Monday, 15 July 2019

Mailbox Monday - July 15th

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!

It's going to be a quick update this week as things have been busy in the Burgeoning Bookshelf's household.
I had a special Nana day with Ditto. Every few weeks I just take one grandchild out to get some special one on one attention. This time it was Ditto's turn. We went on an adventure to the local wildlife park. It was the perfect venue for him as the animals are used to kids and there was plenty of room for him to run and run ( and he did plenty of that). 
I've also been out to dinner with a friend that just returned from a three month cruise (just imagine the luxury of that) and my usual shopping days with my daughters.
Ditto celebrated his third birthday this week so we took him on a train ride. He held on tight as the train took off and exclaimed "wow" and "cool".
Yesterday was a beautiful sunny winter's day and we went on a family picnic. Then home for cake for Ditto's birthday. 

Books  received during the past week.

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory
Publication date: 20th August 2019

England 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different . . .

Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of a civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands – the marshy landscape of the south coast.

Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.

Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbors. This is the time of witch-mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Publication date: 7th may 2019

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

What Books did your postman deliver, or you downloaded, this week?

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



  1. Spending time with the kids is so important. Sounds like you had a grand adventure.

    Your new arrivals sound good. Hope you enjoy them. Only received one new one this week.

  2. My book club loves Philippa Gregory - I'll have to tell them she has a new book coming out.

    1. I've read her other books and loved them. I'm sure this one won't disappoint.

  3. ENJOY your books and your week.

  4. Your time with Ditto, friends and family sounds wonderful.
    I haven't read Gregory in years.
    I've heard good things about The Bride Test.
    Enjoy all of your reading!

    1. I'm hoping to enjoy The Bride Test. I didn't realise it was book two.

  5. Sounds like you’ve had a great week. I received both of these too ;)

  6. Glad you had fun with family and friends.
    Enjoy your books! The Bride Test sounds fun.

    1. I've seen lots of reviews for The Bride Test. I hope I like it.

  7. Sounds like you're busy having heaps of fun, just as it should be! ;) Enjoy your new reads - will be curious to hear what you think of The Bride Test, I've heard wildly differing opinions on it!

    1. Too much fun and not enough reading I think :))
      I'm hoping I like The Bride Test.

  8. That sounds like really nice family time. And I need a 3 month cruise in my life lol.
    Happy reading, I love Philippa Gregory.

    1. I can't even imagine being away for three months. I'm sure I would get home sick. I love Philippa Gregory too. :)