The Mailbox

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Centered on a real landmark on the coast of North Carolina, The Mailbox blends intriguing folklore and true faith with raw contemporary issues that affect every woman.

When Lindsey Adams first visits the Kindred Spirit mailbox at Sunset Beach, 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 her life.

Returning to Sunset for her first...

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Overview

Centered on a real landmark on the coast of North Carolina, The Mailbox blends intriguing folklore and true faith with raw contemporary issues that affect every woman.

When Lindsey Adams first visits the Kindred Spirit mailbox at Sunset Beach, 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 her life.

Returning to Sunset for her first vacation since her husband left her, Lindsey struggles to put her sorrow into words. Memories surface of her first love, Campbell-and the rejection that followed. When Campbell reappears in her life, Lindsey must decide whether to trust in love again or guard herself from greater pain. The Mailbox is a rich novel about loss, hope, and the beauty of second chances.

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Nonfiction author Whalen pens her first novel, centered on an actual landmark mailbox in Sunset Beach, N.C. Over a span of some 20 years, Lindsey Adams makes summer visits to the Kindred Spirit mailbox and deposits an annual written update on her life. When her husband divorces her, Lindsey makes the trek again and meets up with long-lost love, Campbell Forrester, whose own marriage dissolved years earlier. Unsure they can rekindle their youthful love, both Lindsey and Campbell struggle to make the leap from teenage infatuation to a lasting adult commitment. Whalen's use of a mailbox as the tie between people, memories, and romantic love is intriguing, and she makes it work more effectively than a reader might expect. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781403696
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 287,215
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

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    A Perfect Book for the Summer!

    This book was delightful. The characters were so deep and their reactions to the situations around them showed realistic flaws. I could see myself reacting the very same way, with hurt and resentment, and resistent to resolve those feelings. They also showed their faith as a growing part of their lives rather than a pedestal from which to judge. Masterfully done!

    I love the way Ms. Whalen dealt with some pretty difficult topics. Grace and forgiveness is woven through the book to take the edge off of some of the painful situations. Even the antagonists, which rise and fall throughout the story, have their moments of some semblance of honesty and honor.

    All in all, I love books that portray characters that are so real, not totally good, nor totally bad - just flawed - and struggling to do their best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2011

    couldn't put it down!

    I can't wait to read this author's next novel! She does a great job developing characters you can identify with and embrace. It really makes you think about how one decision can have lifelong rammifications but also how God works all things out if we are open to His presence.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

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    The Mailbox

    I absolutely LOVE this book and I really hope there will be a sequel. The idea of a mailbox sitting on a lonely stretch along Sunset Beach intrigued me right from the start. And even better ... this mailbox really does exist!

    The mailbox is simply labeled "Kindred Spirit", and people come from near and far to leave personal letters addressed to Kindred Spirit. It is one place where they can be truthfully honest about their lives, their hurts, and their private dreams and hopes for the future, and it can be done anonymously.

    Lindsey and Campbell began their relationship as teenagers on Sunset Beach, and the mailbox became a special place for them. After Campbell made a wrong decision, their future together as a couple became impossible. Yet both Lindsey and Campbell felt drawn to keep their memories intact, and the special mailbox is what kept them connected, even twenty years later. They both had wondered over the years how things might have turned out if they had been together, instead of making choices that eventually broke their hearts.

    A quote from the back cover sums it up so perfectly ... "This isn't just some forgotten mailbox on a desolate stretch of beach. This is a place where dreams are shared, tears are shed, and lives are changed ...."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

    I knew really nothing about this book when I picked it up. I rem

    I 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    I so enjoyed this book it is so good to find a book with soo much encouragement from god keep tthe books coming and i will keep reading them

    Jpw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Raven

    Name •Raven Leon•
    <br>Age •17•
    <br>Hair •Ebony black hair cut jaggedly to her shoulders•
    <br>Eyes •Light grey eyes with blue flecks, wide with dark, heavy lashes•
    <br>Race •Human•
    <br>Personality •Shy around most but willing to try anything. She enjoys helping others though and loois towards the best.•
    <br>Signature •Ra?en•

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Ink's Mail Service

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    I highly recommend this book!

