lunedì 17 novembre 2014

Review & Giveaway: The Bootlegger's Wife by Terri Lee


THE BOOTLEGGER’S WIFE
by Terri Lee

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BLURB:

In the summer of 1919 the country was ready to throw off the gray days of war and laugh again. The 1920s were about to come roaring onto the scene and change everything. It was a time when people believed anything was possible, even a love that was doomed from the start.

Nineteen-year-old Frances Durant was ready for excitement. What she wasn’t ready for was a tall, tanned Marine, fresh from the battlefield and ready to take New York City by storm. Frankie Lee was just the sort of guy to sweep a restless young heiress off her feet.

Their two worlds collide on the dance floor and set in motion a love story that careens through the twenties, when the world thought the parties would never end, to the crash of 1929 and the devastation that followed. A brush with the dark side of the bootleg world, and a tragedy that reaches out from the cold dark night will test young love over and over. Can two people from such very different worlds survive the ride?


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My Review:

I adore this book, it is really well written with a flowing  and engaging rhythm. A great love story in a difficult period.
It 's just ended the Great War. Frances is a very strong and independent woman, who loves to fight for her rights: want to vote,  cut her hair short, do not want to live the life that her parents have chosen for her how to marry a guy she does not like. At a party in New York knows a Marine, Frank and among them there is a great attraction: their first dance will be unforgettable. Their love story will grow and become stronger and stronger despite all the difficulties they will face, historical and personal.
I loved the atmosphere of the 20's and the great strength of the Frances. All the characters are amazing and well characterized: in addition to Frances and Frank, I loved Frances's cousin, aunt and grandmother.
It 's a very romantic story, but magical at the same time realistic. I was involved from the first page and it was almost impossible to put down until the end.

*****
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EXCERPTS:


"Hello Foster, did you miss me?”

“Of course, Miss Frances. This house is never the same when you’re not here.”

“I bet that’s right.”

Though she said the words he would expect from her, they were not accompanied by the usual tossing of the head or a glint in the eye. The words hung in the air without life.

“And how was your stay in the city?”

“Memorable.”

“Good, good. Glad to hear that you had a nice visit with your cousin.”

“Yes. My cousin.” Her voice trailed off as she made her way upstairs. “I’ll be in my room.”

Lena bustled in, giving orders to the driver laden with bags, and brushed past Foster with barely a nod. Frances was glad to be released from the tight confines of the car. It felt good to stretch her legs, it had been a long drive in more ways than one. Her mother's few attempts at conversation had only fueled Frances's anger. It took all her strength to stare out the window instead of scream, "What right have you to talk to me as if you haven't stolen my chance at happiness? You with your snooty airs."

Now, Frances stood at her door, gazing around the room. Everything was exactly as she had left it only a few short weeks ago, yet somehow everything looked different. She was different. She threw off her shoes and stretched out across her four poster bed, wrapping her arms around her pillow. Staring out the window, she lay lost in thought, completely unaware of the passage of time, until she was called down for dinner, which she promptly ignored.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

The Bootlegger's Wife by Terri LeeAuthor Bio for Terri Lee

Born and raised in northern California, that part of the country will always have a piece of my heart. My family moved to Missouri in my teenage years and when the love of my life walked through my door at my summer job, that is where my heart truly found its home. As with all good things, when I least expected it. Of course it didn't hurt that the first thing he did was buy me a chocolate malt. Forty years later I am still married to my High School sweetheart, who has always been my biggest cheerleader in whatever scheme I dream up. And believe me, I'm capable of dreaming up almost anything. We have a golden/lab named (Elizabeth Bennett) Lizzie,  who is my muse and my steadfast writing partner. She offers only the kindest critiques. Not to be outdone, our cat, Baby Kitty, is a card carrying terrorist, whose only mission in life is to thwart any goodness that comes my way. I make my home in a small rural town outside of Springfield, MO, the sort of place where the adventures reside only in the stories I spin, which is just the way I like it.

I can't remember a time when I wasn't scribbling away and playing with words. I wrote my first novel at the age of thirteen. I gladly exchanged the bulk of my sunny days that summer for afternoons spent on the back porch at a make shift table, surrounded by pens, pencils and paper. There, I marveled as I watched the little character that I had created take shape and come to life. That was my first foray into writing, certainly not to be my last. Through times of great joy and times of confusion writing has always been my solace. It is the one thing I return to over and over again.  I only truly understand how I feel about something once the words have pushed themselves down through my fingertips and out onto the page.

How are my stories born? The words, colors, smells, family legends, people, places and things of my past provide the fertile soil for a small seed of an idea to take up root and blossom. They present themselves to me when they are ready, when they have lain in the soil and soaked up all that they need. Once they come to me and beg to be written, to be set free, it is only then that I recognize the work that's been going on behind the scenes. Sometimes for many years. 

The Bootlegger's Wife is a story near and dear to my heart.  It grew from the tales I heard as a small child., words that floated around the kitchen table. A phrase  here, a snippet there...an unfinished sentence that piqued my curiosity.  With the writing of this story, I am able to say to my grandparents. " I heard the stories you told me. I took them to heart. I heard every word you said and even all the words you couldn’t bring yourself to sayAnd it is my hope, that you dear reader, will find some small piece of yourself in my stories. Something familiar,  something that feels like home. May  you find yourself nodding along and whispering. "Of course."

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Email:     terrileeauthor@yahoo.com


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9 commenti:

  1. I loved everything about this post. I loved the blurb, the excerpt and I really loved the review. I can hardly wait to read this book.

    RispondiElimina
  2. Mave, thanks so much for hosting me today and featuring my book. What a lovely review to start off my tour! I'll check back later to answer any questions your visitors might have.looking forward to meeting new friends here today.

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    1. Thanks for the chance to read this amazing book!!!!

      Elimina
  3. No, thank YOU for allowing me the opportunity to share my book with your audience. Make sure to leave your review on Amazon ! Ghose reviees are super important. Thanks again!

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  4. I somehow feel very familiar with this story. Strange.

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  5. Reminds me of "Boardwalk Empire". Always loved those bootleg years of yesterday! :)

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