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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Book Blog Tour Stop and Review - "The Things I Do For You" by Mary Carter

Today, I'm pleased to be hosting a book blog tour stop for author Mary Carter's book, "The Things I Do For You."


What happens to a marriage when a husband buys a lighthouse behind his wife’s back?

Bailey Jordan has loved her husband, Brad, since they were ten years old. She’s followed him on every adventure–opening a sweater store in Seattle, a cafĂ© in Colorado, a surf shop in Santa Monica. Each time, she’s picked up the pieces when things fell apart. But now, it’s her turn. Bailey has a successful real estate career in Manhattan, and she’s eager to start a family–until a car crash leaves Brad in a coma and changes their lives forever.

Awakening after his near-death experience, Brad has a new mission. He buys a lighthouse on the Hudson River, planning to turn it into a B&B. Grateful to have Brad alive, Bailey tries to make his dream her own. The lighthouse is beautiful, but the challenges–renovating, bringing in supplies by boat, navigating the locals and guests–are enormous. And then Bailey discovers a secret in Brad’s past that compels her to question her husband, her marriage, and how far she’ll go to keep them both. . .

Thoughtful and moving, The Things I Do for You exhibits a rare understanding of the joys, compromises, and small rebellions that lie at the heart of every marriage, and of the resilience and surprising power of love.

If you are looking for a book that encompasses a wide range of emotions from happiness to horror, from fear to funny, from overwhelmingly angry to overwhelmingly in love, then Mary Carter's novel, "The Things I Do For You," will be right up your alley!

I couldn't really decide if I liked the main character of Bailey Jordan - that is, until I got further into the story.  I was right there, going through every feeling she had - from the panic and fear when her husband Brad was in the accident, to the frustration with him as he recovered from his brain injury, to the pure love she shows him overall.  And that, to me, is a sign of a great author - one who can evoke such strong emotions from the reader.

This is a fast paced story that moves along with a speedy New York clip, and is filled with a cast of characters that are memorable and realistic.  Mary Carter brings a splendid gift of storytelling to this tale, and it is one that stay in your memory long after you have finished reading.


Mary Carter is a freelance writer and novelist. The Things I Do For You, is her sixth novel. Her fifth novel, The Pub Across the Pond, was July’s pick of the month with Barnes and Noble online book club, and is also available as an audiobook through Blackstone Audio. Her other works include: My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside Blues, She’ll Take It, and Accidentally Engaged. In addition to her novels she has written three novellas: A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthology Holiday Magic, The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology Almost Home, and A Kiss Before Midnight (in an anthology collection headlined by Janet Daily) which will be out in the Spring of 2013. Mary is also excited to announce that she has started, The Writers’ Den, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where she will be teaching the exact writing course that helped her write and publish her first novel. Aspiring writers in the New York City area can go to www.themanhattanwritersden for more information.
Readers can visit Mary at www.marycarterbooks.com.

To get your paperback copy of THE THINGS I DO FOR YOU by Mary Carter at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Things-Do-For-You/dp/0758253370/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

To get your ebook copy of THE THINGS I DO FOR YOU by Mary Carter for your Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Things-For-You-ebook/dp/B007C738BC/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

To purchase a copy of THE THINGS I DO FOR YOU by Mary Carter at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-things-i-do-for-you-mary-carter/1105389647?ean=9780758253378

Like Mary Carter on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-Carter-Books/248226365259

Follow Mary Carter on Twitter: https://twitter.com/marycarterbooks

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


Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book, it sounds really good.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thanks for coming by, Melissa!