In My Mailbox

Another week – another mailbox of books.  Actually, it was quite a small mailbox week for me until today.  5 books were delivered today and I nabbed two from the library.

SO thank you as always to Kristi at Story Siren for this wonderful meme.  Where I (and all of you) have a chance to inventory what hit the mailbox this week (or in my case, whatever came into my home that is “bookish”)

When Melody Grace McCartney was six years old, she and her parents witnessed an act of violence so brutal that it changed their lives forever. The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with the promise of safety, and they went gratefully. But the program took Melody’s name, her home, her innocence, and, ultimately, her family. She’s been May Adams, Karen Smith, Anne Johnson, and countless others–everyone but the one person she longs to be: herself. So when the feds spirit her off to begin yet another new life in another town, she’s stunned when a man confronts her and calls her by her real name.

*Oh and heads up – there is a giveaway being posted this week for three copies of this book to be given out to lucky readers!

Paddy Meehan is no stranger to murder–as a reporter she lives at crime scenes–but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police. Her former boyfriend and fellow journalist Terry Patterson has been found hooded and shot through the head. Paddy knows she will be of little help–she had not seen Terry in more than six months. So she is bewildered to learn that in his will he has left her his house and several suitcases full of notes. Drawn into a maze of secrets and lies, Paddy begins making connections to Terry’s murder that no one else has seen, and soon finds herself trapped in the most important–and dangerous–story of her career.

* And oh snap – guess what I saw?  Yup – giveaway will be posted this week where three readers will win a copy of this book!

In today’s fast-paced and technology-driven times, Christians feel stressed out and overly busy. Many are left longing for simpler days, unaware that these days are within their grasp, made possible by getting rid of spiritual and material clutter.

I am always trying to be clutter free and this book sounds like it may have some tips for that person (we will call her Sheila) who keeps every scrap of paper – every receipt in a drawer, just in case it is needed….

Kai Miller floats through life like driftwood tossed by waves. She’s never put down roots in any one place–and she doesn’t plan to. But when a chaotic hurricane evacuation lands her in Daily, Texas, she begins to think twice about her wayfaring existence. And when she meets hometown-boy Kemp Eldridge, she can almost picture settling down in Daily–until she discovers he may be promised to someone else. Daily has always been a place of refuge for those the wind blows in, but for Kai, it looks like it will be just another place to leave behind. Then again, Daily always has a few surprises in store–especially when Aunt Donetta has cooked up a scheme.

This looks and sounds like a fun read!

Will I never see you again either?” I asked, feeling as though I was about to jump off a high mountain peak and hope to land without hurting myself. That’s how impossible everything seemed at that moment, no matter what I did.

“Perhaps we will meet again,” Sasha said, softening his voice. “But you must see that it does not matter. You have so much ahead of you. It’s your choice now. Choose the future! Choose life!”

For Anastasia Romanov, life as the privileged daughter of Russia’s last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution. Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government, Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia. But even while the rebels debate the family’s future with agonizing slowness and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance quietly blooms between Anastasia and Sasha, a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood. But will the strength of their love be enough to save Anastasia from a violent death?

What’s that?  Didn’t I receive this last week?  Yes I did – so you know what means!  Watch for the giveaway of this additional copy!  You never know when or where this may pop up!

Portraying the pressures of teens to live a normal life while facing mental illness, this suspenseful young adult novel follows the journey of success-bound Abe, who struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A senior in high school, with a loving and wealthy adoptive family, Abe is on track for a big scholarship and an open future. Suddenly, horrific flashbacks rip him back to war-torn Africa, where five years previously he lost his mother, sister, friends, and almost his own life to torturous violence. During therapy, he uncovers even darker moments from his past that make him question how he survived. This action-filled thriller will open the eyes and hearts of teenagers to the lives of young people who have been exposed to profound violence around the world.

I think this book sounds amazing!  I cant wait to read it!

Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life–except that she’s deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she’s risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David’s hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap.

Guess what?  I have three of these to give away!  Watch for the giveaway being posted soon!

When Henry Oades accepts an accountancy post in New Zealand, his wife, Margaret, and their children follow him to exotic Wellington. But while Henry is an adventurer, Margaret is not. Their new home is rougher and more rustic than they expected—and a single night of tragedy shatters the family when the native Maori stage an uprising, kidnapping Margaret and her children.

For months, Henry scours the surrounding wilderness, until all hope is lost and his wife and children are presumed dead. Grief-stricken, he books passage to California. There he marries Nancy Foreland, a young widow with a new baby, and it seems they’ve both found happiness in the midst of their mourning—until Henry’s first wife and children show up, alive and having finally escaped captivity.

Oh I am so ready for a historical fiction read!

After a long absence, novelist CJ Baxter returns to his hometown of Adelia in upstate New York for his grandfather’s funeral. Facing a messy divorce and doubting his talent as a writer, CJ is forced to confront secrets that have tormented him since childhood. To complicate matters, his brother Graham is running for a Senate seat, and the family is intent on keeping the most damaging secret–surrounding a murder and its cover-up–in the family, for fear the truth would ruin Graham’s chances at winning. But with CJ airing their dirty laundry in his books, the family is forced to deal with him. CJ must find a way to remain safe while coming to terms with the newfound faith that compelled him to return to Adelia in the first place.

Ooh I just read about this one and I want to get into it!

