It Started With Paris by Cathy Kelly – Q&A (Prepared) & Giveaway (3 copies-US/Canada)

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The final selection in the Grand Summer Reads from Hachette Book Group is It Started With Paris by Cathy Kelly and I can’t think of anything more perfect to relax with in the summer sun than a book from Cathy Kelly.  I’ve read many of her books over the years and really enjoyed them and I’m looking forward to this one too!  Please enjoy the Q&A with Cathy Kelly and be sure to enter for a chance to win a copy of It Started With Paris for yourself!

Q&A with author Cathy Kelly (prepared interview)

1. What, in your opinion, makes a Grand Summer Read?

A book that makes you feel as if you’re on vacation, even when you’re not – and a book that transports you to another world. For me, a Grand Summer Read is a book I simply can’t wait to dive into, like diving into clear blue water on a summer’s day.

2. Tell us about your own Grand Summer Read, IT STARTED WITH PARIS.

The novel is about a thrilling and romantic engagement on top of the Eiffel Tower, and what that forthcoming marriage means to three women at the heart of the story. For school principal Grace, the groom-to-be’s mother, it means spending time with her ex-husband, a man she still cares for, a man who has managed to forge a new life when her own is lacking in romance. Spending time with him again makes her wonder, “What if…?”  For movie-industry marketing boss, Leila, the bride-to-be’s best friend, it means being happy for her darling friend—and trying not to show how devastated she is about her own husband dumping her after six months of marriage. And for Boston-born widow Vonnie, who has made a new life for herself and her young son in a beautiful Irish town after the tragic death of her husband, it means another job for her wedding cake business. Vonnie has found new love but not everyone wants that love to succeed. My novels are about strong women and what they’ve got to go through to find love and peace—with plenty of humor, thrown in, plus the odd crazy dog who has a better choice in boyfriends than her owner! 

3. What have you read and/or plan to read this summer? 

I’m a huge fan of Elin Hilderbrand and plan to reread some of her glorious work on our holiday in Marbella in Spain. Plus, I adore thrillers, so am looking forward to getting stuck into the new Nelson DeMille, Radiant Angel. I also have Toni Morrison’s God Help The Child ready to pack. 

4. Where are some of your favorite places/spots to read during the summer? 

I live in a glorious Irish village about forty minutes from Dublin city on Ireland’s east coast, and we have a sloping garden where I can see both the sea and the Wicklow hills. Wicklow is Ireland’s Garden County, having plenty of glorious woods and hills beside the Irish Sea. I love sitting in my garden, under the huge trees, reading with my three darling Jack Russell dogs snoozing beside me with the sea in the distance. I don’t tan due to having skin cancer some years ago, but when my husband and twin sons and I are somewhere hot, I love sitting (with Factor 90 sunblock) in the shade on a sun lounger and reading. 

5. Finally, what books do you recommend to people looking for a Grand Summer Read? 

I’ve just read Elin Hilderbrand’s The Rumor and it’s unputdownable, particularly as it’s about a writer who discovers a thrilling new plot that’s about her best friend, whom she would destroy if she actually wrote the story. For psychological thrillers, I also recommend Jean Hanff Korelitz’s You Should Have Known, which is about a therapist who has just written a book about relationships. In it, the therapist explains the importance of knowing your mate before you marry, so you don’t spend years trying to fix the unfixable. And then she discovers that her pediatric oncologist husband is not who he appears to be. Thrilling.

About the Book

The new novel from #1 international bestselling author Cathy Kelly.

It all started with Paris. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend. In that second, everything changes, not just for the happy couple, but for the family and friends awaiting their return in Ireland.

Leila’s been nursing a broken heart since her husband suddenly left her, but she’s determined to put on a brave face for the bride. Vonnie, a widow, has finally dared to let love back into her life, but a curveball arises that puts another’s safety at risk. And Grace, a school principal, finds that her son’s impending union brings her ex-husband back into her daily life, and starts to ponder past decisions and wonder if her divorce was in fact a mistake.

As these three women gather around the young couple to prepare for the wedding, they’ll each have to address their own demons and find a way to move forward, whatever the cost.

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Praise for It Started With Paris

“IT STARTED WITH PARIS is a huge bear hug of a novel. Cathy Kelly has written a warm hearted story of the inevitable roller coaster of romantic love and the more important task of loving one’s self. I savored every page of this book.” — Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Rumor

“Each character in this expansive cast is well-developed . . . Kelly is a skilled writer.” — Kirkus

“The ripples from a couple’s engagement reach out to others. Nobody can dictate what happens when it comes to love. By the end of Kelly’s novels, I always feel I’ve made new friends. As warm-hearted and wise as ever.” — Woman & Home

About the Author

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Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of copies of her books in print. A #1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia, she is one of Ireland’s best-loved storytellers. She lives with her husband, their young twin sons, and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland.

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The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff & Giveaway (US/Canada)

chelseaIf you’ve ever sat down with a novel written by Pam Jenoff then you are already aware that you are in for a wonderful experience.  She is one of the best writers out there and her newest novel The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach is a beautifully written novel set against the backdrop of World War II and is about a woman trying to find her place in life and in love.

