Mailbox Month: July 2011
Here are the books I received this month. The Language of Flowers is an uncorrected proof copy. I received it from Pan Macmillan, its UK publisher. Publishing rights for this book were sold in 31 countries! I won False Witness from Family Fiction. I will be posting reviews for all books listed, except The Language of Flowers. My review of The Language of Flowers will be used by Lovereading.co.uk and the book’s publisher. As you can guess, I’m swamped with book reviews to be done. So, unless the book seems like an exceptionally good read, I won’t be requesting books for review in August.
“Daughters of Iraq” is the compelling story of three women from the same family. It is the story of emigration from Iraq to Israel as experienced by two sisters: Violet, whom we learn about through a diary she kept after being diagnosed with a critical illness, and Farida, whose personality unfolds through her relationship with her surroundings, and with herself. The third character is Noa, Violet’s daughter and a student, a young woman in her twenties who is searching for meaning. Noa embarks on a spiritual quest to the past, so that she can learn how to build her life in the present and the future.
12-year-old Irish thinks he’s an ordinary kid—until he’s chosen to defend the mystical Otherworld against the King of Demons. “No way!” He says, until a demon kidnaps his kid sister. Then Irish and his two friends, Streak and Huff, time-hop to the besieged world to rescue her. But are they ready to face a shape-shifter, demon warriors, and vicious flesh-eating wulgoars?
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
Just when TV writer Hilary feels like her life is finally in order, she gets a sucker-punch to the gut: Her ex has written a novel based on their relationship… Her response to this affront is just one of the many hilarious stories in My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me-a laugh-out-loud, tell-all in which Hilary sets the record straight for all her exes.
Summoned to Rome by an old friend, a Jesuit scholar finds himself using a code discovered in the Bible to unearth an ancient, hidden chapel in the catacombs under the city. When a rogue force of Vatican security officials are alerted to his discovery, the priest flees to the Holy Land with a clue … a clue that will lead him and a team of Israeli Christians to a much larger secret in the middle of the barren Negev Desert.
Unlike most kids, teenage Katie Parker never got a fair shot at a normal life. With a mother in jail and a missing-in-action dad, she’s never known what it’s like to truly be loved. Low on options and family members, she’s soon shipped off to a foster home. Now in an unfamiliar town, Katie’s rebellious attitude is at odds with her new family, school, and classmates. And after falling in with all the wrong people at school, things go from bad to really bad after she takes the blame for vandalizing the local performing arts theater. But in the midst of a dark situation, Katie finds light in the most unexpected places: through her new friendship with an eccentric senior, the commitment of her foster family, and a tragic secret that changed them forever. And as she inches closer to acceptance and forgiveness, she finds that God has been there all along.
Clark Shealy is a bail bondsman with the ultimate bounty on the line: his wife’s life. He has forty-eight hours to find an Indian professor in possession of the Abacus Algorithm—an equation so powerful it could crack all Internet encryption.
Four years later, law student Jamie Brock is working in legal aid when a routine case takes a vicious twist: she and two colleagues learn that their clients, members of the witness protection program, are accused of defrauding the government and have the encrypted algorithm in their possession. After a life-changing trip to the professor’s church in India, the couple also has the key to decode it.
Now they’re on the run from federal agents and the Chinese mafia, who will do anything to get the algorithm. Caught in the middle, Jamie and her friends must protect their clients if they want to survive long enough to graduate.
Lane Harris should be the heir to the family fortune, but the entire town hates her, and everybody’s got an ax to grind. Brutalized, left to die, and ignorant of her attacker’s identity, she awakes in a Seattle hospital and begins a cycle of flight designed to do nothing more than keep her alive. Lane’s life depends on how quickly she figures out the rules of the game, and she’s about to find out exactly what she’s willing to do to live. Hers is a struggle for just the slightest shred of normalcy and trust.
All book descriptions were taken from Barnes & Noble
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Posted on July 31, 2011, in In My Mailbox and tagged C.T. Markee, Carolyn Gibbs, Daughters of Iraq, False Witness, God's Lions: The Secret Chapel, Hilary Winston, In Between, Jenny B. Jones, John Lyman, My Boyfriend Wrote A Book About Me, Otherworld Tales: Irish the Demon Slayer, Randy Singer, Revital Shiri-Horowitz, The Language of Flowers, Tuesday's Child, Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.