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Welcome to a very special edition of Book Beginnings for me.  I usually post a book review every other Friday to link up at Rose City Reader, but thanks to a giveaway hosted by Ms. Rose City, I have a very special book to tell you about today.  I won a copy of “even if I am.” by Chasity Glass a couple of weeks ago and I just have to tell you about it.  Here is the first line:

"People are really romantic about the beginning of things."

How true is that?  Whether it is an actual romance, a new job, or a new home, most people are hopeful and romantic at the beginning of any big new endeavor.  To be honest, if I had really paid attention to what this book was about, I might not have even entered the giveaway, but I am so glad I did.  Someone very close to Ms. Glass is diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and this is their story dealing with this hideous disease and their lives around it.

My mother died two and a half years ago from ovarian cancer and she was at stage 3 when she was diagnosed three years before that.  She was my best friend and I am still dealing with the grief and disbelief that she is no longer here on earth with me.  Reading this story brought back so many memories, both good and bad, and moved me to tears multiple times.  Ms. Glass’s writing is so honest and funny and poignant…I could just go on and on.  I also loved the fact that a lot of the book is actual e-mails that Ms. Glass and her love sent back and forth to one another.  It makes it seem like you are right there with them and can feel the growing love that they have for each other.

This book is wonderful and I highly recommend it, but be aware that it is a very honest portrayal of dealing with cancer and everything that comes along with it.  Ms. Glass, I commend you for telling such an honest and loving story.  Great job!

Now, for the giveaway!  I am so thrilled and honored to have this opportunity.  Ms. Glass and her people are giving away another 3 copies of “even if I am.” to my readers.  Isn’t that awesome!  This is my first giveaway EVER, so here goes…today is August 31st so everyone that comments between today and Wednesday, September 5th will be entered in a drawing for these books.  I will randomly pick three people to receive the freebies and announce them on next Friday’s Book Beginnings post.  Please, please comment because you might win a wonderful book that I hope you will love as much as I did.  Also, make sure you leave an e-mail address so I have a way to contact you if you win.  Good luck!!

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Please join me and other bloggers at Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings where we list a book we are reading/have read/want to read and the first couple of lines.  Then we will give you our opinion on said book. 

This week, my beginning lines come from “The Recipe Club” by Andrea Israel & Nancy Garfinkel.  I received this book as a Christmas present so I had never heard of it before then.  It was good and a pretty easy read.  The neat thing about this book is that is contains the recipes that the two main characters talk about throughout their letters to each other as the only members of their “recipe club”. 

"Dear Lilly,

I’ve started a letter just like this about a thousand times.  "Dear Lilly," I’d write, as if I knew what came next.  But that was as far as I got.  I never knew what to say or how to say it.  And I wasn’t sure you’d ever want to hear my voice again."

Many letters ensue after this one and you will get to know all about the characters past and present.

I also want to thank Rose City Reader for a book giveaway she hosted a couple of weeks ago.  I won!!  Now I have a nice shiny new copy of “Even If I Am. an e-memoir” by Chasity Glass to read.  As soon as I finish the book I am reading now, it is next on my list.  Thanks again, Rose City Reader and Chasity Glass!

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