Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Casting About by Terri Dulong Review & Giveaway


I've tried knitting; had several folks try to teach me.  I am uncoordinated and will stick to crochet.  But there is just something comforting about the click of the needles.  To start out with just some thread, or yarn so to speak, and with deft movements and creativity, blend it all together into something beautiful.
That's how I felt after reading Casting About.  It's the second in the Cedar Key series, but I did not read book one.  However, Ms. Dulong does a terrific job of catching the reader up so you don't feel like your stuck in the middle of nowhere.  The first in the series is Spinning Forward.
Meet Monica Brooks.  Monica just took over her mother's knitting shop in Cedar Cove, and she is a newlywed - five months! She's adjusting to her new life and has all sorts of plans for her shop.  But then something happens, a stitch drops.  I heard that expression from my grandma! Her husband Adam's ex-wife has an accident involving alcohol and is declared an unfit parent.  Adam is thrilled his eight year old daughter Clarissa is moving in with them.  But Monica isn't ready for a ready-made family.  She isn't even sure she wants children of her own.  But being a good wife, Monica pushes her self doubts aside and takes on the job as step-mom.
She has many trials and errors but eventually, the three of them weave a bond and become a family.  Through it all are other wonderful characters, such as Adams's mom, Monica's best friend, and Monica's aunt.  Not to leave anyone out, there is sporadic appearances from Monica's deceased grandmother.  Haven't you heard of a ghost stitch?   A very charming book that is perfect to curl up with in an afternoon with a good cuppa.  Ms. Dulong's writing captures your heart and her characters will entrance you.  I highly recommend this book!!
GIVEAWAY
Ms. Dulong is generously giving away one copy of Casting About to one reader!!
She totally rocks!!
USA ONLY
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Contest ends December 9th, winner announced December 10th.  Winner is selected by randomizer.org and has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be selected.

33 comments:

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  4. Even though I can't knit I'd love to read this one. Thanks for the chance.

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  5. This looks like an awesome book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. Nice review. Sounds like a heartwarming book ...please count me in! ~Thanks for the chance.

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  8. I am also uncoordinated enough to knit but I appreciate the art of it.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway.
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  9. This sounds like a wonderful story, I'd love to read it. I have never tried knitting, but I'm not good at any other type of sewing.

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  10. I would love to read Casting About :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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  11. Such a beautiful cover...I would love to read it.

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  12. I would love to win this to give to my mom. It sounds like something she'd really enjoy! Thanks for the giveaway. :D

    ~Briana
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  17. It sounds like a wonderful story.
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  18. Hi! What a wonderful book you are giving away! Would love to read it. :) Thank you!

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  19. I sooo want to learn to knit!!
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  20. Thank you for the giveaway!
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  21. have tried knitting a few times...I think I am better at reading :)
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  22. Would really love to read this. Thanks for the amazing giveaway :)

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  24. i love to knit, and think i would enjoy this read! teachersarahcooper at gmail dot com

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  25. would love to read this novel...thanks for the chance :)

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  30. I love to knit so a book that involves knitting --count me in!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  31. My daughter has just gotten into knitting. Would love to win this for her. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  32. I would love to read this one. Thanks for the chance.

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