Kristin Harmel at Copperfish Books on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Kristin Harmel

When We Meet Again

Famed Florida author Kristin Harmel will be signing and talking about her amazing novel “When We Meet Again” at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26 at two o’clock. Copperfish is opening specially  to showcase Kristin and her books.

Florida, Germany,

Kristin Harmel

I hope you’ll plan on joining us for what will be a memorable occasion for all book lovers. Kristin hales from Orlando  and introduces us to little known historical facts about POW’s who worked the fields in Florida after the war. It’s an amazing novel.

Punta Gorda

Copperfish Books

Copperfish books is located on the corner of Marion Avenue and U.S. 41 north. Our phone number is 941-205-2560. Give us a call to reserve your spot now. Hope to see you Sunday!

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Pam Jenoff

The Orphan’s Tale

Just when I thought I knew almost every atrocity involving The Holocaust, along comes Pam Jenoff with a new harrowing account filled with true stuff I knew nothing about.  It’s a novel, but with lots of true stuff.

“The Orphan’s Tale” is a novel like  “The Nightingale” or “Water for Elephants.” The characters are fictional, but the stories come from events that actually occurred.  I will tell you right now that the hair on my arms stood straight up several times while reading this amazing novel.

The story is told in the voices of two young German women. Noa is sixteen and has been thrown out of her own home by her father when he discovers she’s become pregnant by a Nazi.  She is forced to give the baby up.  When she discovers  a boxcar filled with Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she can’t help but think of her own child. And then she does the thing that changes her life forever…

Astrid was married to a German officer. When he was told to divorce her because she was a Jew, he did just that, and he tossed her aside. So much for true love. Astrid’s family was a circus family. When she could not locate any of them she was taken in by another circus who protected her Jewishness. As best they could.

The circus. Who thinks about a circus during war? I never did. What happens to the performers, the animals, and the shows? They all come under the boots of the Gestapo.

Circus life is one I know very little about. Just what I’ve read over the  years in great books like “Water for Elephants” and “The Night Circus.”  The scenes where Astrid is teaching Noa how to “fly” through the air on the trapeze are mesmerizing.  And downright scary.  Accidents do happen.

Astrid and Noa are harboring secrets. And secrets can eventually kill. Especially during wartime.  The friendship that blooms between the two women becomes threatened.  The secrets fester and burn.

This is Pam Jenoff’s best novel.

Author

Pam Jenoff

She has taken a tall step up with “The Orpan’s Tale.” Jenoff says this was the most difficult book she’s written. She was experiencing personal stuff while writing it. Well, it’s amazing. Keep up the great work.

My review copy arrived from Mira publishing in exchange for an honest review. I think it’s just super!

Three OMG Amazing Novels Coming in the Next Couple Months!

Lisa See

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

This is the “secret” novel I’ve been raving about at book lectures this season! It will be on everyone’s list to read. It’s on sale date is March 21. I will post my review soon. I don’t ever review books this early, however, I can’t help myself this time. It’s so worth it. Her best book to date even beating out “Snowflower and the Secret Fan.”

Donia Bijan

The Last Days of Cafe Leila

“The Last Days of Cafe Leila” by Donia Bijan, will be available to purchase in April.  I fell in love with this gorgeous novel filled with loving and eclectic characters.  My review will run this coming week.

Salt Houses

Salt Houses

See this lovely cover, fall in love with this amazing story. Review soon. Novel will be out in May. Sorry you have to wait so long, but it will be totally worth the wait.

I can’t believe I have three fabulous novels to tell you about.  And this is only the first quarter of the new year. Holy cow.

Winning Reader Is….

Australia

The Fifth Letter

Yes, for those of you who wondered if Nicola is related to the “other” Moriarty (Liane ) the answer is yes she is. Nicola is Liane’s sister.  Must be something in the water or the blood:)

I have a winner! Diane, you’ve won my giveaway this morning. Congrats. I will send out an email to let you know. And thanks to all of you who took the time out of your busy days to enter the contest. There will be more…

And a huge thanks to William Morrow for providing this great new novel!  Cheers.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee

Pachinko

PACHINKO, by Min Jin Lee, is bound to be one of the BIG books this season. Great books like THE GOOD EARTH, CUTTING FOR STONE, and THE KITE RUNNER, come to mind…

I’ve been searching for a book that will be special for book clubs to read this season. Bingo! PACHINKO is bound to be a big hit.  It’s unique. It’s gorgeously written.  It tells a blistering story of one Korean family and their life through the generations.

