Monday, 25 March 2019

Mailbox Monday - March 25th

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. 

This week was looking very grim for me on the book mail front so on Friday morning (with no deliveries all week) I decided to treat myself to a book that I had been wanting to buy, from a favourite author of mine, for a long time. You can see the book in my purchases below. When I arrived home, happy with my purchase, the postman had been with a delivery of 6 more books. 

For review:

The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins
Publication date: 4th April 2019

FOR SALE: A lovely family home with good-sized garden and treehouse occupying a plot close to woodland. Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers . . .
And, it seems, the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer.
On a hot July day, Garrick and Olivia Lockwood and their two children move into 25 The Avenue looking for a fresh start. They arrive in the midst of a media frenzy: they’d heard about the local murders in the press, but Garrick was certain the killer would be caught and it would all be over in no time. Besides, they’d got the house at a steal and he was convinced he could flip it for a fortune.
The neighbours seemed to be the very picture of community spirit. But everyone has secrets, and the residents in The Avenue are no exception.
After six months on the case with no real leads, the most recent murder has turned DC Wildeve Stanton’s life upside down, and now she has her own motive for hunting down the killer – quickly.

Books I won:

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke
Publication date: 18th April 2019

For a while, it seemed like both Taylor sisters had found happiness. Hannah landed a coveted publishing job in New York City. Nicole got married to a promising young attorney named Graham McIntosh and became a mother to a baby boy named Ian.

Now, more than fifteen years later, it is Hannah who is married to Graham. When he is murdered at the couple's beach house, Hannah has no choice but to welcome her teenaged stepson's biological mother - her estranged sister, Nicole - back into her life. When the police begin to treat Ian as a suspect, the two sisters are forced to confront the truth behind family secrets they both tried to leave in the past.

Under the Midnight Sky by Anna Romer
Publication date: 1 May 2019

I had already received a copy of this book so watch out for a giveaway coming up soon for this copy. 

I won three books on Page by Page book club with Theresa Smith Writes

On the Same Page by Penelope Janu 

I have read this heart-warming and humorous romance and you can see my review here 

This copy will be going to a friend who  know will enjoy it immensely.

Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion
Publication date: 25th July 2017

Twenty years ago, Ellen left her beloved Ireland to make a new life in Australia. Now struggling to cope with the death of her much loved husband, Nick, Ellen finds her world turned upside down when an unexpected visitor lands on her doorstep.

The arrival of Gerry Clancy, her first love from Ireland, may just be the catalyst that pulls Ellen out of her pit of grief, but it will also trigger a whole new set of complications for her and those she holds dear.

The House of Second Chances by Esther Campion
Publication date: 12th February 2019

Their grandmother's stone cottage was always a welcome retreat in the childhood summers of Ellen and Aidan O'Shea. After a trip home from Australia, Ellen is keen to bring the neglected home back to its former glory and enlists the help of her dear friend and one of Ireland's top interior designers, Colette Barry.

Aidan is already begrudging the work on the house he has avoided for nearly twenty years. The last thing the builder needs is an interior designer who seems to do nothing but complicate his life. With their own personal heartaches to overcome, will Aidan and Colette find the courage to give the house and themselves a second chance?

My purchase:

The Cafe by the Bridge by Lily Malone
Publication date: 17th December 2018

Child psychologist Taylor Woods needs a man. Flashy restaurateur Abel Honeychurch to be specific. Abe can help her get justice for her brother, Will. Taylor knows Abe, too, was scammed by the same woman who broke her brother's heart and stole everything in his pockets.

But bringing a lying, cheating scammer to justice isn't easy when all Abe wants to do is forget the whole sorry saga. He's returned to his home town of Chalk Hill to lick his wounds and repay his debts, renovating his nanna's house and opening the Chalk 'n' Cheese cafe.

He's miserable. And it would be easier to stay miserable if everyone else around him wasn't so darn cheerful. It's wildflower season in Chalk Hill with a cafe full of upbeat bushwalkers, and it's all Abe can do to remember to put sugar, not salt, in his customers' cappuccinos. He definitely has no time for the mysterious red–headed guest who admires his cheesecake and adores his flat white.

Taylor's mission to help her brother seems doomed – how will she gain the trust of a man whose every instinct tells him never to trust a woman again?

What am I looking forward to reading? 

I love stories about siblings and sibling rivalry so this week my choice is The Better Sister. It looks like it might be a bit of a thriller too.

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. A great haul! Enjoy :)

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  2. Great books here. I haven't read The better Sister by Alafair Burke but I have read amazing reviews.

  3. Funny that you bought yourself a book and then got such a nice haul! I like the sound of The Neighbor. Happy Reading!

  4. I need to try something by Burke - I keep hearing great things about her work.

  5. Looks like a great book list to me.

  6. Ooooo...nice mailbox.

    The Better Sister looks VERY good.

    I like The Cafe By The Bridge too.

    ENJOY all of your books, and I hope your week is going well.