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CLOSED Review Copy Giveaway

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Like most of you, I have more books in my house than I have room for. I have a few review copies I've decided to giveaway. Up for grabs:

Title:  The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
Author:  C. W. Gortner
Format:  Paperback ARC
My 4-Star Review
Synopsis from GoodReads:
The truth is, none of us are innocent. We all have sins to confess.

So reveals Catherine de Medici in this brilliantly imagined novel about one of history’s most powerful and controversial women. To some she was the ruthless queen who led France into an era of savage violence. To others she was the passionate savior of the French monarchy. Acclaimed author C. W. Gortner brings Catherine to life in her own voice, allowing us to enter into the intimate world of a woman whose determination to protect her family’s throne and realm plunged her into a lethal struggle for power.

The last legitimate descendant of the illustrious Medici line, Catherine suffers the expulsion of her family from her native Florence and narrowly escapes death at the hands of an enraged mob. While still a teenager, she is betrothed to Henri, son of François I of France, and sent from Italy to an unfamiliar realm where she is overshadowed and humiliated by her husband’s lifelong mistress. Ever resilient, Catherine strives to create a role for herself through her patronage of the famous clairvoyant Nostradamus and her own innate gift as a seer. But in her fortieth year, Catherine is widowed, left alone with six young children as regent of a kingdom torn apart by religious discord and the ambitions of a treacherous nobility.

Relying on her tenacity, wit, and uncanny gift for compromise, Catherine seizes power, intent on securing the throne for her sons. She allies herself with the enigmatic Protestant leader Coligny, with whom she shares an intimate secret, and implacably carves a path toward peace, unaware that her own dark fate looms before her—a fate that, if she is to save France, will demand the sacrifice of her ideals, her reputation, and the passion of her embattled heart.

From the fairy-tale châteaux of the Loire Valley to the battlefields of the wars of religion to the mob-filled streets of Paris, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici is the extraordinary untold journey of one of the most maligned and misunderstood women ever to be queen.
Title:  Lumby on the Air
Author:  Gail Fraser
Format:  Paperback Galley
This is the fifth in a series, but I did not find it necessary to read the others first.
My 4-Star Review
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Fifth in the acclaimed series set in the enchantingly offbeat town of Lumby.

Pam and Mark Walker are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with a week-long family reunion and a ceremony renewing their vows. But when Mark's brother-in-law starts broadcasting his radio talk show from Montis Inn, his disparaging remarks about small-town life cause immediate rifts that only widen when he sides with a real estate developer who wants to turn Lumby into an asphalt Aspen. As the controversy pits family against family, and neighbor against neighbor, will the spirit that defines Lumby triumph once again?
Title:  Fireworks Over Toccoa
Author:  Jeffrey Stepakoff
Format:  Paperback ARC
My 3-Star Review
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Lily was married for just days before her husband was sent abroad to fight in WWII. Now, he and the other soldiers are returning, and the small town of Toccoa, Georgia plans a big celebration. But a handsome and kind Italian immigrant, responsible for the elaborate fireworks display the town commissioned captures Lily's heart and soul. Torn between duty to society and her husband, and a poor, passionate man who might be her only true love--Lily must choose between a love she never knew and a commitment she'd already made.

Poignant and elegant, FIREWORKS OVER TOCCOA is a mosaic of all the emotions that only love can make possible.
Title:  The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai
Author:  Jerome Peterson
Format:  Paperback
My 3-Star Review
Synopsis from GoodReads:
All Andrew Sharpai wanted in life was to find true love. Wandering around the Western United States, he searches for that missing love only to find rejection and haunting memories. Along his journey, he meets LaRae DuFont, a famous show dancer, who tells him a story in which Mary Magdalene thought Jesus was a gardener, teaching Andrew that not everything is as it seems. This lesson will change his life forever. An uncontrollable twist of fate separates the two lovers and leads Andrew to wander again. He finally settles in a small town in eastern Idaho where he encounters the notorious enchantress, Iris Winkle. However, her ex-husband has placed a fiendish curse on Iris and Andrew soon finds himself trapped within the enchantment. Remembering the lesson LaRae taught him may be his only salvation, but will it be enough to save him from the perilous spell?
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  1. That is so generous of you Jen!

  2. "The Confessions of Catherine de Medici" looks fantastic. For someone who loves historical novels, it's surprising I haven't gotten my hands on this one yet!;)

  3. Very generous! You rock! Thank you.

  4. I hope I win one of these. Thanks!

  5. Choice of 4 books! Awesome giveaway. I have not read any of the 4 choices but would love to read them all.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter. I filled out form.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  6. These all look like great books!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com


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