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:
A Sense of Obligation by Rose Fairbanks — from the author
**I had the pleasure of editing this novel!**
A chance, but meaningful, encounter in Netherfield’s library changes everything between Darcy and Elizabeth. As they rush to the altar, Darcy’s faulty memory may destroy their chance at domestic comfort before they begin. Knowing their obligations and no longer resisting their attraction, they forge a foundation of trust and respect. New feelings may not be enough, however, to overcome the misunderstanding which lays between them. Exploring the juncture of sentiment and reason, A Sense of Obligation takes Darcy and Elizabeth on a passionate, humorous and introspective path toward happiness in marriage.
Mr. Darcy to the Rescue by Victoria Kincaid
**I had the pleasure of editing this one, too!**
When the irritating Mr. Collins proposes marriage, Elizabeth Bennet is prepared to refuse him, but then she learns that her father is ill. If Mr. Bennet dies, Collins will inherit Longbourn and her family will have nowhere to go. Elizabeth accepts the proposal, telling herself she can be content as long as her family is secure. If only she weren’t dreading the approaching wedding day…
Ever since leaving Hertfordshire, Mr. Darcy has been trying to forget his inconvenient attraction to Elizabeth. News of her betrothal forces him to realize how devastating it would be to lose her. He arrives at Longbourn intending to prevent the marriage, but discovers Elizabeth’s real opinion about his character. Then Darcy recognizes his true dilemma…
How can he rescue her when she doesn’t want him to?
We That Are Left by Clare Clark — from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
1910. Jessica and Phyllis Melville have grown up at Ellinghurst, their family estate. A headstrong beauty, Jessica longs for London — the glitter and glamor of debutante life — while the bookish Phyllis dreams in vain of attending the university. Neither questions that it is Theo, their adored brother, whom their mother loves best. Theo eclipses everyone around him, not the least diffident Oskar Grunewald — a prodigy in the rapidly evolving fields of math and physics — who with his mother is a frequent visitor to Ellinghurst. Fascinated by the house but alternatively tormented and ignored by the Melville children, Oskar seeks refuge in Ellinghurst’s enormous library.
Over the next decade, as the Great War devastates and reshapes their world, the children come of age in a country unrecognizable from the idylls of their youth. As the sisters struggle to forge new paths without the guidance of the old rules, Oskar’s life becomes entwined with theirs once again in ways that will change all of their futures forever.
The British Lion by Tony Schumacher — from William Morrow
In this crackling alternate-history thriller set in the years after World War II — the riveting sequel to The Darkest Hour — London detective John Rossett joins forces with his Nazi boss to save the commander’s kidnapped daughter, as the Germans race to make the first atomic bomb.
With the end of the war, the victorious Germans now occupy a defeated Great Britain. In London, decorated detective John Henry Rossett, reporting to the Nazi victors, lies in a hospital bed recovering from gunshot wounds. Desperate to avoid blame over the events that led to the shooting, his boss, Ernst Koehler, covers up the incident. But when Koehler’s wife and daughter are kidnapped by American spies, the terrified German turns to the only man he trusts to help him — a shrewd cop who will do whatever is necessary to get the job done: John Rossett.
Surviving his brush with death, Rossett agrees to save his friend’s daughter. But in a chaotic new world ruled by treachery and betrayal, doing the right thing can get a man killed. Caught between the Nazi SS, the violent British resistance, and Americans with very uncertain loyalties, Rossett must secretly make his way out of London and find Ruth Hartz, a Jewish scientist working in Cambridge. Spared from death because of her intellect and expertise, she is forced to work on developing the atomic bomb for Germany. Though she knows it could end any hope of freedom in Europe and maybe even the world, Ruth must finish the project — if she, too, wants to survive.
Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses by Dick Flavin — from William Morrow
A Boston institution and popular local television personality who is also the announcer, ambassador, and poet laureate for the Red Sox, Dick Flavin has entertained audiences with his incredible poetic talent and abiding love for the Red Sox before countless home games for years. Now this legendary talent’s poems are gathered together for the first time in this keepsake volume.
As a beloved Red Sox insider, Flavin has been privileged to watch history in the making, from the team’s 2004 World Series victory that finally broke its nearly century-long “curse,” to road-tripping with Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky to visit Ted Williams in Florida. His pithy and comedic verses — including such gems as “The Beards of Summer,” “Long Live Fenway Park,” and his best known, “Teddy at the Bat” — pay homage to the American pastime, New England’s favorite team and players (and the curses and legends that have followed it), and the passionate Nation that has remained faithful through victory and defeat.
