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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

New giveaway! Plus my review of The Good Fight by Shawna K. Williams.

To enter for a chance to win this book simply post a comment about whether or not you have read any of Shawna's books, and if you have, which ones. A winner will be selected using the Randomizer program next week.

About the book:

Roger Talbot's life is defined by his devotion to public service. Having just successfully prosecuted a brutal murder case, Roger turns his attention to discovering the shady dealings of Niles Parker -- the town's former mayor, Roger's old boss and the father of the woman Roger almost married. 

Pennye Carrington ran away from Port Delamar with plans never to return. However, learning that her brother had murdered a family member of a famous movie star changed those plans. Pennye comes back with the hope of bringing stability to a family in disarray, but facing the torment of her childhood may be more than she can handle. 

Roger's mission to bring down Niles Parker and Pennye's desire to keep her brothers out of trouble create a middle ground, where two people who couldn't be further apart, embark on a danger-filled journey of discovery to find themselves and each other.

My review:

Ms. Williams wouldn't know how to write a boring story with a predictable ending if her life depended on it. That's why she is one of my absolute favorite authors. I am never bored and always intrigued by the depth of her characterization. Roger and Pennye are no exception. I loved all of Ms. Williams' books, but in some ways I think I loved this one even more. Maybe because I got to see some of my favorite characters again from her previous books. Plus, the addition of the crime element added a layer of suspense that made it a perfect book, in my opinion. 

The core of this story was beautiful indeed. Not only did it deal with honesty and forgiveness, but it dealt with pretending to be something we're not because we are ashamed of our past, whether it's because we were rich or poor. It wasn't so much about how much or how little money they had, but about how they were ashamed of their beginnings. Yet it did make up part of who they were, so to deny it would be to deny a part of themselves. I loved that message in the story. If we have some pain in our past, we can try to pretend it never happened, but the truth is that everything in the past shapes who we are. Why not embraces the joys and the pain and thank God for how He uses even the ashes of our lives to make something beautiful. 

Speaking of beauty, there are two interesting creatures in this story. One is an elephant and the other is a butterfly. I loved that comparison, like when one character said, "I can paint my ears, but I'll always be an elephant." Great story with depth and heart. Did I mention the romance was yummy, too? This historical novel was truly sigh-worthy. If you love a deep story with resolution and imperfect characters, but also want more than one peck on the cheek at the end, this story is for you. I can't wait to see what this author writes next!

The Good Fight was published by Desert Breeze Publishing and released today, November 1, 2011. 


Naomi Musch said...

Shawna is definitely a talented author. I read No Other, and would love the chance to dive into another of her books.
muschfarm at yahoo dot com

Tore said...

I have never read any of Shawna's book but I would like to. This book sounds really good and I would love to read it. Please enter me in contest.

apple blossom said...

I've never read any of Shawna's books but would love to win thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Rev. Kim Justice said...

This sounds like an awesome book and would love to read and review. Thanks for the chance.
Kim J.

Shawna Williams said...

Thanks, Naomi!

ann said...

No I havent had the opportunity to read any os Shawnas book yet but I would love to win it so I can read it

amhengst at verizon dot net

Anonymous said...

I've read No Other and In All Things and loved both books and this one is next on my reading list. I can't wait to read it, but right now I'm in teh middle of reading The Red Fury by Naomi and also love her books. I read The Green Veil by her and couldnt' wait for The Red Fury. Both these woman are talented authors I'll always keep on my reading list. Blessings, BJ Robinson

Carol N Wong said...

I haven't read any of her books as this is the first time that I have heard of her. I would love to have the chance to read, particurly since she is one of your favorite authors.


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel...i have shauna's novel 'no other'

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

I haven't had the opportunity to read any of Shawna's books yet but have been wanting to.


Michelle Sutton said...

and the winner is...

Carol N Wong!

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