Wednesday, March 9, 2011

THE LINEN QUEEN: A GIVEAWAY

 
GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE LINEN QUEEN
BY PATRICIA FALVEY
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Abandoned by her father and neglected by her self-centered, unstable mother, Sheila McGee cannot wait to escape the drudgery of her mill village life in Northern Ireland. Her classic Irish beauty helps her win the 1941 Linen Queen competition, and the prize money that goes with it finally gives her the opportunity she's been dreaming of. But Sheila does not count on the impact of the Belfast blitz which brings World War II to her doorstep. Now even her good looks are useless in the face of travel restrictions, and her earlier resolve is eroded by her ma's fear of being left alone.
 
When American troops set up base in her village, some see them as occupiers but Sheila sees them as saviors--one of them may be her ticket out. Despite objections from her childhood friend, Gavin O'Rourke, she sets her sights on an attractive Jewish-American army officer named Joel Solomon, but her plans are interrupted by the arrival of a street-wise young evacuee from Belfast.
Frustrated, Sheila fights to hold on to her dream but slowly her priorities change as the people of Northern Ireland put old divisions aside and bond together in a common purpose to fight the Germans. Sheila's affection for Joel grows as she and Gavin are driven farther apart. As the war moves steadily closer to those she has grown to love, Sheila confronts more abandonment and loss, and finds true strength, compassion, and a meaning for life outside of herself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Patricia Falvey was born in County Down, Northern Ireland. She was raised in Northern Ireland and England before immigrating to the United States at the age of twenty. Formerly a managing director with an international financial services firm, she now devotes herself full-time to writing and teaching. She divides her time between Dallas, Texas, and County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Her first novel, The Yellow House, was published by Center Street in February 2010.

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GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO BRAD AND THE GOOD FOLKS AT
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE 2 COPIES
OF THE LINEN QUEEN TO GIVE AWAY
 
--U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
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IN CASE YOU WIN!
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+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU READ ABOVE THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK

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

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING WHEN YOU VISIT THE "AGATHA RAISIN" WEBSITE HERE SINCE M. C. BEATON HAS NO OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
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GOOD LUCK! 

131 comments:

Enamored Soul said...

This book has been on my "to-reads" list on Goodreads for quite some time, and I also entered to win it through Goodreads earlier in the year. I think the story sounds like that of a strong female character - and I absolutely love strong, fearless female characters that can face their demons, and handle their emotions. Plus, I have a special place in my heart for all books based in England, Scotland and Ireland...I absolutely love and adore the whole landscape of that area! :)

Thank you for hosting this giveaway and please enter me in it! Much obliged!

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Enamored Soul said...

I'm not sure if you wanted something on Agatha Raisin/Hamish Macbeth author MC Beaton or something on Patricia Falvey, so I am providing information on both.

For M.C Beaton:

I love that she worked as a waitress, during rough times, because I believe that it speaks to her character. It is also astounding that she has written more than 100 historical romance novels!

For Patricia Falvey:

On her site, in the "About Patricia Falvey" section, there is a banner on top that has the quote, "I have left outside the borders anger fear and regret. I am at peace now for a time, just as my beloved Ulster. Now my warrior sleeps while wisdom stands watch." Ms. Falvey's biography is absolutely impressive, but it was this BEAUTIFUL quote that resonated most with me, and I will be adding her book "The Yellow House" to my "to-read" list because of it! :)

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Thanks for the giveaway, yet again! :D

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rbooth43 said...

I have always wanted to visit Ireland and would love to read a book with Ireland as the setting amd a strong female character to read about.
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debbie said...

It sounds like a young woman's interesting journey through some very troubled times. Plus, it is set in Ireland, someplace I have always wanted to go.
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Steve Capell said...

I usually am not drawn to historical romance novels, but this one seems interesting and this maybe because it based around the WWII era. One final comment ... I love the cover of this book. The cover looks like it could of been a print from oil painting. Thanks for hosting this giveaway opportunity.

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Irene said...

Most readers are captivated by different country settings, I am one of them. Though only Irish on the 17th of March, I love reading all books set in Ireland, literary and historical fiction, "the Troubles," etc. Can't wait to read this one!

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Irene said...

