29 05, 2015

THE SHORE by Sara Taylor

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THE SHORE by Sara TaylorThe Shore by Sara Taylor
Published by Crown/Archetype on May 26th 2015
Pages: 320
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Literary, Sagas
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An ambitious, Baileys prize-nominated debut set in an unforgettable place, introducing a powerful new voice in fiction

The Shore: a group of small islands in the Chesapeake Bay, just off the coast of Virginia. The Shore is clumps of evergreens, wild ponies, oyster-shell roads, tumble-down houses, unwanted pregnancies, murder, and dark magic in the marshes. Sanctuary to some but nightmare to others, it's a place that generations of families both wealthy and destitute have inhabited, fled, and returned to for hundreds of years. From a half-Shawnee Indian's bold choice to escape an abusive home only to find herself with a man who will one day try to kill her, to a brave young girl's determination to protect her younger sister as methamphetamine ravages their family, the characters in this remarkable novel have deep connections to the land, and a resilience that only the place they call home could create.

Through a series of interconnecting narratives that recalls the work of David Mitchell and Jennifer Egan, Sara Taylor brings to life the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds of blood and fate that connect them all. Spanning over a century, dreamlike and yet impossibly real, profound and playful, THE SHORE is a breathtakingly ambitious and accomplished work of fiction by a young writer of remarkable promise.

 The Shore is a collection of stories about intersecting lives. The chapters skip through whole generations and change characters. The thing that binds these characters together is their struggles and their location. All of the stories take place on one island off the Chesapeake Bay of Virgina’s coast. “The Shore is flat as […]

15 05, 2015

WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew Thomas

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WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew ThomasWe Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Published by Simon & Schuster on August 19th 2014
Pages: 640
Length: 20 hrs, 51 mins
Genres: Family Life, Fiction, General, Literary, Sagas
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Destined to be a classic, this “powerfully moving” (Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding), multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family is nothing short of a “masterwork” (Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End).

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn’t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream.

Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and Eileen and Ed and their son Connell try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known, and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future.

Through the Learys, novelist Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. The result is a riveting and affecting work of art; one that reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved, and that we should tell each other so before the moment slips away.

Epic in scope, heroic in character, masterful in prose, We Are Not Ourselves heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction.

I just finished this book. We Are Not Ourselves was such a delight, I am not sure how I can continue on without these characters. It was so good. Good. Good. This story is primarily about Eileen. Eileen is being raised by alcoholic immigrants in Queens, New York. Her childhood is tough as […]

27 02, 2015

SALTWATER COWBOYS by Dayle Furlong

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SALTWATER COWBOYS by Dayle FurlongSaltwater Cowboys by Dayle Furlong
Published by Dundurn on February 14, 2015
Pages: 272
Genres: Family Life, Fiction, General, Literary, Sagas
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After generations of prosperity in the mining town of Brighton, Newfoundland, Jack and Angela McCarthy find themselves jobless. In order to keep his family together, Jack accepts a job in a gold mine in the wilds of northern Alberta. Arriving in Foxville, the McCarthys find themselves resented, bullied, and cast as outsiders. When Jack’s best friend, Peter, is swindled out of his savings and resorts to stealing from the mine, his attempts at reversing their fortunes thrust both families into even deeper torment. A powerful, poetic novel dealing with the effects of poverty, the harshness and beauty of Canada’s north, the perils of theft, and the timeless value of community and family among displaced Newfoundlanders, Saltwater Cowboys is a classic cautionary tale that presents a stark glimpse into the lives of families struggling to survive in unfamiliar terrain.

I just finished reading Saltwater Cowboys. I gotta say, it was a bit depressing. All the struggles and trying to get things right. The writing in this story was really good, well written with well developed characters. I had no problems picturing the scene. The emotions in this tale aren’t easy to imagine, […]

22 01, 2015

THE LAST BREATH by Kimberly Belle

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THE LAST BREATH by Kimberly BelleThe Last Breath by Kimberly Belle
Published by MIRA on June 30, 2015
Pages: 384
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Sagas
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From a remarkable new voice in suspenseful women's fiction comes an emotionally searing drama about a woman who risks her life to discover the devastating truth about her family… Humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews chases disasters around the globe for a living. It's the perfect lifestyle to keep her far away from her own personal ground zero. Sixteen years ago, Gia's father was imprisoned for brutally killing her stepmother. Now he's come home to die of cancer, and she's responsible for his care—and coming to terms with his guilt.

Gia reluctantly resumes the role of daughter to the town's most infamous murderer, a part complete with protesters on the lawn and death threats that are turning tragedy into front-page news. Returning to life in small-town Tennessee involves rebuilding relationships that distance and turmoil have strained, though finding an emotional anchor in the attractive hometown bartender is certainly helping Gia cope.

As the past unravels before her, Gia will find herself torn between the stories that her family, their friends and neighbors, and even her long-departed stepmother have believed to be real all these years. But in the end, the truth—and all the lies that came before—may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated….

Gia goes home to take care of her Father at the request of her uncle, and gets more than she imagined in return. The Last Breath talks about forgiveness, honesty, and betrayal in extreme terms. This book deals with life shattering confessions and family ties that should be broken. Gia has been traveling […]

26 08, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Burning Through Gravity by Addison Moore

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Burning Through Gravity by Addison Moore

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Burning Through Gravity by Addison MooreBurning Through Gravity by Addison Moore
Published by Addison Moore on August 12th 2014
Pages: 352
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Erotica, Fiction, General, Literary, New Adult, Romance, Sagas, Suspense, Thrillers
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(New Adult Romance) From the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY  bestselling author, Addison Moore: Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison's books, "...easy, frothy fun!" Absolutely BRILLIANT!….hardcore and dramatic to the finest…highly recommend it to any lover of romance, Burning Through Gravity is an absolute MUST-READ!— Lita, Goodreads Review   One of the hottest books Addison has written!—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews I abso-freaking-lutely loved it! Addison takes us on a ride…so many twists, turns and jaw-dropping moments I swore my jaw would become detached…I love Addison’s books! I am a huge fan…—Tabby’s Tantalizing Reviews Lust, lies, and secrets equals one amazing book hangover!—Delphina Reads Too Much Book Blog Burning Through Gravity is a wicked, heated chase to the truth. Deception, lies, and scheming abound, with layers upon layers of shocks and twists. From its first page to its last, it's an emotion packed ride! —Three Chicks and Their Books Blog BURNING THROUGH GRAVITY—they soared so high so fast they never expected the fall. Two beautiful souls. Two seemingly innocent deceptions. Once they meet, Stevie and Ford explode into one another in a ball of lust, hotter than a July moon. Ford is assertive, dominate and in control, that is until Stevie brings him to his knees. He thinks she’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever met both inside and out. Stevie thinks he’s sweet, and sort of goofy—of course it doesn’t hurt that he drips sex like honey. Stevie is starting to fall hard for Ford. And Ford is all in with Stevie. She wonders if he could ever forgive her for what she’s about to do. She wonders if she wants him to. They say love conquers all. But love never met two liars like Stevie and Ford.   His lie cost her a few sleepless nights. Her lie will cost him everything.

Review This book is about a girl named Stevie. We meet her first at the deathbed of her sister, her twin, who dies too young. After several years of loneliness, Stevie decides to take her own life and join her sister. On the night she has set for her suicide, she meets a […]

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