, a despondent Darcy travels to Paris in the hopes of forgetting the disastrous proposal at Hunsford.  Paris is teeming with English visitors during a brief moment of peace in the Napoleonic Wars, but Darcy’s spirits don’t lift until he attends a ball and unexpectedly encounters…Elizabeth Bennet!  Darcy seizes the opportunity to correct misunderstandings and initiate a courtship.

Their moment of peace is interrupted by the news that England has again declared war on France, and hundreds of English travelers must flee Paris immediately.  Circumstances force Darcy and Elizabeth to escape on their own, despite the risk to her reputation.  Even as they face dangers from street gangs and French soldiers, romantic feelings blossom during their flight to the coast.  But then Elizabeth falls ill, and the French are arresting all the English men they can  find…

When Elizabeth and Darcy finally return to England, their relationship has changed, and they face new crises.  However, they have secrets they must conceal — even from their own families.  (publisher’s summary)

a dangerous ageA Dangerous Age by Ellen Gilchrist — a surprise from Algonquin

The women in the Hand family are no strangers to either controversy or sadness.  Those traits seem, in fact, to be a part of their family’s heritage, one that stretches back through several generations and many wars.  A Dangerous Age is a celebration of the strength of these women and of the bonds of blood and shared loss that hold them together.  Louise, Winifred, and Olivia are reconnecting the pieces of their lives and rediscovering love, but each is unwittingly on a collision course with a seemingly distant war that is really never more than a breath away.  By turns humorous and heartbreaking, this finely honed novel about the centuries-old struggle for women who are left to carry on with life when their men go off to war is by a writer the Washington Post says “should be declared a national cultural treasure.”  (publisher’s summary)

acts of godActs of God by Ellen Gilchrist — a surprise from Algonquin

Master short story writer Ellen Gilchrist, winner of the National Book Award, returns with her first story collection in over eight years.  In Acts of God, she has crafted ten different scenarios in which people dealing with forces beyond their control somehow manage to survive, persevere, and triumph, even if it is only a triumph of the will.

For Marie James, a teenager from Fayetteville, Arkansas, the future changes when she joins a group of friends in their effort to find survivors among the debris left when a tornado destroys a neighboring town.

For Philipa, a woman blessed with beauty and love and a life without care, the decision she makes to take control of her fate is perhaps the easiest she has ever made.  As she writes to Charles, her husband and lifetime partner, “Nothing is of value except to have lived well and to die without pain.”

For Eli Naylor, left orphaned by a flood, there comes an understanding that sometimes out of tragedy can come the greatest good, as he finds a life and a future in a most unexpected place.

In one way or another, all of these people are fighters and believers, survivors who find the strength to go on when faced with the truth of their mortality, and they are given vivid life in these stories, told with Ellen Gilchrist’s clear-eyed optimism and salty sense of humor.

As a critic in the Washington Post wrote in reviewing one of the author’s earlier works, “To say that Ellen Gilchrist can write is to say that Placido Domingo can sing.  All you have to do is listen.”  (publisher’s summary)

love in a time of warLove in a Time of War by Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson — free ebook

In this emotionally powerful WWII drama, children’s book writer Natalie Lucas discovers the many faces of love as she helps her beloved niece Mila escape the approaching Nazi menace in Hungary.

Natalie’s twin sister, the celebrated poet and professor, Anna Lucas, has succumbed to early-onset dementia, making the situation even more unstable for Natalie and Mila. Natalie and Anna’s personal and professional relationship provides an interesting subplot whch focuses on the foundations of sisterly love.

In the meantime, surrounded by violence and the threat of capture, Natalie must find a safe way out of the country for Mila. She eventually turns to her teenage sweetheart, Deszo, a Professor whom she rejected in order to marry her true love, Max.

The past love triangle between Deszo, Natalie and Anna adds further complications; however, Deszo may provide Mila with her only chance of escape. As Natalie and Deszo are thrown together by their mission to save Mila, their love for one another is re-ignited.

After the Nazis learn of Deszo’s assistance to the Jews, he and Natalie are brutally interrogated by a Nazi officer who has been following their activities, and their lives are in danger. After many doubts as to who in their community is friend or foe, the novel culminates with a heart-wrenching conclusion which provokes questions of loyalty, family and above all — faith. (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

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