April 17th, 2017

I seem to be accumulating large piles of advance review copies of books. Some of these haven’t come out yet; some are just out; and others have been out for quite some time (at least if the amount of dust is anything to go by).

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Which means… I’m bringing back Monday Give Away!

And what better way to kick it off than with an amazing book by one of my favorite people: Karen White‘s The Night the Lights Went Out, which just came out last week. (You can find a list of Karen’s book tour stops here.)

Here’s the official blurb:
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street series comes a stunning new novel about a young single mother who discovers that the nature of friendship is never what it seems….

Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren’t helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail.

Merilee finds some measure of peace in the cottage she is renting from town matriarch Sugar Prescott. Though stubborn and irascible, Sugar sees something of herself in Merilee—something that allows her to open up about her own colorful past.

Sugar’s stories give Merilee a different perspective on the town and its wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, and even on her new friendship with Heather Blackford. Merilee is charmed by the glamorous young mother’s seemingly perfect life and finds herself drawn into Heather’s world.

In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee’s house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women….

If you like Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, you will love The Night the Lights Went Out.

The book spans two time periods: present day Atlanta mom culture and Depression era Georgia.

For a chance to win an ARC of The Night the Lights Went Out, here’s your question: which of those settings intrigues you more?

One person who comments will be chosen at random to receive my ARC of The Night the Lights Went Out. The winner will be announced on Wednesday. And if you see the book in a bookstore or the library in the meantime… snap it up!

60 Responses to “Monday Give Away: THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT”

  1. Sheila says:

    OOH, I would love this! I really enjoy books set in my area.

  2. Leandra DeFeo says:

    I’m always looking for a good book to read!

  3. Courtney Cochley says:

    Both settings sound intriguing, but I’m more excited about the depression era Georgia.

  4. Calli Fox says:

    Depression era Georgia… not sure why. Maybe because I could technically visit Atlanta any time?? Love Karen White’s books!

  5. Lauren D. says:

    Depression era Georgia sounds interesting! I would love to read this book!

  6. Ohhh I would love to win this!!! I can’t wait to read it!!

    • Just realized that I didn’t actually answer the question.. :o) got too excited this was for a giveaway and didn’t read all the way through so I’m glad I checked back! I would really enjoy reading depression era Georgia. I really enjoy history boooks and I don’t think I’ve ever read one set in that time period in that region!

  7. Jan Siler says:

    I’m intrigued by Depression-era Georgia. Both of my parents were teens during that time – and had radically different experiences as one lived in a small mining city and one on a farm in rural Texas.

  8. Regina Mitchell says:

    I love the idea of reading about the two places in time, but the depression-era side is what I’m looking forward to.

  9. Renee says:

    I’m really looking forward to this book!

  10. Colleen white says:

    Definately depression era GA because things always seem more mysterious from the past

  11. Ellen S says:

    Both sound intriguing but I would definitely say Depression-era Georgia more so. I love visiting other times and places.

  12. Susan Thomas says:

    Depression era Georgia as my late father grew up during theDepression in rural Georgia

  13. Dianne Casey says:

    I love Karen White’s books! Would really enjoy reading “The Night The Lights Went Out”. Thanks for the chance.

  14. Katie malik says:

    Both settings can’t wait to read it.

  15. Rachel Adrianna says:

    I’d be fascinated by Depression-era Georgia; reminds me of the film “Places in the Heart” from 1984 with Sally Field.

  16. elizabeth says:

    I am reading a lot of books from WWI era so the Depression era setting sounds more interesting to me. Thanks!

  17. TaMara says:

    Me me, oh my gosh pick me!

  18. Tiffany says:

    I love books that span between present and past era’s. Love how authors connect the two eras with one big story . Love all of Karen White’s books since most of them do that

  19. Carolyn says:

    (Waving hands in the air) Hello :)

  20. Heather H. says:

    I knew nothing about this author until you collaborated with her on “The Forgotten Room.” Now I’m hooked! My TBR list grew by quite a bit with her & Beatriz Williams’ backlists.

