Sunday, April 3, 2016

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? April 4 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

Missed posting MM last week. My shoulder was still giving me too much pain and there's only so much computer time my body can handle right now. But spring is in the air, making me smile regardless and I took advantage and finished a few books. :-)

A few good books in my mailbox to brighten my week. The first two are on tour with iRead Book Tours and Italy Book Tours:

Murder on Safari by Peter Riva

Only a reality TV producer and an expert safari guide can stop a terrorist attack.

Every adventure starts at the fringes of civilization. For expert safari guide Mbuno and wildlife television producer Pero Baltazar, filming in the wild of East Africa should have been a return to the adventure they always loved. This time they’d be filming soaring vultures in northern Kenya and giant sea crocodiles in Tanzania with Mary, the daughter of the world’s top television evangelist, the very reverend Jimmy Threte.

But when a terrorist cell places them in the crosshairs, there is suddenly no escape and they must put their filming aside and combine all their talents to thwart an all-out al-Shabaab terrorist attack on Jimmy Threte’s Christian gathering of hundreds of thousands in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey

On her 18th birthday Carolina Lovel learned that she was adopted and was given a letter written by her birth mother in an unknown language. After years of research she travels to Italy on a mission to find the truth about her past. Carolina is accompanied by three extremely gifted but mischievous students the FIGs from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. In an effort to help their favorite teacher, the FIGs will have to use their special abilities to decipher the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, and the one thing that is strangely similar to what Carolina was given. Their search will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.

The Bachelor's Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer.

Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city's underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor.

While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto's premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever--if they can stay alive long enough to do so.


Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran

When French perfumer Danielle Bretancourt steps aboard a luxury ocean liner, leaving her son behind in Poland with his grandmother, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. The year is 1939, and the declaration of war on the European continent soon threatens her beloved family, scattered across many countries. Traveling through London and Paris into occupied Poland, Danielle searches desperately for her the remains of her family, relying on the strength and support of Jonathan Newell-Grey, a young captain. Finally, she is forced to gather the fragments of her impoverished family and flee to America. There she vows to begin life anew, in 1940s Los Angeles.

There, through determination and talent, she rises high from meager jobs in her quest for success as a perfumer and fashion designer to Hollywood elite. Set between privileged lifestyles and gritty realities, Scent of Triumph by commanding newcomer Jan Moran is one woman's story of courage, spirit, and resilience.

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Intertwine (House of Oak Book 1) by Nichole Van

Time is not a river. It is a vast cosmic sea. Where each life exists as rippling circles on its surface, past and future being eternally present. And occasionally, one expanding ring intertwines with that of another, weaving the lives of two people together. . . .

In 2012, Emme Wilde can’t find the right guy. She wants to feel that swept-off-your-feet dizziness of true love. But so far, her dating life has come up short. Star Trek geek? Nice but too serious. Hippy artist? Cute but too vulnerable. Instead, Emme obsesses over the portrait of an unknown man in an old locket. Granted, a seriously dreamy guy with delicious, wind-swept hair she just itches to run her fingers through. But still. Dead men may be great listeners, but they are not exactly boyfriend material. Emme travels to England, determined to uncover his history and conquer the strong connection she feels.

In 1812, James Knight has given up finding the right woman. All he wants is someone to share his love of adventure. Instead, his life has become a Shakespearean drama. His brother languishes in a tragic star-crossed romance. His beloved sister clings to life, slowly dying of consumption. But then he finds a beautiful mystery woman, dripping wet and half-dead, beneath a tree on his estate. Now if he can uncover her history, perhaps adventure—and romance—will find him at last.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

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  1. The Scent of Triumph sounds really good to me! I hope you enjoy all your new books!

  2. These all look so tempting...I am really intrigued by The Scent of Triumph. What a story!

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  3. Looks like a nice variety of books to choose from Laura. I hope your shoulder gets better quick and you continue to enjoy the spring weather.

  4. Sorry about the shoulder! Hope you heal quickly. Glad you are able to read.

  5. Sorry to hear about the painful shoulder. As you know, I can empathize right now about pain. Interesting list. I'm intrigued by The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder and Scent of Triump. Adding to my TBR list.

  6. Hope the warmer spring weather will help your shoulder pain! Your books look good- Scent of Triumph looks particularly enticing. Enjoy and have a good week, Laura!

  7. The Cadence of Gypsies sounds good! I like the idea of her searchin g for her roots, and the idea of the mysterious document sounds neat too.

  8. Sorry about your shoulder! I hope you get lots of reading done this week!

  9. I still find it exciting to find books in my letterbox or granted to me in ebook form. We are so blessed really. Enjoy yours this week.

  10. Hi Laura,

    I hope that your sore shoulder recovers soon. It's amazing how injury to one small joint, can cause so much inconvenience and pain. We just don't realise how much we need every part of our body to be working in unison, for us to function properly.

    You have a very eclectic selection of books this week, although as the lover of a good thriller, the Peter Riva book caught my attention first.

    Thanks for sharing and take things easy until you are fully recovered :)


  11. The Cadence of Gypsies and Intertwine look good...great covers.

    ENJOY, and I hope your arm gets better soon.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  12. They all look wonderful and like something I would love to read. Thank-you for sharing!


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