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 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 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)
Dash 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)
Pride 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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