  21. Laura says:

    I would love to win!

  22. Deborah Miller says:

    Me, me, me! I’ve read all of your novels, can’t wait for this new one.

  23. Randy Riddle says:

    Depression era Georgia, for sure! The book sounds so good!

  24. Amanda says:

    I think my vote goes to Depression era Georgia. Very intriguing.

  25. Michelle Springer says:

    Depression era Georgia. My family is from Tennessee, so to get an idea of what that time period was like for them would be amazing.

  26. Gillian says:

    Would love to read this! I’m excited to read this Georgia setting, but in general I will read a book set anywhere. I love ones that have visits to the seaside.

  27. Rebecca says:

    The Altanta mom culture sounds interesting… I’ve read a few WWII-era things lately, time to bring it back to present day!

  28. Bridget Erin says:

    I’d say the depression era sounds more interesting.

  29. Anna D. says:

    Depression era Georgia

  30. Diane says:

    The social worker/sociologist is intrigued by the mom culture anywhere, but deep down, it’s the history fanatic that can’t wait to hear about the Depression era Georgia.

  31. Laurice says:

    Depression Era Georgia

  32. Melissa L says:

    Depression era! I love history!

  33. Paige B. says:

    I think the present day storyline, but I adore dual timeline stories!

  34. Missy says:

    I can’t wait to read her take on Atlanta mom culture!

  35. Urjona says:

    Depression era is what I am looking forward to. I’d love to read this book.

  36. Maria says:

    Both sound fascinating but if I have to pick one it would be depression era Georgia.

  37. Emily says:

    I think Depression-era Georgia sounds a lot more evocative.

  38. Erin waldo says:

    Loved ‘Big Little Lies’, so I’d *love* to get my hands on ‘The Night the Lights Went Out’! 😬

  39. Stephanie Ward says:

    The depression era has always intrigued me and the southern culture as well. What a time period to have lived thru! The strength of the women especially is awe-inspiring! Would love to read this book!

  40. Kelly Chasse says:

    Definitely the Depression era just because it was an interesting point in history.

  41. Amanda says:

    Depression era Georgia by a nose! :)

  42. Karen says:

    Dression era. The present day is too depressing.

  43. Carla says:

    Love books that go back and forth between present and past… Love both, but I’ll pick depression era

  44. Chelsea says:

    Ooh, they both sound interesting (and about as far from modern day, rural eastern Oregon as you can get) but maybe Depression Era Georgia.

  45. Christine says:

    Depression era. History is always more exciting!

  46. Jillian D says:

    Definitely Depression era Georgia. Much more interesting than present day Atlanta mom culture!

  47. Céline says:

    Definitely Depression era Georgia too!!!

  48. Lisa Ireland says:

    Depression era Georgia sounds intriguing. I am woefully ignorant about the South. I spend souch time reading about far away places and very little within the US.

  49. Bekah says:

    Since history is my thing I would have to say depression era Georgia.

  50. Kylene says:

    Depression era Georgia.

  51. Paula Scott says:

    I love Karen White’s book. Finishing the Tradd Street series now. I am more intrigued by the Depression era as my mom was born then and my grandparents lived through it. As a fifth grade math and US history teacher, I love the stories set in the past. I really love books set in the past and present like you, Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Kate Morton write. Hope to win this.

  52. Jane says:

    Depression era interests me more. I am a fan of Karen White.

  53. Barbara Beebe says:

    The Depression era, for sure.

  54. Jeanne Luke says:

    i love historical time periods. I choose depression era. My mother was a young woman then and I have always wanted to write her story.

  55. Jeanne Luke says:

    I love your books. i love historical time periods. I choose depression era. My mother was a young woman then and I have always wanted to write her story. I have started reading an electronic loan but would love a hard copy.

  56. Heather says:

    I love books that are set in present day and then take you back in time. You can travel back in time and still find secrets in the past.

  57. Sarah says:

    Depression era Georgia

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