Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Summer of France Book Giveaway!

I got a lovely, little present the other day by way of my Kindle. My blogging buddy, author Paulita Kincer, sent me a copy of her new book as a thank you for having her daughter stay with me for a few days here in the south. So by the magic of 3G, whatever the hell that is, I had her novel in my grubby paws within minutes.

Which is exactly where it stayed until I was finished with it. Yep, I read the whole thing in one sitting, with little breaks to at least try to check off a few things on that nasty to-do list that's been plaguing me. Well, bless you Paulita, you took me away from all that. At least for a day.

Could a crackly phone call from France to Ohio save Fia Randolph’s jobless complications and family troubles? That’s what she hopes when her Uncle Martin asks Fia, her husband, and teenage twins to move to Provence and take over his bed and breakfast. She envisions long picturesque walks carrying crusty baguettes and bonding with the kids as they all learn French. But Fia didn’t bargain on the way Provence would tempt her teens and husband away from the family. Then Uncle Martin’s World War II secret wrenches her family further apart. Can Fia pull her family back together and help clear her uncle’s guilty conscience?

Paulita didn't ask me to mention her book on my blog. I approached her. Because the book is good; one of those novels that just take you away for awhile. And in this case, you get to take a little trip to my region of France. The story, about a woman pulling stakes and moving her family to Provence, had me at the first page and didn't disappoint me by wrapping it all up in a perfect, pretty package. The main character is likable, believable, flawed enough to make her real and took me in from the first page.  I got what I needed from a great read; action, romance, mystery, broken promises, angst, humor, and joy. And I'm not telling you any more than that!

Paulita is offering an early Christmas present to some lucky soul by offering a book for give-away. Yippee! We've got a give-away! Kindle, Nook or paperback version, your choice.  

So leave a comment on my blog and your name will go in the hat. I'll throw it in again if you tweet the giveaway. I'll do it again if you mention it on your blog or link this post up to your facebook page. Please don't forget, if you do not have an email address associated with your comments, please leave me some way to get a hold of you. And in your comment, tell me what you did (as in social media) so I can keep adding your name. 

If you're not the lucky winner, can enjoy Paulita's book by clicking here where you'll find all the links  on her website. You've got all sorts of options, including Nook and Kindle version. Take a few moments away from the Christmas Crazies and go on an adventure in Provence. And congratulations to Paulita. This is a score! 

I hope you all had warm and blessed Thanksgiving. All I can say is, thank god for elastic!

P.S. Provence Rugs is offering FREE SHIPPING until December 24! Shop early. Buy lots! 


  1. Neat! A friend of mine wrote a really great young adult novel that was published a few months ago ("Billy Christmas" is the name of it, if I can put in a shameless plug). While the book in and of itself was very entertaining, it was also really cool to read it knowing the person who had written it. Paulita's book sounds like a great read - please throw my name in the hat!

  2. Delana, Thanks for the great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and I can't wait to see who wins it. I guess my name doesn't get entered if I put it on Facebook!

  3. I want to read it! And being impatient as I am, I'll go check it out now and prob get it on Kindle. Sounds like a great story.
    Best regards,

  4. Just finished reading Paulita's book also for review - upcoming, and enjoyed it so much, I would love to win a paper copy to offer to a friend who loves everything French.
    here is my tweet:
    and it is on my facebook page (Emma Cazabonne).
    I just did the reverse of what u did, by the way: I'm French, and came to live in the US, close to Minnesota actually.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ehc16e at yahoo dot com

  5. This book sounds lovely. I linked your review to Facebook and I want to win the Kindle version. I've got my fingers crossed. Thanks, Delana

  6. I am a sucker for books about France.I think every blogger living in France should be required to write a book. And then give it away to me :)

  7. Hi Delana. I came here via Paulita's post -and first have to say how thrilling and brave to pick up and move to France. I'm quite envious!
    I read Paulita's book (I own it on Nook) and really enjoyed it as well. It was a lovely trip to France and an exciting read.

  8. Paulita's novel is a rare combination of wit, mystery, wit, and mystery.

    As a friend of mine said, "Hey, that goes double for me!"

    Howard G.

  9. My first reaction (not another book about someone moving to France) was quickly overtaken by your enthusiastic review, focusing on aspects of it as a novel, demonstrating that it has much more to offer than what I first thought. I don't know this author but from your description of the book, I can say that I am eager to read it.

  10. I finished reading this book only this weekend, so I don't need to go into the hat.

    But I would like to recommend The Summer of France to everyone else. I loved Fia and Uncle Martin and I couldn't help but get swept along as their stories unfolded. Of course, it helps that I love all thing French. Great book, Paulita x

  11. I've been meaning to get this book. If I don't win I'll be sure to pick up a copy for my Kindle. Sounds like a great read.

    Please throw my name in the hat twice - here's my tweet:

    jackiebouchard AT hotmail DOT com

  12. I would love a chance to win this for my Kindle; I tweeted about it here: https://twitter.com/laurelrainsnow

  13. Oh, this sounds like so much fun! I've been on a books-set-in-France reading kick lately, so I have to enter this. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    Thanks for doing this!

  14. I LOVE TO READ! And the book sounds so interesting and you read it in one setting that's saying something. Hope I win thank you for giving each of us a chance.

  15. Delana, This book sounds fabulous! I have distant family in France, and since I was a little girl, I've loved all things French (even before we knew of our ancestry). I would love to win this book and dream of once again visiting such a tremendous country! Thanks for the opportunity!

  16. Aww fun! Sounds like a great book.

  17. This is great! I can't wait to read it...

  18. I love a good book and this one sounds great..Thanks for the chance..xx

  19. Of course I need to read this book! Count me in for the comment, a tweet, and I'm going to post about it on my FB page :)
    P.S. When are you back in France?

  20. Sounds like my kind of book, thanks Delana. Have tweeted from @Loubille it and posted it on French Village Diaries FB page.

  21. Anything to do with France I am interested in...so this lovely book will be downloaded on to my Kindle. (I also keep hard copies for my Library) Look forward to the read.....pop and look at www.myruralfrenchlife.blogspot.fr or my Facebook page Rural French Life, and read about my Life in France. I will certainly be sharing with my friends.

    Marguerite x <3

  22. Ditto Maruerite - I lap up anything to do with France - I'll be checking her site too! Will tell about it on my FB page!!
    Ann (New Zealand)

  23. Thanks to everyone who left comments or shared this link. And thanks to Delana for the kind review. I can't wait to see who wins the book and I'll send it out.

  24. So proud to know the author! Can't wait to read the book, it's is next on my list. Congratulations Paulita!!


  25. Delana . . .you know I'll do anything to get there even if it's only in my head. Throw my info into the hat - debrapaper@gmail.com

    Hope you're having a great time on vacation!

  26. I just got my first Kindle so it has lots of empty space. However, I'll keep this in mind for a future purchase if I don't win. Congrats to Paulita.

  27. Seems a good book to read and makes a great companion while travelling during summer in France.

  28. Enjoyed the book on my Kindle.

  29. Enjoyed the book on my Kindle.

  30. Hi Delana!
    You must be with family enjoying the holidays but wanted to stop by to wish you lots of good things in this season.
    Happy Holidays!
    Sylvia S.


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