Wow! It doesn’t look like I’ve held a giveaway since October 2010. Guess I’m overdue for one!
In a few more weeks summer will officially start. Would youÂ enjoy a new beach read which will make you forget the time?Â The Crown Publishing Group has sent me a hardcover copy of Nichole Bernier’s debut novel The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. to giveaway to my blog readers. I’m a third of the way through my personal copy of the book. It’s a thought provoking book about friendship and marriage. Below is a cover image and the synopsis:
Before there were blogs, there were journals. And in them weâ€™d write as we really were, not as we wanted to appear. But there comes a day when journals outlive us. And with them, our secrets.
Summer vacation on Great Rock Island was supposed to be a restorative time for Kate, whoâ€™d lost her close friend Elizabeth in a sudden accident. But when she inherits a trunk of Elizabeth’s journals, they reveal a woman far different than the cheerful wife and mother Kate thought she knew.
The complicated portrait of Elizabethâ€”her troubled upbringing, and her route to marriage and motherhoodâ€”makes Kate question not just their friendship, but her own deepest beliefs about loyalty and honesty at a period of uncertainty in her own marriage.
The more Kate reads, the more she learns the complicated truth of who Elizabeth really was, and rethinks her own choices as a wife, mother, and professional, and the legacy she herself would want to leave behind. When an unfamiliar manâ€™s name appears in the pages, Kate realizes the extent of what she didnâ€™t know about her friend, including where she was really going on the day she died.
Set in the anxious summer after the September 11th attacks, this story of two womenâ€”their friendship, their marriages, private ambitions and fearsâ€”considers the aspects of ourselves we show and those we conceal, and the repercussions of our choices.
You can receive an entry for the giveaway by leaving a comment naming your favorite vacation spot (or where you’d like to go on vacation) until 8pm Eastern on Monday June 11th.Â Contest is open to US and Canada.Â The randomizer at Random.org will pick a winner at 11pm EasternÂ on 6/11/2012.
My favorite vacation spot is Yellowstone National Park, for the fantastic wildlife-viewing. I’ve been there 3 times in the last 6 years, and the hours spent observing bison, bears, elk, wolves, and more, have been the best. I reconnect with the natural world, and recharge, there.
I follow Nichole Bernier on twitter and would love to win this copy!
My favorite vacation place is on Canada’s lovely Vancouver Island and is called Long Beach. Not to be confused with that other Long Beach in California.
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