Monday, May 8, 2023

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!!
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1: A BAKERY IN PARIS by Aimie K. Runyan
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From the author of The School for German Brides, this captivating historical novel set in nineteenth-century and post-World War II Paris follows two fierce women of the same family, generations apart, who find that their futures lie in the four walls of a simple bakery in a tiny corner of Montmartre.

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Four working-class Vancouver sisters, still reeling from the impact of World War I and the pandemic that stole their only brother, are scraping by but attempting to make the most of the exciting 1920s. Gin, Turpentine, Pennyroyal, Rue is a story of love and longing ― but like all love stories, it’s complicated … Morag is pregnant; she loves her husband. Georgina can’t bear hers and dreams of getting an education. Harriet-Jean, still at home with her opium-addicted mother, is in love with a woman. Isla’s pregnant too ― and in love with her sister’s husband. Only one other soul knows about Isla’s pregnancy, and it isn’t the father. When Isla resorts to a back-alley abortion and nearly dies, Llewellyn becomes hellbent on revenge, but against whom and to what end? What will it change for Isla and her sisters? For women? And where can revenge lead for a man like Llew, a police detective tangled up in running rum to Prohibition America? Gin, Turpentine, Pennyroyal, Rue is immersed in the complex political and social realities of the 1920s and, not-so ironically, of the 2020s: love, sex, desire, police corruption, abortion, addiction, and women wanting more. Both elegant and witty, with a compelling cast of characters, this novel is a tender account of love that cannot be acknowledged, of loss and regret, risk and defiance, abiding friendship, and the powerful bonds of chosen family.

3: THE VANISHING HOUR by Seraphina Nova Glass
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"Glass weaves a taut web of suspicion, murder and revenge in this chilling tale."—Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish, on Someone's Listening

From the Edgar Award–nominated author of On a Quiet Street comes a shocking thriller about secrets…and the lengths some people will go to keep them.

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Cordelia Bone's meticulously crafted life and career in Dallas are crashing down around her thanks to a philandering husband with criminal debts.

When her older, carefree sister, Eustace—a cannabis grower in Boulder, calls to inform her the great aunt they never met has died and they must travel to a small town in Connecticut to deal with the estate, she sees an opportunity to unload the house and save herself.


THE HALF MOON by Mary Beth Keane

From the bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes, a masterful novel about a couple in a small town who must navigate the complexities of marriage, family, and longing.

Malcolm Gephardt, handsome and gregarious longtime bartender at the Half Moon, has always dreamed of owning a bar. When his boss finally retires, Malcolm stretches to buy the place. He sees unquantifiable magic and potential in the Half Moon and hopes to transform it into a bigger success, but struggles to stay afloat.

His smart and confident wife, Jess, has devoted herself to her law career. After years of trying for a baby, she is facing the idea that motherhood may not be in the cards for her. Like Malcolm, she feels her youth beginning to slip away and wonders how to reshape her future.

Award-winning author Mary Beth Keane’s new novel takes place over the course of one week when Malcolm learns shocking news about Jess, a patron of the bar goes missing, and a blizzard hits the town of Gillam, trapping everyone in place. With a deft eye and generous spirit, Keane explores the disappointments and unexpected consolations of midlife, the many forms forgiveness can take, the complicated intimacy of small-town living, and what it means to be a family.

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Borrowed Time by Kay Bratt 
Do you ever really know the person you're in love with? In the quaint small town of Hart's Ridge, Deputy Taylor Gray is about to find out. When her close friend goes missing, Taylor sets out on a mission to uncover the truth behind her disappearance. But the more she investigates, the more she realizes that even the most picture-perfect relationships can hide deep and dark secrets.

Anna Chambers is living the all American life she's always dreamed of, but when things suddenly spiral out of control, she struggles to keep up the facade and piece things back together. But when the person who has loved her the longest offers to help, will she be able to accept it?

Join Taylor Gray and Anna Chambers on a thrilling ride through the twists and turns of Borrowed Time , the fifth book in Kay Bratt's gripping small-town mystery series. TW // suicide ideation

Borrowed Time is book four of the new Hart’s Ridge mystery series, written by Kay Bratt, Million-Copy Best-Selling Author of Wish Me Home and the By the Sea series.


  1. These all look good! I'll have to add my BOTM picks next week. I added on two this month! Have a great week!
    Mary @Bookfan

    1. Thank you.
      I just joined BOTM last month and think it’s great. I love the hardback books.
      Have a great week also.

  2. This week looks a bit brighter than your usual thriller haul. I am drawn to the Bratt title again and A Bakery in Paris looks like a good historical. The Witches has a nice cover and looks like it would be a good October read. Have a good week and Happy Reading!

    1. I do love thrillers. lol I also love a good historical, Women's Fiction and some literary fiction.
      Have a good week also.

  3. You always get fascinating books! I bet the first one is really good


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