Mailbox Monday #262

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page, has gone through a few incarnations from a permanent home with Marcia to a tour of other blogs.

Now, it has its own permanent home at its own blog.

To check out what everyone has received over the last week, visit the blog and check out the links.  Leave yours too.

Also, each week, Leslie, Vicki, and I will share the Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

Here’s what I received:

1. For Such a Time by Kate Breslin for review in May with TLC Book Tours.

In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz. Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric’s compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy. Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp’s prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon.

2.  A Dangerous Age by Ellen Gilchrist from Algonquin unexpectedly.

“A Dangerous Age” tells the story of the women of the Hand family, three cousins in a Southern dynasty rich with history and tradition who are no strangers to either controversy or sadness. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, the novel is a celebration of the strength of these women, and of others like them. In her characteristically clear and direct prose, with its wry, no-nonsense approach to the world and the people who inhabit it, Gilchrist gives voice to women on a collision course with a distant war that, in truth, is never more than a breath away.

3.  Acts of God by Ellen Gilchrist from Algonquin unexpectedly.

Critically acclaimed writer Ellen Gilchrist, winner of the National Book Award, returns with her first story collection in eight years.In Acts of God, master short story writer Ellen Gilchrist has crafted a collection that takes us into eleven scenarios in which people dealing with forces beyond their control somehow manage to survive, persevere, and even triumph.For Marie James, a teenager from Fayetteville, Arkansas, the future changes when she joins a group of friends in their effort to find survivors among the debris left when a tornado destroys a neighboring town. For Philipa, taking control of her own fate is the greatest act of courage she can imagine, and the most difficult. For Eli Naylor, left orphaned by a flood, there arrives the understanding that out of tragedy can come the greatest good. In one way or another, all of these people are survivors who find the strength to go on when confronted with their own mortality, and they come alive in these stories, told with clear-eyed optimism and a salty sense of humor.

4. The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor from HarperCollins’ William Morrow for review.

Inspired by true events surrounding a group of Irish emigrants who sailed on the maiden voyage of R.M.S Titanic, The Girl Who Came Home is a story of enduring love and forgiveness, spanning seventy years. It is also the story of the world’s most famous ship, whose tragic legacy continues to captivate our hearts and imaginations one hundred years after she sank to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean with such a devastating loss of life.

In a rural Irish village in April 1912, seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy is anxious about the trip to America. While the thirteen others she will travel with from her Parish anticipate a life of prosperity and opportunity – including her strict Aunt Kathleen who will be her chaperon for the journey – Maggie is distraught to be leaving Séamus, the man she loves with all her heart. As the carts rumble out of the village, she clutches a packet of love letters in her coat pocket and hopes that Séamus will be able to join her in America soon.

What did you receive?


  1. The Girl who Came Home sounds fascinating. Enjoy your books.

  2. I’ve got The Girl Who Came Home as well and it sounds so good. I’m looking forward to maybe some warm weather and sitting outside with my books again. Enjoy all these books!
    Darlene´s last blog post ..The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker (Audiobook)

  3. I love anything to do with the Titanic, so The Girl Who Came Home is going on my TBR list.
    Vicki´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday

  4. For Such a Time and The Girl Who Came Home look very good. AWESOME covers too.

    ENJOY your books and your week.

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    Elizabeth´s last blog post ..It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  5. I just received The Girl Who Came Home, enjoy! your new books.
    mary Ann Langan´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday

  6. Awesome mailbox! I’m going to be adding “The Girl Who Came Home” and “For Such a Time” to my TBR list. They look really good!
    DeniseF´s last blog post ..Book Blast: “The Chalice” by Nancy Bilyeau

  7. Such varied books!! Happy Reading!!

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  8. These all look wonderful…and I love the look of the Gilchrist books. Enjoy! And thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. I can’t wait to see what you think of For Such a Time and The Girl Who Came Home. Happy reading!
    Anna´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday — March 17

  10. Wow! All of these sound amazing. I’ll have to add them to my wish list.
    Cheryl Malandrinos´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday – March 17

  11. Really like all your books! They all sound great…how are you going to pick which one to read first?
    Sam Still Reading´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday 17/3/14

  12. What a great mailbox! The first and last book caught my eyes. They are my kind of books. April is around the corner so I wonder if other Titanic titles will show up. Hope you love them!
    Laura Fabiani´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday and It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? March 17 Edition

  13. The Girl Who Came Home sounds really good!
    Mary´s last blog post ..Sunday Post

  14. The Girl Who Came Home looks great to me. I like reading Titanic stories. Enjoy and have a great week!
    Lucy @ The Reading Date´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday (88)

  15. I got the Algonquin books too. I hope you enjoy all you got!
    bermudaonion (Kathy)´s last blog post ..Review: Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

  16. I do so like the mix of reads. All new to me.
    Mystica´s last blog post ..THE ENGLISH GIRL by DANIEL SILVA


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