Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Laws of Harmony - Review

I’m happy to tell you about a new book I just read. I was given an Advanced Readers Copy of The Laws of Harmony by Judith Ryan Hendricks, and seriously had problems putting it down!! I read it in a couple of sittings, but only because I had to go to work (damn job – haha, just kidding!).

From the book jacket:

In 1989 Sunny Cooper escaped to Albuquerque. Fourteen years later, she’s still there, struggling to make a living, to shore up her floundering relationship, and to forget her childhood on a commune, where a freak accident killed her younger sister, Mari.

Just when the “normal” life Sunny craves appears to be within reach, another accident – the sudden death of her fiancé, Michael, and revelations that their relationship was not what it seemed – will turn her world upside down. Once again Sunny escapes, this time to the town of Harmony on San Miguel Island. But a surprising discovery sparks an emotional encounter with her estranged mother and forces both women to reexamine the truth of their memories. Only by making peace with the past can Sunny finally step out of its shadow and into a new life.

I loved the concept of Sunny growing up on a commune. I think hippies are cool, and hearing some stories about life on a commune in the 80s was really interesting. But it turns out that commune life just wasn’t for her, and she longed for normalcy.

I really liked the way the book was written – in the present with some flashbacks to life on the commune, special moments between Michael and Sunny, and interactions with her maternal grandparents. Those flashbacks added so much to what was happening to Sunny in the present and helped the reader to understand her reactions, her attitudes towards the other characters and just her overall personality.

All the characters were believable, especially everyone on the small island of Harmony, where Sunny escapes to after the death of her fiancé. Sunny can’t seem to believe the kindness of all the locals, and is wary of it at first, but comes to realize that this is a place where she belongs.

There were also a couple of moments when my jaw totally dropped at what I was reading. There are some unexpected events that kept the story interesting and moving along at a nice pace.

I would definitely recommend checking out this book!!! The official release date is February 10, 2009!!!!!

But wait!!! HarperCollins has offered to give away 5 copies of this book!!! WHOOOT WHOOOOT!!! All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog!! No really, that’s it!! But PLEASE remember to leave a valid email address or an active blog link. I have to be able to get a hold of you if you win. All entries that do not leave an email address or active blog link will be deleted and not entered in the contest – sorry, but dems the rules! Open to US residents only, and no PO Box addresses, please. The last day to enter is Monday, February 9, and I'll post the winner on the official release date of Tuesday, February 10!!

Winners will be chosen randomly using Random.org Number Generator. Good luck to everyone!!!!!

100 comments:

amyb2332 said...

Hi! Book sounds good! Thanks for the recommendation! And ps - where have you been lately? Haven't seen you on the nest either?!

Rebekah said...

I love all of the books you do and this one sounds like no exception. It actually sounds perfect for my next real life book club.

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Bridget said...

I've posted this at Win A Book. Don't enter me.

Amanda said...

O wow. What an interesting concept for the book. Thank you!

And I hope you are keeping warm this winter. It's been freakin cold and icy here. I feel for you!!!

Valorie said...

Sounds like an interesting book. :)

Valorie
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Christy said...

Sounds interesting!

Christy
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Carol said...

This sounds really good! I would like to read a book about a commune. Thank you for the chance to win it!
Carol M
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Lisa said...

That sounds good and the cover is beautiful. I'd love to be entered!


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Stephanie said...

That sounds very interesting! Thanks for all your work, if you call reading work, to keep us all informed of the great books out there!

Still sending vibes for that perfect job to find you!

avisannschild said...

I'm so bummed this isn't open to Canadians! I really want to read this book. Ah well, guess I'll just have to buy it at some point!

Alyce said...

I would like to be entered. Thanks!
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Stephanie said...

Oops, forgot my email addy. Even though I'm sure you can find me, I want to follow the guidelines.

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mindy said...

sounds like a wonderful read thanks for the giveaway

AmandaSue said...

This book sounds good because I can relate to Sunny in a few different aspects. I'd like a chance to read this. Thanks for entering me.
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Janel said...

Life in a commune has always interested me too. Please enter me!

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Wrighty - said...

This is the first time I've heard of this book but it sounds good. Please include me and thanks for your contest!

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Cheryl said...

ds like a good book. I would like to be entered. Thank you

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Kristi said...

Sounds like a good read - please enter me in the drawing!

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windycindy said...

Hello! I enjoyed reading your review of this book. It sounds like a wonderful story with interesting characters! Please enter me in your
delightful book giveaway drawing.
Many thanks.....Cindi
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quitecontrary1977 said...

Sounds right up my alley! I love characters who feel like misfits!

