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Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Marybeth Whalen
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Marybeth Whalen speaks regularly through her association with the Proverbs 31 Ministries and served as the general editor of For the Write Reason and The Reason We Speak. She and her husband, Curt, have six children and are active in their community near Charlotte, North Carolina. She has been visiting the Kindred Spirit mailbox for years.
ruthhill74Yelm, WAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Christian Romance at its finestDecember 7, 2013ruthhill74Yelm, WAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I knew really nothing about this book when I picked it up. I remember that it had been suggested to me by some online group. It was just a filler while I waited on another book. I was pretty sure it would not be a book that would truly capture my attention.
I was completely wrong! I instantly knew I would like this book when I read in the acknowledgements that the author thanked her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I was astounded! This was a Christian book? Not only that, but the author was one that I recognized from Proverbs 31 ministries.
I loved the way in which the story was written. The story jumped back and forth between the 1980's and the 2000's and occasionally the 1990's. The story was told through letters and narratives. I feel in love with the two main characters! I guess because I tended to understand their situation. Since it deals with divorce and second chances, I could identify with them.
While this book is not a literary masterpiece, it is a nice romance that takes a couple twists and turns that the reader may not see coming--I certainly didn't. It makes me want to go visit the mailbox since the author herself says that it really does exist. I certainly wish I had a Kindred Spirit after reading this book.
I enjoyed the fact that faith was interwoven so easily into the story. Sometimes Christian novels really force the religion issue. In this novel, the character's faith and coming to faith are such an integral part of the story that it makes you believe that with God, nothing is impossible! And He is the God of second chances.
Vickie Gress3 Stars Out Of 5September 22, 2010Vickie Gressvery touching and moving book. I really enjoyed reading it. would recomened it to others really a good read. vickie
beverly GriderOklahoma City, OKAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 26, 2010beverly GriderOklahoma City, OKAge: 45-54Gender: femaleI 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.
Edwina Cowgill5 Stars Out Of 5August 13, 2010Edwina CowgillI 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
i blog 4 books4 Stars Out Of 5July 27, 2010i blog 4 booksThe 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.
Author: Marybeth Whalen
Located in: North Carolina
Submitted: June 11, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. Marybeth Whalen is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. The family lives outside Charlotte, NC. Marybeth is a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker team and a regular contributor to their daily devotions which reach over 350,000 people each day. She served as general editor of For The Write Reason and The Reason We Speak. She and her husband Curt co-authored Learning To Live Financially Free and her first novel, The Mailbox will be released in June 2010. Additionally, she serves as director of She Reads, Proverbs 31 Ministries' fiction division. Marybeth speaks regularly to women's groups and enjoys sharing stories from her daily adventures as a wife, mom, writer, and, most importantly, a follower of God.
What was your motivation behind this project? I have been visiting the real mailbox on the NC coast for years. It's such a special place and I knew it would make a great centerpiece for a love story.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? A sense of God's love for them-- His passionate pursuit of them. And also just hope and encouragement. So many people are going through hardship and this novel offers just a fun summer escape.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Writing my first novel was one of my toughest challenges. It was grueling and invigorating all at the same time!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Mary DeMuth, Jodi Picoult, Elizabeth Berg, Marisa De Los Santos, Lisa Samson, and many others... I love to read and am always reading something.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Writing this novel was so special to me. I hope that readers are impacted and moved by it.