Friday, February 10, 2012
Giveaway and Book Club Thoughts: Night Road by Kristin Hannah
Here is a summary of Night Road from Kristin Hannah's website:
For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach—are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.
Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy-- until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time her kids leave the house, she worries about them.
On a hot summer’s night her worst fears come true. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.
Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, Night Road raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.
The Sweet Connections book club was lucky enough to win hardcover copies of this book for all of our members. So this ended up being our January selection and we got together to discuss it on February 1st.
I read and reviewed this book about a year ago so I am not going to go into the details again. If you missed my review and would like to read it you can do so here.
I enjoyed this novel, along with most of the members of our book club. As a parent I can tell you that it is a difficult story to read and quite often I found myself disliking the main character.
A couple of the gals had the opinion that the book should have been more about Lexi's story than Jude's. A few of us also thought the book had a young adult feel to it and thought we may have enjoyed it more if it didn't. My main problem after reading this book again is that the ending seemed to wrap up too quickly and nicely.
Even though I read this book for the second time I still had the need for tissues. Knowing the main points of the book and even the ending did not prevent me from enjoying this story for the second time.
Now for the giveaway:
I will be giving away one hardcover copy of this book.
To enter this contest you must be at least 18 and live in the U.S.
For one entry leave me a comment including your email address below.
For two additional entries, blog about this contest or add the link to your sidebar.
Please include your email so I will have a way to contact you if you win. Use a spam-thwarting format such as myemail.address AT gmail DOT com or myemail.address [at] gmail [dot] com.
You will have until February 25th to enter and I will draw for a winner on or after February 26th.
Good luck Everyone!
**This giveaway is closed.**