Monday, October 22, 2018

The Amendment, TLC Book Tours + Giveaway

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Synopsis:  When Lavinia Starkhurst's husband is killed in a freak accident, she takes to the open road and meets a number of strangers, all with struggles of their own. Through these unexpected and occasionally hilarious encounters, Lavinia reflects on her past deeds, both good and bad, explores her two marriages, her roles as caregiver and wife, hoping all the while for self-acceptance and something to give her new life meaning.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  I really wasn't sure where the story was going to go with The Amendment.  After reading the first chapter, I thought it was going to be focused on a women losing her husband suddenly and marrying his best friend.  Boy was I wrong and pleasantly so!  The Amendment is about Lavinia losing her husband suddenly (got that part right), but I somehow missed in the synopsis the unexpected and hilarious cast of characters she stumbles upon during a trip cross country. I honestly can see myself running into such people.  I am not sure I would have been as trusting as Lavinia!  As she encounters these "unusual" people during her trip, they allow her to reflect on her past life and the roles she played.  By the end, she finds the new meaning of her life without her second husband.  

I really did enjoy being on the journey cross country with Lavinia and all reflection of her past.  I do think she was a bit naive and too trusting in today's world, but that made me like her even more.  I didn't realize that there is another book with Lavinia as the main character.  It is Women Within, and I must read it.  Lavinia is hoot (with a history) and I would like to read more about her! 

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Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I have read Our Love Could Light the World a long time ago! I really enjoyed it!  I would like to read the first book about Lavinia, Women Within. OMG - I just realized the Lavinia married a Dugan, the family from Our Love Could Light the World....holy cow, I for sure need to read Women Within!  What else have I missed?

Parrrish is the author of five previously published books of fiction: Women Within, a novel (Black Rose Writing, 2017); By The Wayside, stories (Unsolicited Press, 2017); What Is Found, What Is Lost, a novel (She Writes Press, 2014); Our Love Could Light The World, stories (She Writes Press, 2013); and All The Roads That Lead From Home, stories, (Press 53, 2011). She is the author of over forty-five published short stories, and numerous essays on the art and craft of writing. Learn more by visiting her website at

Parrish's fourth novel, and seventh book of fiction, Maggie's Ruse, will be available in the fall of 2019. It is a prequel to The Amendment, focusing on Lavinia's twin daughters, Marta and Maggie Dugan. Adeptly probing the angst and uncertainly of artistically inclined millennials, Maggie's Ruse also explores the psychic connection between identical twins and shows both how deep and fragile that bond can be.

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