May Book Club Selection

 

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With just the right mix of twisty surprises and good old fashioned human drama, our May book club selection is the perfect jumping off point to summer reading. In THE SHADOW YEAR by Hannah Richell a group of college students venture upon a remote hideaway and decide to it claim for themselves, carving out an existence apart from the real world. But over the course of one summer, the real world they’ve worked so hard to escape begins to intrude upon their utopia, and each of their lives are changed forever as a result. Thirty years later a grieving young woman inherits the house, and the mystery that lies within its walls is slowly uncovered as she renovates the home. Suspenseful. Moving. Clever. THE SHADOW YEAR is the perfect book to kick off your summer reading binge. Make sure you grab your copy today.

We’ve got five copies of THE SHADOW YEAR up for grabs this month. See the entry form below for details.

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The Shadow YearOn a sultry summer’s day in 1980, five friends stumble upon an abandoned lakeside cottage hidden deep in the English countryside. For Kat and her housemates, it offers an escape, a chance to drop out for a while. But as the seasons change, tensions begin to rise and when an unexpected visitor appears at their door, nothing will be the same again. Three decades later, Lila arrives at the same remote cottage. With her marriage in crisis, she finds solace in renovating the tumbledown house. Little by little she wonders about the previous inhabitants. How did they manage in such isolation? And why did they leave in such a hurry, with their belongings still strewn about? Most disturbing of all, why can’t she shake the feeling that someone might be watching her? THE SHADOW YEAR is a mesmerizing story of tragedy, lies and betrayal.

 

Add THE SHADOW YEAR to your Goodreads to-read list.

Read an excerpt of THE SHADOW YEAR here.

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* * * Hannah RichellBefore she became a writer, Hannah Rihell worked for ten years in the publishing industry and was lucky enough to market books by authors such as Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, David Mitchell, Jojo Moyes, Stephenie Meyer and David Nicholls, to name just a few. She emigrated to Australia from the UK in 2005, and spent two years working for Universal Pictures in Sydney. Hannah began to write in early 2008 while she was on maternity leave, and the result was her first novel, Secrets of the Tides, which was picked for the 2012 Richard & Judy Book Club, the Waterstones Book Club and was shortlisted for the Australian Independent Bookseller Best Debut Fiction Award, ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year (2013) and ABIA Newcomer of the Year (2013). Her second novel The Shadow Year, published in 2013. Hannah became an Australian citizen in 2010 but still returns to England whenever possible, to visit family and enjoy the green grass of home.


About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

108 Responses to May Book Club Selection

  1. Gwyn May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds great! I was looking for another book for vacation!

  2. Joan M Geisbrecht May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    can’t wait to read this

  3. Kate May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like another great book selection! Can’t wait to read it!

  4. Ann Bresnan May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great read!

  5. Tracy May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a good read to kick off the summer reading season! I can’t wait!!

  6. Paula Dolin May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds good – thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Rhonda May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds perfect for me.

  8. JJT May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds great. Thank you for the giveaway.

  9. susan coster May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Please enter me to win!

  10. Carl May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    What a great-sounding story. Part mystery, part social drama, this does sound like an excellent way to start the summer. Thanks very much.

  11. Judie May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This really sounds intreging !

  12. melanie May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I love the idea of a hideaway for kindred spirits – even if something does go wrong. Sounds intriguing and I’d love to read this!

  13. Richard Kennedy May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Another very intriguing pick from She Reads that we might of otherwise missed. I’ve lost count of the number of books
    we’ve enjoyed by reading the blog. Cheers for being tirelessly clever.

  14. Brooke May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to read..this has been on my list but I am bumping it up. I am also adding Secrets of the Tides!! Sounds great! Thank you!

  15. Susan Gruener May 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow, I loved how this book started…I want to run out and buy the book and finish reading! Unless I win it. :)
    Thanks!

  16. Bonnie K. May 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I like the idea of a lakeside cottage for the setting of a mystery. Looks like a good read.

  17. Becky May 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds mysterious and thought provoking- a real page turner. Perfect for summer!

  18. GinaD May 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    So, is the person who turns up at the door good or evil? Hmmmm………

  19. Lana May 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Love getting to read a new author, especially one with UK roots!

  20. Debbie D May 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds intriguing! Going on my must read list.

  21. anne May 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds captivating and unique. Thanks for this giveaway.

  22. Tracy May 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds SO good!

  23. Lara M May 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    THE SHADOW YEAR by Hannah Richell — I’m adding it to my to read list. Love a book with an element of mystery!

  24. Kate I. May 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I dig a tale of suspense in a seemingly idyllic setting. THE SHADOW YEAR sounds most intriguing and I’d love to give it a read this summer.

  25. Stacy (The Novel Life) May 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    this one sounds phenomenal!

  26. Suko May 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for this great book giveaway! The novel sounds very enticing! :)

  27. KATHLEEN BIANCHI May 10, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I like the sound of this mystery, sounds scary the idea of feeling someone is watching you. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  28. Tracy McD. May 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks like a great book to read! Added to my goodreads want to read list!

  29. dee May 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This is just the perfect summer read…thanks for offering a giveaway

  30. Carol May 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This book looks really interesting! Putting it on my reading list … would love to win a copy!

  31. TamVans May 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks wonderful. Can’t wait to read it. :D

  32. Bloomin'Chick Jo May 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking forward to reading this book, especially after the twitter chat tonight with Hannah!

