Mailbox Monday

26 Sep

My Mailbox looks a little like this one.Three beautiful new books this week!

Outside the Ordinary WorldOutside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller

is for a TLC Books tour in November.  I’m intrigued, but also nervous about agreeing to review this book, since I often have a negative reaction to books about adultery.

Here’s the summary:

Sylvia Sandon is at a crossroads in her life. A wife and mother of two daughters, she and her city-planner husband are grappling with the escalating renovation of their antique farmhouse—a situation that mirrors the disarray in Sylvia’s life. Facing a failing marriage and a stalled career as an art teacher, Sylvia finds herself suddenly powerless to the allure of Tai Rosen, the father of her most challenging art student. As their passion ignites, Sylvia is forced to examine her past, and the seeds of betrayal that were sown decades earlier by her mother’s secret life.

Edge of Sight by Roxanne St. Claire

I’m looking forward to this one for a Hachette tour at the end of October.    Not  only is there a blog tour, but there’s a Twitter Party!


The killer she can’t escape . . .
The heartbreak she can’t forget . . .
The one man who can stop them both.

When Samantha Fairchild witnesses a murder in the wine cellar of the restaurant where she works, the Harvard-bound law student becomes the next target of a professional assassin. Desperate for protection the authorities won’t provide, Sam seeks help from Vivi Angelino, an investigative reporter who recruits her brother, Zach, to protect Samantha. A Special Forces vet with the scars to prove he’s equally fearless and flawed, Zach takes the job, despite the fact that he and Sam once shared a lusty interlude that ended when he left for war and disappeared from her life. Now, as they crack a conspiracy that leads to Boston’s darkest corners, Sam and Zach must face their fears, desires, and doubts, before a hired killer gets a second shot…

City of Tranquil Light: A NovelCity of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell

My book club read Bo Caldwell’s earlier book, The Distant Land of My Father, with Silicon Valley Reads in 2008.  I’d actually been thinking about The Distant Land of My Father when I read Heart of Lies by M.L. Malcolm earlier in the summer.  I was very excited to be offered a chance to review City of Tranquil Light.  Thank you to Henry Holt and Company Publishers.


Will Kiehn is seemingly destined for life as a humble farmer in the Midwest when, having felt a call from God, he travels to the vast North China Plain in the early twentieth-century. There he is surprised by love and weds a strong and determined fellow missionary, Katherine. They soon find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a more than two-thousand-year-old dynasty that plunges the country into decades of civil war. As the couple works to improve the lives of the people of Kuang P’ing Ch’eng— City of Tranquil Light, a place they come to love—and face incredible hardship, will their faith and relationship be enough to sustain them?

Mailbox Monday is a weekly post where I talk about the books that have arrived in my house over the last week.

Marcia at The Printed Page hosts the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour. This month’s home is Bermudaonion’s Weblog.  Next week, it moves on to She Reads and Reads. Leave a note with what new reads came your way (and any thoughts about mine), then check out some other blogs!


Posted by on September 26, 2010 in books, meme


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6 responses to “Mailbox Monday

  1. Lady Q

    September 27, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Adultery can be a dealbreaker for me, too. But sometimes it makes for good story, it just depends on how it’s written. City of Tranquil Light looks really good. Hope you enjoy your books! Here’s my Mailbox.

  2. Amanda

    September 27, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Outside the Ordinary World actually looks really interesting! I’m really looking forward to what you have to say about it, even if you don’t generally like books about adultery.

  3. Beth(bookaholicmom)

    September 27, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I received The City of Tranquil Light also and am looking forward to reading it. I hope we both enjoy it.

  4. Coffee and a Book Chick

    September 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    These look great — City of Tranquil Light especially! Here’s my loot: Coffee and a Book Chick

  5. Holly

    September 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Great mailbox. I’ve been curious about Outside the Ordinary World, but I’m with you on the adultery thing. It can be a bit dodgy to read, depending on how it’s done. Enjoy your books!!

  6. bermudaonion

    September 28, 2010 at 6:42 am

    I know what you mean about books about adultery. I hope Outside the Ordinary World works out for you.


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