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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Ta'Mara Hanscom's 'The Pretender' Blog Tour and Giveaway
Despite just meeting each other, Tillie and Noah's lives have been mysteriously intertwined for many years in Ta'Mara Hanscom's The Pretender. From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart-and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride's deception.
Join Ta'Mara in celebrating the release of the second printing and new covers by entering to win her $75 prize basket giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
A copy of The Pretender
A $75 Amazon gift card
A decorative box containing measuring cups, ten recipes from the book, a potholder, a kitchen towel, pepper and salt grinders, kitchen utensils, and an olive oil dispenser
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on October 11. The winner will be announced October 12 on the Litfuse blog.
About the book:
Set in South Dakota in 1975, where eighteen-year-olds could order 3.2 beer in a bar, and loaded guns were kept under the counter.
Frankie Valli sang "My Eyes Adored You," and American soldiers returning from Vietnam struggled with their new reality.
It's within this tumultuous season of American history that Tillie Caselli meets Noah Hansen, and they are never the same again. Their lives were mysteriously intertwined-and had been for many years-yet they had no idea.
From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart---and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride's deception.
Born and raised in South Dakota, Ta`Mara loves to write about the Great Plains and the beauty and people of Italia. While her husband and children manage their two pizza ristoranti, Ta`Mara works full time on The Caselli Family Series, and ministers to women. It is Ta`Mara s prayer that as the readers explore the truths in these volumes, they will come away with a new perspective on love, forgiveness, obedience, and God's plan for marriage
The first thought that came to my mind after I finished the book was how unique the writing is. It's gritty, thought provoking and passionate all at the same time. I kept reminding myself that this was set in the late 1970s. The world was different then and things were more relaxed in some respects. I remember like Tilly, going to a school function and being excited to get away from family. As a teen you want to experience a little independence.
Tilly or Angel as she is affectionately called, was very excited to show her art work off. I liked her family and their strong values. They seemed very protective of each other and I loved how they talked about their Italian heritage. The setting is perfect with the Dakotas as the background. I found Angel to be a bit naive and couldn't believe that she would go off with a complete stranger. She sure had no fear and Noah treated her with respect. They connected right away and I was a little uncomfortable when they proclaimed their love for each other. Having just met each other, it felt like they each were looking for someone to want them.
Noah is very complex yet simple at the same time. He has this bad boy image and finds his life spiraling out of control. When he meets Angel, something inside him changes. I did like the part where he has a talk with God. That part was very powerful and so real. Through misunderstandings Noah and Angel can't find their way back to each other. There is definitely a connection and they each hope that their paths cross again.
The story is good but there are a few things I found to be a bit off setting. I don't understand why the author continues to point out that they are Italian and one of Angel's brother has chosen a white girl. It seems to continuously get brought up. I also didn't really Like so many characters thrown in all at once. I had a hard time figuring out who was who and what part they played in the story. I guess I was confused because it just felt like it was thrown in there and really took away from Noah and Angel. I rooted for them to find each other again but the author left readers with a cliffhanger. Now because I'm quite invested in the story, I will have to read the next in the series. Don't let my opinion sway you not to read this book. It does have a few flaws but it did keep me reading and at the end I knew I was hooked. I look forward to getting the next book in the series and hopefully getting some unanswered questions answered.
I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion
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