Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme created by Marcia, formerly from 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’s host is Suko’s Notebook.
Here’s what I added to my shelves:
The guns of August are rumbling throughout Europe in the summer of 1914, but war has not yet touched Abingdon Pryory. Here, at the grand home of the Greville family, the parties, dances, and romances play on. Alexandra Greville embarks on her debutante season while brother Charles remains hopelessly in love with the beautiful, untitled Lydia Foxe, knowing that his father, the Earl of Stanmore, will never approve of the match. Downstairs the new servant, Ivy, struggles to adjust to the routines of the well-oiled household staff, as the arrival of American cousin Martin Rilke, a Chicago newspaperman, causes a stir.
But, ultimately, the Great War will not be denied, as what begins for the high-bred Grevilles as a glorious adventure soon takes its toll — shattering the household’s tranquility, crumbling class barriers, and bringing its myriad horrors home. (publisher’s summary)
Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke, from the author (Amazon)
Pragmatic New Yorker, Eliza Knight would never know if it was the champagne and ambiance of the centuries old southern estate or the man himself, but by the end of Pemberley Farms’ heritage Rose Ball she is in no doubt that Fitz Darcy of Virginia was Jane Austen’s inspiration for Elizabeth Bennet’s Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, arguably the most romantic figure in English literature.
Discovering, as the weekend draws to a close that she is falling in love with the enigmatic horseman, Eliza’s emotions are in turmoil. Darcy has spun a tale of love and romance in Regency England so compelling that she cannot believe this passionate, handsome and wealthy man is in love with her and not Jane Austen.
Rationalizing that Austen has been dead for centuries Eliza takes her mother’s advice and risks it all for the love of a man she’s known less than a week. But things are happening in the quiet hamlet of Chawton, England that could change everything.
Will Jane Austen be the wedge that divides Eliza and Fitz or the tie that binds them? (publisher’s summary)
From the library sale for $1.50:
The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Third Reich in January 1945. Frenzied by their terrible experiences with Wehrmacht and SS brutality, they wreaked havoc — tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rape, pillage, and unimaginable destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred; more than seven million fled westward from the fury of the Red Army. It was the most terrifying example of fire and sword every known.
Antony Beevor has reconstructed the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich’s final collapse. The Fall of Berlin is a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanaticism, revenge, and savagery, yet it is also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice, and survival against all odds. (publisher’s summary)
This stunning historical novel brings you deep inside Winston Churchill’s mind and heart as he becomes Prime Minister and takes on the terrifying challenge of halting Hitler’s murderous invasion of France, Holland and Belgium with only his wits and his magnificent words. Only his courage stands between the people of the British Isles and advancing enemy armies as they drive his retreating soldiers onto the beaches of Dunkirk and into the English Channel. You will live at Churchill’s side as he deals with his own feelings of inadequacy while contending with his fellow ministers, who plot to throw him out of office. And you will be the fly on the wall of history as he matches wits with Hitler in the most crucial battlefield of all, the battlefield of the mind. (publisher’s summary)
On the eve of the Second World War, a young Chinese man is sent to his family’s summer home in Japan to recover from tuberculosis. He will rest, swim in the salubrious sea, and paint in the brilliant shoreside light. It will be quiet and solitary.
But he meets four local residents — a beautiful Japanese girl and three older people. What then ensues is a tale that readers will find at once classical yet utterly unique. Young Stephen has his own adventure, but it is the unfolding story of Matsu, Sachi, and Kenzo that seizes your attention and will stay with you forever. (publisher’s summary)
What books did you add to your shelves recently?
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