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Signed book giveaway!

Hello 🙂

This giveaway is the international part of my Second Blog Anniversary celebration!. One winner has a chance to win a signed, physical copy of Dead Letter by Marc Kuhn. It is his latest book and is a must read historical fiction with some suspense woven into it. Read my review here.

Dead Letter

Without further ado, rules to fulfill if you wish to enter:

1) Must be a follower of my blog

2) Open internationally. The author will ship this to where ever you live!

3) Must be 18+ or have guardian’s permission if you are a minor

4) Once the winners are announced (in a separate post and on my Facebook page on April 14th), contact me and we will take it further from there. Your details will be passed on to the author. Failure to contact me will result in a new winner being chosen.

If you fulfill all of the above rules, go ahead and enter the giveaway by using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Best of luck!

Love,

Naz 🙂

Book review: Dead Letter by Marc Kuhn

Hey there!

Today I am reviewing a historical fiction novel by Marc Kuhn. Here is more about the author:

Marc Kuhn

Author Marc Kuhn has worked in radio broadcasting most of his life as a journalist, a program director and a marketing executive. He has held positions at major radio stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami.

Now retired, he has turned his attention to writing. His first book, NEVER GOOSE A MOOSE! is a collection of whimsical verse for young children.
ABOUT A FARM is his second children’s book. It features lessons in life beyond the barnyard.

A third book, THE POPE’S STONE, is Kuhn’s first adult novel. It is a fascinating historical novel about two descendants of the same family who live parallel lives, but a century apart!

Kuhn lives in South Florida with his wife, Rosemarie, and seven grandchildren.

Book Summary

Dead Letter

Robert and Sandra are two young lovers whose quest to be together forever is challenged by misguided jealousy and a great world war. They grew up together in the small town of Centreville on the scenic Corsica River that streams outward from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This is “the land of pleasant living” along the great Chesapeake Bay. It is a rich and bountiful environment where resilient people have lived for generations and where a usually tranquil lifestyle remains undisturbed…until a letter mailed forty years earlier finally reaches its destination.

My review

I started off with high expectations from this book because firstly, I loved The Pope’s Stone, the first book I read of the author and secondly because the summary and title seemed promising. The cover is gorgeous except for the naked lady!. I found that a teeny tiny bit disturbing particularly because I do judge books by their covers (Yep, it’s a sin, I know). However, her being naked and standing there has a significance in the book. So, once I finished reading, I actually found it apt that it made it to the cover!. Saying that, don’t think there is graphic sex or too much nudity involved in this story. It’s a simple historic fiction with some good suspense woven into it.

Marc is the author who introduced me to historic fiction and made me fall in love with it. He successfully does so again with this one!. The story takes place in the year 1943. The pace of the story is relaxing and fluid. The beauty of the lake Corsica, the Chesapeake bay and the surroundings is beautifully described. What I loved the most though is the portrayal of the innocent love between two 17 year olds, Robert and Sandra, the protagonists of this story. You read about them and you simply know that they are made for each other. Their love is sweet, pure and innocent.

So imagine when Robert has to leave his town and go join the Marine Armed services. Sandra is heartbroken, because in those times many were dying at the war and there was no guarantee that she will ever see him again. Many scenes in this book moved me to tears. There is such emotion in the story. I loved all the characters in this book. My favorite though is Sandra. She is so strong in testing times and her character development is very nicely described throughout the book.

Then something happens that makes Robert fill with revenge and sadness. I found myself wondering why, until the very end. The suspense is very well maintained. There is a reference to a ‘treasure’, which I figured out once it was mentioned. But I had to wait till the end to find out why Robert considered ‘it’ Sandra’s treasure. Robert says in a letter that it’s a treasure that Sandra values more than Robert and seriously, those words threw me right off the track. I couldn’t think of anything that was more treasured by Sandra!. But there were certain other wordings / circumstances that lead me to understand what the treasure itself was but how it really related to Sandra, kept me hooked to the very last.

I got to say, I would have liked one more chapter in the end to see how life went on in the town of Centreville after some shocking revelations. The current ending seems abrupt and you sit there wondering what the heck just happened!. Its not like you are left with a lot of questions. Not at all. It’s pretty shocking because you will never see what was coming!.. You really got to read this book to know more. I am not going to reveal any spoilers here!. Oh and the Chesapeake Bay in this story is actually Marc’s favorite place on earth!. It’s nice that he made this story revolve around real places that is close to his heart.

Marc’s writing style is amazing and addictive. Even the Acknowledgement he wrote is so interesting and puts a smile on your face. There is life in his words. I have read acknowledgements of some other books before where it’s just flat, no life at all and you can immediately feel that it was written out of sheer necessity and not from the heart. But that’s not the case with Marc’s acknowledgements. It’s so heartfelt!.

Overall, I give this book 5/5 which by Goodreads standards means ‘it was amazing’. Historic fiction fans, suspense fans and anyone who wants a good relaxing read would absolutely love this!.

Contact the author

Website * Blog * Goodreads * Twitter

How I received a copy

A complimentary ebook copy of this book was provided to me by the author for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

Love,
Naz 🙂

Book review : The Pope’s Stone by Marc Kuhn plus US/International giveaway!

Hi all!

