Monday, March 31, 2008

The Tea Rose - Book Review and a GIVEAWAY {Sticky Post, scroll down}

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The Tea Rose
Author : Jennifer Donnelly
Paperback: 592 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition (December 10, 2007)
Book Description
East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams. 
But Fiona's life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop-front to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.
Review
A sweeping saga of enterprise, sacrifice, romance and glory – ‘The Tea Rose’ has made me an ardent admirer of Jennifer Donnelly’s. The characters, the storytelling, the atmosphere – everything is beautifully brought to stunning life. However, the crowning achievement of this multi-faceted story is how, through her words, the author brings to life places and people of a bygone era, making the readers feel as though they’re experiencing everything exactly how and as the characters are undergoing.
Like a master painter, with a few deft words Donnelly captures the ambiance of a city and a nation in turmoil. Set at the turn of century, it’s a time of change for the British (and indeed, the world) and nowhere is it more apparent than in the docks of Whitechapel. This poverty and disease ridden workingman’s area of London is the source of immense revenue, and yet it’s the blight on London’s face that no nobleman is willing to step into. But the workers are slowly but surely coming together in the form of Unions, to fight the oppression of the rich and the titled that reap the benefits of their labor and yet are unwilling to share the profits derived from their sweat. This is also the same time when Jack the Ripper has begun his murderous nightly quest. And so the scene is set for mayhem galore. At times, Donnelly’s words make the ugliness and the misery come to such life as to repulse you, but that just makes it all the more interesting.
As a beautiful counterpoint to all the ugliness, gore and unrest, there is the budding romance of two childhood sweethearts, Fiona and Joe. Their loud and large families, shy explorations into physical intimacy, constant struggle to work and save – everything reads true and bleeds romance. It’s enough to make you sniff sentimentally, if you’re that sort. However, things soon take a downward turn and the lovers are torn apart even as the situation at the docks comes to a boiling point.
Fiona flees for her life to New York where she’s faced with such challenges and temptations as would have overwhelmed a weaker person. But our heroine is made of sterner stuff and she triumphs against all odds. Or so you think. Once again Fate in the form of Donnelly steps in to create more complications. The focus shifts back to London where old ghosts must be laid to rest. How it all ends makes for a grand finale, almost Hollywood-like in its essence.
In fact that can be said of this entire book as well. All along, I felt like I was watching a period movie, one that goes from the squalors of London to the growing prosperity of New York. Most of the times you can guess what’s coming up, but this doesn’t in the least distract from the story. The true achievement of this novel lies in the author’s skill of capturing the ambiance of an era gone by – both in London and New York - through the form of small but accurate details whether it’s business, politics, social norms, dress, behavior, language etc. Real people put in cameo appearances and it’s delightful to read on, never knowing which famous character will pop up when.
Now that’s all said and done, let’s get to the heart of this novel. And that is TEA! You can glean that from the title itself. From the first page to the last, Tea in its various colors, aromas and strength serves as the focal point of this story. Having handled and tasted tea from a young age, Fiona is a connoisseur of Tea and uses this knowledge in the direst of times to make something of herself. Frankly, I found it impossible not to crave a cuppa when I read this book and mind you, I’m a coffee lover! It was interesting to see how Tea transcends country and class lines and provides nourishment and flavor from the humblest dockyard worker and his big family crammed in one room to the elegant lords and ladies in their grand salons.
Jennifer Donnelly skillfully weaves a web of various complex plot lines with the ease of a veteran and nearly ties them all up neatly towards the end. What’s left untied is fodder for the next novel in this series, The Winter Rose (I’ll be posting its review soon).
In short
Nearly every page of this five hundred plus pages book held me enthralled and I can say this about very few books. This challenging, charismatic story will live long in my memory and has been given a coveted space in my keeper shelf.
And now for the part you've all been waiting for --- this blog's very FIRST GIVEAWAY! The prize is a copy of this book, The Tea Rose.

Here are the rules - Open to Bloggers and non-bloggers. US only please. (I'm really sorry, international readers!). Deadline is midnight, CST, March 31st.

Bloggers : Please blog about this giveaway and include the direct link to the contest post in your comment. You MUST include your contact email address in the comment as well. Put it in the format : abc at xyz dot com, to elude spammers.

Use your own text or you can use this :
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Are you interested in winning a free book? Here's your chance ....

