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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.

No review books, but lots of other goodies!  Here’s what I added to the shelves over the last week:

Purchased with a gift card from my mom:

three amazing things about youThree Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell

Hallie has a secret: she’s in love. He’s perfect for her in every way, but he’s seriously out of bounds. And Hallie doesn’t have long to live. Time is running out.

Flo has a dilemma — she likes Zander, but his scary sister really doesn’t approve.

Tasha has a problem. Her boyfriend is the adventurous type. And she’s afraid one of his adventures will go badly wrong.

As Three Amazing Things begins, Hallie’s about to be given new lungs. But whose?

the unexpected consequences of loveThe Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell

When it comes to falling in love, the consequences are impossible to predict. That’s why Sophie Wells is working in St. Carys as a photographer, with a focus on putting her painful past firmly behind her.

When handsome Josh Strachan moves back to St. Carys to run the family hotel, he can’t understand why Sophie has zero interest in letting him — or any man — into her life. Meanwhile, he’s duped into employing Sophie’s impulsive friend Tula, whose crush on him is decidedly unrequited. Josh’s friend, the charming but utterly feckless surfer Riley Bryant, nurses a massive crush on Tula, and Riley’s aunt — superstar author Marguerite Marshall — has designs on Josh’s grandfather.

Love comes with complications, and the town of St. Carys has more than its fair share! Only one thing’s for sure — that love will change you forever, in ways you never expected.

making your mind upMaking Your Mind Up by Jill Mansell

Lottie Carlyle is happy enough. She is living in a beautiful cottage with her two adorable — sometimes — kids in an idyllic village, on good terms with her ex-husband, and with friends all around. Everything is going just fine.

But when she meets her new boss, her peaceful world is thrown into delightful, exciting, and frustrating chaos. Tyler is perfect for Lottie, but her kids do not agree. To make matters worse, the handsome and mysterious Seb appears on the scene, intriguing — and distracting — Lottie and charming her children, making it more and more difficult to make up her mind…

falling for youFalling for You by Jill Mansell

As a teen, Maddy Harvey was a bit of an ugly duckling. Luckily she’s blossomed since then, and Maddy thanks God for this small miracle when a tall, handsome stranger comes to her rescue one starry summer’s night.

Instant attraction becomes a disaster in the making when Maddy learns the identity of her superman: Kerr McKinnon. Of all the colorful residents of the small Cotswold town of Ashcombe, why did it have to be him? Because as family feuds go, the Montagues and the Capulets have  nothing on the Harveys and the McKinnons.

Won:

the darcys of pemberleyThe Darcys of Pemberley by Shannon Winslow — from Austenprose

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have been married for almost a year, and their heated arguments are a thing of the past. All that passion is now directed into more satisfying pursuits. But how long can the honeymoon last? The couple’s idyllic life together at Pemberley is jeopardized by secrets they begin keeping, and the threat of a villain in their midst. The Darcys of Pemberley is the tale of two romances: the continuation of Darcy and Elizabeth’s story, and the courtship of Miss Georgiana.

miss georgiana darcy of pemberleyMiss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley by Shannon Winslow — from Austenprose

What’s Georgiana Darcy’s story? Jane Austen tells us so little in Pride and Prejudice that we’re left to wonder. How did the early loss of her parents shape Miss Darcy’s character? And what about her near-disastrous affair with Mr. Wickham? Is that the true source of her shyness? She adores her brother and his new wife Elizabeth, but will their guiding influence be enough to steer Georgiana clear of new trouble as she comes of age and falls in love again?

This work is intended as a companion of sorts to The Darcys of Pemberley (sequel to Pride and Prejudice), with the timelines of the two running parallel. Both novels are unique and complete in themselves, but together they supply a richer reading experience than either one alone. The earlier book focused primarily on Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship during their early married life. There was a third Darcy represented in the title, however. Now she and her courtship story take center stage in Miss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley.

wedding nightWedding Night by Lily Lord — from a Facebook release party

Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy become man and wife and begin exploring the privileges of matrimony. To unschooled Lizzy, the passionate nights are shocking but exciting. She wants to please her husband, but how far must she go before she fears her own desires are so lustful and wanton that they are unseemly in the wife of a gentleman?

twice temptedTwice Tempted by Lily Lord — from a Facebook release party

Everything is new to the former Miss Elizabeth Bennet, as is to be expected of a young lady of her time. Eager as she is to please her husband, some things don’t go according to her wishes, or his.

