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Strange And Random Happenstance: Tuesday TomorrowLure of the Moonflower by Lauren Willig
Published by: NAL
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Format: Paperback, 528 Pages
To Buy1 The official patter:
“In the final Pink Carnation novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, Napoleon has occupied Lisbon, and Jane Wooliston, aka the Pink Carnation, teams up with a rogue agent to protect the escaped Queen of Portugal. Portugal, December 1807.

Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower (formerly the French agent known as the Moonflower), has been stationed in Portugal and is awaiting his new contact. He does not expect to be paired with a woman especially not the legendary Pink Carnation. All of Portugal believes that the royal family departed for Brazil just before the French troops marched into Lisbon.

Only the English government knows that mad seventy-three-year-old Queen Maria was spirited away by a group of loyalists determined to rally a resistance. But as the French garrison scours the countryside, it s only a matter of time before she s found and taken. It s up to Jane to find her first and ensure her safety.

But she has no knowledge of Portugal or the language. Though she is loath to admit it, she needs the Moonflower. Operating alone has taught her to respect her own limitations.

But she knows better than to show weakness around the Moonflower an agent with a reputation for brilliance, a tendency toward insubordination, and a history of going rogue.” I may have been preparing for this for over a year, but I still think I’m not ready for THE END. Strange And Random Happenstance: Tuesday TomorrowSophie and the Sibyl by Patricia Duncker
Published by: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages
To Buy2

The official patter:
“In Berlin, Max Duncker and his brother, Wolfgang, own a thriving publishing business, which owes its success to one woman: the Sibyl, or Mary Ann Evans, better known as George Eliot,who is writing the final installment of her bestselling serial Middlemarch. Max is as fond of gambling and brothels as Wolfgang is of making a profit and berating his spendthrift brother, but Max is given a chance to prove his worth by visiting the Sibyl and her not-quite-husband Lewes, to finalize the publishing rights to her new novel. The Sibyl proves to be as enthralling and intelligent as her books, bewitching Max and all of those around her.

But Wolfgang has an ulterior motive for Max’s visit; he wants his brother to consider the beautiful eighteen-year-old Countess Sophie von Hahn as a potential wife. An acquaintance from Max’s childhood, she comes from a German family of great wealth. However, Sophie proves to be nothing like the angelic vision of domesticity Max envisaged; wild and willful, she gambles recklessly yet always wins, rides horses fiercely, and is happy to disobey authority, especially when it comes to her idol, George Eliot.

Enchanted by this whirlwind of a woman, Max nevertheless fears he will never be able to tame her. With its vivid portrayal of George Eliot and how she lived her life, and the turbulent love story of the countess and Max, Sophie and the Sibyl is both a compulsive read and a high literary achievement.” How could this NOT be on your TBR list?

Strange And Random Happenstance: Tuesday TomorrowNo Comfort Lost by Nancy Herriman
Published by: NAL
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Format: Paperback, 384 Pages
To Buy3 The official patter:
“In this atmospheric historical mystery series debut, a courageous nurse and a war-scarred police detective in 1860s San Francisco champion the down-trodden and fight for justice After serving as a nurse in the Crimea, British-born Celia Davies left her privileged family for an impulsive marriage to a handsome Irishman.

Patrick brought her to San Francisco s bustling shores but then disappeared and is now presumed dead. Determined to carry on, Celia partnered with her half-Chinese cousin Barbara and her opinionated housekeeper Addie to open a free medical clinic for women who have nowhere else to turn. But Celia s carefully constructed peace crumbles when one of her Chinese patients is found brutally murdered and Celia s hotheaded brother-in-law stands accused of the crime.

A veteran of America s civil war, detective Nicholas Greaves is intent on discovering the killer of the girl, whose ethnicity and gender render her as powerless in death as they did in life. Nicholas s efforts are complicated by Celia, who has a knack for walking into dangerous situations that may lead to answers or get them both killed. For as their inquiries take them from Chinatown s squalid back alleys to the Barbary Coast s violent shipping docks to the city s gilded parlors, Celia and Nicholas begin to suspect that someone very close to them holds the key to a murderous conspiracy “

Yes, this was mainly chosen for the whole I read everything in San Francisco angle… but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look awesome. Strange And Random Happenstance: Tuesday TomorrowNot by Sight by Kate Breslin
Published by: Bethany House Publisherss
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Format: Paperback, 384 Pages
To Buy4

The official patter:
“Gripping Sophomore Novel from a Rising Historical Romance Talent. With Britain caught up in WWI, Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, has declared himself a conscientious objector. Instead, he secretly works for the Crown by tracking down German spies on British soil, his wild reputation and society status serving as a foolproof cover.

Blinded by patriotism and concern for her brother on the front lines, wealthy suffragette Grace Mabry will do whatever it takes to assist her country’s cause. When she sneaks into a posh London masquerade ball to hand out white feathers of cowardice, she never imagines the chain of events she’ll set off when she hands a feather to Jack. And neither of them could anticipate the extent of the danger and betrayal that follows them–or the faith they’ll need to maintain hope.”

And this was not entirely picked because the whole white feather issue that fascinates me that anyone could be so cruel… Strange And Random Happenstance: Tuesday TomorrowMrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters
Published by: G.P.

Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Format: Hardcover, 288 Pages
To Buy5 The official patter:
“A heartbreaking and deeply compelling debut, Mrs. Sinclair s Suitcase is a compulsive page-turner about thwarted love, dashed hopes, and family secrets book-club fiction at its best.

Roberta, a lonely thirty-four-year-old bibliophile, works at The Old and New Bookshop in England. When she finds a letter inside her centenarian grandmother s battered old suitcase that hints at a dark secret, her understanding of her family s history is completely upturned. Running alongside Roberta s narrative is that of her grandmother, Dorothy, as a forty-year-old childless woman desperate for motherhood during the early years of World War II.

After a chance encounter with a Polish war pilot, Dorothy believes she s finally found happiness, but must instead make an unthinkable decision whose consequences forever change the framework of her family. The parallel stories of Roberta and Dorothy unravel over the course of eighty years as they both make their own ways through secrets, lies, sacrifices, and love. Utterly absorbing, Mrs.

Sinclair s Suitcase is a spellbinding tale of two worlds, one shattered by secrets and the other by the truth.” Lonely bibliophile… yeah, I can relate.

Strange And Random Happenstance: Tuesday TomorrowMalice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen
Published by: Berkley
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages
To Buy6 The official patter:
“Lady Georgiana Rannoch won t deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn t one of them.

And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing. While my beau Darcy is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen especially one that includes lodging.

The King s youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace. My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumors about George s libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isn t so simple.

George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the Palace for a supposed ghost only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince George s mistresses. Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the Queen wants the whole matter hushed.

But as the investigation unfolds and Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places the investigation brings us precariously close to the prince himself.”

And thus ends a week that will make a big dent on my pocketbook…

but it’s worth it.

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