Announcement: WINNER of The Whale: A Love Story by Mark Beauregard

And the winner of THE WHALE: A LOVE STORY by Mark Beauregard is…..

Dana (follows on Instagram)

The winner will be notified via email.

Thank you to everyone who entered and a huge thank you to the publisher for making this giveaway possible!

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Special Feature: Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton

Lilli de Jong
by Janet Benton

Paperback Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Anchor Books
Paperback; 352 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Philadelphia, 1883. Twenty-three-year-old Lilli de Jong is pregnant and alone—abandoned by her lover and banished from her Quaker home. She gives birth at a charity for wronged women, planning to give up the baby. But the power of their bond sets her on a completely unexpected path. Unwed mothers in 1883 face staggering prejudice, yet Lilli refuses to give up her baby girl. Instead, she braves moral condemnation and financial ruin in a quest to keep the two of them alive.

Lilli confides this story to her diary as it unfolds, taking readers from a charity for unwed mothers to a wealthy family’s home and onto the streets of a burgeoning American city. Her story offers a rare and harrowing view into a time when a mother’s milk is crucial for infant survival. Written with startling intimacy and compassion, this accomplished novel is both a rich historical depiction and a testament to the saving force of a woman’s love.

Awards

NPR Best Books of 2017
Library Journal Best Historical Fiction 2017
Bustle The 17 Best Debut Novels by Woman in 2017
An Amazon Best Book of May 2017
Semifinalist in historical fiction, Goodreads Choice Awards, 2017
Finalist, David J. Langum Prize in Historical Fiction, 2017 Continue reading “Special Feature: Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton”

Review: Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose

I’ve been a fan of M.J. Rose for quite some time. She always writes really rich and atmospheric novels of romance and historical fiction blended together. I love her Reincarnationist series is really fun but I got hooked on her books with her Daughters of La Lune books!

She has this great storytelling style that never seems to fail in any of her series’. She always has this velvety tone and it never fails to hook me.

So when this book came up for review, to say I was thrilled was a complete understatement. More like I was swooning at not only the fact that a new MJ Rose novel was coming out, but the summary sounded so exciting and I was eagerly awaiting the day that I could start this book! Continue reading “Review: Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose”

Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

This was a book that I originally passed on but then changed my mind. I have been seeing this book all over my Instagram and I caved under the peer pressure!

When I passed on it, it was mostly because my review schedule was really tight for August, but I had also been reading a ton of thrillers and I was kind of ready for a break. But as I said, I have zero self control sometimes so I caved and decided to review this one and fit it in when I could.

As luck would have it, I finished one of my August books suer early so I was able to fit it in sooner than expected, and I was happy that I could because the more I saw it on Instagram the more I wanted to read it!  Continue reading “Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena”

Review: The Hawkweed Legacy (Hawkweed Prophecy #2) by Irena Brignull

When I was pitched this book, I thought this was the first in the series. I loosely read the summary and just assumed that it was the first one.

So let’s get this out of the way first—read the first book in the series before you read this book. It’s hard for me to write a review for this one because it’s very clearly part of a series and was meant to be read by people who had read the first book.

With that in mind, I could have backed out and said I would rather wait and read the first one before writing a review, but I made a commitment and I decided to read on and focus on the writing and world building rather than the bigger story. Continue reading “Review: The Hawkweed Legacy (Hawkweed Prophecy #2) by Irena Brignull”