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 last week:
Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters — from Putnam
Roberta is a lonely young bibliophile who works at a bookstore in England. She has a habit of keeping the odds and ends she finds inside used books. So when her father gives her a heap of secondhand books in an old suitcase that once belonged to Roberta’s 109-year-old grandmother, Dorothea, she is intrigued. Inside the suitcase she discovers a letter addressed to Dorothea that hints at a dark secret. Curious to know more, Roberta sets out to uncover the truth, but what she learns completely upturns her understanding of her family’s history.
Running alongside Roberta’s narrative is that of Dorothy Sinclair, unhappily married and childless, during the early years of World War II. When an unexpected event occurs, Dorothy must — against her better judgment — make an unthinkable decision, whose consequences forever change the framework of her family.
The parallel stories of Roberta and Dorothy unfold over the course of eighty years as they each make their way through secrets, lies, sacrifices, and love. Utterly absorbing, Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase is a spellbinding tale of two worlds, one shattered by secrets and the other by the truth. (publisher’s summary)
Pompous Schemes by Ayr Bray — from LovingtheBook LaunchParty
Thrown from his horse, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam is left to traverse the remaining fifteen miles to Pemberley on foot. Richard never imagined the first carriage to cross his path would contain the one woman he thought he would never see again.
Lady Aimée de Bourbon, the only child of Prince du Sang Geoffroy de Bourbon, Marquis of Agen had captured and nearly broke Richard’s heart four years earlier. He had loved her and planned to give up his bachelor ways, but her father intended her to marry a royal, not an English Earl’s second son. Now Lady Aimée is affianced to Señor Duarte de Cortázar, a lesser Portuguese royal.
While lost in his thoughts of his prior love, the carriage is robbed, Lady Aimée’s dowry stolen, and Lord Agen is injured. Colonel Fitzwilliam directs the driver to take them to Pemberley where Mr. Darcy and his wife Elizabeth take them in and offer refuge and a place to heal.
Ancient customs of Dom Duarte’s family forbids marriage without the dowry present at the wedding, and now with the dowry stolen, Lady Aimée and her father fear the de Cortázars will call off the marriage. But Lady Aimée intends to have love and will let nothing stand in her way, even if it means hurting the man she once professed to love.
In Pompous Schemes, Ayr Bray continues her masterfully created world around Pemberley. A world that will make you want to submerse yourself into the fascinating aura of mystery, awe, and romance and never leave. (publisher’s summary)
Pride and Prejudice: Disdain and Deception by Denise O’Hara — from the author
This Pride and Prejudice variation begins between Darcy and Elizabeth’s engagement and wedding.
Suppose everything happened exactly as in the original until after the engagement. Then Mr.Darcy has an accident…or is it? He is taken away from Elizabeth and she must use whatever means she can to reach him before it’s too late. (publisher’s summary)
Free e-books (not sure if they are still free):
All Your Pretty Dreams by Lise McClendon
When everything you planned goes south, there is only one thing left: heed the call to come home– even if it involves the polka.
Just because Jonny Knobel hasn’t touched the accordion for years means nothing to his father and his beloved polka band. After years in the city, small-town Minnesota whiplashes Jonny until he runs into the college girls doing field-work next door. The mysteriously rude Isabel Yancey, the crew chief, arrives with her own fresh heartache. Can two such different people attract?
Jonny is trying to break away from his high school sweetheart who he married at 19, when he meets Isabel, a graduate student involved in a study of bees. They couldn’t be more different in their ideals and dreams yet, just like Elizabeth and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, something draws them together.
Combining the star-crossed lovers of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with the quirky characters of Anne Tyler, the world of Red Vine, Minnesota comes to life: a rich milieu of confrontation, betrayal, humiliation, laughter, and redemption, as Jonny plays Bruce Springsteen, James Brown, and the ‘She Likes Kielbasa’ polka on his grandfather’s accordion. What does a draftsman from the Twin Cities, born into a cheesy polka band, have in common with a prickly, ambitious scientist who has seen the world? And just how badly does she want him to breach her defenses?
A story about second chances and the laws of attraction, this is a New Adult novel featuring twenty-somethings in search of a fresh start. Romance, humor, and the heartache of growing up make All Your Pretty Dreams a unique journey through the hearts and minds of young adults searching for the keys to happiness in a complicated world. (publisher’s summary)
Pride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round by Jane Austen and Anne Wrightwell
This is Pride and Prejudice with a twist; the classic story takes place in a universe where gender roles are reversed. When Miss Bingley rents a house in Meryton, she meets the lovely John Bennet and her friend, the proud Miss Darcy, meets his enchanting brother, Elijah Bennet. (publisher’s summary)
What books did you add to your shelves recently?
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