Sunshine Blogger Award!


Thank you so much to Mani at Mani’s Book Corner for the nomination! 

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Mani asked me….

1. Do you lend out your books?

Rarely. If I lend you a book, you have to be someone I know well and someone who I know takes care of things. 

2. Do you write in your books?

I used to write my name in my books and date when I got them. I don’t do that anymore because as my mother says, “Everyone knows they’re yours, Clarissa.” 

3. What is the one book you will always recommend to everyone?

I always recommend Little Women, but if we’re going with more contemporary reads, Harry Potter, lol. 

4. Can you read on the bus/in the car?

I can! And I like to read with my headphones on and some sort of music playing. Lately, it’s been Panic! At The Disco. 

5. What makes you love a book?

When it makes me forget where I am. If it can bring me into that world and make me forget everything else, I’m in love.

6. How often do you agree with the critics about a book?

I don’t read a lot of reviews prior to a release, ironically. It’s not a slight to them, I just like to form my own opinions. After I read whatever it is, then I look at reviews and I find that it’s hit or miss. 

7. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

Some might say I enjoy doing so because I seem to take a bit of glee in being so brutally honest, lol. I don’t enjoy it–especially if I was excited for the book. No, I take that back. My sarcasm comes out especially well when I am being brutal.

8. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?

French. I just love the language.

9. What’s the longest you’ve gone without reading?

Um…lol.

10. Favourite film adaptation of a book?

I love the Harry Potter movies. (Except for the third film, I just didn’t enjoy that.) Gone With The Wind, Little Women (with Winona Ryder), I love Forrest Gump too, the book was terrible, but the movie was so good. (Then again, I love Tom Hanks.)

11. Which book character strongly resembles your personality

I always say it’s a tie between Scarlett O’Hara and Jo March. But I think it could be Lou from Me Before You too!

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My Questions!

  1. What is your favorite movie?
  2. If you could fancast your favorite book, which would it be and who would you pick?
  3. If you could jump into one of your books, which one?
  4. What’s your favorite color?
  5. What is your biggest pet peeve in books?
  6. Do you lend your books out to people?
  7. What do you like to do beyond reading?
  8. What’s your favorite food?
  9.  Do you listen to music when you’re reading?
  10. You’ve just won the lottery.  What is the first thing you’re going to do with the money?
  11. What is one random fact about you?

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Tagging:

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Shalini’s Books & Reviews
lilajune’s book saloon
Bree @ In Love & Words
Jill’s Book Blog
Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
Ashley @ Book Tales
Sarah @ Murder by Tomes
Alyssa – alovelybookaffair
Elaine Howlin – Literary Blog
Whit @ Whit Reads Lit

A Well-Behaved Woman (A Review)

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So, you guys have seen how excited I have been for this one. I’ve brought it up in several different posts over the last few months and well, here we are! It was released yesterday and I’m over the moon. I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy and I’m delighted to tell you that I wasn’t disappointed, I enjoyed the read. The author was truly brilliant, the book well researched and the world lively enough for me to lose myself for a while. Whilst I wish certain parts were a little faster paced, it didn’t take away from the book for me.

Ms. Fowler painted the portrait of turn of the century beautifully. I loved reading about the rules of society and what one had to do or know to get accepted into it. When one hears the name Vanderbilt, one doesn’t think if a family who has to struggle for acceptance. They are part of that legendary echelon that most of us will never be part of. Yet, it was quite a different time and I was not at all disappointed in learning about the maneuvering to attain and keep the desired status. Reading about Alva’s privileged life was certainly one of interest for me. I liked reading about the different balls and events, how she dealt with things. She was a strong woman, even though occasionally I did find her being docile when she shouldn’t have been.

You may find that the book is slow in places, that you’re left wanting. However, I attributed that to the fact that most women’s lives were like that. There were rules and one was meant to follow them. To have a woman like Alva, who is headstrong and thinks for herself, was quite uncommon. In a time when divorce was unheard of, Alva did it. She was an outcast for a time but recovered nicely. When she wasn’t granted a box in the Academy of Music, she founded The Met. Yes, that self-same Opera House in New York. (And I don’t know about you, but I damn love a level of petty. Who’s ever heard of the Academy of Music? Well, maybe a lot of people have, but The Met! C’mon!) Alva’s influence is still very present in this day and age. Her spirit and reach lives on, nearly a century after her death.