I am not sure what the connection is with "Agatha Raison" on M.C. Beaton's website, but I liked the comment on her philosophy:

"Stop projecting. Tomorrow's a mystery. This is not a rehearsal. I'm on stage now."

Totally appropriate for her mystery-writing pseudonym.

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Irene said...

Now, what particularly is interesting about Patricia Falvey's life journey, and one that resonates with me is the immigrant's longing for home..."I have left outside the borders anger, fear, and regret. I am at peace now for a time..."


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rubynreba said...

The cover would first draw me to the book. I also enjoy reading about Ireland.
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Karen B said...

The cover is wonderful and the title pulls you in - both say READ ME!!
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This story is captivating for its era and the locale. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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MC. Beaton has written so much and is extremely versatile and talented. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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Connie said...

Hi! I would love to read this book becuase the main character wants to escape Ireland and falls in love with a American Soldier. I find books that deal with Ireland or Scotland very interesting due to the characters,the landscape, food and more! :)

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mamabunny13 said...

What makes me want to read it is that it sounds like a love triangle and who can resist reading about that?
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Tore said...

The book sounds really good. I would love to read it. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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PoCoKat said...

Sounds like a really good WWII book.

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Kaye said...

I wanted to win this one so bad from GR. WWII and Ireland! Need I say more - those two elements make me want to read a book in the worst way.

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Colleen Turner said...

I saw this book on Goodreads and thought it sounded so good!It seems to have a great combination of coming-of-age story, fighting family and the system, love and war. I cannot wait to read it!
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Colleen Turner said...

I learned on the author's website that she was born in Glasgow, Scotland. I find this interesting because my family is from Scotland and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit there about ten years ago. It is a beautiful city!
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Carol N Wong said...

Oh my! Will have to buy this one if I don't win it.
The cover, the story setting and time period draw me to this book like a magnet! My father was in England and Ireland, flying from there for reconnaisance missions. He never forgot how wonderful the people were and the beautiful scenery. I still need to fulfill my promise to him to go back as a vistor.

My eyes slipped down to the information about the author. She spends half her time in Dallas, I am in that general area and half in Armaugh (where some of my ancestors lived!


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I found the author's website. She had to give her wishes to be an author when she was younger because of her financial situation. Then, 30 years later, she gave up her job as a CPA and went back to writing.

There is a great interview with the author on the page that you can listen to. The author was fascinated by family tales of the linen mills. She researched it and learned a lot about the working condition at the linen mills. I was really interested that because another part of my father's ancestors worked at the gingham mills in Carlisle, England. Those mills went out of business after the Civil War because gingham was no longer used for the house slaves in the South. It is amazing how everything is connected.

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Margie said...

Thelocale of Northern Ireland, the impact of WWII, and the possible romance sound intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Laura H. said...

Well, there's not a whole lot above that I DON't like! I like the setting of 1941 Northern Ireland, strong women who know how to get what they want and love stories. This one is going on my TBR list--if I don't win it here first.

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I figure you're trying to see if we're paying attention?!??! Anyway, the something interesting I found when visiting the "Agatha Raisin" website is that M. C. Beaton is also known as Marion Chesney.

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bison61 said...

I like that Sheila faces abandonment and loss, but still finds a meaning for life outside of herself.

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holdenj said...

The cover of this book is beautiful and the story wonderful. I really like the setting and pre-war to war premise.
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holdenj said...

Well, MC Beaton was born in Scotland, giving her a sort of tie in with the Linen Queen. She has lived in the Cotswolds, where Agatha resides.
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bloomerbear said...

This book sounds similar to my Mom and Dad's meeting...its so awesome that through all the horrors of war something good can come out of it

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I like stories set in Ireland.
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Anita Yancey said...

I would like to win this book, because it is set during World War II. I enjoy reading about that time period because my dad served in that war. Please enter me. Thanks!

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I'd like to win this book because I love to read books set during WWII.
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On the Agatha Raisin website, I learned that Marion Chesney reserves M.C. Beaton as the pseudonym for her mystery novels
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What an intriguing story. I love the setting and the fact that it is also set in WWII
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I love World War II historical fiction. My Dad was in England and France during the War. I love books set in Scotland, England and Ireland. This book sounds like it would be hard to put down.

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