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Thursday, December 6, 2012

What's Next? (2)


What's Next? is a meme hosted by IceyBooks to help decide what book to read next. I've decided to participate in this meme every two weeks (though the last time was three weeks ago, but whose counting?).

December is usually a hard time for me to decide what I want to read. Many books, I decide to but on the back burner for next year, I think "Oh, well that will work with this challenge I'm signing up for so I'll hold off with reading this" and then I'll either get to that book or I don't.



The House of the Spirits
by Isabel Allende

In one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century, Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies. Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

The House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives, twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love, magic, and fate.



A Promise In A Kiss
by Stephanie Laurens

What would you do if you were kissed by the most handsome stranger you'd ever seen?

And what if that man was one of the notorious Cynsters?

When a handsome man literally fell at her feet while she was walking through a moonlit convent courtyard, Helena knew he must have been there for a scandalous liaison. Yet she kept his presence a secret from the questioning nuns—and for her silence the stranger rewarded her with an enticing, unforgettable kiss. What Helena didn't know was that her wild Englishman was Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives...and that this dashing, dangerous nobleman was her destiny.

Seven years later, Sebastian spies Helena from across a crowded ballroom. This heiress is dazzling London society with her with and beauty, tantalizing all the eligible men with the prospect of taking her hand in marriage. But Helena is not looking for just any husband. She wants an equal, a challenge—someone who can live up to the promise of that delicious never-forgotten kiss.




Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle
by Rosalind Miles

In the golden time of Arthur and Guenevere, the Island of the West shines like an emerald in the sea—one of the last strongholds of Goddess-worship and Mother-right. Isolde is the only daughter and heiress of Ireland’s great ruling queen, a lady as passionate in battle as she is in love. La Belle Isolde, like her mother, is famed for her beauty, but she is a healer instead of a warrior, “of all surgeons, the best among the isles.” A natural peacemaker, Isolde is struggling to save Ireland from a war waged by her dangerously reckless mother. King Mark of Cornwall sends forth his own champion to do battle with the Irish—Sir Tristan of Lyonesse—a young, untested knight with a mysterious past. When he lies victorious but near death on the field of battle, Tristan knows that his only hope of survival lies to the West. His men smuggle him into the Queen’s fort at Dubh Lein, and beg the princess to save him.

So begins the first book of the Tristan and Isolde trilogy, another stunning example of the storyteller’s craft from Rosalind Miles, author of the beloved and bestselling Guenevere trilogy.

Which one do you think I should read first?


3 comments:

  1. The House of Spirits gets my vote. Thank you for voting on mine too..

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  2. My vote is for Isolde it looks amazing!

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  3. I've never heard of these but Isolde looks interesting.

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