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The Way to Remember by Martha Reynolds - Book Tour + Giveaway



 

Join us for this tour from Oct 26 to Nov 13, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Way to Remember by Martha Reynolds
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  341 pages
GenreWomen's fiction, general fiction
PublisherIndependent
Release date:   June, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. There are a few swear words, and sex is more suggested than explicit, but there are one or two moments that are provocative.
 

Book Description:

Set in New England at the time of the American Bicentennial, The Way to Remember is the poignant story of a displaced young woman struggling to figure out who she is within the context of her hometown and the carefully masked dysfunction of her family. "Everything can be fixed by writing a check." Words to live by for Robin Fortune's wealthy father, until he can't buy her way back into college after she's expelled for dealing pot. Now he chooses not to speak to her anymore, but that's just one of the out-of-whack situations Robin's facing. At nineteen, she feels rudderless, working in a diner by day and sleeping with a buddy from high school by night - all so strange for her because she was always the one with the plan. While her college friends plotted how to ensnare husbands, she plotted a novel, which she scratched out into a series of spiral-bound notebooks she hides in the closet. But now, there's nothing. No vision, no future, no point. In fact, the only thing she feels she has to look forward to is that her favorite author, Maryana Capture, is paying a visit to the local Thousand Words bookstore. Robin surmises that if she can convince Maryana to help her get her novel published, she'll finally get herself back on track. Except that life never takes a straight path in this intensely satisfying coming-of-age novel.

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Guest Post

Everyone Has a Main Street

 Most of us can remember a Main Street in our hometown, but if you’re old like me (ha!), it might have played a bigger part, before the malls took over.

I spent a lot of time as a teenager on Main Street. In fact, I could probably list most of the shops that lined the street back then – there was a grocery store (Almac’s) that used only paper bags and had teenage boys who would carry those bags for you, out to your car. Next to Almac’s was an ice cream and sandwich shop, the Newport Creamery. My first memory of The Newport Creamery is being there with my grandmother and eating a cheeseburger on grilled bread. Next to the Newport Creamery was Thorpe’s Pharmacy, and at the end of the row was Woolworth’s, a kid’s dream store, where even a couple of bucks was enough for hair ties or records or an inflatable beach toy.

Now I live just a couple of towns over from that Main Street, so I’ve been back numerous times. It’s changed, of course – everything changes, especially in 40-odd years. The Almac’s is now a Korean restaurant, the Woolworth’s is a CVS. The little movie theatre is a bank, and the post office moved down the road a couple of miles.

But the pizza place is still there, and so is the Chinese restaurant. The pizza place is featured in my novel The Way to Remember, because my memories of Main Street in 1976 are still pretty clear. I can still travel back in my mind to a place of innocence and possibilities, and I can still sit in a booth and order a small pepperoni pizza.

Writing about the past can be a challenge, and I did a lot of research in the local library, perusing magazines and newspaper clippings to refresh my memory. But setting a novel in the summer of 1976 was not only fun, it was a gentle look back at what, for me at least, was a much simpler time.

 Martha Reynolds

MEET THE AUTHOR:

Martha Reynolds was raised in Rhode Island, spent a year of college in Switzerland, and is always planning a return visit. She completed an accomplished career as a fraud investigator and decided it was time to do something she really liked.

She now writes full-time and has set a personal goal of releasing a book a year until she dies. Her writing has appeared in Magnificat magazine and her very short poem was read by journalist Connie Schultz during NPR's Tell Me More poetry challenge.

Her novel VILLA DEL SOL won the 2018 Book Award in Literary Fiction by the Independent Publishers of New England.

Connect with the author:   Website  ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Oct 26 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Oct 27 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 27 – meandmybooks – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 28 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 29 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 29 - Instagram - All Booked Up Reviews – book review
Oct 30 - Books Lattes & Tiaras - book review
Nov 2 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 5 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 5 - Books for Books – book spotlight
Nov 6 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review / giveaway
Nov 9 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 10 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Nov 10 - Sadie's Spotlight - book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 11 – Rajiv's Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 12 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Nov 13 - Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Nov 13 - Lisa-Queen of Random - book review / giveaway

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting me today! I had fun writing this guest post, and I hope that anyone who reads THE WAY TO REMEMBER will enjoy a book set in the summer of 1976.

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