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Book arrivals:  (linked to Mailbox Monday)

Absalom's Daughters  the last treasure  buzz books 2016 Romance  Someone to Love (11:1)

Last week on Bookfan:

when the moon is low   Riverbend Road (6:21)   all the time in the world   Absalom's Daughters

Reading plan for this week:

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay (Aug 9)  swear on this life (blog tour 8:11)

 

Saturday Spotlight: Absalom’s Daughters by Suzanne Feldman

Today I want to shine the spotlight on a new novel by Suzanne Feldman. I hope you’ll take time to read the excerpt.

Absalom's Daughters

Description:

Self-educated and brown-skinned, Cassie works full time in her grandmother’s laundry in rural Mississippi. Illiterate and white, Judith falls for “colored music” and dreams of life as a big city radio star. These teenaged girls are half-sisters. And when they catch wind of their wayward father’s inheritance coming down in Virginia, they hitch their hopes to a road trip together to claim what’s rightly theirs.

In an old junk car, with a frying pan, a ham, and a few dollars hidden in a shoe, they set off through the American Deep South of the 1950s, a bewitchingly beautiful landscape as well as one bedeviled by racial strife and violence. Suzanne Feldman’s Absalom’s Daughters combines the buddy movie, the coming-of-age tale, and a dash of magical realism to enthrall and move us with an unforgettable, illuminating novel.


Chapter 1:

Cassie and Lil Ma and Grandmother lived in a house at the far end of Negro Street in two rooms over the laundry that they ran in Heron-Neck. Whoever had lived there before had papered the walls of the upstairs rooms, every inch of them, with newspapers, spread-out magazine pages, and letters. One crumbling page of newspaper showed a white man with a rifle standing over an animal, which Lil Ma said was a lion, which Grandmother said was a wild animal from Africa that would eat you in one bite. Below the lion a page torn from a magazine showed a rabbit eating a head of lettuce. Underneath the rabbit the words said, Ridding your garden of pests. Over by the back window were pictures of ladies in beautiful dresses, all tall and slender, like Lil Ma. There were no pictures that looked like Grandmother, who was short and round. None of the ladies on the walls were colored either.

Lil Ma taught Cassie to read by showing her the words on the walls and making her say them properly. Before bed, she and Cassie would find a patch of wall and sound out the letters. There was a picture of an elephant by one of the front windows with words underneath that said, Tuska Lives on Coney Island. Coney Island was a long way from Heron-Neck, Mississippi, Lil Ma said. One summer when the circus came to town, Lil Ma took Cassie down to the other end of Negro Street and across the railroad tracks to see the animals, but said Grandmother wouldn’t want them to spend the nickel to see the show. They watched an elephant sway in its chains and a lion pace in a cage. Clowns sang a funny song; a monkey in a little suit danced and caught peanuts in its mouth. Music started inside the tent, and the white people went in with their ice cream cones. Cassie and Lil Ma went home, across the tracks and back to the laundry, where Grandmother was waiting with a stack of linens to be pressed. Continue reading.


Feldman, Suzanne (Tim Stephens)About the author:

Suzanne Feldman, a recipient of The Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize and a finalist for the Bakeless Prize in fiction, holds an MA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University and a BFA in art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the author of award-winning science fiction titles such as Speaking Dreams and The Annunciate, published under the pen name Severna Park. Her short fiction has appeared in NarrativeThe Missouri ReviewGargoyle, and other literary journals. She lives in Frederick, Maryland.

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Photo credit: Tim Stephens


Absalom's Daughters

“Magnificent…. reminiscent of both William Faulkner and Toni Morrison, but her voice is entirely her own and utterly original… a monumental new talent.”

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Spotlight/US Giveaway: All the Time in the World by Caroline Angell

all the time in the world

Description:

Charlotte, a gifted and superbly trained young musician, has been blindsided by a shocking betrayal in her promising career when she takes a babysitting job with the McLeans, a glamorous Upper East Side Manhattan family. At first, the nanny gig is just a way of tiding herself over until she has licked her wounds and figured out her next move as a composer in New York. But, as it turns out, Charlotte is naturally good with children and becomes as deeply fond of the two little boys as they are of her. When an unthinkable tragedy leaves the McLeans bereft, Charlotte is not the only one who realizes that she’s the key to holding little George and Matty’s world together. Suddenly, in addition to life’s usual puzzles, such as sorting out which suitor is her best match, she finds herself with an impossible choice between her life-long dreams and the torn-apart family she’s come to love. By turns hilarious, sexy, and wise, Caroline Angell’s remarkable and generous debut is the story of a young woman’s discovery of the things that matter most.



