Monday, March 19, 2012

Mailbox Monday - Heft and An Irish Country Girl

Currently on a Blog Tour with a New Host Each Month

Title: Heft
Author: Liz Moore
Publisher: W. W. Norton (January 2012)
Format: Hardcover; Pgs 352
Genre: Fiction

A heartwarming novel about larger-than-life characters and second chances.

Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career—if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene’s unexpected phone call to Arthur—a plea for help—that jostles them into action. Through Arthur and Kel’s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft tells the winning story of two improbable heroes whose sudden connection transforms both their lives. Like Elizabeth McCracken’s The Giant’s House, Heft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.

Title: An Irish Country Girl
Author: Patrick Taylor
Publisher: Forge Books (January 5, 2010)
Format: Hardcover; Pgs 320
Genre: Fiction
Series: Irish Country #4

Readers of Patrick Taylor’s books know Mrs. Kinky Kincaid as the unflappable housekeeper who looks after two frequently frazzled town doctors in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. A trusted fixture in the lives of those around her, it often seems as though Kinky has always been there.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Some forty-odd years before and many miles to the south, the girl who would someday be Kinky Kincaid was Maureen O’Hanlon, a farmer’s daughter growing up in the emerald hills and glens of County Cork. A precocious girl on the cusp of womanhood, Maureen has a head full of dreams, a heart open to romance, and something more: a gift for seeing beyond the ordinary into the mystic realm of fairies, spirits, and even the dreaded Banshee, whose terrifying wail she first hears on a snowy night in 1922. . . .

As she grows into a young woman, Maureen finds herself torn between love and her fondest aspirations, for the future is a mystery even for one blessed with the sight. Encountering both joy and sorrow, Maureen at last finds herself on the road to Ballybucklebo—and the strong and compassionate woman she was always destined to become.


Mrs Q Book Addict said...

These are both new to me. I hope you enjoy them.

Tribute Books Mama said...

They both sound good, enjoy!

DCMetroreader said...

I've heard Heft is excellent. Hope you enjoy it too!

Kaye said...

An Irish Country Girl is very good. I hope you enjoy it along with Heft. Have a great week!

Anna said...

I've heard good things about An Irish Country Girl. Happy reading!