Books That Caught Our Eye

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Here 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.

To that end, we’ve decided to share “Books that Caught Our Eye” with you. Each week, LeslieSerena and Vicki  will each share 2 books that caught their eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday and share them here.

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

Leslie:
22693222The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower at Stacy’s Books 
America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family.
 
 
 

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells at Lori’s Reading Corner 22859802
Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.

Weaving flashbacks from Rosie’s perspective into a tautly plotted narrative, The Bones of You is a gripping, haunting novel of sacrifices and lies, desperation and love.
 
 
Serena
25022533 (1)In Love and War: Nursing Heroes by Liz Byrski @ Sam Still Reading
In the aftermath of the Battle of Britain, airmen filled a small Sussex town where pioneering plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe established revolutionary surgical and therapeutic treatments.

For the child Liz Byrski, growing up in a small Sussex town, the burnt faces of these airmen filled her nightmares.

In her late sixties, Liz returned to make peace with her memories and to speak not only with the survivors – known as the Guinea Pig Club – but with the nurses who played a vital and unorthodox role in their treatment, sometimes at a significant personal cost.

It’s a non-fiction book about the nurses and members of the Guinea Pig Club, who suffered burns in World War II. I have read a lot of books about WWII, but I really like nurses and what they do, and I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but this is great.

Mrs Dashwood Returns by Lucia Edgerton @ Mystica 23430630
It’s 1820, and the daughters of Elinor and Marianne, now 20 years old, are excited to begin their lives. Little did Allegra Brandon and Grace Ferrars know that they would become embroiled in the most important and scandalous event of their time, that being the return of Caroline of Brunswick, otherwise known as the Princess of Wales, to England after years of exile. As they witness Lady Caroline’s fight for her crown, they also chase their own dreams, sometimes finding things are not as they seem; Grace finds the wealthy lord and landowner she married is not the man she thought he was; and Allegra’s very modern ideas of a writing career meet resistance as she becomes entwined with a mysterious stranger who not only steals her heart, but her reputation. Both women are forced to make choices that will not only effect themselves,but those they love as well.

I think this is the one that Mystica was mentioning, and if it is, it sounds great.
 
 
Vicki:
25022533 (1)In Love and War: Nursing Heroes by Liz Byrski @ Sam Still Reading
In the aftermath of the Battle of Britain, airmen filled a small Sussex town where pioneering plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe established revolutionary surgical and therapeutic treatments.

For the child Liz Byrski, growing up in a small Sussex town, the burnt faces of these airmen filled her nightmares.

In her late sixties, Liz returned to make peace with her memories and to speak not only with the survivors – known as the Guinea Pig Club – but with the nurses who played a vital and unorthodox role in their treatment, sometimes at a significant personal cost.

Last Chance Summer by Hope Ramsay @ Book Dragon’s Lair Screen shot 2015-04-11 at 10.40.31 PM
It wouldn’t be summer without the Watermelon Festival, and single mom Amanda Wright is looking forward to a carefree day eating funnel cakes and sipping sweet tea. But with her inquisitive son and elderly grandmother in tow, she’s not in the mood for carnival rides or the kissing booth, until she hears a charming, funny voice over the loudspeaker.

Grant Trumbull is the new DJ at the local radio station, and his deep, booming cadence has all the ladies of the church auxillary atwitter. Even without seeing his face, Amanda can’t help but wonder if he’s the one for her. When she finally comes face to face with the man behind the mic, summer is about to get a whole lot hotter in little Last Chance, South Carolina.

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6 thoughts on “Books That Caught Our Eye

  1. The Bones of You by Debbie Howells was one of my original picks, but I had to weed it down to two. I’m still adding it to my tbr list. I love the cover too!

  2. Hi Leslie,

    I already have ‘The Bones Of You’ on my ‘Want To Read’ list, it sounds so good and I love a good psychological thriller. I was also influenced by the fact that this book has been compared to ‘Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold, which is one of my favourite books of all time.

    Yvonne

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