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Monday, July 25, 2011

Mailbox Monday #79

Another Monday and another Mailbox.  I received two books in the mail this week both for review.

As part of a Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour - I am reviewing Road to the West: Book 1 of the Chronicles of Tancred by Rosanne Lortz. I have never read about the Crusades before, so I thought this might be the book to start it off for me.  Here is the blurb:
A tale of Courage, Conquest, Intrigue, and Honor.

You've heard of the Knights Templar, you've heard of Richard the Lionheart—now learn the story that started it all with the adventures of the First Crusade.

Haunted by guilt from the past and nightmares of the future, a young Norman named Tancred takes the cross and vows to be the first to free Jerusalem from the infidels. As he journeys to the Holy Land, he braves vast deserts, mortal famine, and the ever-present ambushes of the enemy Turks—but the greatest danger of all is deciding which of the Crusader lords to trust. A mysterious seer prophesies that Tancred will find great love and great sorrow on his journey, but the second seems intent on claiming him before he can find the first. Intrigues and passions grow as every battle brings the Crusaders one step closer to Jerusalem. Not all are destined to survive the perilous road from the West.
I also received His Last Duchess by Gabrielle Kimm.  This book is based on the poem by Robert Browning, My Last Duchess, and is about Lucrezia de Medici wife of Alfonso d'Este.  I have always found this poem interesting and have been interested in The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas (based on d'Este's second wife), so I can't wait to get into this one.

Did anything awesome arrive in your mailbox this week.

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  1. Can't wait to see what you think of My Last Duchess -- kind of crazy how trendy that poem is all of a sudden!

  2. Looking forward to your reviews for both books, Heather. I have Rosanne Lortz's I Serve, which is about the Black Prince, sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read. I'm crusade about The Crusades though, as it's an area I'd like to explore more through historical fiction.

  3. Audra - it is so funny how it is the hot thing!

    Melissa- I really need to explore this area more myself.

  4. I will be looking forward to your review for His Last Duchess by Gabrielle Kimm. I have that on my TBR. Happy Reading!


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