A Book Blogger's Diary is having a fantastic book giveaway! Check out the review of "The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly", a book this reviewer calls "...A sweeping saga of enterprise, sacrifice, romance and glory..." and enter to win a copy.

And after you enter this giveaway, check out the rest of the blog to enter giveaways galore which this book blogger has gathered from around the web!

Enter before April 1st.
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Non-bloggers : You can enter too. Just email me at the special contest email "winabook at gmail dot com" with "Contest entry" in the subject line and tell me about a favorite book of yours.
I'll use Random.org to pick the winner and make the announcement on my blog(s). Remember to add "winabook at gmail dot com" to your address book as the lucky winner will be receiving an email from me requesting your Full Name and address. I will then pass them on to the publisher and you'll be receiving your copy directly from them. (Neither I nor the publisher is responsible for lost or damaged copies.)

I'll wait 2 days for your response. Prizes unclaimed after 2 days will be awarded to another winner.

Note - Please don't email me at my usual email address. Entries sent there won't be entered into the contest. Only use the special email address for the contest which is : winabook at gmail dot com
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Book Giveaway - Editions & Impressions

Editions & Impressions
Author: Nicholas A. Basbanes
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Fine Books Press

Book Description

Editions and Impressions: Twenty Years on the Book Beat brings together the best of Mr. Basbanes s book journalism. He reports first-hand on a nascent library springing up on the battlefield in Iraq. He describes putting hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line at a New York auction on behalf of a friend and placing bids that, in some instances, exceeded his annual salary. In Sweden, he writes about a seventeenth-century palace library left unfinished when builders walked off the job three centuries ago. He recalls meeting with one of the most prolific book thieves of the twentieth century, and considers instances of the tragic destruction of books and libraries.

Mr. Basbanes often says that he is a collector of collectors, and this book also brings together many profiles of fascinating rare-book aficionados, from the extremely wealthy who can buy almost anything they want to collectors who have built marvelous and important collections on limited budgets. Most of the pieces in Editions & Impressions are significantly revised and expanded from their original appearances in print, and throughout the book, Mr. Basbanes has added notes to bring the stories up-to-date. These essays, collected from two decades worth of magazine and newspaper appearances, establish Mr. Basbanes as one of the leading book journalists of our time.

To win a copy,

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Cedar Valley Publishing Giveaway


Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten!
Author: Linda Desimowich
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Cedar Valley Publishing

Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten


The Let’s Get Ready series from Cedar Valley Publishing is taking the nation by storm, helping parents and kids prepare for Kindergarten! Teachers at home and schools love it! It’s not a storybook or a workbook; it’s a book that covers the curriculum: the alphabet in and out of sequence, numbers in and out of sequence, left and right, shapes, colors, high frequency words, positional words, opposites, rhyming, let’s read a story and so much more. It’s all in one engaging book illustrated with Mrs. Good, the teacher and six adorable Cedar Valley Kids that you simply read to children to learn.

About the Author
Written by two stay-at-home mom's, Linda Desimowich and Stacey Kannenberg who were inspired by several Oprah shows, to give parents, kids, and teachers a much needed tool in today's ever changing Kindergarten curriculum. They formed Cedar Vallley Publishing and will be releasing, Let's Get Ready For First Grade" in the summer of 2005.




Let's Get Ready for First Grade!
Author: Linda Desimowich
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 44 pages
Publisher: Cedar Valley Publishing

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Award winning; Let’s Get Ready For First Grade! is taking the nation by storm, helping parents, kids and educators prepare for First Grade. It’s not a storybook or a workbook; it’s a book that covers the First Grade curriculum. Follow along with Ms. Best, the Cedar Valley Kids and Yodie the Coyote who makes learning vowels and constants, vowel sounds, compound words, contractions, the solar system, counting money, measuring, fractions and more exciting for everyone! See what has excited parents, teachers and schools nationwide!

About the Author
“The more I can help inspire others the more they inspire me.” Stacey Kannenberg, Author, Motivator, Publisher and CEO Stacey Kannenberg Unlimited and Cedar Valley Publishing


Want to win this set? Then just,

Head on over to Mommy Mandy's and get all the details. This giveaway will run from March 26th- April 2nd.

And don't forget to enter the giveaway I'm holding! More details are over at that post. Hurry up - ends midnight CST Tonight!


