Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Finds (6)

Friday Finds are books that you've heard about during the past week. Friday Finds is hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading.

My finds this week:

The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig

From the author's website:

Arabella Dempsey’s dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls’ school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies…

Reginald “Turnip” Fitzhugh—often mistaken for the elusive spy known as the Pink Carnation—has blundered into danger before. But when he blunders into Miss Arabella Dempsey, it never occurs to him that she might be trouble. When Turnip and Arabella stumble upon a beautifully wrapped Christmas pudding with a cryptic message written in French, “Meet me at Farley Castle”, the unlikely vehicle for intrigue launches the pair on a Yuletide adventure that ranges from the Austens’ modest drawing room to the awe-inspiring estate of the Dukes of Dovedale, where the Dowager Duchess is hosting the most anticipated event of the year: an elaborate 12-day Christmas celebration. Will they find poinsettias or peril, dancing or danger? And is it possible that the fate of the British Empire rests in Arabella and Turnip’s hands, in the form of a festive Christmas pudding?

She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell

From the author's website:

For a young society woman seeking a favorable marriage, so much depends on her social season debut. Clara Carter has been given one goal: secure the affections of the city's most eligible bachelor. Debuting means plenty of work--there are corsets to be fitted, dances to master, manners to perfect. Her training soon pays off, however, as celebrity's spotlight turns Clara into a society-page darling.

Yet Clara soon wonders if this is the life she really wants. Especially when she learns her best friend has also set her sights on Franklin De Vries. When a man appears who seems to love her simply for who she is and gossip backlash turns ugly, Clara realizes it's not just her marriage at stake--the future of her family depends on how she plays the game.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

A new series about three teenage girls and their lives in New York during the Jazz Age.

The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

From the author's website:

Twenty-nine year old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her devastatingly beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being named Creative Vice President of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of 80 plus-hour weeks, migraines, and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey’s carefully-constructed life implodes.

Humiliated and desperate, she flees the glitter of Manhattan and retreats to the time warp of her parents’ Maryland home. As her sister plans her lavish wedding to her prince charming, Lindsey struggles to maintain her identity as the smart, responsible twin, while she furtively tries to put her career back together. But things get more complicated when a long-held family secret is unleashed that forces both sisters to reconsider who they are and who they are meant to be.

Thanks to Books in the City for this find!

Her Mother's Daughter by Julianne Lee

From the publisher's website:

Her name was Mary Tudor. First of the Tudor queens, she has gone down in history as Bloody Mary. But does she deserve her vicious reputation?

She was the daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, and half-sister to Edward VI and Elizabeth I. Mary Tudor’s life began as the sweetly innocent, pampered princess of Wales—until the age of eleven when the father she adored cast aside the mother she worshipped and declared Mary a bastard. Only after years of exile did Mary finally rise to the throne alongside the man who, aside from her father, was her greatest love—and her greatest betrayer.

Told by Mary herself and the people around her, this grand-scale novel takes us back to the glittering court of sixteenth-century England, and tells the tragic story of a fascinating, largely misunderstood woman who withstood the treachery and passion around her only to become one of England’s most vilified queens.

Thanks to Enchanted By Josephine for this find!

The Returners by Gemma Malley

Description from

London teenager Will Hodge is miserable. His mother is dead, his father's political leanings have grown radical, and his friends barely talk to him. To top it off, he's having nightmares about things like concentration camps. Then Will notices he's being followed by a group of people who claim to know him from another time in history. It turns out they are Returners, reincarnated people who carry with them the memory of atrocities they have witnessed in the past. Will realizes that he, too, is a Returner. But something about his memories is different, and with dawning horror, Will suspects that he wasn't just a witness to the events, he was instrumental in making them happen. Set in the near future, with the world on the verge of a new wave of ethnic cleansing, Will must choose to confront the cruelty he's known in his past lives, or be doomed to repeat it…

What are your Friday Finds this week?


  1. Wow, those are some interesting finds! I am very intrigued by "The Opposite of Me", that one looks really good!

    Hey friend, hope you are doing well. I'm so sorry I haven't posted a comment in a while. It's been so crazy. Thanks for always being such a great friend despite my own failings. :) You are the best!!

  2. Wow, really great finds!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Great picks. I think I'm getting an ARC of She Walks in Beauty in the mail. My find is at The Crowded Leaf.

  4. I have The Returners to read soon and I am adding The Opposite of me to my WL!

  5. Cool, lots of historical fiction! They all sound like great books. Enjoy!

    from Une Parole

  6. The cover of the first one is so gorgeous!! They all look great!

  7. Glad you liked my recommendation! We will have to compare notes once the book is out!

  8. Great finds. The Returners sounds so interesting!!

  9. Bright Young Things looks very interesting, love Jazz and that era. I also think The Returners looks like it will be a good read. Have a great weekend.

  10. Wow, She Walks in Beauty sounds amazing and I'm defiantly adding it to
    my wishlist. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful books!

  11. Looks like you have some great finds!! It looks like a lot of these books are historical fiction/fantasy books, ever since "The Other Bolyn (sp?) Girl" I've been a fan of this genre! Great post!

    Oh and I'm following your blog now! :)


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