Monday, June 2, 2014

The Bookman's Tale review and giveaway!

From the publisher:

Nine months after the death of his beloved wife Amanda left him shattered, Peter Byerly, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates fromNorth Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-centrury study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a women who bears an uncanny resemblance to Amanda. 

Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture's origins and braves a host of dangers to follow a trail of clues back across the centuries -- all the way to Shakespeare's time and a priceless literary artifact that could prove, once and for all, the truth about the Bard's real identity. 

This one definitely kept me up at night! The plot was fascinating, mixed with all sorts of twists and turns, along with the awesome literary points. Though I don't personally get a thrill from antique books, I do love reading about them. 

The time shifts were done well and kept me interested in the story. I didn't particularly care for Peter as a main character -- his melancholy was a bit overdone -- but I did love his emotions when it came to the actual mystery. 

Intrigued? The publisher is kind enough to give one of you a copy! Just leave a comment here telling me a summer reading recommendation and you'll be entered to win a copy. U.S. only. Enter by Friday night, 6/6. 

Make sure you leave me a way to contact you!


Susan said...

Oooh, I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds intriguing. I'd love to win a copy.

As for summer reads, I'm going to start CHAPEL WARS by Lindsey Leavitt today. She writes cute, clean YA novels -- perfect reads for easy, breezy summer days!


jpetroroy said...

I love literary mysteries. Hm...have you read The Elite series? Cheesy fun.

birdie said...

I'd recommend Jamie Ford's Songs of Willow Frost about a young man left in an orphanage who is determined to find out if his mother is still alive. RobinATinmybookDOTcom

traveler said...

Thanks for this giveaway. For the summer Ember Island by Kimberley Freeman. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

A memorable novel- The Time in Between by Maria Duenas. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

JJT said...

Although it is long, I recommend The Goldfinch