Friday, May 2, 2014
Friday Freebie: The Promise by Ann Weisgarber and The Fountain of St. James Court by Sena Jeter Naslund
Congratulations to Carl Scott, winner of last week's Friday Freebie: Afghan Post by Adrian Bonenberger, Friday Was the Bomb by Nathan Deuel, and Seriously Not All Right by Ron Capps.
This week's book giveaway is a repeat duo of two previous Friday Freebies: The Promise by Ann Weisgarber, which has just been released by Skyhorse Publishing; and The Fountain of St. James Court by Sena Jeter Naslund, from William Morrow. Quivering Pen readers had the chance to win these in earlier contests, but I'm putting them up for grabs again since I have extra copies. The Quivering Pen is all about Second Chances. One lucky reader will win a copy of both books. (The Promise is a hardcover, The Fountain of St. James Court is a paperback.)
The Personal History of Rachel Dupree which was shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and longlisted for the Orange Prize, comes a novel set in 1900. In The Promise, young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer, the recently widowed Oscar Williams. In desperation she agrees to marry him, but when Catherine travels to Oscar's farm on Galveston Island, Texas--a thousand miles from home--she finds she is little prepared for the life that awaits her. The island is remote, the weather sweltering, and Oscar's little boy Andre is grieving hard for his lost mother. And though Oscar tries to please his new wife, the secrets of the past sit uncomfortably between them. Meanwhile for Nan Ogden, Oscar's housekeeper, Catherine's sudden arrival has come as a great shock. For not only did she promise Oscar's first wife that she would be the one to take care of little Andre, but she has feelings for Oscar which she is struggling to suppress. And when the worst storm in a generation descends, the women will find themselves tested as never before.
If you’d like a chance at winning a copy of both The Promise and The Fountain of St. James Court, simply email your name and mailing address to
Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. One entry per person, please. Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on May 8, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on May 9. If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).
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