THE LIGHT AFTER THE WAR by Anita Abriel – Review & Giveaway

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No matter how many novels I read about WWII and what happened during the Holocaust, I’m always open the reading another and thereby learning something new about this horrific time in our history.

Anita Abriel’s debut historical novel, THE LIGHT AFTER THE WAR (Atria) is inspired by her mother’s story of survival from Auschwitz. It centers on two young girls, Vera Frankel and Edith Ban who grow up a privileged life together in Budapest, Hungary and end up becoming refugees. They barely escape being sent to Auschwitz, when their mothers throw them off a train on it’s way to the notorious prison camp.

Abriel’s novel is one about the power of friendship, empathy and the determination of the human spirit to survive. Vera and Edith barely escape starving and freezing to death or being shot by Nazis. They’re determined to live. They travel across the country to Naples with a letter of recommendation from an American soldier that Vera presents at the American Embassy and gets a job. Their journey takes them from Naples, to Austria and Ellis Island where they are turned away, to Caracas, Venezuela and finally Sydney, Australia.

They pursue their dreams of Vera writing and Edith becoming a fashion designer. There are romances scattered throughout the novel, but the most important part of the story for me was reading about the absolute resilience of these women to face adversity and move forward. There are several instances of setbacks actually instilling motivation. They experience the ultimate tests of survival physically and mentally, but help each other continue on.

This book is romance author, Anita Hughes’ debut at writing historical fiction. Obviously she had her mother’s story to refer to while writing THE LIGHT AFTER THE WAR, but I hope she continues to write novels of more substance and with more soul.

NOT TO SAY, romance doesn’t have substance… I can hear all the reprimands from readers sent my way. I just enjoyed reading a story inspired by true events, another facet of Anita’s writing talent.

*****

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Anita Abriel was born in Sydney, Australia. She received a BA in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Bard College. She lives in California with her family and is the author of The Light After the War which was inspired by her mother’s story of survival during WWII.

http://www.anitaabriel.com

A LIGHT AFTER THE WAR will be published February 4th. Now is a good time to pre-order your copy from your favorite independent bookstore.

We have one copy of THE LIGHT AFTER THE WAR to giveaway. Just tell us your favorite historical novel about WWII. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE by Karma Brown – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

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In KARMA BROWN’S new captivating dual narrative novel, RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE (Penguin), a modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner. As she discovers remarkable parallels between this woman’s life and her own, it causes her to question the foundation of her own relationship with her husband–and what it means to be a wife fighting for her place in a patriarchal society.

When Alice Hale leaves a career in publicity to become a writer and follows her husband to the New York suburbs, she is unaccustomed to filling her days alone in a big, empty house. But when she finds a vintage cookbook buried in a box in the old home’s basement, she becomes captivated by the cookbook’s previous owner–1950s housewife Nellie Murdoch. As Alice cooks her way through the past, she realizes that within the cookbook’s pages Nellie left clues about her life–including a mysterious series of unsent letters penned to her mother.

Soon Alice learns that while baked Alaska and meatloaf five ways may seem harmless, Nellie’s secrets may have been anything but. When Alice uncovers a more sinister–even dangerous–side to Nellie’s marriage, and has become increasingly dissatisfied with the mounting pressures in her own relationship, she begins to take control of her life and protect herself with a few secrets of her own.

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KARMA BROWN is an award-winning journalist and author of the bestsellers Come Away With Me and The Choices We Make. In addition to her novels, Karma’s writing has appeared in publications such as Redbook, SELF, and Chatelaine. Karma lives just outside Toronto with her husband, daughter, and their labradoodle, Fred. In This Moment is her most recent novel.b

Twitter: @karmakbrown.com

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Tell us about a woman you respect for daring to take control. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins – REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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AMERICAN DIRT (Flatiron) by Jeanine Cummins is almost too close to the heart seeing what is going on at the Mexico-US border. Just because it’s not in the news doesn’t mean the horrors at our border aren’t still happening. Families are still being stripped apart and children are being held in cages.

After sixteen relatives are massacred by a drug lord, Lydia and her eight year old son, Luca embark on a desperate journey from Acapulco to El Norte … the United States. That’s the opening of AMERICAN DIRT which is already being called the novel of 2020. It’s being likened to a modern version of the classic, THE GRAPES OF WRATH.

What Lydia and Luca endure to get to “El Norte” is almost too horrifying to read. To know people are still experiencing this desperate journey makes me question where our empathy is as a nation.

http://www.hellogiggles.com gives it, what I consider the best review/recommendation: “Reading AMERICAN DIRT will make you a better person, plain and simple. Believe all the hype and devour it immediately.”

I concur.

