Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is currently on tour and this month's host is Serena from Savvy Verse and Wit.
MM is a gathering place for readers to share what books came into their home last week.

Caveat: MM can cause wish lists to explode exponentially!

From Pump Up Your Book for November tour

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2011 by Berkley Trade
ISBN: 0425243222 (ISBN13: 9780425243220)

From the publisher:

After a thwarted romance, Katie Miller starts over by moving to Pleasant Valley and opening a quilt shop. Soon Amish and Englisch turn the store into a lively the consternation of Caleb Brand, who crafts furniture next door. Then Katie's sister joins her, to escape rumors of her wild rumspringa, and Katie feels the burden of responsibility for a restless teenager. Even worse, her efforts to bring more people to Main Street arouse resistance among local businesses. When acts of vandalism threaten Katie's shop, she turns to Caleb for comfort, and their friendship deepens. But will Caleb's secret past prevent him from embracing a future with Katie? Or will their fragile romance develop the strength to last a lifetime?

Won at Man of La Book

Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 27th 1998 by Touchstone (first published 1995)
ISBN: 0684852683 (ISBN13: 9780684852683)
original title: Le Testament français
literary awards: National Book Critics' Circle Award Nominee (1997), Prix Goncourt (1995)

Dreams of My Russian Summers tells the poignant story of a boy growing up amid the harsh realities of Soviet life in the 1960s and '70s, and of his extraordinary love for an elegant Frenchwoman, Charlotte Lemonnier, who is his grandmother. Every summer he visits his grandmother in a dusty village overlooking the vast steppes. Here, during the warm evenings, they sit on Charlotte's narrow, flower-covered bacony and listen to tales from another time, another place: Paris at the turn of the century. She who used to see Proust playing tennis in Neuilly captivates the children with stories of Tsar Nicholas's visit to Paris in 1896, of the great Paris flood of 1910, of the death of French president Felix Faure in the arms of his mistress. But from Charlotte the boy also learns of a Russia he has never known, of famine and misery, of brutal injustice, of the hopeless chaos of war. He follows her as she travels by foot from Moscow half the way to Siberia; suffers with her as she tells of her husband - his grandfather - a victim of Stalin's purges; shudders as she describes her own capture by bandits, who brutalize her and left her for dead. Could all this pain and suffering really have happened to his gentle, beloved Charlotte? Mesmerized, the boy weaves Charlotte's stories into his own secret universe of memory and dream. Yet, despite all the deprivations and injustices of the Soviet world, he like many Russians still feels a strong affinity with and "an indestructible love" for his homeland.


  1. I hope they're both winners! Enjoy!

  2. Dreams of My Russian Summers looks like a good read. Hope you enjoy both books.

  3. Love the penguin's costume. Happy reading.

  4. Congratulations on your win!! Enjoy your books. Wanted to stop by and say Happy Halloween to you and TBG!!

  5. Oh, great looking books! Love the synopsis and cover of Dreams of My Russian Summers. Enjoy!!


  6. I hope you enjoy both of your new books! Happy Halloween!

  7. Dreams of My Russian Summers sounds interesting. I love your little mail penguin! He's very cute!

  8. They both sound great, enjoy!

  9. I haven't tried an Amish book yet, but there are so many to choose from! I hope you enjoy them both and that you have a very Happy Halloween!

  10. I haven't tried an Amish book yet, but there are so many to choose from! I hope you enjoy them both and that you have a very Happy Halloween!

  11. Congrats on your books! I know you love Russian stories. Cutest jack-o-latern penguin ever!!

    Happy Halloween!

  12. Both look like great books. Hope you are enjoying your family time!

  13. I'm looking forward to what you think of Katie's Way!!!

  14. Can't wait for your thoughts on Dreams of My Russian Summers! Happy reading!

  15. I hope you enjoy them.


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