Mailbox Monday~ June 25~ (Enter Your Links Here)

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme created by Marcia from A girl and her books (formerly The Printed Page) where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week. Mailbox Monday is now on tour, and June’s Host is
For July, your host is scheduled to be Mrs. Q Book Addict

Thank you to Marcia for allowing me to step in and emergency host for June! =)

This week a surprise win landed in my mailbox, from promoting their Summer Reads List:

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan (paperback release May 2012)

Introducing four unforgettable women who have nothing in common but the fact that, like it or not, they’re family.

For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. Their beachfront property, won on a barroom bet after the war, sits on three acres of sand and pine nestled between stretches of rocky coast, with one tree bearing the initials “A.H.” At the cottage, built by Kelleher hands, cocktail hour follows morning mass, nosy grandchildren snoop in drawers, and decades-old grudges simmer beneath the surface.

As three generations of Kelleher women descend on the property one summer, each brings her own hopes and fears. Maggie is thirty-two and pregnant, waiting for the perfect moment to tell her imperfect boyfriend the news; Ann Marie, a Kelleher by marriage, is channeling her domestic frustration into a dollhouse obsession and an ill-advised crush; Kathleen, the black sheep, never wanted to set foot in the cottage again; and Alice, the matriarch at the center of it all, would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, long ago.

By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to Maine and to each other.

And from a Book Banter win (I am so glad there was a slow day at work where I could participate in a chat so I could win this one…woohoo!):

Love In Disguise
this cover is even better in real life!

When costume-maker Ellie Moore suddenly finds herself out of a job in the middle of a bleak Chicago winter, she uses her knowledge of theatrical disguise to secure a position as an undercover operative with the Pinkerton Detective Agency.
Her assignment: find the culprit behind the theft of silver shipped from the mines near Pickford, Arizona. Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie begins her investigation. Soon she finds she must also pose as the dazzling young Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk. Mine owner Steven Pierce is about to lose his business after the theft of several bullion shipments–until hope arrives in the unlikely form of Lavinia Stewart, who offers to invest in Steven’s mine. In his wildest dreams, Steven never expected to be rescued by an inquisitive gray-haired widow . . . or to fall head over heels for Lavinia’s captivating niece, Jessie. But then the thieves come after both Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn’t safe no matter which character she plays! Will she be forced to reveal her true identity before the criminals are caught? What will Steven do when he discovers the woman he loves doesn’t exist?

From paperbackswap I received this pretty hardcover, cuz I LOVE CHATSWORTH:

Wait for Me

Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood of six daughters and one son that included the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote, when Deborah was born, “How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl.” Deborah’s effervescent memoir Wait for Me! chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood roaming the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with Adolf Hitler and her sister Unity in 1937, to her marriage to Andrew Cavendish, the second son of the Duke of Devonshire. Her life changed utterly with his unexpected inheritance of the title and vast estates after the wartime death of his brother, who had married “Kick” Kennedy, the beloved sister of John F. Kennedy. Her friendship with that family would last through triumph and tragedy.

In 1959, the Duchess and her family took up residence in Chatsworth, the four-hundred-year-old family seat, with its incomparable collections of paintings, tapestry, and sculpture—the combined accumulations of generations of tastemakers. Neglected due to the economies of two world wars and punitive inheritance taxes, the great house soon came to life again under the careful attention of the Duchess. It is regarded as one of England’s most loved and popular historic houses.

Wait for Me! is written with intense warmth, charm, and perception. A unique portrait of an age of tumult, splendor, and change, it is also an unprecedented look at the rhythms of life inside one of the great aristocratic families of England. With its razor-sharp portraits of the Duchess’s many friends and cohorts—politicians, writers, artists, sportsmen—it is truly irresistible reading, and will join the shelf of Mitford classics to delight readers for years to come.

I had a little shopping spree at Half Price Books also, the first batch below is a bundle that was a $5.00 deal:

I must confess, I had my mom in mind as I was buying these, since she reads my books like water.. there are Susan Wiggs, Nora Roberts and Fern Michaels here, to name a few. I haven’t read Roberts in ages!

I also snagged these two at Half Price Books, by a new fave author of mine Gilbert Morris:

The Crossing

From the beloved author of the bestselling House of Winslow series comes a new trilogy about the Civil War. Join Gilbert Morris as he explores the life of General Stonewall Jackson through the story of the fictional Yancy Tremayne. Raised among the Cheyenne, Yancy rejects the Amish community his father rejoins and instead studies under Thomas Jackson, a professor at the local military school. When war breaks out, will Yancy further distance himself from the pacifist community and join the fighting? And can he find a home for his heart?

The Sword

Acclaimed author Gilbert Morris brings you more Civil War romance and adventure in the second of his Last Cavalier books. Enter the reckless world of Clay Tremayne—a world of late nights of gambling and chasing women. When war comes to the South, Clay joins the cavalry under Jeb Stuart in his first act of responsibility. But will he become a casualty of war before he can completely change his reckless ways? And, will he be able to convince a beautiful but wary Chantel Fortier of his sincere affection for her?

On Kindle, I snagged this for free, it may still be free (check here):

Anna Eliiott

 Mr. Darcy’s younger sister searches for her own happily-ever-after.

The year is 1814, and it’s springtime at Pemberley. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have married. But now a new romance is in the air, along with high fashion, elegant manners, scandal, deception, and the wonderful hope of a true and lasting love.