Engrained in our culture is the belief that unbending discipline is the only sure way to success. You must go to the gym five times a week, never order the dessert, and don’t even think about buying that dress you keep staring at in the store window. Breaking from such a regimented lifestyle is a sign of weakness, right? Wrong!-and Joyce wants to tell us why…

Come on….. any title like that I had to read!  I just got permission to buy shoes!  🙂

For generations the Burdens were one of the wealthiest families in New York, thanks to the inherited fortune of Cornelius “The Commodore” Vanderbilt. By 1955, the year of Wendy’s birth, the Burden’s had become a clan of overfunded, quirky and brainy, steadfastly chauvinistic, and ultimately doomed bluebloods on the verge of financial and moral decline-and were rarely seen not holding a drink. In Dead End Gene Pool, Wendy invites readers to meet her tragically flawed family, including an uncle with a fondness for Hitler, a grandfather who believes you can never have enough household staff, and a remarkably flatulent grandmother.

At the heart of the story is Wendy’s glamorous and aloof mother who, after her husband’s suicide, travels the world in search of the perfect sea and ski tan, leaving her three children in the care of a chain- smoking Scottish nanny, Fifth Avenue grandparents, and an assorted cast of long-suffering household servants (who Wendy and her brothers love to terrorize). Rife with humor, heartbreak, family intrigue, and booze, Dead End Gene Pool offers a glimpse into the fascinating world of old money and gives truth to an old maxim: The rich are different.

This book came to me in an interesting way.  I am part of a New York Challenge to read a book with the setting in New York.  I was sent an email asking if I would like to read this book to complete that challenge.  I read about the book, found it interesting – and said yes!

I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.

So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.

This book came from my friend Heidi.  Her book club just read and reviewed it and she thought I would enjoy it too.


In Vietnam, some tigers have four feet.  Others have only two feet.  Vietnamese Christians courageously spread the gospel between the gospel between the government tiger and the religious tiger.

I wanted to read this book in January for the Social Justice Challenge but my library didn’t have it.  Just yesterday they received a copy that they had ordered new for me since I had requested it.  I still wish to read this.

So that’s my mailbox this week.  How about you?  I would love to read all about it!

69 thoughts on “In My Mailbox

  1. Another great week!

    I think I’m paddling alongside Lisa, as it seems I’ll never catch up with all the books I have in my TBR stacks. Don’t know how you do it, as even your “small” mailboxes are twice the size of mine! 😮


  2. I have had Loving Frank on my wish list for a long time, can’t wait to hear what you think.

    Dead End Gene Pool sounds fabulous!

  3. Ooh, you get so much books! haha, they’re all good! Most, I’ve never heard of. but they do sound good. I’d love to read The Girl She Used To Be. That sounds intriguing. Ooh, I have to enter that giveaway!!! 😀

  4. Oh wow, you got the new Susanne Dunlap! I can’t wait to read Anastasia’s Secret. The Girl She Used to Be and the Lisa Wingate book also look really good. And you can’t beat a Joyce Meyer book. Great selection! I hope you enjoy your books.

    Here is what’s in my mailbox.

  5. Great selection of books, I am especially intrigued by The Girl She Used to Be, Slip the Knife and Anastasia, they sound exciting! And it’s great there will be so many giveaways 🙂

    Have a nice weekend, good reading!

  6. The Girl I Used to Be has been on my list since I saw it on another blog as has Henry Oades. I saw Loving Frank in the book store and didn’t know if I would like it so I will have to wait for your review on this one. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wow! On your “small” week, you have so many! I’m thinking, between my TBR stacks, the books I occasionally buy, and the library books…it’s a good thing I don’t get your haul! LOL.

    Have a great week! Some of those really piqued my interest, so I’ll be watching for the giveaway posts.

  8. Abe in Arms and the Joyce Meyer books look fantabulous. I really enjoyed Loving Frank. Interesting that some others couldn’t get into it.

    I love what Lisa wrote about paddling like crazy. You, Sheila, must have some gigantic oars! haha

  9. The Girl She Used to Be looks really good – I’m off to find out if that contest is international now, thanks!
    Anastasia’ Secret is brilliant – you’ll love it.
    Have a good week! xo

    1. HI Book Hour – unfortunately Hachette does not offer as International on their giveaways 😦

      I however do on my monthly comment giveaways and I offer a gift card of you are my Monday What Are You Reading Winner and are International.

  10. I really like the sound of many of those books. I’ll be keeping an eye out for them.
    This week I received BONDED HEART by Jane Jackson in audio form, IN FOR A PENNY by Rose Lerner, COWBOY TROUBLE by Joanne Kennedy, and AUDREY AND THE MAVERICK by Elaine Levine. I am trying to set aside more time to read. I had 3 books in a series in my hand at a store yesterday and made myself put them back. I did buy a woodworking book for my husband. My To Be Read Pile fills 4 bookcases. I need to make some headway there first. There are still books I’ll get if I see them. Can’t resist it. DEAD END GENE POOL, THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE, ABE IN ARMS, SIMPLICITY, and HUNTER’S MOON are on the top of the list of your books, but most of the others sound good, too.

  11. All of those books look fabulous but The Girl She Used to Be stands out the most to me for some reason! Looking forward to seeing what you think of it. Happy reading!

  12. I’m finding some new-to-me sites today, your is one of them, and I like them..the layout, the posts, just everything about them.

    I hope to be able to join your March giveaway, sounds like fun.
    I’m visiting from `Reading At The Beach` for A-Z weekly meme.
    I have my `E` posted, if you’d like to see it.

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