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Monday, February 22, 2016

In My Mailbox...

In My Mailbox... I've received some wonderful books last week! And I decided I would join in on the fun sharing them with you and the other bloggers participating in Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday is a weekly event for bloggers to share what books arrived in their mailboxes. Mailbox Monday was originally created by Marcia of To Be Continued and is now hosted by Vicki, Serena and Leslie at Mailbox Monday's own blog.

I was so excited to open up my mailbox this week! In particular was a book from romance writer Sharon Struth! When I went to see the movie Love Between the Covers on Valentine's Day, Sharon was one of the romance writers who belonged to the local branch of the Romance Writers of American, known as CoLoNy, that was helping out with the movie. The women of CoLoNy had a lovely table set up with some swag and a nice display of the books that some of the ladies in the group had published. It was fun to meet local authors and chit chat with them. Though I did not get to actually meet Sharon that day, we chatted afterwards online and she asked me if I'd like to review her book! Of Course I would! The movie was inspiring, but so are these women who've actually been there and gone through the whole process from start to finish! Sharon has published 4 books, and has generously sent along Harvest Moon. Here's the blurb from the publishers...

Trent Jamieson isn’t one for virtual romance, but there’s something about the intriguing woman he meets on the Internet he can’t resist. Then the small town bachelor discovers the mystery woman who shares her secrets with him online is the laced-up librarian in his self-defense class! Veronica Sussingham may just be his toughest student yet. Because how can he show the vulnerable beauty that some men are worth letting your guard down for?

Veronica returned to her hometown seeking shelter for her shattered spirit. The last thing she needs is a blue-eyed charmer who wants to show her how to live—and love—again. Then she discovers Trent is not just another admirer, but a man who knows her deepest secrets. Now Veronica must choose between running from her past—or finding future happiness with the kind of man she swore she’d never fall for….

Doesn't Harvest Moon sound like fun?! I love the idea that Trent and Veronica start a relationship of sorts online and then Trent figures out that the mystery woman he's been chatting up online is the "laced-up" librarian in his hometown! I can't wait to dive into this one this week! Keep your eye out for my review.
Courtesy of Penguin, I have an eGalley of I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh on my eReader. It's a psychological thriller, said to be the next "Girl on the Train", with a lot of positive buzz and a twist at the end that seems to be taking everyone by surprise and, which will take me 384 pages to get to!  I've enjoyed these thrillers as of late and look forward to riding along for the investigation. And don't you just love that cover?! Here's the blurb from the publishers...

On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . . I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them. 
I also received a copy of Meg Cabot's, Remembrance, which is another fun installment in her Mediator series. Basically, her protagonist, Suze can talk to the dead and it always leads to trouble and little romance. Here's the book blurb...  

Suze Simon—all grown up and engaged to her once-ghostly soulmate—faces a vengeful spirit and an old enemy bent on ending Suze's wedded bliss before it begins. All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight. From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?

Love Meg Cabot and her writing. It's fresh and tinged with just the right amount of wry humor! Thank you William Morrow!

I also did win a copy of the audiobook of Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington from LibraryThing and Algonquin Books...

Six-year-old Rocky worships his older brother Paul - 16 and full of rebel cool, smoking cigarettes, driving around in his Nova blasting Neil Young - until the day Paul, in an ill-advised act of vengeance against their father, picks Rocky up from school and nearly leaves him for dead in the woods. Paul then runs off with his beautiful, fragile girlfriend, never to be heard from again. Eight years later Rocky is a teenager himself. Although he's never forgotten the abandonment of his boyhood hero, he's now getting over it, with the help of the wealthy neighbors' daughter, Patricia, 10 years his senior, who has taken him as her lover. Rocky's in love - or thinks he is - but the affair sets off a sequence of events that bring ruin to the lives of both families.

It's been a long time since I've listened to an audiobook and I look forward to relaxing to someone else reading to me for a while! This has been on my TBR list too!

That's my mailbox this past week, what kind of books arrived on your doorstep?! Hop on over to Mailbox Monday and check out what everyone found waiting for them!

Happy reading... Suzanne


Elizabeth said...

Very nice mailbox.

I like Only Love Can Break Your Heart.

Have a wonderful reading week.

Can't believe it is the last week of February.

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Harvee said...

Looking forward to reading Remembrance. Nice list of books! Enjoy!

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Elizabeth!
I can't believe it's the last week in Feb. either! I only wish the weather would stop teasing us and be warm without snow permanently! ;-)

Suzanne Yester said...

Thanks Harvee! I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Remembrance too!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I enjoy contemporary romance so Harvest Moon just went on my To Read list at Goodreads. Have a great week!

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Mary,
Yes, I just started Harvest Moon this morning and am enjoying it! Writing is good and the story captured my attention. Happy that I was able to feed that "list"!

The Truth About Books said...

Nice haul in your mailbox. Enjoy your books.

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Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

I've always been curious about Meg Cabot but have yet to read any of her books. Thanks for visiting my blog and enjoy your new titles!

Martha Eskuchen said...

I especially like the sound of Harvest Moon and I Let You Go.
Only Love Can Break Your Heart sounds a bit sinister. I'll be interested in your comments on all for these.
Happy Reading!

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

I won the same audiobook from LibraryThing! I hope we both enjoy it. It was on my TBR list too.

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

I hadn't heard of "I let you go" but it sounds good, and it's definitely my type of reading. Enjoy your new books! :)

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