Here we are at the start of a Passion Week sure to be unlike any other. It’s strange to me how many people are going out of their way to not talk about this, when I would rather look at it more closely and find new ways to evoke the meaning of the season while some traditions are inaccessible. But I digress. I have gotten a few new books recently, so it’s time to showcase them in Mailbox Monday!
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
In the Mail
Bethlehem’s Brothers by Ronald Hera; Historical Fiction – 1st century:
Although set in Jesus’ time, Bethlehem’s Brothers reads like an adventure novel set in a third world country during a violent revolt. Two brothers are swept into the conflict early in their lives and struggle to find the strength to survive amidst the death and destruction. Each searches for a savior, but success eludes them until they finally discover one who has been ruthlessly hunted since he was two years old. Who is this revolutionary who challenges the status quo and should he be trusted? He talks big but is he who he claims to be? The brothers must decide. There is no teetering on the fence.
This came a little over a week ago (I think, time has gotten a little blurry lately, however), and I’ve already read it! It was good, albeit somewhat challenging at times. My review will post later this week!
American Gypsy Romance short story collection by Alessa Martel; YA Clean Romance Short Stories
Love at first sight, pretend romance, friends to lovers, and more . . . these nine short stories will remind you how sweet true love can be.
I’ve read this collection via ebook before, but I can’t wait to read the hard copy! The cover is beautiful, and the short, sweet stories are the perfect antithesis to the current state of the “real” world!
The Fall of Candy Corn by Debbie Viguie; YA Christian Contemporary Fiction
The Fall of Candy Corn is a YA contemporary novel with a fun, rom-com feel written by New York Times bestselling author Debbie Viguié. It contains a suspenseful plotline with light chills, a coming-of-age story that mixes humor with real-life struggles, and is a clean read for young adult fans of any age.
This one didn’t actually come in my mailbox: I found it on sale for $1 at my local Christian book store during our first week of social distancing. Instead of panic-buying toilet paper or cleaning supplies, my brain’s default is to make sure I have plenty to read! This is the second book in a series I have been trying to read for close to ten years. I haven’t read the first book, but I don’t expect any difficulty in jumping in at book two this time.
Bound by Victoria Lynn; Contemporary Fiction
Two souls don’t find each other by simple accident. ~Jorge Luis Borges
Levi thought he was making this journey alone. But when he meets an eight-year-old girl at the train station, that plan is turned on its head.
Both children come from abusive situations and are running from the dangers of their previous life. Levi is confident he can handle this on his own, but when Casey is injured on the journey, he must seek help from the first person that comes into his path, or rather people. Mr. and Mrs. Bellworth are simple farm folk with a heart for kids and a passion for serving God. When their unconditional love and gentle care surrounds Levi and Casey, the troubles of their previous lives melt away and they start to flourish. But when Casey is dragged back into the abusive world she came from, the emotional trauma, pain and distrust resurfaces. Will they be forever bound by their past? Or will God answer their prayers?
Two years ago I read Victoria Lynn’s beautiful book Where Beauty Blooms, (you can read my review here) so when I saw that she had an ebook available for free, I had to snatch it! I’m not sure I will like the emotional toll of this book. But, as long as I have some extra reading time on my hands, and especially since I got it for free, it’s got to be worth a shot!
Souls Astray by Kellyn Roth; Historical Fiction – between WWI & WWII
Adele Collier has sought a carefree lifestyle ever since her tragic childhood. Determined to never allow anyone or anything to control her life or emotions again, she consistently seeks distraction in gaiety. But shaking her ghosts isn’t as easy as she’d like.
Troy Kee has been alone in the world since the Great War took his parents and left him in charge of his younger sister. When she marries, he’s left to seek after his goal of a healthy, complete family. But how can he focus on his dream when trouble plagues his family vineyard?
When Adele and Troy meet, a whirlwind romance begins—but can two lost souls have a healthy relationship?
This is another ebook I picked up free in a “today only!” sale by an author I respect and enjoy. Again, this book might be a little heavier than what I want to read at the moment, but who can say no to a free book?
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms by Laura Danner; Historical Fiction? I think?
“What have I to dread, what have I to fear, Leaning on the everlasting arms?I have blessed peace, with my Lord so near, Leaning on the everlasting arms!” As the words float by her, Meg is bitter. “What have I to dread? Life without either of my parents!” she fumes inside. “What have I to fear? Going to live with a family we’ve never met!” Follow along as Meg Sonnenfeld is orphaned, come with her as she goes to live with a large family a few hours away, learn why Lissie, one of the girls she goes to live with, is so bitter, and see what happens when cholera strikes—again. Will Meg’s sister die? Why has all this happened? Will Meg learn to “Lean On the Everlasting Arms”?
Another freebie, but this is one I’ve been watching for! Last year I got to help with the cover reveal, and I have wanted to read Leaning on the Everlasting Arms ever since. It’s free on Kindle through Wednesday (April 8, 2020) and promises to be a good read for Holy Week.
Are you enjoying any new books, Readers? Let’s talk about them in the comments!
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Until the next chapter,