Mailbox Monday – April 27, 2009

mailboxmondayIt’s my favorite blogging day of the week – Mailbox Mondays hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. This week my cup runneth over with great books:

bestintentions Best Intentions by Emily Listfield is a finished hard cover which arrived from Lauren, publicist for the author. I have not read any books by Listfield, but after checking out her website and the dedicated site for the book, I was intrigued enough to accept this review copy. Publisher’s Weekly writes about Best Intentions: “A writerly page-turner… deft pacing keeps the action moving and the reader guessing. Listfield ensures no character is above suspicion, and in the end, no one is without blame.” Emily Listfield has written six other novels, including Waiting to Surface, Acts of Love, The Last Good Night, and the New York Times Notable Book It Was Gonna Be Like Paris. Best Intentions is due for release May 5th.

actsoflove Acts of Love by Emily Listfield arrived unexpectedly in the same package as Best Intentions (thank you, Lauren!).  Published in trade paperback last year and the author’s fourth novel, Acts of Love is a mystery and courtroom drama that revolves around a murder trial involving a husband and wife and their two young daughters. I’m looking forward to reading this one!

nooneyouknow No One You Know by Michelle Richmond arrived direct from the author. I read The Year of Fog last year and loved it, so when Michelle contacted me to ask if I wanted a copy of her latest book I said “yes” immediately. The Boston Globe wrote about No One You Know: ‘Richmond never strikes a false note in No One You Know…an intelligent, emotionally convincing tale about a family tragedy and the process of storytelling.‘ To read more about the author and her books, visit the author’s website. To win a signed copy of this book in trade paperback come back to Caribousmom on its release date (May 19th) to enter my contest!

angelsgame The Angel’s Game by Carolos Ruiz Zafon arrived from Doubleday through a Shelf Awareness offer. I loved Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind, so when I saw an ARC of his latest book available for early review I requested it. This novel has already been #1 on the bestseller’s lists in Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland, Norway, and Portugal. Due for publication in the United States in mid-June, The Angel’s Game is set in 1920s Barcelona and explores the perilous nature of obsession in literature and love. Read more on the publisher’s website.

liberation2 tourmaline

Liberation AND Tourmaline, by Joanna Scott arrived together from Miriam at Little Brown and Company. I just finished reading Scott’s latest release (Follow Me) which I reviewed here. When Miriam asked if I wanted copies of these other two novels, I jumped at the chance. And to sweeten the pot, I am offering Liberation and Tourmaline, as well as an ARC of Follow Me for give-away here at Caribousmom beginning TODAY. To enter the contest, use this link. To read more about Joanna Scott and all of her work, visit the author bibliography page at Little Brown and Company.

yearofpleasures The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg arrived unsolicited from the publisher because I signed up for their book club. I read this book in 2007 and (as with all Berg novels) really enjoyed it (read my review). I’ve decided to send this on to my oldest sister who I think will love this book.  To read more about Elizabeth Berg and her fantastic body of work, visit the author’s website.

localnews The Local News by Miriam Gershow arrived in finished hard cover from the publisher. I actually received an ARC of this book not too long ago, and then I saw that TLC book tours would be touring it in June and July and jumped at the chance to be involved in that tour. Because of that, I now have a finished hardcover of the book – so my ARC will most likely be finding a home with someone else. Look for my review on July 9th. In the meantime, you can read an excerpt from the book here, and more about the author here.

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    • Kaye on April 27, 2009 at 06:41

    The Local News is a good book. Very good for a debut novel. Enjoy! Enjoy! My mailbox is here

  1. Oooo. Best Intentions sounds fabulous. I have a couple of Listfield’s older titles here and really enjoyed them. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one when it comes out as well.

    My mailbox is here.

    • Mary on April 27, 2009 at 07:23

    You received some wonderful books!

  2. I would love it if you guys let me know what you think of my book, Best Intentions! I really appreciate getting to know my readers. Happy Monday.

    • Molly on April 27, 2009 at 07:44

    Every single one of these books sounds absolutely wonderful! I am anxious to read your reviews of Emily Listfield’s work.

    I also received a copy of A Year of Pleasures as the survey prize and am very much looking forward to reading this, my first Elizabeth Berg, novel.

