Monday, October 25, 2010

Mailbox Monday 10.25.10


Hosted this month by she reads and reads.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

From the international bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden comes a brand new tale of love, mystery, betrayal and dark secrets . . .

Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Millderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

Evacuated from London as a thirteen year old girl, Edie’s mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Millderhurst Castle with the Blythe family: Juniper, her twin sisters and their father, Raymond. In the grand and glorious Millderhurst Castle, a new world opens up for Edie’s mother. She discovers the joys of books and fantasy and writing, but also, ultimately, the dangers.

Fifty years later, as Edie chases the answers to her mother’s riddle, she, too, is drawn to Millderhurst Castle and the eccentric Sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiancé in 1941 plunged her into madness.

Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Millderhurst Castle, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it . .

From Atria. Release date: November 9th.

America in the Roaring Twenties. Vaudeville was king. Talking pictures were only a distant flicker. Speakeasies beckoned beyond dimly lit doorways; money flowed fast and free. But then, almost overnight, the Great Depression leveled everything. When the dust settled, Americans were primed for a star who could distract them from grim reality and excite them in new, unexpected ways. Enter Gypsy Rose Lee, a strutting, bawdy, erudite stripper who possessed a preternatural gift for delivering exactly what America needed.

With her superb narrative skills and eye for compelling detail, Karen Abbott brings to vivid life an era of ambition, glamour, struggle, and survival. Using exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, she vividly delves into Gypsy’s world, including her intensely dramatic triangle relationship with her sister, actress June Havoc, and their formidable mother, Rose, a petite but ferocious woman who seduced men and women alike and literally killed to get her daughters on the stage.

American Rose chronicles their story, as well as the story of the four scrappy and savvy showbiz brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee’s brand of burlesque. Modeling their shows after the glitzy, daring reviews staged in the theaters of Paris, the Minsky brothers relied on grit, determination, and a few tricks that fell just outside the law—and they would shape, and ultimately transform, the landscape of American entertainment.

With a supporting cast of such Jazz- and Depression-era heavyweights as Lucky Luciano, Harry Houdini, FDR, and Fanny Brice, Karen Abbott weaves a rich narrative of a woman who defied all odds to become a legend—and whose sensational tale of tragedy and triumph embodies the American Dream.

From Random House. Release date: December 28th.

A historical fiction novel about the 16th century Hungarian Countess, Elizabeth Bathory.

Amara Borbala is certain she is the only living person in the sane world with intimate knowledge concerning the life and exploits of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory. After all, she was Elizabeth’s companion and confidant since her eleventh year. In 1573, after the death of her mother, Amara is sent by her cousin to serve as a lady-in-waiting at the castles of Sarvar, Varanno, and Cachtice.

Now it is years later, 1628, and Amara is aging, alone, and reduced to eavesdropping at her favorite café around the corner from her townhouse in Vienna. Befuddled by gossiping ladies, Amara determines perhaps it is time to finally put a stop to the rumors and once and for all, answer the question, ‘Is it true?’ Did Elizabeth Bathory, a descendant of Vlad Tepes really commit the horrible acts of torture, bathe in the blood of slaughtered virgins, and dabble in the dark magic that she was accused of during her trial?

One thing is certain, Amara knows the truth, but will it be enough to explain the habits of her friend?

Dandelions In The Garden is book one in a two-part series that begins with the journey of Amara, an impressionable girl who follows the Blood Countess through all the horrid events, which lead to her rise and secure her place in history.

Ebook. Won from author's blog.


17 comments:

Svea ~Muse in the Fog said...

Oh I just received "Dandelions In The Garden" also, I am quite interested in seeing how the plot unfolds! Enjoy your reading :)

Vicki said...

The Distant Hours and Dandelions In The Garden both have great covers!

Marg said...

The Distant Hours is on that I am very excited about reading when I get it!

Julie Anne Lindsey said...

These books are new on my radar. I can't wait to her if you love them :) I'm reading more Angie Fox this week http://blog.juliealindsey.com/ I am loving this series. Thanks for sharing your IMM!

bermudaonion said...

They all look good!! American Rose looks like the kind of book I'd love. Enjoy!

Mary said...

The Distant Hours sounds good.

Aisle B said...

Looking at your Dandelions in the Garden, very interested in that one.

Waiting for my copy of Distant Hours.. can't stop smiling since I got the notice from courier...

Enjoy the reads and come on over to Aisle B if you get a chance.
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Audra said...

Oh, all of these look great! I'm going to start 'following' you -- you seem to like books that I like and I'm always in need of new recommendations. So I apologize now if I end up commenting on older entries!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I am looking forward to reading Distant Hours. Dandelions In The Garden is a new to me title. It looks very interesting. Enjoy your new books!

Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

I've seen a lot of bloggers who got The Distant Hour... looks like a great book! Enjoy!

Alayne said...

American Rose looks good. I have The Distant Hours as well and can't wait. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

Amy said...

I also got the Distant Hours (big book huh?). Enjoy your new additions!

HERE is my mailbox!

Mystica said...

Dandelions in the Garden and the Distant Hours are two books which both sound intriguing. I have read many reviews now on the Morton book but the last book is completely new to me. thanks for this post.

avisannschild said...

I just received The Distant Hours today (after posting my MM post at the wee hours this morning) and I'm looking forward to reading it. I love the cover for Dandelions in the Garden, although it doesn't particularly look like historical fic. Enjoy your books!

Holly said...

I haven't heard of Dandelions in the Garden but it sounds like one I need to add to my WL. Happy reading!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I received The Distant Hours too. Enjoy!!

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