Mr. Darcy has planned an elaborate journey in celebration of their marriage. The trip from Netherfield to the Lake region, in the company of Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her new husband Charles Bingley, is lovely but difficult to enjoy. What Lizzy is experiencing in the evenings is so personal that she cannot bear to share it, even with her sister. Caught between dread and delight when she considers the next night with her husband, the new Mrs. Darcy’s days are a roller coaster of anticipation.

third trystThird Tryst by Lily Lord — from a Facebook release party

Three days after her wedding, Lizzy is ever more delighted by the amorous attentions of her new husband.

But when the couple stays overnight at Viscount B___’s house on their way north from Hertfordshire to the Lake region, Darcy imbibes a bit too much of their host’s vintage brandy.

The elaborate post-wedding journey with the Bingleys includes glorious days full of beautiful sights, but Elizabeth’s nights in the bedchamber with Mr. Darcy are even more exciting. They open up a world of sensations that the former Miss Bennet had never imagined…and which she is every evening more eager to explore.

teatime talesTeatime Tales: Short and Sweet Austen-Inspired Stories by Leenie Brown — from DarcyandLizzy.Com

This book is a collection of short and sweet Austen-inspired stories intended to be a light pick-me-up…a bit of fluff to brighten your day.

From Oxford Cottage by Leenie Brown

A Music Room Meeting
A look at the beginning of Richard and Harriet’s relationship

From Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

With All My Love
A letter from Edmund to Fanny

From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Mr. Bingley Plans a Ball
Mr. Bingley returns to Netherfield

From Tolerable to Lovely
A ballroom blunder stops Mr. Darcy’s famous disparagement

A Battle of Wills and Words
Elizabeth engages in a verbal joust with Colonel Fitzwilliam

Two Days in November
Darcy and Elizabeth embark on a plan to bring happiness to Jane

Unexpected arrivals:

cleopatra's shadowsCleopatra’s Shadow by Emily Holleman — from Little, Brown

Arsinoe, the bright and incisive eight-year-old daughter of King Ptolemy, awakens one morning from an ominous dream of statues weeping blood to find that her reality is even worse. There’s been a violent coup, and she is stranded alone in the palace, abandoned by both her beloved older sister Cleopatra and her indifferent father. The new monarch? Arsinoe’s half sister Berenice, who has seized the throne and now rules over a bloodthirsty royal court.

Arsinoe’s struggle to establish herself in this strange new world takes her from the palace to the streets of war-torn Alexandria, where she must cast off her childhood comforts, including her idolization of Cleopatra. Meanwhile, Berenice confronts her own demons — her cruel, dying mother, a pair of fickle husbands, and the ever-present threat of her father’s return from exile — as she fights to maintain power as the first queen to rule Egypt alone in a thousand years. When their deposed father, Ptolemy, marches on the city with a Roman army, both daughters must decide where their allegiances truly lie, and Arsinoe grapples with the difficult truth — that the only way to survive her dynasty is to rule it.

the witchesThe Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff — from Little, Brown

It began in early 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s daughter began to writhe and roar. It ended less than a year later, but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.

The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children one another. Speaking loudly and emphatically, adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis. Aside from suffrage, the Salem witch trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history.

The Witches is Stacy Schiff’s thriller of an account of this sentinel story — a great American mystery unveiled in crackling detail by one of our most acclaimed historians.

