Saturday, June 25, 2011

Literary Giveaway and Blog Hop Has Begun

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop hosted by Leeswammes’ Blog, has begun and will run from Saturday,  June 25th through Wednesday, June 29th.  More than (70) bloggers are participating, each will be giving away some great book in the process.

For those of you who may be visiting my blog for the first time, my name is Diane, and I've been blogging for (3) years. I'm in my 50's (sighhhh), married, (2) great adult children who left the nest (14) years ago. My dear husband and I now have (4) cats to entertain us. We love life here in New England.

My blog is a mixture of book reviews: generally, literary or contemporary fiction, and some non fiction. On occasion, I also enjoy reviewing books for younger children.  I also like to profile soon to be released books that appeal to me, and to shake things up a bit, I also like to post occasional photos of of pets, trips and nature sightings.

If you are new to my blog, I hope you will become a regular visitor. If you are an old friend, THANK YOU, as you all make blogging worthwhile. I LOVE COMMENTS.

I selected several books, I hope you'll enjoy if you win my giveaway.  To make it a bit easier for me, (1) lucky winner will win ALL (5) Books. (2) are new trade size softcovers, and (3) are like new ARCs. If you've read a few of these already, and you are the lucky winner, please pass them on with love.

The Dressmaker: A Novel 

Big girls in 19th-century England don't cry in Graeme-Evans's light tale about a plucky heroine who endures a series of harsh trials on her way to becoming London's leading dressmaker. Things start to go south for curate's daughter Ellen Gowan on her 13th birthday, when the dress Connie, her mother, makes her, entices one of her father's students to steal a kiss. Scandal and ruination seem imminent when her father dies, forcing mother and daughter to seek refuge with Connie's sister, who lives in terror of her baronet husband. There, Ellen's friendship with her cousin, Oriana, blossoms, until once again a young man stirs trouble, and Connie and Ellen land in London, where Connie succumbs to illness and Ellen marries a cad who leaves her pregnant and alone. But with a little help from friends, family, and unlikely sources, Ellen becomes the go-to creator of "all manner of finery" for England's most prominent families. Yes, it's formulaic, far-fetched, and soppy with sentiment, but it's also a lot of fun, and Graeme-Evans (The Innocent) is unapologetic in her celebration of the joys of pretty clothes and the thrills of overcoming adversity.

Faith: A Novel 

It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns.
Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of the maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation. What she discovers is more complicated than she imagined. Her strict, lace-curtain-Irish mother is living in a state of angry denial. Sheila's younger brother Mike, to her horror, has already convicted his brother in his heart. But most disturbing of all is Art himself, who persistently dodges Sheila's questions and refuses to defend himself.
As the scandal forces long-buried secrets to surface, Faith explores the corrosive consequences of one family's history of silence—and the resilience its members ultimately find in forgiveness. Throughout, Haigh demonstrates how the truth can shatter our deepest beliefs—and restore them. A gripping, suspenseful tale of one woman's quest for the truth, Faith is a haunting meditation on loyalty and family, doubt and belief. Elegantly crafted, sharply observed, this is Jennifer Haigh's most ambitious novel to date.
The Little Women Letters 

Vibrant, fresh, and intelligent, The Little Women Letters explores the imagined lives of Jo March’s descendants—three sisters who are both thoroughly modern and thoroughly March. As uplifting and essential as Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Gabrielle Donnelly’s novel will speak to anyone who’s ever fought with a sister, fallen in love with a fabulous pair of shoes, or wondered what on earth life had in store for her.

 The Heart Specialist

Set in Quebec at the turn of the 19th to 20th century, The Heart Specialist is the epic story of Agnes White, a lonely orphaned girl fascinated by the "wrong" things—microscopes, dissections, and anatomy instead of more ladylike interests—who rises to the status of one of the world's most celebrated pioneering women doctors. Not only does she break through patriarchal academic barriers; she masters the science of the human heart, becoming a scholar of international fame, all in a place and time inimical to intelligent women.

Netherland (Vintage Contemporaries)

New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year 

In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, and left alone after his English wife and son return to London, Hans van den Broek stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood and, thanks to a friendship with a charismatic and charming Trinidadian named Chuck Ramkissoon, begins to reconnect with his life and his adopted country. As the two men share their vastly different experiences of contemporary immigrant life in America, an unforgettable portrait emerges of an "other" New York populated by immigrants and strivers of every race and nationality.

