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Mailbox Monday #655

Mailbox Monday has become a tradition in the blogging world, and many of us thank Marcia of The Printed Page for creating it.

It now has its own blog where book bloggers can link up their own mailbox posts and share which books they bought or which they received for review from publishers, authors, and more.

Velvet, Martha, and I also will share our picks from everyone’s links in the new feature Books that Caught Our Eye. We hope you’ll join us.

This is what we received:

Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How “America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchman” Helped Win Our Independence by Dorothea Jensen for review.

“An ode to the great Lafayette, beautifully told and richly illustrated…” —Alan R. Hoffman, Translator, Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: Journal of a Voyage to the United States, and President,The American Friends of Lafayette.

“A great addition to the [Lafayette] canon” —Diane Shaw, Director Emerita of Special Collections & College Archives, Lafayette College

“Dorothea Jensen brings Lafayette to life for all ages”—Chuck Schwam, Publisher, American Friends of Lafayette Gazette 

Inspired by the Broadway hit, HAMILTON, and by Longfellow’s “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” author Dorothea Jensen wrote this short rhyming narrative about the Marquis de Lafayette and his crucial role in our Revolutionary War.

A glossary and extensive endnotes supply further information about the historical figures and events mentioned in the poem. This playful historical account is aimed at middle schoolers, as well as young and older adults. It would be entertaining and educational to perform in a classroom or other settings, such as events celebrating the upcoming bicentennial of Lafayette’s 1824-5 Farewell Tour of America.

A Few Things You Will Learn from this Book:

  • Who the unlikely person was who inspired Lafayette to help America
  • How Lafayette’s powerful father-in-law tried to discourage his plan
  • Why such a high rank was given to an inexperienced 19-year-old
  • How Lafayette helped strengthen the crucial French Alliance
  • What Lafayette’s key successes were as a military commander in America

Jensen has previously written two historical novels for young readers (middle graders and young adults) about Lafayette and about the American Revolution. These are entitled A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, and THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM.

The Rescue of Elizabeth Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Pride and Prejudice Variations) by Bella Breen, which was free on Kindle.

Elizabeth will marry Mr. Collins even if Mrs. Bennet has to drag her to the altar.

When Mr. Bennet dies, Mr. Collins takes over Longbourn. He shows his true character when he vows to force the Bennets from their home unless he is given Elizabeth Bennet’s hand in marriage.

Elizabeth, who has promised only to marry for love, refuses. But as her mother and sisters take increasingly drastic steps to force Elizabeth to wed, how long can she resist?

Will Elizabeth make the ultimate sacrifice to save her family from being cast out?

Mr. Darcy fights his attraction to Elizabeth, but when he discovers Elizabeth is set to marry Mr. Collins, the next day, he must face his feelings before his love slips away. Can he rescue Elizabeth before it’s too late? And if so, will the pair of them survive Mr. Collins’ revenge?

What did you receive?

Comments

  1. These both look good for you. I think I would like the history of Liberty-Loving Lafayette. Happy Reading!

  2. Hope they both are good.

    Have a great week.

  3. This week’s books sound great. I love history and book variations. Hope you enjoy them.

  4. The Lafayette book looks wonderful.