Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review, Author Info, and Giveaway for the Blog Hop!

       "An Unlikely Arrangement"
             by Patty Wiseman
          Review and Giveaway!
                       for the 
            "Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop!"
                 February 29th to March 5th

I would like to thank our Sponsors, I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Jinky is Reading! THANK YOU!! Without you, this would NOT be possible! This is a really NEAT hop, as it is LEAP YEAR! We are celebrating it with this Hop! Leap year, as we know, only comes but once every 4 years, so this Hop is pretty special! Let's have fun now!

For this Blog Hop Giveaway, I am featuring:

         Patty Wiseman - Author of the book, 
               "An Unlikely Arrangement"

What a gorgeous cover! The book is as GREAT as the cover! It's a gripping story which takes place in the late 1920's, FULL of suspense, romance, intrigue and adventure! There is so much in this book that is attractive, it will appeal to a large audience of people who love many different genres! 

There will be 3 prizes - 3 Winners!
US and Canada only.
The link to enter this Giveaway will be down below.

1st  Prize - 1 Paperback "Signed" Copy!
2nd Prize - 1 Ebook and 1-$5 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Prize - 1 Ebook

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Young and rebellious, Ruth Squire defied her parents to live the high life of young people in 1929 Detroit. Handsome and responsible, Peter Kirby worked diligently to make his family's life easier. Rich and powerful, Eric Horton held the fates of many families in his hands. 

These three lives intertwine through the differing worlds of high society, middle-class life, and organized crime, culminating in an engagement, a kidnapping, a misunderstanding...  and murder.

My Take:
Patty Wiseman, the author of this book, has penned a story so intriguing, as soon as you open this book and start to turn the pages of this novel, she has you instantly in Detroit, Michigan, in 1929, meeting the Squire family.
We meet Ruth, the Squires' only daughter, who is 17, a senior in High School, and almost ready to graduate. She is a self-proclaimed young adult woman who is ready and able to make her own decisions in life. She knows she may have been a little bit rebellious in the past, once, and it did get her into trouble, but she feels the way she is being treated now by her parents is uncalled for. She gets locked in her bedroom, and is kept there until her mother allows her out, then the maid follows the instructions given her, unlocks the door and lets her out. While Ruth is locked in her bedroom, her parents decide they will be the ones to decide Ruth's fate for her, without her input. 
Ruth knows something is going on but she can't understand all this secrecy and being locked in her bedroom as she only did the rebellious thing one time. Why should she be punished so harshly for sneaking out of her bedroom window one time? She does not understand their reasoning. She finds herself continuously blaming herself over and over again for doing what she did. She feels that perhaps her parents are up to no good in making life altering decisions for her life, and she is right. When she finds out what they have done to her, setting up an arranged marriage for her, she is livid. She does not deserve this type of punishment for what she did. Again, she  blames herself for being rebellious. Little does she know she is about to meet the man to whom she has now been promised to marry, and will fall madly in love with him. His name is Peter, and he is a milkman by trade. Peter Kirby is very excited to meet Ruth, his future wife. 
At the same time, Ruth's parents are losing their home, unbeknownst to them. The bank, one man in particular who works there, Eric Horton, is up to no good. He is out to ruin many lives of people in order to gain power and position within the bank he works at as a Loan Officer as he feels he deserves it. He has worked there long enough and now it is time for him to be in a higher position. He uses his current position as power to get what he wants. He has plans of his own, and they involve Ruth. No one knows of  this man's plans, and the evil ones up his sleeve, nor do they know who he is involved with. Corruption - The Mob.
Ruth meets her future husband, Peter, at a dinner his mother put on for the two of them.  Anxious to meet each other, Ruth is pleasantly surprised to find out he is just as concerned as she is about this arranged marriage because they have never even met before. Ruth is immediately calmed to know he feels the same way she does. They go for a carriage ride together under the moonlight on a cold, wintry night. They find they are very attracted to each other, beyond what they could have ever  foreseen. This marriage will work out perfectly for the both of them, they agree. Maybe her parents weren't so bad with their decision after all.
Out of nowhere, Ruth is whisked off to a boarding school to get her away after she hears news that Peter will not be her husband after all, as he is betrothed to another woman. What has happened she wonders. She is left clueless.
Meanwhile, Eric Horton's evil plans are in place and have begun, thus sets the stage for this story of crime, kidnapping and murder.
I felt the author, Patty Wiseman, did a wonderful job writing this story. It is a captivating read. I really enjoyed this book, and HIGHLY suggest it to everyone. It is not just 'one' genre, but a mix of many, which will make it very enjoyable to a wide audience. I am giving this book a 5-star rating! 
For anyone who is wondering, YES, THERE "IS" A SEQUEL TO COME!

I received this book for “FREE” from the author, Patty Wiseman, in exchange to read the book and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but, “of my own opinion.”  I was provided with “NO MONIES” to read and write a review for this book, except for the pure enjoyment of reading it.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

About the Author:  Patty Wiseman

The proud daughter of a WWII Navy vet who survived Pearl Harbor, Patty Wiseman was raised in Washington State. She attended The Wesleyan College in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and later moved to Northeast Texas where she has resided for over 30 years.
Retired from her career of 24 years from Ernie Marshall Investments, she is now able to write full time. Writing has been a life-long passion and in 2007, she entered the National Novel Writers Month competition to write a novel in 30 days and won, entered in 2011 and won a 2nd time. Two novels came from those events, one of which is published, An Unlikely Arrangement, and the 2nd is the sequel, hopefully coming out in the summer.
She also has several short stories published, serves as secretary of the East Texas Writers Association, is a member of Northeast Texas Writers Organization, and is the 2nd place winner of the Rough Draft short story contest. Her family consists of 2 grown sons and a step-daughter and eleven grandchildren. Patty currently lives in Woodlawn, Texas with husband, Ron, and crème lab Cutter, and enjoys gardening, is an avid bowler, and loves to travel.
Patty can be reached at all of the following links!




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