This is a fabulous giveaway – 3 copies of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker courtesy of Valerie of Hachette Book Group up for grabs. Now I read this book last year and it was one of my favorites of the year (see my review here). It’s a really good book that would be just great for book clubs!
Here’s a bit about the book:
When Truly Plaice’s mother was pregnant, the town of Aberdeen joined together in betting how recordbreakingly huge the baby boy would ultimately be. The girl who proved to be Truly paid the price of her enormity; her father blamed her for her mother’s death in childbirth, and was totally ill equipped to raise either this giant child or her polar opposite sister Serena Jane, the epitome of femine perfection. When he, too, relinquished his increasingly tenuous grip on life, Truly and Serena Jane are separated–Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town on the farm of the town sadsack, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation at the hands of her peers.
Serena Jane’s beauty proves to be her greatest blessing and her biggest curse, for it makes her the obsession of classmate Bob Bob Morgan, the youngest in a line of Robert Morgans who have been doctors in Aberdeen for generations. Though they have long been the pillars of the community, the earliest Robert Morgan married the town witch, Tabitha Dyerson, and the location of her fabled shadow book–containing mysterious secrets for healing and darker powers–has been the subject of town gossip ever since. Bob Bob Morgan, one of Truly’s biggest tormentors, does the unthinkable to claim the prize of Serena Jane, and changes the destiny of all Aberdeen from there on.
When Serena Jane flees town and a loveless marriage to Bob Bob, it is Truly who must become the woman of a house that she did not choose and mother to her eight-year-old nephew Bobbie. Truly’s brother-in-law is relentless and brutal; he criticizes her physique and the limitations of her health as a result, and degrades her more than any one human could bear. It is only when Truly finds her calling–the ability to heal illness with herbs and naturopathic techniques–hidden within the folds of Robert Morgan’s family quilt, that she begins to regain control over her life and herself. Unearthed family secrets, however, will lead to the kind of betrayal that eventually break the Morgan family apart forever, but Truly’s reckoning with her own demons allows for both an uprooting of Aberdeen County, and the possibility of love in unexpected places.
As I said I think this book would make a great book club selection. I read it with my very good friend Toni from A Circle of Books who is in my book club The Page Turners and we had a lot of great discussions about it. There is so much to talk about as this story is quite filled with drama. Make sure and check out the Reading Group Guide that Hachette has supplied for The Little Giant of Aberdeen County here. It would be a huge help when getting your book club discussion organized.
I have 3 copies of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker to give away. To enter:
- For 1 entry leave me a comment with a way to contact you.
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This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) as the publisher will be sending the books directly to the winners. I will draw for the winners on Sunday, January 3, 2010. Good luck to you all!