The Altarpiece by Sarah Kennedy – Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Canada)

December 3rd, 2013

To celebrate the recent release of The Altarpiece by Sarah Kennedy in paperback I’m going to spotlight the book and give away a copy.  I read this novel back in May and really enjoyed it (my review).  It is the first novel in The Cross and The Crown series and takes place in the times of Henry VIII which was my first attraction to it as that is my favorite time period. After reading the novel I was impressed with Sarah’s writing and storytelling which makes me very anxious for the second in the series which is due out next year and I can’t wait!


THE ALTARPIECE (from Knox Robinson Publishing)

It is 1535, and in the tumultuous years of King Henry VIII’s break from Rome, the religious houses of England are being seized by force. Twenty-year-old Catherine Havens is a foundling and the adopted daughter of the prioress of the Priory of Mount Grace in a small Yorkshire village. Catherine, like her adoptive mother, has a gift for healing, and she is widely sought and admired for her knowledge.

Catherine’s hopes for a place at court have been dashed by the king’s divorce, and she has reluctantly taken the veil. In the remote North, the nuns enjoy the freedoms unavailable to other women. England is their home, but the times have changed, and now the few remaining nuns dread the arrival of the priory’s new owner, Robert Overton. When the priory’s costly altarpiece goes missing, Catherine and her friend Ann Smith find themselves under increased suspicion.

King Henry VIII’s soldiers have not had their fill of destruction, and when they return to Mount Grace to destroy the priory, Catherine must choose between the sacred calling of her past and the man who may represent her country’s future.

Book one of The Cross and The Crown Series.



Read an excerpt
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SARAH KENNEDY (from Knox Robinson Publishing)

Sarah-Kennedy-photo-200x300Sarah Kennedy is a professor of English at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia and the author of seven books of poems.

She holds a PhD in Renaissance Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing.

Sarah has received grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts and is currently a contributing editor for Shenandoah.

Sarah will publish a series of novels with Knox Robinson centering around the sixteenth century closure of the monasteries and convents of England by King Henry VIII.


Sarah’s website
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I have one paperback copy of The Altarpiece by Sarah Kennedy to share with my readers.  To enter…

  • For 1 entry leave a comment entering the giveaway.
  • Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on December 18/13.  Good luck!


Source: Giveaway copy provided by the publicist.  No compensation was received for this posting.

23 Comments to “The Altarpiece by Sarah Kennedy – Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Canada)”

  1. Thank you for this! Your blog is one of my absolute favorites!

  2. Connie Fischer says:

    Such a favorite historical period for me. Henry VIII and the fallout of his policies and dictates affected so many people. I can certainly understand how many would be skeptical of someone with the talent to heal others especially when “bleeding” them seemed to fail.

    I’m very intrigued by this novel and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for your generous giveaway, Sarah Kennedy, and PTTP.

    Will tweet and share on FB.

    Connie Fischer

  3. Connie Fischer says:

    Oh my! Not PTTP – PBTP! Sorry, cannot type today. *blushing*


    The Altarpiece by Sarah Kennedy – Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Canada) I tweeted 12/3
    I think because there is a 2nd book that Catherine Havens is going to choose the Crown. I’m not calling Jimmy the Greek on that one though.

  5. Denise says:

    My favorite era – can’t wait to read it!

    DeniseK1 @

  6. Kim Cree says:

    I would love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway!!
    I shared on twitter.

  7. Judie McDonald says:

    This sounds like a really interesting story.

  8. Suko says:

    Darlene, this sounds like a breathtaking book! I will share this giveaway with my readers in my blog’s sidebar. Thank you so much for hosting! :)


  9. JJT says:

    Sounds fantastic. I have also tweeted @readsalways. jtretin at aol dot com.

  10. diane says:

    This novel sounds fascinating and unique. Thanks.

  11. Sandra Furlotte says:

    Such a great subject for a book.

  12. This one looks interesting! Anything during the HenryVIII era goes on my list!

  13. Katherine I. says:

    The Henry VIII era is among my favorite periods in history as well, so this book definitely is on my TBR now! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. (I shared on Twitter.)

  14. Carol L says:

    Also one of my favorite time periods to read about.
    This sounds very interesting and intriguing so I’m putting it on my TRL.Thanks for the giveaway opportunity ladies. ;0
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  15. Anita Yancey says:

    This book sounds really interesting, and I love the history. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  16. Anita Yancey says:

    Shared on Facebook as Anita Yancey.


  17. Meghan Stith says:

    This sounds great! I tweeted as well:

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  18. Pamela j says:

    Ohhh…Henry the VIII, I’m hooked.
    pjames330 at aol dot com

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