Saturday, January 9, 2010

THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOVE: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
GEOGRAPHY OF LOVE
A MEMOIR
BY GLENDA BURGESS


ABOUT THE BOOK:

When Glenda Burgess and Kenneth Grunzweig met in 1988, Kenneth had already lost two wives—the first in a fatal car crash, and then years later his second wife in a brutal murder for which Kenneth remained for many years the prime suspect.
What possesses a woman to fall in love with a man fourteen years her senior, with a troubled teenage daughter and a past shadowed with so much suspicion and misfortune? And why would a man who has loved and lost in such tragic ways take a chance on opening his heart to another woman, despite the odds? Beautifully written and heart-wrenchingly honest,The Geography of Love is a poignant and unforgettable chronicle of a relationship that defies convention and survives the unthinkable.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


GLENDA BURGESS is the author of two novels, Exposure and Loose Threads. She lives in Spokane, Washington.


REVIEW:

This is a beautifully written and moving memoir of Glenda Burgess who as the age of 30 had been a management analyst with the U. S. State Department. Quite by coincidence, she meets a 44-year old Ken Grunzweig, who is a software executive and they fall hopelessly in love. Their courtship and love is not the norm with Ken being 13 years older than Glenda and having been married twice before. We learn how his first wife died in his arms in what was a tragic car accident. He was just separated from his second wife when she was murdered. Ken actually was under suspicion for her death but he didn't do it. And so with all this, Glenda and Ken still fall in love and marry. Glenda must face being the awful "stepmother" to Ken's teenage daughter but with all that, their love is so strong that they build a beautiful life together and even have two children of their own. This first part of the book you can't put down as you so want to see if these two really do get together. Alas, they do and even though they are tested by many things and some are very sad and painful, they remain together and their relationship grows into a a beautiful romance. They share the kind of love many people can only dream of.

However, the second part of the book brings more tragedy into their lives when a mysterious cough that Ken developed after an expedition for photography in the great Southwest turns out to be cancer. He and Glenda battle this disease together with love and faith. As they struggle to what is a very moving and heartbreaking ending, readers will find that although there is sadness in this part, there is also some joy and beauty in the uplifting relationship they share. The book is written to make the reader understand this was a real and wonderful relationship, and Glenda Burgess has written it so beautifully as a tribute to their love. The book is hard to put down no matter what part you are in. I haven't read a good love story in a long time and to think this is a real one, made it even better.

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO JENNIFER AT
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+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON THE LAST GOOD LOVE STORY OR MEMOIR YOU READ AND ENJOYED

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96 comments:

Benita said...

The last good love story I read was Sins of the Flesh by Caridad Pineiro. It's not a conventional love story, but it does hold your interest from beginning to end.


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Benita said...

I'd like to read Barack Obama's memoirs.


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Mash1195 said...

Sounds like it will tug at the reader's heart. Please enter me.
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amanda18228 said...

The last good memoir I read was My Life in France by Julia Child. As for romances, I love all of Nicolas Sparks' books.
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amanda18228 said...

If I could read someone's memoir it would be Nefertiti or Cleopatra. I want to know what really happened in their time.
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amanda18228 said...

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Anonymous said...

I would most like to read the memoirs of Elizabeth I, who also happens to be the person I would most like to meet if I could travel through time.

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Anonymous said...

I would say that my favorite love story of all time is Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago"—just thinking about it while I'm typing this makes me want to read it again!

Sheila
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Anonymous said...

I really liked Nicholas Sparks's "The Notebook." It even made a good movie.

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sharon54220 said...

Memoirs are one of my most favorite genres to read. I've read so many that it's hard to choose just one.

I have always wanted to read all of Barack Obama's memoirs. At the present time, I don't own any.

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bermudaonion said...

The last good memoir I read was Everything Sucks by Hannah Friedman.

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bermudaonion said...

I'd like to read my father's memoir. He was born in 1919 and has seen a lot in his day.

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Anonymous said...

The Brides of the West series by Lori Copeland.

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Anonymous said...

