Monday, December 20, 2010

Mondays: Mailbox/Where Am I/And gifts too!!

Mailbox Monday has moved over to Let Them Read Books for the month of December and In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren.

I received only one  book, in the past week, thanks to the author:

In order to escape the machinations of his father the Duke, Gayle Windham, Earl of Westhaven, is spending the summer in his townhouse in London. His father is desperate for Gayle to get married, going so far as to bribe potential fiancĂ©es or threaten them with his lofty connections. The discomfort of the hot sweltering summer is nothing compared to the onslaught of women who do not interest him, a category that, oddly, does not include his new housekeeper. Anna Seaton excels at her position, remembering the earl’s preferences, and making sure he has a well-kept home. But she does remain remote. The more Gayle sees Anna, the more he realizes that she is no ordinary housekeeper: She is beautiful, well-read, and acts and speaks like a true lady. As the two become intimate, he realizes that she is hiding a secret. And while he plans to make her his wife, she is planning her escape.
I got these from Veens! As you can see a bracelet (how did she know I love bracelets?!), that toy zuzu (it is a keyring), a small notebook (I needed one!), a card which can be used as book mark, a purse, and a letter. I must not forget the novel, Tinkers by Paul Harding, a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Synopsis:

An old man lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.
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I finished reading:
93) The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart
92) The Heir by Grace Burrowes 
91) From the Dead by John Herrick

18 comments:

Julie Anne Lindsey said...

I love when authors send books. I hope you have a chance to be still and read and enjoy it this week. Merry Christmas!

Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews said...

I enjoyed The Heir. Happy Reading and Merry Christmas!

Lady Q said...

The Heir sounds great! I'll keep an eye out for your thoughts on The Tinker and see if it lives up to the hype! Thanks for stopping by my Mailbox. Happy reading!

bermudaonion said...

What a great gift from Veens! Enjoy your new books!

Veens said...

I wanted to send you a ring, but because of finger size issue bought a bracelet instead :)

I am so glad you like the gifts, it was great choosing them for you :)

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What lovely gifts! It's Christmas already...

Tinkers sounds like a wonderful book.

Hope you have a great week and a wonderful holiday.

Here's my Monday:

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Gnoe (@Graasland) said...

Tinkers is on my Mt TBR too and I'm really excited about that! but I can't start reading it yet, need to finish my current read first, go into holiday mode reading after that and need to read a book group book before the end of December as well...

Let's curl up on the couch and read!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Love the gifts and the books you are reading! Have an awesome week!

Tribute Books Mama said...

I received for review Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately from Gallery Publishers.

Roberta Gately’s lyrical and authentic debut novel—inspired by her own experiences as a nurse in third world war zones—is one woman’s moving story of offering help and finding hope in the last place she expected.

Gripped by haunting magazine images of starving refugees, Elsa has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a teenager. Of leaving her humble working-class Boston neighborhood to help people whose lives are far more difficult than her own. No one in her family has ever escaped poverty, but Elsa has a secret weapon: a tube of lipstick she found in her older sister’s bureau. Wearing it never fails to raise her spirits and cement her determination. With lipstick on, she can do anything—even travel alone to war-torn Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

But violent nights as an ER nurse in South Boston could not prepare Elsa for the devastation she witnesses at the small medical clinic she runs in Bamiyan. As she struggles to prove herself to the Afghan doctors and local villagers, she begins a forbidden romance with her only confidant, a charming Special Forces soldier. Then, a tube of lipstick she finds in the aftermath of a tragic bus bombing leads her to another life-changing friendship. In her neighbor Parween, Elsa finds a kindred spirit, fiery and generous. Together, the two women risk their lives to save friends and family from the worst excesses of the Taliban. But when the war waging around them threatens their own survival, Elsa discovers her only hope is to unveil the warrior within. Roberta Gately’s raw, intimate novel is an unforgettable tribute to the power of friendship and a poignant reminder of the tragic cost of war.

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I received for review Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires Series #1) by Joann Sowles from the author.

In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…

Pam said...

Oh! oh! I JUST picked up Tinkers! Fun package. Enjoy!

Mystica said...

Tinkers sounds a good read. Enjoy and Merry Christmas.

Teddy Rose said...

Enjoy! I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart. I am about 100 pages into it.

I received one book.

Aisle B said...

Enjoy the reads.. and kiss the historical romance one for me... sigh...

Nise' said...

I am so glad you are reading your way out of a slump! Nice gifts! Have a great reading week.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

The Heir sounds wonderful! I'm going to have to add it to my wish list. ;)

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

Jo-Jo said...

What great gifts you received! Looks like you will be busy for awhile!

Anna said...

That's an awesome gift. Veens is so sweet!

carolsnotebook said...

What a nice gift. And enjoy your books.