Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Act Two by Kimberly Stuart

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The simple fact that Kimberly Stuart can go from writing about a new mom living in suburbia to penning a novel about a diva dwelling on a pig farm in Iowa proves one thing: this author has talent!

Sadie Maddox is a diva who's delightful voice is no longer in demand. Her agent informs that her CD sales have dropped, and her bookings are only half filled halls. So, with some reluctance in her heart, she considers a semester teaching position at a college in Iowa.

Iowa. A far cry from New York. But an encounter with a mystery man in a New York church moves her to say, "Okay." And we have Green Acres, Opera style!

Life on the farm has Sadie in a quandry. First, these people have CHILDREN...offspring. Something Sadie just cannot grasp nor comprehend why people would want such things.

Then there are her students, among them Mallory, a rather snooty assistant who seems to do anything but assist Sadie. And finally, there is Mac...large animal vet and a man bent on showing Sadie a good time in Iowa...assuming there's one to be had!

Life changes for Sadie, and she gradually learns who her friends really are and what really matters in life. But will these lessons last once she returns to her beloved New York? Is Manhattan where things really matter? And can her career rebound with all of the young American Idol type talent coming up the ranks?

I was very pleased to see more of a Christian theme in this novel. The moments where God meets Sadie are so gorgeous, and the contrast between her existence and Jayne's life are so stark and revealing...all without being preachy or over done.

This is by far Kimberly Stuart's best writing. I was pleased with the characters and the subtle romance. I'm giving "Act Two" four out of five bookmarks, with a pair of sturdy tennis shoes as a charm...read the book and you'll know why!

To visit Kimberly's website, click here.

To read a sample of "Act Two", click here.

To purchase a copy, click here.

To visit more of my blog tour friends, click here for a list of participating blogs.

To win one of THREE COPIES, leave a comment with your favorite style of music and I'll select THREE WINNERS on JULY 31ST!!

Happy Reading!

Deena

12 comments:

Jenny said...

I am really looking forward to this book, and your review makes me wish I had it in my hands right now! *grin*

Deborah said...

i love listening to movie soundtrack scores (i know way offbeat) and punk. please enter me!

Smilingsal said...

I most enjoy Christmas music, perhaps because of the season.

lovedandamazed said...

Oooh, this book looks like a lot of fun. :-) Please count me in!

Favorite kind of music is praise and worship. I love being brought closer to the Lord, reminded of Who He is.

Thanks!
author_erin(at)lycos(dot)com

Crystal M. said...

Jazz is my favorite style of music. Thanks for another chance at a free read.
~Crystal M.
olenapena[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

MaryZ said...

Wow! What a book cover!Please include my name. I like beautiful, inspiring Christian instrumentals.
maryzan@gmail.com

Kimberly Stuart said...

Hi, All-

Thanks for your kind words, Deena. I'm pleased you enjoyed ACT TWO and am grateful you're spreading the word.

Favorite tunes? Do Bob and Larry count? Or do you mean favorite-tunes-pre-childbirthing? I'd need extra time to answer that question.

No need to enter me in the contest. :)

Best,

kimberly stuart
VISIT www.kimberlystuart.com AND ENTER TO WIN A FREE iPOD NANO IN CELEBRATION OF Act Two's RELEASE!

windycindy said...

Hello, The book has a delightful story line. I like the change the main character is going through. My music tastes are eclectic. Eric Clapton, Josh Groban , Enya and Phil Collins are favorites of mine. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Carole said...

Thanks for a chance to win what looks like a very enjoyable read.

Inspirational music is my favorite type, and some of my favorite performers are Fernando Ortega, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Selah, and Joseph Martin's Applachian piano solos.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Ivan Girl said...

hi! it would have to be either pop jazz or alternative rock - depends on my mood though.

i love the book, by the way.

if you're sending international, do toss my name in the hat, please. :)

ivan[dot]girl25[at]gmail[dot]com

Shannon said...

This sounds like a great book! If I don't win a copy, I'll have to check it out from the library :)

Anna said...

Sounds cool! I'd love to read it!

I'm very eclectic, but my favorites would have to be Michael Buble/Frank Sinatra-esque music, country, and Contemporary Christian.

Thanks!

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