Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme created by Marcia of To Be Continued, 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 Notorious Spinks Talks. (Update: Apparently, this month’s host is MIA again this week, so Beauty in Ruins is filling in as host.)
Here’s what I received:
The Boxer’s Story: Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps by Nathan Shapow with Bob Harris — from Meryl Zegarek PR for review
Nathan Shapow, a young Latvian, had nothing more on his mind than to enjoy his teenage years and become a champion boxer. But the sound of jackboots marching across Europe and the systematic extermination of the Jews quickly put paid to his dreams.
Soon he was to face a different sort of fight. The prize for victory? His life. Escaping certain death with a punch, surviving life on the ropes, Shapow saw his youth disappear in the terror of the Ghettos and the horror of the camps.
Cheating almost certain death on a number of occasions, remarkably he survived to forge a new life in what was then British-controlled Palestine. He joined the Underground and quickly became involved in the struggle to create a Jewish state — and found love along the way.
Extraordinary and powerful, The Boxer’s Story is a true tale that reads like fiction. (publisher’s summary)
The Red Chrysanthemum by Linda Beutler — from Meryton Press for review
When Fitzwilliam Darcy leaves the inn in Lambton after a tense but fruitful visit with Elizabeth Bennet, her words cultivate his hopes. “Less naturally amiable tempers than Mr. Bingley’s have found ways to forgive you.” Has she excused the flaws of character and errors in judgment?
While dining at Pemberley, Elizabeth is confronted when Darcy says of her scent, “Now I find I am more fond of lavender than ever…certainly even more fond of it that I was in, say, April.” Has he pardoned her intemperate assault on his pride?
As her esteem blossoms into love and his desire flourishes into devotion, the meanings of every leaf and petal allow Elizabeth and Darcy to express emotions too vulnerable to speak aloud. But can messages in fronds and leaflets save their fragile hearts when scandalous news arrives from Longbourn?
Perhaps flowers do not always say it best. (publisher’s summary)
A Flicker of Light by Roberta Kagan — free ebook
Hitler’s Master Plan…
In 1935, the Nazis established a program called “The Lebensborn.” Their agenda, to genetically engineer perfect Aryan children. These children were to be the new master race, once Hitler had cleared all undesirable elements out of Europe. Within a year the first institution was built.
A Flicker of Light
The year is 1943…
The forests of Munich are crawling with danger under the rule of “The Third Reich,” but in order to save the life of her unborn child Petra Jorgenson must escape from the Lebensborn Institute. Alone, seven months pregnant, and penniless, avoiding the watchful eyes of the armed guards in the overhead tower, she waits until the dead of night. Then, Petra climbs under the flesh-shredding barbed wire surrounding the institute and at the risk of being captured and murdered she runs headlong into the terrifying desolate woods.
Even during one of the darkest periods in the history of mankind, when horrific acts of cruelty became commonplace and Germany seemed to have gone crazy following the direction of a madman, unexpected heroes came to light. And although there were those who would try to destroy it, true love would prevail. Here, in this lost land ruled by human monsters, Petra will learn that even when one faces what appears to be the end of the world if one looks hard enough one will find that there is always “A Flicker Of Light.” (publisher’s summary)
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