Monday, February 22, 2010

Mailbox Monday!

 I've been sick with a migraine since Friday and I'm finally feeling a little normal. My mailbox was full of goodies so I get to participate in this fun little meme. 

Hosted by The Printed PageMailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
If you’re new to Mailbox Monday welcome! Thank you to everyone who stops by Mailbox Monday. Whether you comment or visit I appreciate your taking the time to drop in.

I received a book I won from Sassy over at Alternative-Read called Tea for Two  



From Amazon:




   Product Description

Lies and secrets have a way of returning to bite a girl in the butt. Hayley Williams thought she was past the screwing-up stage of her life. These days, she wears her good girl persona well-except when she moonlights as a gypsy tea leaf reader in order to earn money to buy her own home. There's something about Sam Norville, though, that prods her inner imp back to life. A chance meeting, a margarita-okay, two-a stolen kiss, and suddenly she's back in hot water. Sam, a successful businessman, doesn't believe in love at first sight. Not anymore. For him, involvement with any woman means risking a run-in with the tabloid press. But his mysterious gypsy lover keeps him coming back, keeps him prodding her for more-like the truth. Of course it's not love. No, sir. Sam only does lust. Hayley knows she shouldn't want Sam, especially since she lied to him. The right thing to do? Shove that naughty imp off her shoulder and come clean. But at pesky imp just wont budge. Warning: There be lies and secrets ahead, wrapped in pretty bows with margaritas, a one-night stand, fortune telling and a gypsy. Oh, and tea. Lots and lots of pots of tea.

From the publisher : She-Rain: A Story of Hope  
From Amazon:
   Product Description
In the early 20th Century, a pair of North Carolina mountain children sow the seed of a love that becomes their only solace in the hard yet beautiful world they know.  They grow it from steep ground of poverty, ignorance, and violence.  A landscape so brutal it can kill hope long before claiming life.
Bloodshed years later finally sends Frank Locke on the run, deep into wilderness, abandoning his extraordinary love, Mary Lizbeth.  When a whitewater river washes this desperate soul into the hands of Sophia, he discovers a luminous woman steeped in mystery, trapped in a tragically brilliant life.  Far ahead of her time.  Secreted from the world.  As she awakens Frank’s mind, they rise to meet a love that binds three people for a lifetime.
This love triangle forms a beauty no one sees coming.  From the wilds of Appalachia, crossing nearly a century, it runs deep into a lush American fortune, and lives in letters of adoration and hope of the least expected.
In a rhapsody of Southern voices, mingling hilarity and sorrow, She-Rain speaks of lives soaring beyond heartbreak, fundamentalism, and self-destruction.  Through the most graceful longing, two women in love with one man ultimately prove the power of human hearts to answer high callings.  They show us all how to heal -- and thrive -- to the very end.
 




The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with Their Suicides


From Amazon:
   Product Description
A husband and wife, both medical professionals, are gravely ill. Rather than living in pain, they choose to end their lives, and they turn to their son for help. Despite the legal risks and certain emotional turmoil, he agrees—and ultimately performs an act of love more difficult than any other. The Last Goodnights provides a unique, powerful, and unflinching look inside the reality of one of the most galvanizing issues of our time: assisted suicide. Told with intensity and bare honesty, John West’s account of the deaths of two brave people is gritty and loving, frightening and illuminating, nerve-wracking and even, at times, darkly humorous. As West’s story places him in one of the most difficult experiences anyone can endure, it also offers a powerful testament to the act of death by choice, and reveals the reasons why end-of-life issues are far too personal for government intrusion.
Intimately told, 
The Last Goodnights points out the unnecessary pain and suffering that is often forced upon dying people and their families, and honors the choice to die with purpose and dignity. In the end, this story is not just about death—it is also about love, courage, and autonomy.



                 West to the Sun


From Amazon:
WE'RE MOVING TO OREGON

With these words, Jedediah Symons changes the life of his entire family forever. Leaving behind farm, family, and friends, the Symons begin a journey of thousands of miles across prairies, rivers, and mountains. With nothing more than the possessions that can be packed in a single wagon, their reliance on one another, and their faith in God, they battle storms, animals, hunger, and disease. Will they be able to overcome these obstacles? And how can 11-year-old Jeremiah help his family reach Oregon-their new home?

In West to the Sun, young Jeremiah experiences firsthand the adventure and the heartbreak of the Oregon Trail, the sorrow of leaving everything behind, and the joy of pursuing a new life. From the daily drudgery of hiking through the dry lands of the western frontier, to the extreme excitement of a buffalo hunt, mountains that reach the sky, bighorn sheep that battle for primacy, and rivers that threaten to swamp wagons and drown occupants, Jeremiah grows to appreciate the majesty of the country. Throughout their travels, Jeremiah and his family meet some of the men who made the western frontier: Joseph Robidoux, Jim Bridger, and Peg Leg Smith. Most importantly, Jeremiah learns the importance of family, friends, and faith-and what it means to be a man. 


Well thats it, a little of this a little of that.   Have a great week!

5 comments:

Lisa said...

Those all sound great! I particularily like the sound of She-Rain.

Can't wait to read your thoughts!

:0)

Lisa said...

Oh, and btw, as a fellow migraine sufferer, I am SO SORRY you have been having such a brutal time! I am SO GLAD you are feeling better, Natalie!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, these sound good! She-Rain (for obvious reasons, lol) and Tea for Two sounds like a lovely read.

Anna said...

Interesting assortment of books. Happy reading!

Glad you're feeling better!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

stacybuckeye said...

My husband gets migraines, so I feel your pain (well sorta). At least the free books should make you feel better!