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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mailbox Monday/In My Mailbox 9-21-2009

Mailbox Monday is hosted at The Printed Page or In Your Mailbox at The Story Siren. Please stop by those posts and take a look at what packages everybody else got this week!

Only You by Deborah Grace Staley

I won this book from J.Kaye at J.Kaye's Book Blog.

A charming romance about the lives and loves of people in a small Tennessee town. In the tradition of Debbie Macomber. "Hey, ya'll. Dixie Ferguson here. I run Ferguson's Diner in Angel Ridge, Tennessee. Population three hundred forty-five. It's a picturesque town in the valley of the Little Tennessee River, established in 1785. In the early days, its first families--the McKays, the Wallaces, the Houstons, the Joneses, and, of course, the Craigs--staked their claims on hundreds of acres of the richest bottom land anyone had ever seen. After all the years I've spent behind the counter at Ferguson's, I could probably tell ya'll a story about near everyone in town. But we only have so much time, so I'll narrow it down to just two for now. This is a story about coming home. It's also a story about acceptin' folks for who they are. You could say it's a story about Josie Allen, a librarian, and Cole Craig, a handyman, but I say it's a story about finding love where you'd least expect to." (Amazon)

Only You (Book 1, The Angel Ridge Series)
Publisher/Publication Date: Bell Bridge Books, May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9821756-3-7
208 pages

The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall

I received this for a book Random House book tour in October - There will also be a giveaway!

Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store and serves as a contact between Amish craftsmen and Englischer retailers. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart every day, and she still wears dark dresses to indicate her mourning of her fiance. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow in an Englischer store, something deep inside bet's soul responds, and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work.

Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after meeting Jonah, the artist, she is determined that Beth come to know this man whose hands create healing art. But it's not that simple--Beth has cut herself off from any possibility of romance. Will Lizzy's elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth new hope and a second chance at real love--or just more heartbreak? (book jacket)

The Sound of Sleigh Bells
Publisher/Publication Date: Waterbrook Press, October 2009
ISBN: 978-0-307-44653-4
208 pages

Last Breath by Brandilyn Collins and Amberly Collins

I received this for a First Wild Card Tour in October.

With his last breath, a dying man whispered four stunning words into Shaley O'Connor's ear.

The exciting and suspenseful Rayne Tour series features sixteen-year-old Shaley O'Connor, on tour with her mother's popular band. Shaley lives in a whirlwind of backstage secrets, hotels, and limo. With beauty and fame of her own, Shaley wants for nothing. . . except the one thing she can't have.

Shaley is reeling after two murders on the Rayne concert tour. But she has no time to rest. If the dying man's claim is right, the danger is far from over.

Shaley's quest for the truth leads to the mysterious and wrenching past of her mother and father. Could what happened to them so many years ago threaten Shaley's life now? (back cover)

Last Breath
Publisher/Publication Date: Zondervan, Oct 2009
ISBN: 978-0-310-71540-5
240 pages

Night of Flames: A Novel of World War II
by Douglas W. Jacobson

I received this for an October book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion.

What price would you pay to keep your soul?

In 1939 the Germans invade Poland, setting off a rising storm of violence and destruction. For Anna and Ian Kopernik the loss is unimaginable. Anna's father is deported to a death camp, and Anna must flee to Belgium where she joins the Resistance. Meanwhile, Jan escapes with the battered remnants of the Polish army to Britain. When British intelligence asks him to return to Poland in an undercover mission to contact the Resistance, he seizes the chance to search for his missing wife. (back cover)

Night of Flames
Publisher/Publication Date: McBooks Press, Oct 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59013-166-4
384 pages

Pendragon's Banner by Helen Hollick

I received this book from Sourcebooks.

Three years have passed since the mists cleared to reveal the Pendragon Banner triumphant. Arthur is king. But the crown, once won, must be defended.

He is a man about whom legends will be told. With his loyal and fiercely valiant wife Gwenhwyfar by his side, and three sons to his name, twenty-four-year-old King Arthur takes on the burden of a country battling for its very soul.

But before the harpers sing of glory, before the tales of brave daring and skill, a young man must win his place as the greatest warrior of all Britain. . .and the greatest king of all time. (back cover)

Pendragon's Banner (Book 2, The Pendragon's Banner Trilogy)
Publisher/Publication Date: Sourcebooks Landmark, Sept 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4022-1889-7
496 pages

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
by Allison Hoover Bartlett

I received this through the Library Thing Early Reviewer program.

John Charles Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him. Journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett befriended both eccentric characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure. With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, she not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes and how Sanders ultimately caught him, but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them. Immersing the reader in a rich, wide world of literary obsession, Bartlett looks at the history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages, to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love. (back cover)

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
Publisher/Publication Date: Riverhead Hardcover, Sept 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59448-891-7
288 pages

What books found a new home with you this week?


gautami tripathy said...

Thats a lot of books. Hope you like them all.

Musing/Mailbox Mondays

bermudaonion said...

You got quite the variety of books last week! I could use Night of Flames for the WWII challenge.

DCMetroreader said...

I've noticed The Man Who Loved Books Too Much on several blogs. I have decided I want to read it for its title alone. Enjoy your haul!

Here is my Monday post http://metroreader.blogspot.com/2009/09/mailbox-monday-september-21st.html

Amy @ Passages to the Past said...

Woo Hoo - awesome books! I also received Pendragon's Banner, which I was pretty excited about because I loved the first novel in the series.

Have a good week!

My mailbox: http://passagestothepast.blogspot.com/2009/09/mailbox-monday.html

Beth said...

That's alot of good books. The Night Of Flames sounds really good. Love Cindy Woodsmall too. I hope you enjoy them all.

Zia said...

Looks like you had a great book week. I enjoyed the Man Who Loved Books Too Much and you have a couple of others that are on my TBR list.

kaye said...

I'll have to read Pendragons Banner, and you had some other quite interesting looking books posted. Thanks for the heads up. If you want to wander down my road I’m home.

Anna said...

I'm almost done with Night of Flames. So far, I really like it. I'm looking forward to your thoughts.

My mailbox post is here.

Diary of an Eccentric

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Wow - you received some really great books last week. I'd love to read Sleigh Bells, and actually really liked the first book in the Brandilyn/Amberly series.

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

Mary said...

They all sound good but I have to say "Only You" really sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Hope you do as well : )

Yvonne said...

Great list of books! Only You sounds really good. Enjoy them!


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