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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

About Montpelier Tomorrow

• Paperback: 318 pages
• Publisher: All Things That Matter Press; First edition (August 21, 2014)
Mid-life mom, Colleen Gallagher, would do anything to protect her children from harm. When her daugther’s husband falls ill with ALS, Colleen rolls up her sleeves and moves in, juggling the multiple roles of grandma, cook, and caregiver, only to discover that even her superhuman efforts can’t fix what’s wrong.
"Each time I have reread this novel, I have felt rewarded by the connection it offers to the central character, Colleen. I can think of no single page in which her voice is not an irreplaceable gift to the reader."—Kevin McIlvoy, author of The Fifth Station
"An affecting, deeply honest novel; at the same time, a lacerating indictment of our modern health care system"—Kirkus Reviews
"…if you like well written books, wonderfully developed characters, and a story with a greater purpose you should read Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald.  I cannot stress enough how good this book is."—Ben Green for Reader Views
"A heartrending story of love, loss and the endurance of the human spirit"—Literary Fiction Book Review
"Montpelier Tomorrow portrays real issues of life; it exposes the multi-layers of human conflict and the heroism of motherhood."—Cheryl E. Rodriguez for ReadersFavorite
"An amazing story of a family going through difficult times and each one trying to keep things going under those difficult circumstances."—Mamta Madhavan for ReadersFavorite
My Thoughts:
"Montpelier Tomorrow" is an emotion-filled family drama that will have readers enthralled through the heart-wrenching story of one family's tragic journey through illness. 
Marylee MacDonald has created a cast of characters who are often hard to like, but who are very real and facing real problems. Part of being a good author is drawing your readership into the heart of your tale and keeping their interest and participation, and MacDonald does this with her intense storytelling skills.
"Montpelier Tomorrow" is an admirable work of authorship. The story might not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy a true-to-life family drama, this will be a novel to look for!
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About Marylee MacDonald

A former carpenter and mother of five, Marylee MacDonald began writing when her last child left for college. Her fiction has won the Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Award, the Barry Hannah Prize, the Ron Rash Award, the Matt Clark Prize, and the ALR Fiction Award.
Her novel, Montpelier Tomorrow, was a Finalist in the 2014 IPPY Awards and the Faulkner-Wisdom Prize. She is widely published in literary magazines such as American Literary ReviewBellevue Literary ReviewFolioBlue Moon Literary & Art ReviewBroad River ReviewFour QuartersNew Delta ReviewNorth Atlantic ReviewRaven ChroniclesReunion: The Dallas ReviewRiver Oak ReviewRuminateStoryQuarterlyThe Briar Cliff Review, and Yalobusha Review.
Find out more about Marylee at her website, see what she's pinning on Pinterest, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. You can also follow her blog and add her to your circles on Google+.

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to the author for providing the review copy of the book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I can only imagine what it would be like to have a family member given an ALS diagnosis ... what a challenge.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!