  33. Patricia Blomeley-Maddigan May 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Cruising through the website, I was initially attracted by the cover, then the title of this book.
    Hope I win!!!

    Patricia

  34. Penny May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful read indeed to kick off the summer reading. Hope I’m one of the lucky 5 freebies….

  35. Joyce Elling May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    The Shadow Year sounds like a very interesting premise. I would like very much to read it this summer.

  36. Deborah May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a good read for the summer.

  37. michelle h May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    sounds like another great pick!

  38. Georgia Herod May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a page-turner, one that might keep me reading late into the night–I might even use a flashlight!

  39. Mary Hamilton May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    What an intriguing idea! Would love to win a copy.

  40. Yvette Sales Keeble May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Always looking for a great summer read and this sounds like the perfect little escape.

  41. Mia Adorno May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks really good for summer reading

  42. Roxanne May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great read!

  43. nancy reynolds May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This book was already on my TBR so I would LOVE to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

  44. Beckie Burnham May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks so much for the generous giveawy!

  45. janet May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    i would love to read this book. sounds like a page turner

  46. Vivian May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great read.

  47. Carol R. May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    As as teacher I always look forward to reading during the summer! Hope I win!

  48. Rhonda Banks May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great read! I would love to add this to my vacation collection! Please pick me!

  49. Eve Zellner May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    LOOKS LIKE A GREAT READ . I WILL READ IT EVEN IF I DON’T WIN.

  50. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds terrific! I’m really looking forward to reading this.

  51. michelle t. May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    It sounds like an awesome read. Cant wait to get one and get started. Thanks for making this giveaway possible.

  52. Kristy Harvey May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a fantastic read! Perfect for Memorial Day weekend!

  53. Susan Schleicher May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like such a wonderful story. Thanks for the chance!

  54. Ruthie May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a great book

  55. Beth May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great book-club book!

  56. Gwyn May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the idea!!

  57. Jen Sloniger May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds intriguing. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  58. Nancy Ranieri May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a fascinating story. Would love to read it!

  59. Jill May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds interesting!

  60. Bonnie Martin May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow…sounds like a great read!

  61. Ruth May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Reading this book would be a great way to start my summer!

  62. jean May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking for a good start to my summer reading!

  63. Tameka May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds awesome. Adding to my “To Read” list.

  64. Carrie V May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This books sounds great. I would love to read it

  65. Connie R. May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I’d love to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  66. Mary Beth May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I want to read this book, sounds great!

  67. shannon brown May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds wonderful!!!!! I would love to start my summer reading this one!

  68. Cynthia Quiroga May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I am very intrigued. I hope to read the book this summer. Winning would be wonderful :)

  69. Margaret May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Mysteries are my favorite. Looks like a good one.

  70. Emma @ Words And Peace May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    thanks for this awesome giveaway, my book club would love it!

  71. Jeannine Chabala May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking for some great reads for summer days, so looking forward to this.

  72. Annee C May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Thx for the giveaway….would love to win!

  73. Linda F. May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds like a great read~ Adding it to my “to read” list!

  74. Susan G. May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Wowee more books for my ‘read these’ list!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win some!

  75. Paulette O May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to preview for neighborhood book club.

  76. Marta L. Read May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this book!

  77. Kimberley Ketterman May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for a chance to get a great Book for our summer reading!

  78. Nita Birnbaum May 20, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I love a novel where secrets are uncovered! Sounds so good.

  79. Carole May 20, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like the perfect read for the upcoming long weekend.

  80. Nina May 20, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  81. Kim May 20, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    It sounds like I book to keep me reading until I finish it!

  82. Laura May 20, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds great!!

  83. karenk May 20, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel ;)

  84. Carol May 20, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Hope I win this book! Can’t wait to read it. Would love to win something!

  85. Carol Fragale Brill May 20, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    the description pulled me right in. I’m in. carol

  86. BeverlyHill McKinney May 20, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sunds intriguing. Would love read this book. Old houses inrest me.

  87. Tiara May 20, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Would love a chance to win this book!

  88. Janet R May 20, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I am ALWAYS fascinated with other people’s stories – whether in books or about the author! I’m looking forward to reading this one!

  89. Joy May 20, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds great! Can’t wait to read it!

  90. Gail May 20, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds good. Can’t wait it read.

  91. Kristin Girod May 20, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds so interesting! I love a good book set in England.

  92. Pam D May 20, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds very interesting. I would love to have a new book to start the summer!

  93. Gina May 21, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This looks very intriguing! Would love to kick the summer off by reading this one!

  94. Kandra May 21, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Looks like a great story by a new-to-me author. Sign me up!

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  96. Sharon @ Faith Hope & Cherrytea May 22, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Always appreciate your intros to new and new to me books! TY =)

  97. Colleen Turner May 22, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I just love books that go back and forth in time, always leaving you guessing until…boom!….the story reveals how the two storylines are connected. Kate Morton does this wonderfully and I’m excited to read this novel and discover another great time slip novelist!

  98. Linda Kish May 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like an interesting story that I would enjoy reading.

  99. Sara May 23, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to a summer of reading. This book sounds like a great place to start

  100. Mary Ramirez May 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like book you want to escape with.

  101. Tanya M @ Mom's Small Victories May 28, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh this sounds hauntingly good! Thanks for the chance to win.

  102. Michele Lopshire May 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a novel full of all I like ina book! Am excited to read this one!

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