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Monday, December 27, 2010

Mailbox Monday #58

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page but it is now on a monthly tour. December's host is Let Them Read Books. Mailbox Monday can lead to serious conditions, such as book envy!

Well it is a very snowy day here in Massachusetts - and I haven't been home since Thursday - so I have no idea what the status of my actual mailbox is yet. I might have to trek out there sometime later this afternoon if/when the wind dies down! So here are the things that arrived before this Friday.

From a win of a contest at Arleigh's blog (historical-fiction.com) I won a copy of Polyxena by Herb Allenger. This is a story about the Ancient Greeks - which I am always looking for another read in this category. Here is the blurb:

Helen of Troy may have launched a thousand ships, but Polyxena stole Achilles’ heart – and was the final sacrifice in the Trojan War.

Now, Herb Allenger tells this heroine’s tale in Polyxena: A Story of Troy.

In a journey of savage battles, lost and found love, doubts and deaths, the reader becomes Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and Polyxena’s confessor.

Facing a death that her lover Achilles supposedly ordered from the grave, this youngest daughter of Priam, King of Troy, searches for meaning from her tumultuous life. The novel recounts Trojan War battles; Polyxena’s initial hatred that turned to love for Achilles, her captor; the bloody fight between the Amazons and the Greeks; and the love of Neoptolomus – Achilles’ son – that Polyxena scorned.

In this moving story of forbidden love, a young woman who is an integral part of the romantic legacy surrounding Troy comes to a surprising and satisfying conclusion about the life she has lived.

And from Sourcebooks for review in March I received I Am The Chosen King by Helen Hollick and To Defy a King by Elizabeth Chadwick. I'm so excited to read both of these!

I will update this post if I make it back from my mailbox later!

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  1. Great mailbox!
    I want to read I am the Chosen King, and I am also looking forward to your review of your current read, The Queen of Last Hopes.

    enjoy your week reading, and get home safe :)

  2. Oh, I'm so jealous - I can't wait to get my hands on To Defy A King! Polyxena sounds good, too. Thanks for linking up to Mailbox Monday! Happy reading!

  3. Elizabeth Chadwick and Helen Hollick in the same mailbox?! You hit the jackpot! Looking forward to your reviews.

  4. TheBookGirl - I am anxiously awaiting my chance to read I Am The Chosen King - I loved The Forever Queen. I just started Queen of Last Hopes this morning, so far chapter 1 is good!

    Lady Q - I am super excited for To Defy A King. I hadn't heard of Polyxena before the giveaway but now I can't wait to read it.

    Joanne - It was an incredible day when they both arrived. My boyfriend texted me saying "Sourcebooks, Sourcebooks!" haha. He knew I would be excited.

  5. Hope you had a great Christmas Heather and enjoy your new reads!

  6. I received for review The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson from Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways.

    "I asked the sailor what an Elephant looked like; he replied that it was like nothing on earth."

    England, 1766: After a long voyage from the East Indies, a ship docks in Bristol, England, and rumor quickly spreads about its unusual cargo—some say a mermaid is on board. A crowd forms, hoping to catch a glimpse of the magical creature. One crate after another is unpacked: a zebra, a leopard, and a baboon. There's no mermaid, but in the final two crates is something almost as magical—a pair of young elephants, in poor health but alive.

    Seeing a unique opportunity, a wealthy sugar merchant purchases the elephants for his country estate and turns their care over to a young stable boy, Tom Page. Tom's family has long cared for horses, but an elephant is something different altogether. It takes time for Tom and the elephants to understand one another, but to the surprise of everyone on the estate, a remarkable bond is formed.

    The Elephant Keeper, the story of Tom and the elephants, in Tom's own words, moves from the green fields and woods of the English countryside to the dark streets and alleys of late-eighteenth-century London, reflecting both the beauty and the violence of the age. Nicholson's lush writing and deft storytelling complement a captivating tale of love and loyalty between one man and the two elephants that change the lives of all who meet them.

  7. Tribute Books Mama - that sounds like a fascinating book!

  8. Polyxena sounds good but your other two books sound equally good! Enjoy.

  9. I really want to read an Elizabeth Chadwick book. Enjoy your new books!


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