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Monday, March 14, 2011

Mailbox Monday! (Mar 14, 2011)

 Mailbox Monday's host for March is I'm Booking It. 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! 

Night Road
by Kristin Hannah

For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach—are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.

Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy-- until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time her kids leave the house, she worries about them.

On a hot summer’s night her worst fears come true. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.

Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, Night Road raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.

Texas Blue
by Jodi Thomas

Gambling man Lewton Paterson wants to marry into a respectable family, even if it costs him his friendship with Duncan McMurray.  After fleecing a train ticket from one of the three gentlemen picked to call on Duncan's cousins, Lewt makes his way to Whispering Mountain.  But seducing a well-bred woman is harder than Lewt thought, and he realizes that to entice a McMurray sister, he'll need to learn a thing or two about ranching -- and love.

Emily McMurray has no intention of ever getting married, so she convinces a friend to take her place when the suitors arrive, leaving her free to run the ranch as usual.  But when Lewt insists that Em teach him about ranching, she finds herself struggling to keep up both her disquise and the walls around her heart.  Because the more time Em spends with Lewt, the more she desires the man she's determined to escape. . .

Where She Went
by Gayle Forman

It's been three years since Adam's love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it. . .
. . . and three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is L.A. tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend.  When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night.  As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future -- and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, powerful prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

The Floor of Heaven:
A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush
by Howard Blum

Alaska, 1896.  George Carmack, having deserted the Marine Corps for the love of a Native American wife and a mad vision of treasure, makes the biggest gold strike in American history.  In an instant he ignites a worldwide stampede of fortune seekers to the frozen Yukon.

Joining the gold-seeking throngs -- like vultures to carrion -- are Soapy Smith and his misfit gang of con men-cutthroats.  Perhaps the greatest bamboozler the Wild West has ever seen, Soapy is aiming for a big score -- and ultimately, he'll have Carmack in his sights.

Charlie Siringo, a cowboy-detective whose fast draw and gritty ingenuity make him the Pinkerton Agency's best choice to go undercover in Alaska, may be all that stands in Soapy's way -- and the only protection George Carmack has.  But first, Siringo has to solve a maddeningly perplexing crime.

A surprisingly resonant, true tale that is as much about the collision of civilization and the frontier as it is about its three principals, The Floor of Heaven is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction.

Iron House
by John Hart

There was nothing but time at Iron House.

Time to burn, time to kill, and time for Michael to emerge strong and unforgiving while his brother, Julian, became a tormented soul at the orphanage for boys.  Two decades later Michael returns to North Carolina with a sentence on his head, the mob in hot pursuit, and his disturbed brother in trouble of a different kind.

One man destined to break the chains of fate. . .
Iron House is a tour de force narrative of loss, courage, redemption, and the unbreakable ties of family set against a backdrop of greed and violence.  This is John Hart at his best.

The Secret of Zoom
by Lynne Jonell

Christina lives in a big, old stone mansion on the edge of a dark forest surrounded by barbed wire. Deep within the forest is the laboratory where her father works—and where her mother was blown to bits years ago. Christina’s father knows just how dangerous the world can be, so he keeps her safe at home, forbidding her from talking to the very interesting orphans down the road. But when an orphan boy named Taft talks to her, she’s thrilled to help him search for a secret tunnel. But soon she discovers there’s more to the orphanage, the lab, and the mystery of her mother’s accident than she ever suspected. Sinister things are in the works—and the secret of zoom is the most dangerous secret of all!

The Silenced
by Brett Battles

Professional "cleaner" Jonathan Quinn has a new client and an odd job:  find and remove the remains of a body hidden twenty years ago inside the walls of a London building, before the building is demolished.

But Quinn and his team are being watched.  Suddenly caught in the cross fire between two dangerous rivals, Quinn must unravel the identity of the body and why it still poses so great a threat even in death.  Because a plot stretching from the former Soviet Union to Hong Kong, from Paris to London, from Los Angeles to Maine, is rapidly falling apart.  And Quinn hasn't been hired just to tie up loose ends -- he is one.

Surrender the Dark
by L.A. Banks

National bestselling author L.A. Banks’s electrifying new paranormal series is set in a sizzling world where Dark and Light are trapped in an eternal struggle for the fate of mankind.

Celeste Jackson has fought all her life against a fog of hallucination and substance abuse, but it’s not until she meets her protector, Azrael, an angel who has left the safety of the Light, that she learns of the evil forces that have been trying to ruin her, and why. A fierce battle for control of the mortal realm is brewing, and only Celeste—with the help of the Remnant, her half-human, half-angel brethren—can stand in the way. Together, Celeste and Azrael must gather an army of sensitives to defeat the dark powers that have ruled humanity for centuries, but time is running out. If Azrael surrenders to his growing desire for Celeste, he risks being trapped among humanity forever. But the longer he stays, the harder she is to resist. To save the world, Celeste must draw on her own dark experiences with addiction to help Azrael overcome the one temptation that could possibly make him an eternal prisoner—his obsession with her.

The Source of All Things
by Tracy Ross

The Source of All Things is a stunning, emotionally wrought story about a woman, her abusive stepfather, and a mistake that has taken thirty years and thousands of miles of raw wilderness to reconcile.  In this astonishing memoir, Tracy Ross does what few abuse victims have the courage to do:  She confronts her own abuser in a compassionate bid for reconciliation.  Unfolding among the achingly gorgeous landscapes of Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, and Alaska, this is a story of one woman's quest to escape her shattered family, and in the process become her own protector.

Tracy grew up in a confusing blend of normal childhood moments and the sickening, secret invasion of her safety.  She despised her stepfather for what he did to her.  But he was also a protective father figure who made her feel smart and brave.  He rescued her mother from deep depression, and shared with Tracy his love of adventure -- the very passion for nature that eventually saved her life.  For Tracy, the outdoors became the setting for her deepest sorrows and greatest joys.  The Source of All Things describes her salvation in the wilderness, and shows how nature, at its most ungoverned, gave her the strength to confront her stepfather and demand the answers that could help her heal.

(The Immortals - Book 3)
by Alyson Noel

I received this one through Paperback Swap.

Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives -- and fought off the world's darkest enemies -- so they could be together forever.  But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen. . . one that could destroy everything.  Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death -- plunging Damen into the Shadowland.  Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick -- and gets help from an unexpected source -- a surfer named Jude.

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar.  Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past.  She's always believed Damen to be her soul mate and one true love -- and she still believes it to be true.  But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever's connection with Jude grows stronger -- and tests her love for Damen like never before. . .

What books came in your mailbox this week?


bermudaonion said...

Wow, so many good books! Where She Went stands out for me.

Mystica said...

This is a good haul of books. Some of them have been seen on the blogs like the Hannah book but others are new to me. Enjoy your reading.

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

Wow! What a great week for you! I recently received Night Road as well and I am SO looking forward to it. The Jodi Thomas book looks like a wonderful spring read. I can't believe that If I Stay is not yet in my bookshelf, and the next one is out ... I need to get crackin'! I'm not going to comment on every single book (even though I also received Iron House, which looks faboo), but I love the mix .... you have something to pick up no matter what your reading mood is! Enjoy them all!


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