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Monday, March 7, 2016

In My Mailbox...

In My Mailbox... I've received some great eGalleys 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.

There are too many great books coming out! That really would NEVER be a complaint from me! My eReader is overflowing and I am experiencing reader happiness, but now I have to get to some serious reading!

Here's what eGalley's came my way...

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman...
A heartwarming and hilarious story of a reluctant outsider who transforms a tiny village and a woman who finds love and second chances in the unlikeliest of places.

 Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at sixty-three, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless forty-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis. For the fastidious Britt-Marie, this new world of noisy children, muddy floors, and a roommate who is a rat (literally), is a hard adjustment.

I have wanted to read this since I heard about it. It sounds charming! And I actually started reading this week and am really enjoying it. Britt-Marie is quite a fun character with all her "lists".Thank you to Atria Books!


Hour of The Bees by Lindsay Agar...
Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them. . . .

While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots

This book sounded like a wonderful story of a girl and her grandfather, and a coming-of-age story. I also loved the cover! Thank you to Candlewick Press!


The Beauty of The End by Debbie Howells...
A haunting and heartbreaking new psychological thriller about a man thrust into the middle of a murder investigation, forced to confront the secrets of his ex-lover's past. 

"I was fourteen when I fell in love with a goddess. . ." So begins the testimony of Noah Calaway, an ex-lawyer with a sideline in armchair criminal psychology. Now living an aimless life in an inherited cottage in the English countryside, Noah is haunted by the memory of the beguiling young woman who left him at the altar sixteen years earlier. Then one day he receives a troubling phone call. April, the woman he once loved, lies in a coma, the victim of an apparent overdose--and the lead suspect in a brutal murder. Deep in his bones, Noah believes that April is innocent. Then again, he also believed they would spend the rest of their lives together. 

I've been into psychological thrillers lately and this sounded like it fit the bill and then some. Thank you to Kensington Publishing!


What Comes After Dessert by Ren Benton...

Twelve years ago, Ben Fielder's childhood sweetheart ran out on him, and his broken heart hasn't held another woman since. During the annual pilgrimage to his hometown, he finds something sweeter than cookies behind the counter at the bakery — Tally's back in town, and his response to her makes it clear the only flaw in his heart is that it's still full of her.

A love story revolving around second chances. Sounds promising. Thank you to Ren Benton!


All The Presidents' Gardens by Maria McDowell...
The untold history of the White House Grounds.  Starting with the seed-collecting, plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama’s focus on edibles, this rich and compelling narrative reveals how the story of the garden is also the story of America.  Readers learn about Lincoln’s goats, Ike’s putting green, Jackie’s iconic roses, Amy Carter's tree house, and much more. They also learn the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all. Fully illustrated with new and historical photographs and art, refreshingly nonpartisan, and releasing just in time for election year, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the red, white, and green.

I couldn't resist requesting this! I love gardening and to be able to see the history and strategy of "America's first garden" intrigued me. I should have a review on this next week. I've been leisurely enjoying it this week. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing!

So, that's what was in my mailbox, how about you!? What do you think about these books? You can check out what everyone else received in their mailbox, by going to Mailbox Monday! Enjoy!


Jillian said...

The Beauty of the End definitely sounds like it may fit the bill if you're looking for a psychological thriller! Love the sound of it.

Greg said...

I'm kinda curious about Hour of the Bees, that one sounds really interesting!

Serena said...

The garden book sounds great.

Elizabeth said...

Hour of the Bees sounds interesting.

Great title.

ENJOY all of your books and reading week.

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