Mailbox Monday #329

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page, has a 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.  The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig, which I received for review in July from Tandem Literary.

Claire “Neely” O’Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. Every great chef can taste shimmering, elusive flavors that most of us miss, but Neely can “taste” feelings—cinnamon makes you remember; plum is pleased with itself; orange is a wake-up call. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone’s inner self, she can customize her creations to help that person celebrate love, overcome fear, even mourn a devastating loss.

Maybe that’s why she feels the need to go home to Millcreek Valley at a time when her life seems about to fall apart. The bakery she opens in her hometown is perfect, intimate, just what she’s always dreamed of—and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told.

Neely has always been able to help everyone else. Getting to the end of this story may be just what she needs to help herself.

2.  Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans from Harper Collins for review for TLC Book Tours.

When Noel Bostock – aged ten, no family – is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he ends up living in St Albans with Vera Sedge – thirty-six and drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she’s unscrupulous about how she gets it.

Noel’s mourning his godmother, Mattie, a former suffragette. Brought up to share her disdain for authority and eclectic approach to education, he has little in common with other children and even less with Vee, who hurtles impulsively from one self-made crisis to the next. The war’s thrown up new opportunities for making money but what Vee needs (and what she’s never had) is a cool head and the ability to make a plan.

On her own, she’s a disaster. With Noel, she’s a team.

Together they cook up an idea. Criss-crossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to make a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life.

But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war and some of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn’t actually safe at all…

What did you receive?


  1. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) says

    Cake?!? I’m there! 😉

    Happy reading!

  2. The Cake Therapist looks yummy. I’m hosting a giveaway but didn’t have time toget it read for a review. I tend to overdo my TBR pile!

  3. Glad to hear Cake Therapist was good.

  4. I liked The Cake Therapist and look forward to your thoughts on Crooked Heart. Have a good week!

  5. I loved Crooked Heart, hope you do too!

  6. All these books about cake are making me mad that I don’t have any cake lol. Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

  7. Topazshell says

    I really, really want to read The Cake Therapist. Hope you enjoy it. Crooked Heart seems like a good one too.

  8. I really really really want to read The Cake Therapist!
    Enjoy both books

  9. Laurel-Rain Snow says

    The Cake Therapist looks like a delicious read. Thanks for sharing and enjoy. And thanks for visiting my blog.

  10. bermudaonion(Kathy) says

    I liked The Cake Therapist and will post about it tomorrow. Crooked Heart looks good too.