DETAILS for a Chance to Win
  •  Loyal followers; just leave a comment, I'll find you if you win, I'm sure!
  • If you are new to my blog and have never commented on my blog before, you MUST become a follower to be entered in giveaway.
  • GOOD LUCK EVERYONE who comments and THANKS so much for stopping by. I hope you'll all become regular visitors here.
Here is a list of the blogs who have signed up for the Literary Giveaway event. Be sure to visit them, discover some new blogs, and leave a comment with a way to contact you in case you win.
  1. Leeswammes (Int)
  2. The Book Whisperer (Int)
  3. Kristi Loves Books (Int)
  4. Teadevotee (Int)
  5. Bookworm with a View (Int)
  6. Bibliosue (Int)
  7. Sarah Reads Too Much (Int)
  8. write meg! (USA)
  9. My Love Affair With Books (Int)
  10. Seaside Book Nook (Int)
  11. Uniflame Creates (Int)
  12. Always Cooking Up Something (Int)
  13. Book Journey (Int)
  14. ThirtyCreativeStudio (Int)
  15. Col Reads (Int)
  16. The Book Diva’s Reads (Int)
  17. The Scarlet Letter (USA)
  18. The Parrish Lantern (Int)
  19. Lizzy’s Literary Life (Int)
  20. Read, Write & Live (Int)
  21. Book’d Out (Int)
  22. The Readers’ Suite (Int)
  23. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (USA)
  24. Ephemeral Digest (Int)
  25. Miel et lait (Int)
  26. Bibliophile By the Sea (Int)
  27. Polychrome Interest (Int)
  28. Book World In My Head (Int)
  29. In Spring it is the Dawn (Int)
  30. everybookhasasoul (Int)
  31. Nishita’s Rants and Raves (Int)
  32. Fresh Ink Books (Int)
  33. Teach with Picture Books (USA)
  34. How to Teach a Novel (USA)
  35. The Blue Bookcase (Int)
  36. Gaskella (Int)
  37. Reflections from the Hinterland (USA)
  38. chasing bawa (Int)
  39. 51stories (Int)
  40. No Page Left Behind (USA)Silver’s Reviews (USA)
  1. Nose in a book (Int)
  2. Lit in the Last Frontier (Int)
  3. The Book Club Blog (Int)
  4. Under My Apple Tree (Int)
  5. Caribousmom (USA)
  6. breienineking (Netherlands)
  7. Let’s Go on a Picnic! (Int)
  8. Rikki’s Teleidoscope (Int)
  9. De Boekblogger (Netherlands)
  10. Knitting and Sundries (Int)
  11. Elle Lit (USA)
  12. Indie Reader Houston (Int)
  13. The Book Stop (Int)
  14. Eliza Does Very Little (Int)
  15. Joy’s Book Blog (Int)
  16. Lit Endeavors (USA)
  17. Roof Beam Reader (Int)
  18. The House of the Seven Tails (Int)
  19. Tony’s Reading List (Int)
  20. Sabrina @ Thinking About Loud! (Int)
  21. Rebecca Reads (Int)
  22. Kinna Reads (Int)
  23. In One Eye, Out the Other (USA)
  24. Books in the City (Int)
  25. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Europe)
  26. Book Clutter (USA)
  27. Exurbanis (Int)
  28. Lu’s Raves and Rants (USA & Canada)
  29. Sam Still Reading (Int)
  30. Dolce Bellezza (Int)
  31. Lena Sledge’s Blog…Books, Reviews and Interviews (Int)
  32. a Thousand Books with Quotes (Int)


  1. I'm a new follower, and can't wait to come back to your blog! Thanks for a great giveaway!


  2. Great books from a great blog!! Thanks.

  3. I haven't read even one of your offers!!!! I follow you on GFC. Thanks for sharing and maybe if I am the first I could get lucky!

  4. Hi-lots of great books here-I would love to win Neverland-thanks for offering this

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! A fabulous selection you are offering!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    bookd.out at gmail dot com

  6. The Little Women Letters sounds awesome. I can be reached at chab256 at yahoo dot com

  7. Waw, what a great competitions ans what a splendid give-away you offer!

  8. Wow, what a lovely prize. Thanks for being so generous!
    I've added you to Google follower (before I've just had a link in Favourites :) ).
    You know where to find me, but my email is:

  9. Thanks for the giveaway. I just found out about it on my google reader!
    bitsyblingbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. Your giveaway is on the list as being International so I hope that is correct.

    If so, hank you very much for being prepared to ship anywhere and please enter me.

