Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Bluff by Lenore Skomal

Welcome to our stop on the Novel Publicity Book Club Bash! 

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Synopsis: To the medical world, I was a host body, surviving only to bring a new life into the world. And while I wanted to die more than anything in the world, I never wanted this. No, I never wanted to cease to exist. This was the worst death of all.”

Jude Black lives in that in-between, twilight place teetering on death but clinging to life in order to bring her baby into this world. Only she knows the circumstances surrounding her mysterious fall off the bluff that landed her in the hospital being kept alive by medical intervention. Only she knows who the father of her baby is. In this poignantly crafted literary novel, the mystery unfolds and the suspense builds as the consequences of Jude’s decisions threaten to reveal everyone's deceptions, even her own. 

BLUFF offers a sensitive look at essential questions such as the value of human life, the consciousness of those in a coma and the morality of terminating life support. At the core is the story of a tragically misunderstood woman who finds peace, acceptance, understanding and even love on her deathbed.

Review: I finished this book in one sitting- I could NOT put it down, until the end! The author gives us a very unique story- hindsight is 20/20 and as Jude is laying in her coma, she has the time to go back through her life, and bring the reader into her tale. I have to admit I guessed who the father was early on, but even with that knowledge, the story still kept me hooked, as you didn't know what would happen when the baby was born. 

This story will stay with you- I suggest NOT reading it before bed, as it will haunt you in your sleep! The topics of living wills, deathbed directives, what would happen to your child if you left no will, what would you do if Jude was your best friend or sister, all for starters! The author has given us a fine book that will get the reader thinking and discussing the issues within it! 

The surprises in the last fourth of the book will have you shocked, then in complete agreement about how the author ended the book. I was glad that there was an interview with her at the end of the book (along with book club study guide), as it helped to offer up her reasons for that last part of the book happening like it did.I don't want to give anything away- the story is in the reading. Ignore any reviews that give up any secrets- just READ this book!  It will be THE book of the Winter reading season!

About the Author: Lenore Skomal is the author of the recently released novel Bluff. As an author, Lenore wants you to eat her books. She wants you to chew them in your teeth, savor them on your tongue, breathe them in, and feel her words in your skin. Her passionate desire is to touch your heart, inspire you, and luxuriate in the world of the written word. Winner of multiple awards for blogging, literature, biography and humor, Lenore Skomal’s catalogue spans many genres. With 30 years of writing experience, over 17 books published and a daily blog, the consistent themes in her work are the big issues the human experience and adding depth and voice to the intricacies involved in living a multi-dimensional existence. www.LenoreSkomal.com

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Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Novel Publicity, for review  purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much Nicole for your great reviews. I am flattered and I very much appreciate you taking the time to not only read my book, but review it as well. I hope you are looking forward to the sequel! Maybe an ARC?
    Lenore Skomal


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