Monday, May 19, 2008

Embrace Me is a Must-Read!

Lisa Samson's latest release, Embrace Me, is this week's featured book on the CFBA blog tour. Before I give you all the book details, I'd like to share my own thoughts about this book.

I read so much - more than most average bears. It's a rare book that surprises me, entertains me, delights me - but Embrace Me met the challenge with flying colors. The characters were fresh and original, the storyline unique, the plot surprising, and the setting vivid.

Lisa Samson is one of the greatest writers of our generation, and can weave a story like no one else. Embrace Me was one of those books that I could not and would not put down - and was sad to leave it when I reached the final page. Lisa created a world so different to my own experiences that I was refreshed and energized by her imagination.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough - definitely a must-read!

Now for all the formal stuff (and a link to read the first chapter!):

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(Thomas Nelson March 4, 2008)



Lisa Samson is a Christy Award-winning author of 19 books, including the Women of the Faith Novel of the Year, Quaker Summer. Lisa has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a talented novelist who isn't afraid to take risks."
In Embrace Me, the latest novel by acclaimed author Lisa Samson, readers are privy to the realization that regardless of outward appearances…hideous, attractive, or even ordinary…persons are all looking for the same things: love, forgiveness, and redemption.
This story explores a world that is neither comfortable nor safe, a world that people like Valentine know all too well. Masterfully crafted by Samson and populated by her most compelling cast of characters yet. It is a tale of forgiveness that extends into all spheres of life: forgiving others, forgiving oneself, forgiving the past.She lives in Lexinton, Kentucky, with her husband and three kids.


Biting and gentle, hard-edged and hopeful...a beautiful fable of love and power, hiding and seeking, woundedness and redemption.
When a "lizard woman," a self-mutilating preacher, a tattooed monk, and a sleazy lobbyist find themselves in the same North Carolina town one winter, their lives are edging precariously close to disaster...and improbably close to grace.
Valentine, due to her own drastic self-disfigurement, has very few friends in this world and, it appears as if she may be destined to spend the rest of her life practically alone. But life gives her one good friend, Lella, whose own handicap puts her in the same freakish category as Valentine. As part of Roland's Wayfaring Marvel and Oddities Show, a traveling band of misfits, they seem to have found their niches in an often curiously cruel world.
Residing in a world where masks are mandatory, Valentine has a hard time removing hers, because of her disfigured face but more so because of her damaged soul. It is much easier for her to listen endlessly to different versions of a favorite song, Embraceable You, and escape reality. Yet, life has more in store for her when she meets Augustine, replete with the tattoos, dreadlocks, and his own secrets. With his arrival, Valentine's soul takes a turn.
If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE.

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