Free e-book (not sure if it is still free):

courting destinyCourting Destiny: Homecoming (Pride and Prejudice Legacies Book 1) by Lily Granson

Introducing Mr William Bryce the 2nd. The dashing son of the famous lord of Cumberland has arrived home after completing several years of service in the Royal Navy. Formerly a reluctant heir, after traveling the world he is now ready to take on the role he was born to. He understands it will mean finding a suitable wife, someone fit to be Lady of Cumberland, and he is also ready for that…or is he?

There are plenty of eligible young ladies to vie for his attention, after all who wouldn’t want to be the future Lady of Cumberland? Three young ladies in particular stand out. All three have their attractions, but one in particular, the beautiful Destiny Blaine, catches his attention. Destiny is different, while her family is by far the least wealthy of the three, she cares not for titles and the trappings of wealth. Despite this, she finds her fondness for Mr. Bryce growing into something much deeper.

That’s where her troubles begin, William’s growing affection for her has not gone unnoticed, and what neither of them realize is that some young women will do whatever they can to get what…and who they want.

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

© 2015 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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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:

Gift:

a sense of obligationA 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 rescueMr. 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?

For review:

we that are leftWe 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 lionThe 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 rhymesRed 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.

Unexpected arrival:

the gates of rutherfordThe 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 prejudicePride 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 sophyMy 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 womanThe 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 hettyA 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?

© 2015 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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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:

For review:

mrs. sinclair's suitcaseMrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters — from Putnam

Roberta is a lonely young bibliophile who works at a bookstore in England. She has a habit of keeping the odds and ends she finds inside used books. So when her father gives her a heap of secondhand books in an old suitcase that once belonged to Roberta’s 109-year-old grandmother, Dorothea, she is intrigued. Inside the suitcase she discovers a letter addressed to Dorothea that hints at a dark secret. Curious to know more, Roberta sets out to uncover the truth, but what she learns completely upturns her understanding of her family’s history.

Running alongside Roberta’s narrative is that of Dorothy Sinclair, unhappily married and childless, during the early years of World War II. When an unexpected event occurs, Dorothy must — against her better judgment — make an unthinkable decision, whose consequences forever change the framework of her family.

The parallel stories of Roberta and Dorothy unfold over the course of eighty years as they each make their way through secrets, lies, sacrifices, and love. Utterly absorbing, Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase is a spellbinding tale of two worlds, one shattered by secrets and the other by the truth. (publisher’s summary)

pompous schemesPompous Schemes by Ayr Bray — from Loving the Book

Thrown from his horse, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam is left to traverse the remaining fifteen miles to Pemberley on foot. Richard never imagined the first carriage to cross his path would contain the one woman he thought he would never see again.

Lady Aimée de Bourbon, the only child of Prince du Sang Geoffroy de Bourbon, Marquis of Agen had captured and nearly broke Richard’s heart four years earlier. He had loved her and planned to give up his bachelor ways, but her father intended her to marry a royal, not an English Earl’s second son. Now Lady Aimée is affianced to Señor Duarte de Cortázar, a lesser Portuguese royal.

While lost in his thoughts of his prior love, the carriage is robbed, Lady Aimée’s dowry stolen, and Lord Agen is injured. Colonel Fitzwilliam directs the driver to take them to Pemberley where Mr. Darcy and his wife Elizabeth take them in and offer refuge and a place to heal.

Ancient customs of Dom Duarte’s family forbids marriage without the dowry present at the wedding, and now with the dowry stolen, Lady Aimée and her father fear the de Cortázars will call off the marriage. But Lady Aimée intends to have love and will let nothing stand in her way, even if it means hurting the man she once professed to love.

In Pompous Schemes, Ayr Bray continues her masterfully created world around Pemberley. A world that will make you want to submerse yourself into the fascinating aura of mystery, awe, and romance and never leave. (publisher’s summary)

Won:

disdain and deceptionPride and Prejudice: Disdain and Deception by Denise O’Hara — from the author

This Pride and Prejudice variation begins between Darcy and Elizabeth’s engagement and wedding.

