Monday, January 1, 2018

Bleak Landing

GIVEAWAY
TODD, TERRIE
BLEAK LANDING

She fled her past. Now she must go home to find her future.

In the dead-end Canadian town of Bleak Landing, twelve-year-old Irish immigrant Bridget O'Sullivan lives in a ramshackle house and dreams of another life, even as the Great Depression rages. Routinely beaten by her father and bullied by schoolmate Victor Harrison, the waifish yet fiery redhead vows to run away and never return. Just a few short years later, run she does -- fleeing the unspeakable repercussions of her father's gambling. In Winnipeg, Bridget lands a job at a garment factory, the first step on her journey to shed her past and begin anew.

When her father dies, Bridget -- now a striking and accomplished woman -- returns home to claim her inheritance. But she has no identification to prove her stake, and no one in town recognizes her -- except Victor, who has become a pastor and a candidate for town mayor. Though war has wounded him, his secret affection for Bridget remains, and now he's the only one who can help her prove her integrity. But can he also prove he's a changed man worthy of her forgiveness?

As Victor preaches of freedom in faith, will his words spark Bridget's once-hopeless heart and lead her to the life she's been seeking?

My Review:

Terrie Todd weaves an evocative story of grit and determination. I love the way this author spins a tale. It's so easy for me to slide back in time and into the shoes of the heroine.

Bleak Landing is the kind of epic tale that illustrates triumph over adversity and delivers an awesome stand-up-and-cheer ending. It starts when Bridget is twelve during the great depression and carries through into the war years. This heroine has a wretched start in life but she possesses an indomitable spirit that serves her well as she strikes out on her own at a tender age. I rejoiced over her resolute courage to change her life but my heart ached for the emotional wounds that keep her distanced from living life fully. Her journey towards self-acceptance is inspiring and that includes her struggles with God and her very narrow concept of faith.

Victor was the bane of her childhood existence. He was really awful in all the ways nasty boys can be. Something he feels bad about as he grows older, but Bridget disappears before he finds the courage to seek out forgiveness. It's years before they reconnect and he becomes her unexpected ally as she faces the ultimate bully in her hometown aptly named Bleak Landing.

An enthralling Women's Fiction/Romance hybrid that totally captivated me.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Bleak Landing, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 7 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

50 comments:

  1. Looks like a great historical read
    Thanks for sharing with us
    Thanks for the chance to win
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com

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    1. It's amazing. I've absolutely loved all three of Terrie Todd's books! And she's Canadian! Woot!:-) Good luck, Linda.

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    2. I went and added her to My wish lists Too
      Thanks Kav :)

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  2. Sounds like a great read and I'm anxious to find out what happens when Victor lets everyone know who Bridget is...at least I hope he does.

    Happy New Year!
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. It's a page-turning wonder, Cindy! Good luck!

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  3. this sounds so good. Sounds like a lot of spunk and determination on her part. But will it be a hindrance or a help?
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. I can't even describe how fantastic it is. The author really dug deep into the psyche of this heroine and delivers a mesmerizing read...which makes you think and look at things different as well. Good luck, Lori.

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  4. I have not read Terrie Todd and would love to have the chance. It is always exciting to run across new authors. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. This is is third book and she has a wonderful storytelling style. I'm sure you'll love her. Good luck, Melanie.

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  5. I've not read one of this author's books yet. Enter me, please, Kav!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. You're in for a treat, Cheryl! Good luck!

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  6. Sounds like a great story, and I love the Canadian backdrop. Enter me please for this giveaway. Thank you , and happy new year!

    freda.mans[at]gmail.com

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    1. Yes -- always fun to find a Canadian setting -- and a Canadian author too! Good luck, Freda.

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  7. Why do we love angsty books full of grit, rife with heartache, all covered with eventual redemption and resolve at the end so much? Why do we shred our hearts reading such novels?? Maybe because life is messy and we need hope through the pages of a book like this :-) This sounds like a doozy!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Shredded hearts are just part of the reading journey, I guess. :-) Good luck, Trixi.

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  8. New author for me. Sounds good. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  9. Sounds like a great read to start reading my reading challenge on good reads. sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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    1. Definitely would make for a great start to your New Year reading! Good luck, Karen.

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  10. New author to me and I hadn’t seen this. Thank you for the review and chance. Happy New Year 🎈
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Happy New Year, Lucy! May it be full of the best kind of reads! Good luck!

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  11. This book has 5 star reviews. I like the storyline and the setting of the depression era.

    cenya2 (at)hotmail (dot)com

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    1. And it deserves those 5 star reviews! Good luck, Marjorie.

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  12. KAV, this one sounds like a must read. Thank you for great review and chance to win a copy. Happy New Year!
    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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    1. Happy New Year, Caryl. Good luck!

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  13. Think you summed it up when you described BLEAK LANDING as captivated. Just reading the preview, I was wondering what was going to happen and wanted to keep reading. It’s a book I’d definitely love to read.

    Thanks for the information, review and chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. It's beautifully written. Good luck, Kay.

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  14. Sounds like a good one. Have been wanting to read this. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, Mindy. Good luck!

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  15. I'm not familiar with this author, but your review of this book certainly has me intrigued. Thanks for your review, Kav. I'm looking forward to reading this one.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail com

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    1. I'm really enjoying her books. Love the way she tells a story. Good luck, Pam.

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  16. Terrie Ford is a new author to me, but I am intrigued by the story and your great review, so I'd love to have a chance to win a copy of Bleak Landing. Thank you for the opportunity.
    may_dayzeeATyahooDOTcom

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    1. I love her writing, Kay and I'm sure you will too. Good luck.

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  17. This is a new author for me. The book summary sounds like it's a very emotional read!
    Dianna

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    1. It really is! Good luck, Dianna.

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  18. I haven't had the chance to read any of Terrie Todd's books yet, but they all sound really interesting.
    Actually, I got Maggie's War in paperback as a Christmas gift! Can't wait to read her books.

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're the one who pointed me in Terrie Todd's direction back in a Reader's Choice week, Samantha and I haven't missed a book since. Enjoy Maggie's War! Good luck!

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  19. This is a new to me author and the subject is right up my alley! Thanks Kav. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. You're welcome, Paula. Good luck!

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  20. The story sounds really interesting. Thank you for the giveaway.

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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    1. You're welcome, Melody. Good luck.

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  21. This book would be a wonderful addition to our Young Readers book section.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. This is actually a Women's Fiction novel, Janet, though it starts when Bridget is twelve. Good luck!

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