    I have joined as a Follower.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  11. What are these books doing NOT being read by me? :O

  12. Thank you for this giveaway, I love the selection of books you'll be giving.

  13. I became a follower :) I like that you introduce yourself in your post, makes you feel very welcome :)

    I'd like to be entered, my email is: irisonbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  14. I am a new follower & an email subscriber. A very generous giveaway thank you. I'm happy to have found you.


  15. What an interesting selection of novels! all new to me.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)



  16. Hi! What a great giveaway! I would love to read all the books offered.

  17. I was hoping you would be offering The Heart Speciatlist in your giveaway (YEAH). All the book sound great but I'm entering for this one!

    Have a great weekend.

  18. How could I possibly resist, Diane? Toss my name in the hat.

  19. What a terrific giveaway. I've been seeing alot of buzz about faith - that sentence sounds odd when reading :)
    I follow

  20. Thank you so much for the giveaway! All of the books are on my wishlist.
    I am already a follower.

    Have a great weekend ahead!

  21. You always have such exciting things going on at your blog!

  22. An incredible giveaway package!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  23. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I'm a new follower now. :) The two historical fiction books look especially interesting...

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  24. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I'm a new follower now. :) The two historical fiction books look especially interesting...

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  25. WOW, look at all the activity here, that is great and so is the give-away!

  26. What some great books! Thank you for doing this! Old follower :)



  27. Great posts as always and terrific giveaways.

  28. What a generous giveaway, Diane! Please enter me: cuc15 at psu dot edu

  29. im a new follower =)

    thanks for giving away 5 books, you are so generous. i really hope to win, i can just imagine the fun ill have in reading all 5 books. wow

    punkme15 at gmail dot com

  30. Good selections. Wish I would have know about Literary Giveaway at the beginning of month. I've been giving books away all month. Which means, I have more room on my shelf for your giveaway.

  31. Lots of lovely books, and I'm happy to find your blog! Just became a follower. Thanks for the chance.

    writing.meg [at]

  32. Oh wow all of these sound great! I will hope for the best!


  33. I've been to your blog a million times, and I thought I was a follower, but, no....Well, now I am!

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

    My mom has been sick, so I never got around to signing up to participate in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop. I've started a monthly giveaway on my blog. I've got a June Giveaway going on this month at my blog, and I'd love to invite you to stop by and throw your name in the hat for Anna and the French Kiss! It's a US giveaway only this month, but next month, I'll be offering an international giveaway for a $25 Amazon card!

  34. WOW - what a prize! I've been a google follower for some time but just signed up for e-mail too.

    Thanks for the chance to win these great books.

    my.newsletters AT nncweb DOT com

  35. I am a new follower and I am so glad I hopped onto your lovely blog!
    Your giveaway is generous and wonderful!Thank You!
    It would mean the world to me if you visit my new book blog!

  36. I'm a new GFC follower(Jennifer) and email subscriber.
    jryder416 at yahoo dot com

  37. Hi just popping over to say hello & invite you over to mine

  38. i'm already a follower! what a great selection of books up for grabs :) thewindowseatreader at yahoo dot com

  39. You picked a great set of books for this giveaway, Diane! I love them! I'd love the chance to be entered in your giveaway, and thanks so much for hosting it!


  40. loyal follower.What a great

  41. Thanks for the giveaway! This account's a follower (:


  42. Hello! I'm love your blog, it's one of my favorites and I've been following for a long time. I love your reviews. I had no clue about this blog hop until I read your post. How cool! I'll have to go check out some new blogs.

    Great giveaway list! I'd love to read ALL of them. Thanks!

    libraryofmyown at gmail dot com

  43. Old Follower. GREAT BOOKS....thanks.


    Silversolara AT Gmail DOT Com

  44. Hi, Diane,

    Thanks for dropping by on my leg of the Giveaway Hop. You have some interesting giveaways.

  45. I'm a new follower of your blog! Thanks for having this giveaway.

    jo.tee35 AT gmail DOT com

  46. I've followed for a long time on GFC. (mamie316) What a great giveaway, Diane. I always enjoy your reviews.


  47. I just became a follower. What a generous giveaway! I just finished Little Women so Little Women Letters would be really interesting to read. Thanks!

    klmickelsen at gmail dot com

  48. New follower here: Alaiel Kreuz.
    Thanks for the great giveaway :D
    My e-mail is:


  49. This is a wonderful group of books, thank you Diane!

    ~ Amy

    BTW, I wanted to be sure I posted my giveaway and participated in the Literary Giveaway Book Hop as I said I would. So I'm visiting & entering a few giveaways while I'm on the computer but I'm really supposed to be in bed with my leg elevated! Hopefully I'll be back blogging regularly in a few more days! I hope you're having a nice weekend!