I think of THE GOOD EARTH by Pearl Buck as probably the harshest novel I’ve ever read. PACHINKO comes dangerously close.  The novel starts in the early 1900’s in Korea. Sunja  is the beloved daughter of a poor Korean family.  She helps her mother take care of their home where they rent out spaces within the tiny rooms to boarders. Her father has died.   One day Sunja’s on her way back from the market and is approached by a handsome older man.  They begin meeting secretly. He makes her feel sooo special. And then it all turns sour. The love that Sunja gives Hansu is pure and freely given.  And even though he’s taken with her, he’s already married with three daughters. This is not meant to be. Sunja does not know of his marriage. At least, not right away. Not until she discovers she’s pregnant with his child. Oh the shame that could be brought onto the shoulders of her proud family. And, even though Hansu tells Sunja that he will take care of her and her mother as well as his child, Sunja throw the money he hands her on the ground and flees.

Who is Hansu? Hansu is involved in the mob and operates Pachinko parlors that bring in a lot of revenue. Pachinko is a game like our pin ball. Anyone associated with this game is considered low life… No matter how much money they have.

When a young ailing minister who is traveling through offers to marry Junja, she accepts with some pressure from her mother. And thus begins  a new life as they move to Japan to live with his family. They are all Korean immigrants living in a hostile environment in Japan. Japan is not kind to Koreans. There is a lot to learn from the interaction of the school children. The shame. The discrimination. I had no idea.

The horrible challenges that this family face deal with faith and identity.  I felt their pain throughout this elegant and soulful saga. This is a classic that will stay with you forever.

Always hovering overhead is the man who fathered Sunja’s son. We wait knowing he is there, bound to return.

This book is one of my favorite books of the year. I think you will put it on the top of your TR list.

Min Jin Lee lives in New York with her family. This is her second novel. Her first novel, FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES, was one of the “Top 10 Novels of the Year” for the Times (London). I can’t wait to read her next one.

I thank the very generous publishing people at Grand Central for my gorgeous finished hard copy.  I received it in exchange for my honest review. I loved it!

 

 

New Giveaway! The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

Australia

The Fifth Letter

Great cover! Debut novel for Nicola Moriarty. Author and story from Australia. Win/win.

“A fun vacation game turns destructive, exposing dark secrets, deeply buried grudges, and a shocking betrayal. Four friends. Four secrets. Five Letters.

This is chick lit for sure. But at its finest. We all need something a little light from time to time.

I have one copy of THE FIFTH LETTER by Nicola Moriartynicola-moriarty to give away. Please leave a comment below to enter. No P.O. boxes as per usual. And only U.S. addresses please. I’ll choose one winner on Monday, Feb. 13. Good luck.

Thanks William Morrow, for providing the book!

Crowning Design by Leila Meacham

Leila Meacham

Crowning Design

Leila Meacham, author of the wildly popular novel, ROSES, brings forth an almost forgotten novel from her past. First published in 1984, now available with a gorgeous new cover, CROWNING DESIGN, is sure to interest Meacham’s devoted followers.

This reprinted romance comes with a romance set against the heights of the Rocky Mountains. ” Deborah Standridge has done everything her parents have ever asked of her with a smile on her face. That’s what southern belles do. But when a renowned architect offers her a job at his firm across the country only days before her wedding, she faces a dilemma. Should she become the dutiful wife of a man she doesn’t love to please her parents or finally make her own dream come true? Leaving her fiancée at the altar, she flies to Denver, setting in motion a tragedy that will haunt her for the rest of her life.”

So there you have the premise of Meacham’s novel. If you’re looking for something light, this could be your read.

Leila Meacham was born in Louisiana and lived in Texas. She taught high school English until her retirement. She dabbled with writing romance novels in the 80’s but didn’t really take to it. That is, until ROSES took off like a rocket.

I received a gorgeous hard copy from Grand Central in exchange for an honest review. It’s a bit too romancey for me, but I think Meacham’s fans  will enjoy.