Sunday, August 21, 2011

Monday Memes

Mailbox Monday is hosted this month by Life in the Thumb and is where book bloggers gather to share what showed up in their mailboxes this week, whether those mailboxes received email or snail mail.
Snail Mail:
Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the FaithWhat is the Catholicism? A 2,000 living tradition? A worldview? A way of life? A relationship? A mystery? In Catholicism Father Robert Barron examines all these questions and more, seeking to capture the body, heart and mind of the Catholic faith.
Starting from the essential foundation of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, life, and teaching, Father Barron moves through the defining elements of Catholicism – from sacraments, worship, and prayer, to Mary, the Apostles, and Saints, to grace, salvation, heaven, and hell – using his distinct and dynamic grasp of art, literature, architecture, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy, and history to present the Church to the world. 
Paired with his documentary film series of the same title, Catholicism is an intimate journey, capturing “The Catholic Thing” in all its depth and beauty. Eclectic, unique, and inspiring, Father Barron brings the faith to life for a new generation, in a style that is both faithful to timeless truths, while simultaneously speaking in the language of contemporary life.
Via NetGalley:
An O'Brien Family Christmas (Chesapeake Shores)New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author SHERRYL WOODS takes the O’Briens to Ireland for a family Christmas they’ll never forget!
Dating Matthew O’Brien—a playboy and a younger man—cost Laila Riley her career and her parents’ respect. A high price, even for love—and when Laila decides it was just a fl ing, she breaks it off , despite Matthew’s objections.

But the O’Brien family has other ideas, and they conspire to get Laila to join them on a Dublin holiday. It’s a great time to get away from it all, but Laila has reservations about the trip. Matthew’s bound to be there, and she’s far from immune. What if she can’t resist temptation?

Meanwhile, the O’Briens are in an uproar over matriarch Nell’s unexpected romance with an old flame. Will she follow her heart despite the risks? And will Laila discover that some risks are actually once-in-a-lifetime

Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer (Single Titles)In 1938, Lily Renée Wilheim is a 14-year-old Jewish girl living in Vienna. Her days are filled with art and ballet. Then the Nazis march into Austria, and Lily's life is shattered overnight. Suddenly, her own country is no longer safe for her or her family. To survive, Lily leaves her parents behind and travels alone to England.

Escaping the Nazis is only the start of Lily's journey. She must escape many more times--from servitude, hardship, and danger. Will she find a way to have her own sort of revenge on the Nazis? Follow the story of a brave girl who becomes an artist of heroes and a true pioneer in comic books.

Robin Takes 5: 500 Recipes, 5 Ingredients or Less, 500 Calories or Less, for 5 Nights/Week at 5:00 PM 
It's 5:00 PM. Everyone's hungry. It's takeout or fakeout, meaning nuking a processed meal from the freezer. But there's a third option that doesn't include processed food or an unhealthy heap of calories and fat--Robin Takes 5.

Imagine quickly preparing delicious meals for yourself, your friends, and your family with just 5 fabulous ingredients. Does it get any better? Absolutely, with Robin Takes 5. The book features 500 recipes and each dish is a mouthwatering 500 calories or less. Two-color recipe text complements full-color photography inserts. In addition, helpful icons note ideal recipes for holidays and entertaining as well as recipes with less than 500 mg of sodium. That's not all--nutritional information is given for each recipe.

In Robin Takes 5 500 recipes highlight at least 10 different ethnic cuisines, and dishes range from soups, pizzas, and pastas, to chicken, beef, pork, seafood, side dishes, and desserts. Consider 70 recipes just for chicken, such as Cashew Crusted Chicken with Roasted Jalapeno-Mango Chutney, and 50 dessert recipes, such as Orange Marmalade Tart with Chocolate Covered Almonds. Consider yourself armed for mealtime. The next time the clock strikes 5:00 PM and you want both noshing and nourishment, check out Robin Takes 5.

