Monday, February 15, 2010

Mailbox Monday

I received a few last week....all from!

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
by Beth Hoffman:

Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell. In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie's all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer. Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

In His Sights: A True Story of Love and Obsession by Kate Brennan

What if the man you'd loved for years vows, when you leave him, to destroy you? What if he transforms into a ruthless tormentor, stealing your freedom, undermining your sanity, and threatening your safety?

This is not a fictional scenario. It is Kate Brennan's life.

Kate is a well-respected writer and scholar, a highly independent woman with simple tastes and a complicated romantic past that leave her perfectly content with singlehood. So when she meets Paul—a wealthy, charismatic businessman with a great deal of free time—she's wary of getting involved. Eventually, though, his polished charm and relentless wooing win her over. Things move quickly, and it is only after the two have moved in together that Kate discovers the serial infidelity, the unbalanced psyche, and the sordid secrets lurking under the Mr. Right facade.

Kate lets Paul into her life with trepidation, and when she ends the relationship, she finds she can't get him out of it. With limitless resources, he dedicates himself to stalking her: he tracks her movements, arranges for people to break into her home, interferes with her work, and even relocates to her new neighborhood. His harassment lasts for more than a decade and, as Paul is still at large, it continues to turn Kate's life upside down today.

This visceral memoir not only lays bare the mind of a stalker, but also shows how a smart, successful woman can fall prey to a warped and powerful man who has the money and connections to keep her under his watchful eye. Both frightening and insightful, In His Sights is a gripping tale of one woman's descent into the dark side of love and how she has fought—and still struggles—to free herself.

Sister by A. Manette Ansay

As Abigail Schiller prepares for the birth of her first child, she realizes her attempt to put down roots with husband Adam will never be secure until she resolves the heartache of her past. She had fled her family farm in Horton, Wisconsin, just after high school and had severed all ties with her pious Roman Catholic mother and bullying, distant father. But it was the disappearance of her brother that troubled her most. Sensitive and vulnerable as a boy, Abigail was his guardian angel. Later, he rebelled against his abusive father through run-ins with the law and eventually vanished. The torment of his absence finally drives Abigail to discover what happened, forcing her to return to the places and people she thought she left for good.

What was in YOUR mailbox today?


Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Saving Cee Cee sounds good.

Here is mine

Jo-Jo said...

I just loved Saving CeeCee and I hope you do too...enjoy your new goodies!

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

Oh, are you kidding me? You got "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"? Not fair!
I will be watching for your review on that one.
I have also heard of the book "Sister" sounds good. You had a good book week!

Mary said...

I really enjoyed Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Hope you do as well : )

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

You will love CeeCee! It's a wonderful read! Sister catches my eye. I think I'll put it on my wish list! Happy reading!

Wrighty said...

These look so good! I can't wait to read Cee Cee and I've have heard such good things about it. Enjoy and have a great week!

Kaye said...

I just finished CeeCee Honeycutt this morning. I think you will enjoy it. There are definitely some laugh out loud moments.

Diane said...


You got some terrific books this week. Enjoy them all.

Vivienne said...

I just loved CeeCee Honeycutt. It is fabulous. It is one of the books you just want to get into and live in.

tweezle said...

What a lovely batch of books! I love PBS, don't you? Enjoy your new reads.

My mailbox haul is here.

avisannschild said...

I'm a bit Ansay fan, so I can't wait to hear what you think of Sister (which I haven't read yet).

Shooting Stars Mag said...

woah, in his sights sounds so intense!!

Want to enter my Book Lover's Basket Giveaway?? It would help my family a ton in the long run too!!


Dar said...

Those all sound good Missy- enjoy!

Kristen said...

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt has gotten some great reviews. I bought it for myself the other day.

Lisa said...

Wow, you're lucky to get Saving CeeCee already!


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