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Follow Me: Review, Blog Tour and Giveaway

April 27, 2009

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When Sally Werner was 16, she had a baby boy by her cousin, Daniel.  Two days later, she left the baby on her parent’s kitchen table and ran.  This is a pattern Sally followed for years – she ran when someone from her old town recognized her, she ran when she found out she was pregnant, and she ran after an old boyfriend found her and assaulted her.

Sally finally settled into life in a small town and raised her daughter, Penelope,  on her own.   When Penelope’s father showed up, she decided to allow him into her daughter’s life.  He and his mother do their best to win Penelope over by buying her gifts.   Sally found a job at a law firm and was able to earn enough money to send some home to the son she abandoned years ago.  She also began an affair with one of the lawyer’s in the firm.  Feeling neglected, Penelope decided to move in with her father.  She came home to her mother’s after he became abusive.

When Penelope was in college, she fell in love and became pregnant.  She and her boyfriend, Abraham,  are devoted to each other and decided they would share a life together.  That is, until Sally tells Abraham a secret from her past that caused him to run away.

Follow Me by Joanna Scott is a wonderful character driven story.   At first, I was a little frustrated with Sally because her solution to every problem seemed to be to run away.  After I read this,

It was all so confusing.  She had always intended to live a righteous life.  In the midst of any decision, she’d always thought she was doing what was justified and necessary.  But how could she know, how did anyone know what the repercussions would be?

I realized that Sally is just like most people, doing the best they can in life.  This story really captivated me, and I found that I flew through the book (especially the second half) even though it’s over 400 pages long. If you love character driven novels or family stories, you will love this book.  Review copy provided by Hachette Books.

Joanna Scott has written 9 books and been nominated for major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award.  She’s also received MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships.

I have an extra copy of this book to give away to one lucky reader.  To enter,  simply leave a comment on this post.  Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO Boxes, please).  I will use random.org to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EST, Wednesday, May 6, 2009.  Winners will be announced on Thursday, May 7, 2009.

Some of the other blogs participating inthis tour are:

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    86 Comments leave one →
    1. April 27, 2009 6:52 am

      Now you have me curious why Abraham runs away!? and I must admit, I’m also intrigued by the recognition of Joanna Scott and her name doesn’t ring any bells for me.

    2. April 27, 2009 7:17 am

      This sounds good. Kind of depressing, but good.

    3. April 27, 2009 7:55 am

      I would like to know more about Sally and Penelope. I wouldn’t mind reviewing and reading this book. I would like to be in the giveaway.

    4. April 27, 2009 8:07 am

      This one does sound interesting. I’d like to be entered in the giveaway.

    5. April 27, 2009 8:25 am

      This one sounds good. I’d like to be entered into the giveaway. Thanks!

    6. April 27, 2009 8:35 am

      Fantastic review. I really appreciate how you said Sally is just like everyone else — doing the best she can!

    7. April 27, 2009 8:49 am

      This was a great book, despite some sluggish parts. And you are right–Sally was just trying to do the best she could!

    8. April 27, 2009 8:58 am

      Sally’s character is well-written, but she irritated me, especially as a role model. If that’s the best she could do, then she needed to find a new direction for her life, because her best isn’t good enough. I reviewed this book here:
      http://necromancyneverpays.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-know-way.html

    9. April 27, 2009 9:02 am

      I have this one on my list, and I’m really looking forward to it! I love that you “flew through it”…that’s incentive enough for me!

    10. April 27, 2009 9:27 am

      OK – I’ve read three different reviews for this book just this morning. Now I’ve got to see what my reaction will be. Please enter me in your contest.

      Thanks!
      Riva

    11. April 27, 2009 9:53 am

      Loved this book as well, Kathy. So glad you did too! A literary page-turner is the best kind of read, I think. 🙂

    12. Gina B. permalink
      April 27, 2009 10:02 am

      This sounds like a great book. Please enter me in your giveaway.

    13. April 27, 2009 10:31 am

      Wow..even more so I want to finish. It is very character driven and very captivating. No need to enter me. Nice Review!

    14. Clarissa permalink
      April 27, 2009 10:36 am

      Oooh this sounds like a great story.

    15. stacybuckeye permalink
      April 27, 2009 10:47 am

      This books sounds wonderful! Please sign me up.

    16. April 27, 2009 10:48 am

      you liked this one more than I did…no need to enter me.

    17. April 27, 2009 11:10 am

      No need to enter me Kathy but I really liked the quote you used. I didn’t enjoy the novel as much as you did although I agree the second half moved much faster. It is true though that Sally was just an ordinary person getting through life; I think that’s what I felt made her character likeable despite things she did.

    18. April 27, 2009 11:22 am

      This sounds like a really interesting book and I would love to be entered!

    19. April 27, 2009 11:46 am

      This sounds like a book that I will definitely enjoy. No need to enter me Kathy, as I already have a review copy, but thanks so much for the review!

    20. April 27, 2009 11:50 am

      No need to enter me, Kathy. I’m dropping in to say this is an awesome review, and that I’ve posted about it (and the give) at Win a Book. Thanks for the e-mail!

