THE DEARLY BELOVED by Cara Wall – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

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Cara Wall explores the lever of depth in our beliefs in her new novel, THE DEARLY BELOVED (Simon&Schuster). Through marriages, friendships and explorations of faith we meet those who strive to do good. Whether one is a believer or not, they will find themselves connected to these characters.

Charles and Lily, James and Nan. They meet in Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James are jointly hired to steward the historic Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times. Their personal differences however, threaten to tear them apart.

Charles is destined to succeed his father as an esteemed professor of history at Harvard, until an unorthodox lecture about faith leads him to ministry. How then, can he fall in love with Lily—fiercely intellectual, elegantly stern—after she tells him with certainty that she will never believe in God? And yet, how can he not?

James, the youngest son in a hardscrabble Chicago family, spent much of his youth angry at his alcoholic father and avoiding his anxious mother. Nan grew up in Mississippi, the devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante. James’s escape from his desperate circumstances leads him to Nan and, despite his skepticism of hope in all its forms, her gentle, constant faith changes the course of his life.

In The Dearly Beloved, we follow these two couples through decades of love and friendship, jealousy and understanding, forgiveness and commitment. Against the backdrop of turbulent changes facing the city and the church’s congregation, these four forge improbable paths through their evolving relationships, each struggling with uncertainty, heartbreak, and joy. A poignant meditation on faith and reason, marriage and children, and the ways we find meaning in our lives, Cara Wall’s The Dearly Beloved is a gorgeous, wise, and provocative novel that is destined to become a classic.

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Cara Wall is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and Stanford University. While at Iowa, Wall taught fiction writing in the undergraduate creative writing department as well as at the Iowa Young Writer’s Studio in her capacity of founder and inaugural director. She went on to teach middle school English and history and has been published by Glamour, Salon, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in New York City with her family.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us if you have a faith and what it means. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng – Review & Giveaway

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Okay, so I’m like the last one to the party – I just read Celeste Ng’s novel, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE (PenguinPress) and was completely blown away. It’s been a while since a novel grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let me come up for air until I’d read the entire book. I found myself completely immersed into the world of the Warren’s and Richardson’s until the very end.

So we have the Richardsons – this picture perfect educated and family of means living in Shaker Heights, Ohio. (What a fantastic upper middle American community to set this novel in.) Enter the Warren’s – Mia a single mom and artist, who survives basically paycheck to paycheck, and her teenage daughter, Pearl who doesn’t know who her father is. Mia and Pearl have uprooted and moved almost yearly and they’re hoping Shaker Heights will be their real home.

Then we have the Richardsons – this solid community family, with not only one huge house, but a side by side that they rent to the Warrens. Mrs. Richardson senses they’re struggling, so she makes the rent affordable (all out of the goodness of her heart?).

Families begin to co-mingle, Pearl loves going to the Richardson’s especially, to see Trip even thought it’s his brother who is in love with her. The Richardson’s youngest feels lost in her family and finds a connection with Mia Warren.

These are all the ingredients for a perfect storm which erupts with misunderstandings, jealousy, anger with envy rearing its ugly face. LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE is a delicious excuse to think your family is pretty “normal,” after all.

Reece Witherspoon and Kerry Washington have purchased the rights to turn LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE and are turning it into a limited series on the Hulu channel. If the recent series, LITTLE BIG LIES on HBO is any idea of what we can expect, expect fireworks!  Keep your eyes out for listings.

*****

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Celeste Ng’s first novel, Everything I Never Told You (2014), was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014, and named a best book of the year by over a dozen publications. Everything I Never Told You was also the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the ALA’s Alex Award, and the Medici Book Club Prize, and was a finalist for numerous awards, including the Ohioana Award, the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. It has been translated into over two dozen languages.

Celeste’s second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, was published by Penguin Press in September 2017, and is a New York Times bestseller, Amazon’s #2 best book and best fiction book of 2017, and was named a best book of the year by over 25 publications. It was also the winner of the Goodreads Readers Choice Award 2017 in Fiction, and will soon be published abroad in more than 20 countries.

Celeste grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She graduated from Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award.  Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, One Story, The Guardian, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

http://www.celesteng.com

We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what makes your family distinct. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

 

THE NINE by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

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In Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg’s follow-up to her hugely popular novel, EDEN, comes THE NINE. Hannah Webber fears she will never be a mother, but her prayers are finally answered when she gives birth to a son. In an era of high-stakes parenting, nurturing Sam’s intellect becomes Hannah’s life purpose. She invests body and soul into his development, much to the detriment of her marriage. She convinces herself, however, that Sam’s acceptance at age fourteen to the most prestigious of New England boarding schools overseen by an illustrious headmaster, justifies her choices.

When he arrives at Dunning, Sam is glad to be out from under his mother’s close watch. And he enjoys his newfound freedom—until, late one night, he stumbles upon evidence of sexual misconduct at the school and is unable to shake the discovery.

Both a coming-of-age novel and a portrait of an evolving mother-son relationship, The Nine is the story of a young man who chooses to expose a corrupt world operating under its own set of rules—even if it means jeopardizing his mother’s hopes and dreams.

*****

About-Jeanne

Jeanne Blasberg is the author of Eden, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women’s Fiction and finalist for both the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. Eden was released in May 2017 by She Writes Press.

After graduating from Smith College, Jeanne embarked on a career in finance. Even as she worked primarily with numbers, she always had an interest in writing. She made stops on Wall Street, Macy’s, and wrote case studies at Harvard Business School before turning seriously to fiction. She has kept a journal throughout her life, eventually taking inspiration from her childhood writings to pen her first novel, Eden.

