Giveaway: STELLA BAIN by Anita Shreve

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
It has been a week since I last posted, and I don’t even have a review to post today. For some reason, my reading has stalled. I have been busy, with the holidays and a job search and my daughters in the Nutcracker, and haven’t had much time to read. I’ve also been working on the Facebook page for Bloggers Recommend, which is taking up some of my book-related time. (If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the Bloggers Recommend newsletter and follow the Facebook page. Lots of great book recommendations there from great bloggers.)

I have also had trouble getting into my next read. I picked up Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland a few months ago, read about 20 pages, and put it down. I have done the same with Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs, which hasn’t grabbed me either. I am listening to Caroline Leavitt’s Is This Tomorrow on audio, and have found myself picking up the paperback and reading that instead of a different book. I need a pageturner to help me keep reading front and center during this very distracting time of year. Any suggestions?

One I might bump up the TBR list is Stella Bain by Anita Shreve, an author I’ve long enjoyed. I was recently offered a review copy of Stella Bain, her latest novel. Her publicist describes it as “a spare and elegant historical novel set during World War I. When Stella, a nurse’s aid working near the front, is wounded on a French battlefield, a British surgeon takes her in. It is an epic story about love and the meaning of memory, set against the haunting backdrop of a war that destroyed an entire generation.” I’ve enjoyed Shreve’s contemporary fiction, and was intrigued by the historical setting. I am looking forward to reading it.

I was also offered a copy of Stella Bain to give away to an EDIWTB reader. If you’re interested in winning a copy, leave me a comment below and I will pick a name at random next Sunday, December 21. Good luck!


  • December 16, 2013 - 12:09 am | Permalink

    I love Anita Shreve–this would be a great addition to my library.

  • rissa
    December 16, 2013 - 7:23 am | Permalink


    Just finished The Lowlands and it is very readable and enjoyable. Give it a few more pages and I would be surprised if you are not caught up in it. Also read The Woman Upstairs and enjoyed it as well.


  • December 16, 2013 - 8:05 am | Permalink

    I like to read about World War I. It’s strange how much you can learn in a novel. I also like the backdrop of a love story.

  • anne
    December 16, 2013 - 10:25 am | Permalink

    This novel sounds captivating and special. Thanks for this feature and giveaway.

  • December 16, 2013 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    I’d love to be entered in your giveaway! Thanks!

  • Lisa Ridgley
    December 16, 2013 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    I’m with you, this time of year is hard for reading…life gets in the way! I’d love to win.

  • ellie
    December 16, 2013 - 11:13 am | Permalink

    The era and the storyline interests me greatly. I would enjoy this book. Thanks.

  • pearl
    December 16, 2013 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    thanks for this chance. Wonderful book.

  • December 16, 2013 - 11:33 am | Permalink

    Good Fortune to you.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Hopefully you will phone me when my name is drawn.
    Email is fine, but as I write by hand, double spaced on paper,
    I hear the phone first.
    In any case, I pray that your generostiy will double back to you.

    Blessings of Advent

  • Jocelyn H
    December 16, 2013 - 11:41 am | Permalink

    I’ve found the same thing lately of having a hard time getting into the last several books I’ve read. I’ve kept reading but haven’t been very drawn into these recent reads. This time of year can be distracting, I suppose.
    Anita Shreve’s latest book sounds very interesting. Would live to read it! Happy Holidays.

  • December 16, 2013 - 11:42 am | Permalink

    This sounds intriguing… I’ve put it on my to-read list, and would love to win a copy.

  • Amy
    December 16, 2013 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve recently discovered Joyce Maynard and I haven’t gone wrong with her yet.

    • gayle
      December 16, 2013 - 8:03 pm | Permalink

      I was thinking of reading THE GOOD DAUGHTERS – it’s next to my bed. I loved LABOR DAY. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Sharon Belcher
    December 16, 2013 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I truly love Anita Shreve’s writing. The characters always come to life and are relatable. I’d love to win this book as I do not own it yet! Thank you!

  • rica
    December 16, 2013 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Would love a copy!


  • Susan
    December 16, 2013 - 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!

  • December 16, 2013 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I think its the time of year when everyone is getting busier and busier. I can totally understand putting down books that don’t immediately grab you.

    Stella Bain is on my must read list…I love Anita Shreve. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy

  • Kelly
    December 16, 2013 - 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Anita Shreve is my absolute favorite author. Been wanting the book (so bad!) but no extra money buying all these Christmas gifts right now! 🙂

  • Vivian Sauter
    December 16, 2013 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Anita Shreve is one of my favorite authors. I am an avid and frequent book-reader, and always pass my books along to others/organizations/groups so that they may enjoy them, too. However, with Anita’s books – I do not pass them; I keep them. Stella Bain was a beautifully written story. Anita did not disappoint! I would love to have another copy to pass along…

  • December 16, 2013 - 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Anita Shreve is one of my favorites! Would be great to win! 🙂

  • Lou Bonner
    December 16, 2013 - 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I have read all of Anita Shreves books, I am not a ‘reader’, but her books have got me into reading and I love all of them, some more than others!! But I can’t wait to read this new one!!

  • Suzy
    December 16, 2013 - 10:13 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win this.

  • DianneB
    December 17, 2013 - 6:42 am | Permalink

    Love to read and Anita Shreve is a favorite. Would love to add this to my library!

  • Miriam Boots
    December 17, 2013 - 1:11 pm | Permalink

    In would love to read this. I have enjoyed so many of her books. Keep trying books until you find the one you should read- sometimes it is timing.
    Be gentle with yourself this time of year. It is ALL good.

  • December 18, 2013 - 7:20 am | Permalink

    It’s definitely hard to keep up your reading pace during the time of year.

    I love Anita Shreve and am excited about this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sarah
    December 18, 2013 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    Hi Gayle. Please add me to the lottery!

  • December 18, 2013 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

    A few months ago, I experienced a similar problem with reading…I just couldn’t find a book I really connected with and wanted to read at that moment, despite having many books I was looking forward to reading. It’s weird how that happens. At least we know it passes. So, no worries, you’ll soon be back reading with gusto!

    It’s been a long time since I red a book by Anita Shreve. I don’t now why since I’ve always enjoyed her books and, although I’ve read many, there are still many I haven’t read. Stella Bain sounds compelling and very good. I hope you enjoy it.

    Please enter me in your giveaway for this book. I’d be so excited to win it.

    Thank you, Gayle

  • Wendy
    December 20, 2013 - 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for a chance to win this book!

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  • January 21, 2014 - 12:16 am | Permalink

    I love Ms. Shreve’s books… but it’s been a while since I’ve read one. I have two small kids, and currently don’t read much more than children’s books and my mail, lol. I would LOVE to read her latest. Thank you!

    • gayle
      January 21, 2014 - 10:03 am | Permalink

      So sorry – the giveaway deadline has passed!

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