Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: The Tumble Inn, by William Loizeaux, ends 10/28

"Shall we send it?" she asked, riding the wave of her own enthusiasm. 

"All right. But it's crazy," I said. "It won't fool anyone. Nothing will come of it."

As it happened, everything would come of that ingenious letter, thought we couldn't have known that at the time. Now I wonder if Frann would have written it if she could have foreseen the path it would take us on, and if, in particular, she could have known where that path would lead her. For that matter, would I, the next morning, have so casually dropped the stamped envelope into the mailbox at the end of our block, through that little swinging door that you have to pull open, and when it closes of its own accord, it means you can't get the letter back?

The Tumble Inn mostly takes place in a secluded part of New York, where Mark and Fran live and work. It details how they became innkeepers, what their lives were like as innkeepers, and how it changed once their daughter, Natalie, was born.

Official synopsis:
Tired of their high school teaching jobs and discouraged by their failed attempts at conceiving a child, Mark and Fran Finley decide they need a change in their lives. Abruptly, they leave their friends and family in suburban New Jersey to begin anew as innkeepers on a secluded lake in the Adirondack Mountains. There they muddle through their first season at the inn, serving barely edible dinners to guests, stranding themselves in chest-deep snowdrifts, and somehow, miraculously, amid swarms of ravenous black flies, conceiving a child, a girl they name Nat. Years later, when Mark and Fran are nearing middle age and Nat is a troubled teenager, Mark's life is ripped apart, forever changed, and he must choose between returning to his old home in New Jersey or trying to rebuild what is left of his life and family in the place of his greatest joy and deepest sorrow.

The Tumble Inn is a moving drama about home and about the fragility and resilience of love.


This novel can't really be classified as a novella, but it's about 165 pages long, so I'd call it a short novel. It was an easy read, as well - I didn't think I would like it that much based on the synopsis, but the writer is talented, and it was easy to get through.

It was interesting to see how Mark and Fran's lives changed with their acceptance of the innkeeper positions and also when their daughter was born. They had always wanted a child, but it took them a while to conceive, and the rural area where the inn was located was far away from the local hospital, as well.

I'd recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys a good story, and/or those that can relate to having a peaceful hideaway to escape to, whether it be for a vacation or to call your home.

4 stars out of 5.
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GIVEAWAY:

I have two paperback copies of The Tumble Inn for my lucky readers to win!

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway will end on Tuesday, October 28th, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be notified the next day and have 24 hours to respond, otherwise alternate winner(s) will be chosen.

U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

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