It’s 1941 and Adelia’s parents have put her on board a ship bound for America to stay with her aunt and uncle and escape the war.  Adelia is only sixteen and terrified but once she’s in America her aunt and uncle do what they can to make her comfortable.  They start by taking her to Chelsea Beach, hoping  some time by the seaside will ease her into this life that is so different from what she was used to.  It is when she meets the Connally family with their four boys that she comes out of her shell.  While she adores all of the boys it is Charlie that her heart belongs to and when she finds out he feels the same she is over the moon but the war is raging and tragedy strikes close to home and then nothing turns out as it should have.

Not capable of dealing with her own grief or anyone else’s Addie moves to Washington and then London in an attempt to start over and finds work at a newspaper.  The work at the paper gives her a purpose and also leads her back to Charlie who she hasn’t seen in over a year.  She still loves him so much but can things ever be the same for them again especially with Charlie leaving on another mission?  And then there is Teddy, her boss, who is a steadfast good man and he’s so in love with her.  Yet as things come full circle for Addie she will find love in the last place she expected to.

With each page turned I loved this book more and more.  This story pulls you in and Jenoff’s descriptive writing has you feeling as though you are right there amidst the turmoil of the war and all the personal strife of the characters.  Addie is a character you quickly connect with because you can literally feel her fear as she crosses over to America all alone on a ship and then as she tries to acclimate to a new life and then of course a new love.  The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach is a beautiful story and it’s one I won’t soon forget.

For fans of historical fiction or if you’re just in the mood for a story that will dominate your every minute be sure to pick up The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach and add it to your summer reading! Highly recommended!

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1 paperback copy of the book and a Chelsea Beach limited edition beach bag
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Seldom Come By by Sherryl Caulfield – Spotlight & Giveaway (International)

Please join Sherryl Caulfield as she tours the blogosphere for Seldom Come By, the first book in her Iceberg Trilogy, from November 24-December 13. and enter to win an autographed copy!

 

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Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Cedar Pocket Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 490

Series: Iceberg Trilogy
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, fifteen year-old Rebecca Crowe’s fascination with icebergs leads her to save a shipwrecked survivor, Samuel Dalton, the nineteen-year old son of a Toronto medical family.

Love sparks in the crystal cave of an iceberg but is thwarted by an unreasonable father and the Great War that drags Samuel and his brother, Matthew, to the Western Front as medical officers. Knowing Rebecca is home and safe in Newfoundland brings Samuel great comfort. But as the war moves towards its final harrowing days, they both discover that tragedy and terror can strike anywhere, setting their love on an unforeseen path.

Only when Samuel and Rebecca can fully come to terms with such devastating loss and their impossible choices can their love soar. With an emotional intensity reminiscent of The Bronze Horseman, Seldom Come By, named after an actual place in Newfoundland, is an unforgettable journey across waves and time and the full spectrum of human emotions.

 

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Praise for Seldom Come By

“Seldom Come By is a haunting love story set against the windswept coast of Newfoundland. The story draws you in from the opening lines and takes you on a compelling journey across time and continents, through love, loss, heartache and healing. It is a beautiful and memorable story — a great accomplishment and a wonderful read.” – Julie Fison, Australia

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“A wholly engaging read that wraps you up in another world. The story of how Samuel and Rebecca met and fell in love will always stay with me — and leaves me feeling as if I have already visited Newfoundland.” – Carolyn Wood, New Zealand

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“If you love deep, epic, romantic stories this is one for you.” – Jeannie Zelos, United Kingdom

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“Historical fiction is by far my favorite genre and this book captures the elements perfectly. An engaging, strong heroine, a dashing, honorable stranger, a brutal daily life existence in Newfoundland set during WWI. The story and characters are made more rich by the superb writing. I look forward to reading more from this author.” – Diane Tyson, USA

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“This book was a real treat to read. By 30% in I was completely invested in the characters. The strength, passion and adversity that the couple have to endure are reminiscent of The Bronze Horseman, but beyond that, Rebecca and Samuel find their own way of handling things. I have already found myself recommending this book to others that have loved The Bronze Horseman. I do believe that if you enjoy an epic love story, this will make a fine reading suggestion.” – Karen Scott, Canada

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About the Author

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In 2006, haunted by an encounter with a woman she met in Canada, Sherryl started what has now become known as The Iceberg Trilogy. From her home in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, she distilled the lives of three generations of women – Rebecca, Evangeline and Lindsay – over the course of a century. In the telling of their stories she crafted a series rich in landscapes – of sea, land and the human soul.

For more information please visit Sherryl Caulfield’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

 

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1 eBook open Internationally!

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Draw Date December 27/14

 

There is also a tour wide Rafflecopter giveaway to win an autographed copy of Seldom Come By ending on December 13 so be sure to enter there as well after you’ve entered my giveaway!  Click here to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway.

 

 

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