Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mailbox Monday: April 4

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, is on a blog tour! This month's host is my girl Amy @ Passages to the Past!

This week I got two more from Amazon Vine:

Waterfall: A Novel (River of Time Series)Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds… until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.

And thus does she come to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Falassi, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

The Daughter of Siena: A NovelAmid the intrigue and danger of 18th-century Italy, a young woman becomes embroiled in romance and treachery with a rider in the Palio, the breathtaking horse race set in Siena....

It’s 1729, and the Palio, a white-knuckle horse race, is soon to be held in the heart of the peerless Tuscan city of Siena. But the beauty and pageantry masks the deadly rivalry that exists among the city’s districts. Each ward, represented by an animal symbol, puts forth a rider to claim the winner’s banner, but the contest turns citizens into tribes and men into beasts—and beautiful, headstrong, young Pia Tolomei is in love with a rider of an opposing ward, an outsider who threatens the shaky balance of intrigue and influence that rules the land.

And this one from Goodreads Swap:

The Second DuchessIn a city-state known for magnificence, where love affairs and conspiracies play out amidst brilliant painters, poets and musicians, the powerful and ambitious Alfonso d'Este, duke of Ferrara, takes a new bride. Half of Europe is certain he murdered his first wife, Lucrezia, the luminous child of the Medici. But no one dares accuse him, and no one has proof-least of all his second duchess, the far less beautiful but delightfully clever Barbara of Austria.

At first determined to ignore the rumors about her new husband, Barbara embraces the pleasures of the Ferrarese court. Yet wherever she turns she hears whispers of the first duchess's wayward life and mysterious death. Barbara asks questions-a dangerous mistake for a duchess of Ferrara. Suddenly, to save her own life, Barbara has no choice but to risk the duke's terrifying displeasure and discover the truth of Lucrezia's death-or she will share her fate.

Noticing a pattern here? With the three books above and three more that have been languishing on my To-Be-Read shelves, and in lieu of a spring break vacation, I'm embarking on a reading tour of Italy in the month of April! And I'll be watching The Borgias this month on Showtime!

The Botticelli Secret (Reading Group Gold)  Signora Da Vinci   [SIGNORA DA VINCI] [Paperback]  Mistress of Rome

Care to join me?
Tune in each week for teasers,
reviews, and giveaways!


  1. Have fun in "Italy" :D
    The Siena book looks so good

  2. Bonjourno !

    At least I hope that how it's spelt! Borgias with jeremy irons at the head will be fascinating!

    some great reads and make certain to tour the vineyards while exploring the Italy via your books and the Borgias :)

  3. Great books this week. I really should look out for more books set in Italy because I hardly ever read any set there.

  4. Ooh you got The Second Duchess! And I loved Mistress of Rome. Enjoy!

  5. Oh, wow great books! Waterfall looks really interesting. Happy reading!

  6. Wonderful books! I can't wait for reviews. Enjoy!

  7. Gorgeous books - waiting for your reviews!

  8. A reading tour of Italy sounds almost as good as an actual tour of Italy. Enjoy all of your new books!

  9. Sounds like a great way to spend your time - in Italy! Have fun! Have a great week and happy reading. My MM is here

  10. Cool a book tour of Italy! Have fun!

  11. can't wait for these reviews -- both look fabu!

  12. Enjoy your tour!

    stop and see mine, and my giveaways.

  13. Waterfall sounds terrific. Italy makes it even better. :)

    Stopping by from the linky on Passages To The Past.

    Love your blog.


  14. Waterfall sounds very good to me. Enjoy all your new reads.


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