Monday, January 13, 2014

Giveaway: Shari Vester's Degrees of Courage

It's that time again! Flashlight Commentary and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours are pleased to offer fans of historic fiction a chance to win a free edition of Shari Vester's Degrees of Courage!  

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The book follows the story of three generation of women from 1900 through 1970, seven decades of wars and hardship. At the turn of the century, an era of strict moral codes, Angela falls in love with a priest who abandons her and her unborn child. She overcomes rejection and misfortunes, including losing her right hand, and brings up her daughter, exuberant, stubborn Ilonka. In spite of the stigma of her illegitimate birth, the girl finds happiness in love and marriage, raising five children, among them Sarika, independent and high-spirited, much like herself. With the outbreak of WWII, however, their lives change drastically, followed by equally hard times as the country falls under Soviet-style dictatorship. When an attempt to free the country in 1956 fails and people start to flee retributions, Sarika and her brothers join the exodus to the West. With her family torn apart Ilonka never recovers her strength.

Years of fear and political pressures hasten her descend into depression, and when she loses her husband too, she finally gives up. Alone and completely on her own, Sarika finds her way to America, and begins a new life full of opportunities and most importantly, free of fear.

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About the Author: As a young woman, author Shari Vester fled her native Hungary in 1956 after the defeat of a patriotic uprising against the country’s Soviet-dictated regime. She was granted asylum in the United States to begin a new life. After a year living in New York she moved to Los Angeles, married, and worked as an insurance account manager. Recently retired, she and her husband relocated in the Palm Spring area, where she finally found time to write. Her debut novel, Degrees of Courage, is a historical fiction drawn on her family history. It paints a sharp contrast between life as we know it in America, versus a time and place where today’s “Let it be” mentality was simply impossible.

For more information please visit Shari’s website. You can also follow her on Twitter.

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"In an uncertain time, war and death, this book shows us what goes on to the families that are affected."
Dealsharingaunt, Amazon

"A richly detailed book that is a fine example of historical fiction."
- Mystery Reviewer, Amazon

"Degrees of Courage will capture your heartfelt feelings of family, love, sorrow and strife."
 - J. Byers, Amazon

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Still Not Sure? See what readers are saying about Shari Vester's Degrees of Courage

Monday, January 13
Review at Bloggin’ ’bout Books
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Tuesday, January 14
Interview & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, January 15
Guest Post & Giveaway at HF Connection
Thursday, January 16
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Friday, January 17
Review at Closed the Cover
Monday, January 20
Guest Post & Giveaway at Bibliophilic Book Blog
Tuesday, January 21
Review at Just One More Chapter
Wednesday, January 22
Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace
Thursday, January 23
Review at From L.A. to LA
Friday, January 24
Review at Silver’s Reviews
Review at Books in the Burbs

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In accordance with the promotional guidelines set forth by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, this giveaway is limited to US residents only.

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1 comment:

Stephanie Hopkins said...

I love book tours and this book looks so good! I enjoy reading about this time period and I admire the focus on women during world war II.