New Book Arrivals – 23rd January 2010

Here are two books that I received today. The first book is one that I won from Goodreads: Spring Bear, a novella by Betsy Connor Bowen.

Synopsis:

In Evvie Mallow, author Betsy Connor Bowen has created a contemporary classic. Born and raised in the Maine woods, her family disintegrating around her, Evvie is caught in a conflict between irreconcilable forces – the instinct to protect her unborn child and the freedom to choose a life for herself. With dignity and grace, she keeps a Yankee’s silence about her own acts of courage and self-sacrifice. This slender book will take its place among the timeless tales that enrich our imaginations.

I also bought The Sunne in Splendour from Amazon. I’ve never read any of Sharon Kay Penman’s books before but I thought I would try this one as I’ve seen so many good reviews.

Synopsis:

A glorious novel of the controversial Richard III – a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history

In this beautifully rendered modern classic, Sharon Kay Penman redeems Richard III – vilified as the bitter, twisted, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews, the princes in the Tower – from his maligned place in history with a dazzling combination of research and storytelling.

This magnificent retelling of his life is filled with all of the sights and sounds of battle, the customs and lore of the fifteenth century, the rigors of court politics, and the passions and prejudices of royalty.