Giveaway: Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt

Dana Reinhardt

Tomorrow There Will Be Sun

The cover may draw you in. But it’s the story that will entice you.

What’s not to love about vacationing in a luxurious villa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico?  When Jenna leased a stunning villa in paradise she took it for granted it would be safe and sound.  She’d been put in charge of orchestrating  a dream vacation: a perfect week at the perfect locale.  Who’s going to be there? Jenna, her husband Peter who is turning 50, their teenage daughter Clem, and their best friends Solly, his new much younger wife and their young very precocious son, and his troubled teenage son from his first marriage. That’s all….

It all sounds good. But the reality of two families sharing a vacation for a week is daunting. There are bound to be challenges.  First, the two women are not friends. Jenna is a well established YA writer. Ingrid, Solly’s young wife, is a wannabe writer of YA.  Conflict.  Peter and Solly are in business together and it’s not an equal partnership. So even though this is vacation and business is taboo, we know how that might go. The teens are trouble, period. And then comes the threat of terror, the mysterious constant phone calls, and the beautiful woman next door.

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Dana Reinhardt

This is a good book to take on vacation. It’s a quick read. The style lends itself well to a holiday atmosphere.  Some people are likening the writing to Meg Wolitzer and Emma Straub.  Those are some pretty big shoes to fill. Reinhardt is well on her way…

I have one copy of TOMORROW THERE WILL BE SUN for giveaway. Your book will be provided by Viking, a division of Penguin Random House Publishing. Please leave a comment below. Only U.S. mailing addresses, please, and no P.O. boxes. I will choose one winner on Monday, March 25th. Good luck!

Giveaway: American Princess by Stephanie Marie Thornton

Presidents daughter

American Princess

A novel based on the life of first daughter Alice Roosevelt.  To say the woman was truly a force is a total understatement. I just can’t help but wonder why it’s taken so long for someone to discover this.

“Before there was Caroline Kennedy, Chelsea Clinton, or the Bush twins, Alice Roosevelt made headlines as the beloved First Daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. Well ahead of her time, Alice was brash, bold, and unapologetic: she was destined to be a legend. “

This new novel of Alice’s life has been well-researched by Thornton. She’s managed to use some of Alice’s letters and has used them authentically.  What a treat for those of you history buffs.

I have one copy for giveaway. Please leave a comment below to enter. Only U.S. addresses, and no P.O. boxes, please. I shall choose a winner on Monday, March 18. Good luck!

Thank you Berkley for this fine giveaway. Let the comments begin!

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Etaf Rum

A Woman Is No Man

Etaf Rum is a brave new voice to watch.  An Arab- American voice.  A WOMAN IS NO MAN is her first novel.  And it’s going to be a block-buster.  Not since THE KITE RUNNER have I read a novel that delves into the hidden lives of a culture. And this time we find horrific things are happening right here in  this country. In plain sight? Well, no. But close enough.

A WOMAN IS NO MAN tells the story of three generations of Palestinian-American women living in Brooklyn.

Isra is a seventeen-year-old Palestinian girl living with her parents in Birzeit, Palestine,  who is married off to a young Palestinian man named Adam who takes her to America to live the dream.  But it’s really a nightmare.

Adam’s mother is Fareeda. She’s been living in Brooklyn for years after emigrating from  Palestine with her husband and children. She’s determined that Isra give Adam a son. No matter what.

Deya is Isra’s eldest daughter. Her story is so compelling I found myself  being held hostage to the page. I could not turn away. I  HAD to know what had happened.

There is a page in the very front of the book that is written by the author.  You can feel the fear as you read. Etaf Rum was scared for her life as she began writing this novel. Once you’ve read the book you will totally understand why. I am still reeling from this  heartfelt and terrifying story. Even though I know this story is fiction, I know of where it comes.  The very first  two sentences are: “When I started writing A WOMAN IS NO MAN, I was constantly swallowed by fear. Telling this story meant challenging many long-held beliefs  in my community and violating our code of silence.”

This has been the year of the woman. Woman are getting their voices.  I get this. But this voice is especially strong and meant to be heard. An Arab-American voice is needed in the bookstore. And here it is.

We have copies of this amazing new novel at Copperfish. They will go quickly. Come on into the store to pick up your copy and get 20% off.

Punta Gorda

Copperfish Books

My review copy of A WOMAN IS NO MAN arrived from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED it!

Maurice’s Monthly Musings: March

March is a pivotal month in S.W. Florida. It’s the beginning of the end of the season. This year Easter arrives in late April. Some of our northern visitors will remain a bit longer.

My book lectures are calming down. Clubs are starting to think of next year and sending me dates for bookings already. January and February were jam-packed with lectures. I traveled around a lot. I met some new readers.  All good.  The future is bright.

What am I doing now? I’m working with Elaine Newton on the upcoming and highly anticipated summer reading list for the Critic’s Choice. We have very little time to finalize it. It is quite exciting. We persist.

