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Blog Tour: Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason

[ 2 ] August 21, 2015

irish meadows book coverPlease join Susan Anne Mason as she tours the blogosphere with her new book, Irish Meadows

Enter to win a Kindle Fire below!

Reviewed by Charity Lyman

As an avid reader, I come across many styles of books. It isn’t just the genre or the author’s writing technique that makes a favorite book unique. Sometimes something just stands out that causes me to fall in love with a book from the beginning, and other times I have to read a bit before truly enjoying the read. Irish Meadows by Susan Mason was a book that I enjoyed from the very start. I was totally intrigued by the world the characters moved in and wanted to know how their lives would turn out by the end of the book.

The novel revolves around the Irish Meadows horse farm and the O’Leary family who has owned it for years. But when the safety of the farm becomes dependent on the marriages of the family members, some grumbling and troubles arise. Will they follow their hearts no matter the cost? Or choose to keep the farm alive and running even if that means suffering in a miserable marriage?

There are two O’Leary sisters, Brianna(or Bree to her friends) and Colleen. Brianna is being urged towards marriage with a respected man but in her heart she loves another. Her heart belongs to a lowly banker who was raised in their family and reciprocates her feelings but will back off and honor her father’s wishes in the matter. I have to admit that Gilbert, the business man, took me a bit to like. He knows she loves him, he loves her and yet he won’t get in the way for anything. He would rather keep relations right with her father than step in and be a man who will fight for the woman he loves.

Colleen, on the other hand, is a headstrong and impetuous young lady. She has a tough exterior but on the inside is quite sweet and I quickly loved her character. And I also loved Rylan, the poor priest who shows her a different way of living. His sense of humor was hilarious and the things he said? Amazing! I truly fell in love with his character.

If you are looking for a book that is intriguing, full of fun characters and important decisions to make, you will definitely want to pick up Irish Meadows. A 5 star rating for sure!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady

Review copy was provided by Bethany House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

Join Susan in celebrating the release of Irish Meadows by entering to win her Kindle Fire giveaway and RSVPing to her September 1st author chat party!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

A Kindle Fire HD 6
One copy of Irish Meadows

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 9/1. The winner will be announced at the Irish Meadows Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Susan and other readers, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 1st!

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Book Blast & Giveaway: Enchantress of Paris by Marci Jefferson

[ 3 ] August 17, 2015

02_Enchantress of ParisEnchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King’s Court
by Marci Jefferson

Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover & eBook; 336 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Fraught with conspiracy and passion, the Sun King’s opulent court is brought to vivid life in this captivating tale about a woman whose love was more powerful than magic.

The alignment of the stars at Marie Mancini’s birth warned that although she would be gifted at divination, she was destined to disgrace her family. Ignoring the dark warnings of his sister and astrologers, Cardinal Mazarin brings his niece to the French court, where the forbidden occult arts thrive in secret. In France, Marie learns her uncle has become the power behind the throne by using her sister Olympia to hold the Sun King, Louis XIV, in thrall.

Desperate to avoid her mother’s dying wish that she spend her life in a convent, Marie burns her grimoire, trading Italian superstitions for polite sophistication. But as her star rises, King Louis becomes enchanted by Marie’s charm. Sensing a chance to grasp even greater glory, Cardinal Mazarin pits the sisters against each other, showering Marie with diamonds and silks in exchange for bending King Louis to his will.

Disgusted by Mazarin’s ruthlessness, Marie rebels. She sacrifices everything, but exposing Mazarin’s deepest secret threatens to tear France apart. When even King Louis’s love fails to protect Marie, she must summon her forbidden powers of divination to shield her family, protect France, and help the Sun King fulfill his destiny.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOKS-A-MILLION | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN

ADVANCE PRAISE

“Told with vivid historical detail and packed with court intrigue, this is sure to please fans of royal fiction.” — Library Journal

ABOUT THE AUTHOR03_Marci Jefferson

Years after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, immersing herself in a Quality Assurance nursing career, and then having children, Marci realized she’d neglected her passion for history and writing. She began traveling, writing along the way, delving into various bits of history that caught her fancy. The plot for GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN evolved slowly after a trip to London, where she first learned about the Stuart royals. Marci is a member of the Historical Novel Society. She resides in the Midwest with her husband, making hair-bows for their daughter, trying not to step on their son’s Legos, and teaching a tiny Pacific Parrotlet to talk.

