Mailbox Monday

23 May

Welcome To By The Book And Mailbox Monday!

Another Monday, Another Mailbox!! This is a feature where we all share with each other the yummy books that showed up at our doors! WARNING: Mailbox Mondays can lead to extreme envy and GINORMOUS wishlists!!  Mailbox Monday was originally hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page, but is now a traveling meme. For the month of May your new host for MM will be Mari @ Mari Reads!

I got A LOT of books this past week, mostly for my Kindle.  But I did get some review copies as well.  

For Review:

From Pump Up Your Book

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C W Gortner 

At the age of fourteen, Catherine de Medici, last legitimate descendant of the Medici blood, finds herself betrothed to the King Francois I’s son, Henri. Sent from her native Florence to France, humiliated and overshadowed by her husband’s life-long devotion to his mistress, when tragedy strikes her family Catherine rises from obscurity to become one of 16th century Europe’s most powerful women.

Patroness of Nostradamus and a seer in her own right, accused of witchcraft and murder by her foes, Catherine fights to save France and her children from savage religious conflict, unaware that her own fate looms before her—a fate that will demand the sacrifice of her ideals, reputation, and the passion of her own embattled heart. . .

From the splendors of the Loire palaces to the blood-soaked battles of the Wars of Religion and haunted halls of the Louvre, this is the story of Catherine’s dramatic life, told by the queen herself.

From Glass Road PR

The Constantine Codex by Paul Maier

A shocking discovery throws Harvard professor Jonathan Weber into the international spotlight—and could change the way the world sees the Bible. While touring Greek monasteries, he finds a manuscript that includes the lost ending of Mark and a 67th book. When the codex is stolen, Jon races to recover it—before it’s lost forever!

The Fine Art of Insincerity by Angela Hunt  

Three grown Southern sisters have nine marriages between them-and more loom on the horizon-when Ginger, the eldest, wonders if she’s the only one who hasn’t inherited what their family calls “the Grandma Gene”: the tendency to like the casualness of courtship better than the intimacy of marriage. Could it be that her two sisters are fated to serially marry, just like their seven-times wed grandmother, Mrs. Lillian Irene Harper Winslow Goldstein Carey James Bobrinski Gordon George? It takes a “girls only” weekend, closing up Grandma’s treasured beach house for the last time, for the sisters to really unpack their family baggage, examine their relationship DNA, and discover the true legacy their much-marrying grandmother left behind . . .

Free For My Kindle:

The Pastor’s Wife by Jennifer Allee  

Maura Sullivan never intended to set foot in Granger, Ohio, again. But when circumstances force her to return, she must face all the disappointments she tried so hard to leave behind: a husband who ignored her, a congregation she couldn’t please, and a God who took away everything she ever loved.Nick Shepherd thought he had put the past behind him, until the day his estranged wife walked back into town. Intending only to help Maura through her crisis of faith, Nick finds his feelings for her never died. Now, he must admit the mistakes he made, how he hurt his wife, and find a way to give and receive forgiveness.As God works in both of their lives, Nick and Maura start to believe they can repair their broken relationship and reunite as man and wife. But Maura has one more secret to tell Nick before they can move forward. It’s what ultimately drove her to leave him three years earlier, and the one thing that can destroy the fragile trust they’ve built.

Eye of The God by Ariel Allison 

Alex and Isaac Weld, the most lucrative jewel thieves in the world, are on a quest to steal the Hope diamond , which according to legend was once the eye of a Hindu idol named Rama Sita. When it was stolen in the 17th century, it is said that the idol cursed all those who would possess it. That won’t stop the brilliant and ruthless Weld brothers. However, they are not prepared for Dr. Abigail Mitchell, the beautiful Smithsonian Director, who has her own connection to the Hope Diamond and a deadly secret to keep. Abby committed long ago that she would not serve a god made with human hands, and the “eye of the god” is no exception. Her desire is not for wealth, but for wisdom. She seeks not power, but restoration. eye of the god takes the fascinating history surrounding the Hope Diamond and weaves it together with a present-day plot to steal the jewel from the Smithsonian Institute.

A Vote of Confidence by Robin Lee Hatcher  

Guinevere Arlington has spent seven years in Bethlehem Springs, Idaho—and now she’s running for mayor! But she’s backed by a shady lawyer who thinks he can control her—and opposed by a builder who wants support for his resort project. What will Gwen do when she falls in love with the other candidate?

Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad  

It’s 1895, and spunky Marguerite Westing is thrilled to discover that her family will summer at Lake Manawa! Escaping her boring suitor, Roger, Marguerite stumbles upon two new loves—sailing and her instructor, Trip. But when her father’s gambling threatens to ruin them all, will she marry Roger to save her family’s name and fortune?


  

  

And 3 cook books:  

What did you get?  Check out what other bloggers received this week in their mailboxes, click HERE.

7 Responses to “Mailbox Monday”

  1. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) May 23, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    I’ve heard good things about the Gortner book. Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary May 23, 2011 at 8:48 am #

      I read and reviewed his novel, The Tudor Secret. It was very good.

  2. Beth(bookaholicmom) May 23, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    I love the cookbooks especially the crockpot one! Enjoy all your new reads.

  3. Holly May 23, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    I’ve been wanting to read Confessions of Catherine de Medici forever and I’m loving this PB version of the cover better than the HC one. Would love to get my hands on the slow cooker recipe cookbook too. We use ours a lot but I can never find any good recipes online! Happy reading 🙂

  4. mary Ann Langan May 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    All sound like good reads, love the covers.

  5. Look at all those wonderful books. 🙂 You have quite a variety to read. I also have The Confessions of Catherine de Medici.

    Here’s my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

    • RAnn May 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

      Kindle freebies are wonderful!

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