Winner!

Simon Lelic

The New Neighbors

I have a winner. Ti, you’ve won a copy of THE NEW NEIGHBORS by Simon Lelic. Congrats!

Thanks go out to Berkley for providing my giveaway copy. A great book just in time for summer.

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Giveaway! The Lemonade Year by Amy Willoughby-Burle

Amy Willoughby-Berle

The Lemonade Year

This pristine cover almost makes me pucker up just looking at it. Lemons….

“Nina’s once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her.  Then her father dies and issues with Nina’s mother come to a head; her estranged brother, Ray, comes home; and her sister, Lola, is tempted to blow a big family secret out of the water. They say the truth will set you free, but first it will make a huge mess of things.”

Amy Willoughby-Berle is a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us.

I have one copy of THE LEMONADE YEAR for giveaway. It’s provided by Shadow Mountain Publishing through Tandem  Literary. Please leave a comment below.  No P.O. boxes, please. And, only U.S. addresses. I will choose one winner on Monday, April 9. Good luck!

Giveaway! The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

Simon Lelic

The New Neighbors

When Jack and Sydney move into their first home in London, they are thrilled. They got a great deal on the house. Sure, it’s a bit old-fashioned and quirky, but they bought it fully furnished and way below their budget.  They got a great deal OR did they? 

This psychological thriller from Simon Lelic will have you on the edge of your seat as you discover why this house was such a great deal! And it’s coming along just as summer reading is ramping up.

I have one copy for giveaway. The generous publishing people at Berkley are providing my giveaway copy. Please leave a comment below. Only U.S. addresses, please, and no P.O. boxes as per  usual. I will select one winner on Friday, April 6. Good luck!

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Meg W.

The Female Persuasion

We meet Greer Kadetsky as a quiet, shy freshman at an unassuming southern Connecticut college in 2006.  She’s not made any friends yet. But she’s about to. When Zee approaches Greer she tells her about the feminist Faith Frank  who is sixty-three years old, and how she is going to be speaking right there, that night. Greer goes along and it changes her life.

Greer has had some setbacks.  But she’s still got her boyfriend, her childhood love, Cory. It’s just that he’s going to Princeton which seems so far away right now. While Cory is rising to the top of his game at school, Greer is leaning in a different slant. Since she became aware of Faith Frank  she’s all about working with Faith someday.

Then something horrific happens to change Cory’s hopes and dreams. After graduation he was whisked off to Manilla to begin a dream job. But it’s interrupted abruptly when he receives the call from home that rips him from his very core and has him right back on less than firm ground in Connecticut.  And he is not himself any longer. Nor is Faith.

Greer goes to work for Faith Frank at her foundation. She’s wide-eyed and filled with wonder. Her feet barely touch the ground as she walks the walk and talks the talk. But it’s not so long before she finds herself doing menial things that aren’t enough.

Her friend Zee has become her best friend for life. Zee, a gay woman, once asked Faith to help her land a position within Frank’s foundation. What Greer does not do hangs over Greer’s head throughout most of the book. And we see what’s coming. But Zee is working a job doing what she is born to do. And she’s found the loving partner she needs.

Faith Frank  has been a feminist icon  for decades. She plods along with her small magazine until it’s defunct.  Out of the blue one day someone from her past comes along and offers to sponsor another venture. It’s someone  who was once  very important for a very short time.

There is so much change in this novel. Each character manages to evolve, and two of them go through torturous ordeals.  I wonder if I could come out on the other end as well as they did with the obstacles thrown their way.

These characters seem like family right now. I worried about them. I cheered them on. I cried when they had horrific things happen to them.

Wolitzer writes with a shrewd and steady hand.  She explores the principle and the reality of feminism.  She doesn’t shy away from showing how complicated women’s relationships with each other truly are. Women are not always kind to one another.  And we need to be.

Such a timely, smart, and important novel that is bound to become a classic.  She tackles friendship, betrayal, love, and parent and child relationships. This novel is absolutely brilliant and will be talked about for generations to come.

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Meg Wolitzer

I was lucky enough to read a review copy provided for Copperfish Books by Riverhead Publishing, a division of PenguinRandomHouse in exchange for an honest review. OMG! It’s a total keeper!

We have signed first edition copies at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Florida. We can’t wait to handsell them! Come on up.

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I’ve Been Thinking by Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver

I’ve Been Thinking

I love the cover of Maria Shriver’s new inspirational book!  And have totally enjoyed reading the short meditative chapters throughout. I feel this is the best Happy Easter book out there.

From a very prominent Emmy Award-winning journalist comes this jewel of a book about life.  Real life. The way we all have to deal with it. No matter who we are or what walk of life we come from this powerful little book  can be a solace and even a helpmate. I didn’t know what to think when I picked this book up. I had not read anything by Shriver.  It didn’t take long to find myself underlining and rereading passages over and over again.

