In My Mailbox (16)

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I am happy to share with you what I got in my mailbox this week.  I hope you had a great mailbox week as well.  Please feel free to leave me a link and I will stop by and see you.
 
For Review:
 
 
Into the Shadows (a young adult paranormal novel)UTOPIA TEXAS
Won:
Like MandarinShineThe MockingbirdsHigh Stakes (Vegas Vampires, Book 1)
Bought:
Pale Demon (The Hollows, Book 9)The Sworn (The Fallen Kings Cycle)Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5)
I bought Pale Demon for a book signing – which was amazing and I still have a post coming about it.  I have some video that I am trying to work the kinks out of.
So what was in your mailbox this week?

Review: Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes

Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes (Sisterchicks Series #8)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2009
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback , 288pp
  • Sales Rank: 250,782

Synopsis

A multi-tasking mama, Summer Finley has found ways to handle whatever life throws at her with grace and a grin. Until now, that is. An “abnormal” medical test result sends Summer into an emotional tailspin and prompts her to fulfill a life-long dream of “meeting” her best friend and pen pal since fourth grade, Noelle Van Zandt, face-to-face.
Their blissful week together in the Netherlands finds Summer and Noelle floating down a canal in Amsterdam, visiting Corrie Ten Boom’s Hiding Place, sipping decadent Dutch cocoa in Delft, and bobbing merrily along through a sea of brilliant, spring-fresh tulips. Each day takes them further from midlife anxiety and closer to trusting God in deeper ways.
When Summer finally confides in Noelle about the abnormal test results, Summer’s honesty prompts Noelle to share a long-held heartache. The two friends find they both needed to be together more than either of them realized. Could it be this adventure was tucked away in God’s imagination long before Summer bought her ticket to fly to the land of merry tulips and kalomping wooden shoes?

My thoughts

A well written book about trust in God and Friendships!  I enjoyed this books and seeing how Summer is going to cope with the possibility of cancer by booking a trip to the Netherlands to visit her long time pen pal.  I loved the descriptions of the Netherlands, the author does a wonderful job of describing every detail making it feel as though you are right there.  I enjoyed learning about some of the customs and fun and better yet interesting places to visit in the Netherlands.  This was a quick easy read but very touching on so  many levels it is difficult to cover them all.  The long distance friendship and just how these women interact with each other and the world around them touches me.

My Rating

3.5 stars of 5.  A good light read (despite the lurking cancer)

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  All opinion are my own.
 

Booking Through Thursday

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All other things being equal–do you prefer used books? Or new books? (The physical speciman, that is, not the title.) Does your preference differentiate between a standard kind of used book, and a pristine, leather-bound copy?

As long as it is in readable shape, not falling apart, I really don’t care if a book is used or new.  I am hard on books myself so used is okay with me.  Now, when it comes to authors or series that are my favorite I will buy the book new.  I will always wait until the end of a series and buy all of the same covers.  I hate when they change them part way through.