Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday Mailbox

I'm starting to think I should rename this weekly post, Kristen's Weakness Continues or Gluttony Really Isn't Such a Mortal Sin, Is It? Yes, I had to get a gift or two for someone else and if I'm buying for them, I'm buying for me, natch. ;-) This past two weeks' mailbox arrivals:

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman came from me for myself.

About a woman who will do anything to save her mother's life, including sacrificing her own and changing the past, this looks fantastic.  (Yes, there's time travel involved.)

Perfect Meringues by Laurie Graham came from me for myself.

Do I need more than the awesome title as a reason to read this? Not really but the premise also sounds delicious, a TV cook and single mom who needs to find her own life outside of television.

Last of the Summer Moet by Wendy Holden came from me for myself.

It's been a long time since I've read one of Wendy Holden's books and I remember them as fun and frothy so I'm looking forward to this one about an editor at a glossy magazine and her exciting and glamorous friends.

Four by Andy Jones came from me for myself.

A novel about three longtime close friends, two of whom are married to each other, and the woman who is the new fourth, this could have all sorts of repercussions and craziness to it and I can't wait!

The Vintage Cinema Club by Jane Linfoot came from me for myself.

A novel about three friends who run a vintage business, this looks like retro fun.

The Last of the Greenwoods by Clare Morrall came from me for myself.

Two brothers who live in side by side railway carriages but never speak receive a letter from a sister they thought long dead--murdered. What's the truth? And how does it connect to the reclusive woman helping her only friend restore an old railway line on his father's property? I feel like I should insert a "dun dun dun..." here!

Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain came from me for myself.

I want to live in this cover! About a woman running from her soon to be ex husband who stumbles into the perfection of Nightingale Square, becomes involved in the community, and must help to save it from developers, this looks completely scrummy.

The Reinvention of Love by Helen Humphreys came from me for myself.

Helen Humphreys is amazing so I can't wait to dive into this early book of hers about a man who meets Victor Hugo but is most drawn to Hugo's wife. A setting of Paris during the reign of Napoleon III doesn't hurt either.

The Coffee Shop Book Club by assorted authors came from me for myself.

A collection of stories about love and fidelity benefiting Breast Cancer Care by some of the biggest names in women's fiction, this is the perfect October read, right?

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor came from TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for a blog tour.

I might have mentioned once or twice that I have a thing for water and books set by water of any kind. I also have romantic ideas about living in a lighthouse, away from other people, just accompanied by my books. Since that isn't going to happen, I like to read about people who have chosen such a remote life (even if it is much harder than what I like to imagine) so this one about a lighthouse keeper's daughter who becomes a heroine in England after she rescues shipwreck survivors and a young, pregnant Irish woman 100 years later who is banished to Rhode Island to live with a relative at a lighthouse there and the thread that ties the two women together is tailor made for me.

The Importance of Being Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen came from me for myself.

Ireland, relationship, an adult woman moving back in with her mam, and a girl's trip to Vegas all combine for what promises to be a funny and delightful read.

Papa Goose by Michael Quetting came from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Aside from the fact that goslings grow up to be geese (nasty creatures, geese), how could you not want to read a memoir about a guy who becomes a father to seven fuzzy goslings, from incubator to air, all in the name of science? It could even change my mind about geese. (Nah.)

A Home at Honeysuckle Farm by Christie Barlow came from me for myself.

A child who is moved from the family home to New York for reasons she doesn't understand comes back 13 years later and her friendship with a local man seems to be making everyone nervous. Sounds deliciously fun, right?

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Mamen Sanchez came from me for myself.

When a stuffy Englishman is sent to Madrid to shut down a failing literary magazine, he disappears. The five Spanish women who run the magazine will do anything to save their jobs.  So what have they done with him?  I do love a good literary caper and this one looks fantastic.

Lady Fortescue Steps Out by M.C. Beaton came from me for myself.

I picked up the third one of the series at the bookstore so of course I need the first to start with, right?  This is therefore the first in the Poor Relations series.  Besides, I can't resist a novel about a hotel where upper crust poor relations wait on and work for the guests.

The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper came from me for myself.

A mom with a neurological condition that causes her to sing when she's nervous, a father who left his family after something terrible happened, and two teenagers trying to deal with what life throws their way, this sounds like a wonderful and heartbreaking novel.

If you want to see the marvelous goodies in other people's mailboxes, make sure to visit Mailbox Monday and have fun seeing how we are all doing our part to keep the USPS and delivery services viable.

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