Monday, 4 March 2019

Mailbox Monday - March 4th

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. 


I can not believe how quickly Monday comes around and I'm once again posting a list of wonderful sounding books received in my mailbox.

Life Before by Carmel Reilly                                                                               
Publication Date: 6th May 2019                                                                     
Lori Spyker is taking her kids to school one unremarkable day when a policeman delivers the news that her brother, Scott Green, has been injured and hospitalised following a hit and run.

Lori hasn't seen Scott in decades. She appears to be his only contact. Should she take responsibility for him? Can she? And, if she does, how will she tell her own family about her hidden history, kept secret for so long?

Twenty years before, when she and Scott were teenagers, their lives and futures, and those of their family, had been torn to shreds. Now, as Lori tries to piece together her brother's present, she is forced to confront their shared past-and the terrible and devastating truth buried there that had driven them so far apart.

Compassionate, wise and shocking, Life Before tells the gripping story of an ordinary family caught in a terrible situation.

 Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi                                                                          
Publication Date: 7th March 2019   
Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories--equal parts wholesome and uncanny, from the tantalizing witch's house in "Hansel and Gretel" to the man-shaped confection who one day decides to run as fast as he can--beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.

Perdita Lee may appear to be your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there's the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it's very popular in Druh�strana, the far-away (and, according to Wikipedia, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee's early youth. In fact, the world's truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread is Harriet's charismatic childhood friend, Gretel Kercheval--a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met.

The Cinema at Starlight Creek by Alli Sinclair                                  
Publication Date: 20th May 2019
                                                                                                                               Queensland, 1994 When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she's captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding sugarcane fields. Working in a male-dominated industry is challenging, but Claire has never let that stop her pursuing her dreams-until now. She must gain permission to film at Australia's most historically significant art deco cinema, located at Starlight Creek. But there is trouble ahead. The community is fractured and the cinema's reclusive owner, Hattie Fitzpatrick, and her enigmatic great nephew, Luke Jackson, stand in her way, putting Claire's career-launching project-and her heart-at risk.

Hollywood, 1950 Lena Lee has struggled to find the break that will catapult her into a star with influence. She longs for roles about strong, independent women but with Hollywood engulfed in politics and a censorship battle, Lena's timing is wrong. Forced to keep her love affair with actor Reeves Garrity a secret, Lena puts her career on the line to fight for equality for women in an industry ruled by men. Her generous and caring nature steers her onto a treacherous path, leaving Lena questioning what she is willing to endure to get what she desires.

What am I looking forward to reading?
 I can't pick just one book this week. The three books are very different in story and genre and I'm drawn to each of them for a different reason. 
The Life Before: I love family secrets and skeletons in the closet and these family secrets sound compelling.  
Gingerbread: This sounds like it will be a strange and wonderful mix of  fairytale and modern day family saga. 
The Cinema at Starlight Creek: Narrated in dual time lines moving from Hollywood to a small country town in Queensland Australia. What more could I want? Oh, and there's romance! 

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. The Alli Sinclair book stands out to me!

    1. It sounds perfect. I have enjoyed Alli’s previous books.

  2. Life Before sounds like one I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  3. I'm intrigued by Life Before. I hope all three books are winners!

  4. All new to me but they all sound intriguing. Happy Reading!

  5. I really want to read Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi. I hope you enjoy it and your other books. Happy reading!