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  • 21st Century,  General Fiction,  Southern

    The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber

    The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber was originally published in 2009 when it was also shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers. I first knew of Ann Weisgarber due to the publication of her latest novel The Promise – first review ever published here! – and since then we have remained in touch. When The Promise came out last March, I wanted to review her other novel and was kindly sent a paperback edition by Sophie from Mantle. From Goodreads: When Rachel, hired help in a Chicago boardinghouse, falls in love with Isaac, the boardinghouse owner’s son, he makes her a bargain: he’ll marry her, but…

  • 21st Century

    Out Today

    Two great books are out in the UK today. I was kindly sent advanced review copies for both of them and already read and reviewed them a long time ago. But today, seeing pictures of those amazing authors – two women I admire – signing copies and meeting fans, I just wanted to dedicate them this post and the best luck. The Promise by Ann Weisgarber You can read my review here. Ann kindly allowed me to interview her. Read the interview here. Ann has been a dear to me for some months now. After our interview, we kept exchanging emails and I met a wonderful, generous and kind woman,…

  • Random

    September Wrap-Up

    I can’t believe today is September’s last day. The month just flew by! I am happy it’s been so: our perception of time changes very much depending on how we feel and that is why time flies by when we are happy and a minute can be endless when we are sad. Basically, September meant easing back to a routine. I stopped reading during the second half of August, aware that the new academic year was about to start and summer was still summer without fully being it, I just managed to cope (and ask for some review copies because, let’s face it, I knew I would be back to…

  • Author Interviews,  Features

    Interview: Ann Weisgarber (The Promise)

    I recently reviewed The Promise, a tale of a young woman who moves from Ohio to Texas desperately seeking a new start. You can read the review here. Loving it as much as I did, I took a chance and asked the author, Ann Weisgarber, for an interview and she graciously agreed to answer my questions. Now, you have the opportunity to read the exclusive interview here. A big thank you goes to Ann for answering all of them in such a busy week. Ann Weisgarber Interview for Books and Reviews Elena, this is my first interview for The Promise, and I’m delighted to have this opportunity to be part…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction,  Southern

    The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

    I first heard of The Promise by Ann Weisgarber* on Twitter, on a chat between a fellow blogger and good friend now, working for Pan McMillan. And it was instant love: as I saw the cover I knew I wanted, I needed, to read that book. A free review copy arrived some days after I contacted the publisher and, somehow, the book seemed the perfect work to ease me back on a reading routine. The picture of a little boy, unknown to me then, but a beloved one now, stared at me from the top of my TBR pile on my desk, near my reading lamp. It caught my sight…