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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Weekend Edition of Contests and Giveaways

Here are Book Giveaways galore for this weekend. Have fun entering and Good luck! And if you're a lucky winner, do come back and tell me all about it. I'll post it here.

Also, if you enjoy this blog, then please PLEASE leave a comment even it's just to say 'Hi'. OR send me an Amazon GC, whichever works ;-)

As always, feel free to use the Contact Form Or Email me at abookblogger at gmail dot com.

I'll be back next week with my giveaway winner and (hopefully) a brand new Giveaway with some wonderful prizes for bookworms! See you then!

Now, without further ado ...

Twelve Ticket to Teendom Sweepstakes
Twelve Ticket to Teendom Sweepstakes Open to residents of the fifty United States, ages 8–14.

Enter to win a $250 prize pack of movie passes, gift certificates to some of your favorite stores, and a subscription to Girls' Life magazine.

For details and official rules, click here »


Breeni Books - some Children's books.
Ends tomorrow.

OhDeeDoh - a copy of Nursery Style.
Ends
Monday 3/31 at noon EST.

Edgy Inspirational Author - Every Little Thing About You by Lori Wick.
Winner chosen tomorrow.

5 Minutes for Mom - Love, Mommy by Judy Siblin-Librach
Enter before Apr 5.

Kicks & Giggles - Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin
Enter before 4/3

Musings on This that ... - HER BABY DREAMS by Debra Clopton
Ends 4/3

10,000 Birds - The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature by Jonathan Rosen
ends 4/4

Deena's Books - Trouble Up Finny's Nose by Dana Mentink
ends 3/31

Joy In The Journey - Andrew Peterson’s On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.

Claudine Hellmuth - Alyson B. Stanfield's I’d Rather Be in the Studio

Jeri Smith-Ready - Rachel Vincent's new book, Rogue
ends 3/31

Cass Knits - More Big Girl Knits
ends 4/6

Writeminded - Lara Adrian’s Midnight Rising and Karen Templeton’s Baby I’m Yours.
ends Sunday

Barndywine Books - Narnia Book Contest: Favorite Lines
ends 4/3

Llama Momma - I’m Glad I’m a Mom
ends 3/31

Dog Ear Diary - The Artist, by Norman Garbo
ends 3/30

Deena's Books - Lord, Change Me: Giveaway
ends 3/31

Callapidder Days - Truffles by the Sea by Julie Carobini
ends Thursday

Camy's Loft : For Pete's Sake by Linda Windsor
Family Squeeze by Phil Calloway


Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
The 12th Annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest
Signet Classics is proud to host its twelfth annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest, in which five high school juniors or seniors can each win a $1,000 scholarship award to be used toward their higher education, plus a Signet Classics library for their school!

Enter to win by writing an essay on one of four topics posed for this year's competition book, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

For details and official rules, click here »


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Friday, March 28, 2008

Diane Whiteside Book Giveaway

Bond of Blood
Author: Diane Whiteside
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley

Book Description

Vampire fiction with a twist-and a touch of Texas heat. First in an exciting new trilogy.

Former Spanish knight Don Raphael Perez has been a vampire for seven centuries, and is now the leader of the largest vampire territory in North America, spanning Texas and Oklahoma. But a rival is challenging his rule. Then he meets veterinarian Grania O'Malley, who's never felt the touch of a man. Raphael has sworn never to initiate a woman into the eternal pleasures of the flesh, but now it may be the only way to save her from his bloodthirsty adversary...

Biography

Diane Whiteside designs and builds computer systems for the federal government when she isn't writing.


To enter, Just go to The Symposium and enter before March 31st.

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Book Giveaway - KillRod

KillRod
Author: Bill Ison
Paperback: 388 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press

Book Description
Who's Behind The KillRod Killings?

A sculptor in the film studios, Hart St. James, wakes up with a bloody head next to Hollywood's most luminous film star. Kelly Moran is dead, her skull brutally crushed and her eyes taped open. The unlikely relationship between a movie star and a studio craftsman has not survived their first night together. Why?

St. James, a Vietnam veteran, is determined to find out who and why by following the slender, treacherous threads of a trail that ultimately leads to a professional assassin and the very inner workings of the federal government.

To win this suspenseful read, just

go to Breeni Books and leave a comment by Sunday, March 30, 2008. US only.