  50. Wow I would love to win these!! Thanks for the opportunity! I am a new follower via GFC quixoticdreamer

    Thanks again!


  51. Looks like an exciting bunch of books. I'd love a chance! =)

    toadacious1 at yahoo dot com

  52. Wow! That is a AWESOME giveaway! Thanks :)

  53. Great books for you giveaway!!

  54. Thanks for a great giveaway! I'm a new GFC follower as Diana

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  55. Thanks for being part of this hop - it's good to see more sophisticated books in giveaways :-) !

    I'm a new follower on GFC!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  56. Wow! Great giveaway, Diane. I'd love to win :)

  57. I'm following you on GFC (Darlene), and my email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  58. How very generous you are!
    Best wishes and thank for a chance to win this fantabulous giveaway!

  59. I would love to read these books. I am a gfc follower

  60. I just read that you have four cats. I love that about you. We have five; all saved and with blue eyes. You have a bunch of great titles for giveaway. I have been lucky enough to receive most of them myself from publishers. Love your blog.

  61. a new follower ;)

    would love to read 'faith'

    thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  62. Thank you for the giveaway!! Great books!!
    GFC Shannon Johnson

  63. Looks wonderful to me! thanks for stopping by my looks like you live in the place I want to vacation...I LOVE the beach...dreamy.

  64. Diane - you picked some good books.


  65. I'm a new follower and thank you for an amazing giveaway!


  66. I'm a new follower. Thank you for hosting the giveaway. Its a great selection of books.
    bookloon at gmail dot com

  67. Wow, great giveaway. I wanted to do the Blog Hop this time but am just too busy this weekend. Have fun.

  68. I'm a new follower -- I'm glad to have discovered your blog through the hop. :)

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway opportunity!

    Jessica M.
    jmartinez0415 [at] gmail [dot] com

  69. Great selection of books. I would love to be entered and I am an old follower.

    waitmantwillie at hotmail dot com

  70. Great books!!! Of course, I'm always around visiting you! I think this is really a cool giveaway - so many readers out there!!!

  71. Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.
    I'm a GFC follower - Cindy Macbeth
    cindymacbeth at gmail dot com

  72. Thanks so much for the giveaway! It is so exciting!

    Sana Saboowala

  73. I follow on GFC. I would love to win the Little Women Letters.
    Thanks for the chance.

    mia at jacobsracing dot com

  74. I haven't read any of these books, but they look/sound great! Thank you so much for the lovely giveaway!

    Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com
    NEW! GFC Follower: ArtsyBookishGal

  75. Awesome giveaway! I follow on GFC

  76. Hi Diane ! I'm a follower. I even put your blog on my iPad screen for easier access:-)

  77. What a wonderful prizes, Diane! I haven't read any of these books but they all look wonderful (I've heard of most of them).

    I think your giveaway is international? In that case please enter me!

    Have fun with the hop and thanks for joining in! jh303015 at

  78. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to staying connected. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  79. Thanks for the chance !!!
    I'm a new follower.


  80. I'm your new follower via GFC as xlacrimax :)

  81. Fabulous giveaway, Diane! Thanks for being so generous.


  82. So generous! They all look fascinating.
    I spent a summer in New England many, many years ago and have really fond memories - many of which come flooding back when reading your blog & the books you recommend.

  83. thanks for the generous giveaway!!
    i'm a brand new GFC follower-Janhvi Jagtap

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  84. This is an awesome giveaway; you've got some great titles! Thanks for this great opportunity and stopping by my giveaway!

    jesse.nicole.paul (at) gmail (dot) com

  85. Fantastic giveaway, please enter me:


  86. Throw my name in the hat too ...
    Thanks Diane!


  87. I follow this blog via Google Friend Connect. Please count me in!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  88. Thanks for such a great set of books.

    I am an old follower (judy) but not been around for a while.


  89. I am a new GFC follower - rickimc

  90. I am a new follower( barbara hightower ) thanks for the great giveaway. I look forward ago reading your blog.

    Bhitwr at gmail dot com

  91. Hi Diane,
    I have been reading your blog for a few years. You have inspired me to try blogging!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a few books!


