Thursday, May 30, 2013

Armchair BEA 2013: Giveaway




Today we are hosting giveaways. You can find links to other blogs taking part here.


I thought long and hard about what book to offer as a Giveaway and eventually decided that I would choose the title that got me into this blogging game in the first place. It is not a particularly new title, but it will always remain one of the best books I have ever read: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.

Please complete the form below before 23.59 EST on Sunday 9th June and I will draw 1 name at random to receive a copy of the book.

All entrants must be 13+ and live in a country that Book Depository.com delivers to if you would like a paperback copy. I am also happy to send an ecopy if that is your preferred choice.


Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen



From Goodreads:
The women of the Waverley family -- whether they like it or not -- are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina. There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them.


For nearly a decade, 34-year-old Claire Waverley, at peace with her family inheritance, has lived in the house alone, embracing the spirit of the grandmother who raised her, ruing her mother's unfortunate destiny and seemingly unconcerned about the fate of her rebellious sister, Sydney, who freed herself long ago from their small town's constraints. Using her grandmother's mystical culinary traditions, Claire has built a successful catering business -- and a carefully controlled, utterly predictable life -- upon the family's peculiar gift for making life-altering delicacies: lilac jelly to engender humility, for instance, or rose geranium wine to call up fond memories. Garden Spells reveals what happens when Sydney returns to Bascom with her young daughter, turning Claire's routine existence upside down. With Sydney's homecoming, the magic that the quiet caterer has measured into recipes to shape the thoughts and moods of others begins to influence Claire's own emotions in terrifying and delightful ways. 
As the sisters reconnect and learn to support one another, each finds romance where she least expects it, while Sydney's child, Bay, discovers both the safe home she has longed for and her own surprising gifts. With the help of their elderly cousin Evanelle, endowed with her own uncanny skills, the Waverley women redeem the past, embrace the present, and take a joyful leap into the future.

You can read my rather gushing review of this title here.



11 comments:

  1. Oo, gateway book giveaway. Why didn't I think of that... :P

    (For the record, mine was Old Man's War by John Scalzi. Love that book, I do.)

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    1. I don't get deluged with new books or ARCs so it seemed more sensible to go with the book that I have already shoved down the throats of all my friends! :D

      Old Man's War is on my TBR list: my hubby thought it was hilarious!

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    2. You should read it; it's hilarious and awesome. My boyfriend and I both read it a few months ago and loved it.

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  2. I went with books that have been around for a while in my Giveaway post as well :)

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    1. It is always difficult to know what to offer because not every one wants to read brand new titles. :)

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  3. I love that you chose the book that got you into blogging! I don't think I have heard of it, but your review was all that was needed to add it to my ever growing of must-read books. Thank you for the giveaway. I'm also stealing Lisa's term "gateway book" -- perfect.

    LLM - ABookGeek

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    1. I've bought it for just about everyone I know, so I need to inflict on random strangers now! :D

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  4. Oooh, this looks like a wonderful book. I'm already intrigued.

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    1. It is one of those books that you will want to read straight through with no interruptions and then you will be sad when it's finished because you want to stay with all the characters and see what else they do with their lives! :)

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