December 20, 2010

Mailbox Monday: December 20, 2010

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the previous week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists! Mailbox Monday, which was started by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on blog tour—and Lady Q at Let Them Read Books is hosting during the month of December.

First up is The Mistress' House by Leigh Michaels, which I received from Sourcebooks for review.

SYNOPSIS:  Number Five, Upper Seymour Street is the perfect love nest.   Tucked away in a discreet corner of London, it's an ideal site to conduct affairs…

Except this elegant townhouse has a way of making its residents fall in love instead.   Anne -- the perfect mistress for the rakish Earl of Hawthorne;  Felicity -- the perfect challenge for Richard, Lord Colford;  and Georgiana -- the perfect nightmare for Major Julian Hampton...

the residents of Number Five, Upper Seymour Street.  (Publication Date:  February 2011) 

Next up is Only Mr. Darcy Will Do by Kara Louise, which I received from Sourcebooks for review.

SYNOPSIS:  In this variation, Mrs. Bennet's greatest fear comes to pass. With the death of Mr. Bennet in the early summer after Elizabeth returns from Kent, Longbourn is entailed away to Mr. Collins. Elizabeth and Jane take on positions as governesses in London; their mother and sisters move in with the Phillips' in Meryton. Elizabeth could not be happier with the family for whom she works, but soon comes to discover that they have a long-standing association with the Darcys. As she is thrown into his presence, she comes to a greater understanding of his goodness while comprehending the even greater disparity in their stations.

(Publication Date:  March 2011; originally published as Something Like Regret)

And lastly, Letters from Home by Kristina McMorris which I received from the author for a blog tour through Pump Up Your Book Promotions.

SYNOPSIS:  In love and war, nothing is as it seems . . .

Chicago, 1944. Liz Stephens has little interest in attending a USO club dance with her friends Betty and Julia. She doesn't need a flirtation with a lonely serviceman when she's set to marry her childhood sweetheart. Yet something happens the moment Liz glimpses Morgan McClain. They share only a brief conversation - cut short by the soldier's evident interest in Betty - but Liz can't forget him. Thus, when Betty asks her to ghostwrite a letter to Morgan, stationed overseas, Liz reluctantly agrees.

Thousands of miles away, Morgan struggles to adjust to the brutality of war. His letters from "Betty" are a comfort, their soul-baring correspondence a revelation to them both. While Liz is torn by her feelings for a man who doesn't know her true identity, Betty and Julia each become immersed in their own romantic entanglements. And as the war draws to a close, all three will face heart-wrenching choices, painful losses, and the bittersweet joy of new beginnings.

So there is my Mailbox Monday. What goodies arrived in your mailbox last week?


serendipity_viv said...

Letters From Home looks good. Enjoy your books.

Jenny Q said...

Letters From Home sounds awesome! I'm adding it to my TBR list! Thanks for visiting my Mailbox. Happy reading!

Anonymous said...

I received for review Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately from Gallery Publishers.

Roberta Gately’s lyrical and authentic debut novel—inspired by her own experiences as a nurse in third world war zones—is one woman’s moving story of offering help and finding hope in the last place she expected.

Gripped by haunting magazine images of starving refugees, Elsa has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a teenager. Of leaving her humble working-class Boston neighborhood to help people whose lives are far more difficult than her own. No one in her family has ever escaped poverty, but Elsa has a secret weapon: a tube of lipstick she found in her older sister’s bureau. Wearing it never fails to raise her spirits and cement her determination. With lipstick on, she can do anything—even travel alone to war-torn Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

But violent nights as an ER nurse in South Boston could not prepare Elsa for the devastation she witnesses at the small medical clinic she runs in Bamiyan. As she struggles to prove herself to the Afghan doctors and local villagers, she begins a forbidden romance with her only confidant, a charming Special Forces soldier. Then, a tube of lipstick she finds in the aftermath of a tragic bus bombing leads her to another life-changing friendship. In her neighbor Parween, Elsa finds a kindred spirit, fiery and generous. Together, the two women risk their lives to save friends and family from the worst excesses of the Taliban. But when the war waging around them threatens their own survival, Elsa discovers her only hope is to unveil the warrior within. Roberta Gately’s raw, intimate novel is an unforgettable tribute to the power of friendship and a poignant reminder of the tragic cost of war.

I received for review Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires Series #1) by Joann Sowles from the author.

In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…

Mystica said...

I love the covers of all three books - Letters from Home sounds very good!

Merry Christmas.

Unknown said...

All of your books sound simply wonderful. Letters From Home is one I haven't heard of yet, so I'm really interested in that one... hope they are all great!

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