Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mailbox Monday (40)

Is it already Monday? The September weeks are flying by! Well, it's time for Mailbox Monday, a fun meme created by Marcia at The Printed Page. It has now gone on tour and for the month of September will be hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion's Weblog. (If you want to join in on the fun, just click and see what others have received in their mailboxes.) Got some great books last week.

The 39 Clues Book 10: Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Scholastic)

Throughout the hunt for the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan Cahill have uncovered history's greatest mysteries and their family's deadliest secrets. But are they ready to face the truth about the Cahills and the key to their unmatched power? After a whirlwind race that's taken them across five continents, Amy and Dan face the most the difficult challenge yet- a task no Cahill dared to imagine. When faced with a choice that could change the future of the world, can two kids succeed where 500 years worth of famous ancestors failed?

In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Bethany House)

As three friends who grew up in the same orphanage head off to college together, they each harbor a cherished dream. Libby wishes to become a famous journalist, Pete plans to study to become a minister, and Bennett wants to join a fraternity and have as much fun as possible. But as tensions rise around the world on the brink of World War I, the friends' differing aspirations and opinions begin to divide them, as well. And when Libby makes a shocking discovery about Pete's family, will it drive a final wedge between the friends or bond them in ways they never anticipated?

Love's First Bloom by Delia Parr (Bethany House)

Ruth Livingstone's life changes drastically the day her father puts a young child in her arms and sends her to a small village in New Jersey under an assumed name. There Ruth pretends to be a widow and quietly secludes herself until her father is acquitted of a crime. But with the emergence of the penny press, the imagination of the reading public is stirred, and her father's trial stands center stage. Asher Tripp is the brash newspaperman who determines that this case is the event he can use to redeem himself as a journalist. Ruth finds solace tending a garden along the banks of the Toms River--a place where she can find a measure of peace in the midst of the sorrow that continues to build. It is also here that Asher Tripp finds a temporary residence, all in an attempt to discover if the lovely creature known as Widow Malloy is truly Ruth Livingstone, the woman every newspaper has been looking for. Love begins to slowly bloom...but is the affection they share strong enough to withstand the secrets that separate them?

The Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris (Bethany House)

Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and kidnapping a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expects to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from him, but ends up with a feisty copperhaired orphan thrown over his shoulder who was on her way to marry Sullivan's bitter enemy. Emily McCarthy is an orphan out of options. Forced to marry because she was too old for her orphanage, she doesn't take kindly to her "rescue." Still she trusts God can turn any situation to good especially when it seems Sullivan may just be the man of her dreams. But Sullivan's crossed a dangerous man unused to losing and Emily may just be the prize he's unwilling to sacrifice.

Masquerade by Nancy Moser (Bethany House)

1886, New York City: Charlotte Gleason, a rich heiress from England, escapes a family crisis by traveling to America in order to marry the even wealthier Conrad Tremaine. She soon decides that an arranged marriage is not for her and persuades her maid, Dora, to take her place. What begins as the whim of a spoiled rich girl wanting adventure becomes a test of survival amid poverty beyond Charlotte's blackest nightmares. As for Dora, she lives a fairy tale complete with gowns, jewels, and lavish mansions--yet is tormented by guilt and the presence of another love that will not die. Will their masquerade be discovered? Will one of them have second thoughts? There is no guarantee the switch will work. It's a risk. It's the chance of a lifetime.

Within my Heart by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House)

Widow Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat and provide for her two young sons, though some days it feels as though her efforts are sabotaged at every turn. When her cattle come down with disease and her sons' lives are endangered, she must turn to Rand Brookston, Timber Ridge's physician and reluctant veterinarian. While Rachel appreciates his help, she squelches any feelings she might have for Rand--her own father was a doctor and his patients always took priority over his family. Rachel refuses to repeat the mistakes her mother made. But when she's courted by a wealthy client of the local resort, she faces a choice: self-sufficiency and security or the risk inherent in the deepest of loves.

What did you get in your mailbox last week?

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  1. I really, really want to read Masquerade! Enjoy!!

  2. Love's First Bloom sounds like a sweet story.

    Enjoy all your books!

  3. Nice mailbox! The cover of Masquerade is just gorgeous!

  4. Oh, I haven't even *started* the 39 Clues series yet. Though I do have the first 4 books. What a great line up of authors!

  5. Masquerade looks promising. I passed up the opportunity to review it a few weeks ago.

  6. I enjoy Kim Vogel Sawyer so I will be on the lookout for her book. You have a great mailbox this week! Enjoy!

  7. I received "In Every Heartbeat" today. I'm wondering where it came from; however, but it does look as though it will be a good read. Masquerade is definitely on my want list! Great mailbox!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries


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