Thursday, May 24, 2012

The First Warm Evening of the Year by Jamie M Saul...R&G!

There is a brand new book available from Harper Collins that will be a super read this summer.  The First Warm Evening of the Year by Jamie M Saul is available for purchase now.  Here is the scoop....

The first time I saw Marian Ballantine she looked like a burst of bittersweet among the winter branches . . ."
And so begins a tale of love lost and found, the rekindling of a passion for life that two people discover with each other, and the complex dynamics of family and friendship.

Geoffrey Tremont is untroubled by his neat, contented bachelor life in bustling New York City, filled with sophisticated friends, an undemanding lover devoted to her own career, and his wise brother, a psychiatrist who is the only one who sees and understands him completely—just the way Geoffrey wants it. On an ordinary day, Geoffrey arrives home to find a letter awaiting him with a postmark from an unfamiliar town: Shady Grove, New York. An old friend has named him the executor of her estate. Twenty years ago, in college, Geoffrey and Laura Welles had been each other's confidant; as their lives diverged, they went their separate ways. Now, she's reached out of the past to ask him a final favor. Laura's death has also brought her brother, Simon, to Geoffrey's doorstep. With his sister gone, Simon has no one but her old friend Geoffrey with whom to settle past grievances.

With Simon in tow, Geoffrey travels up to Laura's hometown—the place she chose to live her final years—where he meets Marian Ballantine. A widow living in the shadow of an idyllic marriage, and now grieving the loss of her best friend, Marian knows a lot about Geoffrey. Laura often spoke of him, she tells him, and though he's flattered, he's also thrown off balance. From the moment he first sees her, Geoffrey instinctively knows this attractive, plainspoken woman has the power to upend his cool, compartmentalized life. What Marian knows is that life comes with no guarantees, no promises of lasting happiness, and although she finds herself unsettled by this persistent, compelling man, she's unwilling to trade her hard-won, quotidian existence for an indefinite future. Faced with the decision to embrace the unknown or retreat to the safety of the familiar, they will both have to discover the courage it takes to tumble into the abyss of love.

The Queen Bee got first dibs on this book and had this to say about it....

I hadn't read Saul's first book, Light of Day, but it did get good reviews. In this novel, there is a main character, Geoffrey Tremont, who was a child actor and now did voice overs. Lives in NYC, runs with a sophisticated crowd, has a girlfriend who he sees when he wants, comes and goes as he pleases. He receives a letter from a lawyer, who tells him of the death of a childhood friend,Laura, who has asked that he be executor of her estate.
He takes a few days off, heads to Shady Grove, a little town in the country, and so the real story begins. He meets a friend of his old pal Laura, Marian is a widow. A widow not looking for a different life, happy with her greenhouse and nursery/landscape business, happy with her boyfriend, happy with her life. Or so we think.

If you are thinking that this story is hokey or sounds contrived, it's exactly what I was thinking as I kept reading. I kept saying this is crazy, this would never happen this way. Life would never happen this way. I would put the book down, and then I would pick it up again and continue reading. It is one of those kind of books. It is a book that would be a good Nicholas Sparks movie.

Having said all of that, I think I do recommend this book. It was an easy read and as long as you don't "read" too much into it, you will be glad you picked it up.


This one is definitely going into my summer read pile!  Add it to yours too and pick up your copy today on Amazon....



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29 comments:

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

I love to read and I don't want anything that makes me think. I read to escape. This sounds like a book I would enjoy.

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Jackie said...

Sounds like a great summer read...a nice romance.
Thanks!

samantha said...

sounds like a nice book, something simple.
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Anonymous said...

sounds like a good plot
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leah hughes said...

This book sounds awesome :)

Tarah said...

I like how two people's lives can change so quickly!

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McKim said...

It sounds like a book that you can just read - you don't have to think deeply about anything, just enjoy it.

Daniel M said...

yeah, noone is ever really happy, there's always something better around the corner - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

CAJUNMAN12 said...

sounds like an interesting read and plot

Sharon Braswell said...

I like the fact that they both think they've got their lives all figured out and set in stone...but then Life and Love throw them a curve ball. Always an interesting combination to watch play out!
Thank You!

Sharon Braswell said...

I left a comment on your Facebook Page! :) @ Sharon Braswell
Just entered your The First Warm Evening of the Year by Jamie M Saul Giveaway!!!
Thanks for all the Great Giveaways and all that you do!!! :)

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

The romance of it all

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

It sounds like a good beach read.

paige jagan said...

Sounds like a nice romance book :-)

Renee G said...

I like that it is easy reading - sounds like a great book for the beach.
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Diana said...

Sounds like an easy read
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tavernie said...

Its a great plot I would really enjoy this read!
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Christian said...

Sounds pretty interesting!

Christian

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Karen said...

Sounds like a nice romantic summer read :)

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Candie L said...

Actually the title hooked me. Thank you

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kat said...

It sounds like a good book
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Robin Blankenship said...

I love a good romance and this looks like one

Lindsey Gain said...

This looks like a great, easy going summer read!

Laurie said...

Love to read and love romance novals

helpful heather said...

its sounds like a great book to read on a lazy sunday

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jadavis said...

The cover pretty much had me!
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Lisa R said...

it sounds like a good book

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Zachwnko said...

Its a great plot I would really enjoy this read! ptavernie at yahoo dot com