Jeanne is the founder of the Westerly Memoir Project as well as a board member of the Boston Book Festival. She is a student and board member of Grub Street, one of the country’s pre-eminent creative writing centers.

Jeanne and her husband split their time between Boston, MA and Westerly, RI. They love to travel, hike, ski, and spend time on the water. She caught the travel bug during a three-year stint in Europe. She’s found that her power of observation is the strongest on foreign soil, providing ample inspiration for her personal essays and travel writing.

Thanks to Suzy Approved Book Tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about a book that you’ve read that centers on a mother-son relationship. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

We looking forward to meeting up with Jeanne at the Miami Book Fair in November.

COLD WOODS by Karen Katchur – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway

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Karen Katchur’s new novel COLD WOODS ( ThomasMercer) is chilling. Buried bones of the past rise to the surface in this chilling mystery from the bestselling author of River Bodies. 

When the long-buried bones of a man turn up in the middle of December, Pennsylvania homicide detective Parker Reed knows he’s in for a cold case.

Trisha and her friends were teenagers when Trisha’s stepdad went missing. Now, thirty years later, his remains have been found in the mountains. The women have always known there was more to his disappearance than meets the eye, and they must confront their grim past. Secrets can stay secret a long time in the lonely Appalachian foothills—but not forever.

When Parker and his partner identify the remains, their investigation leads them to Trisha’s childhood home. But the deeper Parker digs into the crime, the more he realizes that the truth isn’t always simple. In fact, it’s so complicated that even Trisha and her friends don’t fully understand what really happened in those cold woods.

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Karen Katchur is an award-winning suspense novelist with a bachelor of science in criminal justice and a master’s in education. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Thanks to THOMAS MERCER we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the most chilling you’ve recently read. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

 

THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center & Giveaway

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From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away, Katherine Center comes a stunning new novel. THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE(St.MartinsPress) is about family, hope, and learning to love against all odds. 

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s excellent at dealing with other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it’s an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because she doesn’t fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don’t date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she’s worked so hard to be taken seriously?

I really enjoyed THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE. It’s definitely one of my favorite novels so far this year. Cassie is a really well-developed character; I can relate to her ups and downs. Josh is the dreamiest guy ever! Ladies will all wish they had a Josh in their lives. Maybe you’re lucky, and do

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NEW YORK TIMESBestselling Author Katherine Center wrote her first novel in the sixth grade (fan fiction about Duran Duran) and got hooked. From then on, she was doomed to want to be a writer—obsessively working on poems, essays, and stories, as well as memorizing lyrics, keeping countless journals, and reading constantly.

She won a creative writing scholarship in high school, and then went on to major in creative writing at Vassar College, where she won the Vassar College Fiction Prize. At 22, she won a fellowship to the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program and moved home to Texas with plans to become Jane Austen ASAP.

Didn’t happen quite that way. Of course. Instead, she began a decade of struggling, agonizing, and questioning the meaning of life before finally finding a fairy-godmother-like agent and getting a dream-come-true book deal for her debut novel, The Bright Side of Disaster.

A total happy ending. And also, just the beginning.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Katherine Carter Communications, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the one thing you’d save if you were ever in a fire. God hopes that never happens. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

LAST SUMMER by Kerry Lonsdale -Giveaway

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From the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Everything series, Kerry Lonsdale comes a new novel of love, lies, and deceit. THE LAST SUMMER (LakeUnionPublishing) will have you hooked from page one.

Lifestyle journalist Ella Skye remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy. The chance meeting with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into love; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. But what she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that ripped her unborn child from her. Ella can’t even recall being pregnant.

Hold on to your seat. Summer ’19 is packed with thrillers and psychological twisters, but LAST SUMMER is one book you can’t miss. Lonsdale once again has readers guessing until the very last page.

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Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author Kerry Lonsdale writes standalone and series based emotionally charged domestic drama, family suspense, and women’s fiction. Her books are sold worldwide in more than 28 countries and are being translated into 24 languages (and counting). Co-founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, an international organization that boasts over 1,000 writers, Kerry resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, two naughty kitties, and an aging Golden Retriever convinced she’s still a puppy.

http://www.kerrylonsdale.com

Thanks to TLC Book Tours we have a copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you love most about summer. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

ELLIE & THE HARPMAKER by Hazel Prior – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway

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From Berkley Publishing comes Hazel Prior’s debut novel, ELLIE and the HARP MAKER (Berkley).

Ellie is a lonely, unsatisfied housewife searching for her purpose. She composes poetry and spends her days in an unhappy marriage to a manipulative man, quietly dreaming of rewriting her own life story.

Then Ellie meets Dan.

Dan is a harpmaker, living alone, creating beautiful, hand-carved instruments inside his barn in the English countryside. Dan is different. He prefers to spend his time in solitude, tucked away in his workshop, where he doesn’t have to interact with other people.

Ellie has never met anyone like Dan.

When Dan gives Ellie one of his harps, he shares not only the gift of music, but a lifeline―the start of an improbable but enduring friendship, and new hope for Ellie’s future. But Dan has a secret―and it’s not long before Ellie finds out and changes his entire world, too.

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Prior is a professional concert harpist and debut novelist originally from Oxford. She has toured extensively with musical groups and has played at festivals and theaters around the world. Though her life has largely revolved around her music career, Prior always dreamed of becoming a writer. After submitting a short story to a magazine contest and winning first prize, her dream became reality, leading her to write her shining gem of a first novel.

Thanks to Berkley, we have one copy to giveaway. Just describe the sound of a harp. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.