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Book Giveaway: *The Lace Makers of Glenmara* by Heather Barbieri

lace-makersHarperCollins has offered another fantastic book giveaway to readers of She is Too Fond of Books!

We have three copies of Heather Barbieri’s The Lace Makers of Glenmara up for grabs.  Here’s a synopsis:

“You can always start again,” Kate Robinson’s mother once told her, “all it takes is a new thread.”  Overwhelmed by heartbreak and loss, the struggling twenty-six-year-old fashion designer follows her mother’s advice and flees to her ancestral homeland of Ireland, hoping to break free of old patterns and reinvent herself.

She arrives on the west coast, in the seaside hamlet of Glenmara.  In this charming, fading Gaelic village, Kate quickly develops a bond with members of the local lace-making society:  Bernie, alone and yearning for a new purpose since the death of her beloved husband, John; Aileen, plagued by doubt, helplessly watching her teenage daughter grow distant; Moira, caught in a cycle of abuse and denial, stubbornly refusing help from those closest to her; Oona, in remission from breast cancer, secretly harboring misgivings about her marriage; Colleen, the leader of the group, worried about her fisherman husband, missing at sea.  And outside this new-found circle is local artist Sullivan Deane, an enigmatic man trying to overcome a tragedy of his own.

Under Glenmara’s spell, Kate finds the inspiration that has eluded her, and soon she and the lace makers are creating a line of exquisite lingerie.  In their skilled hands, flowers, Celtic dragons, nymphs, fish, saints, kings, and queens come to life, rendered with painterly skill.  The circle also offers them something more—the strength to face their long-denied desires and fears.  But not everyone welcomes Kate, and a series of unexpected events threatens to unravel everything the women have worked so hard for. . . .

Intrigued?  Wonder what happens to Kate in Ireland? And why some people are unhappy with the new-comer?  I sure am curious about it; the characters sound interesting, as does the lace making that brings them together!

To get in the running for one of three copies, simply leave a comment below, telling me what comes to mind when you think of IrelandEnter by midnight (EST) on Friday, August 28;  I’ll announce the winners on Saturday, August 29.  Remember, I’m no longer notifying winners by email – look for the announcement post, or a note here in Comments on the 29th.  The giveaway is sponsored by the publisher and open to US/Canadian mailing addresses only.

49 comments to Book Giveaway: *The Lace Makers of Glenmara* by Heather Barbieri

  • When I think of Ireland right now I think of our grandson who is spending a while working on an eco-farm there.

    Next and always, I think of hoping I have time to go there sometime. I am intrigued by many comments I’ve read and pictures I’ve seen that the country reminds people of the Oregon Coast. I’d like to see for myself.

  • Ireland always makes me think of all the great poets, playwrights and novelists it has produced and continues to have for our reading pleasure. Yeats, Shaw, Joyce, Beckett, Behan, O’Flaherty; there are so many gifted writers from Ireland. I really want to read this story. Thank you for entering me.

  • When I think of Ireland ,friendly people, brogues, and a green landscape immediately come to mind. I would love to visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy reading books with this country as the setting. I love crafts and embroider and quilt. the lacemaking part of the story interests me too.

  • Deb

    When I think of Ireland, I think of lush green grass and beatiful Celtic knit sweaters!

  • What comes to mind is how much I want to go there some day!
    And silly things like potatoes, and sweaters, and St. Patrick’s Day, and my favorite female singer, Maura O’Connell.
    Sounds like a great book — would love to read it.

  • At the very first mention of Ireland I thing, “Green.” Then other thoughts begin to enter – Celtic, Gaelic, harps, pubs, blarney stone, wonderful accents and the distinctive music.

    booklogged AT gmail DOT com

  • I’ve never been to Ireland, but in my mind’s eye, I see lots of green grass and sheep! And beer. And Bono. And golf (no sorry, that’s Scotland.)

    rnawrot at cfl dot rr dot com

  • Catherine

    Two other recently read teen authors come to mind: Siobhan Dowd and Kate Thompson.

