Monday, December 8, 2008

Mailbox Monday: December 8th

I didn't receive any new books the week before last (hence the lack of a Mailbox Monday post last week), but this past week definitely made up for it. Honestly, it was like Christmas came early. I received nine books for review, and one book that I purchased as early Christmas gift for myself.

Rowan of the Wood by Christine and Ethan Rose
I'm participating in Christine and Ethan's blog tour for their YA fantasy novel, Rowan of the Wood. Click here for an earlier post with more information about the book. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for an interview with Christine Rose.

Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper
Was Anne Whateley simply a clerical error, or did William Shakespeare love someone other than Anne Hathaway? The speculation over the Shakespeare marriage licenses -- one issued the day after the other, each naming a different woman -- has always interested me, so I'm eager to dive into this one. This will be a rare foray into Elizabethan historical fiction for me. Most of the historical fiction I read is set in either Victorian England or colonial America. It's been a long time since I've read a book about the Tudors -- too long, probably.

Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale by Russell T. Davies
If you're buying gifts for a Doctor Who fan this holiday season, buy them this book. Trust me, you couldn't pick a better gift. When my copy arrived, I meant to give it a quick look and then pick it up again later in the day. I ended up spending a good hour completely oblivious to the outside world as I paged through this book. It's wonderful. Wonderfully honest and personal. It's also massive -- over 500 pages -- so I will be a very happy Who fan for quite some time.

The Last Nightingale by Anthony Flacco
A few weeks ago, I posted part of my Christmas wish list. One of the books I mentioned was The Last Nightingale by Anthony Flacco, a suspense novel that takes place during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Within minutes of my post, Mr. Flacco's literary agent had arranged for me to receive signed copies of not only The Last Nightingale...

The Hidden Man by Anthony Flacco
...but also a copy of Anthony Flacco's newest novel, The Hidden Man. This book takes place ten years later and features the same characters as The Last Nightingale. Many thanks to Sharlene Martin and Anthony Flacco for generosity.

White Christmas Pie by Wanda E. Brunstetter
I've lived near Amish Country all of my life, but have read very little in the way of Amish fiction. I'm looking forward to including White Christmas Pie in my holiday reading this year. (Is it just me, or is December absolutely flying by?)

Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler
This book caught my attention a few months ago when it was offered as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. I wasn't picked for this book, so I was very pleased to be able to get a review copy from another source. I think the cover ranks as one of my favorites for the year. It's simple, yet elegant.

Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin
The reviews of Until We Reach Home on Amazon are positively glowing. I saw quite a few positive reviews in the blogosphere when this toured with the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance as well. The book follows three Swedish orphans who immigrate to America just before the turn of the twentieth century. This one looks very promising.

The Distant Shore by Debora M. Coty
I enjoyed Grit for the Oyster so I'm very pleased to be reading more of Debora's work. Billowing Sails, the sequel to The Distant Shore, comes out next week. I read an ARC of Billowing Sails first and loved it. It will be fun to go back and see how the story got its start. (Look for my review of Billowing Sails soon.)

Arms of Deliverance by Tricia Goyer
I love stories set during World War II, but I don't think I've ever read any Christian fiction set in that time period. Tricia has recently launched a wonderful campaign to keep WWII veterans' stories alive. Check it out here.

So, to sum up: I have a lot of great reading ahead of me and I'm probably responsible for giving our mailman a hernia.

What showed up in your mailbox this week?


  1. Wow - you did have a great week! I would love to read Until We Reach Home sometime - I've read some great reviews.

    :) Wendi

  2. You did get some great looking books. Rowan of the Wood and Rain Songs both caught my eye.

  3. Oh, I'm adding the Doctor Who book to my Amazon wishlist. Looks fascinating!

    Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors but I haven't read Until We Reach Home yet.

    And I love WW2 fiction and Tricia Goyer's books are shining examples of the genre. Arms of Deliverance is a wonderful novel. You should check out Brock & Bodie Thoene's Zion Covenant series!

  4. Wow, that is a lot of great books! I feel for my mailman too. I wonder what a good gift would be for the mailman this time of year? :)

  5. I can't wait to see what you think of the Shakespeare book. Looks like another good one.

    you should sign up for the War Through the Generations: Reading Challenge...

    I'll have to check the reading list to see if this one--Arms of Deliverance by Tricia Goyer--is on it.

  6. I requested Mistress Shakespeare, but I don't think I got it... I hope it's good, though!

  7. I received *Mistress Shakespeare* last week, too. I love the cover, it reminds me of a colorized black-and-white photo.

    My answer (including a silly mailbox photo) is here

  8. Great titles! I'm going to add Arms of Deliverance to my wish list for the WWII challenge!!

    My Mailbox is here.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  9. Thanks for the heads-up over Rowan of the Wood. Sounds like the perfect book for Nona!

  10. I NEED that Doctor Who book, it is going right on my wishlist!


  11. YAY! I hope you like the Flacco novels - I loved The Hidden Man, and The Last Nightingale is on my "to read really soon" stack.