Book Give-Away – The Year of Fog, by Michelle Richmond

Comments for give-away close on November 20, 2008

I just finished reading this fantastic novel (read my review) … I started it on a Saturday afternoon and finished it on Sunday. This is one I can highly recommend – but, don’t just take my word for it:

Wonderful…Fascinating. With a light touch, Richmond sketches even the minor characters in telling details…It’s all done delicately, in almost poetic terms. -San Francisco Chronicle Book Review-

[A} spare page-turner…The sure-handed denouement reflects the focus and restraint that Richmond brings to bear throughout. -Publishers Weekly-

And from the on-line book reviewers:

Book review by Katrina Stonoff on The Piker Press

Book review, by Kristin Hannah

Book review, by You’re History!

I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Richmond at the San Jose Book Group Expo. She is the author of a previous novel Dream of the Blue Room, as well as the short story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. Her latest novel, No One You Know, was released this summer. To learn more about Michelle and her work, visit the author’s website.

Interview with Michelle Richmond – Beach Noir


Would you like to win an autographed, trade paperback of The Year of Fog?

Just leave a comment on this post telling me why you’d like to read this book. I will choose a winner at 5:00pm PCT on November 20th.

Sorry, this one is only open to US and Canada mailing addresses this time.

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    • Sandra on November 10, 2008 at 10:27

    I would love to read this. I’ve just read your review and what you said from a search and rescue perspective was very enlightening. “…the sense of urgency, the conviction that the lost person must be just around the next corner, the fear that giving up the search might be the biggest mistake you’ve ever made.” After reading your review I believe I would read the story with more insight. Please enter me, thank you.

    • Michele on November 10, 2008 at 10:43

    Oh my goodness…I’m so glad you’re doing this! It’s simple: I’d like to read this book based on your review!

  1. Your review already had me placing this on my good reads tbr list! LOL I guess what I would most love about this book is the change of heart Abby has about being a mother and how she falls in love with Jake and his daughter. Additionally, I love those books that capture the immediate moments after tragedy…like in Shreve’s Pilot’s Wife… from your review: “As the days turn into weeks and then months, many reach the conclusion that Emma has drowned – including her father – and all that is left is Abby’s certainty, her mother’s instinct, that Emma is still alive.”

    • Melanie on November 10, 2008 at 11:05

    I’d love to read it. You’re review made it sound haunting.

    • Karen on November 10, 2008 at 11:46

    I’d like to read this book because of your review. I tend to have the same taste in reading as you. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Jeff O'Brien on November 10, 2008 at 12:02

    I read your review and immediately wanted to read the book. As a parent, the book deals with every parent’s nightmare: losing a child. I still remember when my parents “lost” my little brother in Golden Gate Park for half an hour. I was only 10 but I’ve never forgotten the frantic search.

    I grew up in San Francisco and love to read books set there. Walking along Ocean Beach in the fog used to be a favorite thing to do.

    Thank you for the excellent review. I’ll have to read the book whether I win it or not.

    • raych on November 10, 2008 at 12:22

    I keep hearing fabulous things about this book, but not in the sudden-barrage way that makes me suspicious. I feel like it’s stood the test of time, and now I’d like to win it, please.

    • Lisa on November 10, 2008 at 12:36

    I would love to read this book because like Abby, I’m not a mother, but I love my boyfriend’s children (9 yr old twins) as if they were my own and couldn’t imagine if anything like this ever happened. Just because you don’t give birth to a child doesn’t mean you’re not a mom at heart. Thanks for entering me!

  2. I read “Girl in the Fall Away Dress” a few years back. Now I am more excited to get this book.

    Hope I can win it, but if not I don’t fear putting out the bucks on a bad read….you have impecalbe taste, Wendy.


