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Souvenir & Giveaway (2 books)

March 30, 2009

Souvenir: A novel by the author of Reunion

Don’t be fooled by the candy-coated exterior, I’m here to tell you that Souvenir by Therese Fowler is more than a pretty cover.

Meet Meg Powell, a young woman about to make a life-altering decision. Fueled by the duty she feels towards her family, Meg accepts the proposal of Brian Hamilton, who has promised to pay off her father’s debts after they are married. Even though Meg likes Brian, she lost her heart a long time ago to lifelong friend Carson McKay. Growing up together on neighboring farms in a small Florida town, their friendship eventually turns into a romantic, loving relationship. Carson is heartbroken when Meg leaves, assuming she married Brian because he has money, never knowing that Meg entered into the marriage knowing it was the only way it would save her parent’s farmland.

Fast forward seventeen years. Carson is now a Grammy award winning musician about to marry the much younger Val, a professional surfer. Meg  is an obstetrician who works long hours and is in a loveless marriage to Brian. She is also mother to teenager Savannah, who is playing her own dangerous dating game with a man she met on the internet. Even though Meg and Carson haven’t seen each other in years, they are still both stuck in the past. When Carson comes home to plan his wedding to Val and Meg gets devastating news, both of them are forced to reexamine their lives and to see if there is a way to make things right.

Don’t you love it when a book totally surprises you? I found the cover art to be appealing and the synopsis sounded interesting enough, but when I started reading Souvenir I was surprised by how much depth the story had. Reunion: A NovelExpecting a light read, Souvenir turned out to be a touching book about lives full of regret, redemption, second chances and ultimately life and death decisions. Told by three points of view (Meg, Carson and Savannah) the characters were all genuine and not in the least bit one-dimensional. The author didn’t take any short-cuts with the plot, making way for a very satisfying reading experience, which is so much more than the pastel colored exterior would suggest. In the end, this book really made me THINK, which is more than I can say for a lot of other books I’ve read.  

My one quibble with the book would be that even though we get a glimpse of what Meg and Carson were like as children, not enough time was spent in the past to fully develop their relationship. I wish the book had been a bit longer and had explored their budding love a little more.

Souvenir would make a great selection for reading groups since it touches upon some serious issues. I don’t want to give any more of the plot away, but I am sure that most book clubs would find this to be an extremely interesting read. The author also has a new book out called Reunion.

If either of these two books sound interesting to you, then you’re in luck since I have both to giveaway! Just leave a comment below, along with your e-mail address for one entry. If you’d like to increase your chances, mention this giveaway on your own blog or Tweet about it on Twitter (linking back to this post) for an additional entry. This contest is open to my US and international readers too! You have until Monday, April 6th at 9 p.m. EST time to enter. I will announce a winner next Tuesday the 7th (my hubby’s birthday). Good luck!

In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about her books, check out Therese Fowler’s blog. Thanks so much Therese for sharing your book with me.

74 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2009 9:17 am

    I want to win this one so bad! Just saw your tweet! I tweeted about it already too!


  2. March 30, 2009 9:21 am

    Thanks for the great giveaway. I’d like to be entered.

  3. March 30, 2009 9:33 am

    What you wrote about Souvenir makes it seem almost Austenesque!

    Please enter me for that one. Thanks!

  4. March 30, 2009 9:34 am


    meah56 AT gmail DOT com

  5. March 30, 2009 9:47 am

    I would like to be entered in this generous giveaway. Enjoyed the review.



  6. Shannan permalink
    March 30, 2009 10:05 am

    I am interested in the books. The look very interesting , a break from the classics.

  7. agirlnamedsara permalink
    March 30, 2009 10:16 am

    I am interested. Thanks.

    yalitgoodbadugly at gmail dot com

  8. March 30, 2009 10:36 am

    I’m interested. Please enter me. Thanks.


  9. Julie E. permalink
    March 30, 2009 10:36 am

    I’d like to be entered. Thanks!

  10. March 30, 2009 10:43 am

    I saw Souvenir in the libray a couple of weeks ago and didn’t snag it and have been regretting it ever since, so I would ove to have the opportunity to win a copy. Please enter me.

