Monday, 6 May 2019

Mailbox Monday - May 6th

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. 

Happy Monday! During the last week I attended an author signing at Hachette Australia head office. It was an interesting night listening to Kelly Rimmer, author of Before I Let You Go, and Natasha Lester, author of A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald, talk about their writing style, their inspiration and their journey to publication. There was champagne, canapes and a bag of books for everyone. After the talk we went for pizza and coffee.

Natasha Lester

Kelly Rimmer


On Sunday my daughter and I decided to visit Australia's iconic Bondi beach. it was a mild autumn day although a little cloudy. We live a long way west of the coast so to visit the beach we first had a 40 minute bus journey east to the city and then another 40 minute bus trip to the coast. There was a protest march in the city so the 40 minute trip turned into 60 minutes. The weather turned and it started to drizzle. The closer we came to the beach the more it rained and when we arrived it was pouring. We found a rustic little cafe run by an elderly Italian couple and had lunch and a warming coffee, took a couple of photos and decided to make the journey home. The walk on Bondi beach will have to wait until another day. 


The books I received during the past week.

from the author:

Jacob's Toys by Claudia Woods

A wild storm sends Jacob's toys on an amazing backyard adveture....

How will they ever make it home?

from the publisher for review:

Rogue by A.J. Betts
There was no going back; there was no choice, anymore. I'd chosen out and this was it: hot-cold, dry-wet, bright-dark and lonely.

Hayley has gone rogue.

She's left everything she's ever known - her friends, her bees, her whole world - all because her curiosity was too big to fit within the walls of the underwater home she was forced to flee.

But what is this new world she's come to? Has Hayley finally found somewhere she can belong?

Or will she have to keep running?

from my sister-in-law:

The French Photographer by Natasha Lester
 Manhattan, Paris, 1942: When Jessica May's successful modelling career is abruptly cut short, she is assigned to the war in Europe as a photojournalist for Vogue. But when she arrives the army men make her life as difficult as possible. Three friendships change that: journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules, paratrooper Dan Hallworth takes her to places to shoot pictures and write stories that matter, and a little girl, Victorine, who has grown up in a field hospital, shows her love. But success comes at a price.

France, 2005: Australian curator D'Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to manage a famous collection of photographs. What begins as just another job becomes far more disquieting as D'Arcy uncovers the true identity of the mysterious photographer -- and realises that she is connected to D'Arcy's own mother, Victorine.

from Hachette Aus:

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
 Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita have worked at Truviv, Inc. for years. The sudden death of Truviv's CEO means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Each of the women has a different relationship with Ames, who has always been surrounded by whispers about how he treats women. Those whispers have been ignored, swept under the rug, hidden away by those in charge.

But the world has changed, and the women are watching this promotion differently. This time, when they find out Ames is making an inappropriate move on a colleague, they aren't willing to let it go. This time, they've decided enough is enough.
Sloane and her colleagues' decision to take a stand sets in motion a catastrophic shift in the office. Lies will be uncovered. Secrets will be exposed. And not everyone will survive.

The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn
1951. Esther Durrant, a young mother, is committed to an isolated mental asylum by her husband. Run by a pioneering psychiatrist, the hospital is at first Esther's prison but soon becomes her refuge.

2017. Free-spirited marine scientist Rachel Parker embarks on a research posting in the Isles of Scilly, off the Cornish coast. When a violent storm forces her to take shelter on a far-flung island, she discovers a collection of hidden love letters. Captivated by their passion and tenderness, Rachel determines to track down the intended recipient.

Meanwhile, in London, Eve is helping her grandmother, a renowned mountaineer, write her memoirs. When she is contacted by Rachel, it sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to reveal secrets kept buried for more than sixty years.

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. It was a great evening at Hachette so much fun I wish I had a met you :)

    Have Fun


    1. I was with my daughter Helen so didn’t stay after the talk. Maybe next time I’ll stay longer.

  2. That author event sounds like so much fun! Sorry your beach trip was a wash out. Enjoy your new books - they look great!

    1. The author event was great fun and the beach visit is on the agenda for another day.

  3. Sounds like a fun time with the author signing. And this looks like a great book haul. Jacob's Toys looks like fun and the others all look interesting.
    Happy Reading!