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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New Book Alert & Giveaway: The Bookman’s Tale

bookmans tale

The Bookman’s Tale
By Charlie Lovett
Hardcover, 368 pages
Viking Adult
ISBN: 0670026476
May 28, 2013

Book Blurb:

Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman’s Tale is a former bookseller’s sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature’s most tantalizing mysteries with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt's Possession.

Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn’t really her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.

As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare’s time, Peter communes with Amanda’s spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays.

You can read an excerpt of the novel here as well as a couple reviews at I Be Readin! and Bookalicious Babe Book Reviews.

Here are some choices for pre-ordering the book: Amazon, B&N, RJ Julia (my fav indie bookstore).

However, I do also have a giveaway that I can offer to you, courtesy of the publisher.  One copy open to those in the USA only.  Last day to enter the giveaway is June 16th.  The winner will receive the book from the publisher.  Fill out the Rafflecopter below for your entries:

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Copyright © 2013 by The Maiden’s Court


  1. Doesn't this sound fun? I just got a copy of it -- can't wait to dig in!

  2. I love books about books, and this sounds so intriguing.

  3. Cover is awesome and book sounds super interesting Thanks for the giveaway :)

  4. Hi, Heather! Just heard about this book, and I'm hoping to get a chance to read it. I saw that you were interviewed on the Pittsburg Historical Fiction Examiner, and followed your link from there. I'm to be up on there on Thursday! Happy to be a new follower of yours! Deborah/TheBookishDame

    1. Hi Deborah! So glad you found my blog and are now following!


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