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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Spring doesn’t feel the same as it seems that everyone is a little disoriented by these isolating times. Even though day activities are fairly normal for my husband and me (other than me doing grocery shopping which is usually his job), there is a certain tension in our days.  Reading seems a little slower even though many have more time.

Feel free to share your feelings here as we continue to reach out to each other.

Hope everyone had a good week. Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

Be sure to stop back later this week for Books That Caught Our Eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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dragonlegendsAt Mailbox Monday we encourage participants to not only share the books they received, but to check out the books others have received.

Every Week we will each share two books that caught our eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday.
We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.

SERENA:

How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior at The Bookfan.

A curmudgeonly but charming old woman, her estranged grandson, and a colony of penguins proves it’s never too late to be the person you want to be in this rich, heartwarming story from the acclaimed author of Ellie and the Harpmaker.

Eighty-five-year-old Veronica McCreedy is estranged from her family and wants to find a worthwhile cause to leave her fortune to. When she sees a documentary about penguins being studied in Antarctica, she tells the scientists she’s coming to visit—and won’t take no for an answer. Shortly after arriving, she convinces the reluctant team to rescue an orphaned baby penguin. He becomes part of life at the base, and Veronica’s closed heart starts to open.

Her grandson, Patrick, comes to Antarctica to make one last attempt to get to know his grandmother. Together, Veronica, Patrick, and even the scientists learn what family, love, and connection are all about.

“This just sounds exciting.”

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Home Front Girls by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan at Sam Still Reading.

Dear Glory,

Loneliness is built into the fabric of this war, isn’t it? I say a little prayer before I stick my hand in the mailbox. The “Rockport, Massachusetts” stamp on the front of an envelope means the clouds will part, revealing a brilliant sun….

It’s January 1943 when Rita Vincenzo receives her first letter from Glory Whitehall. Glory is an effervescent young mother from New England, impulsive and free as a bird. Rita is a Midwestern professor’s wife with a love of gardening and a generous, old soul. These two women have nothing in common except one powerful bond: the men they love are fighting in a war a world away from home.

Brought together by an unlikely twist of fate, Glory and Rita begin a remarkable correspondence. The friendship forged by their letters allows them to survive the loneliness and uncertainty of waiting on the home front, and gives them the courage to face the battles raging in their very own backyards. Connected across the country by the lifeline of the written word, each woman finds her life profoundly altered by the other’s unwavering support.

Filled with unforgettable characters and unbridled charm, Home Front Girls is a timeless celebration of the strength and solidarity of women. It is a luminous reminder that even in the darkest of times, true friendship will carry us through.

“I love books with letters and WWII.”

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MARTHA:

Miracle Creek Christmas by Krista Jensen found at Bookfan.

Riley Madigan escapes to the sleepy mountain town of Miracle Creek after her relationship with an A-list actor ends badly. At least for a time, she hopes her new job as a high school art teacher will bring her the peace and quiet she is looking for. The last thing on her mind is love.

Mark Rivers was a firefighter until he got trapped in a wildfire and suffered third-degree burns on his face and body. After a year of recovering, Mark is trying to piece his life back together but struggles both emotionally and psychologically. He’s been a recluse until he forces himself to attend his niece’s school play and sees Riley, the school’s art teacher. Immediately, Mark feels a connection to her. Maybe it’s the kind way she greets his niece or the way the art she created for the school play is reminiscent of his late mom’s artwork. Either way, Mark feels driven to get to know her, but first he’ll need to build up the courage to talk to her.

When Mark asks Riley to work on a special nativity, he finds himself falling for her, particularly because Riley doesn’t seem bothered by his scars. Is her affection for him real or is she simply overcompensating, pretending he’s not different. One thing’s for certain, in a small town that views Mark as a fragile hero, it’s hard to pursue a relationship without everyone in his business. And although Riley has sincere feelings for Mark, is she really ready to risk her heart?

