Saturday, February 6, 2010

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren to share what books you received for review, purchased, or checked out from the library during the past week.

Books I purchased/downloaded:

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

Life in a village in Victorian England where the residents are resistant to change. Novel on which the TV miniseries is based.

Books I checked out from the library:

The Secret Life of Josephine by Carolly Erickson

A fictionalized account of the life of the Empress Josephine from her youth on Martinique to her marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

Alternating between modern day England where a grad student is investigating the identity of the Pink Carnation, a spy like the Scarlet Pimpernel, and 19th century France where young Amy de Balcourt is trying to find the Purple Gentian, an English spy she wishes to work for.

Virgin: Prelude to the Throne by Robin Maxwell

A novel about the youth of Queen Elizabeth I and her life with her stepmother Katherine Parr and Thomas Seymour.

The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble

Addie Sullivan had a difficult childhood as the daughter of the lighthouse keeper until a wealthy distant relative gives her the opportunity to be a governess but as Addie searches for answers to the truth of her past she finds herself in danger.

Books I received for review:

Fireworks over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff

One week after her wedding to the socially acceptable Paul Woodward, he ships off to war on the European front. Three years later, when her town is having a Fourth of July celebration she meets Jake Russo, a poor Italian immigrant in charge of the fireworks. They begin a passionate love affair but her husband is coming home and Lily must decide between duty and love.

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Nine people trapped in a passport and visa office after an earthquake cope with the situation by telling stories of one amazing thing that has happened in each of their lives.


  1. Oh man, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation is one of my favorite historicals, and the series just gets better in later books. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I also wanted to compliment you on your blog so far, it looks like you're off to a great start!

  2. Great books! I haven't read any of them, but they all seem very interesting ;)

  3. Great books you got this week. There sure are a lot of them. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  4. Wow, You got some great books there. The Secret Life of Josephine by Carolly Erickson just got on my tbr list.

  5. I just saw the Pink Carnation book at Borders last week and it look really interesting! I'm looking forward to your review.

  6. Nice haul of books. I have been hearing good things about Pink Carnation. I hope that you will enjoy it. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. Fireworks over Toccoa looks like a good read! I hope you enjoy all of the books you received this week. :)


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