  • Ireland = GREEN. (no need to enter me. I’m trying to catch up on books already in the house.)

  • Debbie D

    When I think of Ireland I think of green rolling hills and what a beautiful place it would be to see.
    Debbie

  • I makes me recall my first trip to Ireland, one year ago with my 80 year old mother. I love Dublin – the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Temple Bar, the Book of Kells & the Dublin Writers’ Museum – just a few highlights. Ooo, take the Guiness tour!

  • What comes to mind when I think of Ireland is the four months I spent living there after college. I worked as a waitress in a busy restaurant in Dublin and had an incredible time! Thanks for entering me! :-)

  • I always think of my heritage since I am half Irish as well as the trip to backpack the Dingle way that I’ve planned and thought about for the last three years. Hopefully I can actually get there to do the trek myself and see some of the lesser visited places in Ireland and not just the castles and ‘touristy’ spots that people usually go for.

  • What comes to mind with Ireland: James Joyce and William Butler Yeats, famine, Trinity (Leon Uris), St. Patrick, golf, fried kidneys for breakfast (from Ulysses), music and dance.

    Please enter me!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  • Oh I’d love to be Irish. I guess I always think of green green grass and serenity. And I love their music. I’ve only been to Dublin but would love to go back and see some rural areas as well as the Galway area. Thanks for the contest!

  • Besides green I think of the beautiful, lyrical way Irish people speak. I saw an interview with the author a while back and put the book on The List but haven’t purchased it yet. Now’s my chance. Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway, Dawn.

  • Lindymc

    I immediately think of St. Patrick’s Day (also my daughter’s birthday) and visually I see a green rolling landscape with those picturesque low rock walls. I’ve read a couple of other reviews for this book – it sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • ruth

    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. Ireland reminds me of incomparable beauty and a misty unique place with mysterious places and hidden coves.

  • I really want to win this one :) Green comes to mind when I think of Ireland, no not green beer, but green trees and hills with an occasional old run down castle thrown in for good measure.
    stacybooks at yahoo

  • I think of leprechauns, which I probably shouldn’t, and Guiness and all things green!

  • Ireland = Yeats, music, beautiful knit sweaters, and Irish tea (strong!)

  • Dawn – what a great giveaway! Please include me. When I think of Ireland, I think of my husband’s family. His grandmother came from Ireland, but his family knows almost nothing about their heritage, which is the opposite of my family (most from Norway), who loves the family history/heritage. I would love to read this book to get a peek into Ireland, but even more than that, to see what happens to Kate while she is there. I know that a group of people can have a profound impact on each other. (I’ve even done some bobbin lace myself because of a group of women I was introduced here as a teen). This sounds like a wonderful, life-affirming book. Thanks again for the great giveaway!

    :) Wendi

  • Rebecca Cox

    I always think of Irish Dancing and dark beer. I am Scottish and my husband is Irish so we have planned to go for years, but have never made it. I have always thought of Bruge, Belgium for lace making, not really Ireland. I have always thought of Ireland for fine Linens. I have Irish linen table cloths. I have this book on my wish list at PBS so winning would help me be able to read it a lot sooner!!
    rebecca[dot]cox[at]charter[dot]net

  • meaghan

    i think of my “foster son” and his wife that live there. he came to america to participate in an internship and lived with my huasband and me for six weeks. he met his wife here and they moved back after his internship was over and i miss them!

  • Teresa W.

    I think of St Patrick’s Day and green beer!

  • elizabeth

    I always associate Ireland with the movie “the secret of roan inish” (spelling??)

    beautiful movie that always makes me long to see Ireland
    been wanting to read this one

  • Wanda

    An image of a beautiful country comes to mind.
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Green hills come to mind and quaint farmhouses.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  • Jenny N

    When I think of Ireland I see a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration with Irish men doing the Irish jig.

