It’s Mailbox Monday! What Are You Reading?

What are you Reading?
This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.

Mailbox Monday is a meme originally from Marcia’s Mailbox and can be found here for October.

In the Mail:

Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece by Hugo Vickers

  In 1953, at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Alice was dressed from head to foot in a long gray dress and a gray cloak, and a nun’s veil. Amidst all the jewels, and velvet and coronets, and the fine uniforms, she exuded an unworldly simplicity. Seated with the royal family, she was a part of them, yet somehow distanced from them. Inasmuch as she is remembered at all today, it is as this shadowy figure in gray nun’s clothes…”

Princess Alice, mother of Prince Phillip, was something of a mystery figure even within her own family. She was born deaf, at Windsor Castle, in the presence of her grandmother, Queen Victoria, and brought up in England, Darmstadt, and Malta.

In 1903 she married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and from then on her life was overshadowed by wars, revolutions, and enforced periods of exile. By the time she was thirty-five, virtually every point of stability was overthrown. Though the British royal family remained in the ascendant, her German family ceased to be ruling princes, her two aunts who had married Russian royalty had come to savage ends, and soon afterwards Alice’s own husband was nearly executed as a political scapegoat.

The middle years of her life, which should have followed a conventional and fulfilling path, did the opposite. She suffered from a serious religious crisis and at the age of forty-five was removed from her family and placed in a sanitarium in Switzerland, where she was pronounced a paranoid schizophrenic. As her stay in the clinic became prolonged, there was a time where it seemed she might never walk free again. How she achieved her recovery is just one of the remarkable aspects of her story.

To Whisper Her Name (Belle Meade Plantation) by Tamera Alexander (Squeeee Excitement!)

Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a murdered carpetbagger, gratefully accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation and the dearest friend of Olivia’s late mother. Expecting to be the Harding’s housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned once again when she learns the real reason why Elizabeth’s husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Caring for an ill Aunt Elizabeth, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a southern-born son who—unbeknownst to her and everyone else—fought for the Union. Determined to learn “the gift” that Belle Meade’s head horse trainer, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him while harboring secrets that threaten his life. As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for “betraying” the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again…

Set within the remarkable history of Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, comes a story about enslavement and freedom, arrogance and humility, and the power of love to heal even the deepest of wounds. 

Read my review of her previous novel, CBA and ECPA Bestseller and 2012 Christy Award Nominee, A Lasting Impression.

What I’ve Read:

A Lady in the Making by Susan Page Davis… Reviewed here… and this was a great addition to the series that I recommend!

I also reviewed the fabulous new release, Illuminations by Mary Sharratt last week, it seems to be a big hit elsewhere too!

I finished reading Alison Weir’s A Dangerous Inheritance, and the review is going to be a long one, bwahahaha.. for Tudor fans, and Richard III non-fans, this is the book for you! ETA: here is the review.

Currently reading:

 The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer (Amish fiction), hoping to finish by the time this posts.. and then it’ll be time for the Here Be Dragons read along finally!! See the details here for the brand new read along, there is still time for you to join in.

Hope you all have a fantastic reading week!!

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19 Comments

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19 responses to “It’s Mailbox Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. I hope you enjoy both of your new acquisitions. To Whisper Her Name sounds like a good one. I'm looking forward to your review of A Dangerous Inheritance. I'm on the fence about whether or not to buy it.

  2. Love your choice of words: in my review that posts tomorrow, I say I am on the fence 😉

  3. Looking forward to To Whisper Her Name. I so enjoy her books. Have a great reading week.

  4. I can't wait to read A Dangerous Inheritance! I've loved all of Allison Weir's fictional books, and I just know I'll be loving this one as well.And I've been seeing Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece around lately, and the more I hear about it the more I want to read it.

  5. I have Tamera's latest too. Sandra, my partner in book reviewing will be posting her review next week. I loved her previous book A Lasting Impression.

  6. I've read a couple of Alison Weir's books and enjoyed them. 'Innocent Traitor' was my favorite. :)I don't know much history on Richard III, so I'm interested in this one. Looking forward to your review!

  7. You've read some interesting historicals. To Whisper Her Name sounds interesting to me, I might check it out.Enjoying your posts,Mardel of Rabid ReaderHappy reading! 🙂

  8. They look perfect for you! I hope you love them all.

  9. I'd love to read Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece. Haven't read anything about her begore.I'm curious to read your review of A Dangerous Inheritance. I'm not sure if I should pass that one out or not.

  10. Ohhh, Alice sound amazing! I'm going to look forward to your thoughts on that one for sure!

  11. ALICE sounds so good…Greece is so interesting.THANKS.Stop by my blog if you like for my mailbox Monday and check out this post too for a reading event I attended in New York City on September 29. http://silversolara.blogspot.com/2012/10/hachette-book-groups-first-book-group.htmlElizabethSilver's Reviewshttp://silversolara.blogspot.com/2012/10/mailbox-monday-10142012.html

  12. Alice looks and sounds gorgeous! enjoy them all.

  13. Dangerous Inheritance does sound good. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

  14. These all look good.Happy Reading!!!!

  15. I'm intrigued by the cover and blurb of Alice. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  16. Alice sounds intriguing. Is it non-fiction?

  17. Yes it is NF, and has some pics too. It's about 500 pages, and an older release that has gotten some decent reviews that state it holds a lot of European historical details.

  18. I have not read any books by Tamera Alexander yet but I just may have to start. To Whisper Her Name sounds like a book I would really enjoy! The cover is very beautiful too!

  19. Both books look great. Hope you enjoy them! You've been getting some great reading in too. I'm starting Here Be Dragons on Wednesday. Can't wait!Sorry I haven't answered your email. I will soon. =O)

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