Update: congrats to Janet Hannah who was randomly chosen as our winner! Janet has been notified via email.
Ariel says: I read a lot of books. I mean a lot of books. And while I try to be knowledgeable about what novels are selling, and why, it’s not uncommon for them to slip through my fingers. That was the case with last summer’s hit, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. Everyone I knew raved about this novel. I wanted to read it. I planned to read it. But I never did. So when Liane’s publisher sent me a copy of her new novel, The Hypnotists’s Love Story, it moved straight to the top of my reading pile.
The book arrived during a particularly busy season of life and I wasn’t able to read it in big gulps like I prefer. What happened instead was that I found myself looking forward to the end of my day when I could curl up in bed and read a few more chapters. My poor husband. He begged me to turn out the lights on more than one occasion. The end result was that I savored this novel, pondered it, and become a complete fan of Liane Moriarty. I don’t say this often–especially after a single book–but I will read anything she writes. Anything. Next on my list is What Alice Forgot.
From the author of critically acclaimed What Alice Forgot comes a wonderfully fun, insightful novel about the crazy things we do for love.
Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going (okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit). When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. However, when Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, Is that all? Actually, that’s kind of neat. She’s more intrigued than frightened. What makes a supposedly smart, professional woman behave this way? She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.
Marybeth says: When Ariel told me she was loving this new book called The Hypnotist’s Love Story, I had no idea it was the new book by the author of my favorite novel of last year, What Alice Forgot. Now, to say that it was my favorite novel of last year, I have to put it into perspective. I read 60 books last year, most of them novels. Most of them I liked, but few of them I loved.
What Alice Forgot gripped me like few books do. I loved the premise, first of all. Perhaps because Alice is in a similar place in life to me. Because I could be Alice. I went on her journey with her, of discovering this family, these choices a self she didn’t recognize had made. And I loved the ending, reiterating that a satsifying ending is necessary. Here’s what I wrote about it in my reading log after I finished it:
“I think this will be my fave novel of the year. Never have I loved a premise more and been so moved by a story. Old Alice confronting new Alice and vice versa. I could totally relate– even if it took place in Sydney Australia. So much to learn from this novel about appreciating what we have and not taking ourselves too seriously.”
What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?
Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she’s actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.
A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn’t sure she likes who she’s become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.
We’re giving away a copy of each novel to one lucky reader today. Leave a comment on this post to enter. And if you haven’t heard of Liane Moriarty, we highly encourage you to look her up. And then go read her novels. You won’t be sorry!
Liane Moriarty is the author of The Hypnotists’s Love Story and What Alice Forgot (Amy Einhorn Books) and two other novels, Three Wishes and The Last Anniversary, both of which were published around the world and translated into seven languages. She is also the author of the Nicola Berry series for children. Liane lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children.
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