Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mailbox Monday: February 14

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 @ The Printed Page,
is on a blog tour! This month's host is:

Versailles: A NovelFrom Ms. Lucy at Enchanted By Josephine, a prize for completing her fabulous Oh La La French Historical Challenge last year! From the back cover:  As Versailles begins, 14-year-old Marie Antoinette is traveling from Austria to France to meet her fiancee, the mild, abstracted Louis. He will become the sixteenth Louis to reign in France, and Antoinette will be his queen. Hemmed in by towering hairdos, the xenophobic suspicion of her subjects, the misogyny of her detractors, and the manifold twists and turns of the palace she calls home. The novel moves from room to room, from garden to fountain, driven by the relentless engine of time. Antoinette gives birth to four children, two of whom will outlive her; she falls in love; she dies at the guillotine. Versailles is an enchanting meditation on the soul's true journey, at once wittily entertaining and astonishingly wise.

The Postcard KillersAudiobook on CD, won from Kim at Metroreader! From the back cover:
NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer. Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim. Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm--and they think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson's most vivid and compelling thriller yet.

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern BelleFrom the author for participation in an upcoming blog tour! From the back cover:  While Olivia deBelle Byrd was repeating one of her many Southern stories for the umpteenth time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said,“Why don’t you write this stuff down?” Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. With storytelling written in the finest Southern tradition from the soap operas of Chandler Street in the quaint town of Gainesville, Georgia, to a country store on the Alabama state line, Olivia deBelle Byrd delves with wit and amusement into the world of the Deep South with all its unique idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle is guaranteed to provide an afternoon of laugh-out-loud reading and hilarious enjoyment.

To Serve a KingFrom the author for review, and it's signed, too! Thank you Donna! From the back cover:  From her earliest days, Genevieve Gravois has known one fact above all: Francis I, king of France, is her enemy. Raised by her embittered aunt after her parents' deaths, Genevieve has been schooled in things no woman should know: how to decipher codes, how to use a dagger and a bow, and how to kill. For Henry VIII has a destiny in mind for the young girl--as his most powerful and dangerous spy. When the time is ripe, Genevieve enters the magnificent world of the French court. With grace to match her ambition, she becomes maid of honor to Anne de Pisseleau, King Francis's mistress. Yet neither the court--which teems with artistry and enlightenment as well as intrigue--nor Francis himself are at all what Genevieve expected. And with her mission, her life, and the fate of two kingdoms at stake, she will be forced to make deadly decisions about where her heart and her ultimate loyalties lie.

And I'm hoping my husband arrives home tonight with a box of these! Happy Valentine's Day!

What goodies arrived in your Mailbox?
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  1. Your three historical fiction books look so very good. I have also seen the Miss. Hildreth book around and I do hope you enjoy all of them. A happy Valentines day.

  2. You've got some great reads! We're both reviewing Miss Hildreth. I'll look forward to your review.

  3. They all look good... and now I'm craving chocolate :-) Hope your hubby comes through!!

  4. Versailles looks really good, and I can't wait for your thoughts on Miss Hildreth. Happy reading!

  5. I loved To Serve a King - it was really wonderful reading!

    Enjoy all your new additions and Happy Valentine's Day!

  6. Wonderful books you got this week. Enjoy them all. Have a great week and happy Valentine's Day!

  7. I love the sound of all your historical reads :)
    Hope you enjoy them, and Happy Valentine's Day!

  8. here's mine

  9. I like the looks of To Serve a King! I also received Miss Hildreth! Great mailbox as always!

  10. Looking forward to To Serve a King. I have it on my WL. Mmmm chocolate.... are those Godiva? :)

  11. You have a great mailbox...including a signed book for review. Nice! I want to check out Versailles.

  12. I see two that I would love to read. I received two historicals.


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