This isn’t to say that you will love her at every moment in the book. Despite nearly being destitute and facing a life where she might have needed to work for a living, Alva is surprisingly unsympathetic to the poor in certain moments. She also, for being rather progressive on some things, was a bit backward in how she raised her daughter. Despite not enjoying the silliness of one needing a husband, she was quick to try to get her daughter with the highest bidder, so to speak. She dominates this book and I found she was very well developed. I’d have liked a bit more on her best friend, Consuelo, who became Duchess of Manchester.

Also, ladies, she was a huge part of the suffrage movement. So when you vote next month, think of Alva.

So if you want a fast pace tone, this may not be the read for you. Don’t let that hinder you though, I really think you’d enjoy this. Especially if you like historical fiction. If you love The Gilded Age and reading about those prominent families of New York, like the Astors, the Roosevelts, the Rockefellers, and of course, the Vanderbilts, you’ll enjoy this. I enjoyed her Ms. Fowler’s previous work on her book about Zelda Fitzgerald, this was no different.

  • I’d give it ★★★★ stars.
  • I received this in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you!)
  • I would recommend this to a friend.

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Therese Anne Fowler (pronounced ta-reece) is the third child and only daughter of a Version 2couple who raised their children in Milan, Illinois. An avowed tomboy as a child, Therese protested her grandmother’s determined attempts to dress her in frills, and then, to further her point, insisted on playing baseball even though Milan had a perfectly good girls’ softball league. She was one of the first girls in the U.S. to play Little League baseball.

After a too-early first marriage and a stint as the single mother of two terrific (now grown-up) sons, she went on to earn a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing, both from North Carolina State University.  Her first novel was published in 2008.

A book’s fate is almost entirely outside its author’s control. Some are published with a lot of marketing and publicity support, but most are not. After the publication of three contemporary novels, each of which sold fewer copies than the previous one, Therese faced a hard truth: her career was in a nosedive. Her editor at the time felt she should take on a pen name and try again with the same sort of book, but Therese was not persuaded. She decided, instead, to write a biographical historical novel about Zelda Fitzgerald, Z, which was published in 2013.

Therese’s work has been translated into more than twenty foreign languages and is published around the world. Z is now available as an original dramatic series for Amazon Studios starring Christina Ricci, with Killer Films producing. (Amazon has elected not to continue with its order for a second season.)

What Therese has discovered is that she has an affinity for badass women from history whose stories have been either mistold or are largely untold. Her next novel centers on Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, a determined, opinionated, compassionate, often amusing woman from America’s Gilded Age. A Well-Behaved Woman, a kind of homage to Edith Wharton with a dash of affection for Jane Austen for good measure, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on October 16, 2018.

Therese has been a visiting professor at North Carolina State University and occasionally teaches fiction writing at conferences and workshops. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and PEN America, she is married to award-winning professor and author John Kessel. They reside in North Carolina.

Book Blast: Claiming My Place.

Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust
By Planaria Price with Helen Reichmann West

Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hardcover, eBook, AudioBook

Genre: YA/NF/History/Holocaust/WWII

 

 

A Junior Library Guild selection

Claiming My Place is the true story of a young Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by escaping to Nazi Germany and hiding in plain sight.

Meet Gucia Gomolinska: smart, determined, independent, and steadfast in the face of injustice. A Jew growing up in predominantly Catholic Poland during the 1920s and ’30s, Gucia studies hard, makes friends, falls in love, and dreams of a bright future. Her world is turned upside down when Nazis invade Poland and establish the first Jewish ghetto of World War II in her town of Piotrkow Trybunalski. As the war escalates, Gucia and her family, friends, and neighbors suffer starvation, disease, and worse. She knows her blond hair and fair skin give her an advantage, and eventually she faces a harrowing choice: risk either the uncertain horrors of deportation to a concentration camp, or certain death if she is caught resisting. She decides to hide her identity as a Jew and adopts the gentile name Danuta Barbara Tanska. Barbara, nicknamed Basia, leaves behind everything and everyone she has ever known in order to claim a new life for herself.

