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Mailbox Monday #416

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page, has a permanent home at its own blog.

To check out what everyone has received over the last week, visit the blog and check out the links. Leave yours too.

Also, each week, Leslie, Martha, and I will share the Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

Here’s what I received:

Dark Lady: A Novel of Emilia Bassano Lanyer by Charlene Ball for review from Caitlin Hamilton Marketing in June.

Emilia Bassano has four strikes against her: she is poor, beautiful, female, and intelligent in Elizabethan England. To make matters worse, she comes from a family of secret Jews. When she is raped as a teenager, she knows she probably will not be able to make a good marriage, so she becomes the mistress of a much older nobleman. During this time she falls in love with poet/player William Shakespeare, and they have a brief, passionate relationship―but when the plague comes to England, the nobleman abandons her, leaving her pregnant and without financial security.

In the years that follow, Emilia is forced to make a number of difficult decisions in her efforts to survive, and not all of them turn out well for her. But ultimately, despite the disadvantaged position she was born to, she succeeds in pursuing her dreams of becoming a writer―and even publishes a book of poetry in 1611 that makes a surprisingly modern argument for women’s equality.

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner for review in March.

February, 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Résistance spy.

Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic and be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly-held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. When the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark…

Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides—and will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings.

What did you receive?

  • Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    These both look good. Can’t wait to read your thoughts on them!

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      Thanks, Anna.

  • marthae

    I have been seeing A Bridge Across the Ocean at several blogs. Dark Lady sounds quite interesting too.
    Happy Reading!

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      Thanks, Martha

  • Suko

    Happy Monday, Serena! I’m seeing a lot of A Bridge Across the Ocean this week. I hope you enjoy reading it. 🙂

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      I’ve seen it in a few mailboxes too!

  • Mary

    A Bridge Across the Ocean was in my mailbox too!

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      Ah, we’ll have to compare notes.

  • Fiction-Books

    I really like the sound of ‘A Bridge Across The Ocean’ – Great cover art too!

    Enjoy both your books and have a good week 🙂

    Yvonne

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      I cannot wait to read it.

  • Denise

    Dark Lady sounds really interesting!

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      I couldn’t resist it.

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    I’ve heard good things about A Bridge Across the Ocean. I hope both books are terrific!

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      I can’t wait to read it.

  • Mystica

    I like the sound of The Bridge Across the Ocean. Enjoy both books.

    • Serena Agusto-Cox

      Thanks for stopping by Mystica