Remember the Time: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance
Since the tragic death of her famous baseball player husband, Paul Armstrong,Kate has lived a life of seclusion. Riddled with guilt, unhappiness, and secrets about her not-so-perfect marriage, Kate has turned away fromeveryone who cares-except Mike Fitzgerald, her neighbor and childhood best friend, a man determined to bring Kate back to the living.
Mike was Paul's best friend, too, so he kept his love for Kate a secret. He never stopped wanting her, never stopped yearning to kiss away the sadness from an unfaithful husband and too many shattered illusions. Now Mike, a successful architect, is determined to tear down Kate's walls. He persuades her to renovate her home, providing a foothold for his deepest desire-giving her the life she deserves. Kate married the wrong man, but now the right one is going to show her what's always been in his heart-a love that belongs to her forever.

Bring Me Home for Christmas (A Virgin River Novel)
This year, Becca Timm knows the number one item on her Christmas wish list: getting over Denny Cutler. Three years ago Denny broke her heart before heading off to war. It’s time she got over her silly college relationship and moved on.
So she takes matters into her own hands and heads up to Virgin River, the rugged little mountain town that Denny calls home, as an uninvited guest on her brother’s men-only hunting weekend. But when an accident turns her impromptu visit into an extended stay, Becca finds herself stranded in Virgin River. With Denny. In very close quarters.
As the power of Christmas envelops the little town, Becca discovers that the boy she once loved has become a strong and confident man. And the most delicious Christmas present she can imagine.

The Wounded Heart: An Amish Quilt Novel
When a business offer turns into something more personal, Amelia is torn between what logic tells her is right, and the desire of her heart.
A widow with two small children, Amelia Beiler is struggling to make ends meet. She is running her late husband's business, but it's not what she was raised to do, which is run a home. When she gets an offer for the business from Eli Fischer, she's only too relieved to consider it-especially when it looks like Eli's interest might include more than just the shop. But when she begins to experience strange physical symptoms and is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it's difficult not to question God's will. If she pursues the treatment she believes in, she risks going under the bann. But how can she allow Eli to court her when she can't promise him a future?


It's Monday, What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  She asks what we read or reviewed this week and what we plan to read next week.
Read this Week:
An O'Brien Family Christmas (Chesapeake Shores) To be reviewed as part of Christmas in Septemeber
Bring Me Home for Christmas (A Virgin River Novel) To be reviewed as part of Christmas in September
Megan's Secrets: What My Mentally Disabled Daughter Taught Me about LifeFirst Wildcard tour in September
The Wounded Heart: An Amish Quilt Novel For a tour in September

The Promise of an Angel (A Heaven On Earth Novel) My review.
Books Read Earlier; Reviewed last week:
Up Next:
The Traitor's Wife. Kathleen Kent Still working on this one
Heiress (Daughters of Fortune)
Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith


  1. I hope you enjoy your books, especially The Traitor's Wife. Have a wonderful week.
    My Monday:

  2. Anonymous12:29 AM

    Thanks for visiting NotJustLaura yesterday. You've got some really interesting books coming in - I'd love to read the one on Catholicism. Hope you enjoy it.

  3. Some great looking titles there. I must investigate.

    Have a good reading week


  4. I love the cover of "A Marriage Carol" and "The Traitor's Wife" sounds interesting.

    Here's my "It's Monday! What are you reading?" post.

  5. Talk about variety - you got books for every mood!

  6. Looks like you have some great reading. Enjoy!

  7. Wow, several really good ones on your list! The O'Brien Family Christmas looks so appealing, and Megan's Secrets piqued my interest.


    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. Ooh, I love the VR series. Carr writes such wonderful characters, they all feel like friends. Have a wonderful week and enjoy your new books.

  9. Anonymous11:29 AM

    Heiress, looks interesting, enjoy! them all.

  10. Wow, lots of great books!! Definitely got me thinking about Christmas! LOL! Enjoy! :)

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature
    To see what I'm reading:

  11. Christmas in September, cool idea!!! Need to add the rest of you books to my wish list, they all look good!!

  12. All of your books look great!!! I love graphic novels so Lily Renee caught my eye!! Enjoy@

  13. Great mailbox! I'm so excited to see a new Virgin River book!!

  14. Robin Takes Five sounds good to me. I think I have one of her cookbooks. I did use it when I first got it. I think I'll pull it out again. Enjoy all your new books.

  15. The Lily Renee book looks really good. Happy reading!


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