Tuesday, July 20, 2010

In My Mailbox...

In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and this is what she says about the weekly meme:

"Welcome to In My Mailbox! You can find out how to participate and the "official" details on the IMM page.

IMM is a meme I started here at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea of
Pop Culture Junkie.

The idea behind IMM was not only to put new books on your radar but to also encourage blogger interaction. IMM explores the weekly contents of my mailbox & books bought. And sometimes other fun goodies.

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library."

My mailbox was full of goodies!

I received:  Linda Weaver Clarkes historical fiction Melinda and The Wild West 

Melinda and the Wild West: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho  Product description from Amazon:

In 1896 Melinda Gamble a very elegant, very naïve young woman from Boston decides to give up her life of monotonous comfort for the turbulent uncertainty of the still untamed Wild West. Driven by her intense desire to make a difference in the world, Melinda takes a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho, where she comes face-to-face with a frightening bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and an intense blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. But it is a ruggedly handsome and very mysterious stranger who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared love.  
This one has been around the blogosphere and have gotten rave reviews. 

 From the back of the book:
Meet Truly Plaice- part behemoth, part witch, part Cinderella. Born larger than life into a small-minded town, Truly breaks her family into smithereens. Her mother dies during Truly's birth, and when her father follows shortly afterward, Truly and her dainty sister, Serena Jane, are destined for very different fates.  As Truly grows larger and larger on a rundown farm, she watches lovely Serena Jane become the town's adored May Queen and the obsession of a local boy, Bob Morgan- the youngest in line of Aberdeen's doctors, who for generations wove their influence among the town's citizens. Yet no matter how far apart life propels them, Truly and her sister are forever linked. And Truly will find her future shaped by Serena Jane's relationships, a centuries-old antique of Dr Morgan's, and the reality that love cannot be ordered size.

Also received the latest book  by Kristan Higgins due out in August, 2010 - All I Ever  Wanted

All I Ever Wanted (Hqn)From Kristan Higgins site:

One happily-ever-after rocking chair…

And no sign of any forthcoming babies to rock in ol’ Georgebury, Vermont. For Callie Grey, turning thirty means coming to grips with the fact that her boss (and five-week fling) is way overdue in his marriage proposal. And way off track, because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company’s new Miss Perfect. If that isn’t bad enough, her mom decides to throw her a 3-0 birthday bash in the family funeral home.

Bad goes to worse when she stirs up a relationship with the town’s most eligible — yet not so warm and fuzzy — veterinarian, Ian McFarland, in order to flag Mark’s attention. So Ian’s more comfortable with animals… So he’s formal, orderly and just a bit tense. The ever-friendly, fun-loving and spontaneous Callie decides it’s time for Ian to get a personality makeover. But, dang — if he doesn’t shock the heck out of her, she might actually fall for Vermont’s unlikeliest eligible bachelor…

The Council of Dads - My Daughters, My Illness, And The Men Who Could Be Me by Bruce Feiler
  From Amazon:

The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be MeFrom Publishers Weekly

In 2008, bestselling author Feiler (Walking the Bible) learned he had a rare, life-threatening tumor in his left leg. Fearing what his absence would do to the lives of his young daughters, Feiler asked six close friends ("Men who know my voice") to help raise them. Feiler chronicles his battle with cancer, from diagnosis to recovery, as well as his sentimental but moving journey to recruit friends who can carry out his wish to teach his daughters to travel, dream, and live life to its fullest. Feiler's intimate bond with his friends makes them unusually expressive and communicative (if lacking in humor), and their own biographies lend further inspirational dimensions to the story. Though his letters to friends and family can get ornate ("The Brooklyn Bridge...is looking fresh-faced and handsome overhead, its famed promenade glittering like the pot of gold at the end of a long journey to come"), it's hard not to get swept along and cheer Feiler on as he fights for his life and his daughters'.
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Ted Dekkers -  The Bride Collector  The Bride Collector


Product Description

FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.

It's there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped his hand. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paradise may also have an extrasensory gift: the ability to experience the final moments of a person's life when she touches the dead body.

In a desperate attempt to find the killer, Raines enlists Paradise's help. In an effort to win her trust, he befriends this strange young woman and begins to see in her qualities that most 'sane people' sorely lack. Gradually, he starts to question whether sanity resides outside the hospital walls...or inside.

As the Bride Collector picks up the pace-and volume-of his gruesome crucifixions, the case becomes even more personal to Raines when his friend and colleague, a beautiful young forensic psychologist, becomes the Bride Collector's next target.

The FBI believes that the killer plans to murder seven women. Can Paradise help before it's too late?

What was in your mailbox?


Bookventures said...

Great books this week! I hope you enjoy Council of Dads. I have heard some good things about it. Happy Reading!

Teenage Bride said...

Oh wow these all sound fabulous.

Love the new layout by the way!

bermudaonion said...

Nice mailbox! That Ted Dekker book might keep you awake at night!

Suko said...

I have read the first two, and won The Bride Collector as an audiobook (which I haven't received yet). Enjoy all your books!

Suko said...

(P.S. Your new blog design is terrific!)

Mary said...

I like the blog look too!

Great mailbox list. The new Kristan Higgins book was in mine. I already read it (quick, sweet read) and the review will be up next week sometime.
Enjoy all your new books!

what...more books said...

great books on your list. some of those books are on my to read list that i keep in my head, good think that i have pretty dicant memory.
happy reading and a lots of it.

Alice Teh said...

Great mailbox, Natalie! I have The Little Giant of Aberdeen County and it's included for one of my challenges. I hope to get to it soon.

Lisa said...

Hey Natalie! I looooove your new layout!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

Great mailbox too!

Have a good one!

Kah Woei said...

I liked the sound The Little Giant of Aberdeen County. Sounds like an interesting read.