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Book Giveaway - The New Art of Japanese Cooking

Morimoto : The New Art of Japanese Cooking
Author: Masaharu Morimoto
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: DK Publishing

Book Description

Morimoto's cooking has distinctive Japanese roots, yet it's actually, as the chef calls it, "global cooking for the 21st century." Morimoto's unique cuisine is characterized by beautiful Japanese color combinations and aromas, while the preparation infuses multicultural influences such as traditional Chinese spices and simple Italian ingredients, presented in a refined French style. Bringing all these elements home, with helpful step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photography, this accessible book explains Chef Morimoto's cooking techniques and plating philosophies and brings Japanese cooking to your own home.

Biography

Chef Morimoto has been the Japanese iron chef on the Food Network's weekly show, "Iron Chef," and its spinoff "Iron Chef America," since 1999. The show airs in the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, and Hong Kong. Formerly the Executive Chef of the Sony Club and Nobu, Chef Morimoto now has his own restaurants in New York, Philadelphia, Tokyo, and Mumbai, and also created his own brand of sake and beer.


To win a copy,

Just go there and get all the details. Ends 8:59pm PT/11:59 EST Sunday, March 30, 2008. The winner will be selected at random and will be asked to submit a review of the product. US residents only.

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And don't forget to enter the giveaway I'm holding! More details are over at that post. Hurry up, it ends on March 31st!



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Sophie Kinsella Book Giveaway

Remember Me?
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: The Dial Press (February 26, 2008)

Book Description
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With the same wicked humor and delicious charm that have won her millions of devoted fans, Sophie Kinsella, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Shopaholic & Baby, returns with an irresistible new novel and a fresh new heroine who finds herself in a life-changing and utterly hilarious predicament….

When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed.

Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all.

Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

About the Author

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as The Undomestic Goddess and Can You Keep a Secret? She lives in England.

What better way to usher in the Spring that this fun-filled book?

Just follow this link to go to "bookbabie" blog and leave a comment. There will be random drawing next week.

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Book Giveaway - Misspelled

Misspelled
Author: Julie E. Czerneda
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: DAW (April 1, 2008)

Book Description

Strange magic...in 17 Fascinating tales of spells gone awry

When it comes to magic, skipping the directions, changing the ingredients, or garbling the words of a spell can lead to unusual consequences-sometimes dire, sometimes comical. Included in these stories are just a few of the possible results: a cybermancer has her spell disk corrupted by some unexpected input; two students brewing up spells outside the curriculum forgo a critical ingredient; a young woman orders a fairy-tale life, but forgets to read the fine print. Now they're really spellbound...

If you're interested in winning a copy of this new DAW fantasy anthology ...

Just go to SciFi Chick and leave a comment before April 4th.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Book Giveaway - The Alchemist's Code

The Alchemist's Code
Author: Dave Duncan
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Ace Trade

Book Description

The legendary Maestro Nostradamus may be able to glimpse the ever-changing future, but even he cannot see the danger that is about to envelop him and his daring apprentice Alfeo when Nostradamus is hired to find a foreign spy by Venice's ruling Council of Ten. The only clues they can offer him are the spy's intercepted messages, encoded in a seemingly unbreakable cipher.

But Nostradamus soon detects evil influences working against him, and realizes the spy can only be caught by occult means. He turns to his able apprentice, the young swordsman Alfeo Zeno, whose unique talents may prove essential to unraveling the truth.

Biography

Dave Duncan has lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds are more satisfying than the real one, he has published more than thirty novels.


To win a copy of this new ACE fantasy,

Just go to "SciFi Chick" blog and leave a comment before March 28th.

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Book Giveaway - The Edge of Europe

The Edge of Europe: A Kinetic Image(Scandinavian, #3)(Paperback)
by Saarikoski, Pentti
Publisher : Action Books
Published : 01/01/2007
Format : Paperback

Book Description

Originally published in Finnish in 1982, The Edge of Europe was written by this most famous of Finland’s poets. In fact, Saarikoski was so popular from the late 50’s to the early 70’s that he was often called “The Blond Beatle of the North.” He was a radical, often controversial figure who maintains a following to this day.

Interestingly, The Edge of Europe was written while Saarikoski was also working on his three volumes of poetry called Trilogy, his final poetic work. Both were written as he moved throughout Europe, staying in one place until he started to feel at home, then moving on. The Edge of Europe takes the reader through Norway, Brittany, Dublin, and Stavanger, an island off the west coast of Sweden. So if you’re trying to travel the world in your readings, this book will take you to some interesting corners.


