Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Review: The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry and a Giveaway!

I was very excited to receive a copy of The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry from Book Club Girl.

The synopsis from The Lace Reader website:
Every gift has a price...
Every piece of lace has a secret...

"My name is Towner Whitney, no, that's not exactly true. My real first name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time..."

Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations, but the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light. The Lace Reader is a mesmerizing, tale which spirals into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies and half-truths where the reader quickly finds it's nearly impossible to separate fact from fiction, but as Towner Whitney points out early on in the novel, "There are no accidents."

This book is unique. It's intriguing. It has interesting stories and colorful characters. It makes you feel, think and wonder all at the same time. And you get pieces of American history regarding Salem rolled into the story. I was drawn into the story from the beginning and was entralled the whole way through. I truly don't know how to describe this book any more than that without giving away it's secrets, it's appeal. I think this will be a big hit this year and lots of people will be talking about it for a long time. It will make a great book club read and there's already discussion questions!

Thanks again to Book Club Girl and publisher William Morrow for giving me a copy.

To share, I am going to give this book away!
Ways to enter:
1. Comment here and receive an entry for the giveaway.
2. Blog about the book and giveaway and receive 5 bonus entries (you'll need to link the blog entry in the comments on this post).
Notes: Please make sure I have a way to contact you if you win. Entries will be received until midnight on Tuesday, August 5th and I'll announce the winner the next day. Only open to folks in the US and Canada.

We have a winner. Check here to see who won. Thanks to everyone for participating!


Ruth said...

Hi Michele,

Please enter me for the giveaway! I've blogged about your contest here:


Ruth said...

Oops, forgot that Blogger doesn't automatically do the HTML for links. My post is here.

jaime said...

I'd love to be entered in your giveaway!

Julie said...

Michele - please enter me in this one. Sounds interesting!

Traci said...

Please enter me in your contest. I've been hearing wonderful things about the book.

Traci Michele (with one L, too)

windycindy said...

Hello, A colorful read! Sounds wonderful to me. Please enter me in your drawing. I so appreciate it. Thanks, Cindi

Baxter_2 said...

I have heard so much about this book! Great video over at Book Club Girl about The Lace Reader. This is looking to be SOME BOOK!

Enter me in! Thanks

Janel said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this book, I'd love to win it!

Anna said...

Please enter me! I'd love to read this book! Thanks for holding such a great contest.

--Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

diaryofaneccentric (at) hotmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

This book appeals to me and I would love to read it.

I blogged here

Shana said...

Michelle, thanks so much for the giveaway. I've been reading great things about this book.

I blogged about the contest HERE.

literarily AT live DOT com

Anonymous said...

Between the book summary and your review, it sounds really appealing. Thanks for the giveaway.

ihchicky said...

This sounds like a fun read. Please enter me in your giveaway! Thanks!

Dawn said...

I've never heard of this one. It sounds really good. Count me in, please!

Thanks! :0)

PopinFresh said...


I'd love to win this book, please enter me in the contest. I've also left a link of your contest on my blog. It's off to the side.


~ Popin

Archana said...

Thanks Michele for having this giveaway. I would love to win.


sweetsue said...

I have always been interested in Salem history. This book sounds wonderful-please enter me.

Anonymous said...

I would like to join!


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Alyce said...

Thank you for entering me in the giveaway!

My email is: akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Timothy Sternberg said...

Please enter me for the giveaway!

docspond said...

To find out more about the real tunnels in Salem read Salem Secret Underground:The History of the Tunnels in the City and then take the cool Salem walking tour about them. Learn how 144 people hid behind the creation of a park to build a series of tunnels in Salem utilizing the nation's first National Guard to build them so a superior court justice, a Secretary of the Navy, and a bunch of Senators could avoid paying Jefferson's custom duties. Engineered by the son of America's first millionaire.