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Oct 21, 2012

It's Mailbox Monday! What Are You Reading?

What are you Reading?

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.

Mailbox Monday is a meme originally from Marcia's Mailbox and can be found here for October.

In the Mail:


Swapped for:
 After All by Deborah Raney (Hanover Falls #3, May 2012)
Eighteen months after the tragic Grove Street Fire took the life of her husband, David, and four other heroic firefighters, Susan Marlowe thinks she’s finally beginning to heal. But then she discovers that David carried a secret to his grave.

A secret that changes everything she thought their marriage had been.

For the sake of their sons, can Susan forgive the unforgivable?

Andrea Morley lost her closest friend in the fire. But she has no right to mourn him. Instead, she must forever grieve in silence—because her dearest friend was someone else’s husband. Peter Brennan carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. As Hanover Falls’ fire chief, he was responsible for the brave firefighters

who lost their lives that awful November night.

Can he ever shake the feeling that he should have somehow prevented the tragedy?

As he tries to rebuild the team at Clemens County’s Station 2, it seems he might find comfort in the arms of the woman he least expected.

I purchased:
The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas (April 13, 2012)
Rinette Leslie of Granmuir has the ancient gift of divining the future in flowers, but her gift cannot prepare her for the turmoil that comes when the dying queen regent entrusts her with a casket full of Scotland's darkest secrets. On the very day she means to deliver it to newly crowned Mary, Queen of Scots, Rinette's husband is brutally assassinated.

Devastated, Rinette demands justice before she will surrender the casket, but she is surrounded by ruthless men who will do anything to possess it. In the end, the flowers are all she can trust-and only the flowers will lead her safely home to Granmuir.

And finally, for review, a boo hiss huge ugly galley (which makes me hate reviewing and I kick myself every time I accept an ARC dangit) .. and this one was on NetGalley for those interested..

Flora's Wish by Kathleen Y'Arbo (February 2013)
From bestselling author Kathleen Y'Barbo comes a brand-new series of romance, adventure, and hidden identity.
May 1887--Flora Brimm is determined the fifth time is the charm. Back home she has a reputation as "Fatal Flora," a woman whose previous four fiancés died in untimely accidents. Flora is desperate to marry, because producing an heir is the only way she can keep her family's estate. She's confident this visit to Eureka Springs with her grandmother will help her land a husband.
Pinkerton detective Lucas McMinn is hot on the trail of Will Tucker, the thief who broke his sister's heart. When he discovers the slippery fellow with Flora, he thinks they are in on the devious plot together. Will Flora be able to convince Lucas of her innocence? Will Lucas catch the elusive Mr. Tucker?
And, more importantly, will Lucas survive if he pursues Flora's heart?
An engaging story of how God can move circumstances to bring love, joy, and lasting fulfillment to the most hopeless heart.

What I've Read and Am Reading:
Pub. October 23, 2012
Reviewed The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer, A nice surprise, this was a good story.. and so glad I enjoyed it as it was my first Amish story! Also reviewed last week was a Tudor mixed with Wars of the Rose mess by Alison Weir, A Dangerous Inheritance...which was a fun fluff read for those who like reading absolutely everything there is out there and get lots of teensy details with their fiction.. but anyways..

Surprise of all surprises Penman wins again... BOOM like a dust bunny I was sucked like a powervac into an oldie-but-oh-so-GOODIE
which was supposed to be a read along, but I suck at read alongs in the opposite way of everyone else is doing with this one right now: I read faster than anyone else does with group reads (I did this with required reading in middle school and high school too..) so the three week read along held at HF-Connection is taking me ohhhh .. stretching it to a week if I watch lots of television instead of reading... which means, you guessed it.. I Love it!!! And I'm loving it even more because I don't have to write a review for these 700 pages of political wishy washiness... this is a "personal collection" read (four years in my dusty stacks it sat).. SQUEEE!!!

Have you read Penman's Welsh Trilogy (of which this is book one)? I had avoided it because I was like OH, KILL ME DEADLY with the last "Welsh" read I had attempted (Edith Pargeter) and that was one of two Did Not Finish Books out of roughly 240 review books..
Long story short.. Sharon Kay Penman's work is not something to be avoided. Do not be scared by the Welshness. =)

What I'm Reading Next:
Last week's fun treasure in my mailbox, Tamera Alexander's To Whisper Her Name, and then the above Flora's Wish by Kathleen Y'Arbo .. and then I'm free for a little bit!!!!!!! PARTY PARTY PARTY!!!!!!!!! Maybe I'll sneak in some more Penman!