About the Author:

Caroline Angell grew up in Endwell, N.Y., the daughter of an electrical engineer and a public school music teacher. She has a B. A. in musical theater from American University and currently lives and works in Manhattan. As a playwright and director, she has had her work performed at regional theaters in New York City and in the Washington, D.C., area. All the Time in the World is her first novel. Follow Caroline on Twitter


Praise for All the Time in the World by Caroline Angell

“An extraordinary book. Caroline Angell is wise beyond her years in rendering the heartache of grief, and all the different kinds of love we are capable of feeling. I was haunted by All the Time in the World long after finishing the last page. It reads like the work of a mature writer at the height of her powers, not a debut novel. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Angell will write next.”  —Alice LaPlante, New York Times bestselling author of Turn of Mind

“In All the Time in the World, Caroline Angell explores the different ways in which people find their way through grief, and she does it bravely and masterfully. A heart wrenching yet life affirming novel. What a debut!”  — Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle

“Caroline Angell deftly handles the complexities of love, grief, hope, humor and family. All the Time in the World is funny, beautifully textured and deeply moving. An absolute joy to read.” 
— Allie Larkin, author of Stay and Why Can’t I Be You?

“There’s wit, wisdom, and insight on every page of Caroline Angell’s great debut novel. But, more importantly than any of that are the emotional truths she reveals at every turn.” — Matthew Norman, author of Domestic Violets


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Riverbend Road by RaeAnne Thayne

  • Riverbend Road (6:21)Title:  Riverbend Road
  • Author:  RaeAnne Thayne
  • Series:  Haven Point, #4
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance
  • Pages:  368
  • Published:  June 2016 – HQN Books
  • Source:  Publisher; NetGalley

Description:  Protecting the streets of Haven Point isn’t just a job for police officer Wyn Bailey, it’s a family tradition. But lately she’s found herself wanting more, especially from her boss—and overprotective brother’s best friend—sexy chief of police, Cade Emmett. The only problem is getting Cade to view her as more than just a little sister. 

Cade’s hands-off approach with Wyn isn’t from lack of attraction. But his complicated past has forced him to conceal his desire. When Wyn is harmed in the line of duty, Cade realizes the depth of his feelings, but can he let his guard down long enough to embrace the love he secretly craves? (publisher)

My take:  The latest addition to the Haven Point series is Riverbend Road. RaeAnne Thayne gives readers a look into the lives of a couple of Haven Point’s finest. Cade and Wyn have known each other since childhood and have worked together for the past few years. Gradually their friendship grows to a surprising (to them) romance of sorts. That’s a problem because he’s her boss. Along with this dilemma Wyn is concerned about a new family that moved into her neighborhood. Her internal radar tells her something’s not quite right. And on top of everything else she suspects her recently widowed mother has started dating someone. How can that be?

Riverbend Road features two people who’ve faced challenges in life and were made stronger as a result. It was easy to cheer for Wyn and Cade. This is a romantic story that focused on the importance of family and friends.

I love RaeAnne Thayne’s novels and Riverbend Road was no exception. They are warm and charming and this was a perfect in-between book. I’d read some heavier books and this was a welcome escape. It’s the fourth book in the series but can easily stand alone. Recommended to fans of the author and contemporary, small town romance.

Spotlight/US Giveaway: When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi

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Now available in Trade Paperback

WHEN THE MOON IS LOW

by

Nadia Hashimi

Praise for WHEN THE MOON IS LOW:

“A must-read saga about borders, barriers, and the resolve of one courageous mother fighting to cross over.”  –  O, the Oprah Magazine

“Expertly depicting the anxiety and excitement that accompanies a new life, Hashimi’s gripping page-turner is perfect for book clubs.”  – Library Journal (starred review)

“A fascinating look at the unspoken lives of Afghani women, separated by generations and miles, yet achingly similar. This is a story to transport you and make you think.” – Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Daughter 


About the book:

In her bestselling debut, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, Nadia Hashimi deftly wove a spellbinding tale of the heartache, hardship and triumph of Afghan women. In her follow-up, When The Moon Is Low, we meet Fereiba – a motherless young girl whose passion for learning helps her survive early heartbreak to become a successful educator paired in an arranged marriage that beats the odds and proves a love match. But when the Taliban come to power, Fereiba’s happy life crumbles, and she and her three children are forced to flee Kabul, headed for a glimmer of hope thousands of miles away in London, where Fereiba’s sister offers the promise of family and asylum.

