I had read many good reviews about this book and was looking forward to reading it. I was especially intrigued by the fact the book is centered on an actual landmark mailbox in Sunset Beach, N.C. (there are directions to finding it at the end of the book).The book spans the lives of the two main characters, Lindsey and Campbell, over twenty years of their lives. They first meet when Lindsey spends a summer at the beach with her aunt and uncle. While there, she meets Campbell who lives in the town of Sunset Beach. It is Campbell who introduces Lindsey to the mailbox and the Kindred Spirit. Lindsey and Campbell end up on a different path than they originally planned as teenagers in love. Both end up married to someone else and have children. Lindsey continues to visit the beach each summer with her family, leaving a letter in the mailbox for the Kindred Spirit each year. But when her husband walks out on her, she takes their kids to Sunset Beach to try to salvage her life. What evolves is a story that uses the mailbox as the tie between people, their memories, and romantic love. "The Mailbox" is an intriguing story of loss, hope, and the knowledge God knows and loves us enough to give a second chance at love.This book is for anyone, of any age and I highly recommend it.
I have finished reading, in two days, Marybeth Whalen's debut fiction novel The Mailbox. Marybeth has served as the general editor of For the Write Reason and The Reason We Speak. In my opinion, The Mailbox is the first of many highly successful fiction books for Marybeth. Here is part of the back cover summary:"When Lindsey Adams first visits the Kindred Spirit mailbox at Sunset Beach, North Carolina, as a teenager, she has no idea that twenty years later she will still be visiting the mailbox--still pouring out her heart in letters that summarize the best and worst parts of life."Marybeth draws the reader into the book and the characters' lives almost immediately. All women will be able to identify with Lindsey Adams, but especially those who have gone through a divorce. However, this is not a book that focuses solely on divorce. It is a book about second chances. About healing and redemption. About hope and love. It's message will stay with the reader long after the book is closed. And it is a book that one will want to read over and over again
The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen was a fun, easy read. Lindsey, recently divorced, returns to Sunset Beach with her kids for her 20th summer there. While there, she runs into the boy (now man) who made this place so special for her 20 years before. Campbell's got his own set of problems - an ex-wife, a daughter with an eating disorder, and the knowledge that he hasn't tried as hard as he should to build strong relationships with the people in his life. It seems they've both been given a second chance - with each other, and with love in general. The question now is, what are they going to do with it?I really enjoyed The Mailbox. It would definitely be a fun vacation read. Quick, easy, not a lot to think through. I also liked the way the author told the past through Lindsey's letters to the Kindred Spirit who tends The Mailbox (an actual landmark in North Carolina). It was an interesting way to weave in a little character history without getting bogged down. Whalen also addresses difficult issues (like divorce and a child with an eating disorder) without giving pat answers but still giving hope. Other themes include forgiveness, second chances, love, friendship, and parenting.I would recommend this book and look forward to Whalen's next novel.I received a FREE copy of this book from The B&B Media Group in exchange for my fair and honest review of the book.
The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen is a great romance about a real life mysterious landmark in North Carolina. When Lindsey Adams was just fifteen, she fell in love on vacation in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, with Campbell Forrester. Before the teens parted at the end of the summer, Lindsey left a letter behind in the Kindred Spirits Mailbox. It's a mailbox where anyone can leave a message in notebooks or on loose leaf paper, and an unknown person regularly cleans out the letters and replaces the writing material. Her letter begins a twenty year tradition that will take her through a tragic break up with Campbell, into marriage to Grant, two children, and divorce from Grant. When she returns on the twentieth anniversary of her first visit, she's trying to put the pieces of her life back together without her husband. In the mean time, Campbell is seeking a second chance with the teenage daughter he lost contact with when she moved in with his ex-wife. When Campbell and Lindsey meet, the sparks between the two are just as fiery as they were so many years ago, but is it too late? Lindsey is a sympathetic character who is searching for real family and connection with the world. Her annual letters to the Kindred Spirit eventually lead her to faith in God as she comes to understand that only through Him can she find the connection and security she's always been seeking. I was thrilled to see that Whalen didn't give in to the standard old lovers rediscovering romance cliche of one of them being furious with the other and fighting the feelings throughout most of the book. Lindsey and Campbell's romance is of the once-in-a-lifetime variety, and makes the book truly romantic. It's an enjoyable romance with a message of trusting in the Lord.