Mailbox Monday

10 Oct

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.  Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia of A Girl and Her Books and is being hosted by Savvy Verse and Wit.



Here’s what I got last week:

House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson.  When her father orchestrates a surprise trip to the summer house of her childhood, Bailee Cooper is unprepared for what follows. What is intended to be a happy reunion for Bailee and her sisters, Geena and Piper, quickly becomes shrouded by memories from the past.

Together again, the three sisters sift through their recollections of fifteen years ago… of an ill mother, and of their father making a desperate choice. They vowed, as children, to be silent–but one sister believes the truth must now be revealed. Yet can they trust their memories?



The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund.  Priscilla White and Dr. Eli Ernest both feel God’s call to missionary work. So when they learn that their board will no longer send single men and women into the field, the two agree to an in-name-only marriage. Will their minds—and hearts—be tested and changed by the hardships of the journey west?




For Review:

The Bone House by Stephen Lawhead.  Kit is on a quest for the ultimate treasure. But are his travels in time changing history for better or worse?  When Kit Livingstone’s great grandfather appeared to him in a deserted alley during a London rainstorm, he revealed an incredible story: the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend but are in fact pathways to other worlds. An intricate code–a map of bizarre symbols–is the roadmap they need to navigate the multi-layered universe. But the five pieces have gone missing. Braving constant danger, Kit accepts his place in the adventure–though he has no idea just how critical a role he’ll play.



To Have And To Hold by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller.  When Audrey Cunningham’s father proposes that they move to Bridal Veil Island, where he grew up, she agrees, thinking this will help keep him sober and close to God. But they arrive to find wealthy investors buying up land to build a grand resort on the secluded island–and they want the Cunninghams’ acreage.

Contractor Marshall Graham can’t imagine why the former drinking buddy of his deceased father would beckon him to Bridal Veil Island. And when Boyd Cunningham asks him to watch over Audrey, Marshall is even more confused. He has no desire to be saddled with caring for this fiery young woman who is openly hostile toward him. But when Audrey seems to be falling for another man–one who has two little girls Audrey adores–Marshall realizes she holds more of his heart than he realized. Which man will Audrey choose? And can she hold on to her ancestral property in the face of overwhelming odds?


Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love.  Ada Wentworth, a young Bostonian, journeys to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, in the years following the Civil War. Alone and nearly penniless following a broken engagement, Ada accepts a position as a lady’s companion to the elderly Lillian Willis, a pillar of the community and aunt to the local lumber mill owner, Wyatt Caldwell. Ada intends to use her millinery skills to establish a hat shop and secure her future.

Haunted by unanswered questions from her life in Boston, Ada is most drawn to two townsfolks: Wyatt, a Texan with big plans of his own, and Sophie, a mulatto girl who resides at the Hickory Ridge orphanage. Ada’s friendship with Sophia attracts the attention of a group of locals seeking to displace the residents of Two Creeks, a “colored” settlement on the edge of town. As tensions rise, Ada is threatened but refuses to abandon her plan to help the girl.

When Lillian dies, Ada is left without employment or a place to call home. And since Wyatt’s primary purpose for staying in Hickory Ridge was to watch over his aunt, he can now pursue his dream of owning Longhorns in his home state of Texas. With their feelings for each other growing, Ada must decide whether she can trust God with her future and Wyatt with her heart.


Free For Kindle:

Rain Song by Alice Wisler.  Nicole Michelin avoids airplanes, motorcycles, and most of all, Japan, where her parents once were missionaries. Something happened in Japan…something that sent Nicole and her father back to America alone…something of which Nicole knows only bits and pieces. But she is content with life in little Mount Olive, North Carolina, with her quirky relatives, tank of lively fish, and plenty of homemade pineapple chutney. Through her online column for the Pretty Fishy Web site, she meets Harrison Michaels, who, much to her dismay, lives in Japan. She attempts to avoid him, but his e-mails tug at her heart. Then Harrison reveals that he knew her as a child in Japan. In fact, he knows more about her childhood than she does…

10 Responses to “Mailbox Monday”

  1. Beth(bookaholicmom) October 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    I love Tracie Peterson! I will have to check out her new books! I hope you enjoy all your new reads.

  2. Jenny Q October 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    I’ve got Beyond All Measure and The Doctor’s Lady is on my wishlist! I’ve got The Preacher’s Bride to read, too.

    • rbclibrary October 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

      I have the Preacher’s Bride too. So many books, so little time . . . . Oh well, love those books!

  3. It's Time To Read Mamaw October 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    You have some good reading ahead. I have some of the ones you posted.

  4. Mary October 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    I hope they’re all good reads 🙂

  5. Mystica October 11, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    I like your mix of books – particularly The Doctors Wife and House of Secrets.

  6. sagustocox October 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Looks like you got some good reads.

  7. Leslie October 12, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    You had a busy mailbox last week. They are all new titles for me, hope they are good ones.

  8. Kristi Kendall Herbrand October 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    House of Secrets sounds really good – but so does the free one that you got – Rain Song I think it was? Happy Reading!

  9. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) October 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    House of Secrets looks especially good. Enjoy all your new books!

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