    • Alyce on November 10, 2008 at 13:04

    This book sounds like it would be a very emtional read, and I would like to read it! I’d also like to pass it along to my mother-in-law when I’m done because it sounds like a book that she would love too.
    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

    • Linda Sheehan on November 10, 2008 at 13:27

    I’m always up for a new book and you’re recommendations are always good. Thanks. Linda

  3. Count me in for the contest! I’d like to read it because you rated it so highly and gave it a good review and I trust that what you like, I will like!

    Thanks Wendy.

    • Dawn on November 10, 2008 at 13:56

    I’d love to win *Year of Fog*. I just added *No One You Know* to my stack to be reviewed in the next few weeks, and it’s always good to read more than one book by an author, to get a more complete feel for their writing.

  4. Based on your review, this sounds like a fantastic read. Just from the little snippets of the book you provided in your review, this sounds like a book I would enjoy. I agree with Jeff, I’m going to have to read the book whether I win it or not!

    • Jill on November 10, 2008 at 14:54

    I would like this book because any book you rate five stars is destined to be a five-star book for me too! =)


  5. I want to read this book because it sounds sort of like My Soul to Keep by Melanie Wells and I really liked that book. I don’t know why I’m attracted to stories about child abduction but I am. Thanks for offering up a copy for a giveaway!

  6. I would love to be entered into this contest. I would love to read this book as I always seem to be obsessed with missing children cases. I am not sure why, other than the fact that I love kids so much an they are such a vulnerable group. I don’t have any children yet, and am already terrified of things like this. Your review was terrific and has definitely grabbed my attention.

  7. Yes!! I’ve heard great things about this book! Add me to the list for the drawing, please. 🙂

  8. I read “Dream of the Blue Room” several years ago and was impressed by the “largeness” of that little novel. Redmond can write, and I’d like to enjoy her again.

    Please enter me!

    • Memory on November 10, 2008 at 16:40

    Please count me in; I’d love to read this. The simple answer is that your review peaked my interest, but I also find myself yearning for a more intense, emotional read. It’s been a long, long time since I stumbled across one, and this book sounds like it would fit the bill.

    — Memory

    • Shonda on November 10, 2008 at 17:11

    Hi Wendy! Thanks for hosting this contest.
    I discovered The Year of Fog at Borders and immediately added it to my TBR list. I would like to read it because of its rave reviews and the plot sounds intense. Honestly, Wendy, I’m looking for just a really good read; a book that I can’t put down and find myself reading it in one sitting. I think this book fits that description.

    • Kim on November 10, 2008 at 17:53

    I would love to read this book! I have seen this book around for a while and always thought it sounded good–your review has pretty much confirmed my thoughts! Not only that, but it would satisfy a “Y” book for the A to Z book challenge I am starting in January!! ;0

    • Sheri on November 10, 2008 at 19:50

    I’d love to read this book based on your amazing review, as well as the beautiful excerpts you chose to include. It sounds incredibly well-written and I’m sure would make a great addition to anyone’s library.


  9. I have loved many books you’ve recommended, so if you say it’s good, that’s good enough for me. 🙂 Please enter my name in the hat.

    • Lindy on November 10, 2008 at 20:20

    Loved yoru review. I am nt a mom except to my himalayan Meany. She is my baby. This sounds like a great book.

    • Anna on November 10, 2008 at 22:03

    Count me in! I’d love to read this book because as a mom, I know that I’d never be able to live without my daughter. I’m curious how the whole thing plays out, what really happened to the girl, etc.

    • Teddy on November 10, 2008 at 23:55

    I would love to win this book because your review makes it sound wonderful! Also, you and I almost always agree on books, so if you liked it, I am sure to.

    I posted you giveaway on my blog here:

    • lenore on November 11, 2008 at 00:58

    I want to read this because No One You Know was one of the best books I’ve read this year and I’ve totally been meaning to pick up The Year of Fog – Michelle Richmond is one to watch!

    • Faith on November 11, 2008 at 06:27

    Your review really made me want to read this. It looks like quite an emotional tear jerker and I could use a good book to lose myself in.