  • Jenny N

    When I think of Ireland I see a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration with Irish men doing the Irish jig.

  • Sue

    I think green. Every picture I’ve seen of Ireland is so green. Looks beautiful and I’d love to visit someday. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lisa

    Thinking of Ireland brings to mind haunting Celtic music, harps, cool green landscapes and warm pubs. Ireland was the first place I ever visited that I wanted to return to before I even left. It is beautiful and magical, full of wonderful and talented people.

  • When I think of Ireland, I think of green hills and glades, as far as the eye can see. I have never visited there, but would one day love to be able to. Please enter me in this contest, it sounds like a great book!

    zibilee(at)figearo(dot)net

  • NC

    I always think of fairies and magical tales when someone mentions Ireland.

    Thanks for the great contest!

  • SHARON BAKER

    I have never been to Ireland, But I think of green hills and
    leprachauns. Magic is a word I also think of.
    Sounds like a great book you have. Please enter me in your contest and I wish you good luck with it.

  • Darcy Odden

    I think of green grass, lovely cottages and kissin’ the blarney stone!

  • Strangely enough when I think of Ireland two things pop into my head: a short story that a girl in my fiction writing class wrote about a pub in Ireland – it was a simple but beautiful short story that stuck with me – and Irish dancing. I took lessons when I was seven.

    The book sounds awesome. I love giveaways! Thanks for hosting this one!

  • denise

    I think of rain and Guiness. I spent a summer there.

    denise_22315(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Oh I’ve heard some good things about this book so please drop my name in the hat. When I think of Ireland, I think of poetry and lots of beautiful green valleys.

  • Margie

    I think of green hills, Celtic music, and fisherman knit sweaters. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • When I think of Ireland, I think of rolling green hills, sheep and wonderful wool sweaters!

    Thanks for hosting such a nice giveaway! And a chance to win!

    Suzanne

  • Nicole

    When I think of Ireland I think rolling GREEN lands and misty afternoons.

    I love the bookcover.
    ~n

  • The first word that comes to mind is “home.” I’ve never been to Ireland, but am Irish by heritage, and I get homesick for it. Weird, I know.

    nnjmom at yahoo dot com

  • karen k

    I think GREEN…Would love to read this book…thanks for the opportunity.

    karen k
    kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Michele

    When I think of Ireland, I think of green grass, sheep, border collies, beautiful handknit sweaters. I’ve never been to visit, but would love to go someday.

  • Debbie F

    When I think of Ireland I think of green hills and Nora Roberts! Nora wrote quite a few books with Ireland as it’s setting. Love Ireland through her books.

    Thanks!

  • Ireland-green grass and lots of sheep and of course potatoes.

    what about a good cup of tea and whipped butter.

    thanks

  • Meg

    When I think of Ireland, I definitely think of gorgeous, open expanses of green land! And, if I’m really daydreaming, maybe visualizing an ancestor or two walking around.

    I’d love to be entered — thanks!

  • The winners are:

    #1 – Sallie -When I think of Ireland right now I think of our grandson who is spending a while working on an eco-farm there.

    Next and always, I think of hoping I have time to go there sometime. I am intrigued by many comments I’ve read and pictures I’ve seen that the country reminds people of the Oregon Coast. I’d like to see for myself.

    #6 – booklogged – At the very first mention of Ireland I thing, “Green.” Then other thoughts begin to enter – Celtic, Gaelic, harps, pubs, blarney stone, wonderful accents and the distinctive music.

    #32 – Lisa – Thinking of Ireland brings to mind haunting Celtic music, harps, cool green landscapes and warm pubs. Ireland was the first place I ever visited that I wanted to return to before I even left. It is beautiful and magical, full of wonderful and talented people.

    Congratulations! Please email your US/Canadian mailing address to me, and I’ll forward them to the publisher. Many thanks to HarperCollins for providing the prizes.

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