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Monday, April 4, 2011

Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox: Full of Joy!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on a blog tour!

This month, Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Amy over at Passages to the Past, so stop by and join the fun!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren!

It is so much fun to see what everyone is getting in the mail.

Thanks for taking the time to visit ~ I just love hearing from you! Please let me know if you have read any of these books - I'd love to hear how you liked them!! :)

Stay tuned for a GREAT giveaway I'm going to try to get up today or tomorrow! I don't think you will want to miss this one. :) I'll post a link here if I can get it up today!

Here are the wonderful books that have come into my house over the past week.

Beside Still Waters: A Big Sky NovelBeside Still Waters: A Big Sky Novel by Tricia Goyer ~ Fiction / Christian / Amish ~ Available April 15th~
Raised among the Amish of Indiana, 18-year-old Marianna Sommer plans to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and set up life in the only community she has ever known. But when her older brother chooses the world’s path following his rumschpringe, and a younger sibling begins showing interest in Englisch ways, Marianna’s parents move the family to Montana.

Although she is also in her rumschpringe years and not obligated to move, Marianna makes the journey to dutifully help her mother who is expecting another child. Surprisingly, from strangers on the cross-country train ride to the less rigid stance of the new Montana community, many Englisch influences awaken within Marianna—and even her father—the desire to pursue a deeper kind of joy and love for God.

After an accident, Marianna tells her friend Ben a defining story about the Sommer family, and his response further illumines the active relationship God seeks with His followers. In due time, she learns the move from Indiana was not about losing anything, but finding out who God really is. Despite all the shake-ups, Marianna feels a sweet peace, like still waters, in her soul.

A Cowboy's Touch (A Big Sky Romance)A Cowboy's Touch: A Gib Sky Romance by Denise Hunter ~ Fiction / Christian / Romance ~ Available Now ~ Received for review courtesy of The B&B Media Group
Abigail is just in Moose Creek, Montana for the summer to temporarily care for her great aunt. But a tender-hearted cowboy beckons her to stay.

Abigail Jones intends to spend just one summer in middle-of-nowhere Montana with her Aunt Lucy. Time away from her job is just what Abigail needs to reassess her life. The slow pace has her breathing deeply for the first time in years. And the majestic scenery encourages her to get reacquainted with herself . . . and God.

What she didn't count on was the handsome widowed cowboy who owns the ranch where her aunt lives. When the rancher loses his daughter's nanny, Abigail decides to lend a hand for the summer.

Wade Ryan can't help being attracted to Abigail. But he's given up everything to protect his daughter, and he's not about to risk it all on a pretty face.

Under Abigail's care, Wade's home and daughter thrive. And with Wade's touch, Abigail's heart feels at home at last. But Abigail knows this elusive rancher is hiding something. Will her own secrets separate her from the cowboy who finally captured her heart?

Dreams of Joy: A NovelDreams of Joy: A Novel ARC by Lisa See ~ Fiction ~ Available May 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the Publisher for review
In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy.

Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, and anger at her mother and aunt for keeping them from her, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father—the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the communist regime.

Devastated by Joy’s flight and terrified for her safety, Pearl is determined to save her daughter, no matter the personal cost. From the crowded city to remote villages, Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy, hoping for reconciliation. Yet even as Joy’s and Pearl’s separate journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in China’s history threatens their very lives.

Mission: Out of Control (Love Inspired Suspense)Mission: Out of Control (Missions of Mercy) by Susan May Warren ~ Fiction / Romance / Inspirational Suspense ~ Available Now ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review and tour with LitFuse Publicity in April
Brody "Wick" Wickham is a former Green Beret turned security agent—with a 100 percent mission success rate. No way is his new assignment changing that. Even if it's protecting a diva American rock star while she's on tour in Europe. Except Veronica "Vonya" Wagner isn't just a beautiful celebrity used to having her way—she's the daughter of a U.S. Senator. And she's hiding a dangerous secret. When Wick discovers what's at stake, how far over the line will he go to keep them both alive?

Point of No Return (Love Inspired Suspense)Point of No Return (Missions of Mercy) by Susan May Warren ~ Fiction / Romance / Inspirational Suspense ~ Available Now ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review and tour with LitFuse Publicity in April
An American boy and a warlord's engaged daughter have disappeared—together—in an Eastern European border country. Only one man can find them in time to prevent an international meltdown—Chet Stryker. But Chet is taken aback when he realizes the boy is the nephew of Mae Lund, Chet's former flame. When Mae insists on rescuing her relative herself, Chet knows he has to protect her from the enemy on their trail. Yet can he protect himself from falling for Mae again?

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate. I get a very small amount for any purchases made when you click through a link from Wendi's Book Corner, which I then save up to buy more books. :)


Anonymous said...

Looks like some good ones. Enjoy!

bermudaonion said...

I'm really excited about Dreams of Joy. I hope you enjoy all of your new books.

bermudaonion said...

I'm really excited about Dreams of Joy. I hope you enjoy all of your new books.

Kristen said...

You're going to be busy reading! And I'll look forward to seeing if we agree about Dreams of Joy once we'e both read it. :-)

Elysium said...

Dreams of Joy sounds so good! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your new books!

Unknown said...

Enjoy your shiny new toys!

Anonymous said...

Happy Reading! I have all those books to be read, except one(Dreams of Joy) and I will be adding it to my wish list! Thanks for sharing!

~Molly from Reviews by Molly~

Terri B. said...

I still want to read something by Lisa See! Nice list :o)

Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

Wow, you got a lot of great books this week! I can't wait to see what you think of Lisa See's book... I haven't ready any of her books, but this one intrigues me. I hope you enjoy Tricia Goyer's book as well!

Amused said...

Looking forward to seeing what you think of Dreams of Joy as well!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Dreams of Joy is on my TBR list. I've liked the Lisa See books I've read.

Kaye said...

Beside Still Waters sounds interesting. Lisa See's book also found it's way to my mailbox. Enjoy all your new reads. Have a great week and happy reading. My MM is here

Unknown said...

I've seen that Lisa See book everywhere. I've never read anything by her, believe it or not.

Elizabeth said...

First-time visitor....love your blog and your header is adorable.

Stopping by from the linky on Passages To The Past.


RAnn said...

I enjoyed A Cowboy's Touch; hope you do too!

Bellezza said...

I didn't know Lisa See had a new novel out! Thanks for telling us! (Didn't like The Girls of Shang-hai, but loved Snowflower and the Secret Fan. ;)

Staci said...

I want the first 3 in my mailbox!! :)


Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I am looking forward to reading the new Lisa See book myself. I hope you enjoy your new reads.

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