For more information visit Marci Jefferson’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

BOOK BLAST SCHEDULE

Tuesday, August 4
Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, August 5
Unshelfish
Beth’s Book Nook Blog
Curling up by the Fire

Thursday, August 6
Book Lovers Paradise
History From a Woman’s Perspective

Friday, August 7
100 Pages a Day
Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Saturday, August 8
Historical Readings & Reviews

Sunday, August 9
Book Nerd

Monday, August 10
Genre Queen

Tuesday, August 11
A Chick Who Reads
To Read, Or Not to Read

Wednesday, August 12
A Literary Vacation
So Many Books, So Little Time

Thursday, August 13
Broken Teepee
CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, August 14
A Book Geek
The Lit Bitch

Saturday, August 15
The Maiden’s Court

Sunday, August 16
Ageless Pages Reviews

Monday, August 17
Luxury Reading
Boom Baby Reviews

Tuesday, August 18
A Bookish Affair

GIVEAWAY

To enter to win a signed copy of Enchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King’s Court, please enter via the GLEAM form below.

Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on August 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff

[ 18 ] August 17, 2015

last summer at chelsea beach book coverPlease join Pam Jenoff, author of The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book PLUS a Chelsea Beach limited edition beach bag below – open to US and Canada residents

Why The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach Is My Homecoming

by Pam Jenoff

Though none of my work is autobiographical, I have come to believe after eight (!) novels that some books are just inherently more personal to write than others. For me, this has never been more true than writing The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach. Though I never set out to write it that way, and I didn’t know it until after the book was finished, but my new book is in many senses a homecoming.

Readers may be surprised to learn that The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach is not a new project for me. Rather it is a manuscript I started almost 20 yeas ago. I was living in Europe at the time; I was in my early 20s, alone and halfway around the world from my family. (And this was before cellphones and the internet so I really was quite alone over there.) In the solitude of living remotely and alone, I realized consciously for the first time what I had known all along: that I wanted to be a writer. So I began a story about Adelia, a young girl who goes to the beach for the summer and meets a family with four sons vacationing next door. (On some level I think I was inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, with the boy Laurie living next door to Jo and her three sisters.) For many months, I struggled with the manuscript – I had no English speaking peer group of writers and no way to connect with writing resources back home. I tried to publish it and failed. Ultimately I put it in a drawer and forgot all about it.

Only I didn’t forget. A few years ago, I pulled it out again. The language, though unpolished and nearly two decades old, leapt out and grabbed me, still ringing fresh and true. I knew there was still a story there worth telling. So I developed the concept, set it during the Second World War, and made the families in the book hail from different religious and ethnic backgrounds. But it was not just a homecoming for the manuscript – working with my own words from a lifetime ago was like having a conversation with my younger self and I could see who I had been and how far I had come since then.

The other way in which The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach is a homecoming is the sense of place. Two of the book’s major settings are South Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Each has particular resonance and meaning for me. My mom grew up in South Philadelphia in the 1940s and it was so much fun to “research” by speaking with her, listening to the stories of her childhood (many of which I had not heard before) and having her proof my work.

Equally joyous was setting the story at the shore. My dad’s family is from Atlantic City and my grandparents and great grandparents owned hotels and restaurants there in the 1930s and 40s. I summered at the shore as a girl until my grandmother passed and her beach house was lost to us forever. (Looking back I think some of the losses I felt as a young girl are mirrored in some of Addie’s own losses.) I loved the research for this part of the book, which included going to the shore, driving the roads and digging into the library archives, a piece of my own past even more dear to me now that my dad is gone.

