Mailbox Monday #224

Mailbox Monday (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.  June’s host is Dolce Bellezza.

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.  The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley from Anna, who had an extra copy! Thanks!

La Côte d’Azur, 1998: In the sun-dappled south of France, Emilie de la Martinières, the last of her gilded line, inherits her childhood home, a magnificent château and vineyard. With the property comes a mountain of debt—and almost as many questions . . .

Paris, 1944: A bright, young British office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is sent undercover to Paris to be part of Churchill’s Special Operations Executive during the climax of the Nazi occupation. Separated from her contacts in the Resistance, she soon stumbles into the heart of a prominent family who regularly entertain elite members of the German military even as they plot to liberate France. But in a city rife with collaborators and rebels, Constance’s most difficult decision may be determining whom to trust with her heart.

As Emilie discovers what really happened to her family during the war and finds a connection to Constance much closer than she suspects, the château itself may provide the clues that unlock the mysteries of her past, present, and future. Here is a dazzling novel of intrigue and passion from one of the world’s most beloved storytellers.

2.  Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke, which came unexpectedly from the publisher.

Snow had fallen in the night, and now the great house, standing at the head of the valley, seemed like a five-hundred-year old ship sailing in a white ocean…

For the Cavendish family, Rutherford Park is much more than a place to call home. It is a way of life marked by rigid rules and lavish rewards, governed by unspoken desires…

Lady of the house Octavia Cavendish lives like a bird in a gilded cage. With her family’s fortune, her husband, William, has made significant additions to the estate, but he too feels bound—by the obligations of his title as well as his vows. Their son, Harry, is expected to follow in his footsteps, but the boy has dreams of his own, like pursuing the new adventure of aerial flight. Meanwhile, below stairs, a housemaid named Emily holds a secret that could undo the Cavendish name.

On Christmas Eve 1913, Octavia catches a glimpse of her husband in an intimate moment with his beautiful and scandalous distant cousin. She then spies the housemaid Emily out in the snow, walking toward the river, about to make her own secret known to the world. As the clouds of war gather on the horizon, an epic tale of longing and betrayal is about to unfold at Rutherford Park…

3.  A Strange Place to Call Home by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Ed Young, which I bought for my daughter at the new Novel Books location in Clarksburg, Md.  Can’t wait to read it with her.

Under the desert’s cracked and barren skin, spadefoot toads are waiting for rain. In the endless black of the deepest caves, blind fish find their way. Even in the frozen hearts of glaciers, ice worms by the billion flourish. In this fascinating look at fourteen animals who defy the odds by thriving in Earth’s most dangerous places, renowned poet Marilyn Singer and celebrated artist Ed Young show that of all the miracles of life, it is life’s persistence that astounds the most.

What did you receive?


  1. I hope you enjoy The Lavender Garden. I haven’t read it yet, but I enjoy Riley’s writing. I want to look at the book you bought for Wiggles next time I’m at your house. It sounds interesting. Enjoy!

  2. Pretty covers! Lavender Garden sounds good. I saw it on NetGalley but there is no way I could read it before it expires. So… I’ll have to wait.

  3. I think Rutherford Park sounds good!

  4. I received Lavender Garden too. It looks so good. So does Rutherford Park….I love that time period.


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  5. Thanks for sharing. I have been eyeing The Lavender Garden and Rutherford Park sounds really good too. I love historical novels in the early 1900s. Hope they are as good as you envision.

  6. We loved the poetry book — very cool! And I think the covers of the other books are gorgeous.

  7. All those look brilliant – enjoy!

  8. I’ve been eyeing The Lavender Garden. Hope you love it!

  9. Loving your books! I have the first too and plan to read it this summer!

  10. The first two books sound like my cup of tea! Don’t they have such pretty covers too. Enjoy your new books!

  11. Beth Hoffman says

    Nice haul … happy reading!

  12. These all look lovely! Great covers and titles. Enjoy!


  13. They all look good to me but A Strange Place to Call Home really sounds fascinating!

  14. I do so like your books. They look really good.

    • Thanks. Most of these were not review copies, which is a turn around for me these days. I’m trying to accept fewer.