Writing in the first person, author Planaria Price brings the immediacy of Barbara’s voice to this true account of a young woman whose unlikely survival hinges upon the same determination and defiant spirit already evident in the six-year-old girl we meet as this story begins. The final portion of this narrative, written by Barbara’s daughter, Helen Reichmann West, completes Barbara’s journey from her immigration to America until her natural, timely death. Includes maps and photographs.

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Praise

“Price has boldly elected to tell the story in Basia’s own first-person, present-tense voice. The result is a dramatic, suspenseful account of survival in extremis, told in collaboration with Basia’s American daughter.” ―Booklist

“Price’s rendering of West’s mother’s early life reads like suspenseful historical fiction, telling a rarely heard side of the Jewish experience during WWII . . . Family, friendships, and romance give poignancy to this unique coming-of-age story, which is further enhanced by maps, a glossary, and an afterword.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A rich exploration of a Holocaust survivor’s sheltered childhood, the atrocity that failed to destroy her, and her later life as an immigrant.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“I was completely engrossed by this drama of survival. Barbara Reichmann’s story is quite extraordinary. It is sad, and terrible, and yet somehow captivating. The whole story of those who survived the Shoah by passing as Christians and working in Nazi Germany is an often forgotten part of the historical record.” ―Kai Bird, Executive Director, Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY Graduate Center, and co-author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

“As occurs with The Diary of Anne Frank, this book merges the dire circumstances of the Holocaust with the tenuousness of being a teenager. But Claiming My Place expands the view provided in the diary for one critical reason. Anne Frank’s story is told within an isolated cocoon. In Barbara’s story, however, the Holocaust is in full view as her experiences unfold.” ―David H. Lindquist, Ph.D., IPFW College of Education and Public Policy / Regional Museum Educator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

“This frightening true story of a young Jewish girl’s flight from the deadly grip of the Nazis celebrates the surprising ingenuity and raw courage found only in the depths of the human spirit. Risking what few others dared, Barbara Reichmann, née Gucia Gomolinska, speaks with wisdom and uncommon self-awareness through her detailed, colorful, and evocative recollections from earliest childhood. In the final portion of this book, her daughter, Helen West, continues Barbara’s journey in an insightful and loving overview of Barbara’s life from the family’s arrival in New Orleans in 1951 until her death in 2007. This is a great read with the suspenseful, inspiring and uplifting appeal of a novel, about a character who will capture the reader’s heart.” ―Allan Holzman, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning director and editor (Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Holocaust, Old Man River, The Native Americans)

“Thanks to the detailed memories and the conversational tone, this book provides an engaging and informative reading experience with as much appeal as a fiction title. Recommended for most YA nonfiction collections.” ―Magdalena Teske, West Chicago Public Library District School Library Journal

“This book was truly a celebration of the human spirit. What a gift she has for putting you in the story. Her way with words, plus her weaving of the actual events recounted to her by the unbelievably courageous Basia and her daughter Helen, was nothing short of magical. The included photographs and epilogue served to fully round out this amazing tale. I never wanted this book to end!” ―Rabbi Lynn Brody Slome

About the Author

After graduating from Berkeley and earning a Master’s Degree in English Literature from UCLA, Planaria Price began her career teaching English to adult immigrants in Los Angeles. She has written several textbooks for University of Michigan Press and has lectured at over 75 conferences. In addition to her passion for teaching and writing, Planaria has worked with her husband to save and restore over 30 Victorian and Craftsman homes in her historic Los Angeles neighborhood. Claiming My Place is her first book for young adults.

For more information, please visit Planaria’s website at www.planariaprice.com.

Book Blast Schedule

Monday, October 15
Spellbound By History

Tuesday, October 16
100 Pages a Day
Clarissa Reads it All

Wednesday, October 17
Bibliophile Reviews

Thursday, October 18
A Chick Who Reads
To Read, Or Not to Read

Friday, October 19
Locks, Hooks and Books

Saturday, October 20
CelticLady’s Reviews

Monday, October 22
The Book Mind

Tuesday, October 23
Books and Glamour
History From a Woman’s Perspective

Wednesday, October 24
Maiden of the Pages

Thursday, October 25
Book Nerd
Bri’s Book Nook

Friday, October 26
Puddletown Reviews

Saturday, October 27
Donna’s Book Blog

Monday, October 29
Dressed to Read
What is That Book About

Tuesday, October 30
The Book Junkie Reads

Wednesday, October 31
Just One More Chapter

Thursday, November 1
So Many Books, So Little Time

Friday, November 2
Passages to the Past

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Claiming My Place

Spotlight: Learning to See.

