Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spotlight of The Vineyard by Maria Duenas


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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF MIRTH PENA OF SIMON & SCHUSTER/ATRIA BOOKS.
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THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TIME IN BETWEEN, MARIA DUEÑAS, RETURNS WITH ….
The Vineyard
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“Dueñas’ sweeping tale of fortunes made and lost abounds with dramatic characters and operatic plot twists […] this sprawling tale will charm fans of historical romance.” - Kirkus Reviews

"Heart wrenching yet uplifting, this beautifully rendered story
 will linger in readers' minds" - RT Book Reviews, four stars
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With the debut of her brilliant first novel, the New York Times bestseller The Time In Between (Atria; 2009), Dueñas was lauded for her descriptive and lyrical narrative and uniquely touching protagonists.  In a starred review, Publishers Weekly declared her “a writer to watch,” while El Mundo in her native Spain said, “Dueñas more than lives up to her title as one of the best contemporary authors today.”  It was critically and commercially acclaimed in the United States, and was also an international success, selling over two million copies worldwide and inspiring a popular Spanish television series (now available on Hulu and Netflix), known in the media as “the Spanish Downton Abbey.”  Her second novel, The Heart Has Its Reasons (Atria; 2012), was also well received and became an international bestseller.

María Dueñas is also a writer who has her finger on the pulse of society, with an innate talent for exploring the more personal and intimate issues in life—issues that no matter who we are and what we’ve accomplished—have affected many of us.  

THE VINEYARD is a powerful story of courage in the face of adversity, and of a destiny forever altered by the force of passion.
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ABOUT THE STORY:

Mauro Larrea’s fortune, the result of years of hardship and toil, comes crashing down on the heels of a calamitous event. Swamped by debt and uncertainty, he gambles the last of his money in a daring play that wins him an abandoned house and a vineyard an ocean away.  Mauro travels to Andalusia de Jerez in Spainwith every intention of selling the property and returning to Mexico. That is, until he meets the unsettling Soledad Montalvo, the wife of a London wine merchant, who bursts into his life unannounced, determined to protect her family’s legacy. Before long, Larrea finds himself immersed in the rich culture of the sherry trade. As his feelings for Soledad ripen into a consuming passion, he seeks to restore the vineyard to its former glory. 

From the turbulent young Mexican republic to flourishing Havana, and onward to the fertile vineyards of Jerez in the second half of the nineteenth century,María Dueñas’s new novel takes place on both sides of the Atlantic, the New World and the Old.  This story of family intrigue vividly conjures the noise and grit of silver mines, and the earthier lure of ancient vineyards and magnificent cities whose splendor has faded. Using the same resonant voice and skillful narrative style as she did in The Time In Between and The Heart Has Its Reasons, María Dueñas pours heart and soul into THE VINEYARD and creates a vibrant canvas that immerses readers in each locale, and offers a fascinating study in contrasts, contradictions…and second chances.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

María Dueñas holds a PhD in English philology. After two decades dedicated to academics, she broke onto the literary scene in 2009 with the publication of the New York Times bestselling novel The Time In Between, followed by The Heart Has Its Reasons in 2012. Both novels became international bestsellers and have been translated into 35 languages. The television adaptation of The Time in Between earned critical and international acclaim. The Vineyard is her third novel and is being simultaneously published in Spanish as La Templanza.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bitmoji Sharing





Do you have a Bitmoji character?

Does your Bitmoji character look like you?

Want to share your Bitmoji "twin" with everyone?

Join in the fun.  

Add your link below - this is my first attempt at Mr. Linky.  

I hope it works.  :)






Monday, October 16, 2017

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading - 10/16/2017

http://bookdate.blogspot.com/
   
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I hope you had a great reading week. 
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
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Books Completed

THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain - review is in the book's title - finished October 10.

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MILLARD SALTER'S LAST DAY by Jacob M. Appel - review will be on November 3 - finished October 6.

This book has been compared to A MAN CALLED OVE.
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DRAWING LESSONS by Patricia Sands - review is in the book's title - finished October 3.

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THE IT GIRLS by Karen Harper   - review will be on October 24 - finished September 26.  
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THE BLACKBIRD SEASON by Kate Moretti - review is in the book's title - finished on September 18.

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THE WELCOME HOME DINER by Peggy Lampman - review is in the book's title - finished on September 14.

 

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Book Currently Reading

SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornack - review will be on November 7. 

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Books Up Next:

THE MISSING by C. L. Taylor - review will be on November 9.
 
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TAHOE PAYBACK by Todd Borg - review will be on November 15.
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POISON by Galt Niederhoffer - review will be on November 29.
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DONE RUNNING by Helen Bea Kirk - review will be on December 12.

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THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn - review will be on January 2, 2018.

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THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - review will be on January 9, 2018.
 
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THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig - review will be on January 10, 2018.
 
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AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN by Susan Meissner - review will be on February 6, 2018.
 
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WHERE THE WILD CHERRIES GROW by Laura Madeleine - review will be on February 13, 2018.
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SUNBURN by Laura Lipmann - review will be on February 20, 2018.
 
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THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth - review will be on March 13, 2018.
 
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NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser - review will be on March 27, 2018.
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Mailbox Monday - 10/16/2017

 
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.
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Here’s a shout out to the administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha of Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf
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THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
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I hope you had a good mailbox.
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On Tuesday, October 10, I received:

1. CARNEGIE'S MAID by Marie Benedict, courtesy of Sourcebooks and NetGalley.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Library Song


This is so cute.  

It is Nashville Public Library's take on Meghan Trainor's song All About That Bass. 

https://www.facebook.com/wkrntv/videos/957938270900562/



ENJOY!!



Friday, October 13, 2017

Book Beginnings - 10/13/2017

 
*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
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My book beginnings is taken from SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornack:


"Olivia knows what they are doing is stupid.  If seen, they will be sent home--possible to a tribunal.  Never mind that to touch him could be life threatening.  But who will see them?  The beach is deserted and dark she can just see  few feet into the inky sea."
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Books Finished:

THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain - review is in the book's title.  

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MILLARD SALTER'S LAST DAY by Jacob M. Appel.

Review will be on November 3.

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DRAWING LESSONS by Patricia Sands.  Review is in the book's title.
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THE IT GIRLS by Karen Harper - review will be on October 24.  I have a teaser from my review on Goodreads.

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THE BLACKBIRD SEASON by Kate Moretti - review is in the book's title.

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THE WELCOME HOME DINER by Peggy Lampman - review is in the book's title.
 
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