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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A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka & Giveaway (US/Canada)

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Not many of us can say that cancer hasn’t touched our lives in some way whether it be in our own life or in the lives of our loved ones.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I always like to try and spotlight a few books that deal with breast cancer and those dealing with it.  A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka is a little book that packs a big punch and should be one of the first things you gift a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient.  This book will give them some insight into what will happen to them in terms of the medical side of things and also the personal side as well.  The best way I can describe this book is to say it is very real and straightforward.  Madhulika talks about sex, drugs, your feelings on your hair and breasts for that matter – she addresses so many things that really matter when you’re diagnosed with this devastating disease.  As a note I used my own photo because I think it shows just how pretty this little book is and as frivolous as it may sound I think it’s important to have pretty things when you’re not well along with your favorite pillows (the author speaks about that), blankets, and of course your furry pet if you have one.

Yet this book isn’t just for those diagnosed with breast cancer.  It is important for an individual’s family and friends to read it as well so they can gain a much better understanding of what their loved one is dealing with.  Breast cancer has touched my family many times unfortunately as many carry the breast cancer gene and I lost a best friend to breast cancer as well.  So many things that Madhulika describes I can still clearly remember one of my aunts and my friend dealing with.  I wish that they would have had this book to help them understand what was happening to them or to even justify some of the feelings they were having in what Madhulika calls ‘cancerland’.  The book is quite literally an A-Z guide and Madhulika presents everything in a very clear, very personal, and very practical manner.  She makes it ok for the cancer patient to feel as crappy as they do most days.  She addresses things like the anxiety, fear, and guilt that comes with diagnoses.  She talks about what to expect during and even after breast cancer.  It really is an indispensable guide for those dealing with breast cancer.  From firsthand experience of being the family member helping a loved one deal with their diagnosis I have to say that I wish we had this book to help deal with many of the issues that came up.

I love the personal and conversational tone of this book as well as how it looks.  It even has pages in the back of it for those all important notes you need to make yourself or for your loved one because the wealth of information you are receiving is overwhelming.  I was lucky to have both the beautiful hard cover edition of this book as well as being able to listen to the audiobook.  The audiobook is wonderful.  It is narrated by Madhulika herself and she has a beautiful and soothing voice which made it very easy to listen to.  What I loved about the audio is that I felt more connected to Madhulika and what she went through as she is personally relating it to her listeners in her own words and emotions which is very powerful.

Whether it be the book or the audio I highly recommend this beautiful little book to anyone dealing with breast cancer and to their loved ones.  It’s both comforting and empowering to understand what is happening to you and around you.  To Madhulika I wish you all the best and a continued cancer free check up in the years to come!  Highly recommended!

 

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Source:  Review copy provided by the publisher however audiobook was a library copy.  No compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are that of the blog owner.