With forged papers in hand, Fereiba and her children trek into the darkness of the Iranian mountains, eventually traversing Greece, Italy and France on their quest for stability and freedom. Through Fereiba’s eyes, we learn the kindnesses and cruelties experienced by thousands of refugees throughout Europe each day. But in a terrible turn of fate, Fereiba is separated from her oldest son, teenaged Saleem, in a busy market place in Greece. Will destiny ultimately make right the many losses and heartaches Fereiba has endured and reunite her with her son? Will Saleem, forced into adulthood under the worst circumstances, be able to fend for himself and be reunited with his family?

Nadia Hashimi paints a richly detailed, moving, and ultimately hopeful story about the strength and resilience of women and their families, the plight of migrants, and the refugee crisis we see in numerous regions of the world today.

Like The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, When The Moon Is Low is a heartfelt revelation of a novel, extremely readable and thought-provoking, with characters who haunt the reader long after the last page is turned.


About the author:

Nadia Hashimi’s parents left Afghanistan in the 1970s, before the Soviet invasion. In 2002, Hashimi visited Afghanistan for the first time. She lives with her family in suburban Washington, D.C. where she works as a pediatrician.

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Happy Independence Day 

Five years ago I was in Maine to help our daughter plan her wedding. One morning I walked to the beach and passed by this building. I think there’s at least one story here, don’t you? It’s one of my favorite photos of Americana.

Sunday Post

Book arrivals:  (linked to Mailbox Monday)

girl in the afternoon (7:12) here's to us (audiobook) the tie that binds (kent haruf) I like you just fine when you're not around

Last week on Bookfan:

the big sheep sweet little lies - audio (6:28) Flight Patterns (6:30 blog tour) Happy Ever After in Christmas (6:28)

Reading plan for this week:

Falling (7:19)  Once Upon a Wine (7:26 NAL)

Happy Ever After in Christmas by Debbie Mason

  • Happy Ever After in Christmas (6:28)Title:  Happy Ever After in Christmas
  • Series:  Christmas, Colorado #7
  • Author:  Debbie Mason
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance
  • Published:  June 2016 – Forever Romance
  • Source:  Publisher; NetGalley

Description:  It’s beginning to look a lot like love . . .

Spring fever has hit the small town of Christmas, and deputy Jill Flaherty has developed a serious case. The object of her unrequited longing is none other than a former pro hockey player who’s her long-time crush and the most eligible bachelor in town. As her thirtieth birthday nears, Jill’s determined to finally get Sawyer Anderson’s attention . . . and keep it forever.

Everyone in town knows Sawyer is a player on and off the ice. So no one suspects that he’s been yearning to settle down and have a family, to be just as happy as his best friend and his beautiful wife. But when his best friend finds out the bride Sawyer has in mind for his happy ever after is his off-limits baby sister, it might be a hot summer in Christmas in more ways than one . . .  (publisher)

My take:  I’m jumping into the Christmas, Colorado series with the 7th book. Debbie Mason explained enough about characters from previous books that I didn’t feel lost and made me want to go back to the first book and catch up!

Sawyer and Jill were easy to like despite some frustrating situations involving the pair. Sawyer is in his mid-thirties and tired of meaningless relationships. He’s ready to settle down – especially since so many of his friends are happily married and becoming fathers. Jill has never felt good enough in most things – a product of being raised by a tough grandmother. She’s a great police officer though and aspires to be chief. She also yearns to find a partner and be a mother. She’s secretly been in love with Sawyer her whole life. Will these two be able to overcome the obstacles that seem to pop up everywhere?

Happy Ever After in Christmas is a warm novel filled with family relationships, friendships, and love. There’s also drama and heartbreak that I thought Mason handled very well. I enjoyed it all and recommend it to fans of contemporary romance and the author.