Giveaway: The Chance to Win Two of JoJo Moyes’ Novels

3345684bedd2ce7f30778b5cde4499c6With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, our reading tastes may be more open to checking out books involving love and romance.  And just in time to help spark this fire and desire is an opportunity for you to take home two of JoJo Moyes’ novels! JoJo writes extremely well-crafted tales of love in a fresh and wonderful way. She has easily become one of our favourite authors guaranteed to win the Literary Hoarders Approved stamp every time we finish one and we’re very excited to be able to offer you the chance to win not one, but two of her titles!

This offer is open to all those with a US mailing address and may be gifted to you simply by leaving us a comment below. No crazy questions, no skill-testing questions, no hoops or circles to fight through, no “extra entries” if you do this, this or that, just simply say something below that may tell us why you want to win this fantastic offer. Because we love you and want to share the love and awesome experience of enjoying the stories JoJo Moyes writes.

Book #1 is the newly designed cover for an earlier released title, The Last Letter from Your Lover.

12986521A Brief Encounter for our time, The Last Letter from Your Lover is a sophisticated, spellbinding double love story that spans decades and thrillingly evokes a bygone era. In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing—not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply “B,” from a man for whom she seemed willing to risk everything. In 2003, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon the letter and becomes obsessed with learning the unknown lovers’ fate—hoping it will inspire her own happy ending. Remarkably moving, this is a novel for romantics of every age.

Book #2 is the wildly wonderful, keep your box of tissues handy, Me Before You. You will easily and very quickly fall head over heels in love with Lou and Will. We’re positive on that note.

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. 15507958
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Hurry and Comment Below! We’ll draw the lucky winner on the big V-Day, Friday, February 14, 2014. We look forward to hearing from you! Good luck!

Book Review & Giveaway! Through These Veins by Anne Marie Ruff

The Summary: In the coffee-growing highlands of Ethiopia, an Italian scientist on a plant collecting expedition discovers a local medicine man dispensing an apparent cure for AIDS. As the medicine man’s teenage daughter reveals the plants behind the cure, their lives become irrevocably intertwined. Through These Veins weaves together the dramatically different worlds of traditional healing, U.S. government funded AIDS research, and the pharmaceutical industry in an intensely personal, fast-paced tale of scientific intrigue and love, with both devastating and hopeful effect. (From the paperback edition)

Thank you very much to Anne Marie Ruff’s publicist for suggesting and sending this book to us for review. Although my subsequent review will be a very good one, it was not influenced in any way by Darlene Chan PR! I was initially drawn to the story when it was sent to us, as the description reminded me of Ann Patchett’s most recent novel “State of Wonder“. I found Through These Veins to be a worthy comparison, if not better actually, than Patchett’s novel. Patchett is a true genius in her character development, but her recent story frustrated me some. Ruff, however, is a well-worthy contemporary. Through These Veins really is a wonderful read, a story of the greed and contemptible behaviour (locally, nationally, globally), of the beauty and richness of Ethiopia, its people and its land, but also their suffering and has just the right love-story element thrown in so that the pages turn effortlessly.

The main character Zahara makes the read worthy alone. Actually, many of the characters are highly read worthy, as Ruff creates very strong, vivid and thought-provoking characters. She also has a pleasing way of turning this global issue down to the personal and individual, close to home shall we say. Ruff deftly manages to draw the readers in to a personal moral dilemma to wrestle with as they follow Zahara from her time with her father in a small village in Ethiopia to the ivy-league universities in the United States. Ruth, the pharmaceutical representative with one of the largest and most ambitious companies in the US will also draw you in.

Ours friends over at Opinionless offer this well-written review of Through These Veins. I could not embellish any further, so I encourage you to read it. 🙂

And another encouragement to have the opportunity to read Through These Veins, dear reader, is the Literary Hoarders first-ever book giveaway! Darlene Chan PR has generously supplied us with one paperback edition of the novel. It’s up for grabs to one lucky (Canadian or US) reader! We hope you take the time to enter below in our little Giveaway part. The contest will run until November 25th and then we’ll name the winner! We hope to see you enter!

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