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April 13, 2014 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ April 14th

SpringBirdsFenceMailbox-smlWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.

I didn’t get much reading or blogging done last week. I’m not sure where all my time went but I did spend a good chunk of it doing income tax returns. I always end up putting my own taxes off until the last minute.

This past weekend we finally had a couple of warm days and I was able to start cleaning up the garden but it’s too early to plant anything – it’s supposed to snow on Tuesday. I’ve been spending more time monitoring birds now that they are migrating north and Saturday we had our volunteer workshop to prepare for this year’s program. The birds don’t seem to be bothered by the goofy weather.

New Arrivals


The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson from HarperCollins.
Romance, suspense, and World War II mystery are woven together in three artfully linked novellas-rich in drama and steeped in atmosphere-from the critically acclaimed author of The Lantern.

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey from HarperCollins.
In this darkly riveting debut novel-a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging-an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.


The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh from Random House Audio.
A dark, gripping debut novel of literary suspense about two mysterious disappearances, a generation apart, and the meaning of family-the sacrifices we make, the secrets we keep, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.

Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman from Tandem Literary.
Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettably quirky characters. Now her flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines again in her compelling second novel, Looking for Me.


The Blonde by Anna Godbersen from FSB Associates.
A chilling reimagining of the life of Marilyn Monroe that is part biography, part love story, and part thriller: A young, unknown Norma Jean meets a man in Los Angeles — a Soviet agent? A Russian spy? — who transforms her into Marilyn the star. And when she reaches the pinnacle of success, he comes back for his repayment.

Hannibal: Enemy of Rome by Ben Kane from St. Martin’s Press.
As Rome rose to power in the 3rd century BCE there was only one real rival in the Mediterranean — Carthage. In the First Punic War, the Roman legions defeated and humiliated Carthage. Now Hannibal, a brilliant young Carthaginian general, is out for revenge.

What are you reading?

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  1. cleopatralovesbooks / Apr 14 2014 1:14 am

    Some great books here, I have Elizabeth is Missing too which looks really intriguing!


  2. sagustocox / Apr 14 2014 3:20 am

    Looking for me is fantastic! I hope you enjoy it. I cannot wait for Sea Garden to hit my mailbox


  3. samstillreading / Apr 14 2014 4:59 am

    Lovely books – they all look great, I couldn’t pick one. Here it’s been summer weather, so it was lucky that I didn’t plant any winter veges yet!


  4. Beth Hoffman / Apr 14 2014 7:26 am

    Love your bird mailbox! I’m envious that you received Elizabeth is Missing; I’ve had that book at the top of my pre-order list since I first heard about it. I did a double-take when I saw that you have a paperback copy of my book!


  5. laurelrainsnow / Apr 14 2014 8:03 am

    Ooh, you are in for a treat with these, from Looking for Me, The Blonde, to Elizabeth is Missing. And I love the look of The Sea Garden. Enjoy! Here’s MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES


  6. Vicki / Apr 14 2014 3:50 pm

    Glad to see you got a copy of The Blonde since it was one of your BTCOE last week!
    Enjoy all your books!


  7. Lucy / Apr 14 2014 4:27 pm

    I hear ya about taxes.The worst! At least you received some great books this week. The Blonde caught my eye. Enjoy!


    • Leslie / Apr 14 2014 5:59 pm

      And the ironic part about the taxes is I’m a Tax Consultant so you’d think I would do my taxes right away, but nope, I procrastinate.


  8. Suko / Apr 14 2014 5:20 pm

    Enjoy your new goodies, Leslie! I’ve had my eye on Looking for Me, as well as Beth Hoffman’s first book.


    • Leslie / Apr 14 2014 5:58 pm

      I’ll be hosting a giveaway for a copy of Beth’s book in a couple of weeks.


  9. Mary / Apr 15 2014 8:26 am

    Beautiful cover on The Sea Garden. Hope it’s a good read!


  10. Elizabeth / Apr 15 2014 12:56 pm

    Looking for Me is wonderful.

    Elizabeth is Missing sounds good too.

    ENJOY all your books and your reading week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


  11. stacybuckeye / Apr 20 2014 7:58 pm

    Those first two look especially good to me. I’ve already read Looking for Me and I bet you’ll love it.


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