I'd like to read one by my grandpa. He saw so much in his lifetime. I wish we had it in a book.

Wendy
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Linda Kish said...

The best love story I have read...Love Story.

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Linda Kish said...

I would like to read Ted Kennedy's memoir.

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brizmus said...

I've read quite a few great love stories, but the one I've read fairly recently that really sticks out in my mind is the Time Traveler's Wife. There was something about that romance that was just so beautiful to me!

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brizmus said...

I would love for Pythagoras to come back and write a memoir using today's English. I think that would be super interesting!

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Linda Henderson said...

I guess the first real love story that I can remember reading is Love Story.

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Linda Henderson said...

I'd like to read Amelia Areharts story. I would love to know what happened to her.

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Linda Henderson said...

I'd like to read Amelia Areharts story. I would love to know what happened to her.

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Debbie said...

Time Traveler's Wife is such a great book. I loved it.
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Debbie said...

I'd like to read the real memoir of Mary Magdalene.
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scottsgal said...

The last good love story I read was Dear John by Nicholas Sparks.

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Bethie said...

The last good love story I read was Dear John by Nicholas Sparks.

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scottsgal said...

I'd like to read Barack Obama's memoirs
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Bethie said...

I'd like to read John McCain's memoir.

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Pricilla said...

I would love to read Michelangelo's memoir...
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Pricilla said...

sorry, my entries are out of order. The last good love story I read was hmmm, Gone With The Wind. I read it once a year...
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rubynreba said...

I liked PS I Love You
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Lacey said...

The last good love story i read was a thousand slendid suns, although the entire story is not all about love it turns out to be a good love story.

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rubynreba said...

I'd like to read Sarah Palin's new book - can't remember the name!
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Lacey said...

There is this girl at work who has gone through so much with her divorce and kids and she comes from a broken home, but she still manages to go to school full time and work full time. I think her life story would be a inspiration.

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Angie said...

Is there any better love story then Pride and Prejudice? Although I did like Spring Fancy by Lavyrle Spencer. The man in the story was such a sweetheart.

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Angie said...

I would like to read the memoirs of Mary the mother of Jesus.

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DarcyO said...

"The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks was very good.

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Jessica said...

Last one I read was The Time Travelers Wife.

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Jessica said...

If I read a memoir I would like it to be about one of my friends. What a life he has lead.

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justpeachy36 said...

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Please enter me in the giveaway.

I just read a really good paranormal romance by Linnea Sinclair, called Gabriel's Ghost.

MiscMayzee said...

I haven't read a love story for a while that was a "love story" -- my favorite is probably A Walk to Remember though. Tissues R Us.
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MiscMayzee said...

I would love to read a real Jane Austen memoir, but alas it will never be.

Alyce said...

I just finished reading The Motion of the Ocean by Janna Cawrse Esarey last week, and it's a combo memoir/love story about her honeymoon sail across the Pacific.

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Alyce said...

I would love to read a memoir by Martin Sheen. I should really see if there's one out there somewhere.

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thetruebookaddict said...

The last good love story I read was The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Nifenegger...I loved that book!

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thetruebookaddict said...

I wish Elizabeth I of England had written a memoir!

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LoveMyCoffee said...

I adored Pray, Eat, Love..it was a fantastic read.

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A would like to read Ted Kennedy's memoir.

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Mitzi H. said...

The last great story I read (involving years of continuing stories) is the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. In her last book, the main characters are over 50-60 years old, but still going strong

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Mitzi H. said...

I would love to meet Ben Franklin after reading so many different accounts of him in historical novels....The man loved to sun bath nude...what a hoot!!! Not to mention he helped secure French money for the independent cause.

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nfmgirl said...

Although it would perhaps not be viewed as a "love story", I would say Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell. The book is about so much, but one part of it is not on the love story between the two main characters, but the love between family members as well. To me, it really was a love story.

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nfmgirl said...

I'd love to read the memoir/bio of Jimmy Stewart.

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booklover0226 said...

The last great love story I read was the Outlander series; it's about love found and lost and found, again.

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booklover0226 said...

