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Friday, May 13, 2011

Book Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway! The Sandlewood Tree by Ellle Newmark

I apologize so profusely, but due to the Blogger mess-up this week, all the comments that counted as entries for this giveaway have been lost!  If you are still interested in entering to win one of these two books, please do leave another comment. I will extend the giveaway time to Wednesday, May 18th!  Again, my apologies!!!

Today, I'm hosting a book blog tour stop for the amazing book, "The Sandlewood Tree," by Elle Newmark.

About The Book:

From incredible storyteller and nationally bestselling author Elle Newmark comes a rich, sweeping novel that brings to life two love stories, ninety years apart, set against the rich backdrop of war-torn India.

In 1947, American historian and veteran of WWII, Martin Mitchell, wins a Fulbright Fellowship to document the end of British rule in India. His wife, Evie, convinces him to take her and their young son along, hoping a shared adventure will mend their marriage, which has been strained by war.

But other places, other wars. Martin and Evie find themselves stranded in a colonial bungalow in the Himalayas due to violence surrounding the partition of India between Hindus and Muslims. In that house, hidden behind a brick wall, Evie discovers a packet of old letters, which tell a strange and compelling story of love and war involving two young Englishwomen who lived in the same house in 1857.

Drawn to their story, Evie embarks on a mission to piece together her Victorian mystery. Her search leads her through the bazaars and temples of India as well as the dying society of the British Raj. Along the way, Martin’s dark secret is exposed, unleashing a new wedge between Evie and him. As India struggles toward Independence, Evie struggles to save her marriage, pursuing her Victorian ghosts for answers.

Bursting with lavish detail and vivid imagery of Calcutta and beyond, The Sandalwood Tree is a powerful story about betrayal, forgiveness, fate, and love

I was absolutely amazed by this book. Elle Newmark sweeps her readers into the exotic locale of India and while reading her wonderful story, you can literally almost smell the spices, the flowers, all the enticing scents of the mysterious land.

Combining the two stories together, of Evie and Martin, and Felicity and Adela, Newmark blends the tales together for a reading experience that will linger long after the last word is finished.

I highly recommend this beautiful book!

About The Author:

Elle Newmark is an author whose books are inspired by her travels. Her work has been published into 16 languages and she lives in the hills north of San Diego with her husband, a retired physician. She has two grown children and five grandchildren.
To find out more about Elle or learn about her books visit http://ellenewmark.com/


I am giving away TWO copies of The Sandlewood Tree.  (These are ARC editions)

Leave a comment here, with your name and email address, and I'll draw for a winner on Sunday, May 15th!

My thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for including me on this blog tour, and Atria Books for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Mary said...

Sounds like a fabulous novel, Sharon. I love that you could almost smell the wonderful scents of the setting!

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PoCoKat said...

Thanks for the opportunity. Please enter me.

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Tiffany Drew said...

This book looks amazing. I have been trying to get my hands on it for a while now. Thank you for the giveaway and another chance at one :)


Kelsey said...

Looks like a fantastic read! Thanks for the giveaway!

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melissasmeanderings said...

Sounds great..I'd love a chance to win a copy!

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J.L. Campbell said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I like stories that are set in faraway places. If it's open to those not living in the US, I'm game.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

This sounds like a definite must read for me! I love it when an author's description of the setting makes me feel all the sights and smells that are part of the setting. India makes for a very intriguing setting. I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for offering a great giveaway.


BrittanyGale said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this one. Would be nice to win it! Thanks :)


Coreena McBurnie said...

Sounds like an amazing book. If the contest extends to Canada, then I would like to enter.
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Connie said...

Hi! I would love to read this book. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)


Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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skkorman said...

Sounds like a good read—please enter me to win!

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Martha Lawson said...

A new to me author, love finding them. Please enter me for this one, it sounds really interesting.

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Meredith said...

Sounds like a very sweet, romantic book!

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Mystica said...

If this is open to overseas readers, please count me in.


mel u said...

This sounds like a great book-I have been reading a lot of South Asian short stories and would love to read this book-thanks for offering this contest-please enter me

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goldangel69 said...

Hi! I would love to read this book. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)rengold69@yahoo.com

Sheena Gossett said...

Sounds like a totally fascinating read. I was ready for more just from your review. Thanks

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avalonne83 said...

Great giveaway! I'd love to be entered.

Please count me in. Thanks.

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Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Arrggh to Blogger. How frustrating. Great review by the way.


Anonymous said...

Be sure to check out Elle Newmark's official fan page on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elle-Newmark-Fan-Page/107073802705057?sk=wall

SpadesHigh said...

I would like to be entered in this giveaway please!! =)

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Thank you!!

skkorman said...

Sounds like a great read—please enter me to win!

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Renee G said...

Would love to read this.

J.L. Campbell said...

Good thing I stopped by again. Blogger going down messed with a lot of stuff on their network.

I enjoy books that have to do with the colonial periods in India and Africa, plus your review makes me want to read this.

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