Monday, August 29, 2016

Mailbox Monday - August 29

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

How is it Monday again already? I swear last week just started.

Soccer practice has started and school begins Wednesday. After Labor Day violin and dance will kick off. It's nice to be back to our regular schedule, but it's hard to leave behind the lazy days of summer.

Not that I've been lazy this summer. I've sold a ton of real estate. If you're curious about the most recent real estate news, please visit me at Busy REALTOR(R) Mom.

Only a couple of free books this week, but they sound like great ones.

Her whole life, Alexia Garcia has been told that she looks just like rock star Kari Kingsley. But being a famous person's doppelganger hasn't turned out to be the teen fantasy you'd expect. People look at Alexia like she must be as ditzy as her counterpart. One day when Alexia's photo filters through the Internet, she's offered a job as Kari's double. This would seem like the opportunity of a lifetime--or at least a way to make some fast cash--but Alexia's mother has always warned her against celebrities. They can't be trusted. They'll use her.

Alexia can't resist the siren call of fame. Who could say no to Hollywood, hot guys, and . . . um, did we mention hot guys already? She flies off to L.A. and gets immersed in a celebrity life. Not only does she have to get used to getting anything she wants, she also romances the hottest lead singer on the charts and finds out that her own father is a singing legend. Through it all, Alexia must stay true to herself, which is hard to do when you are pretending to be somebody else!

This Prince and the Pauper retelling is teen comedy at its best.

An old house + A new computer program =The travel opportunity of a another century.

The People

Abby Thomas is spending the summer in a run-down old house with a bratty pre-teen named Merrideth she is supposed to tutor. Not a dream job. But it does come with perks.

There's John Roberts, a devastatingly attractive neighbor who is almost too wonderful to be real.

And there's the new computer program Beautiful Houses--also too amazing to be real. No one knows how it works, but with it she can rewind and fast-forward the lives of all the people who ever lived in the house, including Charlotte Miles.

In 1858, the house is a train stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. And Charlotte is stuck there serving meals to the passengers, wondering if she'll ever get to have any fun. And then she meets two travelers who change her life forever.

There's James McGuire with whom she falls in love. And there's his boss, a young Springfield lawyer named Abraham Lincoln. His debate with political opponent Stephen Douglas catapults him onto the national stage. And it inspires Charlotte to take up the cause of abolition.

The House

A stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. A stop on the Underground Railroad.

Watching the house's history unfold, Abby and Merrideth gain a new perspective on their own lives as time and again they see God's loving hand in the lives of its inhabitants.

What was in your mailbox?


Mary (Bookfan) said...

Freebies are hard to resist, aren't they? I hope the school year is a great one for all!

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad the real estate business is so good. I hope everyone has a great school year.

Laura Fabiani said...

Yeah...I agree that getting back to a routine is a good thing! TIME AND AGAIN caught my eye because I love time travel books. Hope it's as good as it sounds.

Enjoy your week!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I don't often read time travel books, but Time and Again looks tempting. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your week! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Pat PostingForNow said...

Enjoy your new books and getting back into your Fall routine.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Cheryl,

'Time And Again' definitely has an intriguing premise and is something different to anything I remember reading before - Well worth considering for my already toppling TBR list, thanks for sharing :)

It is good to know that business is booming for you, in these still very uncertain economic times - Long may it continue, although I hope that you manage to keep a good work / life balance at the same time :)


Elizabeth said...

LOVE the cover on Time and Again.

Definitely catching my eye.

Have a great reading week.

Silver's Reviews
My Mailbox Monday

Cheryl said...

Oh, goodie: my online chums have stopped by. Thanks so much for visiting. I was so busy today I wasn't sure when I would check my blog again.

Mary, I simply can't resist a good book...especially a free one. If the blurb captures my attention, I download it.

Thanks Bermudaonion. It's been a great blessing that things have gone so well. My kids are ready to go back to school now too, so I can feel better about concentrating on work for a while.

I find time travel books to be great fun, Laura.

Thanks for visiting, Pat. You have a neat blog.

Thanks for the best wishes, Yvonne. Balance isn't coming very easy, but I'll figure it out eventually.

Always nice to see you here, Elizabeth.

Hope you all have a nice week.

Serena said...

I am going to miss the lazy days of summer even though I worked at home with my daughter this year, which was tough. She's officially in Kindergarten. I cannot believe it.