Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for Michael Hurley's upcoming release
Read my review, enjoy the trailer plus you can win a copy of the novel and Michael has very kindly provided me with some random facts!
Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard. As the come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as "the fisherman" threatens to change everything they believe about their world--and each other.
10 Random Things About Me
1 - I drive a tiny Fiat 500 POP (sea foam green) that averages 46 miles a gallon.
2 - All of my clothing fits into a 6 x 3 foot closet.
3 - My favorite item of clothing is a $350 Hart Schaffner and Marx wool jacket made by a now defunct socialist labor union, in the 1970s that I got for $7 dollars at Goodwill, and that makes me feel like Tolkien every time I wear it.
4 - I have used the same key ring since I was 16.
5 - I get teary eyed sometimes when singing a favorite old hymn or the national anthem.
6 - I don’t really know what I want to be when I grow up.
7 - I think accomplished, classically trained musicians are gods among us.
8 - I believe the central lie of human history is that the material world and maximizing the length and comfort of our years within it are worthy of our life’s work.
9 - That man “struts and frets his hour upon the stage” with no clear understanding of how or why he arrived there, where he came from, or where he is going, is to me the central comedy of human history.
10 - I always clean my plate.
Now I would like to forewarn you that this is not going to be a long review but that does not mean its a terrible read, what that means is it is such a good read with a lot for the reader to appreciate that I don't want to spoil it for you and reveal anything important.
First of all The Vineyard has a beautiful setting on the eastern coast of America, Martha's Vineyard to be exact and it is the location for a reunion of three women, all very different but they are coming together to spend the summer away from everything.
We have Dory who is from old money, Charlotte who is mourning the lost of her daughter and Turner a blogger who is recently divorced, all three have many more demons but at the start of this story one of them is not planning on making it past the first night.
The Vineyard explores the women's relationships but it also introduces us to other characters too that interweave with our three ladies and notably the elusive Fisherman, a man who seems to appear out of nowhere and he can do things, special things.
It is an atmospheric, gripping story with great female characters, faith is a recurring theme through this book and please have faith in me when I suggest that you read this to discover how the story reaches it conclusion.
Awarded 4 out of 5
Thank to Jean Book Nerd Tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Prodigal, Michael’s debut novel from Ragbagger Press, received the Somerset Prize for mainstream fiction and numerous accolades in the trade press, including Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, ForeWord Reviews, BookTrib, Chanticleer Reviews, and IndieReader. It is currently in development for a feature film by producer Diane Sillan Isaacs. Michael’s second novel, The Vineyard, is due to be released by Ragbagger Press in December 2014.
Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, is a collection of wilderness-themed essays published by Ragbagger Press in 2005. It was shortlisted for Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine. In 2009, Michael embarked on a two-year, 2,200 mile solo sailing voyage that ended with the loss of his 32-foot sloop, the Gypsy Moon, in the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti in 2012. That voyage and the experiences that inspired him to set sail became the subject of his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, published in 2013 by Hachette Book Group.
When he is not writing, Michael enjoys reading and relaxing with Susan on the porch of their rambling, one-hundred-year-old house. His fondest pastimes are ocean sailing, playing piano and classical guitar, cooking, and keeping up with an energetic Irish terrier, Frodo Baggins.