Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mailbox Monday June 14

Thank you to all for your well wishes for my daughter! She had her treatment and now we have to wait to see how well it works. She feels okay and is relieved to know there is a reason for the way she had been feeling. Hopefully life will be a bit calmer here now and I can get back to reading and blogging regularly.

Mailbox Monday is a meme where you can post what books came into your home during the week. It is hosted by Marcia over at The Printed Page. Go on over and check it out. Be warned though it can lead to large TBR piles and wish lists!

I received three books last week all on the same day! It felt like Christmas in June!

The Secret Keepers by Mindy Friddle

Synopsis from Barnes and Noble:

At age seventy-two, Emma Hanley plans to escape small-town Palmetto, South Carolina, and travel the globe. But when her fickle husband dies in undignified circumstances, Emma finds herself juggling the needs of her adult children. Her once free-spirited daughter Dora turns to compulsive shopping and a controlling husband to forget her wayward past. Her son Bobby still lives with her, afflicted with an illness that robbed him of his childhood promise.

When Dora’s old flame Jake Cary returns to Palmetto with a broken heart and a gift for gardening, the town becomes filled with mysterious, potent botanicals and memories long forgotten. Soon enough, Jake and his ragtag group of helpers begin to unearth the secrets that have divided the Hanleys for decades.

Written with the warmth of Lee Smith and the magical touch of Alice Hoffman, Secret Keepers is a beguiling second novel by the acclaimed author of The Garden Angel.

I received this book courtesy of Librarything Early Reviewers Group

Dewey's Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

The cat that captured America's heart returns, with two new tales and seven more tails.

I received this book courtesy of Dutton through Shelf Awareness. It came with a very cute bookmark.

Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter by Lisa Patton

Synopsis from Barns and Noble:

Leelee Satterfield seemed to have it all: a gorgeous husband, two adorable daughters, and roots in the sunny city of Memphis, Tennessee. So when her husband gets the idea to uproot the family to run a quaint Vermont inn, Leelee is devastated…and her three best friends are outraged. But she’s loved Baker Satterfield since the tenth grade, how can she not indulge his dream? Plus, the glossy photos of bright autumn trees and smiling children in ski suits push her over the edge…after all, how much trouble can it really be?

But Leelee discovers pretty fast that there’s a truckload of things nobody tells you about Vermont until you live there: such as mud season, vampire flies, and the danger of ice sheets careening off roofs. Not to mention when her beloved Yorkie decides to pick New Year’s Eve to go to doggie heaven-she encounters one more New England oddity: frozen ground means you can’t bury your dead in the winter. And that Yankee idiosyncrasy just won’t do.

The inn they’ve bought also has its host of problems: an odor that no amount of potpourri can erase, tacky d├ęcor, and a staff of peculiar Vermonters whose personalities are as unique as the hippopotamus collection gracing the fireplace mantle. The whole operation is managed by Helga, a stern German woman who takes special delight in bullying Leelee for her southern gentility. Needless to say, it doesn’t take long for Leelee to start wondering when to drag out the moving boxes again.

But when an unexpected hardship takes Leelee by surprise, she finds herself left alone with an inn to run, a mortgage to pay, and two daughters to raise.But this Southern belle won’t be run out of town so easily. Drawing on the Southern grit and inner strength she didn’t know she had, Leelee decides to turn around the Inn, her attitude and her life. In doing so, she makes friends with her neighbors, finds a little romance, and realizes there’s a lot more in common with Vermont than she first thought.

In this moving and comedic debut, Lisa Patton paints a hilarious portrait of life in Vermont as seen through the eyes of a southern belle readers won’t soon forget. A charming fish-out-of-water tale of one woman who learns to stand up for herself-in sandals and snow boots-against the odds.

I won this book during Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon back in April

What wonderful books made their way into your home?


  1. As you saw in my mailbox, I also received Secret Keepers. I hope it's as good as it sounds!
    "Whistlin' Dixie" has been on my wish list for a long while. Have a good week!

  2. I loved the bottom 2; enjoy

    here is my link:

  3. I was just looking at the picture in the top right sidebar.

    I loved the Forgotten Garden. I listened to the audiobook so I didn't realize how THICK the book was!!

    My Mailbox Monday is posted on my book blog: <a href=">5 Minutes for Books<a/>

  4. Enjoy your new books! I've been noticing Whistlin' Dixie at a couple mailboxes now and that one has my attention.

  5. How funny! I won Whistlin Dixie in the Readathon too and its in my mailbox this week!

    I received the Secret Keepers recently and I am looking forward to getting into it!

    Enjoy your week!

  6. Dewey is so cute! Enjoy your new additions!

    My mailbox is HERE.

  7. Secret Keepers looks so good. I am seeing a lot of it around the blogosphere. I read the first Dewey book but not the one you feature here. Enjoy all your books. I hope your daughter feels better soon.

  8. What great books!! I did not even know there was another Dewey out!! Enjoy and have a great week!

  9. What wonderful books you've got! I would enjoy reading them all. I hope you do too.

  10. I will have to return for your review of Secret Keepers - lots of buzz on this book! Great Mailbox!

    My Monday:

  11. Lisa Patton's book sounds great and I just love that cover. Enjoy!

  12. You had a great week this week...I want to read all 3 of your new books, especially the Dewey one (of course - they don't call me crazy cat lady for nothing!)!!! Thanks for visiting my blog, too!


  13. You're the second person I've seen this week to have gotten Secret Keepers. I'm very curious about that one! Enjoy your books!

  14. All of this week's books sound good, so I'm looking forward to your thoughts.



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