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Saturday, April 4, 2020

RRR presents... A QUESTION OF COUNTRY by Sue Parritt - SPOTLIGHT!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources to bring the bookish spotlight to a title now making its may through the blogosphere.  It's a book that will have you questioning whether the real world is indeed better than living in a fantasy.  Ready or not, here comes today's title in the spotlight...


A Question of Country
by
Sue Parritt

About the book...
On Christmas Eve 1969, a letter from Australia House, London, brings welcome news for newly-weds Anna and Joseph Fletcher.

Young and idealistic, Anna falls passionately in love with their adopted land. Seven months later, an unexpected event causes their life to take a stressful turn.

Years pass, and Anna retreats to a fictional world she has created. But when a different challenge presents itself, does she have the courage to take the risk… or will she take refuge in fantasy?



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About the author...


Originally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry, a short TV drama script and seven novels: 

Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.  Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016.  Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016. The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016.
 
Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017 

Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

Feed Thy Enemy, based on Sue’s father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

A Question of Country explores the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity. Next Chapter (formerly Creativia Publishing), 2020. 

Sue’s current project, working title: Twenty-eight Days, first in The Doorkeeper series, is set in Southern Australia in 2100. It deals with overpopulation and extended life expectancy in an increasingly climate-challenged world and the inhumane solutions adopted by a government determined to rid Australia of unproductive citizens. 

Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees, feminism and racism.  Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.


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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of tour for more bookish fun!



Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ: Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Post number two of the day, and it sees us spreading a bit of pre book birthday BUZZ for the latest release from author Kristy Woodson Harvey!  Now, I had another of her titles on my "to read" list, but I never had a chance to actually indulge (yet).  When I saw this upcoming release land in my inbox, I knew I couldn't pass it up.  It just called to me, between the cover, and the synopsis, and having flicked the final epage on my eARC just yesterday, I can honestly say I'm SO GLAD it did!  Ready or not, here comes today's title in the spotlight...


by
Kristy Woodson Harvey
9781982117702
Gallery Books
RELEASE DATE:  April 28th, 2020


About the book...
It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.

Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.

With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.



AMAZON  |  B&N  |  BAM  |  INDIEBOUND


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Having not read this author's work before, I wasn't entirely sure what I was stepping into, but boy, oh boy, did I enjoy my time on the North Carolina coast!

The dual story line between Gray and Diana keeps you captivated with every flick of the page.  You can't help but fall in love with them both, cringe at their missteps, cheer at their successes, and be humbled by the hardships they've each faced.  They are not the same, and yet they share the same experience...the HUMAN experience.  The kindness they show each other, the friendship that grows, the hard times they tackle together, and the dreams they can't believe may turn into realities, endear them to you even more.  

I loved Gray for her tenacity in business, yet innocence in love.  I loved the fact that she would fight tooth and nail to keep her business HER business, as well as for the presence of her son in her life.  My heart felt full when she had another chance at love (OMG...Andrew...I never thought I'd find their connection appealing with the younger man, slightly older woman couple, but he was definitely a keeper!), but her hesitation kept it at arm's length, leaving the HEA uncertain to say the least (FYI...there IS a HEA, but it may not be exactly as you suspect!).  I loved Diana for her present self, grown from a past that was life changing to say the very least.  I loved how once she made up her mind, she stuck to whatever path she decided, but wasn't so hardheaded that she wouldn't listen to friend founded wisdom when necessary.  She kept chasing her tightly held dreams even when all looked lost and wasn't above employing a little subterfuge if the situation was dire.  She was a good egg, and a wonderful friend to boot....and honestly they were both just what the other needed at this massive junction in their lives.

All in all, a FABULOUS read that I couldn't recommend more!  It'll make the perfect add to your summer reading list, and a great way to escape self-quarantine and then some!




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About the author...


Kristy Woodson Harvey is the bestselling author of six novels, including The Southern Side of Paradise, Slightly South of Simple, and the forthcoming Feels Like Falling. A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism, her writing has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Southern Living, Traditional Home, USA TODAY, Domino, and O. Henry Magazine. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. Her work has been optioned for film, and her books have received numerous accolades including Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads, Parade’s Big Fiction Reads, and Entertainment Weekly’s Spring Reading Picks. She blogs with her mom Beth Woodson on Design Chic, and loves connecting with fans on KristyWoodsonHarvey.com. She lives on the North Carolina coast with her husband and son where she is working on her next novel.



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Gallery Books (gallerybooks) - New York, NY (86 books)


Special thanks to Bianca at Gallery Books for the eARC for review (THANKS!).  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to release April 28th, 2020 via Gallery Books, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!



RRR presents... REDEEMING THE RECLUSIVE EARL by Virginia Heath - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining ranks with Rachel's Random Resources to shine a light on the latest release from author Virginia Heath.  I gotta say, she is one of my FAVORITE Historical Fiction authors, as her stories are more than just "John, Susan" endeavors.  They have stories beyond the potential romance, they have characters that you want to know, and they have witty banter you can't help but smile through, laugh at, or read aloud simply to share the humor infused situation or gem of phrase.  So, bookmarks up to you, Virginia Heath, for always providing us with new titles we can count on to entertain, enchant, and be fabulous recommendations!  Speaking of which, let me get back to today's title in the spotlight and book of choice...


Redeeming the Reclusive Earl
by
Virginia Heath
Mills & Boon

About the book...
His heart is a fortress… And she’s trespassing!
After losing all he holds dear in a horrific fire, Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall, shuns the world—until he catches Effie Nithercott digging holes on his estate! He banishes the intrepid archaeologist and the unsettled feelings she rouses within him. But she returns even more determined and infuriatingly desirable than before! He wonders just how deep she’s prepared to dig—so far she’ll reach the man beneath his scars?





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Oh me, oh my...how I do LOVE a good Historical Romance, and my experience with this author's work remains the same.  You can dive right into the story, get to know the characters and their "charms" (or lack thereof...hello Mr. Grouchy Earl!), me captivated by the events unfolding, all while holding your breath (as best you can in between the giggle and guffaws!) as to whether they will or won't see the potentially fabulous duo they could be!

Effie was such a treat!  A woman who know her own mind, takes the things seen as drawbacks to others and embraces them, while not shying away from what she wants, what she desires, what she needs...and yes, all that can be taken anyway you want...at least as the story progresses.  Mr. Grouchy Earl that I referred to previously is the new man about Rivenhall and a grousier man you've never met.  However, if you look a little closer, you'll see that he wears his pain on his sleeve.  He carries his guilt like a well loved friend...but this friend left its mark on him in ways he never wished, and can never escape...or can he?  It seems a certain precocious woman unafraid to speak her mind has gotten beneath his skin and despite his best efforts, he's been unable to forget her.  *sighs*  It's not a love at first meet romance, but that unusual meet cute definitely lays the groundwork for something more, whether they like it or not!

Do yourself a favor and jump on board the fandom train behind this author's work...you'll be OH so glad you did, and this latest release is just another example of the fabulousity that awaits you!



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About the author...


When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.






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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.


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