Monday, July 11, 2011

Mailbox Monday July 11

It's Monday again! Time for another Mailbox Monday post. Mailbox Monday is the creation of Marcia from A Girl and Her Books. The meme is on tour and this month's host is Gwendolyn B. of A Sea of Books Be sure to check out Gwendolyn's blog.

I missed last weeks MM since it was a holiday. I was still getting caught up after being without power for days. This morning I started my day and just sat down with the computer when another bad storm came through and once again I was left in the dark. That wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have a sump pump in the basement. This time we were back online after 5 hours. Not bad at all. I only had to bail the sump pump pit a few times.

I also want to point out that there is a problem for some with the Google followers widget. I still show that I have followers on my dashboard so you are still there. It's just the widget that is not showing. Many people are having the same problem and they say they are working on it.

I received four books over the past two weeks, all for review.

These first two books I received through the Amazon Vine Program.

Next To Love by Ellen Feldman

Release date July 26, 2011

A story of love, war, loss, and the scars they leave, Next to Love follows the lives of three young women and their men during the years of World War II and its aftermath, beginning with the men going off to war and ending a generation later, when their children are on the cusp of their own adulthood.

Set in a small town in Massachusetts, the novel follows three childhood friends, Babe, Millie, and Grace, whose lives are unmoored when their men are called to duty. And yet the changes that are thrust upon them move them in directions they never dreamed possible—while their husbands and boyfriends are enduring their own transformations. In the decades that follow, the three friends lose their innocence, struggle to raise their children, and find meaning and love in unexpected places. And as they change, so does America—from a country in which people know their place in the social hierarchy to a world in which feminism, the Civil Rights movement, and technological innovations present new possibilities—and uncertainties. And yet Babe, Millie, and Grace remain bonded by their past, even as their children grow up and away and a new society rises from the ashes of the war.

Beautifully crafted and unforgettable, Next to Love depicts the enduring power of love and friendship, and illuminates a transformational moment in American history.

Yankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton

Release date September 13, 2011

A charmingly funny testament to second chances in life and love from the acclaimed author of Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter

Lisa Patton won the hearts of readers last year, her book Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter became a sleeper-success. Building on a smashing debut, Lisa’s poised to go to the next level—because whether in Vermont snow or in Memphis heat, Dixie heroine Leelee Satterfield is never too far from misadventure, calamity...and ultimately, love.

Having watched her life turn into a nor’easter, 34-year-old Leelee Satterfield is back home in the South, ready to pick back up where she left off. But that’s a task easier said then done…Leelee’s a single mom, still dreaming of the Vermonter who stole her heart, and accompanied by her three best friends who pepper her with advice, nudging and peach daiquiris, Leelee opens another restaurant and learns she has to prove herself yet again. Filled with heart and humor, women’s fiction fans will delight in this novel.

The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison

Release date is July 5, 2011

Shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize

England, 31st August 1939: The world is on the brink of war. As Hitler prepares to invade Poland, thousands of children are evacuated from London to escape the impending Blitz. Torn from her mother, eight-year-old Anna Sands is relocated with other children to a large Yorkshire estate which has been opened up to evacuees by Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton, an enigmatic, childless couple. Soon Anna gets drawn into their unraveling relationship, seeing things that are not meant for her eyes and finding herself part-witness and part-accomplice to a love affair with unforeseen consequences. A story of longing, loss, and complicated loyalties, combining a sweeping narrative with subtle psychological observation, The Very Thought of You is not just a love story but a story about love.

Received from Atria Galley Alley/Simon and Schuster

Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

Release date August 2, 2011

Three years after her husband Max's death, Shelley feels no more adjusted to being a widow than she did that first terrible day. That is, until the doorbell rings. Standing on her front step is a young man who looks so much like Max–same smile, same eyes, same age, same adorable bump in his nose–he could be Max's long-lost relation. He introduces himself as Paolo, an Italian editor of American coffee table books, and shows Shelley some childhood photos. Paolo tells her that the man in the photos, the bearded man who Paolo says is his grandfather though he never seems to age, is Max. Her Max. And he is alive and well.

As outrageous as Paolo's claims seem–how could her husband be alive? And if he is, why hasn't he looked her up? – Shelley desperately wants to know the truth. She and Paolo jet across the globe to track Max down–if it is really Max– and along the way, Shelley recounts the European package tour where they had met. As she relives Max's stories of bloody Parisian barricades, medieval Austrian kitchens, and buried Roman boathouses, Shelley begins to piece together the story of who her husband was and what these new revelations mean for her "happily ever after." And as she and Paolo get closer to the truth, Shelley discovers that not all stories end where they are supposed to.

Received from Crown Publishers through Shelf Awareness

What wonderful books made their way into your home?


  1. Beth, fabulous books all. I have 2 of them and want to read all of them. Sorry about our weather. Want some of my 100+ degree heat? We sure could use a bit of rain or more than a bit. Feast or famine huh? Enjoy!

  2. Envy you for Before Ever After.

    Actually you got a heaping amount :)

    Enjoy the reads and now going off to read your review of Left Neglected.

  3. Great mailbox! Looking forward to your thoughts on The Very Thought of You - I've had it on my shelf for quite a while now but still haven't read it.

  4. I just got Yankee Doodle Dixie today. I've heard Next to Love is wonderful. Have a great week in books!

  5. I read Next to Love last week and I really enjoyed it, hope you do too!

  6. Ooooh..I'm so jealous of Before ever After! I look forward to reading your review on this one and also Next to Love.

  7. Those look great! I'm still crossing my fingers that I'll get a copy of Before Ever After

  8. These look great; I look forward to your reviews.

  9. I would love to read the last two books specially. They look so good.

  10. The Very Thought of You is showing up on a lot of does look captivating. Next to Love is one I'm eagerly awaiting.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. I'm definitely jealous of your mailbox this week! I've heard good things about Before Ever After. I love a good mysterious, layered story. Can't wait to read the review. Enjoy!

  12. All of those are books I want to read! Looking forward to your reviews.

  13. How awful about your weather and power, that just stinks. Hope things stay on now. What great books you got. I really like Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter so I really want to read Yankee Doodle Dixie. Have fun reading.

  14. Sorry to hear about more power issues. I'm a bit north of you and we managed to keep ours but I know many west of the city lost it again a couple of days ago. Enough, already.
    I think all your books look good so I look forward to your reviews. Have a good (stormfree) week!

  15. We have some books in common this week. Hope you enjoy Next to Love as much as I did!

  16. These all sound great! I really love the cover of Before Ever After.

  17. You got lots of great books this week -- hope you enjoy them all!


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