I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced reading copy (ARC) of The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield. If you haven't heard of this book yet, you will.
Regular readers of The Shellshank Redemption know I don't recommend books just to recommend them. So, if I'm talking about it here, it means something about it made me want to get copies for everyone I know - and for everyone I don't know! - and thrust it into their hands and make them stop whatever they're doing and read it. This is one of those books.
Here's what it has: a sharp, quick writing style softened by the down home voices of the characters. Laugh out loud lines. A character named Swan Lake. (Yes, I know. The idea made me want to roll my eyes at first. But here, it works. Trust me.) It's got a little boy who will break your heart and a group of people who will put it back together again. And a villain who will make you want to kill him with your own two hands. (There were times I wanted to throw the book across the room because I hated him so much and it was the only way I could think of to hurt him.)
Now, no way am I giving up my ARC of this book (again, regular readers knew that was never going to happen!) BUT I am giving away one brand new copy of it to one of you. I won't be able to thrust it into your hands myself but I will do it via the postal service.
How to enter: leave a comment telling us about a book you love. It can be one from your past or a new one you stumbled upon. Or tell us about a book you can't wait to read. You have until midnight EST on Friday, July 15th. A name will be picked at random and announced some time that weekend.
[Disclosure: I occasionally receive review copies of books. I don't get paid, I only write the review if I choose and receipt of the book in no way influences the content of the review.]