Suppose everything happened exactly as in the original until after the engagement. Then Mr.Darcy has an accident…or is it? He is taken away from Elizabeth and she must use whatever means she can to reach him before it’s too late. (publisher’s summary)

Free e-books (not sure if they are still free):

all your pretty dreamsAll Your Pretty Dreams by Lise McClendon

When everything you planned goes south, there is only one thing left: heed the call to come home– even if it involves the polka.

Just because Jonny Knobel hasn’t touched the accordion for years means nothing to his father and his beloved polka band. After years in the city, small-town Minnesota whiplashes Jonny until he runs into the college girls doing field-work next door. The mysteriously rude Isabel Yancey, the crew chief, arrives with her own fresh heartache. Can two such different people attract?

Jonny is trying to break away from his high school sweetheart who he married at 19, when he meets Isabel, a graduate student involved in a study of bees. They couldn’t be more different in their ideals and dreams yet, just like Elizabeth and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, something draws them together.

Combining the star-crossed lovers of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with the quirky characters of Anne Tyler, the world of Red Vine, Minnesota comes to life: a rich milieu of confrontation, betrayal, humiliation, laughter, and redemption, as Jonny plays Bruce Springsteen, James Brown, and the ‘She Likes Kielbasa’ polka on his grandfather’s accordion. What does a draftsman from the Twin Cities, born into a cheesy polka band, have in common with a prickly, ambitious scientist who has seen the world? And just how badly does she want him to breach her defenses?

A story about second chances and the laws of attraction, this is a New Adult novel featuring twenty-somethings in search of a fresh start. Romance, humor, and the heartache of growing up make All Your Pretty Dreams a unique journey through the hearts and minds of young adults searching for the keys to happiness in a complicated world. (publisher’s summary)

p&p the other way roundPride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round by Jane Austen and Anne Wrightwell

This is Pride and Prejudice with a twist; the classic story takes place in a universe where gender roles are reversed. When Miss Bingley rents a house in Meryton, she meets the lovely John Bennet and her friend, the proud Miss Darcy, meets his enchanting brother, Elijah Bennet. (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

© 2015 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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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 couple of weeks:

For review:

the race for parisThe Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton — from Harper

Normandy. 1944. To cover the fighting in France, Jane, a reporter for the Nashville Banner, and Liv, an Associated Press photographer, have already had to endure enormous danger and frustrating obstacles — including strict military regulations limiting what women correspondents can do. Even so, Liv wants more. Encouraged by her husband, the editor of a New York newspaper, she’s determined to be the first photographer to reach Paris with the Allies and capture its freedom from the Nazis.

However, her commanding officer has other ideas about the role of women in the press corps. To fulfill her ambitions, Liv must go AWOL. She persuades Jane to join her, and the two women find a guardian angel in Fletcher, a British military photographer who reluctantly agrees to escort them. As they race for Paris across the perilous French countrywide, Liv, Jane, and Fletcher forge an indelible emotional bond that will transform them and reverberate long after the war is over.

Based on daring, real-life female reporters on the front lines of history like Margaret Bourke-White, Lee Miller, and Martha Gellhorn — and with cameos by other famous faces of the time — The Race for Paris is an absorbing, atmospheric saga full of drama, adventure, and passion. Combining riveting storytelling with expert literary craftsmanship and thorough research, Meg Waite Clayton crafts a compelling, resonant read. (publisher’s summary)

avenue of spiesAvenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw — from Crown

The leafy Avenue Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris’s hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the “mad sadist” Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protege charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany.

From his office at the American Hospital, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots safely out of France, a job complicated by the hospital director’s close ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish friends, Jackson invited Liberation to officially operate out of his home at Number 11 — but the noose soon began to tighten. When his secret life was discovered by his Nazi neighbors, he and his family were forced to undertake a journey into the dark heart of the war-torn continent from which there was little chance of return.