  92. Hello, I am a new follower and love the choice of books for your giveaway. My email is Thanks

  93. Hi! I'm a new follower! Thank you for being apart of the blog hop and I wish you and everyone else for running a smooth blog hop! (:

  94. Thanks so much for the chance to win some great books :) I am a new follower
    tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

  95. Netherland is on my TBR list. I'd love a chance to win. Aloha from Rob

  96. sounds fantastic thanks for hosting!
    i'm a loyal follower :)

  97. Hi Diane,

    I try to stop by as often as possible, there are just so many great sites out there and not always enough hours in the day!!

    Blogging has introduced me to so many great new people, from the four corners of the world. I am a novice compared to yourself (I have only been at it for almost a year), but it has really changed my life.

    I love the eclectic mix you hace chosen for your giveaway, something for everyone!! Me, I would read any one of them!!

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.


  98. I'm a new follower with GFC. (Jennifer S) I would love to be entered to win, thanks for the giveaway!


  99. I want to sit in the chair on your blog picture...with a good book!

  100. I am a new gfc follower as mamabunny13
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  101. Loyal follower here, as you know. =O) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  102. I haven't read any of theses before but they sound good. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a new follower (JessS).


  103. Aww, you're so generous =)
    I'm a follower!

  104. I've been here before, but I am a new follower. Thanks for such a grand giveaway! :)

    susanaudrey33 at gmail dot com

  105. GFC follower (Dovile)

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  106. OMG!! Awesome Giveaway!! Im a new follower and I would love to be entered in the giveaway, please!!
    GFC: Gisele Alvarado


  107. I haven't read any of these... glad you aren't making us choose!

  108. I'd like to enter to win Faith, please.

    maevalentine39 at gmail dot com

  109. What a great selection you are giving away. I would be happy with any one of the books.

    **I am following you through Google Friend Connect.**

  110. I'm a GCF follower! Thanks so much for the chance! amazing_alex.0818[at]yahoo[dot]com

  111. I follow!


  112. New follower here! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  113. wow, great giveaway!!!
    i'm a new follower (as RivkaBelle), and look forward to getting to know you through your blog :o)


  114. What a great blog! I became a follower and look forward to returning. Thank you for the wonderful selection of books-I've not read any of them!

    Care Burpee
    careofkiddos {at} msn {dot} com

  115. Thank you for this possibility! :)
    I am a new follower.


  116. Thanks for the generous giveaway :)
    I love the eclectic mix of your reviews. I also enjoy reading a variety of genres depending on my mood.

    New follower viia:
    GFC(Mona Garg)


  117. I'm a GFC follower.(Kah_Cherub) ;)
    thank you for the awesome giveaway!
    The Heart Specialist and The Dressmaker sound very good! I love strong heroines in my books, so I'd love to read those!

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  118. What a nice selection of books!
    I'm not a very good commenter but I've had your blog in my Google Reader for a while. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    inspringthedawn at gmail dot com

  119. I'm a new follower, and WOW, thank you for this amazingly generous giveaway! I love that not only are you offering so many amazing books, you urge others to pass them on with as much love as you are doing! ALL of those books are on my TBR list, especially "Faith" (love books about exploring faith), "The Little Women Letters" (I absolutely love Louisa May Alcott and her "The Little Women) and "The Heart Specialist" (I am a medical student).

    Thank you so much for this amazing selection of books, for your generosity and for participating in this blog hop! :)

    GFC Follower: ~Enamored Soul~
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

  120. GFC follower! Thanks for the giveaway!
    sarahthehobbit at gmail dot com

  121. So excited to find a new book blog, you can't even have to many new books to read!


  122. New blog follower! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

  123. Not sure what you mean by follower... I follow by rss-feed, never by subscribing to blogs themselves (no use to do things double, right?).

    Need proof I've been a follower since your 1st year? ;)
    Look here.

  124. Longtime follower throwing my hat in the ring!

    dcmetroreader (at) gmail (dot) com

  125. Awww you're so sweet! Five books is a lot of books and I'm really grateful for the amazing giveaway. Thanks so much!

    I'm a GFC follower: Identity Seeker

  126. Thank you for the giveaway! All the books look good!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  127. Wonderful list! I've had The Dressmaker on my wishlist for quite a while. Faith - I initially wasn't interested, but reading the reviews on it changed my mind! Little Women Letters just seems as though it would be a wonderfully entertaining read. I hadn't heard of The Heart Specialist (with it's cover so reminiscent of the extremely disturbing "The End of Alice), but the synopsis definitely has me hooked. And Netherland - Book of the Year - nuff said! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    (I'm an old GFC follower as jewelknits)



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