Mailbox Month: June 2011

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Here are the books I received last month. Except In Leah’s Wake which I won in a giveaway hosted by Novel Publicity, the others were given to me free for review purposes. I usually receive three or four books in a month, but this month, it was delightfully different. I received seven books. I have finished reading a couple of these books and glanced through the others. From a quick browse, they seem like wonderful books and I am glad I received them. All of them are paperbacks.

june 2011 titles

june 2011 titles

Forever After by Deborah Raney {Goodreads | Amazon}

Lucas Vermontez was a proud firefighter like his father. Now, not only has he lost his father and his best friend, Zach, in the fire at the Grove Street homeless shelter, but the devoted rookie can no longer do the work he loves after being crippled in the tragic event. When friendship with his buddy’s beautiful widow turns into more, he wonders, what could he possibly offer Jenna? Jenna Morgan is trying to grieve her husband’s death like a proper widow, but the truth is, she never really loved Zach. His death feels more like a relief to her. But that relief is short-lived when she loses her home and the financial support of her in-laws. Now the secrets of her past threaten to destroy her future.

In Leah’s Wake by Terri Giuliano Long {Goodreads | Amazon}

The Tyler family had the perfect life until sixteen-year-old Leah decided she didn’t want to be perfect anymore. As Leah’s rebellion escalates, her parents, Zoe and Will, wage a desperate battle to save their daughter from destroying her brilliant future. Meanwhile, her younger sister, Justine, must bear the burden of coping with the destruction her out-of-control sibling leaves in her wake.

In Cortland, Massachusetts, where money and image reign supreme, the Tylers, once town royalty, soon find themselves isolated, the subject of vicious gossip and speculation. Jerry Johnson, the townie-turned-town-cop who intervenes, may be the only person in town who instinctively understands Dostoevksy’s conviction, that “everyone is responsible to all men and for all men and for everything.”

Tombstones and Banana Trees by Medad Birungi and Craig Borlase  {Goodreads | Amazon}

Once a boy who begged to die by the side of the road, once a teenager angry enough to kill, once a man broken and searching, today Medad is a testimony to God’s transforming power. Through his story of healing, Medad calls readers to find healing from their own emotional scars. As Medad’s remarkable journey shows, when people forgive each other, they are doing something truly radical. They are changing relationships, communities, countries. They are welcoming God into the corners of the human soul, where real revolution begins.

Shattered by Melody Carlson {Goodreads | Amazon}

Cleo Neilson is the only one who knows why her mother was in a seedy part of town that one night, but she’s determined to keep the secret that’s breaking her heart. Walk through this teen fiction novel of grief, guilt, faith, and forgiveness.

The Fine Art of Insincerity by Angela Hunt {Goodreads | Amazon}

Three grown Southern sisters have ten marriages between them—and more loom on the horizon—when Ginger, the eldest, wonders if she’s the only one who hasn’t inherited what their family calls “the Grandma Gene”: the tendency to like the casualness of courtship better than the intimacy of marriage. Could it be that her two sisters are fated to serially marry, just like their seven-times wed grandmother, Mrs. Lillian Irene Harper Winslow Goldstein Carey James Bobrinski Gordon George? It takes a “girls only” weekend, closing up Grandma’s treasured beach house for the last time, for the sisters to really unpack their family baggage, examine their relationship DNA, and discover the true legacy their much-marrying grandmother left behind . . .

The Trust by Sean Keefer {Goodreads | Amazon}

To attorney Noah Parks, the probate of a will should be a simple task. But the Last Will and Testament of Leonardo Xavier Cross is anything but simple. Though Parks has never heard of Cross, he learns that the will directs him to provide the legal representation for the estate and as part of his fee he will receive the contents of a safety deposit box – a safety deposit box no one knew existed. Intrigued, Parks undertakes the task. But after the body count begins to rise, the otherwise basic task of probating the will becomes more complicated as each day passes. Despite all of Parks’ skills, the answers he seeks remain elusive and force him to delve deeper into the shocking and deceptive Cross’ family history, which sets the stage for an explosive finale that Parks can only hope to survive.

Someone to Watch Over Me by Michelle Stimpson {Goodreads | Amazon}

Tori Henderson is on the fast track in her marketing career in Houston, but her personal life is slow as molasses. So when her beloved Aunt Dottie falls ill, Tori travels back to tiny Bayford to care for her. But when she arrives, she’s faced with more than she bargained for, including Dottie’s struggling local store and a troubled little step-cousin, DeAndre. Worse, the nearest Starbucks is twenty miles away. . .

Just as Tori is feeling overwhelmed, she re-connects with her old crush, the pastor’s son, Jacob, who is as handsome as Tori remembers. As the church rallies for Aunt Dottie’s recovery, Aunt Dottie rallies to remind Tori of God’s love. And when Tori and DeAndre form an unexpected bond, and sparks fly between her and Jacob, small-town life starts looking promising. Tori came to Bayford to give, but she just might receive more than she dreamed was still possible for her…

All book descriptions were taken from Barnes & Noble.

Did you receive any books last month? Comment and tell me!



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14 responses to “Mailbox Month: June 2011

  1. Very exciting! Love a good pile of books myself and seriously…everytime the doorbell rings with a new book it is like Christmas! 🙂

  2. True! I think that books make the most wonderful presents.

  3. +JMJ+

    These sound really great! I love the variety you’re going to have in your reading this month. =)

    I’m sure you get asked this a lot, but I can’t help myself, so . . . How long does it take you to finish a book of the average length of these seven? (It’s a question I get asked a lot, too, so I’ll be fair and share my answer. I need two to three days, if the book holds my attention; about a week–or sadly, even longer–if I find I don’t like it.)

    • A day or two usually. But lately, it’s been taking me longer because of RL stuff… It also depends on how thick the book is. I can read approx. 50 pages in 15 minutes.

  4. Hi, just wanted to let you know I’ve added your entry to the literary blog directory:
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    I’m not religious, but I love the sound of Tombstones and Banana Trees.

  5. You have a nice list of book that you received in your mailbox this week.
    Happy Reading,
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

    • Thanks! Left a comment at your post… hope it went through (lately, I’ve been having problems commenting at Bloggers.)

      • I typically get NetGalleys more than a paperback. I signed up for GalleyGrab simon & schuster but never received a newsletter or a book after I was approved. I sometimes get lucky and win ARC’s from goodreads though.

  6. I can’t wait to read Tombstones and Banana Trees! Don’t you love the cover design? Enjoy your books!

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