Monday, July 2, 2012

Mailbox Monday 07.02.12

Hosted this month by Mrs.Q: Book Addict.

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.

The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. Seeing his chance to make a fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with caravan, puppets, and his two orphaned assistants.

Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are dazzled by the Wintermute home. Clara seems to have everything they lack — adoring parents, warmth, and plenty to eat. In fact, Clara’s life is shadowed by grief, guilt, and secrets. When Clara vanishes that night, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, by association, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall.

As they seek to puzzle out Clara’s whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisini’s criminal past and wake up to his evil intentions. Fleeing London, they find themselves caught in a trap set by Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it’s too late.

From Candlewick Press via NetGalley. Release date: August 28th.

Though poor, plain and unconnected, Charlotte Brontë possesses a deeply passionate side which she reveals only in her writings-creating Jane Eyre and other novels that stand among literature's most beloved works. Living a secluded life in the wilds of Yorkshire with her sisters Emily and Anne, their drug-addicted brother, and an eccentric father who is going blind. Charlotte Brontë dreams of a real love story as fiery as the ones she creates.

But in the pages of her diary where Charlotte exposes her deepest feelings and desires - and th truth about her life, it's triumphs and her scandalous secret passion for the man she can never have...and her intense, dramatic relationship with the man she comes to love, the enigmatic Arthur Bell Nicholls.

"Who is this man who has dared to ask for my hand? Why is my father so dead set against him? Why are half the residents of Haworth determined to lynch him- or shoot him?

From Syrie James, the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a powerfully compelling, intensely researched literary feat that blends historical fact and fiction to explore the passionate heart and unquiet soul of Charlotte Brontë. It is Charlotte's story just as she might have written it herself.



bermudaonion said...

The cover of Splendors and Glooms is rather creepy and it sounds like the book might be too. Happy reading!

Kaye said...

The Secret Diaries sounds interesting. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

Anonymous said...

They both look like intriguing books.

Anonymous said...

They both look great, but The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte is my sort of read. Happy reading.

The Relentless Reader said...

I'm glad I stumbled up on your blog Christy! I haven't read either The Lost Memoirs or the The Secret Diaries and they are now on my list!

Pssst..I'm going to follow you ;)