The Mailbox: A Novel

The Mailbox: A Novel

by Marybeth Whalen
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The Mailbox 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
MarjiLaine More than 1 year ago
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.
Lynn Royal More than 1 year ago
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.
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
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 ...."
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
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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fairyplantth More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much, that i am going to go find the mailbox.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great beach read. I cant wait for another book by her.
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Pattina More than 1 year ago
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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mhm0520 More than 1 year ago
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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