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Publish Date: January 22, 2019

At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, dares to be different. Now, in this riveting new novel by the author of The Other Alcott, we see the world through her eyes…

In 1918, a fearless twenty-two-year old arrives in bohemian San Francisco from the Northeast, determined to make her own way as an independent woman. Renaming herself Dorothea Lange she is soon the celebrated owner of the city’s most prestigious and stylish portrait studio and wife of the talented but volatile painter, Maynard Dixon.

By the early 1930s, as America’s economy collapses, her marriage founders and Dorothea must find ways to support her two young sons single-handedly. Determined to expose the horrific conditions of the nation’s poor, she takes to the road with her camera, creating images that inspire, reform, and define the era. And when the United States enters World War II, Dorothea chooses to confront another injustice—the incarceration of thousands of innocent Japanese Americans.

Learning to See is a gripping account of the ambitious woman behind the camera who risked everything for art, activism, and love. But her choices came at a steep price…

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“Elise Hooper’s Dorothea Lange is magnetic!…This is a winning novel from the first page.” – Devin Murphy, national bestselling author of The Boat Runner and Tiny Americans

“Written with grace, empathy, and bright imagination, LEARNING TO SEE gives us the vivid interior life of a remarkably resilient woman. Dorothea Lange’s story is about passion and art, love and family, but also about the sacrifices women make—and have always made—to illuminate the truth of the world.” – Danya Kukafka, national bestselling author of Girl in Snow

“A powerful and timely view of America told through the lens of Dorothea Lange, a fascinating woman whose photographs shone a light on the nation’s forgotten and abandoned…Detailed and thoroughly immersive, Learning to See grips the reader and highlights an important period in American history.” – Chanel Cleeton, author of Next Year in Havana

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The Storyteller’s Secret {Review}

51gc3g1ssxlThis was a very interesting read. I have to say that whilst I couldn’t always relate to Jaya’s struggles, I still liked her as the main character and I found her interesting. I loved how vivid the scenery was written and I liked how the characters seemingly came to life. Whilst not as lively as some books, it did well for this one. Whilst there are occasional moments where it’s emotional, it isn’t very overwhelming. You’ll be able to read through. However, Jaya is on her third miscarriage, so if that is a trigger, you may want to be wary.

The author is stunningly talented. I found that to be very apparent. Yet, I still found myself wanting. You know when something doesn’t quite click for you? That was this. I just couldn’t get into it 100%, I felt like Ms. Badani was holding back. I wish she hadn’t because I wanted that emotional read that was going to leave me reeling. I wanted to get lost entirely. Yet, I did not. But I still enjoyed myself, I enjoyed the story.

We get to see a journey of personal growth for Jaya and as I get older, I feel that way. I did relate there. I wonder who I am? What am I? I think it’s wonderful to be able to search and find oneself, or a portion of oneself.

My biggest complaints would be, I couldn’t really gauge the time frame. Were we in the present day? Because even though Jaya is a blogger, she makes it seem like no one has cell phones. Even in poor countries, people seem to have them. She also makes mentions of scarves that’d sell in the states for hundreds of dollars, selling for 5 or 10 rupees. That doesn’t sound correct to me, but I don’t know. I could be wrong.

Another mention that had me scratching my head was when Jaya’s grandmother brought someone from the ‘untouchable’ caste into her home…and no one freaked out. The castes, from what I understand, are very much respected and you don’t cross them. But again, I could be wrong. I’d welcome being corrected.

The ending of the book was pretty predictable, but if you like that, that is all for you. It disappointed me slightly but I still enjoyed it overall.

  • I’d give it ★★★ stars.
  • I received this in exchange for an honest review.
  • I might recommend this to a friend.

Spotlight: City of Flickering Light.


Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
04/16/2019
Pages:
400

Juliette Fay—“one of the best authors of women’s fiction” (Library Journal)—transports us back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and the raucous Roaring Twenties, as three friends struggle to earn their places among the stars of the silent screen—perfect for fans of La La Land and Rules of Civility.

