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Mailbox Monday – April 19, 2010

Welcome to this edition of Mailbox Monday hosted each week at Marcia’s blog The Printed Page.

I love this weekly meme which encourages readers to share the books which have arrived at their home over the last 7 days.

Here is what came into my house this week:

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens came to me from St. Martins Press through a Shelf Awareness offer. Have you heard of this book yet? It is getting some amazing early reviews and being called engrossing, terrifying, grim and utterly absorbing. This novel is a thriller which tells the story of ‘an abducted woman, her year held captive, and an escape which is just beginning.‘ Set for release in July 2010, this is the author’s first published novel.

Chevy Stevens grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island. Her inspiration for Still Missing came from her fears as a Realtor about being abducted. Steven’s bio indicates she enjoys writing thrillers that allow her to blend her interest in family dynamics with her love of the west coast lifestyle. She also likes hiking with her husband and dog in the local mountains (my kind of person!!). Stevens is currently working on her second novel Never Knowing to be released in the summer of 2011.  To learn more about Chevy Stevens and her work, visit the author’s website. You can also follow her blog here.

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira arrived from Lindsay, Publicity Manager for Viking/Penguin. This debut historical novel is due for release next month, and it looks like a wonderful read. Oliveira’s book is an epic story of a woman who enters the Civil War arena as a midwife,  but ultimately becomes one of the nation’s first female doctors. Although the character of Mary Sutter is fictional, Oliveira apparently put a ton of painstaking research into women’s roles in medicine during the Civil War period. You may read an excerpt from the book here.

Robin Oliveira holds a BA in Russian and studied at the Puskin Language Institute in Moscow. She is also a Registered Nurse with specialization in critical care. In 2007 she received the James Jones First Novel Fellowship for a work in progress for My Name is Mary Sutter. She received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Art. Oliveira currently lives in Seattle, Washington. To learn more about Oliveira and her work, please visit the author’s website.

Did any amazing books arrive at YOUR house this week?


  1. April 19, 2010    

    I requested Still Missing too. Hope I get it!

  2. April 19, 2010    

    Both of those books look amazing! I’ll be watching for your reviews.

  3. April 19, 2010    

    Still Missing looks really good. Happy reading! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  4. April 19, 2010    

    Both books look like books I would enjoy! I hope they are both good reads!

  5. April 19, 2010    

    My name is Mary Sutter looks like it would be right up my alley! I will have to check back and see what you thought of it!

  6. April 19, 2010    

    That Still Missing book looks kind of creepy. I’ll be interested to read your review.

    Here is my Mailbox on Rose City Reader.

    Happy reading!

  7. April 19, 2010    

    Both books look like books I would enjoy! I hope they are both good reads!

  8. April 20, 2010    

    Lenore: There was a note in my copy which indicated the publisher produced more ARCs to meet the request demand from Shelf Awareness…so I think you have a good chance to get a copy!

    Kathy: I am eager to read them both!

    Alayne: I’m on my way over to check out your mailbox!

    Beth: I hope so too!

    Zibilee: I couldn’t resist My Name is Mary Sutter…even though I am behind in my review copies. It looks so good!

    Rose City Reader: LOL – it does look scary! I’ll be by later to check out your mailbox!

    Michelle: I am hoping so too!

  9. April 20, 2010    

    those look like good books…happy reading.

  10. April 20, 2010    

    I also have Still Missing. Sounds like an emotional read. I’m looking forward to your review.

  11. April 20, 2010    

    I’ve got a copy of Still Missing in my stacks, too. The author sounds like someone I’d like, too. And to have grown up on Vancouver Island! Lucky girl!

  12. April 22, 2010    

    Serena: Thank you!

    Anna: And I will look forward to YOUR review as well!

    Les: Isn’t it funny when you feel a connection to an author who you’ve never met? *laughs*

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