I would love to read, if it exists, Napolean Bonaparte's memoirs.

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Wickdogg said...

I think Gone With the Wind has to be the classic love story I like

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Wickdogg said...

I think a memoir of Walt Disney is one I'd like to read


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Renee said...

Lizzi & Fredl is an excellent memoir

http://reneesuz.blogspot.com/2009/07/lizzi-fredl.html - here is my review

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Wendy said...

The last great memoir I read was called Damaged by Cathy Glass (wonderful!).

The Geography of Love sounds like a fabulous book!


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Wendy said...

If I could read anyone's memoir it would be of the author Margaret Atwood. I have always been facinated by her books and would love to know more about her life.

Thanks for the entry!

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Kaye said...

I'd like to read about Catherine the Great.

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Kaye said...

Hmm, don't know what happened to my first entry. Anyway, last good love story- Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr and last good memoir was Private Papers of Eastern Jewel.

CherylS22 said...

I just completed a wonderful love story this morning, "Hugh and Bess". It's the story of Hugh le Despenser & Elizabeth de Montecute set in 14th century England.

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CherylS22 said...

I'd like to read Harrison Ford's memoir.
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Katy (A Few More Pages) said...

OK, I'm with Cheryl--I'd be way interested to read Harrison Ford's memoir. Just read a great interview with him today in the Parade magazine in my newspaper, and I think he's such an interesting man!

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Katy (A Few More Pages) said...

I haven't read a good love story in a while... let me think... I really liked The Apothecary's Daughter earlier in 2009--it had a very nice love story. :)

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traveler said...

Thanks for this giveaway. I have been enjoying many memoirs lately and my favorite is A Lucky Child which is wonderful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

A memoir of someone I would enjoy reading would be Patrick Stewart. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Sam said...

The last good love story I read was Dear John by Nicolas Sparks!
It was a touching story and I cant wait for the movie!!

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Sam said...

I would love to read Princess Diana memoir. I think it would be a experience to read about the loves of her lives.

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Edna said...

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Denny, Alaska said...

The last good love story I read was a biography of Lindbergh. He and his wife Anne shared a special love.
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Denny, Alaska said...

I'd like to read a biography of Lincoln explaining in depth his love for Mary Todd Lincoln.

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Rebecca O said...

I read Blowing My Cover: My Life As A CIA Spy by LIndsay Moran.

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Rebecca O said...

I would also like to read Benjamin Franklin's memoir.
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Nancye said...

The book that pops in my head is "A Time to Embrace" by Karen Kingsbury. All of her books are beautifully written.

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Nancye said...

I would loved to have my grandmother write a memoir. She lived until she was 96. Lots of good stories to tell, I'm sure.

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Neas Nuttiness said...

Oh my,I've read so many wonderful books lately. The first that comes to mind is HEARTS OF COURAGE, by John Tippets.

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Neas Nuttiness said...

Goodness - what a difficult question. So many people that I would like to read about. Maybe the memoirs of Julia Child...as I'm watching Julia and Julia again...for the umpteenth time:-)

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Missa said...

The last good love story I read was The Language of Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs.

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Missa said...

I'd love to read my great-grandmother's memoir. She passed away a few years ago, and saw so much in her 98 years of living in Italy and America.

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enyl said...

I recently read Lucan and much to my surprise, I enjoyed it. I don't usually read sci-fi nor paranormals, Lucan is a mixture of both.
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enyl said...

I would like to read Mary"s, mother of Jesus,memior.
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Commchick said...

One of my favorite love stories as far as a novel was "The Thornbirds" which was a pretty good miniseries also.

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Commchick said...

I would like to read the memoirs of Patrick Swayze or Farrah Fawcett, but I don't know if either of them wrote one.

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Tea said...

I love the title and story. I would love to read THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOVE.

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Tea said...

If I could read a memoir picked by myself, I would pick a memoir about Toni Morrison.

SandyM204 said...

I loved Nicholas Spark's Nights In Rodanthe. I love all his books.
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SandyM204 said...

I would like to read my grandmother's (on my dad's side)memoirs. She was a facsinating woman.
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