Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? January 28 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at Mailbox Monday. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Lori at Lori's Reading Corner is hosting for the month of January. You can also view the touring blog list here for the upcoming months.

This is what I got in my mailbox this past week.

For Review:

The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow

Decades ago, as Nazi planes dominated the British sky, eighteen-year-old Lily Verner made a terrible mistake. She's tried for decades to forget, but now an unexpected event pulls her back to the 1940s British countryside. She finds herself remembering the brilliant, lustrous colors of the silk she helped to weave at her family's mill, the relentless pressure of the worsening war, and the kind of heartbreaking loss that stops time.

In this evocative novel of love and consequences, Lily finally confronts the disastrous decision that has haunted her all these years.

The India Fan by Victoria Holt

From Victorian England to then-colony India, India Fan centers on Druscilla Delaney, a parson's daughter, in thrall to the wealthy Framling family. Druscilla becomes the reluctant friend to the arrogant Framling daughter, Lucia, who constantly requires rescuing from her own rash decisions. Druscilla also has a romantic interest in the Framling son, Fabian, but she mistrust his intentions and avoids him.

Druscilla follows the Framlings to a British outpost in India to avoid a marriage of convenience. There, her feelings for Fabian are finally acknowledged. Shortly after arriving however, the Sepoy Rebellion breaks out. Duscilla finds herself trapped in New Delhi after the rebel takeover, and only Fabian can save her.

Keeper of the Black Stones by P.T. McHugh

Awkward in his own skin, shy around girls and worried about anything and everything, Jason Evans is just like a million other teenage boys in high school, with one very large exception: he has been given a gift that allows him to jump through time. A set of stones has fallen into his lap that gives him access to any place - and any time - that he chooses. But along with that gift comes the responsibility of stopping the man who is using those very stones to travel through time and change history for his own purposes. A man who is now holding Jasons grandfather hostage, and threatening the worlds very existence. Jumping through time with his best friend and body guard, Jason must enter the world of Medieval England, learn its customs, navigate unimaginable danger, and help Henry VII win the Battle of Bosworth, in the name of finding his grandfather, rescuing a beautiful girl from the clutches of a corrupt church, and destroying the one man who pledges to turn history inside out.

Going Up! Elisha Otis's Trip to the Top by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins

This is the fourth book in Tundra's Great Idea Series of biographies for young readers. The story behind the invention of the elevator is one that all young children can relate to! The previous books in the series have been well reviewed, and this new book will be equally compelling.

A short, fully illustrated biography in the award-winning GREAT IDEA SERIES, about the man who invented the elevator - Elijah Otis. The man who enabled the hi-rise, and other feats of modern architecture.

Free on Kindle:

The Dreamer (The Fall Series) by May Nicole Abbey

A dream in the night. A leap of faith. A quest for truth and treasure.

From term papers and instant coffee to blood-thirsty pirates and buried treasure, Rachel Madera, a gifted university professor, finds herself travelling through time on a journey of discovery and danger, all because of a simple dream. Despite the threat, Rachel is undaunted, certain she holds the keys to unlock the mystery of a Pharaoh’s treasure … and alter the course of history.

The only thing that stands between her and peril is Captain Mallory Tucker, a man with a tragic past and intractable moral code. Born of the sea, he is among the leading mariners of 18th century Europe. But the derelicts who make up his crew and the capriciousness of the ocean have taken their toll, and Captain Tucker is tired and jaded. The last thing he needs is a precocious young woman dropping onto his ship and creating havoc. But he’ll fight to the death for her honor, her beliefs…and her love.

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
Rally 'Round the Corpse by Hy Conrad (funny mystery)
The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini (audiobook, good mystery)
A Bear in War by Stephanie Innes & Harry Endrulat (children's book)

Currently Reading:
The Parent's Guide to Uncluttering Your Home by Janet Morris Grimes

Finished reading:
The Widow's Redeemer by Philippa Jane Keyworth
Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston

Listening to:
Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

Hope you all have a great reading week!

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