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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Son of a Preacher Man by Karen M. Cox - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Billy Ray is the son of a preacher. It's 1959 and he's working hard to become a doctor. He's a dedicated student and a summer internship with Orchard Hill's local doctor is the perfect opportunity to learn more about his chosen profession. Billy Ray's father is a traveling minister and Billy Ray is used to living with other people. The advantages of his temporary home are great cooking and plenty of opportunities to learn, but there's also something that makes him feel greatly uncomfortable. How will Billy Ray handle the obstacles in his path?

When Billy Ray meets a local girl named Lizzie he's intrigued. Lizzie's smart, she understands him and she's compassionate. However, not everyone in town has a positive opinion of her. She has to endure bullying, scorn and tormenting on a daily basis. She's the girl Billy Ray's father doesn't want his son to associate with. Billy Ray is determined to make up his own mind though and decides to give Lizzie a chance and offer his friendship. While spending more time together Billy Ray realizes that this isn't enough, but their situation is far from ideal. Are they both ready for the magnitude of emotions that will come their way?

Son of a Preacher Man is a beautiful impressive story. Billy Ray is a good guy. He's been raised in a religious household, so he has strict values and beliefs. That makes him honorable, but it also brings difficulties he doesn't always know how to handle. He's kindhearted and gentle with an amazing generous personality. He's also someone who thinks things through, Billy Ray is usually in control, he doesn't like impulsiveness and he's wise for his age, pondering about life's big questions. Lizzie brings some lightness into his world, she's witty and clever, she constantly challenges him and their conversations sparkle. Lizzie is a sweet girl with a strong character. She has a reputation in town and most people are giving her a hard time, but she holds her head high and I greatly admired her courage. Lizzie and Billy Ray are an interesting couple and their gorgeous story moved me to tears.

Karen M. Cox has a fantastic engaging writing style. Because of her detailed and colorful descriptions I could easily picture Orchard Hill and its inhabitants. She writes about the good and the bad in a great captivating manner. She combines this with an impressive account of Billy Ray's internal struggles to hang on to his beliefs while still chasing his dreams. He's a fascinating multilayered character and I enjoyed every single page of his journey towards adulthood. Son of a Preacher Man is a terrific story with an ending that put a big smile on my face, I highly recommend this mesmerizing book.

Advice

If you love historical coming of age stories you don't want to miss Son of a Preacher Man.

About Karen M. Cox


Karen M. Cox is an award-winning author of five full-length novels: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, Undeceived, I Could Write a Book, and Son of a Preacher Man. She also contributed a short story, “Northanger Revisited 2015”, to the anthology, Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer, a short story, “I, Darcy” that appeared in The Darcy Monologues anthology, and “An Honest Man”, a story about Jane Austen’s Frank Churchill that appeared in Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentlemen Rogues.

Karen was born in Everett WA, which was the result of coming into the world as the daughter of a United States Air Force Officer. She had a nomadic childhood, with stints in North Dakota, Tennessee and New York State before finally settling in her family’s home state of Kentucky at the age of eleven. She lives in a quiet little town with her husband, where she works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter.

Channeling Jane Austen’s Emma, Karen has let a plethora of interests lead her to begin many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker—like Elizabeth Bennet.

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The 5 Best (or at least Very Good) things that happened in 1959
Guest post by Karen M. Cox

Thanks for much for inviting me to With Love for Books! I’m Karen M Cox, and I write fiction accented with history and romance. My latest release, Son of a Preacher Man, is my fifth full-length novel. When asked to describe it in a sentence, I say, “Son of a Preacher Man is a realistic look at first love, told by an idealistic young man—and a heartwarming coming of age tale set in a simpler time.”

Back when I first started blogging, somewhere around 2012, I created a series of posts called “The 5 Best…” The 5 Best What, you ask? It could be the 5 Best of anything: books, songs that tell stories, holiday movies, flavors of ice cream, etc.

I don’t blog as often anymore, but I still love those 5 Best Lists, so I thought I’d revive them for this new release.

In Son of a Preacher Man, set in the US South, 1959 is a significant year because during that summer, Billy Ray Davenport and Lizzie Quinlan find each other. If we in the states remember anything about 1959 today, it’s often some tragedy like the airplane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens in an Iowa snowstorm. Or some political event like Fidel Castro ascending to power in Cuba.

Other things happened that year, however. Maybe they weren’t serious events, but they made the world just a bit better or more interesting.

And so, I give you, the 5 Best (or at least Very Good) things that happened in 1959 (besides Billy Ray meeting Lizzie, of course!)

1. Alaska and Hawaii were granted statehood in the US – Alaska was first in January followed by Hawaii in August. They were the last two states added to the United States of America.

2. The Sound of Music, Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical about the Von Trapp Family, premiered on Broadway. It was made into a film, starring the fabulous Julie Andrews, in 1965.

3. The Boeing 707 Jet Airliner came into service, cutting 8 hours off the time of a transatlantic flight.

4. The Guggenheim Museum, which collects, preserves and interprets contemporary and modern art and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in New York City. And finally…

5. Hugh Laurie, actor famous for the “House” TV series, as well as an inspired portrayal of Mr. Palmer in Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility”, was born on June 11th.

