Mailbox Monday

Monday, May 19, 2014
Welcome to Mailbox Monday! 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.

Ellen Trawton 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.

The 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 happiness?

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 the throne.

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.

Neither 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.


  1. I enjoyed Montefiore's other book. The Woman from Paris, and think this new one looks really interesting. Hope you enjoy it.I have a reprint of The Woman from Paris under a new name, The Summer House.
    Book Dilettante

  2. I think they both look good so I hope you enjoy them!

  3. Secrets of the Lighthouse sounds intriguing!

  4. Such pretty covers, and both books sound lovely. Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

  5. What pretty covers on both of these. I love lighthouses. Hope you enjoy your new books.

  6. I've got my eye on Sisters of Treason. Queen's Gambit was one of my favorite reads last year! Enjoy! Here’s my MAILBOX this week. :-)

  7. I got Sisters of Treason too! And I will definitely be adding Secrets of the Lighthouse to my TBR pile. It sounds right up my alley!

  8. Secrets of the Lighthouse sounds fabulous, I'll have to add it to my wish list. Will you review Sky Raiders? I haven't started it yet. Thanks for dropping by the Lair

  9. Secrets of the Lighthouse looks fantastic.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


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