One of my favorite authors and dearest friends, Lilian Darcy, is celebrating the release of her new book Saving Gerda. I got a chance to first read this book when Lilian had just finished it, and it absolutely blew me away.
Okay, yes, Lilian Darcy is one of my best friends, and she’s a bestselling author and has won many awards, but this story just captured my heart and I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters for months after I finished the book, because they didn’t feel like characters. They felt like real people and I cared so much about what had happened to them, and what could happen.
Lilian is known for writing deeply emotional books, but this is by far my favorite book of hers. This is Lilian’s description of the story taken from her site:
“I’ve had this book and its characters clamoring in my head for more than fifteen years. It’s the first book in a trilogy that sweeps between Germany just before World War Two, Italy and Antwerp in the Sixteenth Century, and New York in the 1980s. You probably wouldn’t know it was a trilogy if I hadn’t said so, as Saving Gerda stands up completely on its own. I know these characters as well as I know myself – privileged, beautiful, good-hearted Kitty; twelve-year-old Gerda who doesn’t yet know who she really is or who she wants to be; dutiful Sophie, hemmed in by life and desperate to take action; awkward Johannes, whose shyness masks his good looks and acute perception.”
I know this time period, I used to teach this time period in history to my jr high and high school students, but this story had layers and nuances I rarely see in fiction from this time period. I loved, loved, loved Kitty, Gerda, Sophie, Johannes and I think you will, too. If you’re a fan of literature, Historical fiction, or Women’s fiction, you’ll find this a compelling, unforgetabble story. If you’ve got a moment, go read this small, but powerful excerpt on Lilian’s website now.
And to celebrate the ebook release of Saving Gerda, I’m hosting a contest and giving away a prize consisting of: a $25 B&N gift card, several signed Jane Porter Harlequins, a Starbucks drink gift card, plus lots of other fun JP reader goodies. The Saving Gerda contest will run for the next five days with winners being drawn on Friday and announced on Saturday morning. To enter the contest, tell me what you’re reading now, and/or, what you’ve read lately that you absoutely loved.
Bonus prizes —-I have a gift for the first 14 of you who do purchase Saving Gerda….forward the purchase receipt to me (via my personal email) and you will get a signed copy of Easy On the Eyes, a Starbucks drink card, lots of other fun goodies. And then when you’ve read Saving Gerda, we have to chat! Maybe we can do our bookclub discussion about the story here?
Good luck, and do check out this amazing, unforgettable story!