Illustrated with more than fifty photos, Red Sox Rhymes honors all of Red Sox Nation and is an essential memento for every BoSox fan around the world.
The Gates of Rutherford by Elizabeth Cooke — from Berkley
Charlotte Cavendish has been dreaming of her old home at Rutherford Park. It is April 1917; she is nineteen years old. And everywhere there is change. The war still rages on the Continent, where her brother fights for the Royal Flying Corps. Her parents’ marriage is in jeopardy, with her mother falling for a charming American in London.
But not all is grim. Charlotte is marrying Preston, the blinded soldier whom she nursed back to health. Her parents couldn’t be happier about this. The young man hails from a well-established and wealthy family in Kent, and he’s solid and respectable. They hope he’s the one to tame their notoriously headstrong daughter.
But as time passes, Charlotte slowly comes to the realization that she is not truly happy. And for a reason she is only just beginning to understand. A reason she dare not reveal to the family — or the world…
Free e-books (not sure if these are still free):
Pride and All This Prejudice by Alex A. King
There are no truths universally acknowledged. We’re people. People. We can’t agree on anything. –Elisa Baros
After three years studying overseas, Elisa Baros is coming home to the most predictable place on Earth, where change is a foreign word and her future is carved in marble. But when a wealthy stranger inherits a house in the tiny village of Meriton, Greece, dragging the surliest man on the planet along with him, all the predictability she used to rely on is shot to pieces. Markos Dellis is judgmental, rude, a Byronic store mannequin of a man who hates the family she adores. The only thing he and Elisa have in common is a mutual loathing; it’s a perfect two-way street.
Or so Elisa believes, until Markos flings his true feelings in her face, leaving her to question how well she knows the arrogant man…and how well she knows herself.
My Dear Sophy by Kimberly Truesdale
Sophy Wentworth loves her life in sleepy Milverton…
Twenty-three year old Sophia Wentworth lives a quiet life in the small country town of Milverton. Here she helps her Papa, the town doctor, visits with her friends, and attempts – usually unsuccessfully – to keep her younger brothers Edward and Frederick out of trouble. When the opportunity to marry the handsome and attentive young curate who’s just moved into the next town presents itself, Sophy is tempted by a life of pleasant repetitions and obligations, a life that will keep her at the center of the town and the community she loves so much.
Until a stranger arrives…
Captain Conrad Croft grew up in Milverton, where his father is the rector. He has spent the past fourteen years traveling the world with the British Navy. On a surprise visit home, Conrad meets Sophia – who was just eight years old when he left. He becomes intrigued by this woman, the silent core of strength for the entire town. When his attempts to draw her out succeed, Conrad discovers an intelligent, witty, strong woman who might just be his perfect match. He only has to convince her of it before he sails away again.
Fifteen years before the events of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, this is the story of how the Admiral and Mrs. Croft first meet.
The Wrong Woman (Unexpected Love Book 1) by Kimberly Truesdale
Ten years ago, wealthy and handsome Miles Shepherd, Baron of Revere laughed clumsy and plump Isobel Masters out of any marriage prospects. Now, at the age of 29, Isobel is launching her beautiful younger sister, Cat, into society, and Miles is the first in line to court her.
Though Isobel tries to protest against the man who has caused her so much pain, she knows his fortune and rank will make a good match for her sister. So she resigns herself unhappily to her duties as chaperone. As they spend time together, though, both Isobel and Miles are drawn to each other in a way neither anticipates.
Only hours after Miles finally realizes he’s courting the wrong woman, Isobel is kidnapped. Battling his guilt and memories of his own devastating past, Miles must pray that Isobel will survive so he can tell her that he loves her and that sometimes the woman who seems to be all wrong turns out to be just right.
A Prince for Aunt Hetty (Unexpected Love Book 2) by Kimberly Truesdale
Harriet Masters has just seen her eldest niece Isobel happily married. Now she’s off to visit her sister for the new year. In their quiet house in the country, she spends her days playing games and reading fairy tales to her young nieces and nephews. The stories of princes and princesses fill their heads. Hetty dreams, too, but she knows that at fifty years old, her chance at a happy ending is long past her.
Rupert Henderson moved to the country to enjoy some peace and quiet after a lifetime in London society. He particularly likes his new neighbors and their children. And when he unexpectedly meets their Aunt Hetty – gingerly making her way through the winter mud – he is even more drawn to the family and to the intriguing woman who has come to visit.
But when Rupert is called back to London on urgent business, the separation might mean the death of a budding romance. Then again, Hetty just might find the prince she never expected…
What books did you add to your shelves recently?
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