Friday, August 6, 2010

The Mailbox

The Mailbox: A Novel
Marybeth Whalen
David C. Cook Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-7814-0369-6
For Lindsey Adams, the mailbox has always been a constant in her life. Her first encounter with the mailbox took place when she was a teenager on a summer vacation at Sunset Beach. Its’ rare, odd home in the middle of nowhere on Sunset Beach attracts many tourist and visitors. For a few faithful believers, like Lindsey, the mailbox is more, it is sacred. With only a label of ‘Kindred Spirit’ on the side, pens and paper on the inside, visitors are invited to write and leave their letters Kindred Spirit. No one knows who this person is, but to Lindsey this is comforting. It frees her to be honest because she does not feel judged. Instead she feels someone is out there rooting for her, waiting to read her next installment.

Twenty years after her first visit to the mailbox, Lindsey is still visiting yearly and updating her letters. She pours her heart and soul onto the paper. This visit is different, her first love was stolen by a teenagers mistake, and reappears into her life. Her marriage has ended and Lindsey deals with the aftermath of divorce. She came to sunset beach for a fresh perspective and a new start. Little does she know she is about to make the biggest choices of her life and learn about love, faith and trust.

The Mailbox is a wonderfully exciting read. I could not put this book down. I enjoyed the truth in the folklore of the mailbox, which exist in North Carolina. The book is about second chances, along with love and faith. It was written with flow and easily lets the reader move between past flashbacks and the present without confusion. It is full of colorful characters that make the story come alive and seem true. The author does a wonderful job of expressing the pain and confusion surrounding a cheating spouse that leads to divorce. Once you start reading this novel you will be hooked, not wanting it to end.

I enjoyed this book immensely. It was touching, entertaining and heart warming all at the same time. Its’ message of hope and second chances was delivered beautifully. While parts were slightly predictable, I wasn’t always certain how the book would twist and turn. My only regret is that I was not able to sit on the beach while reading this novel. I highly recommend this as a summer read, and hope to see it made as a movie.

*Reviewed for Reader Views*

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