Friday, December 11, 2009


Enter to Win a hardcover copy of Rainwater
--bestselling author Sandra Brown's
first historical fiction!
We loved it (check out our review) and
we think you will too! Summary
The year is 1934. With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic depression, Ella Barron runs her Texas boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance. Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her ten-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion.

When David Rainwater arrives at the house looking for lodging, he comes recommended by a trusted friend as "a man of impeccable character." But Ella senses that admitting Mr. Rainwater will bring about unsettling changes.

However, times are hard, and in order to make ends meet, Ella's house must remain one hundred percent occupied. So Mr. Rainwater moves into her house...and impacts her life in ways Ella could never have foreseen.

The changes are echoed by the turbulence beyond the house walls. Friends and neighbors who've thus far maintained a tenuous grip on their meager livelihoods now face foreclosure and financial ruin. In an effort to save their families from homelessness and hunger, farmers and cattlemen are forced to make choices that come with heartrending consequences.

The climate of desperation creates a fertile atmosphere for racial tensions and social unrest. Conrad Ellis--privileged and spoiled and Ella's nemesis since childhood--steps into this arena of teeming hostility to exact his vengeance and demonstrate the extent of his blind hatred and unlimited cruelty. He and his gang of hoodlums come to embody the rule of law, and no one in Gilead, Texas, is safe. Particularly Ella and Solly.

In this hotbed of uncertainty, Ella finds Mr. Rainwater a calming presence. She is moved by the kindness he shows other boarders, Solly...and Ella herself. Slowly, she begins to rely on his soft-spokenness, his restraint, and the steely resolve of his convictions. And on the hottest, most violent night of the summer, those principles will be put to the ultimate test.

To enter to win a copy of "Rainwater" by Sandra Brown


1) Follow the blog (see right sidebar) and comment letting us know. If you are already following, just leave a comment about what you are currently reading! Please leave a contact email so that we can get ahold of you if you win.

FOR EXTRA ENTRIES (Please leave separate comments for each entry):

2) Browse our reviews and tell us what book that we've reviewed you are most likely to pick up next.
3) List your top 5 all time favorite books (a series can count as one)
4) Post about this giveaway on facebook, myspace, twitter, or some other social networking site.

This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM on December 31, 2009 and be announced some time on New Year's Day (like when I wake up).

Our thanks to Sandra Brown and the lovely people at Simon & Shuster for agreeing to sponsor this giveaway! (Michelle, you rock!)


Yvonne said...

I'd love to be entered! I'm a follower.


Yvonne said...

The Sandra Brown book "Rainwater" is the one of your reviews I'd most likely read anyway.


Dixie said...

Hi. I am a new follower.I haven't read anything by Sandra Brown in a while but this one sounds great. Right now I am reading a book called The Edge of Forever by Jeff S. Chimenti.


Barb said...

I am a current follower. Currently I am reading "An Irish Country Christmas".

bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

Melissa Burmester said...

Please enter me I am a follower


SandyM204 said...

I am a new follower. I am currently reading "7th Heaven" by James Patterson.
sandym204 @ gmail dot com

Janet Ruth said...

I am a new follower, please count me in for this great giveaway. I am currently reading Hummingbird Ridge by Margaret Nava.


Jennifer said...

I am a follower and currently reading A Jolly Old Fellow by Stephen Masse. Thank you for this chance!
knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Jennifer said...

Of your reviews, I am most likely to next read, The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger.
knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Jennifer said...

No Winds of Blame by Georgette Heyer
Perfect Timing by Jill Mansell
The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate
Green by Ted Dekker
Casting Off by Nicole R. Dickson

knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Gerbera Daisy Mom said...

Currently a follower -- would love to enter the contest. I checked this book in for a parton yesterday at the library, she highly recommended it also.

Gerbera Daisy Mom said...

Most like to read based on a review: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Gerbera Daisy Mom said...

Oh, I'm currently reading Persuasion, by Jane Austen and a Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron that I may never finish.

Top 5:
Gone With the Wind
Under the Tuscan Sun
Like Water for Chocolate
Harry Potter 1-7
The Hiding Place

zmomma said...

I'm already a follower. I'm currently reading The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I just discovered your blog. I am now a follower! I am also a SAHM to my little toddler son!

Please enter me in your contest.

I have many favorite books but 5 that I recommend to everyone include:
Where the Red Fern Grows, The Thirteenth Tale, See jane Run by Joy Fielding, My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult and The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

Jodi Tolman said...

Hi! I've been following your blog for quite a while now and absolutely LOVE it! I'm currently reading "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. I'd love to be entered in your drawing for Rainwater! It sounds wonderful! Thanks for all the great reviews!

Jodi Tolman said...

Thanks for such a great blog! I get probably 90% of my book ideas from your blog--you are great at helping me decide what books are worth my time and which aren't. Of some of your more recent reviews, I'm definitely going to read "Love Walked In" or "The Life O'Reilly" next. Both sound wonderful! I'm a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks and after reading Kim's review of "The Life O'Reilly" suggesting it's "in the tradition of Nicholas Sparks" I better try it out! Thanks again for the great reviews! I love your honesty!

