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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blogoversary Giveaway #9



Giveaway #9 is White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner. It comes out October 15. Review to come! Winner will be announced October 18th.

White Picket Fences: A Novel

When her black sheep brother disappears, Amanda Janvier eagerly takes in her sixteen year-old niece Tally. The girl is practically an orphan: motherless, and living with a father who raises Tally wherever he lands– in a Buick, a pizza joint, a horse farm–and regularly takes off on wild schemes. Amanda envisions that she, her husband Neil, and their two teenagers can offer the girl stability and a shot at a “normal” life, even though their own storybook lives are about to crumble.

Seventeen-year-old Chase Janvier hasn’t seen his cousin in years, and other than a vague curiosity about her strange life, he doesn’t expect her arrival will affect him much–or interfere with his growing, disturbing interest in a long-ago house fire that plagues his dreams unbeknownst to anyone else.

Tally and Chase bond as they interview two Holocaust survivors for a sociology project, and become startlingly aware that the whole family is grappling with hidden secrets, with the echoes of the past, and with the realization that ignoring tragic situations won’t make them go away.

Will Tally’s presence blow apart their carefully-constructed world, knocking down the illusion of the white picket fence and reveal a hidden past that could destroy them all–or can she help them find the truth without losing each other?


Go back and read my review of Susan's title The Shape of Mercy, and then on this post leave me a comment of your opinion of my review.

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58 comments and creative thoughts:

clenna said...

I found your review interesting and intriguing but I have no sense of what the story is about. You mention crossing time and you give it 5 starts out of five. You rave about it but not enough info to get me to want to read it.

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CherryBlossomMJ said...

More detail of actual plot needed. Gotcha. Thanks!

Sheila Deeth said...

Your comments about the writing alone were enough to make me want to read it. And you told me its historical and contemporary - an intriguing combination. I liked your review.

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Misusedinnocence said...

Your review really makes me want to read it. I'm always looking for new books. Thanks!

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Carmen7351 said...

Your comment: "As human beings, no matter what century we live in, we care about what other people think (no matter how much we argue it) and live our lives in a small manner to fit into a specific place. The sociology of our day to day environment shapes us and often times it is to something that we do not like, but it is what it is and what we need to live with."
I agree that most people care about what others think. There is a small portion of society that doesn't. They do their own thing, good or bad. I do agree that our day to day environment can have a heavy shaping of our character, and God is able to redeem what part is not Scriptural.

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Nise' said...

Sounds like I would like this one!


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Marjorie said...

I am a google follower and would like to win this book.
The review sounds like the type of book I like.

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remnant reminscences said...

I'm interested in this book. It was hard for me to pass-up the opportunity to review it because it looked so good. But I have so many to review, I'm not a fast reader and my TBR pile never decreases. So I passed this one up. Would love a chance to win though...!

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Culinarily Obsessed said...

I love Susan Meiisner!

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MJ said...

Historical and comtempory sounds interesting to me.

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Culinarily Obsessed said...

So I'm just now finally looking back at your other review (sorry, I was a bit rushed yesterday!) Based on your review it definitely sounds like an interesting book and one I would like to read. Susan Meissner, as I said in my previous comment, I just love her writing.

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Diana said...

I think a brief summary of the premise would have been helpful, but other than that, it was an interesting review.

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Alice H said...

I love how in your review you say that as human beings we care about what other people think and "live our lives in a small manner to fit into a specific place". I really agree with you - and I think knowing that can make us all feel better about our lives. Thanks! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

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Debbie F said...

You have a beautiful way with words and you made me want to read the book without telling me what the book was about. Your review made me want to found out more and I would love to read it!
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HollyMag said...

I couldn't agree more with your review of Shape of Mercy. I read it because it was the book we were discussing that month. I found it to be such a wonderful story. It makes me want to read more by Susan Meissner.
Blessings,
Holly

HollyMag said...

Oops.. forgot to include contact info... hollymag(at)gmail(dot)com.
Thanks again! and Happy Blogoversary! (I follow your blog via google reader!)

gahome2mom said...

Yes, you really must have loved this one. :)

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