Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Giveaway, Review & Book Tour: Divine Moves - Ellyn Oaksmith

Book: Divine Moves
Author: Ellyn Oaksmith

Book Synopsis:
Seventeen years of loving is a hard habit to break…
Meryl thought things couldn’t get any worse. She’s caught her husband in bed with the neighbor. She just found out she’s broke. Then her outrageous mother, Faye, shows up.
Faye wants to be a grandmother and has money to loan so it’s hard to say no. But what Meryl doesn’t know is that Faye, a former stripper and born again Christian, plans on opening an exotic dance and women's fitness studio in Meryl’s affluent suburban community.
When Meryl’s book club gets roped into promoting the studio by dancing at a charity tea, they discover that their laced up ‘burb isn’t as proper as they think. As her husband fights to win her back, Meryl grows increasingly attracted to a handsome sheriff, recovering from his own loss. As a crisis looms, Meryl must face her demons from the past. But first she has to get through Christmas.
Funny, sad and sweet, Divine Moves reveals the forces that derail our lives and the sometimes divine intervention that keeps us on track.

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Book Review:
Well, I can honestly say I don't think I have ever quite a book quite like this, and I loved every second of it! The characters were great, lovable, and the best part very realistic for me. I feel as though I connected with them all on some level, feeling their joy and pain, the spectrum of emotions that flashed through me
corresponding to theirs. The plot was something I don't think I have ever read before, which is interesting considering this stuff probably happens somewhere everyday. The plot twists kept me up on my toes, one thing leading up to the next seamlessly without me even thinking the story could possibly head that way. I laughed, almost cried, and fell in love with this book as my companion. There's romance, rekindling of old relationships, hopeful new ones, trouble kids, sexy dancing and just an all around good time. Ellyn had done a fantastic job of melding comedy into a story of love, heartbreak, pain, and rediscovering who you are by making amends with the past to hopefully pave the way for a better kick ass tomorrow.

Favorite Quotes:

"He said: this isn't what I looks like. I mean honestly, what did he think it looked like? Charades?"

"'Don't throw anything else at your husband.'
'I can't promise you that'
His laugher came out as a snort. He should have been long gone. 'Okay, fair enough, but no witnesses.'"

"'Jesus Christ is right here in his store and he doesn't even know it. Oh I bet he'd just die if he knew.'
Jesus winked. 'Thats now how he dies.'"

"Nathalie wishes for a sink hole. Girl vanishes in parking lot, story at eleven."

"'Thats the nicest thing anyone's said to me in a hundred years.'
'Oh, come on. You don't look a day over eighty-eight.'"

"'They oughta put bars on these windows. Lock 'em up at night. I'm telling you Sammy, this place is a robbery waiting to happen.'
'Dad you're on the fifth floor. Unless Spider Man goes to the dark side, you're safe.'"

"Do you know where normal exists? On TV."

"The thing you learn as a cop is that most people aren't dangerous until they are."

"I decided to be perfect. Because if I did everything right, no one could hurt me."

"But we're all damaged goods. It's how we play the hand we're dealt that determines our worth."

"That is, Faye thought, the price of life. No one gets out alive."

"'Whatever happens, I love you all to death.'
Sandy Chen tripped in her heels. 'Good, because it might come to that.'"

"You are going to finish this dance not for you and not for me but for every girl who has ever had a man take away her shining light and make her feel less than beautiful."

All in all:
I don't think I will be able to find the appropriate words to express this book and how it made me fall in love with it and how it skyrocketed to my favorites list. I can only tell you that it's fantastic and i am HIGHLY recommending it, it's a mix of everything with a dash of like. Sweet bliss baby.

Meet Ellyn
I've been hooked on writing since 4th grade when my story of an alley cat was read in class as an example of a good scene setting. I just about fell off the chair in utter joy. I was a total goner when a film I'd written while at the American Film Institute was screened and people laughed. At the right places!
At Smith College I gave my professor a heart attack when I compared Tess of the D'Urbervilles, the book, to the movie.  
I write every day from 10-2 although while editing, it's much longer. I live in Seattle Washington with my family and my shelter dog who is my workout partner. I love to interact with readers on https://www.facebook.com/EllynOaksmith and http://ellynoaksmith.tumblr

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  1. I am so happy you loved the book. Thank you for the amazing review. You just made this writer very, very happy. -- Ellyn Oaksmith

    1. You're very welcome it was a pleasure to do so :)