Shy Georgiana Darcy has been content to remain unmarried, living with her brother and his new bride. But Elizabeth and Darcy’s fairy-tale love reminds Georgiana daily that she has found no true love of her own. And perhaps never will, for she is convinced the one man she secretly cares for will never love her in return. Georgiana’s domineering aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, has determined that Georgiana shall marry, and has a list of eligible bachelors in mind. But which of the suitors are sincere, and which are merely interested in Georgiana’s fortune? Georgiana must learn to trust her heart and rely on her courage, for she also faces the return of the man who could ruin her reputation and spoil a happy ending, just when it finally lies within her grasp.

And the one book for review I received:

An Heiress At Heart by Jennifer Delamere

An Heiress At Heart by Jennifer Delamere (October 2012)

A New Beginning

A youthful indiscretion has cost Lizzie Poole more than just her honor. After five years living in exile, she’s finally returning home, but she’s still living a secret life. Her best friend, Ria’s dying wish was for Lizzie to assume her identity, return to London, and make amends that Ria herself would never live to make. Bearing a striking resemblance to her friend, and harboring more secrets than ever before, Lizzie embarks on a journey that tempts her reckless heart once again . . .

A committed clergyman, Geoffrey Somerville’s world is upended when he suddenly inherits the title of Lord Somerville. Now he’s invited to every ball and sought after by the matchmaking mothers of London society. Yet the only woman to capture his heart is the one he cannot have: his brother’s young widow, Ria. Duty demands he deny his feelings, but his heart longs for the mysterious beauty. With both their futures at stake, will Lizzie be able to keep up her façade? Or will she find the strength to share her secret and put her faith in true love?

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Filed under 2012 Releases, Anna Elliott, Carol Cox, Christian Fiction, Deborah Mitford, Gilbert Morris, Historical Romance, Mailbox Monday

29 responses to “Mailbox Monday~ June 25~ (Enter Your Links Here)

  1. Hooray for cheap books! Looks like you came away with a great haul.

  2. I thought Maine was pretty good. Great buy at HPB!! Enjoy all your new books. Thanks for hosting MM this month!

  3. Love those bargain sales. I can't believe Love In Disguise cover can get better, it is gorgeous!

  4. I've been really thinking about reading Maine lately. Of course to do so I'd actually have to pick up a copy.And from the sounds of it, Wait For Me sounds like one I'd really enjoy.

  5. Thanks so much for hosting. I started my reviews back in 2008 by posting at like you have some good books – I like the sound and look of Love in Disguise. You got some good deals…many authors I like.Happy reading!

  6. What a gorgeous pile of reads. That Mitford and the Cox books are to die for!

  7. Nice haul for 5.00$! Gotta love a good deal! 😀

  8. Hi Marie,That really is a bargain for your stack of books, even if I convert to £UK.It is always good to win books, but 2 in 1 week is excellent. I particularly have my eye on 'Love In Disguise' and have added this to my reading list.There has been a lot of renewed interest in The Duchess of Devonshire, here in the UK, because of her open and candid approach to life and the forthright interviews with journalists which she seems to command so well, so your book should be an interesting read.Thanks for hosting this month. It is great to see the links up so early, so that us Brits are able to stop by on our way to work Monday mornings.Yvonne

  9. Great mix of books! Maine looks lovely.

  10. I can't resist cheap book sales either. I love discovering books that way, I feel like an explorer!Thanks for hosting this month 🙂

  11. Maine is one on my wish list and now I'm adding that Georgiana Darcy Diary! Happy reading

  12. Maine was a wonderful read! You got a nice batch of books this week. Enjoy!

  13. I didn't love Maine but everyone else I know (including my mother) did, so I suspect you will!

  14. The Gilbert Morris and Pemberley books look great. Happy reading, and thanks for hosting this month!

  15. Great mailbox! I really enjoyed Maine…hope you do, too.

  16. Enjoy Maine! I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a bookstore event last year when the HC came out and she was charming.

  17. What a fantastic pile of books you got! I passed up Love in Disguise because my review schedule is just overflowing, but it sounds so good, doesn't it?

  18. It was very sweet of you to buy book for you mom!Maine and Wait for me caught my eye. Hope you enjoy all your books!

  19. Amy

    What a terrific week of books! Maine sounds like a great summer read and Wait for Me by Deborah Mitford looks terrific. I'm going to be watching for your review!It looks like you picked up some great summer books too!Enjoy them all!(By the way, I'm drooling over so many of the books on your sidebars!)

  20. I've never read Gilbert Morris. Both of those look really good-I'll have to check him out 🙂

  21. The Maine book looks good!

  22. You can't beat discount books! I think Maine looks really good!

  23. Lots of fun books there!

  24. Love in Disguise and those Marris books sound interesting. I will have to go check them out.

  25. I hope you enjoy all your books!

  26. So that's how does it. They just mail out the book if you win. Maybe I still have a chance. =O) You got some good books. I snagged the Anne Elliott one too! I posted about the read-a-long again in today's post. It seems like there's lots of interest.Have a great week!

  27. Nice surprise from Bookreporter. I love when books just show up! That's a great deal from Half Price Books. Which is why I have to stay out of those kinds of stores.

  28. I love getting bundles at Half Price Books.

  29. You have quite a lovely list there <arie! Enjoy all of your bundles 🙂

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