Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Laura Martinez is wedged in the middle place, grappling with her busy life as a nurse, wife, and devoted mom to her two young children when her estranged mother, Helen, suffers a devastating stroke. In a desperate attempt to lure her mother into choosing life, Laura goes to Sea Escape, the pristine beach home that Helen took refuge in after the death of her beloved husband, Joseph. There, Laura hunts for the legendary love letters her father wrote to her mother when he served as a reporter for the Associated Press during wartime Vietnam.
Believing the beauty and sway of her father's words will have the power to heal, Laura reads the letters bedside to her mother, a woman who once spoke the language of fabric—of Peony Sky in Jade and Paradise Garden Sage—but who can't or won't speak to her now. As Laura delves deeper into her tangled family history, she becomes increasingly determined to save her mother. As each letter reveals a patchwork detail of her parents' marriage, she discovers a common thread: a secret that mother and daughter unknowingly share.
Weaving back and forth from Laura's story to her mother's, beginning in the idyllic 1950s with Helen's love affair with Joseph through the tumultuous Vietnam War period on to the present, Sea Escape takes a gratifying look at what women face in their everyday lives—the balancing act of raising capable and happy children and being accomplished and steadfast wives while still being gracious and good daughters. It is a story that opens the door to family secrets so gripping, you won't be able to put this book down until each is revealed. -- Simon & Schuster
Last summer, I read and reviewed a wonderful novel called SEA ESCAPE by Lynne Griffin. SEA ESCAPE received many rave reviews including Entertainment Weekly Magazine's Must Read Books for the Summer as well as an Indie Next List Notable Pick. I was deeply touched by this story and I suggested it for book clubs who appreciate good women's fiction.
On June 7th, the paperback edition of SEA ESCAPE will be available. You will now have another chance to pick up this novel in case you missed it the first time around. I strongly recommend considering SEA ESCAPE for your next book club meeting, especially since it's now in paperback and less expensive!
To celebrate SEA ESCAPE'S paperback release, the author and publisher have offered two copies of the book for two lucky Booking Mama readers. To enter, just fill out the form below before Monday, June 20th at 11:59 p.m. ET. I will randomly select and notify the winners the following day. This contest is open to those of you with U.S. addresses only. Good luck!