Drawing upon a wealth of primary source material and extensive interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates the City of Light during its darkest days. The untold story of the Jackson family anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the vivid immediacy of the best spy thrillers. Awash with the tense atmosphere of World War II’s Europe, Avenue of Spies introduces us to the brave doctor who risked everything to defy Hitler. (publisher’s summary)

emma mangaManga Classics: Emma by Jane Austen — from UDON Entertainment

Just in time for the 200th Anniversary, Manga Classics: Emma brings Jane Austen’s classic tale of youthful folly and romantic exuberance to a modern audience with this beautiful, new manga adaptation. The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humor and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of manga-ka Po Tse (Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice). Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. (publisher’s summary)

guide to photographyNational Geographic Kids Guide to Photography by Nancy Honovich and Annie Griffiths — from Oleg Lyubner Public Relations

This info-packed, easy-to-use, superfun, how-to guide teaches everything there is to know about taking photographs. From smartphone cameras to SLRs, and from point-and-shoot to under-water cameras, we’ve got practical advice for kids of all ages. Watch out National Geographic photographers, a new batch of experts is on the way.

Featuring:

  • Diagrams showing how cameras work
  • Step-by-step instructions so you can compose, light, and take the perfect shot
  • Info about editing, photo sharing, and all the latest photo software
  • Do-it-yourself activities
  • Tips & tricks from National Geographic photographers and other experts
  • Behind-the-scenes stories about how the pros get the perfect shot
  • Careers for camera hounds
  • Ways to connect through the National Geographic Kids photo-sharing community MyShot
  • Assignments from noted photographer Annie Griffiths to test your knowledge

And much more! (publisher’s summary)

Unexpected arrival:

mrs. bennet has her sayMrs. Bennet Has Her Say by Jane Juska — from Berkley

It is a truth universally acknowledged that every man in possession of a wife must be in want of a son.

1785 was to be the most marvelous year of Marianne’s life, until an unfortunate turn of events left her in a compromised state and desperate for a husband to care — or rather cover — for her. Now, she is stuck in an undesirable marriage to Mr. Edward Bennet, who is desperate in his own way for a male heir. But as she is still carrying a smoldering desire for the handsome Colonel Millar, Mrs. Bennet must constantly find new, clever ways to avoid her husband’s lascivious advances until she is once again reunited with her dashing colonel. Except that the best-laid plans of a woman in good standing can so often go awry, especially when her contrary husband has plans and desires of his own…

Filled with audacious wit and hilarious surprises, this debut novel is an honest, smart, and satirical look at love, marriage, and the beloved Bennet family from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, as you’ve never seen them before… (publisher’s summary)

Free e-books snagged during the Facebook launch party for A Sense of Obligation by Rose Fairbanks:

pemberley mistletoePemberley Mistletoe by Ayr Bray

Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy had enjoyed a fortnight of being totally irresponsible with regards to anything other than matters of the heart, but the honeymoon is over, and Christmas is sneaking up on them. With the assistant of Mrs. Reynolds, Elizabeth decorates the manor and plans for an intimate holiday party of six, but little does she know how upside down those plans will turn when the party ends up with an additional thirteen uninvited guests.

Will Elizabeth Darcy be able to blend the Darcy and Bennet traditions into a holiday that both she and Fitzwilliam can enjoy, and can she do it while so many women are in attendance waiting for her to mess up? (publisher’s summary)

scent of desireScent of Desire by Ayr Bray

After a tempestuous acquaintance fraught with misconceptions, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are at last of one mind and heart. Their betrothal is not without its own difficulties, however, and a single misunderstanding may place all of their future happiness in jeopardy.

By Amazon Best-Selling author Ayr Bray, Scent of Desire is a Pride and Prejudice expansion chronicling the six-week engagement of one of the world’s most beloved Jane Austen couples. (publisher’s summary)

the illegitimate heirThe Illegitimate Heir by Ayr Bray

The younger son of an earl often cannot afford to marry for love, so it is fortunate Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam has fallen in love with Helen Malham, who has both beauty and wealth. Her father, however, will not allow her to marry a man without a title.

When the Prince Regent names Richard the Duke of Blachedone, it is both a blessing and a curse. His newly acquired title means he may marry Helen — assuming she will have him once the truth comes out. He was awarded the dukedom not for his service to the Crown, but because he is the former duke’s illegitimate son, and soon all of London will know.

