Mailbox Monday #254

mlkI’d like to take a moment to reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy. I took my parents to see his memorial and was in awe of the quotes used in the granite and the massive nature of his stone-carved statue.  This is my favorite quote from the memorial:

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Today in Washington, D.C., they will lay down a wreath before his memorial, and there also will be a parade, as well as a celebration at the National Cathedral through music and poetry.

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page, has gone through a few incarnations from a permanent home with Marcia to a tour of other blogs.

In 2014, it was decided by the community to have the meme remain 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, Vicki, and I will share the Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

Here’s what I received this week:

1.  Undressing Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos, which I received a second copy of and will give to my mother.  Check out my review.

Chloe Parker was born two centuries too late. A thirty-nine-year- old divorced mother, she runs her own antique letterpress business, is a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society, and gushes over everything Regency. But her business is failing, threatening her daughter’s future. What’s a lady to do?

Why, audition for a Jane Austen-inspired TV show set in England, of course.

2. Stella Bain by Anita Shreve from Anna.

When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.

A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse’s aide near the front, but she can’t remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

In a narrative that takes us from London to America and back again, Shreve has created an engrossing and wrenching tale about love and the meaning of memory, set against the haunting backdrop of a war that destroyed an entire generation.

What did you receive?


  1. Enjoy those books. And, I like having the meme in one spot again. Thanks for taking it on!

  2. Hi Serena,

    I have a stack of Anita Shreve books on my shelves, yet have still to read any of her work, despite the almost unanimously great acclaim her writing attracts.

    The storyline for Stella Bain definitely sounds intriguing and I like the fact that the action takes place in more than one coutry.

    Thanks for the feature and I hope that you enjoy both the books.

    I also love the MLK quote. This is definitely a statement which all modern day politicians, wherever in the World they are, should respond to and a question which we the populace, should expect them to answer. I think we shall probably be waiting for an awfully long time for a reply though!!


  3. The Anita Shreve book looks really good!

  4. Gorgeous books! Happy reading 🙂

  5. I’ve read good things about the Mr. Darcy book. Hope you love it!

  6. I’ve never read a book by Shreve even though I’ve had a few on my shelf for a while. I need to pull them out and read them.

  7. I saw Undressing Mr. Darcy somewhere else lately, too. Stella Bain sounds intriguing.

  8. I hope Stella Bain is good. I’ve seen mixed reviews, but I do love Anita Shreve. Enjoy!

  9. Stella Bain is going on my reading list for the August readalong.

  10. Harvee, it’s a fun read.

  11. I’m glad to see there are some MLK Day celebrations there. I don’t know of any here.

    I just finished Stella Bain this morning and thought it was pretty good.

    • We’ll be doing a read-a-long at War Through the Generations later in the year, if you are interested in joining the discussion.

  12. I have seen Undressing Mr. Darcy around and would love to read it. Enjoy!
    Book Dilettante