Addie’s story is not my story but crafting it has been one of the most meaningful projects of my career because of the parts of my own past it has enabled me to explore.  Thank you for joining me on my journey home.

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Giveaway: A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

[ 21 ] August 12, 2015

a window opens book coverI have 1 copy of A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan to give away! 

Open to US residents only

About the book

When her husband makes an unexpected (and worrisome) career move, Alice Pearse leaves her beloved part-time job as books editor at You magazine for a more lucrative position at Scroll, a trendy start-up that promises to be the future of reading. As this mother of three settles into her new job, she believes that she might finally be able to “have it all.” But suddenly, she finds herself awash in corporate lingo and acronyms, on the receiving end of a never-ending stream of inscrutable e-mails and spreadsheets. She’s a suburban mom among Brooklyn hipsters, a stranger in a strange land. Worse still, there is never, ever enough time: for her kids, whom she only ever sees in their pajamas; for her parents, who are struggling with life-altering issues of their own; or for her husband, a former teetotaler who seems to have taken up drinking as an alternate career path. When Alice steps away from her laptop long enough to take inventory of her life, she realizes she might have been asking the wrong question all along: It’s not about whether or not she can have it all, it’s about finding out what she really wants.

In this heartbreaking and hilarious story of one woman’s struggle to be everything to everyone, Elisabeth Egan gives her readers a candid and relatable tale about the challenges of seeking that elusive concept called balance.

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Giveaway: The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons

[ 20 ] August 10, 2015

girls of august book coverI have 3 copies of The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons to give away! 

Open to US and Canada residents only

About the book

Now in paperback, Anne Rivers Siddons’s New York Times bestselling novel about four friends whose lives are forever changed by the events of one summer.

Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began in their twenties when their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. The only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire was to strengthen far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the women dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that change them in ways they never expected.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anne Rivers Siddons previous bestselling novels include Burnt Mountain, Off Season, Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King’s Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox’s Earth, The House Next Door, and Heartbreak Hotel. She is also the author of a work of nonfiction, John Chancellor Makes Me CryThe Girls of August is Siddons’s 19th novel.

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Giveaway: A World Elsewhere by Sigrid MacRae

[ 13 ] August 7, 2015

a world elsewhere book coverI have 1 copy of A World Elsewhere: An American Woman in Wartime Germany by Sigrid MacRae to give away! 

Open to US residents only

About the book

Love, loss, death, courage, and survival all play a part in Sigrid MacRae’s A World Elsewhere. This stirring narrative, now in paperback, is the extraordinary and heartbreaking story of the author’s German father who died before she was born and her mother’s journey with six young children through war-torn Germany to reach the Allies.

Ten years after her mother’s death, Sigrid MacRae opened a box that revealed the singular story of her parents’ intercontinental love affair. While visiting Paris in 1927, her American-born mother, Aimée, raised in a wealthy Connecticut family, fell in love with Heinrich, a charming, sophisticated Baltic German baron, a penniless exile of the Russian revolution. They marry. But the harsh reality of post–World War I Germany is inescapable: a bleak economy and the rise of Hitler quash Heinrich’s diplomatic ambitions, and their struggling family farm north of Berlin drains Aimée’s modest fortune. When war breaks out, Heinrich is sent to France, then volunteers for the Russian front and is killed by a sniper. Widowed, now an enemy alien living in a country soon at war with her own, Aimée must fend for herself. With home and family in jeopardy, she and her children are forced to abandon their home and flee the advancing Russian army in an epic journey back to the country she thought she’d left behind.

A World Elsewhere shows a side of World War II rarely seen. It’s the story of ordinary, decent people trapped by a brutal regime, not as its chosen victims, but caught up nonetheless in the sweep of history. In recounting her mother’s remarkable story and delving into her father’s complex heritage, Sigrid MacRae reveals how world events affects individual lives and gives us in A World Elsewhere a memoir that is as haunting and poignant as any novel.

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