  11. March 30, 2009 10:50 am

    I love it when books surprise me – I’d love to read either of these!
    thanks –
    (I saw your Tweet.)

  12. March 30, 2009 11:23 am

    I loved! loved! your review. I’m very interested in either books. Please enter me!
    nicolemarieblogs (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. mindy permalink
    March 30, 2009 11:49 am

    great review and thanks for the generous giveaway

  14. March 30, 2009 11:59 am

    Even after all you’re doing! You’re amazing to keep up the pace. These books sound great. 🙂

  15. March 30, 2009 12:05 pm

    Souvenir sounds fabulous! I want to read it!

  16. Gwendolyn B. permalink
    March 30, 2009 12:31 pm

    Please enter me – I’ve been wanting to read SOUVENIR and I didn’t even know she has a new one coming out! Thanks so much for the chance!
    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  17. Diane La Rue permalink
    March 30, 2009 1:25 pm

    I’d love to win either of these books. They both sound intriguing.
    I tweeted anout it too.

  18. 7walker permalink
    March 30, 2009 2:27 pm

    Have been wanting to read Souvenir since back when it was in hardback. It sounds wonderful from new and old reviews I read– would love a chance to win. Thank you for sharing.

  19. ruth permalink
    March 30, 2009 2:45 pm

    Thanks for this great giveaway. Souvenir sounds like a novel that I would find captivating and memorable.

  20. March 30, 2009 3:41 pm

    Souvenir sounds great!

  21. March 30, 2009 4:41 pm

    Enter me please. This sounds fantastic.


  22. Nicole C. permalink
    March 30, 2009 5:05 pm

    I have actually been wanting to read both of these books!! They sound like great reads!!

  23. Emilie S. permalink
    March 30, 2009 5:24 pm

    The books sound great –thanks!

    emvark (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. March 30, 2009 5:43 pm

    Please enter me into the draw. The book sounds great

  25. March 30, 2009 6:06 pm

    These both look interesting. I’d love to be entered. Thanks!

  26. March 30, 2009 6:51 pm

    From the cover I would have written that book off as fluff, but from your review it sounds really good!

  27. March 30, 2009 7:38 pm

    Great review – thanks for posting it!

    shari579 AT

  28. March 30, 2009 7:57 pm

    This sounds like a great read, Stephanie! I’d love to win a copy of Souvenir. Thanks!

  29. Christina Brunetti permalink
    March 30, 2009 8:24 pm

    I would really love to read this.


  30. March 30, 2009 8:42 pm

    Sounds great! Btw, I left you an award on my blog.

  31. March 30, 2009 8:45 pm

    sounds like a great read…your review is enticing!!! sign me up, please. 🙂

  32. March 30, 2009 10:15 pm

    Count me in!! I will post this giveaway on my sidebar. I loved your review and regardless if I win the copy or not I really must read this book!!!

  33. March 31, 2009 3:06 am

    I would love to enter!


  34. March 31, 2009 7:25 am

    Please enter me. Both the books look great.

  35. March 31, 2009 9:54 am

    Souvenir sounds like a great book with a surprising look at loves present and past and friendships everlasting…as well as a number of other issues…wow! I never would have guessed that from the cover at all!

    I will post the giveaway in my sidebar for you.

  36. March 31, 2009 10:12 am

    Hi Stephanie! Thanks so much for this wonderful review!!

    And thanks to everyone who has commented so far. Good luck to all of you–and feel free to get in touch with me once you’ve read the books. I love to hear what my readers think!

  37. March 31, 2009 12:32 pm

    Both books sound interesting. I’d love to be entered to win either. Thanks! BTW: I love the cover art on Souvenier as well. It’s very sweet and Spring-y.

  38. March 31, 2009 12:33 pm

    Forgot to say, I’ll blog about the giveaway today or tomorrow. Thanks!

  39. March 31, 2009 5:05 pm

    No need to enter me because I have both of these books, but great review!

  40. March 31, 2009 7:27 pm

    Enter ME!!! Great review.

  41. March 31, 2009 8:41 pm

    These sound great!