Today I am reviewing an American historical novel by Marc Kuhn. First let me introduce the author to you:

Marc KuhnAuthor Marc Kuhn has worked in radio broadcasting most of his life as a journalist, a program director and a marketing executive. He has held positions at major radio stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami.

Now retired, he has turned his attention to writing. His first book, NEVER GOOSE A MOOSE! is a collection of whimsical verse for young children.
ABOUT A FARM is his second children’s book. It features lessons in life beyond the barnyard.

A third book, THE POPE’S STONE, is Kuhn’s first adult novel. It is a fascinating historical novel about two descendants of the same family who live parallel lives, but a century apart!

Kuhn lives in South Florida with his wife, Rosemarie, and seven grandchildren.

Book Blurb

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THE POPE’S STONE is a fascinating historical novel that follows the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas, descendants of the Barrington family of Virginia. Each young man keeps life-long journals which eventually reveal their parallel lives; lives that are mirrored by similar events and experiences, similar relationships and consequences. The two, however, lived a century apart. The only connections between them are their family heritage, their journals…and the Pope’s Stone.

The Pope’s Stone was a slab of engraved marble given to America in 1854 by Pope Pius IX. It was to be embedded within the walls of the Washington Monument, then under construction in the nation’s capital. John Henry Barrington, a stonemason working at the Monument site, was persuaded to assist a small party of anti-Catholic activists in stealing the Pope’s Stone, smashing it to pieces and tossing them into the Potomac River. The Pope’s Stone was never to be seen again, except for a fragment that John Henry secretly kept for himself. This small piece of the stone passes down through generations of Barringtons, leaving a path of hardship and unexpected tragedy for those who possess it. Coincidence? Bad karma, as Cousin Sarah calls it? Or is it more than that? And, what role does the stone play in the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas? These are some of the questions you’ll be asking…discover the answers in THE POPE’S STONE.

The Pope’s Stone Website

My Review

I have got to say. I don’t like historical fictions. It’s not like I have had a bad experience reading the likes of it before. But I tend to link history with the word ‘boring’, probably because of my boring history classes from school!

However, imagine my surprise when I found The Pope’s Stone, an American historical novel, to be anything but ‘boring’. It was my good friend, Monica of Impressions of a Princess who brought my attention to this book. The summary caught my fancy immediately. It’s not the usual kind of plot. Two people keeping identical journals and leading identical parallel lives but yet having lived a century apart is definitely intriguing. I was introduced right into the heart of the story but it never was too soon or too slow. The book moves back and forth between the journal entries of Nathaniel from the mid – late 18th century and Nicholas from mid- late 19th century. Sometimes, I don’t quite like the jumping from time to time part however, in this book, everything has a well denoted year to it, so it never was confusing.

The lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas are very well described. There were many profoundly touching and moving scenes described throughout the book. Also, one question propelled me quickly through the pages and that was, how exactly does The Pope’s stone fit into these two people’s lives. I like the author’s choice of words at times. Simple yet packed with such an impact!. I love how the twists of fate are explained in the book. There are tragedies in the book. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But it makes you ponder more about our life, death and the timing of everything.

The plot is very well thought of. Everything is linked seamlessly. The author has captured the bonds shared by family, very beautifully. I understand that writing about history is not very easy. Not everyone can do it, because it’s not like you can simple tap into your imagination and write about your thoughts and fantasies!. Actual historical events play major role in such books and that means you need to know your history well. That’s exactly what I found here. The author has very well researched everything, obviously with the help of many people to whom he wrote a beautiful acknowledgement at the end of the book.

He also thanks his wife, to whom he has been happily married to for 45 years, for her constant support, in such a way that it really moved me to tears!. Familial bonds move me a lot. Believe me!!. I think the cover of this book is very nice by the way. The light from the top, emphasizes the title of the book beautifully, as is the open journal and a part of the Pope’s Stone.

I would highly suggest this book to just about anyone. I give this book a 4/5, which by Goodreads standards means that I really liked it!

Contact the author

Website * Blog * Goodreads * Twitter

How I received a copy!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

THE GIVEAWAY

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Marc Kuhn, the author of the historical novel The Pope’s Stone, is very generous to offer a combo prize package of a signed paperback of his book plus a simple black journal. To sweeten the deal, there will be four winners!!. Two US residents and two international participants will be chosen by an electronic raffle after the giveaway ends. Kindly check the rafflecopter links below. The first one is for International giveaway and the next is for US only.

International Giveaway

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US Giveaway

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Note: Both giveaways are open until Friday, March 22. All entries will be checked for validity. On or before March 25, two international and two US residents will be randomly chosen by Rafflecopter. These four winners will be announced in this blog and they will have 48 hours to respond/comment on the announcement post. I am not responsible for the shipment of the prize. The author will be handling the shipment.

FOLLOW THE REST OF THE TOUR

The Pope’s Stone Tour Schedule (March 8-19)

March 8 – Impressions of a Princess

March 10 – YA Big BOOKworm

March 11- Book Adoration

March 12 – For the Love of Books

March 13 – Naznin Azeez

March 14 – Amidst Books

March 15 – Lollipops and Rainbows

March 16 – Emma Snow

March 17 – Prisailurophile Blog

March 18 – Pretty Little Dreamer

March 19 – Edge of Jade

Love,

Naz 🙂