Start reading The Mailbox: A Novel on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


The Mailbox: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Marybeth Whalen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

Digital List Price: $14.99 What's this?
Kindle Price: $9.99
You Save: $5.00 (33%)


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $9.99  
Hardcover, Large Print --  
Paperback --  
Unknown Binding --  
Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Book Description

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.The Mailbox is a rich novel about loss, hope, and the beauty of second chances.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

About 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0781403693
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NHTS0I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid debut May 1, 2010
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The Mailbox was reminiscent of a Nicholas Sparks story- it had all the same sort of elements. There's heartbreak, redemption, second chances, young love, and renewed love. For Ms. Whalen's first book, this was a pleasant read. There is a mailbox at Sunset Beach, North Carolina. It is called the Kindred Spirit. There are notebooks and pens for visitors to share their stories with the Kindred Spirit who reads what they write. It becomes a place of special meaning to Lindsey and Campbell. It is somewhere Campbell brings Lindsey during their first summer together. She begins a yearly devotion to writing to the Kindred Spirit and sharing her feelings, dreams, desires, and heartbreaks.

The story spans 1985 - 2004 through flashbacks and some of Lindsey's letters. From this background we learn that Lindsey is currently in the aftermath of a painful divorce. She is packing to take her two kids to Sunset Beach, a trip that used to made as a family. This is their first sojourn, minus Grant, her now ex. Being at Sunset Beach always brings back memories of her first love at fifteen, with Campbell, a local. He is still there, divorced himself with one daughter. You know that it is only a matter of time before they run into each other. In this sense, the story is predictable. You can see what is going to happen. But their reunion journey is still a sweet and touching thing to witness. I enjoyed the flashback portions that help weave in what happened in the interim years. The only thing that I didn't quite understand is why the story stopped at 2004. I was expecting there to be an epilogue at the end that was "Present Day" but there wasn't. It would've made more sense since this is published in 2010 for the years to go to at least 2009... This is a small thing I know but it was a bit odd.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great potential, turns out to be bland June 28, 2010
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is a book that has all the components of a wonderful, summer read. A beach, a beach house, a family in turmoil returning to find their balance, a mailbox in the sand that contains paper and pen to write heart-felt letters to the Kindred Spirit. Based upon an actual mailbox in North Carolina, the idea of following one woman as she experiences young love and then matures into a woman with a husband and children is really interesting. Considering how much potential there is here, the novel just doesn't measure up.

While there is nothing offensive here or overtly bad, the narrative lacks spark. The author had all kinds of opportunity to capture the sense of place but doesn't. Descriptions of the location are minimal and flat. For example: when the main character repeatedly goes to a peer that has huge emotional ties for her, the description of the locale is that waves crashed against the peer and gulls screamed overhead. That's it. No description beyond that and no following of her to the peer - she just walked there (that's pretty boring time after time). I can't get a mental picture of the beach house she is living in and can't describe what the characters even look like. They may have been described but I don't remember, which isn't a good sign. We are constantly told how the characters feel versus being shown - another violation of one of the primary rules of writing fiction.

I'm sorry to say, but the novel comes across as generic and largely uninteresting. Good subject, strong possibilities, but the novel is totally bland.
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fyl's Thoughts on The Mailbox March 5, 2011
I read religious fiction only when I have to or when there's nothing else to read (or do). So naturally, I review them with extreme prejudice. But, honesty must prevail: The Mailbox is a pretty good read, especially for being Whalen's first book.

The story spans 2o years of a woman's life, beginning at the age of 15 and punctuated by an annual ritual with a mysterious mailbox. In my opinion, three things make the book:

1. The past and the present are skillfully woven together. The interview notes at the end of the book give credit for this to the editor's foresight in how to make this happen. Instead of tying the story sequence chronologically, the sequence of events are revealed naturally through the voice and recollection of the character.

2. There is no obvious predictability. While the formula of a religious novel seems to always demands a happy ending, this one has a couple of twists that make up for the predictable last chapter where-yes-they live happily ever after.

3. Makes the reader want to visit The Mailbox in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. I found appealing that the story is based on a real thing in a real place. Its realistic setting and generous autobiographical sprinkling throughout the book shaved off some of my prejudice against religious fiction. I can see how it can be a viable medium of spiritual growth. A few more of these, and I may be challenged to attempt at writing one myself.

To tell you more would be to tell you the whole story. So go ahead and get yourself a copy, read it, and tell me if you too think that Roderick was an angel stirring up some the drama.

(I received this book free from David C. Cook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great easy read book!
This book takes me to the place to go every summer with my family...Sunset Beach, NC. It's a book you will not want to put down!!
Published 19 days ago by Dana Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very touching story.
Published 21 days ago by D. Czeck
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK
A different sort of story.unusual no other words come to mind just an interesting story THANK YOU!!!!sORRY DO NOT HAVE ANY OTHER DESCRIPTION
Published 1 month ago by grandma
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Fun beach side read
Really enjoyed this, resonated in many areas. Great summer book, and who doesn't like a happy ending? Great for any age.
Published 3 months ago by Paula Christine Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and charming....
I didn't realize this was a Christian romance novel until I was well into reading it. That's probably a good thing because i tend to get bored with Christian romance and I would... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. M. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Faith, love, fear, redemption, truth, lies, all the stuff of living. Hope to read the next one soon. Perhaps download it right now!
Published 6 months ago by Hawaii Child
5.0 out of 5 stars you've got mail
I was blown away that the concept of this book about a mailbox on the beach is actually real. The story is such a sweet love story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Diane Sandage
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and said story.
I could relate to this as it is an area (location) I know. Romantic, fun, sad, intriguing; everything a story should be. It was a page turner.
Published 6 months ago by B. Hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mailbox
This was an excellent book. I would like to visit this mailbox at Sunset Beach. It arrived quickly and was exactly as described.
Published 7 months ago by Gayle Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian romance at its finest
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ruth A. Hill
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Marybeth Whalen is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. The family lives outside Charlotte, NC. Marybeth is the author of the novels "The Mailbox," "She Makes It Look Easy," "The Guest Book" and "The Wishing Tree." She also serves as director of She Reads, an online book club focused on spotlighting the best in women's fiction. Marybeth spends most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally escapes long enough to scribble some words. She's always at work on her next novel. You can find her online at

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category