Friday, May 17, 2013

Double Book Report & Giveaway!

Today I am privileged to review TWO books -- one historical romance and one contemporary. First up, The Icecutter's Daughter, by Tracie Peterson! 

I've always been a rabid Tracie Peterson fan. Every book she writes I buy because she a classic Historical Romance author. Every setting is unique, every story different, characters arched and individual, and heroes vary from book to book.

Icecutter's Daughter is no different. Merrill is the devoted daughter of the ice cutter. Just their unique business alone lends itself to historical credence and definitely makes a fascinating read. Merrill is thwarted in her own future, the only female in a house of men who need a woman's touch in the place of a mother who'd passed away. Rurik is a hero who is not regretful to be free of a simpering fiance from an arranged betrothal. Fascinated by Merrill, intrigued by life in the wintery regions of the North, it seems like God has smiled on both and provided them with a rather predictable future. Until Rurik's fiance appears, with child, claiming it is his and insistent he take responsibility. Scandal ensues and ... well... I'm giving this book away to one lucky reader and the rest of you will have to buy it to find out! :) 

Lisa Wingate is a new author to me. Obviously, Anne and I err heavily on the historical side but it's always nice to brush up on other genres. Firefly Island was a long deviation from my normal reading path. It's written in first person too, so that was a difficult one for me. No reflection on the writing or the story--which were rich, deep, thought provoking and good--I'm just not a good reader of first person.  Lisa is a fabulous writer! I was pleased with the flow of the story, the richness of the intrigue ... it sort of reminded me of one of those creepy but literary-style movies where a family moves to a sheltered little town with an underlying and ghostly story that must be uncovered.

Mallory has married, children entered her life and she uncovers scandal. Hidden, on Firefly Island, life's questions push her to the brink. Her background working on Capitol Hill is a sharp contrast to her new life with a husband, a step-son and a pregnancy. The characters of Firefly Island are layered, the story is riddled with the challenges of life, the intrigue of secrets and ghostly pasts ... it keeps you on the edge until the very last page.

SO! In honor of a two book report, we're holding a two book giveaway! Spread the word, leave a comment, enter to win!

And my question for you is...first person or third person? Which is your reading preference?

Winner will be announced Wednesday, May 22nd!

20 comments:

  1. I prefer first person! I love both of these authors--- Firefly Island was a great book!! Very nice reviews! Thanks ladies.

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    1. Firefly WAS a great book!! Love that you love first person. I seem to run in circles who prefer third, so it's neat to hear it from the other perspective.

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  2. Third Person! The books look great :)

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  3. I enjoy both, but third person is easier for me to write. Does that count?

    They both look like great books :)

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  4. These both look great! I like third, I just do. But I do like the occasional first person dash of colour.

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    1. colour? you're from Canada aren't you? ;) Love those added "u"'s :)

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  5. My reading preference is generally third, but first done well can be captivating...which is exactly how I found Firefly Island. It felt...lyrical. Loved it! I haven't read the Icecutter's Daughter yet, but now I want to check it out!

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    1. LYRICAL! Perfect word to describe Lisa's book. It was almost an enigma to me. Like I don't even know how to classify it :) Really good.

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  6. I almost always prefer third person. On occasion first person can work for me, but often it bugs me immensely...especially if paired with present tense. Lately though, it hasn't been annoying me AS much...I think that means the authors are getting better at it! :) However, the absolute worst is second person, so.

    charityu.austenite[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Second person? LOL I can't remember the last time I saw one written like that, but yes, annoying :)

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  7. First person. Firefly Island was a good book, haven't read the Icecutter's Daughter yet. That's on my wish list.
    Karen G.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  8. I prefer first person, its like being there yourself..
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com

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  9. I usually prefer third person, but once in a while there is a special book in first person that is really good!
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  10. I prefer first person, I love getting inside the characters head! Both of these books look great. I generally shy away from contemporary but Firefly Island just sounds like something I'd enjoy!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. 1st person.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunities!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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  12. I love 3rd person. I used to not enjoy 1st person, but now am liking it, too, but 3rd person is still my favorite.
    Joi
    booksbyjoiatcopelandclandotcom

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  13. I like 1st person.

    msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

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