Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Books To Buy

This is part of my list of books I need to acquire soon and their blurbs:

It is 1940, and radio broadcaster Frankie Bard, reporting from war-ravaged Europe, knows what many back home refuse to believe: it’s just a matter of time before America enters the fray. Meanwhile in Cape Cod, newlywed Emma Fitch is bereft since her physician husband, Will, left to help ease the suffering in England. She doesn’t know about the letter he gave postmistress Iris James…or that Frankie, too, has a missive she carries with her until the day fate lands her on Emma’s doorstep.How these three extraordinary women deal with the loss of innocence in a world gone crazy is the reason Sarah Blake’s The Postmistress, filled with stunning parallels to our lives today, is a novel that stays with you long after you turn the last page.

Angels and assassins meet in a tale of unceasing suspense as The Vampire Chronicles author Anne Rice takes us on a thrilling tale of murder, time-travel and a man’s search for his soul.As Angel Time opens, we meet Danny O’Dare, a man who kills for money, with no hesitation or remorse. It’s a dark, nightmarish world, until a mysterious stranger—a seraph—offers him a chance to save rather than destroy lives. But at what price? O’Dare soon finds out when he’s taken back through the ages to 13th-century England, a dark realm torn apart by rumors of child disappearances and ritual murder. Tossed into the fray, Danny begins his quest for salvation, setting off a chain of events that could have unforeseen repercussions in the present….

On the brink of revolution, with a tide of hate turned against the decadent royal court, France is in turmoil - as is the life of one young woman forced to leave her beloved Paris. After a fire destroys her home and family, Claudette Laurent is struggling to survive in London. But one precious gift remains: her talent for creating exquisite dolls that Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France herself, cherishes. When the Queen requests a meeting, Claudette seizes the opportunity to promote her business, and to return home...Amid the violence and unrest, Claudette befriends the Queen, who bears no resemblance to the figurehead rapidly becoming the scapegoat of the Revolution. But when Claudette herself is lured into a web of deadly political intrigue, it becomes clear that friendship with France's most despised woman has grim consequences. Now, overshadowed by the spectre of Madame Guillotine, the Queen's dollmaker will face the ultimate test.

Pretty, flirtatious, and ambitious. Nan Bassett hopes that an appointment at the court of King Henry VIII will bring her a grand marriage. But soon after she becomes a maid of honor to Queen Jane, the queen dies in childbirth. As the court plunges into mourning, Nan sets her sights on the greatest match in the land...for the king has noticed "her." After all, it wouldn't be the first time King Henry has chosen to wed a maid of honor. And in newly Protestant England, where plots to restore the old religion abound, Nan may be the only one who can reassure a suspicious king of her family's loyalty. But the favor of a king can be dangerous and chancy, not just for Nan, but for her family as well...and passionate Nan is guarding a secret, one that could put her future -- and her life -- in grave jeopardy should anyone discover the truth.

Based on the life of the real Anne Bassett and her family, and drawing extensively from letters and diaries of the time, "Between Two Queens" is an enthralling picture of the dangers and delights of England's most passionate era.


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