Monday, October 31, 2011

Mailbox Monday -- October 31st -- Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween and Happy Mailbox Monday, hosted this month by Savvy Wit and Verse. Below are the books I received:

1) Bright and Distant Shores by Dominic Smith. Publisher's Summary. In the waning years of the nineteenth century there was a hunger for tribal artifacts, spawning collecting voyages from museums and collectors around the globe. In 1897, one such collector, a Chicago insurance magnate, sponsors an expedition into the South Seas to commemorate the completion of his company's new skyscraper—the world's tallest building. The ship is to bring back an array of Melanesian weaponry and handicrafts, but also several natives related by blood.

Caught up in this scheme are two orphans—Owen Graves, an itinerant trader from Chicago's South Side who has recently proposed to the girl he must leave behind, and Argus Niu, a mission houseboy in the New Hebrides who longs to be reunited with his sister. At the cusp of the twentieth century, the expedition forces a collision course between the tribal and the civilized, between two young men plagued by their respective and haunting pasts.

An epic and ambitious story that brings to mind E. L. Doctorow, with echoes of Melville and Robert Louis Stevenson, Bright and Distant Shores is a wondrous achievement by a writer known for creating compelling fiction from the fabric of history.


Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-athome mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?

Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly's meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for—a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly's castaway husband?

Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay, rebellious teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts.

As one woman's marriage unravels, another's rekindles. As one woman's family comes apart at the seams, another's reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman's up is another one's down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins's gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters. Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost.

Get lost in the world of Triangles, where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers.

3) The Time in Between by Maria Duenas. Publisher's Summary. Between Youth and Adulthood . . .

At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. At fourteen, she quietly begins her own apprenticeship. By her early twenties she has learned the ropes of the business and is engaged to a modest government clerk. But everything changes when two charismatic men burst unexpectedly into her neatly mapped-out life: an attractive salesman and the father she never knew.

Between War and Peace . . .

With the Spanish Civil War brewing in Madrid, Sira leaves her mother and her fiancÉ, impetuously following her handsome lover to Morocco. However, she soon finds herself abandoned, penniless, and heartbroken in an exotic land. Among the odd collection of European expatriates trapped there by the worsening political situation back on the Continent, Sira reinvents herself by turning to the one skill that can save her: her gift for creating beautiful clothes.

Between Love and Duty . . .

As England, Germany, and the other great powers launch into the dire conflict of World War II, Sira is persuaded to return to Madrid, where she takes on a new identity to embark upon the most dangerous undertaking of her career. As the preeminent couturier for an eager clientele of Nazi officers' wives, Sira becomes embroiled in the half-lit world of espionage and political conspiracy rife with love, intrigue, and betrayal.

Already a runaway bestseller across Europe, The Time In Between is one of those rare, richly textured novels that enthrall down to the last page. MarÍa DueÑas reminds us how it feels to be swept away by a masterful storyteller.

All thanks to Simon and Schuster!


  1. Bright and Distant Shores looks really good to me. I hope you enjoy all your books!

  2. The Time in Between is on my wish list. I reviewed Triangles and I really like it. It's a heavy novel, and I had a hard time to relate but it was a fantastic read.

  3. I have Time in Between as well. I hope you enjoy your books. btw, the blog name is Savvy Verse & Wit.

  4. I've been wanting to read The Time in Between. Hope you have a great week!


  5. I read The Time in Between and I thought it was wonderful, one of the best I have read so far this year. Hope you enjoy it too!

  6. I'm waiting for THE TIME IN BETWEEN. Can't wait to read it. Enjoy your reading week!

  7. You have some great sounding books this week! I hope you enjoy them all!

  8. I've read some interesting reviews for Triangles. Hope you enjoy it!

  9. Happy Halloween!

    Looks like you got some good books. Enjoy!

  10. The Time In Between sounds good, enjoy! your reads.

  11. Is Triangles written in verse or do I have it confused with another book? I hope you love all of your books!

  12. Enjoy your books and happy halloween :)

  13. I can't wait to read The Time in Between, and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. Enjoy your new books!