Tag: Books: Book Tour


Review: A Star for Mrs. Blake

Posted 13 May, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 3 Comments



A Star for Mrs. Blake
By: April Smith
Format/Source: Hardback courtesy of the publishers

In 1929, The U.S. Congress passed legislation that would provide funding for the mothers of fallen WWI soldiers to visit the graves of their sons in France. Over the course of three years, 6,693 Gold Star Mothers made this trip. Smith imagines the story of five of these women, strangers who could not be more different from each other. One of them is Cora Blake, a librarian and single mother from coastal Maine. Journeying to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, the lives of these women are inextricably intertwined as shocking events – death, scandal, and secrets – are unearthed. And Cora’s own life takes an unexpected turn when she meets an American, “tin nose,” journalist, whose war wounds confine him to a metal mask.

I forgot where I first heard of this novel but I thought it was interesting because it focused on a project that I was previously unfamiliar with. I also thought the premise of this novel was interesting because it focused on the mothers of fallen World War One soldiers. This book was first published on 14 January 2014.

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France Book Tours 1st Anniversary (+ Giveaway!)

Posted 17 April, 2014 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments


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France Book Tours is celebrating its first anniversary! For the past year it has been offering book blog tours presenting both fiction and non-fiction titles of everything related to France. As part of the celebration and a way of saying thanks, it is hosting a massive giveaway featuring books from 14 different authors.

The giveaway is open from 18 – 26 of April and is open internationally (but please see the books mentioned on the website and in the Rafflecopter below to make sure). To enter, please use the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In addition, France Book Tours will be hosting a Twitter Party on Wednesday, April 23rd, from 5:00-6PM CT. This is an opportunity to chat with other bloggers and authors involved with the tours, so come bring your questions! There will a book giveaway every 15 minutes for a total of 4 book giveaways!

The hashtag is #franceBT for the event, but you can also use the following twubs page to follow the event: http://twubs.com/franceBT.

Thanks again to France Book Tours for the opportunity to participate in the book blog tours for the past year, and a happy anniversary! Bonne chance to everyone entering the giveaway contests 🙂

Books: ‘Citadel’ Giveaway Winner

Posted 7 April, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments



Citadel
By: Kate Mosse
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
My review of the novel

From the internationally bestselling author of Labyrinth and Sepulchre comes a thrilling novel, set in the South of France during World War II, that interweaves history and legend, love and conflict, passion and adventure, bringing to life brave women of the French Resistance and a secret they must protect from the Nazis. In Carcassonne, a colorful historic village nestled deep in the Pyrenees, a group of courageous and determined operatives are engaged in a lethal battle. Like their ancestors who fought to protect their land from Northern invaders seven hundred years before, these women—codenamed Citadel—fight to liberate their home from the Germans.

But smuggling refugees over the mountains into neutral territory and sabotaging their Nazi occupiers is only part of their mission. These members of the resistance must also protect an ancient secret that, if discovered by the enemy, could change the course of history.

A superb blend of rugged action and haunting mystery based on real-life figures, Citadel is a vivid and richly atmospheric story of a group of heroic women who dared the odds to survive

Merci beaucoup to everyone who entered the book giveaway contest courtesy of the author and France Book Tours! A winner has been chosen from the entries on the Rafflecopter–Congratulations to Kathleen! I hope you enjoy Ms. Mosse’s novel! 🙂

Have a wonderful week everyone, and thanks again! 🙂

Books: ‘My Wish List’ Giveaway Winner

Posted 7 April, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments



My Wish List: A Novel
By: Gregoire Delacourt
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Penguin Books
My review of the novel

A cathartic, charmingly tender, assuredly irresistible novel, My Wish List imagines one answer to the question: If you won the lottery, would you trade your life for the life of your dreams? With sales of more than half a million copies in France alone, rights sold in twenty-five countries, and a major motion picture in development, this slim yet spirited tale has sewn up the interest of the literary world.

Jocelyne Guerbette is a forty-seven year old who runs a modest fabric shop in a nondescript provincial French town. Her husband—instead of dreaming of her—wants nothing more in life than a flat-screen TV and the complete James Bond DVD box set. And to Jocelyne’s two grown-up children, who live far from home, she’s become nothing but an obligatory phone call. Perpetually wondering what has happened to all the dreams she had when she was younger, Jocelyne finally comes to terms with the series of ordinary defeats and small lies that seem to make up her life.

But then Jocelyne wins the lottery: $25,500,000! And suddenly she finds the world at her fingertips. But before cashing the check, before telling a soul, she starts making a list of all the things she could do with the money. While evaluating the small pleasures in life—her friendship with the twins who manage the hairdresser next door, her holidays away, her sewing blog that’s gaining popularity—she begins to think that the everyday ordinary may not be so bad. Does she really want her life to change?

My Wish List is an essential reminder of the often-overlooked joys of everyday life and a celebration of the daily rituals, serendipities, and small acts of love that make life quietly wonderful

Merci beaucoup to everyone who entered the book giveaway contest courtesy of the author and France Book Tours! A winner has been chosen from the entries on the Rafflecopter–Congratulations to Suzy M.! I hope you enjoy Mr. Delacourt’s novel! 🙂

Have a wonderful week everyone, and thanks again! 🙂

Review: My Wish List (+ Giveaway!)

Posted 27 March, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments



My Wish List: A Novel
By: Gregoire Delacourt
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Penguin Books

A cathartic, charmingly tender, assuredly irresistible novel, My Wish List imagines one answer to the question: If you won the lottery, would you trade your life for the life of your dreams? With sales of more than half a million copies in France alone, rights sold in twenty-five countries, and a major motion picture in development, this slim yet spirited tale has sewn up the interest of the literary world.

Jocelyne Guerbette is a forty-seven year old who runs a modest fabric shop in a nondescript provincial French town. Her husband—instead of dreaming of her—wants nothing more in life than a flat-screen TV and the complete James Bond DVD box set. And to Jocelyne’s two grown-up children, who live far from home, she’s become nothing but an obligatory phone call. Perpetually wondering what has happened to all the dreams she had when she was younger, Jocelyne finally comes to terms with the series of ordinary defeats and small lies that seem to make up her life.

But then Jocelyne wins the lottery: $25,500,000! And suddenly she finds the world at her fingertips. But before cashing the check, before telling a soul, she starts making a list of all the things she could do with the money. While evaluating the small pleasures in life—her friendship with the twins who manage the hairdresser next door, her holidays away, her sewing blog that’s gaining popularity—she begins to think that the everyday ordinary may not be so bad. Does she really want her life to change?

My Wish List is an essential reminder of the often-overlooked joys of everyday life and a celebration of the daily rituals, serendipities, and small acts of love that make life quietly wonderful

It’s always great to see a new novel translated to English from another language. The premise of this novel caught my attention because it’s something I think many of us wonder about: what if we won the lottery? What would we do with the money? How would out lives change? I kindly received an advanced reading copy of this novel from the publishers as part of a book blog tour for this novel; it will be available on 25 March 2014.

Be sure to stick around as at the end of the post, I am also hosting a book giveaway for a chance to win a copy of this book! (open to US/Canada residents only–sorry international readers!)

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