Monday, June 26, 2017

Mailbox Monday - June 26

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.

If you're here, welcome. As I mentioned last week I merged The Busy Mom's Daily and Cheryl's Christian Book Connection into this blog, which I think will work out much better. Last week was a bit hectic with appointments and end of school year stuff. Dance recital was Saturday and I worked all day Sunday. Someone I still managed to get some cleaning done around here and some farming for real estate.

My mailbox made me happy last week as I received a book from one of my favorite southern fiction authors I ordered and then a book of poetry I am reviewing for a book tour arrived.

Chattahoochee, Florida, a town with a state mental institution on its main drag, seldom slips from its usual relaxed pace. Detached from the tourist havens farther south, everyone here knows everybody else. Senior citizen Elvina Houston, head of the little-ole-lady hotline, keeps her nose wedged in the middle. October typically brings three well-attended festivals and a break from the oppressive summer. But this year, the relentless heat and humidity continue and a parade of horribles cranks up for Jake Witherspoon, his best friend Hattie Davis Lewis, and her older brother Bobby, one that will affect their intertwined families, friends, and the entire town. The incidents Jake perceives as a replay of his horrible assault are every bit as real as the twisted man who inches into Hattie's family. How this group of small town folk handles the clash with hate and crime is a tribute to resiliency, friendship, and hope.

In this rare collection of nonfiction Christian poetry and prose based on real life experiences, Diamante Lavendar, a victim of abuse, shows the reader the raw emotions of pain, hate, and denial that occur before a victim of abuse can find a way to heal from the pains of assault. Knowing herself the very difficult journey of being a victim, Diamante was abused as a child, and turned to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. Many years later, she started to heal under God's watchful eyes and was able to find love in her life again. She shares these truly inspiring, religious poems in the hopes that it may help other victims heal their hurts, as she did while writing the poetry collection.

Hope you'll share what was in your mailbox too. Enjoy your week!


  1. Without knowing anything about it, the cover of the DeVane book looks quite different from the actual title :) I hope you enjoy it and have a great week!

  2. I know exactly where Chattahoochee is so that book appeals to me.

  3. Thanks for visiting me in my new place, ladies. Mary, if you read the first couple of books the title might make more sense. Rhett is an amazing author. Bermudaonion, I had no idea where this place was, but had to look it up once I read the books.

  4. I will have to update your blog information. I hope Poetry & Ponderings is a good read for you. I think combining the blogs will help out with time management for sure. And no one is just one thing, are we?

  5. ENJOY your new books.

    PARADE OF HORRIBLES is definitely a different-sounding title. :)

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  6. nice to meet you. i came over from one of the linky parties.
    I signed up for your emails. I hope you'll visit my book blog and my regular blog. You might enjoy it too if you have a chance.

    Here I review all the Christian books...
    Come over and say hi.

  7. Parade of Horribles intrigues me ... especially since the setting is only 30 miles away from me. I'm reading the poetry book too. Happy Reading!

  8. thanks for coming by my Mailbox Monday post and commenting.
    I found you the other day and then lost you! I'll be back for sure now. I am featuring you on my Happy Homemaker Monday post over here:
    It's just a fun post for making plans for your week with prompts. One prompt is new blog so I'll share you.
    Come over and see me. Have a great week.

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