I tried to write a review of Buck's Landing from a purely journalistic style. But you all know, that's not me. So then I tried to pretend I didn't know the author personally because you might think my rave review is clouded by friendship. But honestly, if I didn't love the book, I wouldn't have reviewed it at all.
Then I realized in order to impress upon you how Buck's Landing stuck with me, I needed to take you to Blink's Fried Doe.
I was one of the lucky few who read Buck's Landing before it was published. Now we all know I'm an avid romance book reader. I love happy endings, dashing heroes, and plucky heroines with an unparalleled devotion.
Buck's Landing has all of those elements, but what makes this novel a page turner is author Cameron D. Garriepy's haunting writing. It weaves and tugs until you find yourself remembering to put salt in your pasta water until, like Sofia Bucks says, "It's as salty as the sea." Your mouth waters for Blink's Fried Doe, though you have no idea what it is. Your skin cools in the wind as you sit with Sofia, mourn with her, and hope she finds peace. Your heart races as Silas enters the picture. Your mouth quirks as Houdini plods his way down the steps on quick, kitten feet.
Every word entrances. Every image entices. Until you realize you need to visit Hampton Beach, to see where Silas and Sofia start their summer romance, to eat the fried dough.
Just before I boarded my flight to Boston, Cam sent me Buck's Landing. I devoured it between Los Angeles and Detroit. And, when I landed, I knew I had to see this magical place.
So I did. With Cam. There is nothing more amazing than strolling down the street and seeing a scene come to life.
Buck's Landing is a story of a woman who in trying to escape her past is pulled irrevocably towards it. It's a story of a man who walked away from it all and discovered joy in a simpler life. It's a story of hope, forgiveness, love, and passion.
And she's giving one lucky reader a Kindle edition.
So here's how to enter:
Leave a comment telling me the name of who you think is the most swoon worthy romance hero. (Note: If you say Edward, Jacob, or Christian...oh honey.)
Extra Entries if you...
2. Tweet out: Summer Romance is at Buck's Landing and @in_mandyland. #eventhoughitsalmostwinter http://www.inmandyland.com/2012/10/bucks-landing-review-and-giveaway.html (Come back and leave a comment that you've done so.)
3. Share this post on Facebook. (Come back and leave a comment that you've done so.)
4. Wander over and start following Cam's author page. (Leave a comment that you've done so.)
4. Admit you love romance novels. (Come out of the closet!)
5. Want a Blink's Fried Doe.
6. Just googled Blink's Fried Doe and can't understand the fuss.
I think that should do it. To play it safe, though, how about one more way. And this is for you brave ones...
7. If you had a summer romance.
8. What was his/her name?
9. Tell me I'm being too nosy.
NOTE: If you'd rather have a paperback copy, go to the official launch page to find out more information.
This giveaway is open to anyone who reads Mandyland. Yes, yes. Even those of you outside the US and Canada. Kindle doesn't seem to mind. This giveaway is open until midnight PST on November 2nd. A winner will be selected by random.org. If you don't contact me within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.