March 27, 2011

Reading "Night Road" and a Giveaway


I have long been a fan of author Kristin Hannah who has published eighteen novels prior to "Night Road," which is due out on March 29, 2011. As a member of LibraryThing.com, I was fortunate to be selected by St. Martin's Press to receive an Advance Readers' Edition of "Night Road" for review.

The story is about a well-to-do, close-knit family of four in Washington state: Jude Farraday, her husband Miles, and twins Zach and Mia who are just entering high school. Jude is a very involved and protective mother which, of course, horrifies her kids while showing them how much she loves them.

Another central character is Lexi Baill, a new girl at school who was sent to live with her great aunt after her mother died. Lexi becomes best friends with Mia and, eventually, Zach's girlfriend, and the Farradays become her extended family. Life rolls along nicely until it comes time to select colleges. The Farraday kids have to decide which 4-year college to choose, while Lexi will be lucky to afford community college. Graduation draws near as well as the time when Lexi and Zach will be separating to attend college, tempers flare, passions heat up and a horrifying life-changing event occurs.

The Farraday family is broken and the community is in an uproar. Charges are filed, a trial is held and things go from bad to worse. This is an emotional book, full of real life situations that make you just want to lock your kids up to protect them from all the bad things that could happen to them and the mistakes they could make.


Kristin Hannah

I actually received and read this book a few months ago so I'm behind in reviewing it. I did like the book, although it was a little hard for me to read at the time since it deals with death and how different people cope with it. We had recently lost a neighbor and a family member so reading "Night Road" hit very close to home and made me realize even more how devastating such losses can be to those left behind.

However, I thought "Night Road" was well-written and a good read and I'm going to share the wealth. If you would be interested in receiving my advance readers' copy, just leave one comment - including your email address - and I will draw a winner on Friday, April 1, 2011, that I will mail it to. I will contact the winner by email to get their mailing address (for U.S. entrants only).

Thanks to LibraryThing.com and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to review "Night Road" and thank you and good luck to everyone who visits my blog and leaves a comment.



17 comments:

heavenisabookstore said...

Wow that sounds like a fantastic book. Do you feel she is similar to Jodi Picoult? I have only read one other of Kristin Hannah's books. Very nice review. Thanks!

jayayceeblog said...

@ heavenisabookstore: I actually do think she has a style similar to Jodi Picoult. I like her work.

Loren said...

Wow! I knew this book was coming out but I am sooo glad to have read your review! It sounds a little tooo close to my life right now so I do NOT want to add anything that would cause me to "hover" right now LOL (my blogpost is about jen going to college and me hovering today) I really enjoy her books though and will probably read this sometime ...... IN A FEW YEARS LOL

LOVE YOU

Dazee Dreamer said...

*pick me* *hands waving in the air*

dazeedreamer@hotmail.com

I would really love to win this book. It sounds just like my kind of book.

blueviolet said...

It sounds pretty intense and so interesting!
bluevioletnut AT gmail DOT com

Linda Jacobs said...

Oh, yeah, I'm going to have to download this on my Kindle. It sounds like my kind of book. We're downsizing so I don't have room for more books, unfortunately, so you don't have to include me in your givewawy.

Shell said...

Oh, I love her books!

caite said...

what a co-inky-dink..I just reviewed this book today and while it is totally not my usual read, I love it. Yes it is very sad...tearjerker comes to mind...I totally loved it.

of course, don't enter me in the givaway...

Duchess said...

That looks like an awesome book. I'm adding it to my list of books to read!

Tiffanee said...

Thanks. I am always looking for a good read!!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

LOVE books. Thanks for the opportunity!

wilsonc said...

I love Kristin Hannah and would love to read this book!

gtyyup said...

Thank you for the invite!

It sounds like a great read.

gtyyup@wildblue.net

BJ Roan said...

Love Kristin Hannah, and this one sounds like a good read. Great review!

BJ Roan said...

Oops, forgot my email. b.roan@mchsi.com Just in case. ;)

lisaschaos said...

I haven't ever read her but sounds interesting. :0)

Baby Sister said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I'll have to look into it.