    • EL Fay on April 27, 2009 at 07:53

    Oh, I’ve been wanting to read The Angel’s Game so badly!

    • Kathy on April 27, 2009 at 07:58

    You did have a great week! I love the cover of Acts of Love!

    • Wendy on April 27, 2009 at 08:40

    Kaye: Good to hear about Local News…it looks like my type of book!

    Kristen: It is good to know that Listfield is a good author – this will be my first book by her.

    Mary: *nods* I was excited 🙂

    Molly: I adore Berg’s work. Her books are always quick reads for me. I hope you’ll like her!

    El Fay: It looks fun, doesn’t it?

    Kathy: I’m also a sucker for cover art!

    • Wendy on April 27, 2009 at 08:46

    Emily: Thanks for stopping by – sorry your comment initially got bumped into spam (my spam filter can be rather rabid at times!). I will definitely let you know when I read and review your books 🙂

  3. You got a great bunch off books. Can’t wait to see your reviews.

  4. looks like you got a great bunch of books. I have liberation and tourmaline as well.

    • 3m on April 27, 2009 at 09:41

    Great haul!!!

    I got Zafon’s book, too, and though I didn’t love Shadow of the Wind as much as most people did, I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.

    • Staci on April 27, 2009 at 11:46

    I loved the Year of Pleasures…your mailbox was great!

  5. I also received The Angel’s Game. I think I’m a cover junkie – I will buy a book simply for the cover, and some of those books are sure tempting me! 🙂
    Here’s my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

    • Kristy on April 27, 2009 at 15:15

    I’m waiting forward to my ARC of Best Intentions to arrive. I haven’t read her either and am looking forward to it.

    • paula on April 27, 2009 at 15:36

    Oh my! As the oldest sister I can’t wait to get this book! It sounds wonderful! Thanks sis. Love you!

    • Wendy on April 27, 2009 at 15:41

    Melanie: It was a good week 🙂

    Serena: I am looking forward to both of those.

    Michelle: I really liked Shadow of the Wind – but even if I hadn’t, this one looks very good.

    Staci: Have you read other Berg novels?

    Wendi: I am DEFINITELY a cover junkie!

    Kristy: I’ll look forward to your review of it.

    Paula, my dear oldest sister 🙂 I mailed you a little package today (media mail) so you should get it by next week!

    • Anna on April 27, 2009 at 15:57

    I received those Joanna Scott books, too. I can’t wait to read Liberation. Hope you enjoy all your new books!

  6. You had a great book week! I’m reviewing Best of Intentions and I’m really looking forward to it. I absolutely LOVED The Year of the Fog so I’ll have to check out No One You Know.

    • Gavin on April 27, 2009 at 19:44

    Yikes! What a great pile of books, I’m filled with envy:)

  7. I have some of these on my wish list already but they all sound good! I look forward to reading your reviews.

    • Nicole on April 28, 2009 at 10:50

    You got some absolutely fabulous books! I read The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond and absolutely loved it, so I would say that out of all of your haul the Michelle Richmond is the one I covet most.

    • Wendy on April 29, 2009 at 05:41

    Anna: I agree, Liberation looks great!

    Jenn: The Year of the Fog was one of my favorite reads – loved it. I’m really looking forward to No One You Know. Make sure you stop in May 19th and enter the giveaway for it!

    Gavin: *smiles* Not every week is so abundant…but I love when I get weeks like this 😉

    Wrighty: I thought they all looked good too!

    Nicole: Make sure you come back for my giveaway of No One You Know on May 19th!

  8. I loved No One You Know, it’s a fantastic book. It looks like you got several other great books too. I have The Local News on my TBR pile too.

    • Wendy on April 29, 2009 at 10:12

    Avisannschild: Good to know you rated it highly!

    • Marcia on April 29, 2009 at 13:26

    Thank you for stopping by the mailbox this week. Enjoy your books!

  9. Did you see that Berg has a new book out (Home Safe)? I plan to snag a copy tomorrow at work. I love her books, in spite of the occasional dud in the past few years.

    • Wendy on May 1, 2009 at 11:49

    Les: I *did* see that…and I am looking forward to getting my hands on it one of these day! I have rarely been disappointed by her books – she is one of my all time favorite authors (and has been for some time now).

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