Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mailbox Monday (42)

It's the last week of September! The leaves have turned colors. I was away this weekend in the countryside with my book club members for a getaway and the view was spectacular. I had a great time, but it's good to be back. I missed my kids. It's time for Mailbox Monday meme, a weekly fun meme created by Marcia at The Printed Page. It has now gone on tour and for the month of September will be hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion's Weblog. (If you want to join in on the fun, just click and see what others have received in their mailboxes.) I got two books last week.

The Passionate Brood:  A Novel of Richard the Lionheart and the Man Who Became Robin Hood by Margaret Campbell Barnes ( from Sourcebooks)

In this compelling novel of love, loyalty, and lost chances, Margaret Campbell Barnes gives readers a new perspective on Richard the Lionheart's triumphs and tragedies. Drawing on folklore, Barnes explores what might have happened if King Richard's foster brother were none other than Robin Hood, a legendary figure more vibrant than most in authentic history. Thick as thieves as Richard builds a kingdom and marshals a crusade, the two clash when Robin Hood so provokes the king's white hot temper that Richard banishes him. The Passionate Brood is a tale of a man driven to win back the Holy Land, beset by the guilt of casting out his childhood friend, and shouldering the burden of being the lionhearted leader of the Plantagenets.

Sanctuary Line by Jane Urquhart (from McClelland & Stewart)

Set in the present day on a farm at the shores of Lake Erie, Jane Urquhart's stunning new novel weaves elements from the nineteenth-century past, in Ireland and Ontario, into a gradually unfolding contemporary story of events in the lives of the members of one family that come to alter their futures irrevocably. There are ancestral lighthouse-keepers, seasonal Mexican workers; the migratory patterns and survival techniques of the Monarch butterfly; the tragedy of a young woman's death during a tour of duty in Afghanistan; three very different but equally powerful love stories. Jane Urquhart brings to vivid life the things of the past that make us who we are, and reveals the sometimes difficult path to understanding and forgiveness.

What did you get in your mailbox last week?

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  1. That Jane Urquhart book sounds great. I didn't realize she had another book coming out (or has it already come out?). Enjoy your books!

  2. Sanctuary Line looks like a great read. Enjoy!

  3. The Passionate Brood looks awesome! A couple of people have that this week - I'm jealous! I'll keep an eye out for your thoughts on it. Here's my Mailbox. Happy reading!

  4. Looks like a couple of good books, particularly The Passionate Brood. Enjoy!

  5. I love the cover of Sanctuary Line!

  6. Both titles are new to me but look interesting. Enjoy them both!

  7. A weekend in the country sounds lovely. And some new books too! Sanctuary Line looks interesting. Enjoy your reading.

  8. I've seen The Passionate Brood, it looks fabulous! Here's my loot: Coffee and a Book Chick

  9. I've read a couple of Jane Urquhart books and enjoyed them.She is an amazing writer! The book on Richard III sounds interesting also. I've read a few books on him also as I'm interested in British royal history. Enjoy your books, Laura!

  10. I hope Passionate Brood is as good as the cover!! Enjoy your books.

  11. The cover of Sanctuary Line is fantastic! Enjoy your new books.

  12. These sound great and have great covers!

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