Books That Caught Our Eye

DragonLegendsHere at Mailbox Monday, we want to encourage participants to not only share the books they received, but to check out the books others have received.

We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.

Here are the books that caught our eye this week…


Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard @ Luxury Reading.

PicnicProvenceTen years ago, New Yorker Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up a spiral staircase to a love nest in the heart of Paris. Now, with a baby on the way and the world’s flakiest croissant around the corner, Elizabeth is sure she’s found her “forever place.” But life has other plans.

On a last romantic jaunt before the baby arrives, the couple take a trip to the tiny Provencal village of Céreste. A chance encounter leads them to the wartime home of a famous poet, a tale of a buried manuscript and a garden full of heirloom roses. Under the spell of the house and its unique history, in less time than it takes to flip a crepe, Elizabeth and Gwendal decide to move-lock, stock and Le Creuset-to the French countryside.

OK, this is a memoir, which I don’t read a lot of, but there is a home of a famous poet and food. These are great things and should always be in books — in my opinion! 🙂 I couldn’t resist this one either!

The Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth @ Beauty in Ruins.

DevilsDetectiveSomeone is brutally murdering people deep in the bowels of Hell, and the Bureaucracy has sent a Fool to track down the killer.

The idea of bureaucracy in hell just tickles me for some reason. I think this is a fantastic premise for a novel. I could not resist this one this week.


Summer Secrets by Jane Green at A Nurse and a Book

SummerSecretsJune, 1998: At twenty seven, Catherine Coombs, also known as Cat, is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. Her lunchtimes consist of several glasses of wine at the bar downstairs in the office, her evenings much the same, swigging the free booze and eating the free food at a different launch or party every night. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral.

June, 2014: Cat has finally come to the end of herself. She no longer drinks. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, to the gorgeous summer community where the women she once called family still live. Despite her sins, will they welcome her again? What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own.

I enjoy Jane Green’s writing and am eagerly looking forward to reading her next book.

Second Life by S. J. Watson at Rainy Days and Mondays.

SecondLifeJulia’s life is comfortable, if unremarkable, until her sister’s brutal murder opens old wounds. She finds solace in her sister’s best friend, Sophie, but when Sophie reveals the extent of her sister’s online life, Julia becomes convinced that the truth about her death lies deep in the dark, sordid world of online chatrooms and internet sex.

What begins as Julia’s search for the truth about her sister quickly turns into an exploration of herself and her own desires. After all, the internet is her playground, and why be just one thing when you can be as many as you like? What could possibly go wrong? After all, it’s only cybersex, isn’t it? No one’s going to get hurt.

Despite mixed early reviews, this psychological thriller sounds promising.


4 thoughts on “Books That Caught Our Eye

  1. The S. J. Watson wrote a book I read with my book club, Before I go to Sleep, which got mixed reviews from the club. It was an OK book, but the writing was good, so I’d be interested in this newer one.

  2. I love the dinosaur reading picture at the top of your post. 🙂

    Nice picks for the week.

    Second Life and The Devil’s Detective are catching my eye. I actually missed both of these even though I visited EVERY blog in the linky. Hmmmm. I better get my glasses checked. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your choices.

    Stay warm if you are in the deep freeze.

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