Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mailbox Monday

This is where we spotlight the books that came to our home in the last week. Caveat: Monday Mailbox can cause your TBR pile to increase exponentially. Anna of Diary of an Eccentric is the host for Mailbox Monday in March.  Here's what showed up this past week.

The Cove by Ron Rash  (I received an Arc)

Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2012 by Ecco (first published March 1st 2012)

ISBN: 0061804193 (ISBN13: 9780061804199)
Received from SA/ Ecco

From the publisher:

The New York Times bestselling author of Serena returns to Appalachia, this time at the height of World War I, with the story of a blazing but doomed love affair caught in the turmoil of a nation at war.

Deep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dark, forbidding place where spirits and fetches wander, and even the light fears to travel. Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe–just as they know that Laurel Shelton, the lonely young woman who lives within its shadows, is a witch. Alone except for her brother, Hank, newly returned from the trenches of France, she aches for her life to begin.

Then it happens–a stranger appears, carrying nothing but a beautiful silver flute and a note explaining that his name is Walter, he is mute, and is bound for New York. Laurel finds him in the woods, nearly stung to death by yellow jackets, and nurses him back to health. As the days pass, Walter slips easily into life in the cove and into Laurel's heart, bringing her the only real happiness she has ever known.

But Walter harbors a secret that could destroy everything–and danger is closer than they know. Though the war in Europe is near its end, patriotic fervor flourishes thanks to the likes of Chauncey Feith, an ambitious young army recruiter who stokes fear and outrage throughout the county. In a time of uncertainty, when fear and ignorance reign, Laurel and Walter will discover that love may not be enough to protect them.

Strindberg's Star by Jan Wallentin

Hardcover, 464 pages  (I received an Arc)
Expected publication: May 24th 2012 by Viking Adult (first published September 1st 2010)

ISBN: 0670023574 (ISBN13: 9780670023578)
edition language: English
From the publisher:

A multilayered international thrill ride at breakneck pace, reminiscent of The Rule of FourThe Arctic, 1897: Nils Strindberg crashes his hydrogen balloon during the mysterious Andrée Expedition to the North Pole.
Germany, 1942: Gruesome and inexplicable experiments are performed on concentration camp prisoners.
Sweden, present-day: Cave diver Erik Hall finds a dead body wearing an ancient ankh, buried deep in an abandoned mine. Religious symbol expert Don Titelman seeks out Erik to study the ankh—but finds Erik dead. Don is the prime suspect, and soon he’s being chased across Europe to escape a secret society that will do anything to get their hands on the ankh. . . .
In this international bestseller, each of these fascinating strands weaves together to create a mind-blowing cross-genre thriller that includes arctic explorers, a secret railroad network, Norse mythology, Nazis, and ancient symbols—and a shocking secret that’s been hidden for centuries.
Two very different reads this week. What was in your mailbox?


  1. Ron Rash is very popular around here since he used to teach at Clemson. Enjoy your new books!

  2. The Cove sounds right up my alley...good haul this week!

  3. Hi Kaye, I also received Th Cove and thought it sounds good. enjoy

  4. Enjoy your reading week this week. Sounds like you got some hair raising books to read. hee, hee.

  5. I am so looking forward to the Cove..
    Come see My Mailbox, you'll see a similar one there ;)

  6. I'm curious about The Cove. Enjoy all your new reads.

  7. Ooh, love the look of The Cove, and what a great cover! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.


  8. The Cove sounds like my kind of book.

  9. The Cove sounds good. I wanted to request it but I knew I wouldn't have time to read it for a few months.

  10. The Cove sounds intriguing, enjoy!

  11. Yes, I agree these are very different books, but I hope you enjoy them both!

  12. I just passed on The Cover today, so now I'm thinking I made a mistake. I can't wait to read your review of it.

  13. Hi Kaye,

    Two completely divergent books this week and whilst I like thrillers, I am not sure that 'Strindberg's Star' is one for me.

    'The Cove' sounds like a great however, so I have already bookmarked this one.

    Enjoy your books and have a good week.


  14. Both books sound really good. I hope you enjoy them. I'll look out for your reviews.

  15. They are very different but both sound good! I'll wait for your reviews before I read them. :) Hope you enjoy and have a terrific week!!

  16. The Cove sounds good so I'll watch for your review. Have a great week!

  17. You know I can't wait for your thoughts on Strindberg's Star! Enjoy your new books!


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