Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mailbox Mondays

Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl

"Prisoners in the Palace -- London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza's dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady's maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant's world below-stairs as well as the trickery above. Is it possible that her changing circumstances may offer Liza the chance to determine her own fate, find true love, and secure the throne for her future queen?

Meticulously based on newly discovered information, this riveting novel is as rich in historical detail as Catherine, Called Birdy, and as sizzling with intrigue as The Luxe". 


 For The King by Catherine Delors, final hardback copy to die for beautiful

" Delors follows Mistress of the Revolution with a gripping historical that chronicles the efforts of a young police inspector to capture the men responsible for trying to kill Napoleon Bonaparte. After a botched assassination attempt on Napoleon kills several bystanders, chief inspector Roch Miquel races to find the men responsible. His investigation is hindered by corruption and jealousy among his colleagues in the police force, notably from Fouché, the stridently unsavory minister of police, who, in order to keep Roch under his thumb, imprisons Roch's father under false pretenses and threatens to have him deported. Meanwhile, Roch finds some comfort in his married mistress, Blanche Coudert, who has a very unfortunate secret that will harshly complicate Roch's already precarious situation. It's not a surprise that Delors's sympathies are with her hero, and his adversaries are depicted as satisfyingly despicable. Themes of class conflict, the messy process of change, and impossible love are nicely woven into the tense central plot of this fast-moving chase through the damp, rutted streets of turn-of-the-19th-century Paris".

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  1. Yes, the cover of For the King is GORGEOUS!!!

    I'm looking forward to hearing what you think about Prisoners in the Palace. I'm on the fence about it!

    Have a great week Lizzy!

  2. Irena, I have always admired Delores past covers, all of them are so pretty.

    Amy, I started Prisoners in the Palace and I am about half way though it. I am really liking it but I will have to wait and see when I finish it. I LOVE the cover, it is such a pretty book. I love anything pop art.

  3. Both covers are so striking -- but 'Prisoners in the Palace' just *jumped* out at me and I immediately added it to my TBR! Thank you!

  4. I hadn't heard of the first one before.. looks very intriguing!!
    My mailbox is up as well. Enjoy your reads =)

  5. I love the way that the cover for For the King wraps around the spine. It looks so good in real life.

  6. Two books that sound like interesting stories. You are right, the cover of FOR THE KING is beautiful. Two more books for my ever growing To Read List.

  7. Audra, it also jumped out at me I hate it but it does not release until October this year. Which means my review will have to wait awhile too, such a long wait.

    Marie, it is right up you alley. I love the cover it grabs you.

    Marg, I went back and took it in again after you said that. You are right I love books that do that. I recently got a cool American history non-fiction book that is a hardback. What made it so unique is the paper cover is like white vellum and the title and book info is printed on the actual book. It makes the whole thing very red, white, and blue,and very patriotic. I am such a sucker for a good cover.

    Librarypat, the list is ever growing is it not? I try to hide from the library but I even pick up books there even if I do not have the time to read then. I wish I could read faster, a lot faster.

  8. Just found your blog! I lurve it! It's very pretty.

    I also lurve historical fiction.
    I'm adding these to my TBR list :D
    I'll also be back for more.

    Loving both covers too!

  9. I'd like to see what you think of Prisoners of the Palace. The story line sounds intriguing.

  10. Sa Toya, Welcome I am glad you found me. I am always a sucker for a hot cover.

    Mystica, I already finished it and all is what I can say is this; it is a real page turner.


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