Books That Caught Our Eye

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dragonlegendsAt Mailbox Monday we encourage participants to not only share the books they received but to check out the books others have received. Each week will share a few Books That Caught Our Eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday.

We are so happy to welcome EMMA on board this month as a new host. We’ll get to see what catches her eye.

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



In The Art of Revision: The Last Word, Peter Ho Davies takes up an often discussed yet frequently misunderstood subject. He begins by addressing the invisibility of revision—even though it’s an essential part of the writing process, readers typically only see a final draft, leaving the practice shrouded in mystery. To combat this, Davies pulls examples from his novels The Welsh Girl and The Fortunes, as well as from the work of other writers, including Flannery O’Connor, Carmen Machado, and Raymond Carver, shedding light on this slippery subject.

Davies also looks beyond literature to work that has been adapted or rewritten, such as books made into films, stories rewritten by another author, and the practice of retconning in comics and film. In an affecting frame story, Davies recounts the story of a violent encounter in his youth, which he then retells over the years, culminating in a final telling at the funeral of his father. In this way, the book arrives at an exhilarating mode of thinking about revision—that it is the writer who must change, as well as the writing. The result is a book that is as useful as it is moving, one that asks writers to reflect upon themselves and their writing. 

“As many are preparing for NaNoWriMo, this seems to be the perfect book to be reading now.”


The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews at Bookfan.

BelleofBelgraveA London heiress rides out to the wilds of the English countryside to honor a marriage of convenience with a mysterious and reclusive stranger.

Tall, dark, and dour, the notorious Captain Jasper Blunt was once hailed a military hero, but tales abound of his bastard children and his haunted estate in Yorkshire. What he requires now is a rich wife to ornament his isolated ruin, and he has his sights set on the enchanting Julia Wychwood.

For Julia, an incurable romantic cursed with a crippling social anxiety, navigating a London ballroom is absolute torture. The only time Julia feels any degree of confidence is when she’s on her horse. Unfortunately, a young lady can’t spend the whole of her life in the saddle, so Julia makes an impetuous decision to take her future by the reins—she proposes to Captain Blunt.

In exchange for her dowry and her hand, Jasper must promise to grant her freedom to do as she pleases. To ride—and to read—as much as she likes without masculine interference. He readily agrees to her conditions, with one provision of his own: Julia is forbidden from going into the tower rooms of his estate and snooping around his affairs. But the more she learns of the beastly former hero, the more intrigued she becomes…

I never read romance, but as this is about what caught my eye, I have to say, I couldn’t resist this gorgeous cover and had to check what this was about. If you do enjoy romance, this seems to be a great one!



Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall at Silver’s Reviews.

LookingforJane2017: When Angela Creighton discovers a mysterious letter containing a life-shattering confession, she is determined to find the intended recipient. Her search takes her back to the 1970s when a group of daring women operated an illegal underground abortion network in Toronto known only by its whispered code name: Jane.

1971: As a teenager, Dr. Evelyn Taylor was sent to a home for “fallen” women where she was forced to give up her baby for adoption—a trauma she has never recovered from. Despite harrowing police raids and the constant threat of arrest, she joins the Jane Network as an abortion provider, determined to give other women the choice she never had.

1980: After discovering a shocking secret about her family, twenty-year-old Nancy Mitchell begins to question everything she has ever known. When she unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she feels like she has no one to turn to for help. Grappling with her decision, she locates “Jane” and finds a place of her own alongside Dr. Taylor within the network’s ranks, but she can never escape the lies that haunt her.

“This sounds like a fascinating book. I like books that span many time periods.”


The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates at The Infinite Curio.

There’s something wrong with Ashburn House…HauntingAshburnHouse

The ancient building has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town.

Following Edith’s death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne’s only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, twenty dollars, and her pet cat. Ashburn House is a lifeline she can’t afford to refuse.

Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to ignore the unease that grows as she explores her new home. Strange messages have been etched into the wallpaper, an old grave is hidden in the forest behind the house, and eerie portraits in the upstairs hall seem to watch her every movement.

As she uncovers more of the house’s secrets, Adrienne begins to believe the whispered rumours about Ashburn may hold more truth than she ever suspected. The building has a bleak and grisly past, and as she chases the threads of a decades-old mystery, Adrienne realises she’s become the prey to something deeply unnatural and intensely resentful.

Only one thing is certain: Ashburn’s dead are not at rest.

“I’m in the mood for spooky reads, and this one sounds good.”




Halloween Hoedowns Can Be Deadly: A Bucket List Mystery Short (Bucket List Mysteries) by Ryan Rivers found at Carstairs Considers.

Spooky decorations. Murderous intentions. It’s not a party until someone ends up dead.

Bluebonnet Hills, Texas. Sho Tanaka can’t shake the feeling he’s the odd man out. And being best buddies with a fading celebrity always seems to drop him in the midst of homegrown trouble. But when the suspended ICU nurse helps out at the local October festivities, he doesn’t expect to stumble over the librarian’s lifeless body.

Levi Blue is relishing his most demanding role to date. Faking it until he makes it as the interim mayor, the ex-TV tween detective is right on the job to hunt down a vicious murderer hiding among the boisterous crowds. But his script runs off the rails when the apparently deceased woman wanders back into the event… alive.

As Sho’s medical expertise is side-eyed by unamused partygoers, he dives deep to try to comprehend the bookish curator’s previous lack of pulse. And when a shocking turn disrupts the festive night, a gung-ho Levi partners with his reluctant sidekick and taps into his on-screen sleuthing skills to catch a creepy killer.

Can this not-so-dynamic duo solve another prickly puzzle in time for All Hallows’ Eve?

Halloween Hoedowns Can Be Deadly is a hilarious standalone short story in The Bucket List cozy mystery series. If you like colorful heroes, lighthearted humor, and twisty endings, then you’ll love Ryan Rivers’s small-town shenanigans.

“This is the month for “deadly” stories and I thought this cover was so cute!”


DeathOnWinterDeath on a Winter Stroll (A Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery #7) by Francine Mathews found at BookBirdDog.

In this delicious new mystery from Francine Mathews, no-nonsense Nantucket detective Merry Folger must face her toughest adversaries yet when wannabe Hollywood stars take over the island in the midst of quarantine.

Chief among Nantucket Island’s cherished traditions is Winter Stroll, when evergreen trees line Main Street and tourists and islanders share the spirit of the season in shops and restaurants gilded with firelight. This year, however, is different—the pandemic still threatens the lives of everyone determined to spend a long weekend thirty miles out at sea, with the closest ICU a helicopter flight away.

Nantucket Police Chief Meredith Folger is acutely conscious of the strain COVID-19 has taken on the community she loves. Year-round residents dependent on the island’s support structure are ranged against an influx of wealthy mainland expatriates, quarantining in what they perceive as a germ-free, isolated sanctuary. Chief among them: an oblivious bubble of Hollywood glitterati, cohabiting in an expansive island compound, while they film a television series on the Nantucket moors.

When the twenty-eight-year-old female lead is murdered on location, Merry’s chosen detective, Howie Seitz, is dispatched to the scene. A number of people might have wanted Clara Forsyte dead: her neurotic personal assistant; her volatile boyfriend; her secret longtime lover, who is also the current U.S. Secretary of State—or Secretary Chenoweth’s embittered wife, Sarah.

But while Howie has his hands full with that investigation, Chief Folger responds to a different kind of request: that of a lonely woman at the end of her resources, dying in a derelict house no one has entered for years. Artist Blythe Fitzpatrick has returned to Nantucket as a final act of protest. Can Merry divine a purpose in the

“The blurb is a little long but I was drawn to this cover.”

What books caught your eye this week?



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