Broken hearts and lives are mended as the town of Miracle Creek comes together to celebrate a Christmas to remember.

“It may seem a strange time for a Christmas story but maybe it is a good time for the spirit of hope.”

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The Request by David Bell found at Silver’s Review.

When a man agrees to do a favor for a friend, he gets more than he bargained for as he becomes embroiled in a woman’s murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of Layover.

Ryan Francis has it all–great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child–and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media. Until the night his friend Blake asks him to break into a woman’s home to retrieve incriminating items that implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan refuses to help, but when Blake threatens to reveal Ryan’s darkest secret–which could jeopardize everything in Ryan’s life–Ryan has no choice but to honor Blake’s request.

When he arrives at the woman’s home, Ryan is shocked to find her dead–and just as shocked to realize he knows her. Then his phone chimes, revealing a Facebook friend request from the woman. With police sirens rapidly approaching, Ryan flees, wondering why his friend was setting him up for murder.

Determined to keep his life intact and to clear his name, Ryan must find the real murderer–but solving the crime may lead him closer to home than he ever could have imagined.

“This sounds like an interesting thriller.”

What Books Caught Your Eyes This Week?

Mailbox Monday

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sunflowermailbox-sml_img_2937_edited-2Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

How has everyone been doing? Social distancing? Isolating? Going to work? Please share your stories and we can commiserate together. I don’t know what we have in store for us in the coming weeks, but I do want to say that this time at home without rushing around has had me appreciating the little things. I have enjoyed playing board games with my daughter, watching her talk to her friends on video chat, and seeing her ask curious questions when her grandpa does a project in the basement. She does miss going to school and her friends, but so far, we haven’t had any major meltdowns. She’s faring better than some of the adults in the house. Those parents of mine are going stir crazy and my husband is bored, even though he’s the one still required to go to the office.

I hope everyone had found something to call their attention. Any good books?

Hope everyone had a good week. Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

Be sure to stop back later this week for Books That Caught Our Eye.

Mailbox Monday

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photo-1534567406103-997f6c5e7f93Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This is the beginning of week 2 with no school for my daughter and my offices officially are working remotely as of last week. I’ve worked at home for eight years, and while it can be challenging, the introvert in me enjoys the solitude. With my daughter home and (as of now) no concrete online class plans in place, we’re reviewing her curriculum up to now so she doesn’t forget what she’s learned. I’ve given her time during the day to do art as she wants and physical education (which is some times yoga, sometimes swim team workouts, and soon soccer practices).

She’s keeping busy, but I feel exhausted more than usual, especially as all my work content writing is focused on COVID-19. I hope that everyone is being safe, washing their hands, and spending quality time with their families and checking in on those who need it.

Now, what’s everyone been reading to take their minds off the outside world? 

Hope everyone had a good week. Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

 

Be sure to stop back later this week for Books That Caught Our Eye.

Mailbox Monday

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sunflowermailbox-sml_img_2937_edited-2Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This week has been super busy at work, especially with all the coronavirus messaging prep and figuring our how to keep the engine running if everyone is working from home. Our schools are talking about closing and moving classes online, which I think is fine for older children, but elementary school kids may be less motivated and focused. We’ll see what the future holds. Fingers crossed things do not get as bad as some say they will.

Hope everyone had a good week. Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

Be sure to stop back later this week for Books That Caught Our Eye.

Mailbox Monday

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mailboxesMailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Happy birthday to my daughter today, and I hope those of you who practice it, remember to turn the clocks forward one hour. Daylight savings time is here.

Hope everyone had a good week. Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

Be sure to stop back later this week for Books That Caught Our Eye.

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

It’s a busy month for me, so forgive my late posting. My daughter’s birthday is this weekend and since she couldn’t decide where she wanted to have it, she’s having a small party at our house. I tend to like these better. I hope everyone is staying safe and washing their hands regularly.

Hope everyone had a good week. Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

Be sure to stop back later this week for Books That Caught Our Eye.