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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mailbox Monday (July 18, 2011)

 Mailbox Monday's host for July is Gwendolyn B. at A Sea of Books. 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 Very Thought of You
by Rosie Alison

England, 31 August 1939: The world is on the brink of war.  As Hitler prepares to invade Poland, thousands of children are evacuated from London to escape the impending Blitz.  Torn from her mother, eight-year-old Anna Sands is relocated with other children to a large Yorkshire estate, which has been opened up to evacuees by Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton, an enigmatic, childless couple.  Soon Anna gets drawn into their unraveling relationship, seeing things that are not meant for her eyes and finding herself part witness and part accomplice to a love affair with unforeseen consequences.  A story of longing, loss and complicated loyalties, combining a sweeping narrative with subtle psychological observation, The Very Thought of You is not just a love story but a story about love.

Destiny of the Republic
by Candice Millard

In the vein of The Devil in the White City and from the New York Times bestselling author of The River of Doubt, a relentlessly compelling narrative about an extraordinary episode in American history now largely forgotten -- in 1880 James A. Garfield, a truly remarkable man, was elected president by acclamation, only to be shot by a madman.

Safe From the Sea
by Peter Geye

Set against the powerful lakeshore landscape of northern Minnesota, Safe from the Sea is a heartfelt novel in which a son returns home to reconnect with his estranged and dying father thirty-five years after the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes ore boat that the father only partially survived and that has divided them emotionally ever since.  When his father for the first time finally tells the story of the horrific disaster he has carried with him so long, it leads the two men to reconsider each other.  Meanwhile, Noah's own struggle to make a life with an absent father has found its real reward in his relationship with his sagacious wife, Natalie, whose complications with infertility issues have marked her husband's life in ways he only fully realizes as the reconciliation with his father takes shape.

Never Been Bit
by Lydia Dare

Alex Mac Quarrie's after-life has become an endless search for pleasure in an effort to overcome his shame and despair.  Wandering through the seedy world of London's demimonde, he's changed into a dark and fearsome creature even he doesn't recognize. . .

After watching each of her coven sisters happily marry, Sorcha Ferguson is determined to capture a suppernatural husband of her very own.  Then she finds herself embroiled in an atrocious scandal and has to bring to heel more mystical gentlemen than she knows what to do with. . .

Over his dead body is Alec going to allow this lovely, radiant innocent to throw herself away on an unworthy cad, but that leaves him responsible for her, and he's the worst monster of them all. . .

52 Ways to Wow Your Husband
by Pam Farrel
Need some tips on how to wow your husband and add spark to your marriage?  Pam Farrel, coauthor of the bestselling Men Are Like Waffles -- Women Are Like Spaghetti, delivers this and more in her creative woman-to-woman style through inspirational stories, godly advice, and easy-to-read offerings that include:
  • wow assignments: simple ways to support, love, and encourage your man
  • wow wisdom: Bible verses and wise words to help you cover your spouse with prayer
  • wow dates: creative ideas for everything from simple activities to weekend getaways

Whether you're a newlywed, married with kids, or an empty nester, you'll appreciate these ideas crafted for your busy life.  You can try one a week for a year or take on a few at a time to create an unforgettable rendezvous and deepen your spiritual, emotional, and physical bond with your mate.

Past Midnight
by Mara Purahagen

I don't believe in ghosts.  Unfortunately, they believe in me. . .

Let me set the record straight.  My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV. . . no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show.  And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed.  Something happened on my parents' research trip in Charleston -- and now I'm being stalked by some truly frightening other beings.  Trying to fit into a new school and keeping my parents' creepy occupation a secret from my friends -- and potential boyfriends -- is hard enough without having angry spirits whispering in my ear.  All I ever wanted was to be normal, but with the ghosts of my past and present colliding, now I just want to make it out of high school alive. . .

My Life Undecided
by Jessica Brody

Having never once made a good decision for herself, fifteen-year-old Brooklyn Pierce starts a blog and asks her readers to take over her life.  But she's about to learn that who you fall in love with isn't a choice.  Jessica Brody once again delivers an utterly original, fast paced comedy with a message teens will appreciate:  it's okay to make mistakes.

The Girl is Murder
by Kathryn Miller Raines

Fifteen-year-old Iris Anderson is only too happy to help out at her father's detective agency.  The only problem is. . . he doesn't want her help.

It's the Fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing.  Before the war she led an idyllic, happy childhood with her parents.  Then her father went off to war, losing his leg and his ability to do the physically grueling part of his detective work.  Iris is dying to help, especially when she discovers that one of Pop's cases involves a student at her school.

Now, instead of sitting at home watching Deanna Durbin movies, Iris is double-crossing her friends, and dancing at the Savoy till all hours of the night.  There's certainly never a dull moment in the private eye business.

by Jill S. Alexander

Paisley Tillery is the drummer for a country rock band.  If they can make it to the stage at the Texapalooza music fest, then Paisley will be closer to her dream of a career in music and a ticket out of her small Texas town.

Drumming and music are what Paisley has always wanted.  Until the band gets a new lead singer, the boy from Paradise, Texas.  With Paradise in her life, what Paisley wants, and what she needs, complicate her dreams coming true.

Flirt Club
by Kathleen Daly

A book about life, love, and the pursuit of boyfriends. . .

Izzy and Annie (a.k.a. Cisco and the Bean) are two eighth graders with a passion for performing and a paucity of male companionship.

What to do?  Go on the offensive and start Flirt Club, a self-help group for the similarly afflicted!  Cathleen Daly's debut novel will split your sides and touch your heart.  Think Gossip Girl with a touch of Glee plus a brain, a heart, and a whole lot of charm.

It is also garage sale time!  The following books I picked up at local garage sales.

The Pull of the Moon: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)

Happy Reading!


bermudaonion said...

Safe from the Sea is supposed to be outstanding! I hope you love it!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Safe From The Sea looks very good. I received The Very Thought Of You. I think we are in for a treat as it has been getting fantastic reviews. Enjoy all your books, Kristi!

Shirley said...

Nice IMM!! Several here look really good. Enjoy!

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