Sunday, August 28, 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:
Lancaster County Christmas, AJaime and C. J. Fitzpatrick began their married life as most couples do--in love and looking forward to a bright future together. But four years later they've drifted apart and are almost ready to call it quits.

Mattie Riehl was hoping to give her husband Sol the Christmas gift they have both longed for--news that a baby was on the way. But as usual, she is disappointed. The holidays bring an acute awareness to Mattie that her dream of a big family isn't likely to become a reality.

Then a winter storm raging outside blows the Fitzpatricks into the Riehl home--and into a much slower pace of life. Can these two couples from different worlds help each other understand the true meaning of love this Christmas?

The Santa Club
A delightful book with captivating illustrations, The Santa Club transitions your child from receiving gifts to experiencing the joy of giving. With sensitivity, faith, and love, The Santa Club tackles the serious question, Is Santa Claus Real? To be read with your child, this wonderful book not only answers that sometimes dreaded question but it also addresses the questions of why Santa comes at Christmas and who was the first Santa. The Santa Club is a wonderful parenting resource and a stunning childrens book, and is sure to become an annual family favorite.

Via NetGalley
The Baker's WifeWhat doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, so why is Audrey weakening day by day?

It's been a tough year for Audrey's family. Her husband Geoff, a pastor, lost his job after a scandal rocked their congregation.

Audrey hasn't lost faith. She's held her family together. Their attempt to resurrect a failing bakery is an effort to heal the family wounds and restore their place in the community.

Late to the bakery one dim, foggy morning, Audrey turns into the intersection in front of the shop and strikes a vehicle that she can't see even after the collision settles. Emerging from her car into the fog, she discovers she's hit a motor scooter. There's no rider in sight. There's blood, though, so much that she slips in it, injuring her wrists.

The absence of the scooter driver is a mystery, especially to Sergeant Jack Mansfield, the detective and church member who drove Geoff from his pulpit. The scooter belongs to Jack's wife, Julie, a teacher at the local high school. She has vanished like morning fog.

Though there is no evidence to support Jack's growing suspicion that Audrey and Geoff were involved in Julie's disappearance, the detective is convinced of their guilt. Jack's ability to reason slips as the leads on his wife dry up.

When Jack takes the tiny bakery and its patrons hostage, Audrey must find Julie and unravel the secret of her own mysterious suffering before Jack comes undone.

Against the Storm (The Raines of Wind Canyon)
Redheads like Maggie O’Connell are nothing but trouble.But Trace Rawlins, a former army ranger turned private investigator, takes the case anyway. After all, he knows a thing or two about women.

Trace can sense that something is wrong—Maggie isn’t telling him everything. If these menacing calls and messages are real, why won’t the police help her? And if they aren’t real, what is she hiding?

As Trace digs deeper to find the source of Maggie’s threats, he discovers a secret that no one was meant to uncover. And the only puzzle left to be solved is whether the danger comes from an unknown stalker…or from the woman he’s trying his hardest not to fall for.

A Home by the Sea (Hqn)
Grace Lindstrom has followed her fiancé across three continents, starry-eyed and full of dreams. But when he dies in a plane crash, Grace discovers that their life together was the cruelest kind of lie—and swears to never lose herself to that kind of love again. Until one night, when a chance encounter leads her to the kind of man she’s always dreamed of—and the deep family ties she’s never known.

Noah McKay knows he can’t offer Grace any kind of future—not when he spends every day putting his life on the line. But when Grace’s grandfather suddenly falls ill and she’s called home to the small island town where she grew up, he realizes he can’t live without her. Aided by good knitting, good chocolate and deep friendship, Grace is slowly learning to trust again—but can she learn to love a man whose secrets run so deep?

Sweet Sanctuary (Women of Faith (Thomas Nelson))

Wren has tried to shelter her only son from the tumult of the world. Now she's about to find sanctuary . . . in the last place she ever expected.

In tiny Cottage Cover, on the coast of Maine, Wren Evans is raising her gifted son, Charlie. A single mom, she's fought hard to give Charlie a stable, secure home life. When a prestigious music academy in Boston expresses interest in Charlie's talent, Wren is willing to move them again to make his dreams come true.

But Wren doesn't know that Charlie has been praying for her. And the answer to her son's prayers will change both of their lives. As Wren plans their move to Boston, life in Maine begins to fall apart. Her job is threatened with budget cuts, and Wren's grandmother, Ruth, arrives unannounced, with an outlandish request.

Ruth wants the family gathered together one last time, at the summer home where, years before, an accident shattered Wren's peaceful childhood. In the tumult, Wren finds a friend in a handsome, kind-hearted local, Paul Callahan.When the family gathers in Cottage Cover, old wounds will be healed, new love will blossom, and the innocent prayers of a child will be answered in a most unexpected way.

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:
 Lancaster County Christmas, A  Sweet Christmas read.  Will be a prize in Christmas in September.
The Santa ClubGood story for kids old enough to not believe in Santa.  Will be a prize in Christmas in September.
Heiress (Daughters of Fortune) Really good read about The Guilded Age.  Did anyone else get it?  It is a review book but I can't tell where I got it or when I'm supposed to post a review.
Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer (Single Titles) Interesting graphic novel; review to be posted in October.

 Books Read Earlier; Reviewed last week:
Sneaky Snake Cute kids book.  My Review
Also read about Christmas in September, a link-up that starts this week.


  1. Wonderful looking books. The Christmas-y ones made me start counting down the months. School has started, so the holidays are right around the corner!

  2. Christmas! well it is not too far away either. Have a good week.

  3. Anonymous10:13 PM

    Even though the Christmas ones look good I can only read titles like these in December. In Minnesota winter is long enough as it is! I love Italian food so the cookbook is definitely one I will be sticking my nose in! Have a great week!

  4. They all look good! I'd have a hard time deciding which one to start with!
    Here's Mine

  5. Even with homework, I did manage to meet last week's reading goals. Please come see what I finished and what I'm reading now.

  6. I like your Christmasey theme. Enjoy your week.

  7. WOW you have plenty of new books to keep you buy for a while - enjoy!

  8. I can't believe it's time to start reading Christmas books already! I hope you have a great week of reading.

  9. Christmas books already! Aaahh! Great mailbox. Sweet Sanctuary sounds really, well, sweet!

  10. It will be Christmas before we know it! Sheesh, where does the time go? The Kat Martin book looks good to me. Have a wonderful week and happy reading.

  11. Those sound great. I have the Christina Skye title also, and would love to read the one about the Gilded Age. Have a great week, and thanks for visiting my blog!

  12. Santa Club sounds interesting. Have a great week!

  13. Anonymous12:19 PM

    Enjoy! all of your reads.

  14. Great-looking books! I'm ready to read something Christmasy....thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  15. Oh my Christmas comes a calling early :) Looks like someone got some really sweet books this week. Hope you enjoy them all :)

  16. Enjoy your books. I am supposed to review Heiress for LitFuse in September, but still have not received my book.

  17. looks like you got some great books this week! hope you enjoy them.

  18. Great variety of book. Sweet Sanctuary caught my eye.

  19. "A Lancaster County Christmas" looks interesting.

    Here's my "Monday" post.

  20. Ah will be here before you know it. Lancaster County Christmas looks like a good read. I'll keep an eye out for your review on it. Enjoy all of your new books.


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