    21. April 27, 2009 12:03 pm

      While reading this post, I was sure hoping this was NOT a memoir! Sounds pretty interesting … and I would love to be entered in your giveaway!

    22. April 27, 2009 12:09 pm

      Please count me in! This sounds interesting…

      gypsyrover21(at)yahoo(dot)ca

    23. mindy permalink
      April 27, 2009 12:52 pm

      sounds great thanks for the giveaway

    24. April 27, 2009 1:18 pm

      I’ve visited quite a few blogs on the tour this morning. I saved you for last because I knew you would give me the whole story. And, you didn’t disappoint. Thanks for always giving me a complete and an honest review.

    25. April 27, 2009 1:44 pm

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the book. I really wanted to like the book, but for me it was just okay. I thought the characters were interesting, but the story didn’t move forward fast enough for my tastes.

    26. April 27, 2009 3:02 pm

      Please enter me in the giveaway.

      Thanks,
      jess
      barney’s book blog
      jedziedz@hotmail.com

    27. April 27, 2009 3:05 pm

      I would love to win. Looks like a good read. Thanks!

    28. April 27, 2009 3:32 pm

      After reading your review, I definitely would like to read this book!! Please enter my name. Thank you.

    29. April 27, 2009 3:37 pm

      Don’t enter me, I just wanted to say great review! I loved the story as well 🙂

    30. April 27, 2009 4:01 pm

      No need to enter me in the contest since I have a review copy. I like how in your review you were able to summarize the plot without giving away any connections. I find that so hard to do sometimes.

    31. Sandra K321 permalink
      April 27, 2009 4:06 pm

      Thank you for the review and the book giveaway. It sounds like the author did a good job with the characterizations.

    32. April 27, 2009 4:38 pm

      Nice review! I agree that Sally takes some time to warm up to…but I, like you, ultimately understood her and empathized with her…as well as admired her strength.

    33. April 27, 2009 4:57 pm

      I’d love a chance to win this book. Please count me in. Thank you!

      nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

    34. Cheryl S. permalink
      April 27, 2009 5:45 pm

      I’d love to read this book – please count me in!

      Thanks,
      Cheryl
      megalon22[at]yahoo[dot]com

    35. Debbie permalink
      April 27, 2009 6:41 pm

      Sounds like a great book. Please include me in your giveaway.
      Thanks
      Debbie
      debdesk9@verizon.net

    36. April 27, 2009 6:44 pm

      I have a little something for you @:
      http://thebookresort.blogspot.com/2009/04/heartfelt-award.html

    37. April 27, 2009 8:00 pm

      I’ve seen some great reviews of this one – I’d love to win a copy!

    38. April 27, 2009 8:08 pm

      I love character driven novels. Please enter me in your giveaway! Thanks!

      kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

    39. April 27, 2009 8:52 pm

      Don’t enter me, just stopping by on the tour. Great review; I agree that she frustrated me and tended to run from everything. It was a good read!

    40. April 27, 2009 9:40 pm

      Please enter me – sounds like a great book!

      chaoticcompendiums at yahoo (dot) com

    41. April 27, 2009 10:40 pm

      this sounds really interesting, count me in

    42. April 27, 2009 10:53 pm

      glad to see i’m not the only reader who sometimes gets frustrated with characters. it’s hard to understand their motivations sometimes…

      this book sounds like it would be a great read. thanks for the review and please sign me up for the giveaway. 🙂

    43. April 28, 2009 12:12 am

      Wow Kathy – this story sounds really interesting. Must admit that I’m curious to know what Sally told Penelope’s boyfriend that would send him running.

      🙂 Wendi

      PS – Thanks for stopping by Thingers last week! I’ve got the post up for this week. ~ Wendi

    44. April 28, 2009 10:57 am

      Don’t enter me, Kathy, just stopping by on the tour.

      This one grew on me and by the end I really liked it.

    45. April 28, 2009 11:08 am

      Yay! Sounds like a very compelling read… and I love the cover art. Please count me in! Thanks! 🙂

      writing.meg [at] gmail.com

    46. April 28, 2009 12:50 pm

      I’m glad to know you liked this since I have it in the stacks here! (So no need to enter me, obviously)

    47. cheryl kellery permalink
      April 28, 2009 1:33 pm

      This sounds like a wonderful book – please count me in

      msboatgal at aol.com

    48. April 28, 2009 5:04 pm

      No need to enter me, but I’m glad you enjoyed this book! Very nice review.

    49. April 28, 2009 5:31 pm

      I have read so many wonderful reviews of this book (including yours!) and I would love to be entered in this giveaway contest.

      Mstermind1 at gmail dot com

    50. Carol M permalink
      April 28, 2009 7:10 pm

      This sounds like a book I would like! Thank you for the giveaway!
      mittens0831 AT aol.com

    51. Kitten22 permalink
      April 28, 2009 7:47 pm

      This looks great! Please enter me!

