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Sunday, December 19, 2010

New giveaway! Now I'm giving away Love Me Tender by Janice Hanna!

I really enjoyed this book! I know you will, too. Okay, to enter for a chance to win a copy of Love Me Tender, simply post a comment telling me what your favorite song is that Elvis sings! That was easy, right? Anyway, if you read the review and tell me why the story interests you and why you want to win it, I'll give you bonus points! I will pick a winner using the Randomizer program next Sunday.

Love Me Tender

About the book:

As "Love Me Tender" plays in the background, Debbie Carmichael determines to salvage her family's restaurant, Sweet Sal's Soda Shoppe, when her father's health fails. Teen heartthrob Bobby Conrad agrees to perform at a fundraiser concert. But just two weeks before the highly publicized event, Bobby backs out of the benefit. Enter Johnny Hartman, a young, unknown singer to take Conrad's place.

Debbie soon realizes the twists and turns leading up to the concert are divinely orchestrated. And it isn't dreamy Bobby Conrad who has stolen her heart - but the tender love of Johnny Hartman.

My review:

I read this book almost straight through, but I had to stop to go to church on Sunday or I would have finished it instead. This author has an amazing gift. She is able to deliver a clean, but very romantic story every time. Her characters are endearing, but realistic, yet her stories are soft and tender. That's the best way to describe her books. Tender romances that will make your heart pound.

I couldn't help smiling as I read this book. The chapter beginnings where they quoted the Hollywood Heartthrob magazine was cute, too. In fact, I ended up reading little snippets of the story to my husband, who found them funny, too. Like...they say that soon we'll be paying 5 cents for a gallon of gas ( husband remembers that and yes, he was a young teen in the late 50s) and he remembered minimum wage went up to a dollar. Seriously. I found those added historical tidbits to be especially fun and felt that they really added to the setting. I felt like I was hanging out in the fifties, but without the golly gees, and the aw shucks on every page.

One secondary character I also fell in love with was the agent's son. He was so cute in his many attempts to get his dad to represent him in the biz and land him a sweet role on television or in a movie. Hilarious! Every single scene where he piped in was adorable. I also found his motivation particularly touching, especially when he shared that with Johnny.

Speaking of Johnny, he was the ultimate hero. He reminded me of the character DJ in the author's other series when it came to his love for Jesus. They were similar, yet different. Same with Bobby Conrad. I loved getting to know these characters and how the author showed they were human, too, making all the starry-eyed girls seem a bit over the top, but it fit the story. I remember seeing old television snippets where girls were crying over Elvis, The Beatles, etc. so I know they really did act that way.

Anyway, I adored this story and as is typical every time I read this author's romances, I sighed with pleasure. She has a unique voice in romance and it's one that I can't get enough of, hence the five star rating. Hey, I loved watching Happy Days when I was a kid. If you did, too, then you'll love this one!


fredamans said...

I have so many faves by Elvis. Not sure if you are aware of this but I am a HUGE fan! You should see all my memorabilia.... any rate I would have to choose That's All Right Mama, due to it being the first single.

Happy holidays!


barbjan10 said...

As a matter of fact, Love Me Tender is my favorite Elvis song. It brings back memories of how sweet romance was when I was a teen in the 50's. This story interests my sense of good and pleasurable actions that we actually lived then. So different from the unrealistic expectations of teens today. We teens then found more fun in having friends, school activities, church youth groups, etc and not collecting expensive "things" as kids do today. Times have changed. Michelle's review is full of reminders about the "good" of yesteryears life. Much simpler lives with good values that spoke fun.This book reminds me of me as a teen. The best time of our lives! Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win. I hope I do win, so I can take a trip back in time to the 50's. Loved it!

Joyous Blessings,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Jo said...

Love Me Tender is my favorite of his. This book sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway.


Tore said...

I always loved Elvis's Love Me Tender. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Linda Kish said...

I grew up in the 50s so I remember Elvis well. I loved his music. And I loved those times, too.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Taffy said...

My kids love Satisfaction (is that the name?).
I like to read tender love stories so I think this book would fit :)


Lourdes said...

My favorite was The Wonder of You.


Holly said...

I don't really know many Elvis songs, so I guess I'd have to say Jailhouse Rock, although I couldn't give a specific reason. I've flipped through the book to get a feel for it and it seems like it would be a sweet story. I did think the magazine excerpts were cute as well.


Martha A. said...

Oh man.....I know I have heard an Elvis song once before, but I cannot think of a single title!! = )
I would love to win the book still though!!!

karenk said...

'love me tender' is a great song.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

rbooth43 said...

I have so many songs of Elvis's but my favorite is Amazing Grace, His Gospel songs are outstanding.

Karin said...

Love "Blue Christmas" by Elvis. "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" is probably my 2nd favorite.

karin56381 (at)

Merry Christmas!

Michelle Sutton said...

and the winner is...


klassykleaning said...

I love the song, Hunk-a-hunk-a burning love. I used to listen to it in my room when I was nine. Over and over and over. lol
This book seems interesting because I want to see who she chooses in the end.

Linda E

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