Monday, January 18, 2016

Mailbox Monday - January 18

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Happy Monday, everyone! I didn't participate in this meme last week because I had a very sad, empty mailbox. That is certainly not the case this week.

I only got a tiny bit of reading done, but some is sure better than none. Work is hectic. I thought real estate was supposed to be slow during the winter. Actually, the weather is helping out with that. We have only had a couple of inches of snow this winter. I'm okay with it now that Christmas is over.

Speaking of Christmas, the final tree was taken down yesterday. I guess it's time to think of spring.

Now, on to books.

This one arrived directly from author Charlotte Hubbard. I'm grateful she reached out to me and asked if I wanted an ARC. This is the first book in her new series.

It's a better life, a fresh start--and a heaven-sent second chance. Founded by three Amish sisters determined to put misfortune behind them, Promise Lodge is a colony where faith's abiding promise can be fulfilled--and love can make all things new…

Energetic widow Mattie Bender Schwartz is working day and night to get Promise Lodge going. She's also hoping the change will help her son Noah's heart to heal after his broken engagement. But his former fiancée, Deborah, is looking for a fresh start too. Filled with regret, and cast out by her dat for a reason she can't yet reveal, Deborah can only pray Noah will forgive her foolishness.

Deborah is the last person Noah expected to show up at Promise Lodge. But with her cruel words still ringing in his head, he's reluctant to accept her apology--even if the Old Order ways demand he try. If only he could obey Christ's most important commandment: love one another. But one thing is certain--his mother and aunts, and their beloved Preacher Amos, will do their best to help him get there.

These next three I picked up for free as leftovers from the church tag sale.

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.

The little beach house on Martha's Vineyard has a rickety porch and no closets, but the gorgeous location is unbeatable--and more than enough to entice three total strangers into a house share for the summer. . .

At first, the only thing Gincy, Danielle, and Clare have in common is a desire to spend weekends away from the city. No-nonsense Gincy has worked hard to leave her small-town childhood behind. Danielle grew up with every advantage and is looking for a husband who'll fit neatly into her pampered life, while Clare is enjoying a last burst of independence before marrying her ambitious fiancé. Yet lazy beach days and warm, conversation-filled nights forge an unexpected connection. And over the course of one eventful summer, Gincy, Danielle, and Clare will discover that friendship isn't always measured in how well you know a person's past--but in opening each other's eyes to everything the future could hold. . .

The spirit of motherhood is the spirit of love—and how better to capture that special feeling than in three glorious new stories from three favorite Silhouette authors?

Nurturing, caring, trust and—most of all—love. Those are the true foundations of motherhood, a secret Jilly Winston would come to learn....

These ones were Kindle books I picked up. Most were free, but I pre-ordered Colleen Coble's book because the price went up once it was released.

The plan is simple: kidnap the daughter of Senate candidate Richard McClaine, take the money and run. Nobody gets hurt, the kid goes home alive.

Twenty-two-year-old car thief Kelsey Money thinks it’s the worst idea Matt and his drug-fueled brother have ever come up with. But Matt’s the planner. He’s the one Kelsey has always depended on.

Then she discovers she only knew half the plan. By the time she finds out the rest, she’s been framed for murder, and six-year-old Holly McClaine won’t be found alive.

Across town, Elizabeth McClaine has no idea what her daughter was wearing when she disappeared. When Holly was born with Down syndrome and a cleft palate, Elizabeth placed her only child in the care of a nanny while she fought postpartum depression.

But when Holly is kidnapped and Elizabeth discovers the detective leading the hunt has already failed one kidnapped child, Elizabeth knows she cannot fail hers.

Now both women have twenty-four hours to find Holly. Because in twenty-five, she’ll be dead.

The Candidate's Daughter is a fast-paced and gripping story about love and loss, failure and redemption, about mothers and daughters and the bonds between them.

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart and left—without a word—years ago.

When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

London, 1816

Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, burned out, fighting melancholia, his career ended. His interest is piqued when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. Lacey's search for the girl leads to the discovery of murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld. At the same time, he struggles with his own transition from a soldier's life to the civilian world, redefining his role with his former commanding officer, and making new friends--from the top of society to the street girls of Covent Garden.

Artist and ex-actress Libby Sarjeant is busy directing a play for the opening of a new theatre in her village when one of her cast is found murdered. The play, written by her friend Peter, is based on real events in his family, disturbing and mysterious, which took place in the village during the last war.

As the investigation into the murder begins to uncover a tangled web of relationships in the village, it seems that the events dramatised in the play still cast a long shadow, dark enough to inspire murder.

Libby’s natural nosiness soon leads her into the thick of the investigation, but is she too close to Peter’s family, and in particular his cousin Ben, to be able to recognise the murderer?

What appeared in your mailbox last week? Hope you enjoy your haul.


  1. I have my eye toward Spring too, even though we still have a long ways to go for the Winter. Enjoy all of your new books and have a great week.

  2. Being busy at work is a good thing in the real estate business! A Prayer for Owen Meany is sooo good.

  3. It's great what you can get at book sales. I love historical fiction so The Hanover Affair caught my eye. Enjoy your reading week!

  4. Agreed, some reading is better than none. Enjoy your new books. They all look good!

  5. Very nice mailbox and week.

    I love the cover of The Summer of Us. I wish it were summer here. It is below zero...brrrr.

    Have a wonderful reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  6. Hi Cheryl,

    What a great mailbox this week, you have certainly been lucky!

    A couple of your finds also caught my eye 'The Candidate's Daughter' is certainly intriguing and deals with some quite difficult issues.

    'Murder In Steeple Martin' is definitely much slower paced, but sounds good as a traditional police procedural and murder/mystery.

    I am just as happy reading books at either end of the thriller spectrum.

    'The Summer Of Us' probably wins best cover art this week.

    Thanks for sharing and just keep reading whenever you can, so long as you enjoy it, that's all that counts :)


  7. Look at the plethora of comments! Thanks so much, everyone. Mondays are my favorite days here.

    Pat, it's been really cold here lately and we are due for our first big snow storm this weekend. I'm thinking Spring will be feeling far away by Sunday night.

    Bermudaonion, thanks for the heads up on A Prayer for Owen Meany. I don't think I've read anything else by this author.

    Historical fiction is a favorite of mine, too, Laura.

    I agree, Mary: at least I am getting a bit of reading in.

    I love stopping by your blog, Laurel. You have such engaging posts. Well, all of you do, but it's nice to see the family photos or house photos you have.

    Sounds like you've had enough of winter, Elizabeth. My goal is to retire down in North Carolina one day. Want to join me?

    Yvonne, I read a lot on the thriller spectrum too. Oh, how much I would read if I weren't working. The Summer of Us was definitely brought home because of the cover.

    Thanks again for the comments. Hope you all have a great week.