Saturday, March 10, 2012

New review of Tatiana de Rosnay's The House I Loved, and contest winners

I have been busy.  My review of Tatiana de Rosnay's The House I Loved, an epistolary novel with lovely descriptions of old Paris, is out in today's Globe and Mail:

"Can a novel make us nostalgic for a place we’ve never been? With her third English-language release, an uncomplicated story brimming with homespun details, Tatiana de Rosnay presents a convincing case. Nearly every sentence evokes the appeal of mid-19th-century Paris, the city she clearly loves, and her empathy for the citizens whose homes and dreams were obliterated by the march of progress."

That's just the beginning... see the full review here.


I also have some contest winners to announce, following Christine Blevins' guest post about camp followers during the American Revolution and her period-inspired giveaway.  I have to say, wow... this was the most popular contest I've offered so far.  Thanks to everyone for your interest!

Giveaway #1, a copy of The Turning of Anne Merrick and a Bayberry Candle Bundle, will be going to Jill.  [Edited from the original posting... the first winner chosen had won a copy from another site, so graciously let me pick someone else.]

Giveaway #2, a copy of The Turning of Anne Merrick and a Stationery Bundle, will be going to Mieneke, who reviews speculative fiction, historicals, crime, YAs, and more at A Fantastical Librarian.

Congratulations to you both, and look for an email from me in your inbox.  I hope you'll enjoy the novel and goodies!  A big thanks to Christine Blevins, too, for the post and prizes.


  1. I enjoyed reading your review Sarah :)

  2. Hey Sarah -

    Thanks so much for hosting the guestpost and giveaway. I'm glad to hear that it was so popular... I see others like the 18th century swag as much as I do!

    For those who weren't the lucky winners, there are still a couple chances to win books and stuff out there in the blogosphere. The most recent guestposts are still offering some cool giveaways - both international and US only.

    Cheers to all!

    Christine (Blevins)

  3. Thanks for the heads-up on the additional opportunities, Christine - and for the most excellent 18th-c goodies!

  4. Here is my review of the book, that was an introduction to Paris as it was: