Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mailbox Monday for April 17

I love Spring because of the rebirth of nature and because of all the new books published! It's one of the reasons I love checking out what other bloggers have received in their mailboxes.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Passages to the Past is hosting for the month of April. You can view the touring blog list at Mailbox Monday blog for the upcoming months.

Here's what came into my house last week:

Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard: A Tale of Tide and Prejudice by Belinda Roberts (from Sourcebooks for review)

Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard replaces ballgowns with bikinis, country mansions with luxury yachts and the militia with a fiercely competetive squad of local lifeguards...
The Bennet family is enjoying their seaside home in Salcombe when Mrs. Bennet hears that the nearby magnificent villa Netherpollock has been taken by a young man of great fortune. She is determined that one of her daughters will go out with him, until Mr. Darcy glides into the harbour on his yacht and she decides he would be the better catch.

I got all the rest of these books at the Dorval Library used book sale.

The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry

Arriving in Constantinople in 1273, Anna Zarides vows to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill a nobleman. Disguising herself as a eunuch named Anastasius, Anna moves freely about in society, maneuvering close to the key players involved in her brother’s fate, including Zoe Chrysaphes, a devious noblewoman with her own hidden agenda, and Giuliano Dandolo, a ship’s captain conflicted by his growing feelings for Anastasius. As leaders in Rome and Venice plot to invade Constantinople in another Crusade to capture the Holy Land, Anna’s discoveries draw her inextricably closer to the dangers of the emperor’s treacherous court—where it seems that no one is exactly who he or she appears to be.

The Stargazer by Michele Jaffe

Set against the dazzling landscape of the Renaissance, The Stargazer captures the ageless desires of the human heart in an "exquisitely dramatic" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) love story laced with danger, adventure, and sensuous pleasure....
Bianca Salva is the brilliant and beautiful daughter of a renowned physician. Ian Foscari is a handsome aristocrat notorious for his romantic conquests. Worlds apart in the circles of society, they have been brought together by an extraordinary intrigue: each has been mysteriously summoned to the home of a murdered courtesan. And each has reason to suspect the other of the deadly crime.
For each, proving their innocence will depend on the other -- and Ian concocts a seamless ruse to ensure that Bianca can't leave his sight. Together, they step carefully around secrets of murder and betrayal. But out of their masquerade grows a heated battle of wits. A tenuous trust. And an undeniable passion....

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

But Fiona's life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop-front to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future. 

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

So what came into your mailbox last week?

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  1. That Mr. Darcy seems to get around a lot these days. Enjoy your new books!

  2. all these books sound fascinating, especially The Sheen on Silk and The Tea Rose.

    Enjoy Montreal, il fait beau en ce moment, malgre la pluie de hier :)

  3. You've got some great picks here. I usually get attracted to anything with Mr Darcy in the title.


  4. Sooo much P&P fan fiction everywhere! We just can't get enough Mr. Darcy. ;)

  5. I read The Tea Rose a few years ago - a good book!

  6. Wonderful mailbox! Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly sounds especially like one that I'd love to read! Enjoy them all!

  7. Oh! And I see you're reading Leviathan! That and Behemoth are on my TBR shelves just calling to me! Secret Daughter is one that I'm planning to read this week as well!

  8. Such fascinating titles! Hope you enjoy them all.


  9. A FINE BALANCE is an amazing book. Read it several years ago. I've heard lots of good things about THE TEA ROSE. It's in my TBR pile as well. Enjoy!

  10. The Mr. Darcy, the Rohinton Mistry and the Jennifer Donnely are the ones I am particularly envious about!

  11. Looks like you have some great books, I am looking forward to your review of the Tea Rose. :)
    Here is my mailbox:

  12. The Mr. Darcy book looks really cute.

  13. Looks like you got some great books! Enjoy!

  14. I can never get enough of Darcy, so your first book leapt out at me.

    Enjoy all your books!

  15. Enjoy your reads, The Tea Rose looks good.

    Come by and see mine and my giveaways.

  16. What a nice MM for you this week. The Tea Rose is a wonderful book. I sure hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Have a great week, enjoy your new books and happy reading! My MM is here should you like to visit.

  17. That Mr. Darcy is one busy fellow! That looks like a cute read. I have hear The Tea Rose is excellent! It sure sounds good. I look forward to your thoughts on it.

  18. I got the Mr. Darcy book, too. Looks like fun. Happy reading!


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