It’s July 1921, “flickers” are all the rage, and Irene Van Beck has just declared her own independence by jumping off a moving train to escape her fate in a traveling burlesque show. When her friends, fellow dancer Millie Martin, and comedian Henry Weiss, leap after her, the trio finds their way to the bright lights of Hollywood with hopes of making it big in the burgeoning silent film industry.

At first glance, Hollywood in the 1920s is like no other place on earth—iridescent, scandalous, and utterly exhilarating—and the three friends yearn for a life they could only have dreamed of before. But despite the glamour and seduction of Tinseltown, success doesn’t come easy, and nothing can prepare Irene, Millie, and Henry for the poverty, temptation, and heartbreak that lie ahead. With their ambitions challenged by both the men above them and the prejudice surrounding them, their friendship is the only constant through desperate times, as each struggles to find their true calling in an uncertain world. What begins as a quest for fame and fortune soon becomes a collective search for love, acceptance, and fulfillment as they navigate the backlots and stage sets where the illusions of the silver screen are brought to life.

With her “trademark wit and grace” (Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters), Juliette Fay crafts another radiant and fascinating historical novel as thrilling as the bygone era of Hollywood itself.


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Juliette Fay is the bestselling author of City of Flickering Light, The Tumbling Turner Sisters, The Shortest Way Home, Deep Down True, and Shelter Me. She received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree from Harvard University. Juliette lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children. Her website is JulietteFay.com.

Spotlight: The Dream Peddler.

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Publish Date:
Apr 09, 2019 
Page Count: 336 Pages
A page-turning novel about a traveling salesman who arrives to sell dreams to a town rocked by a child’s disappearance, both a thoughtful meditation on grief and a magical exploration of our innermost desires

The dream peddler came to town at the white end of winter, before the thaw

Traveling salesmen like Robert Owens have passed through Evie Dawson’s town before, but none of them offered anything like what he has to sell: dreams, made to order, with satisfaction guaranteed.

Soon after he arrives, the community is shocked by the disappearance of Evie’s young son. The townspeople, shaken by the Dawson family’s tragedy and captivated by Robert’s subversive magic, begin to experiment with his dreams. And Evie, devastated by grief, turns to Robert for a comfort only he can sell her. But the dream peddler’s wares awaken in his customers their most carefully buried desires, and despite all his good intentions, some of them will lead to disaster.

Gorgeously told through the eyes of Evie, Robert, and a broad cast of fully-realized characters (the flirty teenager who works the general store counter, a little boy seeking respite from his bully big brother, the lonely old gossip who collects all the town’s secrets), The Dream Peddler is an imaginative, empathetic novel of overcoming loss and reckoning with the longings we bury.

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My short stories have been published in literary magazines such as Beloit Fiction Journal, Roanoke Review, Scrivener Creative Review, and Sixfold. I am represented by Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary, and my debut novel THE DREAM PEDDLER is scheduled to be released in April 2019 by Penguin Classics.

I’m originally from Montreal, Canada, but have been living in the United States since 2003. After completing a BFA in painting and drawing at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, I went back to Montreal to pursue an MA in art history at Concordia University. I spent a year in Chicago completing my thesis as a Fulbright scholar and eventually moved to Michigan, where I currently live with my husband and two children.

Spotlight: The Last Year of the War.

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Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 400

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From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and As Bright as Heaven comes a novel about a German American teenager whose life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent to an internment camp during World War II.

Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943—aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity.

The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences.

But when the Sontag family is exchanged for American prisoners behind enemy lines in Germany, Elise will face head-on the person the war desires to make of her. In that devastating crucible, she must discover if she has the will to rise above prejudice and hatred and re-claim her own destiny or disappear into the image others have cast upon her.

The Last Year of the War tells a little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our own times and challenges the very notion of who we are when who we’ve always been is called into question.

Story Locale: Crystal City, Texas—1944 to 1945; Germany—1945-1948; Los Angeles—1948-1960; present day.

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AuthorSusan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She is the award-winning author of A Fall of Marigolds, Secrets of a Charmed Life, Stars over Sunset Boulevard, A Bridge Across the Ocean, and As Bright as Heaven, among other novels.

Happy Release Day to Diane Chamberlain!

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publish Date: October 2, 2018

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New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a thrilling, mind-bending novel about one mother’s journey to save her child.

