In My Mailbox

Welcome to another Sunday and another wonderful In My Mailbox hosted by Kristi at Story Siren.   Here is what came in my house either by mail, or library, or I purchased.  If it is book related and entered my home – it is listed here.  🙂

For Review

On a summer afternoon, Melba Burns witnesses a nightmare collision. The unknown bicyclist dies in her arms, ending Melba’s desire for success at any cost. She settles into her boxy old farmhouse trying to find a simpler peace. But Melba’s stunning new roommate JoLee Garry only magnetizes messes and trouble-she brings a series of unexpected guests who transform Melba’s fruitful solo life into something different, darker, and better.

The Revolutionary Paul Revere starts at a gallop and never slows down. Follow Revere’s adventure-filled life from childhood through the French and Indian War; from the prerevolutionary economic disasters through the incendiary tax fights and riots; from military occupation of Boston through Revere’s part in the Boston Massacre trial; from his role in the Boston Tea Party through his early service as express rider for the Massachusetts patriots; from the tragic death of his first wife through the whimsical pursuit of a new love; from his role as waterfront spy through his famous midnight ride; from his participation in the worst American naval disaster before Pearl Harbor through his eventual vindication.

A photo of her sons. A doormat from Target. Twenty-three tubs of fabric. Somehow it comforts Lauren to list the things she lost when a wildfire engulfed the Santa Barbara avocado ranch she shared with her husband, Tom. He, too, didn’t survive the devastating fire. His last act was to save her grandmother’s lace from the flames-an heirloom she has never been able to take scissors to, that she was saving for someday.

As she negotiates her way through grief, mourning both the tangible and intangible, Lauren wonders about her long marriage. Was it worth all the work, the self-denial? Did she stay with Tom just to avoid loneliness? Should she have been more like her mother, Eileen-thrice- married and, even now in her elderly years, cavalier about men and, it seems, even about her daughter’s emotions?

Now, it’s up to Lauren to understand what she could still gain even when it seems that everything is lost.

Featuring a seven year-old mastermind who tries really hard not to blame her imaginary friend for getting her into heaps of delicious trouble, Lauren Barnholdt’s new series is both hilarious and heart-warming. Watch out Ramona, Judy, and the rest, Hailey Twitch is coming soon!


Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.

* Purchased from The Rabbit Room (LOVE the Rabbit Room!)

My friend Cindy gave me a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble.  OOH!  What will it be!  Is it Hex Hall?  Or the new Harlan Coben?  The new Jodi Piccoult House Rules?  Oh the ideas are endless…

I never made it to the library but have a book waiting for me so I should be stopping in this week.

And that’s my mailbox.  How about you?  Anything exciting and bookish come into your home this week?

40 thoughts on “In My Mailbox

  1. Yesterday I received the brown Amazon box. I get so excited when they arrive. 🙂 Inside was Save the Cat and Writing the Breakout Novel. Can’t wait to dive into them on this rainy Sunday.

    1. I did! I picked up the two books that follow 100 Cupboards, books 2 and 3.

      Oh…. and I have to admit to drooling over the Nook a little bit while I was there…. 🙂

    1. I started Guest House (because at the time it was the only book in my car!) and can not remember how I was signed up for this one. Laurel, do you remember who wanted this book reviewed?

  2. Oh, Sheila, I’m just noticing that our blogoversary buttons are all stuck on the same day, and new ones can’t be created! Since you’re the blog guru…do you know what’s going on?

  3. Like your books. The Paul Revere went on my Amazon wish list. THE THREADBARE HEART sounds like a heart wrenching read.
    Ordered 100 CUPBOARDS for our library last fall. Never got around to reading it.
    This past week I bought with credit at a used book store:
    SHIPS – A STUNNING VISUAL HISTORY OF SHIPS by Richard Humble – a large picture book.
    AMAZING BUILDINGS with cut away view of buildings throughout history.
    SACRED FIRE – poetry and prose by Nancy Wood and paintings by Frank Howell
    The first 4 to share with my grandsons, the last for my enjoyment.

    Mail –
    HEART OF THE WITCH by Alicia Dean – won on a blog
    THE WILD MARQUIS by Miranda Neville – won on a blog
    IN FOR A PENNY by Rose Lerner – won on a blog
    ALDER FOOD from Debbie Macomber for sharing some recipes
    and a lovely sterling silver Claddagh necklace from a website drawing on author Skhye Moncrief’s site.

  4. I love what your mailbox has. The Threadbare Heart is on my TRL now as well as 100 Cupboards. Payl Revere was an interesting man and I love reading biographies and books on history.Thanks for sharing.
    Carol L.

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