Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at Mailbox Monday. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Audra at Unabridged Chick is hosting for the month of February. You can also view the touring blog list here for the upcoming months.
At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother—she pays the bills, does the laundry, and never complains because she loves her mama more than anyone. And while her father’s new girlfriend is nice enough, Ava still holds out hope that her parents will get back together and that they’ll be a family again. But only days after Victor and Grace get engaged, Kelli dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances—and soon, Grace and Ava discover that there was much more to Kelli’s life than either ever knew.
Narrated by Grace and Ava in the present with flashbacks into Kelli’s troubled past, Heart Like Mine is a poignant, hopeful portrait of womanhood, love, and the challenges and joys of family life.
A sampler of 28 forthcoming titles to coincide with Winter Institute. Start reading exclusive pre-publication excerpts right now from 28 top spring and summer titles, including many featured at the American Bookseller Association’s Winter Institute. It includes hot debuts, nonfiction from bestselling authors, breakout books from seasoned novelists, and some great young adult literature. Enjoy new work from Michael Pollan, Chip and Dan Heath, Meg Wolitzer, Kate Atkinson, Joe Hill, Sarah Dessen and more.
One summer. That's all the time it takes to set your world spinning — or so Clarissa learns. Feeling abandoned by Mattie (camp), Benji (drama school), and even Michael (babysitting), Clarissa feels even more alone when her mother tells her she's marrying Doug. This announcement gets Clarissa thinking about her father, and her search for answers leads to her stumbling upon information about the secret teenage life of her mother, and more importantly, about Bill, her absentee father.
Things get complicated when she spots a man who looks a lot like Bill. Approaching him winds up revealing a whole world of surprises that threaten to shake her image of her mother forever. Will Clarissa be able to move beyond the past and take part in Annie's vision of the future? Happily ever after has never seemed so impossible.
Because of his elder brother’s unexpected death, Devlin Greyson becomes Earl of Ravensmoore and struggles between two worlds: one of affluence and privilege and one of poverty and disease. Torn between his desire to become a doctor and the numerous responsibilities of his title, he wrestles with God’s will for his future. Will he be able to honor this God-given gift and win the woman he falls in love with in a society that does not value gentlemen who work? And will Lady Madeline Whittington be able to honor her father’s memory when she is attracted to the one man who could destroy the promise she made to her father?
This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read. The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.
Read and reviewed:
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (un-put-downable!)
The Memory Clinic by Dr. Tiffany Chow (inspiring non-fiction)
Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill (fantastic narration)
Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel ( great fantasy story for middle-graders)
Keeper of the Black Stones by P.T. McHugh
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
Hope you all have a great reading week!