Monday, July 12, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: Fly Away Home


By Melissa Amster

**GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED**

Jennifer Weiner has done it again...created another masterpiece of literary fiction. I was immediately drawn into the story of Sylvie, Diana and Lizzie from page one. There were times I forgot I was reading a book, as I got so caught up in their lives that I thought they were people I actually knew.

"Fly Away Home" is about a senator's wife who finds out on CNN that her husband had an affair, her older daughter, an overachiever who is unhappy in her marriage and her younger daughter, a drug addict just out of rehab who is trying to repair her life. The story is told from all three perspectives, yet the reader sees new things about each woman through the others' eyes. And there's comic relief too, in the form of Sylvie's mother, Selma. (I think I appreciated her more because I'm Jewish, but she's still quite a character anyway.) Toss in a few interesting male leads, some hot "romantic" scenes (that rival the ones in Sue Margolis' books) and incredible descriptions of food and scenery and you have a fantastic book.

The only thing I wish were different was that Ms. Weiner should have expanded the story even further, giving readers an epilogue or just more time with these women. Sure, there's closure, but I think there's room for a sequel.

Overall, I loved this novel and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a story that will grab them and not let them go.

I want to thank Emily Gambir from Engleman and Co for providing a review copy....as well as one book to give away to a US reader.

How to win "Fly Away Home":
Please comment below with your e-mail address. (Please note: Entries without an e-mail address will NOT be counted.)

For additional entries (each as a separate comment including your e-mail address, as well):
1. Please tell us: What is your favorite Jennifer Weiner book?
2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.

Giveaway ends Wednesday, July 14th at midnight EST.

For another chance to win this fabulous novel, visit my friend Stephanie at her Manic Mommy blog.

34 comments:

Jencey said...

Jencey Gortney
jenceyg@msn.com

I am a follower of the blog Chick Lit Central. I hope to go see Jennifer later this week. My favorite by far of her books is In Her Shoes. I loved how she wrote about sibling rivalry and how it affects each sister.

I will post on both facebook and my blog Writer's Corner.

Heather said...

I am a follower :)
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

Heather said...

I posted this to my facebook page :)
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

Heather said...

Jennifer Weiner is one of my favorite authors! I love all her books! My favorites are probably Good in Bed and Certain Girls.
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

Anita said...

Anita
Extexgirl2@aol.com

I am your newest follower, honestly can't believe we haven't crossed blog paths, I read and review books and I write @ my life too.
My favorite JW book is still Good in Bed, maybe it's a sentimental favorite because it was the first, but I still related to Cannie as a single woman......and not a size 0.
I'll do a post on my blog later and update you.
I hope I win, and so nice to find you.
I'm hoping to meet JW on Saturday in Ft. Lauderdale!!

Colleen Turner said...

I absolutely love Jennifer Weiner's novels. Thank you for the post, and I am hoping she might have left the end of the novel slightly ambiguous so she can write a sequel! There is nothing better to me than finding a character you love and then seeing them in another upcoming book!
Thanks,
candc320@gmail.com

Colleen Turner said...

I am a GFC follower of your awesome blog!
candc320@gmail.com

Colleen Turner said...

My favorite Jennifer Weiner book is Little Earthquakes, but I truly love them all!
candc320@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love Jennifer Weiner and would love to win this book. I follow Chick Lit Central blog and facebook.

misseway@aol.com

Thank you.

ThePonceFamily said...

emilydowningponce@gmail.com

Thanks for doing this giveaway!

ThePonceFamily said...

Good in Bed is my favorite book, though I've enjoyed all of them.

emilydowningponce@gmail.com

ThePonceFamily said...

I'm a follower!

emilydowningponce@gmail.com

ChristyJan said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this book ~ it sounds like a really great read.

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ChristyJan said...

I follow your blog

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karenk said...

would enjoy reading jennifer's latest...thanks for the chance :)

i've enjoyed all of her novels :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

BRN2SHOP9 said...

favorite Jennifer Weiner book: Little Earth Quakes

BRN2SHOP9 said...

I Follow this blog.

BRN2SHOP9 said...

3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.

http://twitter.com/HearieCanal

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, babe. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

BRN2SHOP9 said...

facebooked it too!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Thanks Melissa, I will do the same for you on FB and Twitter! Great review for a great book!

Jayne Pickard said...

I have to say that this sounds just our cup of tea so I'm entering! Just_Jayne01@hotmail.com

stacybuckeye said...

Please enter me.
stacybooks at yahoo

LABBOO said...

I'm a follower and I don't think I've ever read any of her books but based on your review I'm definitely going to look for some.


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holdenj said...

Thanks for the chance to win the new Jennifer Weinter book!
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

holdenj said...

I think my favorite Jennifer Weiner book has been In Her Shoes.
Thanks!
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

Kelli said...

Kelli Gaskill
kelli.gaskill@gmail.com

Kelli said...

My favorite Jennifer Weiner book is her first one - Good in Bed. Still wonderful.

kelli.gaskill@gmail.com

Kelli said...

I am a follower of this blog!

kelli.gaskill@gmail.com

Stef said...

I am a follower and love Jennifer! stefdiamond@gmail.om

Andie said...

I'd love to read this book.
andie.v107(at)yahoo(dot)com

Bonnie Franks said...

bonlyn55@yahoo.com

In Her Shoes was very good!

Bonnie Franks said...

bonlyn55@yahoo.com

posting to facebook!

Laura P. Bryant said...

Love the blog and love Jennifer Weiner. Looking forward to reading her latest book and this one.

email: laura.p.bryant-1@hotmail.com