Mailbox Monday hosted this month by Marcia at The Printed Page is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
I've had a string of good luck lately and won some books from other bloggers...hooray! Here is what came in lately.
From the author's website: I am just crazy about this story, much of that affection due to how I feel about the characters. For me it just doesn't get much better than the feisty redneck Frances Mae going great guns against her sister-in-law, Caroline, the indomitable reigning queen of Tall Pines plantation with Millie running interference, her pockets bulging with Gullah magic. Then let's not forget Frances Mae's four hellcats – can Caroline turn them into debutantes? Will Frances Mae win back Trip's heart and reunite the family? Will Trip do the right thing? Well, all will be revealed in due time. The last time I read Dorothea Benton Frank I was greatly dissapointed but I think that was an anomaly and am delighted to get the chance to read this one! This was a win from Crystal at My Reading Room. Thanks you, Crystal!
From the Amazon product description: Meet Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy who's got big dreams-to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle. But when Uncle Drake mysteriously disappears, Homer inherits two things: a lazy, droopy dog with no sense of smell, and a mystery.Why would his uncle call this clumsy dog his "most treasured possession?" And why did he put a gold coin on the dog's collar? And who will continue Uncle Drake's quest-to find the most coveted pirate treasure in the world? Join Homer, his sister Gwendolyn, and Dog on an adventure that will test their wits and courage as they leave their peaceful farm and head into a world where ruthless treasure hunters hide around every corner. Where they discover that Dog has a hidden talent and that treasure might be closer than they ever imagined. . . This one has been compared to a few of my favorites like Roald Dahl's books and the Mysterious Benedict Socxiety series. It's a middle grades book so after I read it, I'll get tyo pass it along to Youngest. This was a win from Carrie while she was over at 5 Minutes for Books. Thanks, Carrie! Carrie can stil be found here at Reading to Know.
From the Amazon porduct description: It's 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. Twelve-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, DC, during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst the pervasive threat of nuclear war, Franny must face the tension between herself and her younger brother, figure out where she fits in with her family, and look beyond outward appearances. For Franny, as for all Americans, it's going to be a formative year. This one reminds me of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie in that it has a child for the main character but I'm not 100% certain it is a children's book because it deasl with some heavy themes from the time period. It is visually very appealing - lots of pictures, song lyrics, and quotes interspersed. This was a win from Michelle at Galley Smith. Thanks, Michelle!