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Mailbox Monday #204

Mailbox Mondays (click the icon to check out the new blog) has gone on tour since Marcia at A Girl and Her Books, formerly The Printed Page passed the torch. This month’s host is Suko’s Notebook.

The meme allows bloggers to share what books they receive in the mail or through other means over the past week.

Just be warned that these posts can increase your TBR piles and wish lists.

Here’s what I received:

1.  Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler, which I got from the library sale for 50 cents.

After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up to find herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?

Not only is Courtney stuck inside another woman’s life, she is forced to pretend she actually is that woman; and despite knowing nothing about her, she manages to fool even the most astute observer. For her borrowed body knows how to speak without slaying the King’s English, dance without maiming her partner, and embroider as if possessed by actual domestic skill.

But not even Courtney’s level of Austen mania has prepared her for the chamber pots and filthy coaching inns of nineteenth-century England, let alone the realities of being a single woman who must fend off suffocating chaperones, condom-less seducers, and marriages of convenience. Enter the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, a suitor who may turn out not to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.

2.  The Music Lesson by Katharine Weber, which I got from the library sale for 50 cents.

“She’s beautiful,” writes Irish-American art historian Patricia Dolan in the first of the journal entries that form The Music Lesson. “I look at my face in the mirror and it seems far away, less real than hers.”

The woman she describes is the subject of the stolen Vermeer of the novel’s title. Patricia is alone with this exquisite painting in a remote Irish cottage by the sea. How she arrived in such an unlikely circumstance is one part of the story Patricia tells us: about her father, a policeman who raised her to believe deeply in the cause of a united Ireland; the art history career that has sustained her since the numbing loss of her daughter; and the arrival of Mickey O’Driscoll, her dangerously charming, young Irish cousin, which has led to her involvement in this high-stakes crime.

3.  The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte by Laura Joh Rowland, which I got from the library sale for 50 cents.

Laura Joh Rowland’s samurai detective novels have enthralled tens of thousands of readers. Now the author turns her gifts for historical fiction to Victorian England and the famous and fascinating Bront‘ family with this critically acclaimed new thriller.

Upon learning that she has been falsely accused of plagiarism, the normally mild-mannered Charlotte Bront‘ sets off for London to clear her name. But when she unintentionally witnesses a murder, Charlotte finds herself embroiled in a dangerous chain of events that forces her to confront demons from her past. With the clandestine aid of the other Bront‘ sisters, Emily and Anne, and of the suspiciously well-informed but irresistibly attractive brother of the victim, Charlotte works to unravel a deadly web of intrigue that threatens not only her own safety but the very fabric of the British Empire. Will Charlotte be able to stop a devious, invisible villain whose schemes threaten her life, her family, and her country?

I did pick up some other books, but those are for gifts and will not appear in this mailbox.

What did you receive?

Comments

  1. Wow, such a fantastic sale! Happy reading!

  2. I hope you like Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict as much as I did! The Bronte one looks good too. good deals!
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  3. It looks like you wound up with such a great deal on all these books!
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  4. Enjoy!

  5. The Bronte book looks fabulous!

  6. Nice mailbox…ENJOY!!

    Elizabeth
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  7. The synopsis of The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte made me laugh. I’m trying to imagine Charlotte saving the British Empire!
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  8. $1.50 for three great books. Now that’s a deal! Hope you enjoy them all.
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  9. I only read the first one but thought it was cute!
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  10. Serena, I read the first of your books and think you’ll enjoy it, too! Thanks for the mention, and for participating in this marvelous meme. 🙂

  11. Beth Hoffman says:

    I’m intrigued by The Music Lesson.

    Happy reading, Serena!

  12. All of those are great. The Bronte one is new to me and sounds really good. Enjoy!
    2 Kids and Tired Books MM
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  13. Some great finds at your library.

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  14. I’m going to have to borrow that Charlotte Bronte one. Happy reading!
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  15. You found some terrific buys! The books at our library’s sale are a lot more expensive than that.
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