It was fun to follow the book bloggers who were at BEA/BBC. I loved hearing about all the authors and books. For those bloggers who couldn’t get to NYC there was Armchair BEA. Many thanks to Danielle, Emily, Florinda, Michelle and Tif for organizing a wonderful week of activities for us. I visited many new blogs and enjoyed all the topics discussed.
I was pleased to have author Jodi Thomas guest blog on Thursday. Her new book Welcome to Harmony will be in stores on June 1st. It’s the first in a new series and I can’t wait to read the second book. Check out the giveaway – it ends June 2.
Books read this week:
Back of the book:
Description from Amazon: Julia Juarez and Ime Benevides, two Mexican-American women from the barrio, have risen from humble beginnings to brisk, career-oriented lives in the San Fernando Valley. Inspired by their good-natured rivalry, Julia and Ime have never let anything come between them. Then enters Julia’s new coworker Ilario, who pulls both women’s heartstrings, disrupting their friendship and bringing Julia’s career to the brink of disaster. Looking for support, Julia turns to her other friends: a party-obsessed dance instructor named Concepcion; Nina, a timid but shrewd seamstress who’s not too taken with her fiance; and Marta, a divorced bar owner preoccupied with the details of a Hollywood murder case. When they involve Julia in a risky scheme, she must choose between her loyalty to her friends and a chance to live the life she’s worked so hard to achieve.
1. Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber from Big Honcho Media via a giveaway at Take Me Away
2. The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens (audiobook) giveaway win from Brilliance Audio via Borders True Romance Blog
3. Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie (audiobook) giveaway win from Brilliance Audio via Borders True Romance Blog
4. Never Seduce A Scoundrel by Sabrina Jeffries (audiobook) giveaway win from Brilliance Audio via Borders True Romance Blog
This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:
Through Kimberly’s story, author Jean Kwok, who also emigrated from Hong Kong as a young girl, brings to the page the lives of countless immigrants who are caught between the pressure to succeed in America, their duty to their family, and their own personal desires, exposing a world that we rarely hear about. Written in an indelible voice that dramatizes the tensions of an immigrant girl growing up between two cultures, surrounded by a language and world only half understood, Girl in Translation is an unforgettable and classic novel of an American immigrant-a moving tale of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.
Now, twenty years later, stability hasn’t given Megan all she imagined it would. Comfort, North Carolina is a tight-knit community, but Megan has never felt like she truly fit in. Sure, she does all the knitting and lace-making that the other ladies do, but she’s always felt a step apart. It takes the arrival of a new tenant to open Megan’s eyes to the true possibilities of a life in Comfort. But now that she knows what she could have, is she too late?
Change is in the humid, fragrant air and I felt like I was right there watching it all start to play out. Isabel Sharpe wrote wonderful dialogue for her characters. I loved the fable that she worked into the novel. It’s a story Megan’s mother told her when Megan was going through a rough time in her teens. Her life, in a way, is a bit like the story – but which character is she? Five years into her marriage Megan discovered a secret but because she so desired stability, she decided to keep the secret. She decided to act as if it didn’t exist. Little by little that secret has taken something, her joy, from her life.