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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mailbox Mayhem (Aug 30 - Sept 5)

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In My Mailbox is hosted Sundays at The Story Siren.  Mailbox Monday's host for September is Bermuda Onion . Please visit these posts and take a look at what packages everybody else got this week!

by Susan Meissner

Love is a choice you make every day.

Content in her comfortable marriage of twenty-two years, Jane Lindsay had never expected to watch her husband, Brad, pack his belongings and walk out the door of their Manhattan home. But when it happens, she feels powerless to stop him and the course of events that follow Brad's departure.

Jane finds an old ring in a box of relics from a British jumble sale and discovers a Latin inscription in the band along with just one recognizable word: Jane.  Feeling an instant connection to the mysterious ring bearing her namesake, Jane begins a journey to learn more about the ring -- and perhaps about herself.

In the sixteenth-century, Lucy Day becomes the dressmaker to Lady Jane Grey, an innocent young woman whose fate seems to be controlled by a dangerous political and religious climate, one threatening to deny her true love and pursuit of her own interests.

As the stories of both Janes dovetail through the journey of one ring, it becomes clear that each woman has far more influence over her life than she once imagined.  It all comes down to the choices each makes despite the realitites they face.

Song of the Silent Harp (Emerald Ballad Series - Book 1)
by BJ Hoff

Nora Kavanagh has already lost her husband and young daughter.  Now she lives in fear of losing her home...

Nora and her young son, Daniel, have only one hope for survival, the poet/patriot -- and love of Nora's youth -- Morgan Fitzgerald.  But his involvement with a band of Irish rebels keeps him in constant danger and puts the possibility of a future for him and those he loves in jeopardy.

Michael Burke, a close childhood friend of both Nora and Morgan, left his homeland for America and is now a New York City policeman.  A widower with a difficult, rebellious son, he still remembers Nora with love and fondness and wants nothing more than to help her escape the cataclysmic potato famine and build a new life...with him.

From bestselling author BJ Hoff, this panoramic epic of love, faith, and adventure follows three memorable characters in their quest for survival and courage and hope.

Heart of the Lonely Exile (Emerald Ballad Series - Book 2)
by BJ Hoff

Nora Kavanagh and her young son, Daniel, fled their home in famine-ravaged Ireland in hopes of building a better life in America...

Now they struggle to survive in their new and unfamiliar country.  Even with the friendship and help of a wealthy, influential American family and the affection of fellow immigrant Evan Whittaker, Nora finds herself caught in a conflict of the heart.

Michael Burke, a dedicated and resolute New York City policeman, desperately wants to keep his promise to his best friend, Morgan Fitzgerald, to marry Nora and protect her.  But Nora's instincts urge her to resist Michael's proposal and instead follow her heart in a different direction.  Her personal struggle is complicated by the heartaches from the homeland that continue to plague her.

Heart of the Lonely Exile continues the saga of the Kavanagh pilgrimage -- a journey of the soul in a strange new land, where all those who are exiles and aliens seek to finally find their true home.

A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change series)
by Julie Lessman

What happens when the boy she loved to hate becomes the man she hates to love?

The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O'Connor is the epitome of the new woman -- smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law.  Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband -- good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and eating out of her hand.  But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Luke McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes fact-to-face with a choice.  Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack?  Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?

by Judge Glenda Hatchett

Judge Glenda Hatchett, popular speaker and host of her own Emmy-nominated television show, shares the vital strategies for success she has learned from years of experience both in and out of the courtroom.

For nearly ten yeas, Judge Hatchett has delighted TV audiences with a brand of justice that turns the everyday into something eminently watchable.  Each week on her nationally syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, she hands down unique sentences that help litigants weigh their choices in the balance of future consequences.

Now, Judge Hatchett shares with you the insightful philosophy behind her sometimes-offbeat but always effective techniques, focusing each chapter on a particular life skill or inspirational thought.

Real-life courtroom dramas and compelling personal stories illustrate the universal wisdom in these pages.  At age six, Hatchett discovered that African-American schoolchildren didn't receive new schoolbooks, but copies salvaged by teachers. She went to her father, believing with the faith of a child that he could set the world right.  His advice, when the world isn't fair and isn't right: "Glenda, write your own story, the kind you want to find in a book all your own."  His words proved to be universal advise we can all apply:  Take charge of your life, and live it with passion and purpose.  Imploring you to write your own story, Judge Hatchett shares practical ways to discover your gifts, be real about your reality, overcome setbacks with hope, and take on challenging circumstances while remaining true to yourself.

Interactive as well as inspirational, Dare to Take Charge guides you to ask reflective questions that lead to moments of self-discovery and a defined pathway to healing.  Challenging you to study the positive with the same interest and intensity that you study the negative, Judge Hatchett uncovers the potential you possess to live a grace-filled, successful life.

French Letters: Engaged in War (French Letters Trilogy - Book 2)
by Jack Woodville London

Engaged in War is the story of Will Hastings, a young Army doctor from Tierra, Texas, who arrives in Normandy amidst the D-Day landings and soon finds himself walking a moral tightrope between saving lives and a growing urge to avenge the death of his brother, his friends and the loss of control over his life.  Isolated and unaware of troubles brewing back home, his story unfolds first in the make-shift field surgery and then on the battlefield, where he is wounded and then ordered to leave the field hospital and give testimony in a military court martial.  One misstep in his account could lead to the death penalty for his best friend or the prosecution of the country girl who saved his life.

What did you get in your mailbox?


bermudaonion said...

You always get the best variety of books! French Letters looks good, but I would want to come in on book 2 of a trilogy. Enjoy!

Elysium said...

You had great books! Lady in Waiting sounds good. Enjoy your books!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Love the buffalos!!

Nancy at 5MinutesforBooks got French Letters last week. It's popular this week.


Cathy said...

What a wonderful variety of books. Happy reading!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

Great mailbox! I read the Hoff books last week and loved them. I got Lady in Waiting and A Hope Undaunted this week too. Enjoy!!!

Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

wow, I want all of these books! Enjoy. Happy reading...

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What a nice variety! Hope you enjoy them.

Here's what I got:

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Bibliophile By the Sea said...

These are all new to me; enjoy

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

These are all new to me and look very good. I hope you enjoy them all!

Kate said...

How neat that you got to review Lady in Waiting! That was on my list of promising books coming out in September.
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