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Summer Books Giveaway: You Pick!!

July 17, 2018

Have I got a giveaway for you!  The folks at Penguin Random House have offered to give one lucky reader their choice of one of these great summer reads:

THE LATE BLOOMERS’ CLUB– Pamela Dorman Books | On Sale July 17, 2018

Novelist Louise Miller returns to the sleepy fictional town of Guthrie, Vermont (the setting of her critically acclaimed debut The City Bakers’ Guide to Country Living 2016) to tell the story of two headstrong sisters, Nora and Kit Huckleberry. Nora, the older and more “responsible” sister has remained in Guthrie her entire life, taking over the family business after their parents passed away at a young age. Her sister, Kit, left Guthrie behind years ago to pursue her dreams as an aspiring filmmaker. After a tragic accident, the two sisters find out they stand to inherit the home and land of Peggy Johnson, the town’s beloved cake lady. When it comes to light that Peggy was in the process of selling her land to a big-box developer before her death, the two sisters find themselves at odds.

As with her debut, Miller has yet again treated us to stunning visions of Vermont landscapes and mouthwatering descriptions of freshly baked goods and delicious desserts. Perfect for anyone charmed by the small town magic of Gilmore Girls.

GHOSTED – Pamela Dorman Books | On Sale July 24, 2018

These days, nearly every person who has spent time on the dating scene is well aware of being “ghosted,” or has ghosted someone themselves. In a study last year, 4 out of 5 single millennials admitted to having been “ghosted” at least once. Most people give up after a few days of calls and texts go unanswered. But what if there were another explanation for someone disappearing off the face of the earth? This is exactly what Rosie Walsh explores in her gripping U.S. debut novel Ghosted.

When Sarah, on a short holiday in her childhood home in Gloucestershire, meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun, and after only six days together, she and Eddie begin making plans to bring their lives together. When Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him; she has never been so certain of anything in her life. But he doesn’t call, and he stops responding to her texts. Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something has happened—there has to be an explanation. Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.

THE WHALE: A LOVE STORY – Penguin Books | On Sale June 26, 2018

In the summer of 1850, Herman Melville finds himself hounded by creditors and afraid his writing career might be coming to an end–his last three novels have been commercial failures and the critics have turned against him. In despair, Melville takes his family for a vacation to his cousin’s farm in the Berkshires, where he meets Nathaniel Hawthorne at a picnic–and his life turns upside down.

The Whale chronicles the fervent love affair that grows out of that serendipitous afternoon. Already in debt, Melville recklessly borrows money to purchase a local farm in order to remain near Hawthorne, his newfound muse. The two develop a deep connection marked by tensions and estrangements, and feelings both shared and suppressed. Melville later dedicates Moby-Dick to Hawthorne, and Mark Beauregard’s novel fills in the story behind that dedication with historical accuracy and exquisite emotional precision, reflecting his nuanced reading of the real letters and journals of Melville, Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and others. An exuberant tale of longing and passion, The Whale captures not only a transformative relationship–long the subject of speculation–between two of our most enduring authors, but also their exhilarating moment in history, when a community of high-spirited and ambitious writers was creating truly American literature for the first time.

LONG PLAYERS – Penguin Books | On Sale June 5, 2018

A passionate, heartfelt story about the many ways we fall in love: with books, bands and records, friends and lovers, and the families we make.

Have you ever fallen in love – exalting, wracking, hilarious love – with a song? Long Players is a book about that everyday kind of besottedness – and, also, about those other, more entangling sorts of love that songs can propel us into. We follow Peter Coviello through his happy marriage, his blindsiding divorce, and his fumbling post marital forays into sex and romance.

Above all we travel with him as he calibrates, mix by mix and song by song, his place in the lives of two little girls, his suddenly ex-stepdaughters. In his grief, he considers what keeps us alive (sex, talk, dancing) and the limitless grace of pop songs.

THE HOUSE SWAP – Pamela Dorman Books | On sale May 22, 2018

When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap–from their city apartment to a house in a leafy, upscale London suburb–they jump at the chance for a week away from home, their son, and the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink.

As the couple settles in, the old problems that permeate their marriage–his unhealthy behaviors, her indiscretions–start bubbling to the surface. But while they attempt to mend their relationship, their neighbor, an intense young woman, is showing a little too much interest in their activities.

Meanwhile, Caroline slowly begins to uncover some signs of life in the stark house–signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music might seem innocent to anyone else–but to her they are clues. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone who knows her, someone who knows the secrets she’s desperate to forget. . . .

To enter to win one of these terrific books, simply fill out the entry form.  Since the publisher will be mailing the prize, contest is open to those with a US address only – one entry per person, please.  I’ll pick a winner on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. July 17, 2018 5:41 am

    The Whale sounds intriguing, I didn’t know that those two had a close, mysterious- sounding relationship!

  2. holdenj permalink
    July 17, 2018 6:43 am

    All sound so good, already had a couple of these on hold at the library! Thanks!

  3. July 17, 2018 8:28 am

    Wow! Everything sounds fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  4. July 17, 2018 10:47 am

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. July 17, 2018 1:22 pm

    They all sound really good so it was a hard choice! Thanks for the chance to win one of them.

  6. July 17, 2018 3:24 pm

    These all sound interesting, as everyone is observing.

  7. July 17, 2018 4:06 pm

    Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway I will add it to my blog’s sidebar.

  8. Tina Pollard permalink
    July 17, 2018 5:09 pm

    So hard to choose!
    Thanks for the chance to wine🤞🏻

  9. July 17, 2018 5:20 pm

    What a fun giveaway! I have all of them on my TBR list, so I’d be happy winning anything!

  10. Rhonda permalink
    July 17, 2018 7:15 pm

    Wonderful guveaway

  11. July 17, 2018 7:27 pm

    Fun…thanks for the giveaway.

  12. July 18, 2018 10:17 am

    That’s a great giveaway. So many good ones in this list.

  13. July 21, 2018 2:43 pm

    Thanks Kathy for the giveaway — they all look quite good! You’re getting to a lot of books lately. Which one was your favorite?

  14. bookingmama permalink
    July 23, 2018 7:56 pm

    Great giveaway. I’m looking forward to reading every single one of those books!

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