To win one of 2 copies being given away,

Just follow this link to go to "carp(e) libris" blog and enter. The winners will be randomly selected on April 1st, 2008, 12noon EST.


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Book Giveaway - Home Among the Swinging Stars

Home Among the Swinging Stars
Author: Stefan Hyner
Paperback: 223 pages
Publisher: La Alameda Press

Book Description

Jaime de Angulo (1887-1950) was born in Paris of Spanish parents. He came to America in 1905, found work as a cowboy, and ended up in San Francisco the day before the Great Earthquake in 1906. A picaresque life followed as a homesteader in Big Sur, medical doctor, psychologist, renowned linguist, and novelist. As a linguist, de Angulo contributed to the knowledge of many Northern Californian tribal languages, as well as ethnomusicological investigations. He lived among the tribes he studied and tried to become integrated into their daily lives. Much of his life and work exemplifies his recognition of the trickster wisdom in their native "coyote tales."

Invited by Mabel Dodge Luhan to visit Taos, he turned out to be a vivid chapter in her artistic circle. Brilliant and eccentric, Ezra Pound called him "the American Ovid." Bohemian to the core, he was friend and colleague to poets, composers, and scholars such as Harry Partch, Henry Miller, Robinson Jeffers, Henry Cowell, Franz Boas, Carl Jung, D.H. Lawrence, and many others. Renderings of Pit River lore in his book Indian Tales had a distinct influence on Beat literature, especially Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac.

Besides prose, there exists an abundance of poetry which is collected in Home Among the Swinging Stars and includes the out-of-print Coyote's Bones, versions of Shaman Songs, translations of Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca, and unpublished poems.

The work of the brilliant and eccentric immigrant poet who Ezra Pound called "the American Ovid."

About the Author
Stefan Hyner, German poet and translator, was educated at the Universities of Heidelberg and Taipei where he studied Sinology and East-Asian art history. Teaching and writing in Asia and America from 1981 to 1989, he visited China, Tibet, Korea, Japan, the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Author of numerous poetry books and translations from Chinese and English, Hyner is currently at work on the archives of Italian Swiss artist/poet Franco Beltrametti (1937–1995).



Sounds like a very different and unique read! Why not enter to win a copy?

Just follow this link to go to "carp(e) libris" blog and enter before March 29, 2008, at 12noon EST.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Book Giveaway - For Pete's Sake

For Pete's Sake
Author: Linda Windsor
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Avon Inspire (April 1, 2008)

Book Description

Ellen isn't sure true love exists. That is until she landscapes the estate of the widower next door, Adrian Sinclair. Adrian has it all—at least on the surface. A successful businessman, he's engaged to a beautiful woman and he'll soon have a stepmom for his troubled son, Pete. Yet from the moment Ellen rescues a stranded Adrian on her Harley, his well-ordered world turns upside down. With his business under investigation for espionage and his son pushing for the tomboy next door as his new mom, Adrian's facade of happiness shatters.

As Ellen and Pete bond, she realizes that Adrian is about to marry the wrong woman. Despite her resolve to remain “neighbors only,” Ellen is drawn to Adrian. But how can she be the one when he's engaged to a sophisticated beauty who is everything Ellen isn't?

As Ellen's three best friends step in to help her navigate this uncharted territory, Ellen must ask herself whether she's ready to risk the heart that she's always held close. Will Ellen trust that God brought this family into her life for a reason? Or will fear cause her to turn away from God's plan and her one true chance at love?



If you’d like to enter the giveaway,

Just go to Lynnae’s Bookshelf and leave a comment before Friday, March 28 at noon PST.

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The Friendly Book Nook

There's a new book community on the web and it's called The Friendly Book Nook.

They describe themselves as : "The Friendly Book Nook exists as a community for book lovers. Our goal is to help enrich your reading life with recommendations for the whole family!"

With personal reviews and book recommendations, this site has something for everyone.

They're also having a wonderful March Giveaway which is just days from being over. So hurry on over and enter.

And don't forget to enter the giveaway I'm holding! More details are over at that post. Hurry up, it ends on March 31st!



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Book Giveaway - The Sister

The Sister
Author: Poppy Adams
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf (June 17, 2008)

Book Description

"It's ten to two in the afternoon and I've been waiting for my little sister, Vivian since one-thirty. She's finally coming home at sixty-six years old, after an absence of over forty years."

