Monday, August 11, 2008

The Jewel of Gresham Green by Lawana Blackwell (AND Giveaway)

***To win a copy leave a comment until Monday August 18 at midnight. I will use random number generator to select the winner.***


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


The Jewel of Gresham Green

(Bethany House - August 1, 2008)

by

Lawana Blackwell



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A full-time author, Lawana Blackwell's books include her beloved Gresham Chronicles and Tales of London series.

"I had told myself long ago that three books in a series are enough for my attention span, and so after The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, I devoted myself to the trio of books in the Tales of London series, then wrote A Table By the Window, my contemporary novel. All along, I received letters from readers asking me to continue the Gresham series. Many, many wrote that the dairying village of Gresham and its people sent them back to a more peaceful time in the midst of their busy days.

"Prayerfully, I decided to return to Gresham, setting the story fifteen years after Julia Hollis and her children first left London for abandoned coaching inn which became Larkspur Inn. I believe readers would like to see how the children—Philip, Aleda and Grace, Elizabeth and Laurel—turn out as adults. But I like to inject fresh faces into every book, hence Jewel Libby and her daughter Becky find Gresham a haven from a bad man. Writing the book was like coming home, visiting old friends."

Blackwell lives in Louisiana with her husband, Buddy, a supervisor at an oil refinery. They are empty nesters who love to visit their three grown sons, Joseph, Matthew, and Andrew, and three lovely daughters-in-law, Kristine, Penny and Heather, granddaughter Madelyn, and grandson Chandler.

Her other interests include visiting her parents and siblings in Mississippi, vegetarian cooking, and naturally, reading.



ABOUT THE BOOK
To protect her precious daughter from the danger nipping at their heels, Jewel Libby must flee the only home she's ever known. Caring friends direct her to the vicarage in the peaceful dairy village of Gresham, but she arrives there to find Vicar Andrew Phelps and his wife immersed in troubles of their own.

The children of Vicar Andrew Phelps and Julia Hollis from the popular Gresham Chronicles series have grown up and are dealing with their own challenges. Philip Hollis, now a successful London surgeon, has a controlling wife who resents his close family ties.

Aleda Hollis lives in a cottage on the outskirts of Gresham, where she enjoys her privacy and a writing career. When Andrew becomes ill and in need of Philip's skills, and Aleda's quest for privacy unwittingly advances an evil man's schemes, it's Jewel Libby, a newcomer to Gresham, who becomes an unexpected support and source of strength to the family. An unlikely romance adds to the intrigue of this jewel in their midst.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Jewel of Gresham Green, go HERE

7 comments:

Mariah said...

I would like to be entered into the contest please! My e-mail address is penguinqueen@hotmail.com Thanks so much!
Mariah

Mary said...

The Jewel of Gresham Green sounds like an engaging slice of village life! Please include my name, thanks.

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Tara said...

I'd like to win this one!

Quirky Celt said...

Hello, I just surfed onto your site and have discovered some new books to add to my wish list :-)
I would LOVE to be entered in the giveaway for Lawana's book.

Book People are the best :-)

xx

Ivan Girl said...

Blackwell is a new author for me and from what I heard, this book of hers sounds like an engaging read. I like the book cover, too.

Do toss my name in the hat, please if you're sending international.

ivan[dot]girl25[at]gmail[dot]com

Carole said...

I'm always drawn in by a beautiful cover like this and would love to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Carolynn W. said...

Can I still enter? I love the cover for the book, it sounds great!
carolynnwald[at]hotmail[dot]com