Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pearl of Great Price

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JOHNSON, MYRA
PEARL OF GREAT PRICE

An abandoned Arkansas lake resort holds the key to a young woman’s past . . . and her future.

Raised by her grandfather after her mother died, flea market manager Julie Pearl Stiles promised herself she’d postpone the search for her absentee father until the truth could no longer hurt Grandpa. Then one crazy June day ushers in a series of discoveries that threaten to turn Julie’s peaceful, small-town life upside down. Her encounter with Little Rock socialite Renata Channing seems more than coincidental, but equally disconcerting is her grandfather’s immediate dislike for real estate entrepreneur Micah Hobart.

Haunted by a devastating childhood mistake, Micah turned his back on God a long time ago, but success has proven a poor substitute for the inner peace he craves. Everything changes when he’s blindsided by the outspoken flea market manager who quickly captures his heart.

Renata Channing has devoted her life and ample bank account to helping underprivileged children. But no amount of philanthropy can blot out the emotional abuse she endured at the hands of a mentally ill mother, and all the money in the world won’t restore the precious “pearl” lost twenty-five years ago in the depths of Lake Hamilton.

As Julie is drawn deeper into the tragic past Micah and Renata share, she finds herself questioning everything she’s ever believed about herself, her family, and her future.
 
My Review:

A compulsive read! I honestly couldn't put this book down.

I loved the first person point of view. I know that it isn't always popular with readers but I love the way it gets me inside Julie's head in particular. Her words just flowed into me until I felt like I was living her life.

And there's a bit of a mystery...well, a lot of a mystery, actually. I loved the way it is slowly revealed between past and present scenes. It was an excruciating wait to uncover everything and just when I thought I had...BAM...the author sucker punched me in the last chapter!!!! But it was brilliant because the whole story is about celebrating who you are and how you got there; looking ahead to the future, not behind at the past. It's about being rooted in relationships that can build you up or tear you down. It's about how the choices we make determine the life we live. Powerful stuff and Johnson tells the story so well.

A stunning read that will linger with me for a long time to come.

Giveaway Opportunity:
Available in ebook format only.

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Pearl of Great Price please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca.  If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you email me, please be sure to put the title in the subject line so it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March  23 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck.

23 comments:

  1. Pearl of Great Price sounds like an exciting novel. Thanks for your insight, Kav, and the opportunity to win a copy of this eBook!
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    1. It's a great novel, Kay. It'd make a perfect book club book -- so much to talk about. You could really go deep. Good luck!

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  2. Kav, I am SOOOO thankful for your kind words about my novel! This one has always been very special to me, and it means more than I can say to know you enjoyed it!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Myra. I'm so thankful you wrote this book. Awesome!!!

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  3. Sounds like a very intriguing book!

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  4. I'll love to win a copy of this book.
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  5. Like a bit of mystery in a good book!
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    1. You'll get more than a bit in this one. Good luck rubynreba!

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  6. Sounds like a great read
    God bless u
    Chris
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  7. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    karenk
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    1. You're welcome Karen. Good luck!

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  8. Hmmmm, this sounds pretty interesting, thank you for hosting this contest.

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    1. You're welcome, Wendy. Good luck!

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  9. I love first person novels too for some reason. Love getting to know the characters so well, seems to complete the storyline so much better .... rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I agree Becky. You really get inside the character's head. Good luck!

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  10. This isn't my genre I usually turn to...but since you gave it such a raving review...I'm gonna have to read it now. It's on my list! truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Glad I could twist your arm, Eliza. Good luck!

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  11. Sounds like another good one. Please enter me. Thanks.

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    1. Consider yourself entered, Boos Mum. Good luck!

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  12. This sounds so intriguing, please add me for Pearl of Great Price. What a terrific title... that draws me in also!
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