Monday, July 5, 2010

Review and Giveaway: The Lace Makers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri

Life has seemed to be all about heartbreak lately for Kate Robinson. First the death of her mother, then the painful breakup with her boyfriend and finally the demise of her fashion line...they all conspire to make her want to escape. She and her Mom had long planned a trip to Ireland, a trip her Mom was not able to make but she encouraged Kate to take on her own. That is how she finds herself backpacking alone down a lonely Irish country lane, drenched to the skin with the constant rain.

Stumbling into the small coastal town of Glenmara, Kate encounters in insulated group of villagers in the midst of a small festival. Widowed Bernie and her lifelong friend Aileen are manning the lace booth, selling the items their circle of friends have created. Kate is captivated by the lovely lace pieces...they remind her of her mother, who taught her to sew.

Bernie takes one look at bedraggled Kate and invites her to stay. Kate's presence in the village affects people in different ways, some are thrilled to have someone new around, others resent the intrusion. When she joins the circle of lace makers, Kate is inspired by the idea of adding Irish lace to the ladies' bras and underwear. What starts as a way to inject something beautiful and positive into the lives of the women, who all have had problems and challenges, ends up becoming a business opportunity that is much needed in the village and in Kate's life, too. Unfortunately, not everyone is thrilled about this new venture. There will be obstacles to overcome and problems to solve before they can look into that promising future.

Heather Barbieri

In this lovely novel the author deftly crafts a touching story about women, friendship and life. She beautifully tells what binds them together, the threads and stitching that make up ordinary lives...sometimes embroidering them into the extraordinary and sometimes tearing them apart. If you are looking for a great summer read that will take you away, don't miss The Lace Makers of Glenmara.

The Lace Makers of Glenmara is published by Harper Perennial, ISBN 978-0-06-177246-7. For more information about Heather Barbieri and her books, please visit her website. I received this book as part of a TLC Book Tour (thanks Trish & Lisa, you ladies are the best!!), for a complete list of tour stops, click here.

I have two paperback copies of this book to give away! One is an advanced reading copy, the other is the trade paperback, gently read. Winners must have a US or Canada mailing address. To enter just leave me a comment here that includes your email address. This giveaway will be open until midnight eastern time on July 26. If you would like an extra entry you can follow any way you like (Google, Feedburner, email, etc) or tweet the giveaway on Twitter. Please leave me a comment to let me know that you did--if you already follow, that counts too, just let me know in your comment. Thank you all so much for visiting and entering. Good luck!


Linda said...

I read/heard about this book a month or so ago, and thought it sounded very interesting. Thanks for this giveaway.

I follow your blog through Google Reader.


Stephanie said...

This one has sounded pretty good, I'd love to win a copy! I follow you on my Google reader. :) stephaniedekeyser AT

Shannon said...

Thank you for entering me. =)
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Mystica said...

Would like to be counted in. Thanks for this.


Unknown said...

I would love to win this book!
amandarwest at gmaildotcom

Unknown said...

I follow via google reader.
amandarwest at gmaildotcom

Kaye said...

I've been wanting to read this one for quite a while. Please enter me in the drawing.

I'm a follower.

Charleydog said...

I like those photos of lace samples you posted.

Please enter my name in the giveaway for the book. Thanks!

pboylecharley AT hotmail DOT com

bermudaonion said...

I love books about women's friendship. The lace in this one will be an added bonus. No need to enter me.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I have had this on my wish list for awhile. I would love a chance at winning a copy.


I am also a google follower

Andie said...

I'd love to read this one. I've heard good things so far.

Jo-Jo said...

I would love a chance to win this book!
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Jo-Jo said...

I also follow through google friends.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

traveler said...

Thanks for this lovely giveaway which sounds compelling. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Zibilee said...

No need to enter me as I just read this one. I thought it was very good, but was a bit puzzled about the uproar that the priest caused!! Great review!

Anonymous said...

