Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mailbox Monday for February 13 and Giveaways!

Welcome to Mailbox Monday!

I am excited to be hosting this month, and I have two giveaways lined up this week. Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists! Last month Rose City Reader hosted and you can view the touring blog list at Mailbox Monday blog for the upcoming months.
*Please note: I will be posting MM on Sunday mornings.

The winner of last week's Mailbox Monday Giveaway (The Jane Austen Fiction Package) is: Amber Stults. Congratulations! (Winner chosen with

My Mailbox

I think I am going to have lots of fun and laughter reading these two books!

The Egg And I by Betty MacDonald (Book Club read)

When Betty MacDonald married and moved to a small farm on the Olympic Peninsula in the State of Washington, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. No running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, with barely a moment to put one's feet up. And this was before the children arrived. But the MacDonalds managed to keep their sense of humor, and this account of their adventures with the house and with neighbors is an endearing frontier classic.

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle by Olivia deBelle Byrd (For review by author)

With storytelling written in the finest Southern tradition from the soap operas of Chandler Street in the quaint town of Gainesville, Georgia, to a country store on the Alabama state line, Oliviade Belle Byrd delves with wit and amusement into the world of the Deep South with all its unique idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms.  The characters who dance across the pages range from Great-Aunt LottieMae, who is as “old-fashioned and opinionated as the day is long,” to Mrs. Brewton, who calls everyone “dahling” whether they are darling or not, to Isabella with her penchant for mint juleps and drama.  Humorous anecdotes from a Christmas coffee, where one can converse with a lady who has Christmas trees with blinking lights dangling from her ears, to Sunday church,where a mink coat is mistaken for possum, will delight Southerners and baffle many a non-Southerner. There is the proverbial Southern beauty pageant, where even a six-month-old can win a tiara, to a funeral faux pas of the iron clad Southern rule—one never wears white after Labor Day and, dear gussy, most certainly not to a funeral.  Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle is guaranteed to provide an afternoon of laugh-out-loud reading and hilarious enjoyment.

And now for the giveaways! 

First Giveaway: YA Package (2 books)

Old Photographs by Sherie Posesorski
Fourteen-year-old Phoebe Hecht is slowly making her way through the long boring days of summer vacation. It doesn’t help that her mom’s marriage to a wealthy heart surgeon means that they’ve left their old, comfortable lives behind – so much so that her mom now seems ashamed at the merest mention of their humble beginnings. Now they live in a fancy Toronto neighborhood where she doesn’t belong, and the only friend she made at her new school, Yuri Kimura, has gone to Tokyo for the summer. The only thing getting Pheobe through the summer is her obsession with Agatha Christie mysteries and her covert spying on Colin, her crush who works at the local grocery store.

A chance meeting with a kind elderly neighbor named Mrs. Tomblin changes everything and brings all Phoebe’s interests together. When Mrs. Tomblin is robbed and assaulted she can’t remember anything about what happened, due to the fact that she is in the early stages of dementia. It is up to Phoebe and Colin to try and solve the mystery of the robbery. Could Mrs. Tomblin’s collection of old photographs be at the centre of the puzzle?

The Way It Is by Donalda Reid
To Ellen Manery, a brilliant, introverted, socially isolated fifteen-year-old, there is nothing good about the summer of 1967, especially when her parents decide to move to a small town in the interior of British Columbia. None of the big ideas of the decade – the civil rights movement, the sexual revolution, women’s rights – have had much of an effect on this small community.

Ellen has always been more interested in studying than a social life, but that begins to change when she meets Tony Paul, an eighteen-year-old who is a Shuswap Indian and lives on the nearby reserve. It is Tony’s friendship that gives Ellen the strength to endure the loneliness, discrimination, and sexism she faces during her last year in high school. But as their friendship turns into something deeper, they must decide if they can break free of the small minds around them and forge their own future.

Second Giveaway: A Novel of Ireland

The Matchmaker of Kenmare by Frank Delaney
Read Sandra's review of this newest release by one of Ireland's greatest authors.

“And there’s a legend—she had only vague details—that all couples who are meant to marry are connected by an invisible silver cord which is wrapped around their ankles at birth, and in time the matchmaking gods pull those cords tighter and tighter and draw the couple slowly toward one another until they meet.” So says Miss Kate Begley, Matchmaker of Kenmare, the enigmatic woman Ben MacCarthy meets in the summer of 1943.