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Jeanine Cummins is the author of four books: the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven, and the novels The Outside BoyThe Crooked Branch, and American Dirt. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

http://www.jeaninecummins.com

Thanks to Flatiron we have one copy of AMERICAN DIRT to giveaway. Just tell us how your new year is going. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins – Review & Giveaway

dirt

AMERICAN DIRT (Flatiron) by Jeanine Cummins is almost too close to the heart seeing what is going on at the Mexico-US border. Just because it’s not in the news doesn’t mean the horrors at our border aren’t still happening. Families are still being stripped apart and children are being held in cages.

After sixteen relatives are massacred by a drug lord, Lydia and her eight year old son, Luca embark on a desperate journey from Acapulco to El Norte … the United States. That’s the opening of AMERICAN DIRT which is already being called the novel of 2020. It’s being likened to a modern version of the classic, THE GRAPES OF WRATH.

What Lydia and Luca endure to get to “El Norte” is almost too horrifying to read. To know people are still experiencing this desperate journey makes me question where our empathy is as a nation.

http://www.hellogiggles.com gives it, what I consider the best review/recommendation: “Reading AMERICAN DIRT will make you a better person, plain and simple. Believe all the hype and devour it immediately.”

I concur.

jeanine

Jeanine Cummins is the author of four books: the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven, and the novels The Outside BoyThe Crooked Branch, and American Dirt. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

http://www.jeaninecummins.com

Thanks to Flatiron we have one copy of AMERICAN DIRT to giveaway. Just tell us how your new year is going. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

CROSS HER HEART by Sarah Pinborough – Spotlight & Giveaway

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I love Sarah Pinborough and her new novel, CROSS MY HEART (WilliamMorrowBooks) does not disappoint. Prepare to strap yourself in for a thriller that’ll keep you glued to pages. I PROMISE!

Lisa is living a lie and everyone is about to find out.

Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job and her best friend Marilyn.

But when a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him, too. Maybe she’s ready now. Maybe she can trust again. Maybe it’s time to let her terrifying secret past go.

But when her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see, Lisa’s world explodes.

As she finds everything she has built threatened, and not knowing who she can trust, it’s up to Lisa to face her past in order to save what she holds dear.

But someone has been pulling all their strings. And that someone is determined that both Lisa and Ava must suffer.

Because long ago Lisa broke a promise. And some promises aren’t meant to be broken.

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Sarah Pinborough is the number one Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of the psychological thriller Behind Her Eyes, and more than twenty other novels and novellas, including The Death House and a young adult thriller, 13 Minutes. She has also written for the BBC. She lives in England.

Find out more about Sarah at her website, and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you need in a thriller to enjoy it? Winner will be announced soon. Good luck.

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THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER by Donna Everhart – Spotlight & Giveaway

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SOME LEGACIES ARE BEST LEFT BEHIND …

Set in North Carolina in 1960 and brimming with authenticity and grit, THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER (Kensington) evokes the singular life of sixteen-year-old Jessie Sasser, a young woman determined to escape her family’s past…

Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Their history is recorded in a leather-bound journal that belongs to Jessie Sasser’s daddy, but Jessie wants no part of it. As far as she’s concerned, moonshine caused her mother’s death a dozen years ago.

Her father refuses to speak about her mama, or about the day she died. But Jessie has a gnawing hunger for the truth—one that compels her to seek comfort in food. Yet all her self-destructive behavior seems to do is feed what her school’s gruff but compassionate nurse describes as the “monster” inside Jessie.

Resenting her father’s insistence that moonshining runs in her veins, Jessie makes a plan to destroy the stills, using their neighbors as scapegoats. Instead, her scheme escalates an old rivalry and reveals long-held grudges. As she endeavors to right wrongs old and new, Jessie’s loyalties will bring her to unexpected revelations about her family, her strengths—and a legacy that may provide her with the answers she has been longing for.

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Donna Everhart is a USA Today best selling author of THE ED
CATION OF DIXIE DUPREE, (October 2016) THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET, (December, 2017) THE FORGIVING KIND. (January 2019) and THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER, coming January 2020.
She writes stories of family hardship and troubled times in a bygone south.  A native of North Carolina, she resides in her home state with her husband and their tiny heart stealing Yorkshire terrier, Mister.
She is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

http://www.donnaeverhart.com

Thanks to Suzy Approved Book Reviews we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us how your New Year’s Resolution is going. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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FOLLOWERS by Megan Angelo – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

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FOLLOWERS (GraydonHouse) is an electrifying story of two ambitious friends, the dark choices they make and the stunning moment that changes the world as we know it forever.

Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss—a striving, wannabe A-lister—who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss’s methods are a little shady—and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can’t be wrong.

Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity—twelve million loyal followers—Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.

Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we’ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.

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Megan has written about television, film, women and pop culture, and motherhood for publications including The New York Times (where she helped launch city comedy coverage), Glamour (where she was a contributing editor and wrote a column on women and television), Elle, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, and Slate. She is a native of Quakertown, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Villanova University. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her family. FOLLOWERS is her first novel.

http://www.meganangelo.com

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have a copy to giveaway. Just tell us your relationship with social media and the Internet. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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