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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mailbox Monday (Feb 7, 2011)




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


The Midwife's Confession
by Diane Chamberlain

When Noelle Downie is found dead of an apparent overdose, her best friends Tara and Emerson are left blindsided by her death and struggling with burning questions.  Everything they knew about their longtime friend -- her natural calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family -- portrayed a woman who completely embraced life, not someone suicidal.

Clearing out Noelle's small home, Tara and Emerson encounter old photos, handwritten birth records, and sincere thank you notes from Noelle's former patients -- no hint that Noelle had been unstable during the years leading to her suicide.  But among Noelle's belongings, an unfinished letter is discovered -- a clue to a disturbing past and an unbearable secret.  With just one piece to the puzzle, Tara and Emerson commit to digging deeper for clues, slowly peeling back years of hidden deception that had been silently tearing apart their best friend.

I received a copy of this book from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations and will be reviewing in April.



"What Will Happen to Me?"
by Howard Zehr and Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz

What is life like for a child who has a parent in prison?  This book includes:
  • Photographic portraits of 30 children whose parents are incarcerated, along with their thoughts and reflections, in their own words.
  • Reflections of several grandparents who are unexpectedly parenting children whose parents are incarcerated.
  • "Ten Questions Often Asked by Children."
  • "Dealing with Emotions" - including grief and loss, shame and stigma, anger and isolation.
  • Resources for "Staying in Touch," "Finding Moments of Celebration," "Adjusting to a Parent's Return," "Self-Care for Family Caregivers," and "Suggestions for Third-Party Caregivers."
  • "The Children's Bill of Rights," along with thoughtful consideration about how to apply restorative justice and respect for relationships in these difficult situations.
I received a copy of this book from FSB Associates and will be reviewing it this month.




Love Drunk Cowboy
by Carolyn Brown

She's a self-made city girl. . .
High-powered career woman Austin Lanier suddenly finds herself saddled with an inherited watermelon farm deep in the countryside.  She's determined to sell the farm until drop-dead sexy neighbor cowboy Rye O'Donnell shows up. . .

He's as intoxicating as can be . . .
Rancher Rye O'Donnell thinks he's going to get a good deal on his dream property -- until he meets the fiery new owner.  Rye is knocked sideways when he realizes that not only is Granny Lanier's city-slicker granddaughter a savvy businesswoman, she's also sexy as hell. . .

Suddenly Rye is a whole lot less interested in real estate and a whole lot more focused on getting Austin to set aside her stiletto heels. . .

I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks and will be reviewing in April.


What books came home with you this week?

14 comments:

Mystica said...

I like your Chamberlain book. Sounds quite a story.

bermudaonion said...

The Midwife's Confession should be a good one! Enjoy!

Aisle B said...

What will happen to Me sounds very very intense. I'm going to look this one up since it deals with a raw topic that we do have to face.

I hope these kids will make it despite the hardships of their parents being in jail.

Lu said...

Great mailbox! Enjoy :)

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Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

I also received The Midwife's Confession - it looks great! What Will Happen to Me seems like a book that most of us should read to give us a better understanding of what children of prisoners go through - I think I'm going to have to put that one on my list. Enjoy your reading week!

Laura Fabiani said...

The Midwife's Confession looks really good and the second book sounds like it can be heartbreaking at times. Enjoy your books!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

The Diane Chamberlain book looks good!

Kaye said...

Nice diversity in your mailbox. Have a great week and enjoy your new reads.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I've enjoyed several Chamberlain books...this one is going on my wish list.

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RAnn said...

Chamberlin's last book was good; I hope this one is too.

Majanka Verstraete said...

Love the cover of the Chamberlain book. Enjoy reading! Here's my Mailbox.

TheBookGirl said...

Had not heard about What will happen to me, and it sounds like a fascinating, tho heart-wrenching book. Hope you enjoy them all.

Tribute Books Mama said...

here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/02/mailbox-monday-in-this-way-i-was-saved.html

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

Wow - What Will Happen To Me sounds like a very powerful and probably eye-opening book.

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

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