As World War II rages on, Ben remains haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his wife, the actress Venetia Kelly. Searching for purpose by collecting stories for the Irish Folklore Commission, he travels to a remote seaside cottage to profile the aforementioned Matchmaker of Kenmare.

Ben is immediately captivated by the forthright Miss Begley, who is remarkably self-assured in her instincts but provincial in her experience. Miss Begley is determined to see that Ben moves through his grief—and a powerful friendship is forged along the way.

But when Charles Miller, a striking American military intelligence officer, arrives on the scene, Miss Begley develops an intense infatuation and looks to make a match for herself. Miller needs a favor, but it will be dangerous. Under the cover of their neutrality as Irish citizens, Miss Begley and Ben travel to London and effectively operate as spies. As they are drawn more deeply and painfully into the conflict, both discover the perils of neutrality—in both love and war.

How to Enter:
Thanks to Andrea from Second Story Press and Leah Paulos for offering these books. There will be two winners, one for each giveaway. Entering is easy.
  • Just leave the link to your Mailbox post by using Mr. Linky below. 
  • For an extra entry, leave a comment at the end of this post. If you do not wish to be entered, you can still leave the link to your MM but also leave me a comment telling me not to enter you. 
  • If you prefer to be entered for only one of the giveaways, please let me know if it's for the first or second. If you want an extra entry for the second giveaway, leave a comment under the review post of The Matchmaker of Kenmare.
  • Open to Us and Canada. No PO Boxes.
  • Giveaway ends Saturday, February 19 at 9:00 pm Eastern Time.
  • Winners will be announced the next day in the MM post.
So what did you get in your mailbox last week. Link up and share!

Mailbox Monday Participants
1. Mary/Bookfan
2. Mystica
3. Book Obsessed
4. kaye @Pudgy Penguin Perusals
5. CraftyMissT
6. Elysium (bookramblings)
7. aisle b
8. Mrs. Q: Book Addict
9. Kate {The Parchment Girl}
10. Lieder Madchen (Songs and Stories)
11. Alayne (The Crowded Leaf)
12. Jonita (The Book Chick)
13. SavvyVerse&Wit
14. Ellie @ Books, Fitness & Other Stuff
15. Melody's Reading Corner
16. Laurel-Rain @An Interior Journey
17. Staci- Life in the Thumb
18. gautami tripathy
19. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries
20. Lady Q @ Let Them Read Books
21. Kristi @ Books and Needlepoint
22. Crystal @ I Totally Paused!
23. Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree
24. RAnn@This That and the Other Thing
25. Bluestocking
26. Ruth @ Bookish Ruth
27. Christy @ Readin' and Dreamin'
28. Wordsmithonia
29. Laura @ I'm Booking It
30. Alice Teh
31. Jess - A Book Hoarder
32. Laura @ NotJustReading
33. Svea @ Confessions & Ramblings of a Muse in the Fog
34. Majanka (I<3Reading)
35. Diane (BibliophileBythe Sea)
36. Diary of an Eccentric
37. Kathy/Bermudaonion's Weblog
38. Kim (Metroreader)
39. Julie Anne Lindsey
40. Karissa's Reading Review
41. Bonnie (Redlady's Reading Room)
42. Tribute Books Mama
43. Shelly (Write For A Reader)
44. Kristen (BookNAround)
45. Caitlin (chaotic compendiums)
46. Amused (Amused BY Books)
47. apple blossom @ 4 the LOVE of BOOKS
48. Kim(page after page)
49. Cheryl~CMash Loves To Read
50. The Book Faery Reviews
51. Rose City Reader
52. Donna (Bookbound)
53. Carol's Notebook
54. Tara @ Taming the Bookshelf
55. Wendy (Caribousmom)
56. Martina @ Book Drunkard
57. Nicola @ Back to Books
58. Bina (If you can read this)
59. Coffee and a Book Chick
60. MariReads
61. Heather @ The Maiden's Court
62. Southern Fiber
63. Avis (she reads and reads)
64. Tara @ Tales of a Book Addict
65. Robyn @ You Think Too Much
66. Psychotic State Book Reviews
67. Teddy (So Many Precious Books)
68. Michelle @ The True Book Addict
69. Wrighty's Reads
70. Amber Stults
71. Andrea (So Many Books, So Little Time)

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  1. Looks like a couple of good books - adding them to my tbr list. I wonder how The Egg and I holds up after so many years.

