Saturday, February 19, 2022

This OR That #Giveaway Week 48 ~ The First Husband by Laura Dave OR The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd #TheFirstHusband #TheBookOfLongings


I have sooooo many books!

The This or That Giveaway! feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. It's a way for me to cull my collection and give someone else the chance to enjoy these treasures.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!


The First Husband
by Laura Dave
Hardcover ~ Published April 2011

New York Times Bestselling Novelist Jonathan Tropper says: "Laura Dave positive shines with wisdom and intelligence. And what truly sets Dave apart is her ability to convey the contradictions and imperfections, the inherent impossibility of true love, and yet somehow still make you believe in it."

Annie Adams thinks she has it all. Her longtime boyfriend, Nick, is on the verge of becoming a successful film director, her travel column is nationally syndicated, and they've got a great dog. Her life finally feels like it is falling into place. Until, out of nowhere, Nick announces that he's reconnected with a woman from his past and he's moving out. Reeling from Nick's exit, Annie stumbles into her neighborhood bar and finds Griffin, a down to earth chef who seems to be everything she didn’t know she wanted. Three months later, they’re married. And Annie finds herself in a small Massachusetts town -- completely unmoored and wondering if she’s picked a life on the rebound.

A wry observer of modern love, Laura Dave "steers clear of easy answers to explore the romantic choices we make" (USA Today). The First Husband is her most delightful work to date, bursting with humor, and rife with surprising insight about love, marriage, family, and fresh starts -- in the places we least expect to find them.

Marie Claire Magazine says: "Delicious and comforting. With an ending as satisfying as cream cheese frosting."


The Book of Longings
by Sue Monk Kidd
Paperback ~ Published April 2020

"An extraordinary novel . . . a triumph of insight and storytelling." --Associated Press

"A true masterpiece." --Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed

An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated number one New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings.

In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.

Their marriage evolves with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, and their mother, Mary. Ana's pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to Rome's occupation of Israel, partially led by her brother, Judas. She is sustained by her fearless aunt Yaltha, who harbors a compelling secret. When Ana commits a brazen act that puts her in peril, she flees to Alexandria, where startling revelations and greater dangers unfold, and she finds refuge in unexpected surroundings. Ana determines her fate during a stunning convergence of events considered among the most impactful in human history.

Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus's life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman's bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer at the height of her powers.



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  1. I like to snack while I'm readinng...

  2. Probably my worst habit is eating and drinking while reading, but who doesn't, or wouldn't, right? I have spilled beverages on pages multiple times.

    Another bad habit I have is loaning out books to people who never return them. I'm very picky about loaning out those 'special' books now.

  3. "Do you have a bad book habit?" No, I don't think so. I take good care of my books and read a variety of quality books!

  4. I guess my only bad book habit would be stacking my TBR book piles quite high on my nightstand. Sometimes the high stacks may tend to fall over!

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  5. Not sure. Probably that I don't dust my huge TBR pile of books enough. ;)

  6. I take good care of my books so no bad habits.

  7. No I don't. I take care of my books and they look brand new when I finish reading them.

  8. Hmm, a bad book habit. I don't really have one now that I think about it. How about that?!

  9. I would say my bad habit is buying books when I already have a HUGE pile I need to get through!


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