Mr. Calvin Aldrich is a rake and a blackguard and set to be one of the richest dukes in England…until his uncle is stripped of his titles and possessions while on his deathbed. Bereft of his inheritance, Calvin will stop at nothing to get revenge on his uncle’s illegitimate heir. He will strike at Richard in any way he can, even if it means ruining an innocent woman. (publisher’s summary)

threat of scandalThreat of Scandal by Ayr Bray

At twenty years of age, Georgiana Darcy embarks on her third season in London hoping to find true love. Things go terribly wrong when she is implicated in a scandalous affair with the Duke of Rothford and, though she is innocent of wrongdoing, London society shuns her and her reputation is in tatters.

For months the Duke has had troubles of his own; the last thing he needs is to be caught up in London’s latest scandal with a perfect stranger. The Duke is an honourable man, however, and does his best to clear their names and restore Georgiana’s reputation.

The Duke’s kindness and attentiveness ignite the kind of love in Georgiana she’s always dreamed of. She knows a peer of the realm could never marry a mere gentleman’s daughter, so she contents herself with simply being near him. But when a new scandal arises, she must leave London and the Duke or risk losing her reputation forever. (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

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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 past few weeks:

For review:

a will of ironA Will of Iron by Linda Beutler — from Meryton Press

The untimely death of Anne de Bourgh, only days after his disastrous proposal at the Hunsford parsonage, draws Fitzwilliam Darcy and his cousin Colonel Alexander Fitzwilliam back to Rosings Park before Elizabeth Bennet has left the neighborhood. In death, Anne is revealed as having lived a rich life of the mind, plotting rather constantly to escape her loathsome mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Anne’s journal, spirited into the hands of Charlotte Collins and Elizabeth, holds Anne’s candid observations on life and her family. It also explains her final quirky means of outwitting her mother. Anne’s Last Will and Testament, with its peculiar bequests, upheaves every relationship amongst the Bennets, Darcys, Fitzwilliams, Collinses, and even the Bingleys! Was Anne de Bourgh a shrewder judge of character than Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy combined?  (publisher’s summary)

jars of hopeJars of Hope by Jennifer Roy, illustrated by Meg Owenson — from IWPR Group

During the horrors of World War II, there were many unsung heroes.  Irena Sendler was one of them.

While many people lived in fear of the Nazis, Irena defied them, even though it could have meant her life.  This harrowing true story of a woman who took it upon herself to help save 2,500 children during the Holocaust is not only inspirational — it’s unforgettable.  (publisher’s summary)

becoming darknessBecoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles — from IWPR Group

Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune — a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago.  The virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two hundred million people into vampires.  But after her best friend is brutally murdered, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to a conspiracy that runs generations deep.  And when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness.  (publisher’s summary)

the book of lost and foundThe Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley — from Back Bay Books

Kate Darling’s enigmatic mother — a once famous ballerina — has passed away, leaving Kate bereft.  When her grandmother falls ill and bequeaths to Kate a small portrait of a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Kate’s mother, Kate uncovers a mystery that may upend everything she thought she knew.

Kate’s journey to find the true identity of the woman in the portrait takes her to some of the world’s most iconic and indulgent locales, revealing a love story that began in the wild 1920s and was disrupted by war, and could now spark new love for Kate.  Alternating between Kate’s present-day hunt and voices from the past, The Book of Lost and Found casts light on family secrets and love — both lost and found.  (publisher’s summary)

Won:

beach townBeach Town by Mary Kay Andrews — from Savvy Verse & Wit

Greer Hennessy needs palm trees.

As a movie location scout, picture-perfect is the name of the game.  But her last project literally went up in flames, and her career is on the verge of flaming out.  Greer has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfect undiscovered beach hideaway for a big-budget movie.  She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida town called Cypress Key.  There’s one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach, and an old fishing pier with a community casino — which will be perfect for the film’s explosive climax.