  42. March 31, 2009 8:47 pm

    Hmm… last comment did not post…I linked your giveaway on my blog

  43. beth shepherd permalink
    March 31, 2009 9:00 pm

    I would love to win and read these.
    THank you!

  44. March 31, 2009 9:04 pm

    This sounds fantastic. Please enter me in your giveaway.


    ~ Popin

  45. Sharon Walling permalink
    March 31, 2009 9:49 pm

    These both sound great. Please enter me.

  46. cheryl kellery permalink
    March 31, 2009 10:28 pm

    I’d love to read these – please count me in!

  47. March 31, 2009 11:57 pm

    I love book giveaways!! Please enter me in! Thanks

  48. April 1, 2009 9:05 am

    Seems like a lot of people dying to get their hands on the giveaway. You can add my name to the list too. I agree with lisamm, the cover gives an impression of yet another random chicklit novel, but I have learnt the hard way- Never judge a book by its cover

  49. Joanne permalink
    April 1, 2009 5:08 pm

    Would love to win a copy of the new book by her. Read Souvenir and became an instant fan.

  50. Leslie permalink
    April 1, 2009 6:24 pm

    Hi, I’d like to be entered in your drawing. Both books sound like great reads.


  51. Toni permalink
    April 1, 2009 9:49 pm

    I’d love to be entered, thanks!

  52. Renee G permalink
    April 2, 2009 12:13 am

    I would enjoy reading these.


  53. Wendy aka misswendiki permalink
    April 2, 2009 10:24 am

    Sounds great! I’d love to win.

  54. chris swan permalink
    April 2, 2009 1:58 pm

    WOW those books sound great.

  55. Cheryl S. permalink
    April 2, 2009 2:17 pm

    These look like great reads – please count me in!


  56. April 2, 2009 5:07 pm

    I would love to win these books! They both sound really good!


  57. Wehaf permalink
    April 2, 2009 11:58 pm

    I’m intrigued!

  58. April 3, 2009 5:57 am

    Please enter me in the contest….those books sound like something I would really enjoy!

  59. April 3, 2009 12:45 pm

    Wow 60 comments already. People like this give-a-way. Count me in even though I am related. Both books look good. I am giving a way a Christian book on my site about 2 or 3 posts down. This is the first book written by a fellow blogger and it was so good. You might like it. It didn’t go heavy or syrupy on the Christian stuff. It was about a girl trying to escape her marriage to a mob guy. He was so evil and there were many twists and turns that connected the main character Regina to her husband. Anyway I will mention your give a way tomorrow. Maybe you could let people know about mine if they want something like this to read for the summer. It was truly a great read. I read it in just a couple of days. The first page attached me to the character so quickly. I already posted today but I will definitely put this on my blog tomorrow.

  60. April 3, 2009 3:44 pm

    These sound great! I would love to be entered.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  61. Shawn permalink
    April 3, 2009 8:02 pm

    Thanks for the chance in your great giveaway…please enter me in your contest!

  62. Debbie permalink
    April 4, 2009 9:26 am

    Please include me in your giveaway.

  63. RobynL permalink
    April 6, 2009 2:08 am

    so happy I found this site so I can enter to win some awesome books.

  64. RobynL permalink
    April 6, 2009 2:09 am

    sorry, my e-mail is
    yourstrulee at sasktel dot net

  65. Kim V permalink
    April 6, 2009 8:43 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. thewordjar permalink
    April 6, 2009 10:50 am

    Great reviews! Please enter me in your giveaway: thewordjar[at]yahoo[dot]com.


  67. April 6, 2009 1:16 pm

    It sounds like great book. I’d love to be entered in the draw.

    PS. Thanks for the post about North and South. It sounds like just my type of movie!

  68. Marie permalink
    April 6, 2009 1:52 pm

    I would love to read these, they sound wonderful!

  69. Michelle Rosborough permalink
    April 6, 2009 6:11 pm

    Thankd for the chance

  70. jennifer cecil permalink
    April 9, 2009 11:28 pm

    Enter me, please, I’d love to read both of these.

  71. Sarah Stern permalink
    April 13, 2009 6:40 pm

    Sounds like a great read!

  72. Miranda Allen permalink
    April 14, 2009 3:20 pm

    I love to read and this would be great



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