Welcome to Mailbox Monday! It was originally hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page, but is currently on tour. November's host is Julie of Knitting and Sundries. Each week we share which books we got in the mail, but be warned: Mailbox Monday can lead to overflowing TBR piles and ginormous wish lists!
This week brought three new books to my TBR pile, the result of an exciting win courtesy of author Therese Fowler.
Goodreads: Meg Powell and Carson McKay were raised side by side on their families’ farms, bonded by a love that only deepened as they grew. Everyone in their small rural community in northern Florida thought that Meg and Carson would always be together. But at twenty-one, Meg was presented with a marriage proposal she could not refuse, forever changing the course of her life.
Seventeen years later, Meg’s marriage has become routine, and she spends her time juggling the demands of her medical practice, the needs of her widowed father, and the whims of her rebellious teenage daughter, Savannah, who is confronting her burgeoning sexuality in a dangerous manner and pushing her mother away just when she needs her most. Then, after a long absence, Carson returns home to prepare for his wedding to a younger woman. As Carson struggles to determine where his heart and future lie, Meg makes a shocking discovery that will upset the balance of everyone around her.
Description from Goodreads: Celebrity talk show host Blue Reynolds is the queen of daytime television—she is smart, funny, and as down-to-earth as her adoring fans. In the eyes of the world, she has it all. But no one knows about the secret she has harbored for the last twenty years—a secret that could destroy her image, her reputation, and her career. Twenty years ago, she gave birth to a son and put him up for adoption through illegal channels. And every day since, she’s been filled with regret. Now Blue has hired a private investigator to find her son, knowing full well the consequences.
A week in Key West to do her show on location brings Blue a much-needed change of pace—and an unexpected reunion with an old flame, Mitch Forrester. Helping him launch a television series may help her recapture the kind of genuine romance and affection long missing from her life. But it also means having to deal with Mitch’s disapproving son, Julian, who is only nine years younger than Blue. Emotionally battered from his years as a war photographer in the world’s most dangerous hotspots, Julian struggles to get close to his father while making his disdain for Blue crystal clear—which makes his desire for her all the more shocking.
As serendipity and scandal collide, Therese Fowler’s passionate, illuminating novel takes a dramatic turn deep into our own hearts, as the healing power of love—family love, romantic love, and self-love—transforms pain and regrets into promises and second chances.
Goodreads: Melanie Hoffman has accomplished three things in life she is truly proud of: first, she found Andrew, a man who loved her despite her size. Second, she left her cushy job as a lawyer to open a cafe specializing in delicious food that is also healthy. And finally, Mel lost half her body weight through dieting and exercise. She’s finally happy, healthy, and becoming content with life.
It’s an under-the-belt blow, then, when Andrew announces he’s leaving Melanie – for a woman twice her size. She’s also struggling financially while she’s trying to make the cafe a success. Trying to rebuild, Mel turns to her fellow employees and they help her realize who she really is and what family means.
I'm excited to read each of these books, and am especially excited that both Reunion and Souvenir were signed copies! That was what was in my mailbox last week- what was in yours?