I'm on the TLC tour, too, and I can't wait to start this book. Sounds like you really enjoyed it.

No need to enter me.

Anonymous said...

The Lace Makers of Glenmara has been on my "To Read" list for a few weeks--would love to win it!

sarahjunie at gmail dot com

Benita said...

I'd really love to read this book. Thanks for the possibility.


Benita said...

Email subscriber.


Marjorie/cenya2 said...

This book has a wonderful storyline and I would love to win and read it.

I follow by email and google reader.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

I should have put google reader in a seperate comment.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Sue said...

I'd love this. Thanks for the giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Sandra K321 said...

This is on my TBR list for the summer.

I follow you via google friend connect and subscribe via google reader.


ChristyJan said...

I would love to be entered to win a copy of this book.


ChristyJan said...

I follow via google


Unknown said...

I would love to win this!

Email subscriber


karenk said...

would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the chance

email subscriber :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the chance

email subscriber :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Rachel said...

I follow you on my Google Reader! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I love books set in Ireland and this one sounds like the perfect summer read. Glad to hear it was so enjoyable! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

(no need to enter me)

Beth F said...

No need to enter me, I've been looking forward to this one.

Joanne Lendaro said...

sounds like a great read....please count me in! Thanks for the giveaway!

joanne lendaro @ yahoo . com

Literate Housewife said...

I'm with Beth. No need to enter me in your contest. I've got this book on my shelves. Your review was excellent. Thanks also for the gorgeous pictures of lace.

Lynn said...

I need a good summer read - this sounds perfect!

lynnx512 at gmail dot com

Lynn said...

I tweeted the giveaway:

lynnx512 at gmail dot com

Booksnyc said...

I love books set in Ireland and this one sounds great!

I follow your blog and have tweeted (@booksnyc) about the giveaway.

Thanks for hosting!

Tina said...

Would love to win this one.

tbranco AT hughes DOT net

Margie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. This looks like a good one.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Margie said...

follower via GFC
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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Kitty said...

I have been seeing a lot about this book.

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Anonymous said...

My grandmother used to make lace, would love to read this book.

I am a GFC follower.


Steve Capell said...

I found your review to be intriguing and one that I would take pleasure in reading.

Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.


Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like a great book, and I would really like to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


Anita Yancey said...

I follow on GFC.


Unknown said...

please enter me

your blog is great

rubynreba said...

I have heard that this is a very good book. Would really like to have a chance to win!

rubynreba said...

I subscribe by email

Elise said...

I would like to enter for this giveaway. The book sounds interesting. Thanks.
caliblue7 at gmail dot com

Elise said...

I am a new GFC follower(Elise)
caliblue7 at gmail dot com

BookHounds said...

No need to enter me -- I just posted this for you at win a book!

Unknown said...

I really like the story in this book, I adore Ireland and went on a great trip with college friends 2years after we graduated - our college's football team was playing Fordham U's team in Limerick so we started there and it was great. This storyline made me think about that trip!

Thanks for a great giveaway!

~ Amy

Unknown said...

I follow your blog on google friend connect; blogger dashboard & google reader :o)

brokenteepee said...

Thanks for another great review. My grandmother used to make lace. She was from county Orange.

I follow by GFC
thank you
kaiminani at gmail dot com

ikkinlala said...

Count me in, please, and thanks for the review!

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the review and giveaway. Count me in too, please.


Anonymous said...

I follow via GFC and Google reader.


Dawn M. said...

I've heard so many great things about this book. Would love the chance to read it. :0)

I subscribe with google reader.

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

PoCoKat said...

Sounds like a good read.

I follow your blog on Google Reader.

littleone AT shaw DOT ca

Terry Mac said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway.
The Lace Makers of Glenmara sounds very intriguing, a must read for summer.

terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

Terry Mac said...

I follow your blog on GFC.

Thank you for hosting this giveaway of two copies!

terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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