I love books and lately have been filling up our bookcases with a variety of authors, many are favorites and some are new to me. I also gave myself an early birthday gift and joined Book of the Month, which I use to belong to years ago, before it changed. I’m excited about all the books I am finding and thought I would share my recent acquisitions.
“A satchel, a sketchbook, and a photograph connect the lives of a present-day archivist and a mysterious Victorian woman in this sweeping tale told across a century.”
Meg White Clayton: The Postmistress of Paris
“Beautiful and wealthy, this heiress could choose any path. Her choice: to help smuggle artists out of Vichy France.”
I was delighted to find a gently used set of books by Rosalind Miles, The Guenevere series, on eBay. I love these books and got rid of mine several years ago and happy to find another set. Behind this set is my set of Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy, an favorite author of mine and I believe I’ve read all of her books. I love reading books centered around King Arthur and Guenevere, just about as much as I love books centered around the Tudors.
Guenevere Series: Raised in the tranquil beauty of the Summer Country, Princess Guenevere has led a charmed and contented life — until the sudden, violent death of her mother, Queen Maire, leaves the Summer Country teetering on the brink of anarchy. Only the miraculous arrival of Arthur, heir to the Pendragon dynasty, allows Guenevere to claim her mother’s throne. Smitten by the bold, sensuous princess, Arthur offers to marry her and unite their territories, allowing her to continue to reign in her own right. Their love match creates the largest and most powerful kingdom in the Isles. Yet even the glories of Camelot are not safe from the shadows of evil and revenge. Arthur is reunited with his long-lost half-sisters, Morgause and Morgan, princesses torn from their mother and their ancestral right by Arthur’s father, the brutal and unscrupulous King Uther. Both daughters will avenge their suffering, but it is Morgan who strikes the deadliest blows, using her enchantments to destroy all Guenevere holds dear and to force Arthur to betray his Queen.
Merlin Trilogy: The prophetic voice of Merlin, the mysterious enchanter of Arthurian legend, has completed his story. Written over a period of ten years, Mary Stewart’s three best-selling novels now stand together in one volume – the finest work of her distinguished career. Hers is the most extended portrait in all literature in this compelling figure of Dark Age myth and history. Merlin, the protector and tutor of Arthur, has usually been portrayed as an old man. But The Crystal Cavebegins the trilogy with the story of his perilous childhood as the bastard son of a Welsh king’s daughter and the secret discovery of the magic arts that will set him apart from other men. With the birth of Arthur, Merlin’s guardianship began and the ancient legend continues in The Hollow Hills with the dramatic immediacy that is Mary Stewart’s special gift.
I am looking forward to the new year and reading new books and old favorites. What have you been adding to your bookshelves lately?