December 7, 2009

Mailbox Monday - December 7, 2009

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page where we  share what reads we have received in our mailboxes the previous week. 

Here is what I received this past week: 

A Blue and Gray Christmas by Joan Medlicott

SYNOPSIS:  In this stunning holiday story, a cache of Civil War-era letters and diaries sweeps the ladies of Covington up into a dramatic and heartwarming historical saga that inspires them to plan an unforgettable Christmas for two families forever changed by war.

When a rusty old tin box is unearthed at the Covington Homestead, longtime housemates Grace, Amelia, and Hannah discover that it contains letters and diaries written by two Civil War soldiers, one Union and one Confederate.

The friends are captivated by the drama revealed. The soldiers were found dying on a nearby battlefi eld by an old woman. She nursed them back to health, hiding them from bounty hunters seeking deserters. At the end of the war the men chose to stay in Covington, caring for their rescuer as she grew frail. But while their lives were rich, they still felt homesick and guilty for never contacting the families they'd left behind.

Christmas is coming, and the letters inspire Amelia with a generous impulse. What if she and her friends were to find the two soldiers' descendants and invite them to Covington to meet? What better holiday gift could there be than the truth about these two heroic men and their dramatic shared fate? With little time left, the ladies spring into action to track down the men's families in Connecticut and the Carolinas, and to make preparations in Covington for their most memorable, most historic Christmas yet.

A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman 

SYNOPSIS:  Camry MacKeage has absolutely no intention of telling her parents that she left her job as a NASA physicist for the small-town life of a dog-sitter -- which is why she's spending the holidays alone in coastal Maine with her furry friends Tigger and Max. Unfortunately, her irresistibly handsome rival, scientist Luke Pascal, accidentally spilled the beans. Now he's on a mission from her mother to tempt Camry home for the family's annual winter solstice celebration. But Luke is hiding his own secret, and he'll need a little bit of magic to earn Camry's trust...and a whole lot of mistletoe to seduce his way into her heart.

Dead Pan by Gayle Trent

SYNOPSIS:  A "delightful new series." -- Kaye's Penguin Posts Cake decorator Daphne Martin once again finds herself and her cakes at the center of a murder mystery. Half the town gets sick following a cake event, but for poor Fred Duncan, a bout with potential food poisoning quickly turns fatal. Now it's up to Daphne to sort through the likely suspects and figure out who frosted Fred.

So what books came into your house last week? 


Mary (Bookfan) said...

I'm looking forward to your review of Blue and Gray Christmas. I've read other books by Joan Medlicott and am curious about this.
Have a great week!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

A Blue and Gray Christmas looks really good. I also enjoy a good cozy mystery now and then. Happy reading!

Tales of Whimsy said...

What lovely holiday reads. I love it. Thank you the recommendations.

vvb32 reads said...

a blue and gray christmas sounds like a really nice one for me. i think i'll pick it up. ;-D

Ingrid King said...

A Blue and Gray Christmas looks wonderful - a little different from the usual Christmas book fare. Thanks for sharing!

Lori Johnston said...

This is my first book by Joan Medlicott and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Her writing style is warm and comfortable.

Beth, Juju and vvb,
Blue and Gray Christmas is turning into a very nice holiday read. I would certainly recommend it, particularly if you like history.

This book is a little different, not your usual Christmas type book. I am really enjoying the historical aspects of it - - the best parts of the book, so far, in my opinion. Hope your blog tour is continuing to go well!