There’s just one problem: Eben Thibadeaux, the town’s mayor, completely objects to Greer’s plan.  A lifelong resident of Cypress Key, Eben wants the town to be revitalized, not commercialized.  After a toxic paper plant closed, the bay has only recently been reborn, and Eb has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again.  But Greer has a way of making things happen, regardless of obstacles.  And Greer and Eb are way too attracted to each other for either of them to see reason.

Between an ambitious director and his entourage — including a spoiled “It Boy” lead actor — who parachute into town, a conniving local ex-socialite, and a cast of local fangirls and opportunists who catch the movie bug, nothing is going to be the same in Cypress Key.  Now Greer is forced to make some hard choices:  about the people and the town she’s come to care about, and about her own life.  True love is only for the movies, right?  Can Greer find a way to be the heroine in her own life story?  Told with inimitable heart and humor, Mary Kay Andrews’s Beach Town is the perfect summer destination.  (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

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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:

For review:

hotel moscowHotel Moscow by Talia Carner — from William Morrow

Brooke Fielding, a thirty-eight-year-old New York investment manager and the daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors, finds her life suddenly upended in late September 1993 when her job is unexpectedly put in jeopardy.  Brooke accepts an invitation to join a friend on a mission to Moscow to teach entrepreneurial skills to Russian businesswomen, which will also give her a chance to gain expertise in the vast emerging Russian market.  Though excited by the opportunity to save her job and be one of the first Americans to visit Russia after the fall of communism, she also wonders what awaits her in the country that persecuted her mother just a generation ago.

Inspired by the women she meets, Brooke becomes committed to helping them investigate the criminal activity that threatens their businesses.  But as the uprising of the Russian parliament against President Boris Yeltsin turns Moscow into a volatile war zone, Brooke will find that her involvement comes at a high cost.  For in a city where “capitalism” is still a dirty world, where neighbors spy on neighbors and the new economy is in the hands of a few dangerous men, nothing Brooke does go unnoticed — and a mistake in her past may now compromise her future.

A moving, poignant, and rich novel, Hotel Moscow is an eye-opening portrait of post-communist Russia and a profound exploration of  faith, family, and heritage.  (publisher’s summary)

Unexpected arrival:

every secret thingEvery Secret Thing by Laura Lippman — from William Morrow

From critically acclaimed, multiple-award winner Laura Lippman comes a riveting story of love and murder, guilt and innocence.

Two little girls banished from a neighborhood birthday party find a stroller with an infant inside on an unfamiliar Baltimore street.  What happens next is shocking and terrible, causing the irreparable devastation of three separate families.

Seven years later, Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller, now eighteen, are released from “kid prison” to begin their lives over again.  But the unanswered questions about the original crime continue to haunt the parents, the lawyers, the police, and all the adults in Alice’s and Ronnie’s lives.  And now another child has disappeared, under freakishly similar circumstances.  (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

© 2015 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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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:

For review:

the prosecution of mr. darcy's cousinThe Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin by Regina Jeffers — from the author

Fitzwilliam Darcy is enjoying his marital bliss.  His wife, the former Elizabeth Bennet, presented him two sons and a world of contentment.  All is well until “aggravation” rears its head when Darcy receives a note of urgency from his sister Georgiana.  In truth, Darcy never fully approved of Georgiana’s joining with their cousin, Major General Edward Fitzwilliam, for Darcy assumed the major general held Georgina at arm’s length, dooming Darcy’s sister to a life of unhappiness.

Dutifully, Darcy and Elizabeth rush to Georgiana’s side when the major general leaves his wife and daughter behind, with no word of his whereabouts and no hopes of Edward’s return.  Forced to seek his cousin in the slews of London’s underbelly, at length, Darcy discovers the major general and returns Fitzwilliam to his family.

Even so, the Darcy’s troubles are far from over.  During the major general’s absence from home, witnesses note Fitzwilliam’s presence in the area of two horrific murders.  When Edward Fitzwilliam is arrested for the crimes, Darcy must discover the real culprit before his cousin is hanged for the crimes and the Fitzwilliam name marked with shame.  (publisher’s summary)

What books did you add to your shelves recently?

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