The Muir House by Mary DeMuth- Tour Stop- Giveaway Now Closed

GIVEAWAY WINNER: Edwina Cowgill!!!
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Long ago and far away in a little country town, there lived a young girl, one of nine children, the geek of the family. I know, I know…most stories start out “Once upon a time…” and the princess is typically gorgeous from birth. Nope, this kid had long stringy hair and glasses. For a few years, between orthodontics and glasses, the metal on her face outshone any chance for a look into those eyes, but it didn’t matter because her head was usually down, buried in a book.   Reading was her favorite pastime.  As a teen, she gobbled up novels like an impoverished orphan. Among her most-read authors were Janette Oke, Grace Livingston Hill, George MacDonald, and Lori Wick. Once a week, her dear mother took her to the library and she would check out 10-12 books, in hopes to have all of them read by the next visit.

To her, books were not just words…they were worlds.  Worlds of which she would never know unless she devoured their stories and soaked up their descriptions.  Worlds that held poetry and rhythm, song and dance. Worlds that introduced new thoughts and ideas and prompted the firing of imaginative creativity.

Then life happened. The skinny little girl became a woman with more responsibilities and less time.  Her priorities left no room for novel reading and as her family grew, her free time became virtually non-existent. While she continued to feed her reading appetite, novels were considered taboo. A luxury in which she just couldn’t give herself the freedom to indulge.

Until last month.

If you haven’t figured it out, the little girl is none other than: ME.

Enter Mary DeMuth‘s “The Muir House”:

After over a decade of not reading novels, I found rest, comfort and relaxation in picking up this wonderful story.

Rather than dictate a summary of the book as part of this blog tour, I just decided to tell you that this story-starved woman could hardly put the book down. Beautiful descriptions gift every page and the plot keeps your mind twisting and turning in various directions throughout the chapters. So if you want a summary, you can go here and here.

But the little country girl hasn’t changed too much over the years and I’m 100% sure that she tells the truth.

A great read. Two thumbs up. Five stars. Go buy one here:

PS: My awesome friend, Heather Conrad, wrote a book review for this book today too. She’s a great giver and offered to give hers away. Of course, that inspired me so I’m giving one away now too! Leave a comment and random generator (otherwise known as a toddler who pulls your name from a hat) will choose tonight and let ya’ll know who won at 9 pm EST. Have a great day!

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15 Comments

  1. Looks wonderful!!

  2. I love to read as well and have not had much time for it so I have not yet been able to read Muir House and haven’t been able to get a copy yet. Maybe it needs to go on my Christmas list. It sounds like it speaks to folks from different walks of life.

  3. Hi Rachel! As a dedicated, lifelong book-nerd, I can completely relate to your words here. I love Mary’s writing and appreciate the chance to win a copy of The Muir House. It has been on my fiction wishlist for a while now!

    Thank you for sharing your heart, your history and your love of a good story.

    Blessings!
    Jana

  4. I smiled at your post because I remember myself as a young girl taking out so many novels reading them quickly and then spending a lot of time just in love with the world that was opened to me through each book. =) So beautiful inside and out!

  5. Judy K Burgi says:

    Wow…you just described me but I’m still a geek! You are very beautiful and very talented! I am happy with who I am because God made me this way.

    I can’t wait to read Muir House and would love to win a copy.

    Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for this giveaway.

    Blessings!
    Judy B

  6. Edwina Cowgill says:

    What a wonderful post.

    Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for the opportunity.

    edwina(at)edwinacowgill(dot)com

  7. Like-minded hearts somehow develop an instant bond, don’t they? Once a book-freak, always one. So thankful Mary’s book led the way home to story-world. You couldn’t have a better guide. Welcome home 🙂

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      🙂 Thank you! It will be interesting to see how the fiction route goes in the future….

  8. Carolyn Jefferson says:

    I’d really like to get this book. I think it will be very interesting.
    God bless You.

  9. I’d love to win a copy. It’d make a great addition to my must read list for the new year.

  10. I adore the fact that my book broke the fiction fast. I’m so thankful it transported you to somewhere else, and that you enjoyed it. Makes me smile. Thanks for reading it.

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Thanks for writing it! 😉

  11. You’re too much my friend. I loved your opening description, though written humbly, I can never picture in a way other than beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      God is good, isn’t it? Ugly ducklings transform to swans under His watch. 🙂 Thanks, Friend.

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