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Review & Giveaway: Summer Dance

Summer Dance

Summer Dance
By Nan Rossiter
Kensington Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9781496705051, May 30, 2017, 352pp.

The Short of It:

Rossiter revisits the much-loved characters of Nantucket and goes a bit deeper into the family’s history, giving us the long-awaited love story between Coop and Sally.

The Rest of It:

Nantucket is the perfect setting for new beginnings so when Sally ends up there, she’s hopeful that a new job and change of scenery is just what she needs to recover from an abusive marriage. One evening at a dance with her friends, she sees Coop across the room and after just one dance, she begins to think that happiness is not far off. Summer Dance is the story of Coop and Sally and how their love for one another challenged them in ways they never thought possible.

I am a huge Nan Rossiter fan. She writes such beautiful stories with great settings (Nantucket, Cape Code, etc.) and all of her stories center around characters who are flawed, but genuine and typically good, family minded individuals. I shy away from the typical “summer” read because usually there isn’t enough for me to sink my teeth into.

In Summer Dance, there is plenty for you to sink your teeth into. Sally was raised in the Catholic Church and this greatly affects her relationship with Coop. Her childhood friend Lizzy, also Catholic becomes Jewish in order to marry and so Sally is left wondering what religion means to her.

Can you be a good person even though you may not be perfect in the eyes of the church?

Sally is torn between doing what is right and doing what feels right and whether religion is a part of your life or not, I think most people can relate to this dilemma which is why this book would be great to discuss with a group.

I really enjoyed Summer Dance. It’s a great book to kickoff these hot summer months. I suggest you grab some wine, grill some scallops, find yourself a shady spot and dig in.

Read more about Nan Rossiter here.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

This giveaway is for one copy of Summer Dance and is open to the US and Canada. A winner will be chosen randomly by me. The book will come directly from the publisher/author. Only one entry per person. Giveaway closes on June 9, 2017 (pacific). I will contact the winner for his/her mailing address.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! (Now Closed)

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week – My Favorite Blogs

Let me just say that this has been a week of discovery. In honor of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I have been visiting a lot of new blogs and I am so impressed with what is out there. There are just so many wonderful blogs and not enough time in the day for me to read them all. Trust me, I try!

However, I have some favorites that I visit regularly and here they are (in no particular order):

Fizzy Thoughts
– Jill is a hoot. She has a wonderful sense of humor and she always makes me laugh. She provides her readers with honest, yet thoughtful reviews and she keeps it fresh by mixing it up a bit. There is never a dull moment!

Book Club Girl
– Jennifer’s site is a wealth of information for book clubs everywhere. Her radio blog is a lot of fun and I enjoy participating in her discussions. She is probably sick of all my comments but I just keep coming back.

Books on the Brain – I just love the way Lisa’s site is structured. It’s so easy to read and she too writes reviews that are honest, yet respectful to the author. Her “In Praise of Book Groups” series was a lot of fun to be a part of.

Everyday I Write The Book Blog
– I think Gayle’s site is one of the first book blogs I visited. I LOVE her online book club and participate as much as a I can. She too, is probably tired of hearing from me but as long as her site is up…I will be around to read it.

Age 30+ A Lifetime of Books
– Heather was one of the first people to post comments on my blog. I was new at blogging and when you are new, you get so excited about those first comments! I love her site. I love the idea behind it and I love hearing stories about Kiddo.

She Is Too Fond Of Books – I am thoroughly enjoying Dawn’s site. Her “Spotlight on Bookstores” is a great series. If you have not heard of it, then be sure to check her site out. I also enjoy her reviews quite a bit.

I could go on and on but I will force myself to stop here. Since starting my blog in Feb ’08, I have made so many new blogger friends and my TBR list is completely out of control but I am enjoying every minute of it.

Thanks to all that read my blog. If you have not checked out the blogs above, please do so and thanks to Amy over at My Friend Amy for organizing BBAW. What an undertaking! Bravo!