Jun 16, 2010

The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen

Where Lost Love Meets Second Chances

Can a simple mailbox reunite two wounded souls?

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.


Marybeth Whalen speaks regularly through her association with Proverbs 31 Ministries, and she 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. 

You can visit her website at www.MarybethWhalen.com


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 ...."

MY RATING - 5 out of 5

Thank you to The B&B Media Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook Publishing; 1 edition (May 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0781403693
ISBN-13: 978-0781403696


  1. oOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I've had this one on my TBR list for like ever! Sounds awesome. Thanks for the review.

  2. Thanks for leaving a comment Juju, and hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

  3. I cant believe a mailbox like this really exists. Thanks for this review and for highlighting an intriguing book.