Saturday, December 3, 2022

This OR That #Giveaway № 81 ~ The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford OR Heard It in a Love Song by Tracey Garvis Graves


I have sooooo many books!

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

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!


The Many Daughters of Afong Moy
by Jamie Ford
ARC ~ Published August 2022

Dorothy Moy breaks her own heart for a living.

As Washington’s former poet laureate, that’s how she describes channeling her dissociative episodes and mental health struggles into her art. But when her five-year-old daughter exhibits similar behavior and begins remembering things from the lives of their ancestors, Dorothy believes the past has truly come to haunt her. Fearing that her child is predestined to endure the same debilitating depression that has marked her own life, Dorothy seeks radical help.

Through an experimental treatment designed to mitigate inherited trauma, Dorothy intimately connects with past generations of women in her family: Faye Moy, a nurse in China serving with the Flying Tigers; Zoe Moy, a student in England at a famous school with no rules; Lai King Moy, a girl quarantined in San Francisco during a plague epidemic; Greta Moy, a tech executive with a unique dating app; and Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America.

As painful recollections affect her present life, Dorothy discovers that trauma isn’t the only thing she’s inherited. A stranger is searching for her in each time period. A stranger who’s loved her through all of her genetic memories. Dorothy endeavors to break the cycle of pain and abandonment, to finally find peace for her daughter, and gain the love that has long been waiting, knowing she may pay the ultimate price.

The New York Times bestselling author of the “mesmerizing and evocative” (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet returns with a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations.


Heard It in a Love Song
by Tracey Garvis Graves
ARC ~ Published November 2021

Layla Hilding is thirty-five and recently divorced. Struggling to break free from the past—her glory days as the lead singer in a band and a ten-year marriage to a man who never put her first—Layla’s newly found independence feels a lot like loneliness.

Then there’s Josh, the single dad whose daughter attends the elementary school where Layla teaches music. Recently separated, he’s still processing the end of his twenty-year marriage to his high school sweetheart. He chats with Layla every morning at school and finds himself thinking about her more and more.

Equally cautious and confused about dating in a world that favors apps over meeting organically, Layla and Josh decide to be friends with the potential for something more. Sounds sensible and way too simple—but when two people are on the rebound, is it heartbreak or happiness that’s a love song away?

From the bestselling author of The Girl He Used to Know comes a love song of a story about starting over and second chances.



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  1. I put my decorations up the 1st of December.

  2. December 1st is when I start putting up Christmas decorations.

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  3. We bought our tree last night. It smells amazing. We will decorate today.

    1. I love the smell too. We changed to an artificial tree several years ago but I light a lot of candles to get that smell in my house. :)

  4. I do it a little at a time thru the 1st half of December, usually after I finish my holiday cards & sending out gifts to out-of-state family & friends. My tree is currently up but not decorated yet, and a few decorations out. And I will finish up over the next few days.

  5. The day after Halloween my Christmas decorations go up. I like to enjoy them and I like having them up for the extra month.

  6. December 1st seems to be a popular time for people to start decorating. I don't get to it that early but that's when the Christmas music comes out for me!


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