Monday, April 4, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the exciting books that came into their house last week via post. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page, and is currently being hosted by Amy from Passages to the Past for the month of April. 

It was an uber-exciting week for my mailbox!!!

To Be Queen by Christy English
Publish Date: April 5th, 2011
Format: Paperback 400pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"The author of The Queen's Pawn delves into the early life of the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine in her new historical novel.

After her father's sudden death, fifteen-year-old Eleanor is quickly crowned Duchess of Aquitaine and betrothed to King Louis VII. When her new husband cannot pronounce her given name, Alienor becomes Eleanor, Queen of France.

Although Louis is enamored of his bride, the newly crowned king is easily manipulated by the church and a God that Eleanor doesn't believe in. Now, if she can find the strength to fight for what she wants, Eleanor may finally find the passion she has longed for, and the means to fulfill her legacy as Queen."

Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn
Publish Date: April 5th, 2011
Format: Paperback 400pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"A.D. 69. The Roman Empire is up for the taking. The Year of Four Emperors will change everything-especially the lives of two sisters with a very personal stake in the outcome. Elegant and ambitious, Cornelia embodies the essence of the perfect Roman wife. She lives to one day see her loyal husband as Emperor. Her sister Marcella is more aloof, content to witness history rather than make it. But when a bloody coup turns their world upside-down, both women must maneuver carefully just to stay alive. As Cornelia tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered dreams, Marcella discovers a hidden talent for influencing the most powerful men in Rome. In the end, though, there can only be one Emperor...and one Empress."

The Lady and the Poet by Maeve Haran
Publish Date: March 2011
Format: Paperback Edition 384pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Set against the sumptuousness and intrigues of Queen Elizabeth I’s court, this powerful novel reveals the untold love affair between the famous poet John Donne and Ann More, the passionate woman who, against all odds, became his wife. 
Ann More, fiery and spirited daughter of the Mores of Loseley House in Surrey, came to London destined for a life at the court of Queen Elizabeth and an advantageous marriage. There she encountered John Donne, the darkly attractive young poet who was secretary to her uncle, the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. He was unlike any man she had ever met—angry, clever, witty, and in her eyes, insufferably arrogant and careless of women. Yet as they were thrown together, Donne opened Ann’s eyes to a new world of passion and sensuality. However, John Donne—Catholic by background in an age when it was deadly dangerous, tainted by an alluring hint of scandal—was the kind of man her status-conscious father distrusted and despised. 
The Lady and the Poet tells the story of the forbidden love between one of our most admired poets and a girl who dared to rebel against her family and the conventions of her time. They gave up everything to be together, and their love knew no bounds."

What delights arrived at your door?



Elysium said...

Great mailbox! I really wanna read Daughters of Rome. And To Be Queen sounds good too. Enjoy!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Nice mailbox. I'm curious about The Lady and the Poet. Have a great week!

Mystica said...

Lovely books here.

Unknown said...

I bought them at the store rather than ordering them, but this past week I got Elizabeth Peters' historical mystery "Lord of the Silent" and Guy Gavriel Kay's historical fantasy "Tigana."

Ruth said...

I added all these books to my TBR list--wow! I love the wealth of historical fiction on your site! Thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

Great mailbox! I really wanna read "To be queen" And I'm curious about The Lady and the Poet. Thanks for sharing!