UPS is now delivering review books for up to one year in advance. I never thought I’d see the day. I was asked by Amy Einhorn of Flatiron Books to take a look at a manuscript.  She overnighted it to me. I loved it. Will not be available until January 2020.  Working title is AMERICAN DIRT. A force. More about it in the future.

Just look at this new book  by Mary Phipher!

Mary Phipher

Women Rowing North

It’s non fiction and I’m so excited about it. In fact, I’ve offered to lead a discussion on this book on Tuesday, March 26th, at six in the evening, at Copperfish. Please call to let us know you’ll be joining us.  I’m feeling very passionate about this one. It’s sure to be a lively discussion. Women together talking about women’s issues. Win/win.

I’m interested in both literary books and beach reads right now. Readers are looking for really well-written beach reads for summer. For a lot of my readers the summer months are the only time they can actually relax and just read something fun. But, they want it to be well-written. I have a fistful right now and will be reviewing them shortly.

Copperfish is working with marketing to have Mary Kay Andrews speak in Punta Gorda. We love Mary Kay!!

Sunset Beach

Mary Kay Andrews

She’s got a new book coming in May titled

Sunset Beach

SUNSET BEACH. I devoured it. Perfect beach read.

 

So many great books coming out this month. Too many to mention now. I will be posting more reviews now that my book talks are slowing down.

I’d love to see you at Copperfish.

Copperfish Book Art

We have all the best and newest books this season. Our selections just keep getting bigger and better!

Daisy Jones AndThe Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six

This is a powerhouse of a novel. Love the cover. Love the story. Love the writing. Powerhouse!

I picked this review copy up on the recommendation of two co-workers.  They both raved about it. Now I’m raving, too.

Daisy Jones was a beautiful  young woman with high aspirations. She wanted to write music. She sang like a bird. And she wrote songs with such depth of feeling that it was all just so natural. That’s exactly what she was: a natural. She just did it. Along the way she hooked up with a band of six musicians who weren’t all that keen to have her join them.  But once she did it was easy to see how much better they all were together.  The big mystery is “why did the band break up?”

Sex, drugs, rock n” roll. I grew up with this.  I was able to keep up with the story. It was like it came straight from the news. Heck, straight from my life. Not that I was a musician, just that this type of story WAS the news.

When the manuscript for DAISY JONES began to circulate the publishing reps went wild with pure joy.  Everyone was in love with this story. And so am I.

This is more than a story of the building of a band in the seventies. It’s a fresh new way to tell a story of addiction, power, love, obsession, and fame.  I practically had to peel myself from the book to get anything done for two days. I wanted to know how the story ended but, I was loathe to actually finish it.

Taylor Jenkins Reid

The topic of addiction is certainly in the news today.  But it was also up front in the news in the  seventies. Remember the overdose deaths of famous rockers? I do.  Reid addresses  this horrific disease   in ways you will be able to feel deep into your bones.  Torturous.  Imagine living your life knowing that any given moment you most likely would give in to drugs or alcohol again and lose your life.

For those of us who grew up in this generation DAISY JONES will bring back memories.  You didn’t have to be addicted to drugs or alcohol to remember the halcyon days and nights of your younger life.  The songs became memorable and I so enjoyed having the lyrics in the back of the book.

If you loved A STAR IF BORN you are going to love DAISY JONES.

Reid will keep you wondering about the end right up until, well, the end. Compelling story telling at its best.

Punta Gorda

Copperfish Books

Our review copy came from Ballantine Books.  Thanks for sending. We all love it at Copperfish.  We have a stack of DIASY JONES & THE SIX at the store. Come on up and get your copy today. They are discounted 20%.

The Altruists by Andrew Ridker

Andrew Ridker

The Altruists

I almost titled this post “THE VISIT” because this new novel is truly about the visit.

After two years of being a widower and now being stunningly behind in his mortgage 65-year-old Arthur Alter is desperate. Nothing is working out for him. He’s been estranged from his two adult children who live in NYC. He’s not truly enjoying his loveless relationship with a much younger woman, and he’s definitely not happy in his going nowhere job. So, what’a guy to do?

Poor Arthur’s wife died of breast cancer two years ago. While she lay dying he was off having an affair. His children never forgave him. But, his dead wife got even. She left a lot of money to the kids. None for Arthur. Good for her!!!

Arthur thinks if he invites the children to come visit him in St. Louis he might be able to convince them to help him out financially to “save the family home.” Ha ha.  You can only imagine where this is going.

Everyone has been stewing for years over leftover angst.  Ethan’s been stewing in NYC where he’s already blown through his inheritance and is wondering where the next check is coming from. Maggie is bound and determined  NOT to spend her share. She’s become a do-gooder. So when these three get together the tinder box of emotions  is bound to blow at any given moment.

This sly and sharp new novel by Andrew Ridker  is about an awful lot of stuff.  ” Money, campus culture, dating, talk therapy,  rural sanitation (yes), infidelity, kink, the American beer industry, and what it means to be a good person.”

I received a review copy of THE ALTRUISTS from Viking, the publisher, a division of Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.  It’s terrific!