Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.
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 publishers via NetGalley:
Secrets of the Lighthouse
By Santa Montefiore
Simon & Schuster
Pub Date Aug 5 2014
Set in Ireland on the wild coast of Connemara, this hauntingly romantic
novel tells the story of a young woman who goes in search of her
family’s past and ends up discovering her future.
is running away from it all. She hates her job, she doesn’t love the
aristocratic man to whom she is engaged, and her relationship with her
controlling mother is becoming increasingly strained. So Ellen leaves
London, fleeing to the one place she knows her mother won’t find her,
her aunt’s cottage in Connemara. Cutting all her ties with chic London
society, Ellen gives in to Ireland’s charm and warmth, thinking her
future may lie where so much of her past has been hidden. Her
imagination is soon captured by the compelling ruins of a lighthouse
where, five years earlier, a young mother died in a fire.
ghost of the young wife, Caitlin, haunts the nearby castle, mourning the
future she can never have there. Unable to move on, she watches her
husband and children, hoping they might see her and feel her love once
more. But she doesn’t anticipate her husband falling in love again. Can
she prevent it? Or can she let go and find a way to freedom and
The ruggedly beautiful Connemara coastline with its
tightknit community of unforgettable characters provides the backdrop
for this poignant story of two women seeking the peace and love they
desperately need. For each, the key will be found in the secrets of the
past, illuminated by the lighthouse.
Sisters of Treason
By Elizabeth Fremantle
Simon & Schuster
Pub Date Jul 8 2014
From the author of Queen’s Gambit, which People magazine
called, “A must-read for Philippa Gregory fans,” a gripping historical
novel about two sisters who tread as dangerously close to the crown as
their tragic sister, Lady Jane Grey, executed after just nine days on
Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Catherine
and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their
elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is
by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.
sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady
Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to
love and be loved. Her sister, clever Lady Mary, has a crooked spine
and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection equates to
goodness—and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is more
curse than blessing. For either girl to marry without royal permission
would be a potentially fatal political act. It is the royal portrait
painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled
times. She becomes their mentor and confidante, but when the Queen’s
sister, the hot-headed Elizabeth, inherits the crown, life at court
becomes increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters.
Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her
Queen, risk her life, and find the safety and love she longs for.