    I loved this book so much, that i am going to go find the mailbox.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    To zakk

    F.u

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Mail

    Hello. Trin told me about you. We'll have to meet sometime. Be nice to her. Or else. Just kidding, but be nice to her. I'll be watching you. I'm kidding again. Nice to meet you. My mailbox is at 843.L only result. Mail me.--Samuel Peterson

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Great

    A great beach read. I cant wait for another book by her.

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

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    Awesome book

    This was a very awesome book. It makes you look at the decision that we make everyday and think about where they may lead us and what might be in store for us through God power.

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  • Posted October 5, 2010

    Highly Recommend!!!!

    I love this book. I saved it to read while I was at North Myrtle Beach and I couldn't put this book down. I want more books from her!! The fact she is a Christain writer makes this book and even better read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2010

    reader

    I love this book... if you like nicholas sparks you will love this book. Very cute and very well written. I loved every minute reading it and I am sure you will too

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

    "The Mailbox"

    Even the title of this book had me intrigued from the start. This debut book by Marybeth Whalen is full of "life". It brought me from my childhood into adulthood, right along with Lindsey. This is a fun & energetic book. It was hard to put down, it kept me wanting more. I look forward to a sequel! It is definately a "Must Read" more than once!

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

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    Fantastic Debut Novel

    It only took two days for me to read 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.

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  • Posted August 4, 2010

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    Finding love and hope restored in a mailbox called Kindred Spirits?

    What would happen if you discovered a mailbox that contained notebooks and pens for recording your personal thoughts that you could leave behind and somehow believe that someone was watching over you in the process?

    That's exactly what Kindred Spirit is! It's a mailbox in the middle of a stretch of beach in North Carolina, where you can pour out your thoughts and know that like prayers, someone is listening.

    When Lindsey falls in love with Campbell over the summer during her high school years, they vow that their love will last until the next summer. They will write and call often and keep themselves for only each other.

    Yet when Lindsey returns the following summer, she finds that things are much different between her and Campbell even though he assures her that they are. She finds out that a girl name Ellie has a crush on Campbell even though she is aware that Lindsey and him are a couple. She is your typical flirtatious girl.

    So when Lindsey returns home, Campbell spends the night with Ellie at a party troubled over his loneliness of missing Lindsey and spending another year apart and while pouring out his feelings, Ellie is only to happy to hand him beer after beer until they get drunk and sleep together. Campbell can never forgive himself for breaking his promise to Lindsey and avoids talking to her and spending more time with Ellie until she winds up pregnant and he offers the only solution he can think of...to marry her.

    After years of grieving over a lost love, Lindsey finally allows herself to fall in love with Grant and raises a family of her own, never forgetting that summer romance of so long ago. Year after year, Lindsey returns back to her beloved beach house and leaves a yearly message of love and hope with Kindred Spirit.

    I received this wonderful heartwarming story, The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen, of summer romance compliments of B &amp; B Media Group for my honest review. This brings back those long lost feelings of first love and the hope you always had that maybe someday, you'd get the chance to recapture that once more. I would rate this book a perfect 5 out of 5 stars!

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

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    Open your heart to "The Mailbox"

    "The Mailbox", the debut novel by Marybeth Whalen is a terrific, fun and easy read. There is a mailbox hidden in the dunes of Sunset Beach where for the past 20 years Lindsey has been leaving letters at the end of her summer vacation for the Kindred Spirit. Lindsey began visiting Sunset Beach as a teenager, and continued with her husband and children. Now, she returns as a divorced mother and reunites with her teenage crush.

    "The Mailbox" is a great beach read! I regret that I did not know why the mailbox was in the dunes and that I did not have the book in my hand while I was vacationing on Sunset Beach last week! I look forward to future novels by Whalen.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

    The Mailbox

    I absolutely loved this novel by MaryBeth Whalen. It was very well written in a way that made me feel as if I was walking down the beach while looking for The Kindred Spirit. As a matter of fact, I just might make that mailbox a must see for my next vacation.

    This novel is a great read and I would highly recommend it for book clubs.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

    A lovely beach read!

    Really enjoyed this novel. Not too intense, but memorable characters that I could relate to.
    Will definitely recommend it to friends.

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