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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mailbox Monday #123


Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday – I don’t know if I would want to be a mailman today (or over the next few) with Hurricane Sandy spreading her messy weather around here.

I received a couple of things over the last week – one was actually a surprise to me.

For review from the publisher I received an unsolicited copy of The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn.  It actually sounds quite interesting – more of a historical romance than what I typically read.  Here is the blurb:

Clarissa is almost seventeen when the spell of her childhood is broken. It is 1914, the beginning of a blissful, golden summer - and the end of an era. Deyning Park is in its heyday, the large country house filled with the laughter and excitement of privileged youth preparing for a weekend party. When Clarissa meets Tom Cuthbert, home from university and staying with his mother, the housekeeper, she is dazzled. Tom is handsome and enigmatic; he is also an outsider. Ambitious, clever, his sights set on a career in law, Tom is an acute observer, and a man who knows what he wants. For now, that is Clarissa.

As Tom and Clarissa's friendship deepens, the wider landscape of political life around them is changing, and another story unfolds: they are not the only people in love. Soon the world - and all that they know - is rocked by a war that changes their lives for ever.

I also received by giveaway prize of The Shadow Queen by Rebecca Dean – a novel about Wallis Simpson that I have been dying to read!

Then finally, I went to an author talk at my library this week (more on that experience later this week) and I purchased a copy of Trolley Days by Robert McMaster.  It’s a HF set in the 19teens in Holyoke Massachusetts, but a lot of the stories are based on events set in my own town of Southbridge.  Very excited to read this one – and of course it features the trolleys prominently.

That’s all for me, what did you get this past week?

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  1. The Wallis Simpson book sounds great.

  2. I keep seeing THE LAST SUMMER on blogs...I want to read it too. :)


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