Monday, March 26, 2012

Mailbox Monday 03.26.12

Hosted this month by Diary of an Eccentric.

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.

These are all from NetGalley.

The Mancini Sisters, Marie and Hortense, were born in Rome, brought to the court of Louis XIV of France, and strategically married off by their uncle, Cardinal Mazarin, to secure his political power base. Such was the life of many young women of the age: they had no independent status under the law and were entirely a part of their husband’s property once married.

Marie and Hortense, however, had other ambitions in mind altogether. Miserable in their marriages and determined to live independently, they abandoned their husbands in secret and began lives of extraordinary daring on the run and in the public eye. The beguiling sisters quickly won the affections of noblemen and kings alike. Their flight became popular fodder for salon conversation and tabloids, and was closely followed by seventeenth-century European society. The Countess of Grignan remarked that they were traveling “like two heroines out of a novel.” Others gossiped that they “were roaming the countryside in pursuit of wandering lovers.”

Their scandalous behavior—disguising themselves as men, gambling, and publicly disputing with their husbands—served as more than just entertainment. It sparked discussions across Europe concerning the legal rights of husbands over their wives. Drawn from personal papers of the players involved, and the tabloids of the time, Elizabeth Goldsmith has written a vibrant biography of the Mancini sisters—two pioneering free spirits who were feminists long before the word existed.

Release date: April 3rd.

It is September 1919: twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War.

But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will--from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France. The intensity of their bond brought Tristan happiness and self-discovery as well as confusion and unbearable pain.

The Absolutist is a masterful tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I. This novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats until its most extraordinary and unexpected conclusion, and will stay with them long after they've turned the last page.

Release date: July 10th.

On the battlefields of WWII Europe, Charlie Harris fell in love, and after the war, Roger marched home without a glance back. Ten years later, Charlie receives a cryptic summons and quickly departs for his former lover’s hometown of Whistle Pass.

But Roger Black isn’t the lover of Charlie’s dreams anymore. He’s a married, hard-bitten political schemer who wants to secure his future by destroying evidence of his indiscreet past. Open homosexuality is practically a death sentence, and that photo would ruin Roger and all his wife’s nefarious plans.

Caught up in foggy, tangled events, Charlie turns to hotel manager Gabe Kasper for help, and Gabe is intrigued by the haunted soldier who so desperately desires peace. When helping his new lover places Gabe in danger, the old warrior in Charlie will have to take drastic action to protect him... or condemn them both.


Marg said...

I got The Absolutist too. I own a few of his book but the only one I have read is Boy in Striped Pajamas!

Svea Love said...

The Kings' Mistresses looks really good. Enjoy your goodies!

Mystica said...

The King's Mistresses sounds delightful.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

All these are new to me Christy -- hope you enjoy them.

bermudaonion said...

They all look good to me, especially The Absolutist.

Anna said...

The WWI and WWII books look especially good. Happy reading!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I've realized lately that I'm becoming a fan of WWI era novels. I'll watch for your review of The Absolutist. Have a good week!

Jennifer | Mrs Q Book Addict said...

Enjoy all! The Absolutist looks really good.

TP said...

These all sound so good, especially The Kings' Mistresses.


Anonymous said...

They all sound good to me, enjoy!

Elysium said...

The Kings' Mistresses sounds very good. Enjoy your new books!

BurtonBookReview said...

Great books Christy! Today I posted my very first review of my very first NetGalley.. my very first ebook!