Maria delves into deep issues.  She’s had to deal with them in her own life. Born into a big name family, her life has been in the spotlight along with her famous family.  Marrying a high profile actor and then becoming the first lady of California gave her even less privacy.  In recent years scandal and her parent’s aging issues and then ultimate deaths,  brought even more notoriety to her life.

The advice she passes along include:

  • On the power of women
  • On gratitude
  • On family and motherhood
  • on aging gracefully and the beauty within
  • On the blessing of good health
  • On faith and forgiveness
  • On kindness

I’VE BEEN THINKING is perfect for any point in your life.  No matter who you are or where you are in your life, you’ll find guidance and encouragement. It’s so poignantly honest and so spot on I have already decided to give copies away as gifts. I think you might too.

My finished hardcopy was sent from Pamela Dorman Books, a division of Viking Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I truly love this book! And, to tell  you the honest truth, I didn’t expect to.

We have lovely copies of Maria’s book at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Florida. We’ll be showcasing  I’VE BEEN THINKING throughout the spring season. Come on in and see us. We will also be discounting I’VE BEEN THINKING 20% to make it even more affordable for our customers.

 

Mrs. by Caitlin Macy

Caitlin Macy

Mrs.

Mrs. by Caitlin Macy is a complex novel of greed, class, gossip and society. It takes place just after the financial crisis.  I was pulled into this story because it takes place on the Upper East Side of NYC.  And the women are all around my daughter’s age. They have small children in common. The kids all attend the prestigious St. Timothy preschool in Manhattan.   These women have a lot in common, and then again, maybe not so much.

There are many characters in this novel. At times too many, I thought. I had a hard time keeping track of who was who. But the main part of the story is about three women.  Gwen’s married to a U.S. prosecutor who is conducting an investigation about insider trading that implicates the other two husbands. Minnie is married to a very wealthy financier and she has no trouble letting everyone know how much money they have.  Philippa’s husband owns an investment bank. There’s that.

This is a fascinating topic for me. I lived through the financial mess as did all  of you reading this post. It affected everyone in some way or another.  So I wondered how it affected these characters.

Macy slowly  sneaks us information about the past that helps us figure out what on earth Philippa did in her early life… And how did she end up marrying someone so rich and powerful?

Entertainment Weekly thinks MRS. could be the next BIG LITTLE LIES.  

Mrs. is definitely a character study of societal dames in Manhattan.    One of the blurbs on the paperwork Little Brown sent me says:” Mrs. is a  wickedly observant novel, full of measured suspense.”  I agree totally with that statement.

Gossip, lies, crime, and high society. You got it all.

Caitlin Macy

Caitlin Macy lives in New York City with her husband and two children. My beautiful finished hard copy was sent from Little Brown in exchange for an honest review. Captivating, gossipy, fresh,  and hugely entertaining.

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhan

I Was Anastasia

I told you I had two books with gorgeous covers for you this week. I was not kidding! Just look at this one. And, to tell you the truth it’s even more stunning in reality.

Below you’ll find a perfect foundation for the story.  Taken from the website “New In Books.”

In an enthralling new feat of historical suspense, Ariel Lawhon unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson’s 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the Russian Grand Duchess, a beloved daughter and revered icon, or is she an imposter, the thief of another woman’s legacy?
 
             Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.
 
Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. 

Germany, February 17, 1920
: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. 

     
Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson. 
     As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened. With a brilliantly crafted dual narrative structure, Lawhon wades into the most psychologically complex and emotionally compelling territory yet: the nature of identity itself.
     The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov creates a saga that spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling story is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.

What did I know about the Romanov’s before reading this amazing new novel? Not much. The more I read, the more I realized I knew very little. That has all changed since reading I WAS ANASTASIA. Ariel Lawhon does a stellar job telling this story. She also managed to get under my skin and prod me to learn more about this family and their fateful journey.

1918, the entire Romanov family including some of their servants were coldly shot to death in Siberia by the secret Bolshevik police.  No one survived, or so it was announced. There has long been speculation.  I remember hearing bits about this doubt many years ago.

This monumental story is told in two voices: the voice of the young Anastasia Romanov right up until her death. And the voice of a woman claiming to be Anastasia Romanov named Anna Anderson who was found in a canal after attempting suicide in Berlin in 1920.

I had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Lawhon speak a couple of months ago. She does history really well. She has stepped it up with I WAS ANASTASIA. I would put this new novel into a suspenseful historical fiction category all its own. It had me back and forth through the entire book even knowing what the truth is. Wow.

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Ariel Lawhon

Lawhon is the mother of four boys. She lives with her husband and boys in the hills outside Nashville, Tennessee. She’s the author of two former books: THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS and FLIGHT OF DREAMS.  I can’t wait to see what she brings us next. Thanks go out to  Penguin Random House for sending me a gorgeous finished hardcover of this book in exchange for an honest review. It’s a real winner!

We have lovely copies of I WAS ANASTASIA in stock at Copperfish Books! Come on in and see us.

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