      BookCrossingKitten22[at]gmail[dot]com

    52. April 29, 2009 1:27 am

      I would love to win this one Kathy!

      teddyr66 at yahoo.com

    53. April 29, 2009 11:49 am

      This one sounds good, and I love the cover!

    54. April 29, 2009 1:41 pm

      thanks for the chance to win!!!

    55. April 29, 2009 1:47 pm

      This one just sounds too sad for me (please don’t enter me) but a lot of people really seem to love it.

    56. Nicole C. permalink
      April 29, 2009 4:17 pm

      I would love to read this book!!

    57. April 29, 2009 7:58 pm

      Great review…looks like an interesting book…Enter me plzzzz…for the contest!!

    58. chris swan permalink
      April 29, 2009 8:12 pm

      Sounds like a great read. I hope its a happier ending.

    59. Anita Yancey permalink
      April 29, 2009 8:25 pm

      It sounds as though Sally has a real rough time of it. I would love to read this book to find out the rest of the story. Please enter me. Thanks!

    60. April 29, 2009 8:51 pm

      ok..im a dork…don’t put my name in for contest..!! Been to busy with work and miss the tour..but had the book…arghh…will have to read this ..looks so good…

    61. April 29, 2009 11:23 pm

      I enjoyed your review and the teaser about the secret has me hooked. I’d love a chance to win.
      Thanks.

    62. Lisa permalink
      April 30, 2009 7:14 pm

      This sounds so interesting. You have me wondering what happens next.

    63. jennifer cecil permalink
      April 30, 2009 10:39 pm

      I too am dying to know why Abraham runs away.
      Please enter, me.

    64. Sharon A permalink
      May 1, 2009 6:13 pm

      This sounds definitely like a great read.

    65. Renee G permalink
      May 1, 2009 11:35 pm

      I would enjoy reading this.

      rsgrandinetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

      • May 2, 2009 11:28 am

        Since I have heard so much about this book I want to be entered to see what it is about.

        Shannanusar(at)aol(dot)com

    66. Shannon permalink
      May 2, 2009 12:31 pm

      I would love to read this book! Please enter me in the giveaway.

    67. Deborah R permalink
      May 2, 2009 1:49 pm

      Your review has me intrigued. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of “Follow Me.”

    68. Christina Brunetti permalink
      May 2, 2009 3:42 pm

      I would love to read this.

      thanks

      darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com

    69. May 3, 2009 11:15 am

      I would like to know what happens so bad now!!! Please enter me!

      jaam121388 at yahoo dot com

    70. Mary Ward permalink
      May 3, 2009 12:38 pm

      Sounds like a great read!

    71. May 3, 2009 2:14 pm

      I have heard so much about this book!

    72. May 4, 2009 11:24 am

      *Hanging head in shame…..I really really didn’t like this book, I bailed on page 184. I just couldn’t take anymore stream of consciousness type description, it drove me batty!

      At first I thought it was because I wasn’t feeling very good, but the next few books I read, I enjoyed a lot, so I guess its’ just me…..I still have to post something, and since I haven’t finished it and hate to be the lone voice of negativity in a world that loves this book, I’m not sure what the heck I’m gonna say.

    73. Heather M permalink
      May 4, 2009 5:31 pm

      This book sounds GREAT!! Sounds like a good read! Thanks

    74. May 4, 2009 7:32 pm

      Please enter me, thanks!
      booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

    75. Leslie S. permalink
      May 4, 2009 8:59 pm

      Now I want to read this book.It sounds like something I would enjoy.Thanks!

    76. May 5, 2009 4:32 am

      I would like to enter.

      Thanks!

      janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

    77. Ann permalink
      May 5, 2009 5:33 am

      I’m looking forward to reading this. Please enter me! Thank you!

    78. May 5, 2009 9:45 am

      I’d love to win this book!

    79. May 5, 2009 12:32 pm

      Please enter me:
      crystalfulcher*at*ec.rr.com

    80. May 5, 2009 10:34 pm

      Would love to read this! 🙂

    81. May 6, 2009 12:20 am

      Pls enter me in the giveaway!

      Thanks!
      mrolapus AT yahoo DOT com

    82. Murhl Blessing permalink
      November 17, 2009 8:42 pm

      I like character driven books and would love to read this one. Please enter me in the giveaway.

      Thanks, Murhl

      • November 17, 2009 8:52 pm

        Hey Murhl,

        This contest already ended but when I get the book back from my mom I’ll save it for you.

        I’ve loaned a lot of the books I’ve read to a friend and my mom, but if you look through my reading list and see any books that strike your fancy, let me know and I’ll save them for you. We should be up there sometime before the end of the year and I can bring what I have then.

        Kathy

    83. Murhl Blessing permalink
      November 17, 2009 9:29 pm

      Kathy,
      Oh… Thanks. I will look at your reading list and let you know. I read alot of books and I’m glad I finally signed on your weblog.

      Murhl

    84. Christine H permalink
      April 19, 2010 9:26 am

      Sounds good. I’d like a chance to win it.

      Thanks!

      Good Luck everyone!

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