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In My Mailbox

June 7th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

In My Mailbox was a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren as a fun way to share what everyone got.  Here is what I got last week:

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (Thanks to Caitlin at FSB Associates) which I immediately read and reviewed over the weekend.


“Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it.”


“Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?”

“Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?”

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie—she’s already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.


The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams (thanks to Sara & Susannah at St. Martin’s Press!)


Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father’s three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family.


The Devlin Diary by Christi Phillips (Thanks to Sarah at Pocket Books!)


London, 1672. The past twelve years have brought momentous changes: the restoration of the monarchy, a devastating plague and fire. Yet the city remains a teeming, thriving metropolis, energized by the lusty decadence of Charles II’s court and burgeoning scientific inquiry. Although women enjoy greater freedom, they are not allowed to practice medicine, a restriction that physician Hannah Devlin evades by treating patients that most other doctors shun: the city’s poor.

But Hannah has a special knowledge that Secretary of State Lord Arlington desperately needs. At the king’s Machiavellian court, Hannah attracts the attention of two men, charming courtier Ralph Montagu and anatomist Dr. Edward Strathern, as well as the attention of the powerful College of Physicians, which views her work as criminal. When two influential courtiers are found brutally murdered, their bodies inscribed with arcane symbols, Hannah is drawn into a dangerous investigation by Dr. Strathern, who believes the murders conceal a far-reaching conspiracy that may include Hannah’s late father and the king himself.

Cambridge, 2008. Teaching history at Trinity College is Claire Donovan’s dream come true — until one of her colleagues is found dead on the banks of the River Cam. The only key to the professor’s unsolved murder is a seventeenthcentury diary kept by his last research subject, Hannah Devlin, physician to the king’s mistress. With help from the eclectic collections of Cambridge’s renowned libraries, Claire and historian Andrew Kent follow the clues Devlin left behind, uncovering secrets of London’s dark past and Cambridge’s equally murky present, and discovering that events of three hundred years ago may still have consequences today….

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5 Responses

  1. Rebecca

    Awesome books you got this week, they all sound really great. Enjoy.

  2. gautami tripathy

    Those seem like great reads! Happy reading!

    Mondays: Start of another week

  3. ShootingStarsMag

    Nice, I’m jealous you got The Chosen One. I’m definitely pining for that one. It sounds great.


  4. Darcy (library lounge lizard)

    You received some great books! I’ve heard good stuff about Twenty Boy Summer. Happy Reading!

  5. bermudaonion

    Those all look good. I hope to read The Chosen One soon.

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