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 my shelves over the last couple of weeks:
Prejudice & Pride by Lynn Messina — from Martin Publicity
You know Darcy: rich, proud, disapproving, standoffish. Bennet Bethle knows Darcy, too — at least, the type. As a fundraiser for the Longbourn Collection, an art museum in out-of-the-way Queens, he’s met a lot of heiresses. Watching the aloof beauty swat away all comers at his museum’s gala (including himself, even though he didn’t make the attempt), Bennet figures he’s got her all sized up. He knows exactly how this story plays out.
But this story isn’t all that it seems. Despite her air of indifference, Darcy’s interest has been piqued by the irreverent Bennet, who finds himself frequently in her company while her friend Charlotte “Bingley” Bingston plans a ball at the Netherfield hotel to benefit the museum. Well, plans a ball or woos his brother — it’s hard for Bennet to say because Bingley’s motives are murky. One thing, however, is crystal clear: He doesn’t like Darcy.
And yet somehow that becomes murky too.
In Prejudice & Pride, Lynn Messina takes the genres she does best — chick lit, the mashup, Regency romance — and weaves them into one delightfully modern tale with a gender-bendy twist.
Longbourn’s Songbird by Beau North — from Meryton Press
In the autumn of 1948, young millionaire Will Darcy comes to the sleepy, backwater town of Meryton, South Carolina, to visit his best friend, Charles Bingley. When Darcy becomes enchanted by a local beauty with a heavenly voice, his business dealings with Longbourn Farms may close the door to his romantic hopes before they are given a chance to thrive.
Still healing from heartbreak, Elizabeth Bennet takes solace in her family, home, and the tight-knit community of Meryton. That foundation is shaken when Will Darcy makes a successful offer to buy the family farm. Blinded by hurt, will Elizabeth miss the chance to find in him the peace and comfort her heart truly needs?
Confronting the racial, economic, and social inequalities of the times, Longbourn’s Songbird is an imaginative romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and told through the lens of post-WWII America, a story layered with betrayal and loss, love and letting go.
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende — Atria Books
In The Japanese Lover, Isabel Allende offers an exquisitely crafted novel about the extraordinary relationship between Alma Belasco, a Polish girl transplanted to San Francisco in the face of the Nazi invasion, and Ichimei Fukuda, a gentle Japanese-American boy sent to an internment camp run by the United States government. Their love can only be shared in secret, but their devotion lasts for a lifetime.
Sweeping between San Francisco in the present day and Europe and the United States during the Second World War, The Japanese Lover explores race and identity, abandonment and reconciliation, while powerfully evoking both the horrific acts and selfless deeds of which humans are capable.
What books did you add to your shelves recently?
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