And so begins the tale of two sisters, Ginny and Vivian, reunited after a long estrangement. Ginny's been living in the family's sprawling Victorian home--now creaking and leaking, with a ghost of its lavish past lingering--and keeping mostly to herself. But Vivian's arrival shakes up her sister's carefully ordered world, bringing old memories and resentments to the surface. What dark, unspoken secrets are hiding in the family's past?

We soon learn that Ginny and Vivian were born into a long line of distinguished lepidopterists, scientists who study moths and butterflies. Their eccentric father continued the family tradition, and was completely devoted to his work, spending long hours in the laboratory on the upper floor of the house and eventually apprenticing young Ginny as his assistant. As the years passed, his determination to make his mark in this elite field consumed the entire household. Ginny and Vivian's mother, lonely and neglected by her husband, descended into alcoholism and violent mood swings. And before long, rifts opened that may never be repaired.

Now, so many years later, the sisters are drawn back into this stormy world of their childhood. But Ginny is ever observant of the present, wondering why her sister has returned, keeping track of her every move, refusing to accept Vivian's version of their past. As Ginny becomes more and more agitated, she turns to what she can understand and control: her beloved science. And, perhaps more like her father than anyone realizes, she finds herself tempted by the "most convenient solution."

Told through Ginny's unforgettably eerie voice--both childlike and sinister--this is a haunting novel about passion, trust, betrayal, and a family that destroys itself in the name of love.

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Ariana Franklin Book Giveaways

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Mistress of the Art of Death
Author: Ariana Franklin
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade

Mistress of the Art of Death

Book Description

In medieval Cambridge, England, Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population, yielding even more tragic results. As Adelia's investigation takes her behind the closed doors of the country's churches, the killer prepares to strike again.

About the Author

Ariana Franklin is a British writer who, as Diana Norman, has written several critically acclaimed biographies and historical novels.

Or this one?


The Serpent's Tale
Author: Ariana Franklin
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult

The Serpent’s Tale

Book Description

Rosamund Clifford, the mistress of King Henry II, has died an agonizing death by poison-and the king's estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, is the prime suspect. Henry suspects that Rosamund's murder is probably the first move in Eleanor's long-simmering plot to overthrow him. If Eleanor is guilty, the result could be civil war. The king must once again summon Adelia Aguilar, mistress of the art of death, to uncover the truth.

Adelia is not happy to be called out of retirement. She has been living contentedly in the countryside, caring for her infant daughter, Allie. But Henry's summons cannot be ignored, and Adelia must again join forces with the king's trusted fixer, Rowley Picot, the Bishop of St. Albans, who is also her baby's father.

Adelia and Rowley travel to the murdered courtesan's home, in a tower within a walled labyrinth-a strange and sinister place from the outside, but far more so on the inside, where a bizarre and gruesome discovery awaits them. But Adelia's investigation is cut short by the appearance of Rosamund's rival: Queen Eleanor. Adelia, Rowley, and the other members of her small party are taken captive by Eleanor's henchmen and held in the nunnery of Godstow, where Eleanor is holed up for the winter with her band of mercenaries, awaiting the right moment to launch their rebellion.

Isolated and trapped inside the nunnery by the snow and cold, Adelia and Rowley watch as dead bodies begin piling up. Adelia knows that there may be more than one killer at work, and she must unveil their true identities before England is once again plunged into civil war . . .

Historical myteries - mmm mmm, my favorite cuppa tea! Yours too? Then what are you waiting for? Go right ahead and enter.

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Book Giveaway - Family Squeeze


Family Squeeze
Author: Phil Callaway
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Books (March 18, 2008)

Family Squeeze

Book Description

You’ve been warned about middle-age spread. But no one told you about the squeeze.

You’re in the “Middle Ages”–sandwiched between the “greatest generation” and the “gimme” generations, busily juggling both with no relief in sight. Children are driving, and parents are not. Money is tight and so are your favorite jeans. And things that never ached before are beginning to give you trouble! For every baby boomer who wonders if it’s possible to navigate the Middle Ages with grace and style, Phil Callaway offers plenty of hope and a little hilarity, too. Because there’s nothing like a smile to make wrinkles less noticeable.

The author of Who Put My Life on Fast Forward? and Laughing Matters offers this lighthearted look at the challenges of the middle years — and promises that while we can’t slow down the aging process, we can ease the worries it brings by focusing on what really matters most.

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