Tuesday, March 13, 2012

An Interview and a Giveaway

I've been getting around this week.
Now for the Giveaway! One again I was approached by the awesome Simon and Schuster Australia to feature one of their newest releases - I O U by Helen Warner.

This book sounds like a whole load of fun, about two sisters and their mother all with deep secrets that they are determined to keep.


Amy has enjoyed a charmed life, shopping and lunching while the nanny looks after her children. Until her world is thrown into disarray when husband Ben's business collapses overnight, taking their house and savings with it. Suddenly Amy finds herself the breadwinner. Can she rise to the challenge? Will her marriage survive such an upheaval? Or is it a case of 'Till Debt Do Us Part'?

Kate has always had to struggle by, juggling her job with two children and a husband, though she wouldn't have it any other way. But her safe little world is rocked when she meets enigmatic Jack in a chance encounter. Feeling increasingly estranged from husband Miles, Kate wonders if Jack can offer her a fresh start. But there's something about Jack that Kate doesn't know...

Jennifer is only just beginning to recover from the death of her own husband. When Jennifer makes contact with old flame Hugh she unlocks a dangerous Pandora's box. She is desperate to find the answer to a question that has tormented her for decades. But will she be able to cope with the truth?

It sounds like a fun read and I can't wait to read the copy Simon & Schuster gave me. But the best part is, I have a beautiful hard cover copy for one lucky commenter!

When reading the blurb, I realised that many books I pick up lately are about women and their marital issues - whether I like the book or not, all depends on the way the author deals with this common theme. I'm looking forward to seeing how Helen Warner handles it!

And I'm curious, do you enjoy reading this kind of story about women and their dissatisfied lives??

To go in the running, please leave a comment by Friday midnight (Australian WST). I'll announce the winner on Saturday, please don't forget to come back and see if it's you!


Anonymous said...

I want to read about Women and their dissastified life because I know life is not always pretty:). Life is adventure :), arethazhenATrocketmailDOTcom

Scarlet Wilson said...

It's never just about the story themes for me - it's the characters and how the story is written that matters to me. There are lots of books ie Room by Emma Donoghue I would never have picked up base on the theme but once you start to read....everything changes!

Jenn J McLeod said...

Ooooh Rach, did someone say Simon and Schuster!!!! :) I've been on the lookout for some Aussie releases from them and this one does look good. While my release with them next year (A House For All Seasons) touches on marriage for one character, I have mixed it up a little for the other 3. But all are dissatisfied in some way and all come back to the country looking for a second chance at happiness.
Sure hope S&S are still handing out reads to you early next year :)

Shelleyrae said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I do enjoy stories where the protagonists are struggling with marriage etc since its been 20 years since I was single.
Thanks for the chance to win

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
bookd.out at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'd like to read this - sounds very good. Sure I could pick up something that would help me in my day to day life too :)

Melissa said...

i just read "the time of my life" by cecelia ahern which pretty much covers this topic. i loved it.
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Kez said...

I love this kind of book (in fact, its what I'm trying to write myself!). This one sounds great.

Rachael Johns said...

Thanks everyone!!! Seems the marriage issues are a popular novel thread!!

Susan - am hearing MUCH about ROOM - I must read it!

Jenn - I REALLY hope Simon and Schuster want me to do a giveaway of your book, but of course I'll buy it anyway. Can't WAIT in fact!

Natalie said...

Sometimes I don't mind a read about women's dissatisfied lives, but I do like a happy ending. I want to feel optimistic about the character's future at the end!

Rachael Johns said...

Hey Natalie - I'm with you. I NEED a happy ending :)