Thursday, December 16, 2010

BAFFLING BINGO MYSTERY DAY: THE WOLVES OF ANDOVER: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO
BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
"BAFFLING BINGO DAY"
I'M EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THIS THURSDAY'S
"BAFFLING BINGO DAY"
SECOND MYSTERY BOOK CHOICE IS.....
 
 GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE WOLVES OF ANDOVER
BY KATHLEEN KENT

ABOUT THE BOOK:
In the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen works as a servant in her cousin's household, taking charge and locking wills with everyone. Thomas Carrier labors for the family and is known both for his immense strength and size and mysterious past. The two begin a courtship that suits their independent natures, with Thomas slowly revealing the story of his part in the English Civil War. But in the rugged new world they inhabit, danger is ever present, whether it be from the assassins sent from London to kill the executioner of Charles I or the wolves-in many forms-who hunt for blood.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kathleen Kent is a tenth-generation descendant of Martha Carrier. She is also a masterful storyteller, and in her first novel, THE HERETICT'S DAUGHTER, she painted a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England but also of one family’s deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution. Kathleen Kent lives in Dallas.

MY REVIEW:
Set before Kathleen Kent’s best-selling THE HERETIC’S DAUGHTER, THE WOLVES OF ANDOVER is a prequel of sorts to the first book. This second book tells of the early years of Martha Carrier who was put on trial for being a witch in THE HERETIC’S DAUGHTER. Fascinating to look at what led Martha to that path, THE WOLVES OF ANDOVER is actually three stories entwined together to make one captivating historical fiction novel. Kathleen Kent is a descendant of Martha Carrier and I found it interesting that she took her own family’s heritage and made fiction out of it.

Set in Massachusetts colonial America back in 1673, the dark and intriguing story is filled with brilliantly depicted characters set in a world that was hard and dreary, as well as dangerous to live in. As the three stories go from one to another, readers will find themselves entranced with one part and then whisked away into another. The main story is about Martha Allen being sent to live with her cousin Patience and her family. She is sent there to spend the time dealing with her pregnancy, and is treated poorly by her own family. In fact, she works harder than their own servants but Martha endures it.

The next part of the story has to do with Thomas Carrier and how his relationship with Martha comes about. The last part of the story comes straight from the title as it is about the wolves. They are dangerous and Kent even describes a couple of wolves being trapped and killed quite graphically. However, these wolves are really not the ones referred to in the title of the book. The title is symbolic of the people in the story who you might say are “dressed in wolves’ clothing”. All three parts bring history into the story and readers will find themselves turning pages to see what happens next. If you are a historical fiction fan, you will greatly enjoy this superbly written book, THE WOLVES OF ANDOVER.

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO BRAD AND FRIENDS 
AT HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I 
I HAVE THREE COPIES OF THIS
WONDERFUL NEW BOOK TO

GIVE AWAY TO 3 LUCKY WINNERS!
--U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE
SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY


HOW TO ENTER

+1 ENTRY: READ ABOUT THE BOOK THE WOLVES OF ANDOVER ABOVE AND THEN COMMENT ON WHY YOU WOULD LIKE TO WIN THIS BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK

+1 MORE ENTRY: GO TO KATHLEEN KENT'S WEBSITE HERE AND LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT BOOKS SHE HAS WRITTEN. NAME ONE YOU HAVE READ, OR PERHAPS WOULD LIKE TO READ, BESIDE THE WOLVES OF ANDOVER

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, DECEMBER 31!

GOOD LUCK!

58 comments:

petite said...

This novel sounds fascinating and compelling. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I would enjoy reading The Heretic's Daughter. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

traveler said...

This type of historical book appeals to me for the story and the characters. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

The author was influenced a great deal by reading historical fiction. I find this type of genre enthralling and would read The Heretic's daughter. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

amandawk said...

I would like to read this because I read another book by this author and really liked it.
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amandawk said...

I read The Heretic's Daughter and really enjoyed it.

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debbie said...

I like that it sounds like it is a realistic protrayal of life in that time period. It was very hard. I would love to read it.
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holdenj said...

I really like the MA historical setting. Wolves looks like a good prequel.
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holdenj said...

I read The Heretic's Daughter and it was very good.
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mariag said...

I enjoy reading historical fiction especially colonial fiction.

I read The Heretics Daughter and loved it.

Pamela Keener said...

This story sounds intriguing. I have a love/hate relationship with bouncing storylines but it does keep me reading to see where the story leads.
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Pamela Keener said...

I'd love to read The Heretic's Daughter.
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Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

I tweeted this giveaway.
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Bethie said...

Sounds like a great period piece. I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance.

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rbooth43 said...

I'd love to read The Heretic's Daughter.
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Connie said...

Hi! There are two reasons why I would love to read this book.
1. It involves around the British Civil War which means there will be some action and suspense involved.
2. The cover really caught my eye- I thought it was a novel about witches until I read your review.
Thank you for a fantastic giveaway! :)

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Colleen Turner said...

This sounds so good! My favorite genre of all is historical fiction and I haven't read that much about Charles I so this would be a great read!
Thanks,
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Colleen Turner said...

I have the Heretic's Daughter on my wishlist now, so I would love to read that one too!
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Colleen Turner said...

+5 swagbucks!
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Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. The book sounds very fascinating and good. I have been wanting to read this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

fredamans said...

This is one on my wish list due to the historical romance aspect. I think it will be a very intriguing and interesting read!

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fredamans said...

tweet; http://twitter.com/#!/fredalicious/status/15831201407311872

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fredamans said...

I would love to read The Heretic's Daughter also. It sounds amazing too!

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CarolNWong said...

I am really excited to see this book up for giveaway. I have 'The Heretic's Daughter' on my TBR shelf and have been longing for the time to read it. I really like the idea that is the prequel and that the author is the descendent from the Martha Carrier in the book. In my genealogic research I have found one ancestor living in Salem Massachuetts at the time of the witch trials and also involved in the trials. That makes this book all the more interesting to me.


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CarolNWong said...

I tweeted:

Carolee888 is my Twitter name. http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/ See link to a giveaway for "The Wolves of Andover'.

gcpeach17 said...

I am a history lover and this book sounds very interesting. The fact that it based on family History is intriguing. Thanks, for the opportunity to win this.

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gcpeach17 said...

I really enjoyed her website and it looks like I may have to read the 2 previous books in full as well.

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CarolNWong said...

The other book that I want to read is 'The Heretic's Daughter' which is sitting on my TBR shelf. About three years ago, I and my husband went to see some of the places where my ancesters were living and Salem was one of them. That town seemed to have a character of it own with lots of old architecture in the center area of town, We went to a play about the Salem Witch Trails which was quite good with the audience sitting in the middle and the scenes taking place on different stages of the room. I also stocked up on some books on the witchcraft trials. It is a very exciting place to visit just as this part of our history is.



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samantha35 said...

love historical books!
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Susan said...

I want to read this novel because my ancestors lived in MA., during this time. I do genealogy research, and enjoy learning about this time in history.

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Susan said...

The Heretic's Daughter looks like a good book.

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Lori Thomas said...

Would love to read this sounds very interesting

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Lori Thomas said...

Heretic`s Daughter be enjoyable to read

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Historical fiction is one of my fac genres.

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I've never read "The Heretic's Daughter" but have added it to my reminder list

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samantha35 said...

I love historical romances- this looks great!
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Melanie L said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoy. I like historical fiction and would love to read more set in colonial America.
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Melanie L said...

I know she also wrote The Heretic's Daughter. I bought a copy of it a few days ago and I'm looking forward to reading it soon.
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Melanie L said...

Tweet:
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MRWriter said...

The novel sounds haunting and interesting. I like the wolves.

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MRWriter said...

I'd like to read The Heretic's Daughter. She also received the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction.

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- Marybeth I. said...

I like historical fiction and fantasy - this sounds like it has a little of both

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Misusedinnocence said...

I love books set in Colonial times! This sounds great.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I would loooove to read The Heretics Daughter, it sounds great.

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Sarah E said...

I would like to read this book because I enjoyed reading The Heretic's Daughter.

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Sarah E said...

Tweet:

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Sarah E said...

I have read The Heretic's Daughter.

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Sarah E

Carole Spring said...

The Wolves of Andover sounds like an intriguing historical fiction novel. I would enjoy reading it. Thank you for the chance!
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Carole Spring said...

I would like to read The Heretic's Daughter.
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Khyla said...

I would love to read this book it sounds so interesting

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CherylS22 said...
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CherylS22 said...

I love reading historical fiction & this book looks like a good one.

Thanks for the giveaway!
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CherylS22 said...

I enjoyed reading THE HERETIC'S DAUGHTER.

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Laura H. said...

One of my favorite genres is historical fiction, specifically this time period. I am fascinated by the puritanical beliefs of this era and how people can be so easily influenced by what can only be described as "fanatical clergy". The Salem Witch Trials have a particular appeal so would love to read this prequel to "The Heretic's Daughter".

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Laura H. said...

Tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/20948588272025600

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Laura H. said...

Oh, "The HERetic's Daughter" will definitely be added to my TBR list!!

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