    Please don't enter my name in the giveaways.

  2. The Miss Hildreth Wore Brown looks good - hope you enjoy your new books.

    No need to enter me in the give either.

    happy Valentines Day Monday!

  3. Both of your books do look fun! The Egg and I sounds so familiar, I think I must have read it years ago.

  4. I really enjoyed the laughs I had with Miss Hildreth and I hope you'll enjoy the giggles too.

    I love the cover for The Egg and I too. It's so original and makes me think of Seuss.

    A bientot and no SNOW! Yeppers we were lucky this weekend with no snowfall in MTL. :)

  5. The Egg and I looks good. I read Mrs. Hildreth Wore Brown and thought it was very funny.

    Both giveaway books look interesting!

  6. I read The Egg and I many years ago...time for a reread!

    Loved Miss Hildreth Wore Brown...enjoy!

  7. I received a copy of Miss Hildreth too...both look great-Enjoy!

    I would love to be entered for #2

  8. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown is in my review pile, too! It looks SO good! The Egg and I ... I can imagine how cool it will be; I will definitely look for your review on that one!

    Congrats to Amber on the win last week!

  9. I got Miss Hildreth, too :) Please enter me in The Matchmaker of Kenmare giveaway! I'm dying to read that one. Off to your review to leave a comment for an extra entry! Thanks for hosting this month!

  10. I haven't heard of either of your books -but The Egg and I sounds like it will be fun to read. I recently discovered the "southern" books so I will be adding the second book to my TBR list as well.

    Please just enter me for the YA books - I am reading The Matchmaker of Kenmare this month also.


  11. It looks like you have some fun reading in front of you. Have a great week with your books!

  12. Oooh... I love the look of the photography book! You have a great mailbox!

  13. Looks like you received a few fun reads --enjoy Laura.

  14. Miss Hildreth looks fun! Enjoy your new books. No need to enter me.

  15. I see we both received Miss Hildreth Wore Brown. It looks like a fun read.

  16. The Egg and I just looks like a fun read!

  17. Sometimes books that will make you laugh are just what you need in Februarty, aren't they? I think I have a copy of The Egg and I sitting around here somewhere. I should really dig it out and enjoy a giggle or two as well.

  18. the Egg and I looks cute.

    I received my review copy of
    Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle by Olivia deBelle Byrd too.

    I posted on mr linky the link to my MM thanks for hosting

  19. I read the Egg and I years ago and found it to be delightful. I loved that it was a true story and occurred in my neck of the woods! If you enjoy her, you should definitely find her other books to read.

    I would love to read The Matchmaker of Kenmare---it sounds very intriguing.

  20. I have Miss Hildreth Wore Brown in my tbr pile and can't wait to read it.

  21. The Matchmaker looks like a good read! Thanks for hosting this month! Happy Valentines Day!

  22. It does look like you have some fun reading ahead of you. Enjoy!

  23. I'm looking forward to reading Miss Hildreth Wore Brown as well. Happy reading!

  24. Both of your books look wonderful! I have a nagging suspicion I may have read The Egg and I many moons ago, but that just verifies it needs a re-read!

    I am just interested in the Novel of Ireland giveaway.

  25. Old Photographs sounds so good, I can relate to the Christie obsession :D Thanks for hosting!

  26. I'm in agreement with a few other commenters on Old Photographs - this one definitely sounds like a winner! Here's my Mailbox: Coffee and a Book Chick -- Mailbox Monday...

  27. Enjoy all your books and thanks for hosting this month.

  28. Woohoo - GREAT set of books you have for the giveaways this week! Going to comment on the second book listed - I absolutely *adore* books about Ireland :D

  29. Sound like two fun books. I had great fun sharing the bounty I acquired this weekend at my local bookstore. I don't usually buy this many books at once, but it was quite exciting.

  30. My first MM of February! Thanks for hosting this month. =O)

    Please enter me for the Delaney book only. His last book, Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show, was one of my favorite reads of 2010. Thanks for the chance to win his new one!


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