Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
This past week I received the following Advance Review Copies from the wonderful people at Kensington Books and Sourcebooks Landmarks:
Do The Right Thing By Amy Conner
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
On a scorching August day in 1963, seven-year-old Annie Banks meets the girl who will become her best friend. Skinny, outspoken Starr Dukes and her wandering preacher father may not be accepted by polite society in Jackson, Mississippi, but Annie and Starr are too busy sharing secrets and playing elaborate games of Queen for a Day to care. Then, as suddenly as she appeared in Annie's life, Starr disappears.
Annie grows up to follow the path ordained for pretty, well-to-do Jackson women--marrying an ambitious lawyer, filling her days with shopping and charity work. She barely recognizes Starr when they meet twenty-seven years after that first fateful summer, but the bond formed so long ago quickly reemerges. Starr, pregnant by a powerful married man who wants her to get out of town, has nowhere to turn. And Annie, determined not to fail her friend this time, agrees to drive Starr to New Orleans to get money she's owed.
During the eventful road trip that follows, Annie will confront the gap between friendship and responsibility; between her safe, ordered existence and the dreams she's grown accustomed to denying.
The End Of Innocence By Allegra Jordon
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: August 26th, 2014
On the eve of WWI, two students fall in love in Harvard’s hallowed halls, and must face a world at war from opposing sides.
The spirited daughter of a suffragette, Helen Windship Brooks is struggling to find her place in Boston bluestocking society. When she wins a coveted place in an all-male writing course, she meets the enigmatic Wils Brandl, a German nobleman’s son and one of the university’s star students.
But when Wils is called to fight for the Kaiser, he turns into a campus target, and Boston’s elegant society becomes a battleground. As Wils decides whether to give up his adopted country, Helen is forced to choose if she is ready to fight for what she loves most.