If you remember 1959, what were some of the best things for you from that year? If you weren’t around then (I wasn’t), did your parents or grandparents tell you anything interesting from that time?

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a $10 Amazon gift card from Karen M. Cox.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

Author giveaway

Karen M. Cox is also hosting a fabulous release day giveaway. Three winners will receive a digital copy of choice from Karen M. Cox's backlist and a $10 Amazon gift card. This giveaway will end on July 25th.

69 comments:

  1. Lovely review! I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed that one, I read some mixed reviews about that one so far. I'm still looking forward to reading it and you really made me enthusiast and excited about it again, so thank you so much for that

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    1. I hope you enjoy the story, Damaris :) Thank you for commenting!

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  2. Thank you for telling me about this book.

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    1. I appreciate your interest in the book, Sara :)

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  3. Sounds like a good read! Thank you so much for this great giveaway :-)

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    1. You are welcome, Coline! Good luck in the giveaway.

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  4. Son of a Preacher Man sounds like a heartwarming coming-of-age story and a nostalgic look at a more innocent era.

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    1. I did fall in love with these characters :) I like those nostalgic stories about the not too distant past.

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  5. Wonderful and intriguing book

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  6. This looks amazing, would love to get lost in its' pages!

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    1. Don't you just love escaping into book? There's really nothing else like it. Thanks for stopping in, Ruth.

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  7. Looks like an interesting story. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Good luck in the giveaway, Sue! And thanks for your comment.

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  8. It sounds like a very intricate and interesting story. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. At its heart, it's a boy meets girl story, but throw in the doctor's daughter who's after Billy Ray, and the minister father who wants a particular kind of life for his only son, and things get a little more complicated :) Thanks, Judy!

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  9. This sounds like a great book. Billy Ray would be some catch, a preacher's son and doctor to be.

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    1. He thinks so himself - at least for a while ;) Thanks for your interest, Rose-Marie.

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  10. I was born in 1961, so I don't remember 1959. My Grandfather retired that year from his job as City Gardener.

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    1. I was born in '65 myself, but I do love setting stories in those times before I was born. Fun to think about :)

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  11. Interesting guest post and great review :)
    Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

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  12. Great cover and thanks for a great review and giveaway as well.

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    1. So glad you like the cover - it's the genius work of Joshua Hollis (image) and Madhat Covers (cover design). Good luck on the giveaway!

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  13. I like the cover and description. Sounds like a good read.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, katieoscarlet! Thanks for your comment :)

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  14. The book sounds like a fantastic read, one that you can curl up with on the couch for an afternoon.
    lindacfast@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Linda :) Good luck in the giveaway.

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  15. Son of a Preacher Man sounds like a good read. Thank you

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    1. Another Linda :) Thanks so much for your interest in the book!

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  17. Very generous thank you, and a great sounding book
    jan

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    1. Appreciate you stopping by, Jan :)

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  18. Beautiful cover, thanks for the chance.

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    1. Good luck, Julie! So happy you like the cover. I saw that image, and something about that young woman just said "Lizzie" to me.

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  19. I liked the review. The book sounds great.

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    1. It was a lovely review - very much appreciated! Thanks for your comment, Rita.

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  20. I really love the cover of this book and it sounds like a great read!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, Angela. Thanks so much for stopping in!

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  21. Love this book! Especially how the characters were honest—and were allowed to grow into their true self. That to me was the real Happily ever after.

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    1. You are welcome! Good luck, Michelle!

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  23. Sounds like my kind of book. I was 9 in 1959 and remember some of the things listed. Thank you for sharing!

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  24. I'm having trouble keeping track in order to fulfull the entry for following you. I can't remember from day to day when I am submitting my daily entries how I followed you before. Any suggestions so I can use that entry daily?

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    1. Is this for the rafflecopter giveaway here? Since the lovely ladies here at the blog set that one up, I'm not exactly sure. I think rafflecopter keeps track?

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  25. Fantastic first post and great review. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  26. This looks like a really good story well told

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    1. It's a special story for me. I really wanted to tell it well and hope that comes through :) Thanks, Sheena!

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  27. i love the cover and then you done great job on the stand it out for popel to read

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    1. Cover design kudos go to Joshua Hollis for the image, and Madhat Covers for the design. I love the cover too! Thanks :)

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  29. 1959 was the year my mom graduated from high school. The only one, at that time, to have ever graduated. I love the idea of this book. I can't wait to read it.

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  30. Karen, it's a pleasure meeting you. Your book sounds intriguing.

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  31. Great cover, it's very eye-catching!

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  32. I love a book that enthralls me and this certainly sounds like it would.

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  33. I really enjoyed reading the guest post, thank you!

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  34. This looks like a fabulous read and I can't wait to check it out!

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  35. Thank you for the chance ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  36. The Sound of Music is one of the best things to happen any time, not just 1959!

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  37. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  38. Karen, your book sounds fantastic!

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