Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mailbox Monday for November 21

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. Marcia will be hosting for the month of November on her Mailbox Monday Blog. You can also view the touring blog list at Mailbox Monday blog for the upcoming months.

I have an exciting mailbox this week! A big thank you to HarperCollins for quickly fulfilling my request and to Christine Trent who always sends her books with a personalized note. She is one of the authors that I love reviewing for because she is gracious and thankful to all bloggers who read and review her books.

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston ( for review from HarperCollins)

For her graduation from high school in 1920, Frankie Pratt receives a scrapbook and her father’s old Corona typewriter. Despite Frankie’s dreams of becoming a writer, she must forgo a college scholarship to help her widowed mother. But when a mysterious Captain James sweeps her off her feet, her mother finds a way to protect Frankie from the less-than-noble intentions of her unsuitable beau. Through a kaleidoscopic array of vintage postcards, letters, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalog pages, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, fashion spreads, menus, and more, we meet and follow Frankie on her journey in search of success and love.

A Wedding Invitation by Alice J. Wisler (for review from Bethany House)

After returning home from teaching English at a refugee camp in the Philippines, Samantha Bravencourt enjoys her quiet life working at her mother's clothing boutique in Falls Church, Virginia. When she receives an invitation to a wedding in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she looks forward to reconnecting with her college friend. Instead her life collides with Carson, a fellow teacher and the man who broke her heart, and a young Amerasian refugee named Lien who needs Samantha and Carson's help to find her mother before Lien's own wedding. When the search for Lien's mother reveals surprising secrets from the past, Samantha must reevaluate her own memories and decide whether to continue to play it safe or take a risk that could change her life.

A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander (for review from Bethany House)

To create something that will last is Claire Laurent's most fervent desire as an artist. It's also her greatest weakness. When her fraud of a father deals her an unexpected hand, Claire is forced to flee from New Orleans to Nashville, only a year after the War Between the States has ended. Claire's path collides with that of Sutton Monroe, and she considers him a godsend for not turning her in to the authorities. But when they meet again and he refuses to come to her aid, she realizes she's sorely misjudged the man. Trading an unwanted destiny for an unknown future, Claire finds herself in the middle of Nashville's elite society and believes her dream of creating a lasting impression in the world of art may finally be within reach.

All that Sutton Monroe holds dear lies in ruin. He's determined to reclaim his heritage and to make the men who murdered his father pay. But what he discovers on his quest for vengeance reveals a truth that may cost him more than he ever imagined.

By the King's Design by Christine Trent (for review from author)

Annabelle "Belle" Stirling inherited the family draper shop from her late father, only to have it sabotaged by her ne'er-do-well brother, Wesley. Belle travels to London to seek redress, and while there, the Prince Regent, future King George IV, commissions her to provide fabrics for his Royal Pavilion. As Belle's renown spreads, she meets handsome cabinetmaker Putnam Boyce, but worries that marriage will mean sacrificing her now flourishing shop. When Wesley plots to kidnap the newly crowned King, Belle finds herself entangled in a duplicitous world of shifting allegiances, where every choice could have unexpected consequences for her future, her safety, and her kingdom...

So what did you get in the mailbox last week?

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  1. These all look good. I'm especially drawn to the The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. It looks like a good period story.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your week.

  2. That is exciting! You'll love The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt.

  3. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt sounds like fun! Enjoy all your new reads!

  4. Oooh, another mailbox with Frankie Pratt. Hope you like it!

  5. All your books look really good! I've heard great things about The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. Enjoy!

  6. you'll love The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt! Such fun looking through all the memorabilia.

  7. I bought Frankie Pratt and am going to read it this weekend. A Wedding Invitation sounds good as well!

  8. Some very pretty covers, enjoy! your reads.

  9. I can't wait to hear what you think of Frankie Pratt. I loved it! Happy reading!


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