>Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.
We share what books that we found in our mailboxes last week..
Here are a few goodies that I received this week:
My Antonia by Willa Sibert Cather
Willa Cather, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, considered My Antonia to be one of her best works, and critic H.L. Mencken claimed it was one of the best American novels ever written. Published in 1918, the novel compassionately and intimately traces the story of a Bohemian family as they settle on the Great Plains in Nebraska. This American classic is still lauded internationally by scholars and everyday readers.
Richard of Gloucester was the younger brother of a king, Edward IV, and the uncle of another king, Edward V. There were rumors that, ambitious for the crown, he had killed his nephew in cold blood. The murder could never be proven, but Richard was next in line for the throne. By the Grace of God and Edward’s untimely death, Gloucester became Richard III, King of England. These were cruel times — life could be short, and love and power had to be taken quickly.
Sir Francis Walsingham’s official title was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, but in fact this pious, tight-lipped Puritan was England’s first spymaster. A ruthless, fiercely loyal civil servant, Walsingham worked brilliantly behind the scenes to foil Elizabeth’s rival Mary Queen of Scots and outwit Catholic Spain and France, which had arrayed their forces behind her. Though he cut an incongruous figure in Elizabeth’s worldly court, Walsingham managed to win the trust of key players like William Cecil and the Earl of Leicester before launching his own secret campaign against the queen’s enemies. Covert operations were Walsingham’s genius; he pioneered techniques for exploiting double agents, spreading disinformation, and deciphering codes with the latest code-breaking science that remain staples of international espionage.
The Swan Maiden by Jules Watson
She was born with a blessing and a curse: that she would grow into a woman of extraordinary beauty — and bring ruin to the kingdom of Ulster and its ruler, the wily Conor. Ignoring the pleadings of his druid to expel the infant, King Conor secrets the girl child with a poor couple in his province, where no man can covet her. There, under the tutelage of a shamaness, Deirdre comes of age in nature and magic… And in the season of her awakening, the king is inexorably drawn to her impossible beauty.
But for Deirdre, her fate as a man’s possession is worse than death. And soon the green-eyed girl, at home in waterfall and woods, finds herself at the side of three rebellious young warriors. Among them is the handsome Naisi. His heart charged with bitterness toward the aging king, and growing in love for the defiant girl, Naisi will lead Deirdre far from Ulster — and into a war of wits, swords, and spirit that will take a lifetime to wage.