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Sunday, March 25, 2012

New giveaway! Now I'm giving away A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh (with bonus review!)

About the book:

A faded scrapbook reveals secrets that reconnect old friends in a place called Sweethaven. Campbell Carter has come to Sweethaven in search of answers about her mother's history. Just before losing a battle with cancer, Suzanne Carter sent letters to childhood friends from her hometown of Sweethaven, Michigan. Suzanne's three friends -- Lila, Jane, and Meghan -- haven't spoken in years, yet each has pieces of a scrapbook they made together as girls. Suzanne's letters have lured them all back to the idyllic lakeside town, where they meet Campbell and begin to remember what was so special about their long Sweethaven summers. As the scrapbook reveals secrets from the past, old wounds are mended, lives are changed, and friendships are restored -- just as Suzanne intended.

My thoughts:

What a treat this story was! At first I wasn't sure I would like this story because it sounded like it could be a bit of a downer, but wow, was I surprised at how much I loved it in the end. I wanted to read this novel every chance I could. I thought about the story even when I wasn't able to sit down, relax, and enjoy it. That's a good that preoccupies my thoughts.

I loved how romantic it was on so many levels. Though each character had their own grief to deal with, it wasn't only about their pain. It was about how God uses the unexpected things in our lives to bless us. He took someone like Campbell, who felt alone in the world, and gave her a new family through new friendships and people who also tied her to her mother's history. I loved how the book ended. I totally adored Luke. I didn't want his heart broken any more than his momma did. Man, I adored that man. He was a great hero and I could see how even the hardest of hearts could melt under the warmth in his eyes.

The author did a fantastic job at making me care. She made each character seem like a friend, or at least someone I could easily know. Their happiness and their healing became a primary concern for me as the book veered toward a conclusion. Everything about this book was awesome. It even had a bit of mystery to it when it came to figuring out who her father really was. Great story! It's making my top fiction list for 2012.

Now the question... What do you find appealing about stories where secrets are uncovered through scrapbooks, old mementos, and other methods?


Anonymous said...

Oh boy oh boy I have been wanting to read this and its on my wishlist hope I win. :) Thanks for giving all of your readers a chance to win this amazing book sounds like a great book that me and my mother would enjoy. To answer your question I like it when the secrets are uncovered through other things besides people. Leaves it more of like a guessing game because its not all being told at once it makes the story last longer.
Thanks a million,
Saradawson09 (at) yahoo (dot) com

reluvbe said...

I love stories that uncover secrets like that. Not just for the secret, but why they chose to hide it where and how they did.

Please enter me into your drawing. I run the library for my church so I try to get new books however I can.

Librarybooks at religious dot com

Tore said...

I like reading anything with mystery and suspense in it. This book sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

Glenda Parker Fiction Writer said...

I love anything with a mystery. The harder to uncover the secret the better. Life should be filled with some mystery. Please enter me in the contest. God bless you.
Glenda Parker

Jo said...

This book sounds quite interesting and one that I have just added to my wish list. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.


Judy said...

I love a book that uncovers secrets through scrapbooks, old mementos, etc. Take for instance when someone doesn't know they've been adopted. Looking through scrapbooks with a few photos that no one has seen before and wonders who that baby or child is or memmentoes of say a baby outfit etc. with no explanation!

I've heard from a special author that A Sweethaven Summer is the book to read! I'd love to win a copy of it.


Abigail Richmond said...

I love those kinds of books!

windycindy said...

The cover of this book is lovely!
When reading about finding stories/
secrets, etc.via scrapbooks and other ways, it gives me hope!
If there is something about my family history that I didn't know,
maybe, it will be found at a later
Many thanks!

Sherree Chmitlin said...

Oh, the cover is so refreshing. It makes the reader want to walk through the frame with your friends or sisters and share all those things that you have been waiting for the perfect moment.

I love reading books that take the reader on a journey. Especially, ones that share secrets through letters, pictures, that you just stumble upon.

Would love to be the winner.

Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Martha A. said...

I love reading the history and stories of those in the past...discovered in scrapbooks.

Michelle Sutton said...

and the winner is...

Sheree Chmitlin!

Margaret said...

I missed the giveaway but I wanted to say I just love books like this, especially memoirs! Thanks for sharing your review.

Nancye said...

This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the the chance!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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