Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My first Book review and Giveaway-


I’m excited to talk about my very first book review on my blog.  I signed up to receive a free book in exchange for blog post on the review and it was so worth it! The book is called One summer in Arkansas and the author is Marcia Kemp Sterling.  The book won an award in the North Texas Book Festival this year. Its funny that the book follows many similarities  that apply to real life for the author. Marcia is actually from Texarkana, Arkansas, she practiced law and lives in California . The main character Lee is also from Arkansas who practices law and is living in California.
 I enjoyed the book personally because I also used to live in San Jose, California and was very familiar with all the places mentioned about California.   There are also some exact descriptions of life in the South that unless you’ve lived here (in the South) or spent a great deal of time, you just dont get the full effect of the accuracy that was described.   I love to read and when I get completely in a book it becomes my full focus. The author did well on building all the characters personality and I couldn’t put it down until I knew what the outcome would be on the books cliffhangers.
What I appreciated in the book  is the religion aspect to it. To me that part really captured the South and  the book displayed it from an interesting point of view.  Religion traces down to our roots and then we all have that choice to see which way we take it.  Unfortunately there are still racial struggles in the South and one of the main plots touches on this subject.  There is a great character named Etta in the book that brings things around to the religious aspect and I loved her!
The book has many real life scenarios that can happen to anyone and it also has a love triangle that makes you wonder who will “get the guy”.  It’s an easy read and i like that it makes us stop to think about our surroundings and how we think it should be.  One thing I’m just not sure I liked was that the book was so strong and detailed leading up to the very end and then basically all the scenarios were wrapped up in the last 3 pages.  Have you ever came across that?  Where you’re reading a book and there’s 2 or 3 scenes that need an ending and you look to see how many pages are left and I’m thinking to myself- there’s no way there’s an ending to everything or maybe it will be a series and pick up on Book 2.   Don’t get me wrong, it worked but I just didn’t expect it this way.
It’s hard to continue writing this review without spoiling the good scenes and ending for you. There was very little if at all foul language, the few love scenes were very clean and but you got the point and very tastefully done, and the detail was great. Overall I really did enjoy the book. 
It was such a treat to read the book ( for free) and then write this review.  I want to return the kind gesture and give the book away to one of  you lucky readers in the next few days. Comment and tell me if you’re interested in putting your name in the hat( coffee cup) for the drawing of names.
Have a great day y'all!

18 comments:

  1. Hi Holli! Please include me in your drawing. I love to read! I saw one of your posts about Twisted Root Burger Company and my son and I tried it out last week. We live in Arlington, so fortunately there is one in our city. OMG!!! That place is SO good!

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    1. Your name is in the cup! Arlington isnt too far from Euless, i'd love to meet you there sometime. I'm ready to go back for another burger and get a shake.

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  2. The book sounds great, and I wouldn't mind being put in the drawing cup. Have a great day!

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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    1. YOu're in the cup for sure! Hope your week has been a good one so far

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  3. Oh, wow! I am doing a book review on this, too! Like you, I loved Etta! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Her character had so much grit and history. Go Etta!

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  4. Sign me up!!! I'm always interested in a good read.

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    1. YOu're signed up. Its an easy and fast read too.

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  5. Hi Holli!! Please include me in your giveaway!! I love, love to read and this book sounds like something I would enjoy. This is a great giveaway!!!

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    1. You are in the drawing Ms Jackie! I love to read and i had not finished a book in a while and it felt good.

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  6. I wish I had more time to read

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    1. Hi Adam, I really do too. I made myself make time for this book since i was obligated to do the review. I'm so glad i did and it was good to get back in the swing of reading. Just a few pages each night before bed has been my routine now.

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  7. Put me in the hat please. I love to read.

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    1. Kathy, you are now in the drawing.

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  8. I am always on the lookout for easy read books. I don't care for "deap" lit. Through my name into the coffee cup, please. Thanks.

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    1. Patty, you are now in my drawing cup. Good luck.

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  9. Nice overview. Sounds like a good read that is more on the easy side.

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  10. Glad you liked the book! I received it as well, I just haven't had time to pick it up yet. Maybe this weekend!

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