When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam war, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970, and she is told that nothing can be done to help her child. But her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Carly has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage she never knew existed. Something that will mean an unimaginable leap of faith on Carly’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

The Dream Daughter is a rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget.

Praise for The Dream Daughter:

“Chamberlain writes with supernatural gifts…fate, destiny, chance and hope combine for a heady and breathless wonder of a read.” ―Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“Can a story be both mind-bending and heartfelt? In Diane Chamberlain’s hands, it can. The Dream Daughter will hold readers in anxious suspense until the last satisfying page.” ―Therese Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z

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DIANE CHAMBERLAIN is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Dream Daughter, Necessary Lies, and The Silent Sister. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie.

Top Ten Tuesday!

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This week’s theme is Authors I’d Love To Meet. I was going to pick just living authors but this time, I went with both alive and dead. Why limit myself? Picking ten was actually quite a challenge because there are so many that I’d simply love to sit and chat with. I am actually very shy in person, so it would take me a little bit to get warmed up. I am including honorable mentions at the bottom too because I really found it hard to limit myself. I may revisit this subject so that I can expand upon it.

Here we go!

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1. Louisa May Alcott. It’s a given that I would like to meet her, considering she is the brainchild of one of my heroines, Josephine March. I have always found her fascinating and there are so many different things that I’d like to ask her. I would also like to thank her for making such a wonderful story that has lasted through all of these years and been such an inspiration to my life.

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2. J. K Rowling. Well, this is rather obvious, methinks. I’ve been in love with the Harry Potter series for years. I think I would ask her a few questions about things she’s said. I know some people find her statements controversial and I would like to know what’s driven her to say them. But I”d still like to thank her for creating a magical world I still love escaping to. Her statement of Hogwarts always being there to welcome us home, be it by page or screen is so poignant.

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3. Margaret Mitchell. How could I not include Ms. Mitchell?! Without her, I’d have no Scarlett! I wouldn’t have my “spirit character!” That’d be heartbreaking. I love Gone With The Wind and I would have to ask what she thinks of the sequels written. I wonder if she’d tell me if Rhett and Scarlett ever got back together in the end…

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4. Susan Elia MacNeal. We’re Facebook friends and I’d love to sit and talk to her about Maggie Hope and how she got inspired to write a whole series. I wonder if the Maggie Hope series is going to be the only books she ever writes or if she has other plans for different things. She’s really fun to follow and listen to her thoughts on things, so I imagine sitting and talking to her in person is no different.

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5. C.W Gortner. I’m Facebook friends with him too and I would seriously love to meet him in person and just sit back and talk. I think we’d start with me fangirling…and then move into current events and eventually talk about pets. He’s very passionate about animal welfare and I just genuinely think we’d have a fun afternoon. I never tire of reading his work.

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6. Stephen King. His books scare the ever loving hell out of me. Okay, I’ve only read IT, but it scared me. I’m afraid of clowns and Pennywise is scary. I’d love to sit and ask him how he comes up with this stuff. I’ve seen more movies based upon his books and I just have to know, “how?!” I wonder if he sleeps well at night…🤔

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7. Anne Rice. Speaking of writers who write Horror….Anne Rice is a given. She inspired my fascination with vampires. I started reading her books when i was 13? 14? How could I not want to meet the woman who came up with the brat prince himself, Lestat de Lioncourt? Though the last two (three?) Lestat books were a big ‘no’ for me, I still love the originals.

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8. Edgar Allen Poe: I’ve loved his work since I read it in English class. We had a ball reading it aloud. My first interaction with him was ‘The Cask of Amontillado.’ Damn, that story was something. I remember very fondly going to the bookstore and buying a collection of his work. I devoured it.

I’d just adore sitting with him. And don’t worry Edgar, dinner would be on me since you were usually kind of broke.
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9 + 10. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald. I am pairing them together because they simply belong together. I  love their individual writings and yet, I love them both together. They weren’t good for one another; a bit toxic, yet they still passionately loved one another and I confess some jealousy that I will never have that sort of affair. Can you imagine partying with them? Yes, I’d love an evening with them.

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Honorable Mentions:

Mark Twain, Alice Walker, Dr. Maya Angelou, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Victor Hugo, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson.