Sunday, August 1, 2010

In My Mailbox (19)

Hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, In My Mailbox is where you share the recent books you've bought/received/taken out from the library.
I just came back from this used book store that I recently discovered. Actually, I've seen it on the corner of the street before, but never ventured inside! I'm glad I finally did, because I found three books for just over fifteen dollars that sound so good.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book - a beautiful volume of fairytales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. But it's not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell's death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. - From back of book

Fixing Shadows by Susan Barrett
On the night the Duchess of Fainhope is delivered of the baby whose head the future of the title rests, her governess, Miss Mantilla, secretly gives birth to an illegitimate son of her own. But the noble heir who will secure his mother's status does not survive the night, while the other, nameless boy survives. So a swap is arranged: the dead child for the living. The two women are locked into a pact that will seal their own fates, and that of the Duchess's empire. - From back of book

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
Thirteen-year-old Matilda lives on a copper-rich tropical island that has been shattered by war, from which the teachers have fled along with everyone else. Only one white man chooses to stay behind - the eccentric Mr. Watts, object of much curiosity and scorn. He sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and steps in to teach the children when there is no one else, and his only lessons consist of reading from his battered copy of Great Expectations, a book by his friend Mr. Dickens. - From back of book

I can't wait to get started on these books! Have you read them yourself? Did you like them? And, as always, feel free to leave a link to your own IMM post.


Sara said...

Awesome books Emidy! They all do sound really good. I'm especially intrigues by Fixing Shadows. I'm looking forward to see what you think Happy reading! :D

Christina T said...

Fixing Shadows sounds really good. I started reading The Forgotten Garden last year but I didn't have enough time to finish it. I really enjoyed what I read and I will have to get it from the library again.

I hope you enjoy all of these!

Beth said...

The Forgotten Garden has been my favourite book of the summer so far!

The Readings of a Busy Mom said...

awesome books i relly love the cover for fixing shadows...hope you enjoy them all

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Aths said...

The Forgotten Garden and Master Pip are on my TBR! Don't they sound good? I really want to read them!

Nymeth said...

I really hated The Forgotten Garden, even though at first glance it sounded right up my alley :\ I hope you have more luck than I did!

Emidy said...

Interesting opinions! We'll see how I like these books.

Juju at Tales of said...

Fixing Shadows has such a cool cover. I just love it!

GMR said...

Though the cover on the first one intrigues me....that second one sounds rather interesting! Alas, have not read any of these, but looking forward to your reviews...happy reading!

Lauren said...

Great books! The Forgotten Garden and Mister Pip both look great! I'll be looking forward to seeing your reviews for them. Happy reading! :)