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1agordon said...

add me in.

nicolehrb said...

count me in

Anna said...

I'd love to be entered. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric
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myntric said...

I'd love to win!

bridget3420 said...

Thanks for the contest:)

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Steph said...

Sounds like a good book!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

This sounds like a really good book! Please enter me. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
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FloridaBoatGirl said...

I love to read and always interested in what others are recommending. I have several girlfriends that if we find something good we like to pass it to the other to see what they think of it. This seems like it would be one of those books I'd certainly enjoy as well as some of my friends.

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Karen B said...

Sounds like a great read!

bermudaonion said...

Count me in! milou2ster(at)gmail.com

darbyscloset said...

Okay if you couldn't put this book down, then I want it!!! Yes!!! And like you said "WHOOT WHOOT"! ; )
Thanks so much,
Darby
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Sunnyvale said...

sounds interesting

lelizrn said...

Thanks, for the rec, KS!

Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this.

Thanks,

Kelly said...

Ohhh, I get all happy at the thought of a new book to read. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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Amber said...

Please enter me - I would be thrilled to win.

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Paula said...

I have been waiting patiently?!? for Ms Hendricks to publish a new book and now my wait is over. Can't wait to read it. Your review was wonderful!

Sheri S. said...

Sounds great - I'd love to be entered. Thanks!!

Anya said...

Sounds like a good read. Thanks.

AmandaK said...

This book sounds really intriguing!

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Teddy Rose said...

I don't quilify because I live in Canada but I did blog about your giveaway. Some of my readers may be interested.

http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2009/01/this-weeks-giveaways-galore_31.html

Anita Yancey said...

Your review was so great that now I really want to read this book. It sounds so interesting, that I hope you will please enter me. Thanks.
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Erika Lynn said...

this book sounds great...i also love hippies...and i would love to read it. thanks for the giveaway!

susan1215 said...

please enter me

cecilia said...

I am not familiar with communes. This sounds interesting, and there is just enough plot & review to entice but not give too much away!

Please enter me! It sounds like you enjoyed this book a lot, and now I'm curious!

Brooke Reviews said...

This sounds really good!

Here's my email:
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Bcteagirl said...

This sounds like a very interesting read! I am an avid bookcrosser and would love to read and release this book!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like a new and interesting book. I'd absolutely love to win.
Barb
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Berek said...

This sounds like one I want to read and then add to the library collection I manage.

Lorri said...

Sounds good. I love reading about someone's life, even if it is fiction :)

Anonymous said...

I'd like to read this book. Thanks.
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Kari said...

Sounds like a good one.

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I would love a new book. so from this book addict THANK YOU

Marnie said...

sounds great. i'd love to be entered

Mrs. McB said...

Wow! That book sounds good! I really want one!

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Wendy aka Misswendiki said...

I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity!

cpullum said...

Sound like a great read count me in!
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Kat Bryan said...

This really sounds good.

deedleweedle said...

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Niki said...

sounds interesting

The Giveaway Diva said...

wow this one sounds so interesting! i would love to be entered!!

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kathy55439 said...

Thank you for the book....

janehixon said...

the book souonds delightful......please add my name......

yadgirl said...

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marleenandlouie said...

Your review makes this sound very inviting and I would love to win it. Please enter me. Thanks

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Adrian L. said...

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Meredith said...

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toughturtles said...

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redron said...

want to win this this sounds like a great book

Anonymous said...

this looks like a very interesting book. thanks for the chance to win ! :)

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rmc1ra said...

Thank you for the recommendation and the information. I love to read and LOVE finding new books and authors to explore. Also thanks for the "heads up" regarding having trouble putting it down. In my younger years (that means B.K. before kids) I read The Stand in less than 3 days, I think my prescription doubled for that book.

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Tammy said...

This sounds like I would like enter me please

chromiumman said...

love to win this

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - Your review (probably reflective of your great enjoyment of the book!) has completely drawn me in and made me want to read The Laws of Harmony!

liliesrnice said...

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Ardy22 said...

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Betty C said...

This story sounds like a real winner.

Tammy said...

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Smooshy said...

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Anonymous said...

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Mark W said...

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Candie said...

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janetfaye said...

I would like to read this book.

Thank you!

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*~Dani~* said...

Sounds like a great read! I love reading new books.

LKnott said...

This is one book I would not seek out but to win it would be a good reason to read! Thanks for the giveaway!!!



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mrstrooper said...

Sounds like a good read!

Leland's Mama said...

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ossmcalc said...

This sounds like such an interesting book. I hope that I am a winner of a copy.

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lilyk said...

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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kristina e said...

thanks for the contest, kristinae1979@gmail.com