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 Wednesday 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

The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry @Rainy Days and Mondays

Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared.

Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide.

I love books about secrets and there’s a bookshop….so….have to read this one. Seems like a good one for the beach bag.

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The Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews @ Bookfan.  See the book cover and blurb below as Leslie’s second pick.
I love her fiction, so I’d love to check out this cookbook.

LESLIE

All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg at Book Dilettante, Bookfan, and Silver’s Reviews.

An intricately crafted story of madness, magic and misfortune across three generations from the author of The Middle of Somewhere and House Broken…

Vermont, 1972. Carole LaPorte has a satisfying, ordinary life. She cares for her children, balances the books for the family’s auto shop and laughs when her husband slow dances her across the kitchen floor. Her tragic childhood might have happened to someone else.

But now her mind is playing tricks on her. The accounts won’t reconcile and the murmuring she hears isn’t the television. She ought to seek help, but she’s terrified of being locked away in a mental hospital like her mother, Solange. So Carole hides her symptoms, withdraws from her family and unwittingly sets her eleven-year-old daughter Alison on a desperate search for meaning and power: in Tarot cards, in omens from a nearby river and in a mysterious blue glass box belonging to her grandmother.

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The Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews at Bookfan.

You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews’ novels a summertime favorite at the beach.

From an early spring dinner of cherry balsamic-glazed lamb chops and bacon-kissed green beans, to Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken, yuppie potato salad, and Coca-Cola cake, to her New Year’s Day Open House menu of charcoal-grilled oysters, home-cured gravlax, grits n’ greens casserole, and Meyer lemon bar trifle, this cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree coastal state of mind all year long.

MARTHA

The Coyote Hunter of Aquidneck Island by James Conroy found at Luxury Reading.

Only when he meets a professional hunter does Micah LaVeck learn the most precious lessons about living.

His town on Aquidneck Island is beset with a flourishing coyote population. Residents are divided on how to cope. The mayor of Middletown offers a compromise: a lone professional hunter acting humanely and discreetly in concert with the Conservation Department’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Micah isn’t the only one surprised when the hunter turns out to be a Native American from a local tribe, and a woman. For Micah, there is more to Kodi Red Moon than meets the eye, and he is intrigued. A relationship, however, seems improbable. He’s an older bachelor, retired federal civil servant, and semi-incapacitated with a nerve and muscle disease. She’s younger, athletic, exotic, and an army-trained sniper.

Her initial hunts are successful, but despite the mayor’s attempt to curtail publicity, it’s a small island. What isn’t seen on town streets is observed over hedges and across ponds. Conflicting factions emerge on more than two sides. Local amateur hunters want their crack at the fair game. Reporters scream freedom of the press and want details. As the entire operation starts to unravel, Kodi and Micah are bonding more and more each day and with each hunt. Nature is a force. So is love. They both have lessons to learn..

This sounds very engaging.

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Mulch Ado about Murder (Local Foods Mystery) by Edith Maxwell found at Lori’s Reading Corner.

It’s been a hot, dry spring in Westbury, Massachusetts. As organic farmer Cam Flaherty waits for much-needed rain, storm clouds of mystery begin to gather. Once again, it’s time to put away her sun hat and put on her sleuthing cap . . .

May has been anything but merry for Cam so far. Her parents have arrived unexpectedly and her crops are in danger of withering away. But all of that’s nothing compared to the grim fate that lies in store for one of her neighbors. Nicole Kingsbury is the proud owner of the town’s new hydroponic greenhouse. She claims the process will be 100% organic, but she uses chemicals to feed her crops. To Cam’s surprise, her mother embarrasses her by organizing a series of loud public protests against Nicole’s operation.

When Nicole is found dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry—clutching another set of rosary beads—Detective Pete Pappas has a new murder to solve. Showers may be scarce this spring, but there’s no shortage of suspects, including the dead woman’s embittered ex‑husband, the Other Man whose affair ruined their marriage, and Cam’s own mother. Lucky for Cam, her father turns out to have a knack for sleuthing—not to mention dealing with chickens. Will he and Cam be able to clear Mrs. Flaherty’s name before the killer strikes again?

I love the cover — I like hydroponics… and mystery of course!

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.

I hope you all are having good weather and good reading as spring moves forward.

Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

Be sure to stop back here on Wednesday 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 hard to realize the first quarter of 2017 is over. Now we can spring into better weather (we hope) and spring into more reading.

Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

Be sure to stop back here on Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye.

Mailbox Monday

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Sunflower MailboxMailbox 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 month of March has just flown by.  Who knew that with the impromptu snow and sledding, plus all the activities with my daughter, I would completely miss out on March!  It’s Spring, but only if the weather warms up will I believe it.  I’m looking forward to April and National Poetry Month, but I’m not looking forward to my allergies kicking in.

Hope everyone had a good week. Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post in the COMMENTS. (MR. Linky is having issues).

Be sure to stop back here on Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye.

Mailbox Monday

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mailboxsqurriel1Mailbox 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.

I’m trying to come up with a plan for National Poetry Month in April at my own blog, but my brain seems to be all over the place.  I’m not sure if that’s because I have too many things going on at once or because I’m itching for warmer weather that will stick around.  This freak March snow storm really was not something I looked forward to, but my daughter had a great time with her new sled, which her grampie got her when we were in New England for Thanksgiving.  I hope everyone isn’t as scatterbrained as I am.

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 here on Wednesday 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.

Even though it is March and the time has sprung forward, we’re expecting snow here in the Mid-Atlantic region on Tuesday.  My daughter has been in the mood for snow and sledding but we haven’t had anything.  If the forecasters are right, I’ll have a happy girl, who had a great birthday this past weekend with her friends.  What did you do this weekend?

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 here on Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye.

Mailbox Monday

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mailboxsqurrielMailbox 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 March, and I’m hoping for more spring weather here, but alas our first days in March were met with a smattering of snow.  Not enough to build snowmen or sled, just enough to make the trees pretty.  It’s my daughter’s sixth birthday this month, and we’ve been busy planning her first party with classmates from kindergarten. She’s very excited to be spending her birthday part with friends from school at Monkey Joe’s, which is basically an indoor place for kids to bounce and play games.

I hope everyone’s March has started off well and that you received some great 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 here on Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye.