Monday, March 14, 2011

Mailbox Monday -- March 14th

The reason why I love Mondays -- Mailbox Monday hosted this month by I'm Booking It. Below are the review copies I received this week:

1) Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister. Publisher's Summary. At an intimate, festive dinner party in Seattle, six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer. Wineglass in hand, Kate strikes a bargain with them. To celebrate her new lease on life, she'll do the one thing that's always terrified her: white-water rafting. But if she goes, all of them will also do something they always swore they'd never do-and Kate is going to choose their adventures.

Shimmering with warmth, wit, and insight, Joy for Beginners is a celebration of life: unexpected, lyrical, and deeply satisfying.

Thanks to the Penguin Group!

2) Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee. Publisher's Summary. He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance. But he needed one…

Emily and her husband Sandy Portman seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

Suddenly Emily is forced on a journey to find out who her husband really was . . . all the while feeling that somehow he isn't really gone. Angry, hurt, and sometimes betrayed by loving memories of the man she lost, Emily finds comfort in a scruffy dog named Einstein. But is Einstein's seemingly odd determination that she save herself enough to make Emily confront her own past? Can he help her find a future—even after she meets a new man?

Thanks to St. MArtin's Press.

3) The Bird House by Kelly Simmons. Publisher's Summary. Every family has its secrets. But when you are the last survivor tending to the dark fires of memory, and your own mind is fading, who do you share them with? Your diary or your eight-year-old granddaughter? Or do you simply let them fade away, along with your memory?

The Bird House is a moving story of secrets, lies, and relationships. It is a close look at the hardship and heartbreak that one woman can withstand during a lifetime. As an elderly woman, Ann Biddle is struggling to both remember and come to terms with the life she has led. It is through her young, but wise granddaughter, Ellie, that Ann finds a way to deal with her past and finally reveal the secrets that have come to taint the present.

4) As Husbands Go by Susan Isaacs. Publisher's Summary. Call her superficial, but Susie B Anthony Rabinowitz Gersten assumed her marriage was great—and why not? Jonah Gersten, MD, a Park Avenue plastic surgeon, clearly adored her. He was handsome, successful, and a doting dad to their four-year-old triplets. But when Jonah is found dead in the Upper East Side apartment of second-rate "escort" Dorinda Dillon, Susie is overwhelmed with questions left unanswered. It's bad enough to know your husband's been murdered, but even worse when you're universally pitied (and quietly mocked) because of the sleaze factor. None of it makes sense to Susie—not a sexual liaison with someone like Dorinda, not the "better not to discuss it" response from Jonah's partners. With help from her tough-talking, high-style grandma Ethel, who flies in from Miami, she takes on her snooty in-laws, her husband's partners, the NYPD, and the DA as she tries to prove that her wonderful life with Jonah was no lie.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster!


  1. I'm looking forward to Bird House. Enjoy you latest loot Kim.

  2. The Bird House has popped up a lot and it looks intriguing to me. Have a great week and happy reading your new books.

  3. I got Joy for Beginners last week. Can't wait to read it.

    Here's my Mailbox Monday.

  4. Ooh, all three are on my wish list. Hope you enjoy them!

  5. Emily and Einstein and The Bird House is appearing all over the blogs. Sounds so good.

  6. Sounds like a couple of interesting books, enjoy!

  7. Looks like some good ones. Enjoy!

  8. It'll be hard to decide which one to read first - they all look good.

  9. Joy for Beginners sounds wonderful, and I really love that it takes place here in Seattle - I'll have to watch for it. :)

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  10. I have Joy for Beginners as well. The others sound good, too. Happy reading!

  11. I'm super intrigued by the last book As Husbands Go. The premise is a firework waiting to be ignited. Can't wait to hear your thoughts.