Monday, 11 March 2019

Mailbox Monday - March 11th

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog. Head over and check out other books received during the last week. 

We have had a new postman over the last two weeks and I'm not sure if he is that happy with getting off his bike everyday and bringing my parcels to the door.
So, any ideas how to soften up the postie? I used to give my old postie books. Not sure that will work with this one. 

Review Titles:

I Love My Mum Because by Petra James
Publication Date: 26th March 2019

This book is for you and your mum.

Draw, decorate, colour in, count, spot the mum, make a butterfly (or two) and then present the book to your mum for any special occasion: birthday, Xmas, Mother's Day ... or just because.

An interactive picture book to personalise for your mum.

A Lovely and Terrible Thing by Chris Womersley
Publication date: 23rd April 2019

In bestselling author Chris Womersley's first short fiction collection, twenty macabre and deliciously enjoyable tales linked by the trickle of water that runs through them all will keep readers spellbound until their final, unexpected and unsettling twist... 

The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley
Publication date: 23rd April 2019

Posy Montague is approaching her seventieth birthday. Still living in her beautiful family home, Admiral House, set in the glorious Suffolk countryside where she spent her childhood catching butterflies with her beloved father,  Posy knows she must make an agonising decision to sell it.

Then a face appears from the past - Freddie, her first love, who abandoned her and left her heartbroken fifty years ago. Already struggling to cope with problems amongst her grown-up children, Posy is reluctant to trust in Freddie’s renewed affection. And unbeknown to Posy, Freddie - and Admiral House - have a devastating secret to reveal . . .

The Spanish Promise by Karen Swan
Publication date: 26th March 2019

One of Spain's richest men is dying. But as he prepares his estate, his family is shocked to discover he is making plans to give away his wealth to a young woman they have never even heard of. Who is she and what hold does she have over him?

Charlotte Fairfax is asked to travel to the troubled family's home in Spain to get to the bottom of the mysterious bequest. It's the week before her wedding but she is confident she has time - there's only one reason an older man leaves his money to a beautiful young woman, isn't there?

But in Madrid, things don't go to plan when the woman  denies knowing anything about the gift. Is she lying? Looking for clues, Charlotte digs into the prominent family's history and unearths a dark  and shocking past in which two people were torn apart by conflict.

A Life of Her Own by Fiona McCallum
Publication date: 18th March 2019

Alice Hamilton loved being a mature-age student, but now she's finished her university degree she needs to find herself a career. But the job market is tough and it doesn't help that her partner David keeps reminding her about their sizeable mortgage. When she's offered a role in a major real estate agency, she jumps at the opportunity. David is excited by her prospects in the thriving Melbourne housing market, and Alice is pleased that she'll be utilising her exceptional people skills.
But Alice quickly realises all is not as it seems. What is she doing wrong to be so out of sync with her energetic boss, Carmel Gold, agent extraordinaire? Alice is determined to make it work, but how much will it affect her values?
As everything starts to fall apart, a sudden visit home to the country town Alice escaped years ago provides an unexpected opportunity to get some perspective. Surrounded by people who aren't what they seem, or have their own agendas, can Alice learn to ask for what she really wants ... on her own terms?

I won this amazing book on Page by Page book club with Theresa Smith Writes

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
Publication date: 26th February 2019

2019 Life changed beyond recognition for Alice when her son, Eddie, was born with autism spectrum disorder. She must do everything to support him, but at what cost to her family? When her cherished grandmother is hospitalised, a hidden box of mementoes reveals a tattered photo of a young man, a tiny leather shoe and a letter. Her grandmother begs Alice to return to Poland to see what became of those she held dearest.

WWII Alina and Tomasz are childhood sweethearts. The night before he leaves for college, Tomasz proposes marriage. But when their village falls to the Nazis, Alina doesn't know if Tomasz is alive or dead.

2019 In Poland, separated from her family, Alice begins to uncover the story her grandmother is so desperate to tell, and discovers a love that bloomed in the winter of 1942. As a painful family history comes to light, will the struggles of the past and present finally reach a heartbreaking resolution?

What am I looking forward to reading? 

I love all things macabre and a little unusual so this week I will be choosing: A Lovely and Terrible Thing. I love the contradiction in the title and I'm hoping it's not too macabre that I will get nightmares but just a little weird and twisted. 

What Books did your postman deliver this week?

Post a link to your Mailbox Monday or simply list your books in the comments below.



  1. What a great start to the week. I have Kelly Rimmer's book at home waiting. Fiona McCallum's should be good too.

  2. Maybe offer the postman some muffins?
    The Butterfly Room and A Life of Her Own have my interest.
    Happy Reading!

  3. Several very nice romances, contemporary fiction. Lucinda Riley is always good.

  4. I've seen the Rimmer book on several blogs lately. Hope it's a good read!

  5. Those are all new to me but The Things We Cannot Say looks really good.

  6. Enjoy your books. I don't usually read short story collections, but A Lovely and Terrible Thing sounds good.
    No idea on softening up the postman. I'm pretty sure mine doesn't like me too much either.

  7. The Things We Cannot Say is on my list. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your reading. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  8. These are all new to me :) I'm excited to pick some of them up! Enjoy!

  9. Hi Veronica,

    All of your authors and books are new to me and I would have been over the moon with such a great collection, even if I did have to butter the postman up a little to have him co-operate!

    Your own choice of book sounds good to me, however I have my eye on the Lucinda Riley and Karen Swan books. Both of these are authors my MIL reads regularly as soon as a new book is released by either of them, so this would be my chance to give them a try!

    Of course the buzz of winning a book is also quite addictive and 'The Things We Cannot Say', does sound intriguing.

    Enjoy whichever one of your selection you decide to read first :)


  10. Great book haul! These all look lovely.

  11. LOVE Lucinda Riley's books.

    Congrats on the win, and enjoy all of your books.

  12. Butterfly Room and Spanish Promise both sound good. Enjoy