Jodi Tolman said...

Wow, my 5 all time favorite books?! How can I limit it to just 5?! I'll do my best. Here are 5 of some of my top 20 favorite books:

"Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
"The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger
"The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks
"The Princess Bride" by William Goldman
"Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbitt

Thanks again for maintaining such a great blog!

Barb said...

Of the books that you have reviewed, the one that I would like to read next is The Help. Your reviews help me so much in selecting the books I want to read next.

bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

Barb said...

Selecting my 5 favorite books is almost impossible. I have read so many great books over my lifetime that I forget what all I have actually read. But here goes my choices:

1. Jane Eyre
2. Cry My Beloved Country
3. Nefertiti
4. Are you There God? It's me Margaret.
5. Any of Toni Morrison's books (I can't choose between them since they are all excellent and my favorites)

bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

Mary said...

I am a follower!


Mary said...

This one is easy!! I really, REALLY want to read The Help! Our book club has been waiting for it to come out in paperback (June, I think) to read it! And at my local library there is a 20 person wait! Very popular book. I have heard so many great things, after seeing and reading your review here. Looks so good!


Mary said...

Five all-time favorites...

Twilight Saga
Where the Heart is
Hunger Games
Nineteen Minutes
Three Cups of Tea


JoAnn said...

If I didn't already want to read it Kim's review and interview with Sandra Brown sold me. I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Emily said...

Oo, enter me! And I just finished the Harry Potter series for about the third time, and am now using spare time to finish our Christmas presents... homemade theme, you see.

Annette said...

I think I'm a follower already... (Kari? did I do this right?) I recently read The Book Thief thanks to your great review! I also loved the Hunger Games books 1 & 2, and read through the entire "Ugly" Series in a week!

Heidi V said...

I'm a Follower, I'm currently reading the Sookie Stackhouse Series.

heidivargas [at] live dot com

Leslie said...

I've been "following" you on GoogleReader for awhile, but I was so intrigued by the review of Rainwater, that I decided to "officially follow" you here to enter the give away.

I love your blog! Thanks for all the great reviews! Leslie

Leslie said...

Oops! Forgot to give you my's
lesliesillusions at gmail dot com

My top 5 can I limit it to 5?

Until We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
A Life Worth Living: A Doctor's Reflection on Illness in a High Tech Era by Robert Martensen


justpeachy36 said...

I am a follower.

The book I would like to pick up that you have reviewed is: Evermore - Alyson Noel

Top Five of All Time
1.) Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett
2.) The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
3.) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
4.) The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5.) Gates of Zion by Bodie Thoene

Marjorie said...

I am a new follower by google reader and book blogs, I would love to win this book.
I am currently reading It Happened One Night
by Lisa Dale.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

E.J. Stevens said...

I'm a new follower.[at]gmail[dot]com


Sarah said...

Please enter me in this giveaway!

I'm a new follower.

saemmerson at yahoo dot com

Sarah Emmerson

Sarah said...

From the books you've reviewed, I'm most likely to pick up The Help by Kathrynn Stockett next, as I've been wanting to read that book for months!

saemmerson at yahoo dot com

Sarah Emmerson

Sarah said...

My top 5 all time favorite books:

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
3. 1984 by George Orwell
4. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
5. Gertruda's Oath by Ram Oren

saemmerson at yahoo dot com

Sarah Emmerson

Sarah said...

I tweeted:

saemmerson at yahoo dot com

Sarah Emmerson

debbiejackson said...

Just found ur blog and am now following. I'm reading She's come undone.

debbiejackson said...

Most likely to read "Wishing and Hoping"

debbiejackson said...

5 favorites: quiet flows the don, paradise, A small town, Louis Pasteur, Let their be a rainbow.

Cindy said...

So many hard to choose.
The Children of Promise series
Three Cups of Tea
Refuge by Terry Tempst Williams
Daddy Long Legs
The Whistling Season
Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

chery said...

Sooo many favorites! Heres a few -
The Book Thief
The Help
The Forgotten Garden
Agony and the Ecstasy
The Alchemist
The Boleyn Series - Thanks Cindy!!

Luvdaylilies said...

I am now a follower=)
I would really enjoy this book & would love a chance to win a copy!
Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

Molly said...

I just became a follower. Great blog!

Amy said...

I love this blog, of course. Loved the reviews this year. I am currently reading, "Big Cherry Holler," the second book in the series by Adriana Trigiani.

StephTheBookworm said...

I'd love to win! I'm a follower.

StephTheBookworm said...

The book you have reviewed that I am most likely to read soon is The 13th Tale. I just got it from Paperback Swap, and it looks great.

StephTheBookworm said...

My top favorite books are:

1. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
2. Sloppy Firsts series by Megan McCafferty
3. Rosie Dunne by Cecelia Ahern
4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
5. The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond


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