Saturday, 12 February 2011

In My Mailbox #15

 UK readers - Win a set of Jamie at Home DVDs (Ends 14th February)

Hosted by The Story Siren. In My Mailbox is a meme where bloggers can share with you what they received in their mailbox/from library/bought/etc.

Some more exciting books this week :)  

Leaves From The Fug Tree by Diana Duff

Synopsis from the publisher:
Born in Africa but  Irish by descent, Diana  Duff went
to live, aged two, with her grandparents in a Georgian stately home, Annes Grove, set in world-renowned gardens.  Enveloped by this rich tapestry, her world seemed magical – the Judas tree reputed to flower only on Good Friday; rare rhododendrons from Tibet; a Chinese coffin tree and blue meconopsis poppies – with talk of horses and fishing juxtaposed with tales of banshees, ráths and the foxy-haired ghost, visits from Elizabeth Bowen, Vita Sackville-West, David Cecil and many others.
Aged 18, she returned to Africa to a father she scarcely knew; to Ruanda and Uganda; to crystal lakes and forest gorillas; to Kenya, where she met the legendary Grogan and Raymond Hook who raced cheetahs in Haringay, England; where she doubled for Grace Kelly in Mogambo; a transfer to Johannesburg, where she challenged the authorities at the height of apartheid – and emerged victorious.
With humour, eloquence, empathy and candour, Diana shares her adventures and her arrival at a place from her childhood, where family truths are learned, along with the realisation that Africa has real magic all of its own.

Leaves From the Fig Tree looks interesting.  I'm looking forward to reading about the rich sounding backdrops and adventures.

 The Woman He Loved Before by Dorothy Koomson

Libby has a nice life with a gorgeous husband and a big home by the sea. But over time she is becoming more unsure if Jack has ever loved her ? and if he is over the death of Eve, his first wife. When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve. Eventually Libby stumbles across some startling truths about Eve, and is soon unearthing more and more devastating family secrets. Frightened by what she finds and the damage it could cause, Libby starts to worry that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved...Tense and moving, The Woman He Loved Before explores if the love you want is always the love you need or deserve.  

The Woman he Loved Before sounds intriguing.  I enjoy relationship books and this looks quirky enough to be a fascinating read. 


BooksforCompany said...

That reminded me to tell my sister who is a big Dorothy Koomson fan about her new book! It's been kept really quiet about l think! :/
Enjoy =)

Cozy in Texas said...

This sounds like a great book club read.

Kathy Martin said...

Great books! I do think The Woman He Loved Before sounds interesting. Happy reading!

My IMMs are here and here. Both are heavy with review books this week.

TheBookHour said...

Nice choices. The Woman He Loved Before sounds awfully like Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - I'd love to read your review. Have a great week!

Alison said...

Great books! Leave From The Fug Tree sounds fascinating.