Wednesday, May 1, 2013

GIVEAWAY!! The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett

The Bookman's Tale - how could I not read a book with a title like that?  Seriously, isn't that a cool title? I was actually thinking it might be nice for a blog name - except that I would change it to, The Bookwoman's Tale.  Hmmm. Yeah, that doesn't work.  Plus, what would my tale be - reviewing books?  Anyhow, I digress.  When I heard about this book and read the summary, well I knew that I wanted to read it ASAP!! First of all it takes place in Hay-on-Wye - a town known for its bookishness (it has like a thousand bookshops, plus that awesome literary festival every year).  Second, there is a literary mystery!!  Hello, you had me at literary!  Third, there is romance and I love romance in a book.  Fourth, the author, Charlie Lovett, was an antiquarian bookseller, which for some reason I really love.  And, fifth - the book just sounds so darn good!!  So, what is this book about?  Its about:

Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn't sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn't really her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture's origins.

As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare's time, Peter communes with Amanda's spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays.

Sounds awesome, doesn't it?  I know you want to read it.  Well, thanks to the nice folks over at Viking and Penguin I can offer one lucky winner a copy of this amazing new book, The Bookman's Tale. All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me the name of your favorite book - how easy is that?  Don't forget to include your email, so that I can contact the winner.  US residents only!  The contest runs from May 1st thru May 20th.  Good luck!!

P/S I'll be posting my review of this terrific new book on May 27th - the day before its released! 


The Relentless Reader said...

This sounds like something I would really like!! I'd pick it up for the title alone ;)

My favorite book...it changes from day to day. Today? To Kill a Mockingbird. Wait..Catcher in the Rye! LOL



Nadia said...

Jennifer, I know, right? I've only read one of those two books and it wasn't Mockingbird. Good luck!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

This one sounds amazing. I definitely want to read it. And my favorite book? Ever? I have to pick just one? Ok, let's go with Gone with the Wind.


traveler said...

My favorite book is Rebecca. Thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Your giveaway is special and lovely. My favorite book is A Secret gift by Ted Gup. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lindsey said...

Picking just one favorite is actually sort of difficult. How about my favorite so far this year? I think it's The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards...or Wild.

Kirsten said...

This book sounds great! My favorite book at the moment is The Stockholm Ocatavo ... and The Likeness.

Unknown said...

The Bookman's Tale sounds fantastic...I am so psyched to read it! Its impossible for me to choose one favorite...I loved reading Shadow of the Wind, Hannah's Dream, and To Kill A Mockingbird. Looking forward to reading your review.
Beth :-)

christa @ mental foodie said...

Sounds so intriguing!

Fav book (since I was a child!)

Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

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bermudaonion said...

That does sound terrific! It's so hard to pick a favorite book but I'd say To Kill a Mockingbird or Little Women. kathy(at)bermudaonion.net

Clara said...

For me this is a difficult question, and it's impossible to list only one book. There are so many categories, from genre to time period in which the book was written to...well, you get the picture. So I'll choose two--so don't hold me to them-- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Atonement by Ian McEwan. Gosh, I already feel guilty for leaving others out ;-).

Thanks for the opportunity to win The Bookman's Tale. It sounds like a terrific read.


Lisa said...

Definitely sounds like a good one! My favorite book is Pride & Prejudice - one of the only books I've read repeatedly as an adult.


Nadia said...

Good luck to you all!! I love your choice of books - P&P is one of my faves, too. I've also jotted some of the titles down and added them to my TBR list ;)

bermudaonion said...

I just wanted to let you know that the book came today. Thanks so much!