Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme created by Marcia from A girl and her books (formerly The Printed Page) where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week. Mailbox Monday currently is on tour, and this month, it is being hosted by At Home With Books.
Here is what I received:
CATALINA begins on America’s east coast, where the “dense woods are full of secrets / full of children with their heads ducked against the weather.” The book’s first poems (in the “Coast” section) explore a gradual coming to awareness on that right coast. The book’s second section (“To Coast”) takes the long journey west to the Pacific, “through the great rippling heartland, a bridge between Oceans,” with an accompanying focus on the mysteries and conflicts that vie for our attention as we lose the momentum of youth and settle in to our real lives. The third set of poems (“Being Here”) celebrates the present moment, the self as a bridge between generations, as a conduit of the life force. The poems of the fourth and final section (“Looking Out”) study the view out beyond the continent one has crossed; to what is next, the possibility of flight into other worlds beyond the rituals of everyday. There, out in the “endless churning ocean” is the next body of land, an island that is “where to go next, where not to go.” The book’s poems calmly open the doors to reveal magic and tragedy and make the case for looking out while staying put. These are poems of the restless American spirit—”We ache for shuttling further, for the oblivion of the new”—and the peace that comes with the recognition that there is nowhere better to go. (from Amazon.com)
Sarah and Mia Castle are closer than best friends and share just about everything, including a deep and abiding love for all things relating to Jane Austen. Their annual trip to the Jane Austen Festival in Bath is a highlight of their lives — until the year they discover that no matter how close two sisters may be, it’s impossible to share one man between them. Even if he does seem like their own perfect Mr. Darcy, if one wins him, won’t both of them lose? (publisher’s summary)
Love reigns supreme for our three brave colonels in this epic Jane Austen-inspired tale. Colonels Buford, Fitzwilliam, and Brandon are enjoying their courtships and their early married lives with three beloved Austen heroines. The couples lead tranquil lives — until Napoleon escapes from exile.
From the serenity of Regency England to the scandal and intrigue of the Congress of Vienna, three gentlemen live, love, fight, and defend their country from Napoleon’s voracious ambition.
As the three colonels set out to meet their destiny on the fields of Waterloo, Anne, Caroline, and Marianne defend their hearts against the fear of losing their loved ones forever.
A continuation of both Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility, The Three Colonels delves fearlessly into unexplored parts of Jane Austen’s world. (publisher’s summary)
Darcy’s Decision by Maria Grace, from the author (Amazon)
Six months after his father’s passing, Fitzwilliam Darcy still finds solace in his morning reflections at his parents’ graves. Only in the quiet solitude of the churchyard does he indulge his grief. None but his unlikely mentor recognize the heartache and insecurity plaguing him as he shoulders the enormous burden of being Master of Pemberley.
Not all are pleased with his choice of advisor. Lady Catherine complains Darcy allows him too much influence. Lord Matlock argues, “Who is he to question the God appointed social order?” But the compassionate wisdom Darcy finds in his counselor keeps him returning for guidance even though it causes him to doubt everything he has been taught.
In the midst of his struggle to reinvent himself, his school chum, Charles Bingley, arrives. Darcy hopes the visit will offer some respite from the uproar of his life. Instead of relief, Darcy discovers his father’s darkest secret staring him in the face. Pushed to his limits, Darcy must overcome the issues that ruined his father and, with his friends and mentor at his side, restore his tarnished birthright. (publisher’s summary)
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