Mailbox Monday #648

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:

Lord Harpenden’s Daughter by Elin Eriksen, free on Kindle.

*Thou, to whose eyes I bend…

Rumours about the imminent arrival of the beautiful daughters of the reclusive Earl of Harpenden had reached the superior society of London. It was the talk of the town; not even Mr Darcy could avoid hearing about it, with his best friend’s loquacious sister in tow.

The sisters, dressed in their mourning garb, do not quite meet the expectations of the fastidious Mr Darcy, who soon finds himself in the unenviable position of trying to rectify a poor first impression. But then a dramatic event forces them to unite against a common enemy—a master of deception—to save their sisters.

A chaste Pride and Prejudice variation of approximately 63 000 words, appropriate for adults due to graphic descriptions of nonsexual violence. A forced marriage scenario with no compromise.

*Henry and Emma, a poem by Matthew Prior (1664-1721)

The Gentlemen Are Detained by Heather Moll, a Kindle freebie.

“Will Elizabeth welcome the renewal of our acquaintance or will she draw back from me?”

This Pride and Prejudice short story imagines what could happen if Mrs. Bennet kept Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy to supper after an evening party at Longbourn. Following the gentlemen’s return to Hertfordshire after Lydia’s marriage, both Elizabeth and Darcy wonder if they have reason to hope the other loves them.

Elizabeth is eager to hint to Darcy that her feelings for him have changed, but how can they have a private conversation at a crowded party? Will Darcy learn if Elizabeth can ever love him or will he leave Meryton and return to London brokenhearted?

More Than He Seems: Reinventing P&P’s George Wickham by Renata McMann and Summer Hanford, a Kindle freebie.

Could George Wickham, Jane Austen’s most notorious villain, be a hero?

Faced with the choice of keeping his good name or serving King and Country, George Wickham puts aside love, acceptance and family in service of the Crown. Never does he dream he will prove so adept at deceit that one act of service will turn into years of falsehood. Or that the lie he perpetuates for the good of all will drive a wedge between him and everyone he values.

More Than He Seems runs parallel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with a portrayal of George Wickham as you never dreamed to see him. Join him through trials of fidelity and love, and through danger and redemption. Discover if this famous villain can truly be more than he seems.

What did you receive?