    • Lindymc on November 11, 2008 at 07:02

    This sounds like a gripping, emotional story. I’d love to read it.

    • Sara M on November 11, 2008 at 10:08

    I’d like to read this book because I’ve heard many wonderful things about it, and it’s reviewing well as you’ve pointed out. Please enter me! Thanks.
    Sararush at hotmail dot com

    • amandasue on November 11, 2008 at 10:18

    This sounds like a really good book and I enjoyed reading your review on it. It sounds so intrigueing to read because I feel the pain that Abby is experiencing when Emma disappears, and its an extremely scary feeling. And now I’m curious to find out what happens. Thanks for entering me.

    • Mandy Clatterbaugh on November 11, 2008 at 10:28

    I’d like to read this book because after reading your review, it made wonder about how Abby feels when she loses Emma and I would like to know what happens and if Abby ever finds Emma.

  10. I’d like to read this book based on your review, and reviews of several other bloggers. It sounds like such an emotional story!

    • Janel on November 11, 2008 at 14:36

    I can’t imagine something like this happening. It would be devastating. I’m interested in seeing how this book plays out and is concluded. Thank you for doing the giveaway.

    • Gina in the SF Bay Area on November 11, 2008 at 15:30

    This is definitely a mother’s worst nightmare. I’ve been to Ocean Beach many times and can easily imagine the lure of the many momentary distractions. I’ve even had the experience of losing my son, albeit for only a few minutes – the longest few minutes of my life. I can’t begin to tell you the millions of thoughts that raced through my mind in just that short period. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

    • Becca on November 11, 2008 at 16:49

    Please enter me. I would like to read this book because I like the idea of the way it seems to explore the nature of memory and the excerpts in your review have me convince I will enjoy reading it.

  11. I’d love to read this book because it sounds so moving. It sounds like it would be a really deep novel because of the subject matter. I’d also like to find out what happens to the family as a result. It’s one of the most devastating things that can happen. : (

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Darby Lohrding on November 11, 2008 at 20:23

    Oh this sounds fantastic! I would like to read this book because it sounds like a study on human emotions both self denial and self doubt.
    Thank you for this giveaway!
    I’m adding it to be tbr…..
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  12. I’d love to read this book because it sounds very interesting, and what a beautiful cover!

    • Gwendolyn B. on November 12, 2008 at 09:52

    I’ve been hesitant to read this book, but you wrote such a wonderful and compelling review, that now I feel as though I will be missing out on a great and rewarding reading experience if I let this one slip past. Please enter me in the giveaway, and thank you for the chance.

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

    • Wanda on November 13, 2008 at 08:29

    Living in coastal Nova Scotia, my summer often feels like a year of fog. The title grabbed me! To be honest, this is the first I’ve heard of this book but your review and selection of quotes have me wanting to read it. Please add my name.


    • Ti on November 14, 2008 at 14:26

    I first saw this book at Target. I added it to my TBR list because it sounded so good. The topic of missing children is a tough one for me, but even with a fictional account, as a Mom I always feel as if I can learn something about how to better protect my child, etc.

    Please enter me!

    thereedfamily at sbcglbal dot net

    • Kristi on November 15, 2008 at 23:29

    This sounds like a wonderful book – as a mom raising 3 kids with a wonderful man, who is a stepdad to two of those kids, I love that even though she was not the biological mother – her mother’s instinct new that Emma was still out there. I think it can be the same with a father, whether biological or not, the love is absolutely the same. Please enter me in the drawing for this book.


    • Kaye on November 16, 2008 at 10:15

    This sounds like one of those fabulous books that is scary to think this could happen but you still want to read it. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks

    • Wrighty on November 16, 2008 at 11:55

    This book sounds so good! I was already interested but when you gave it such a good recommendation that really made me want to read this. I’m always a sucker for these emotional family stories even when they break my heart. It’s so interesting to find out how families try to merge and the obstacles they must overcome. I also admired the cover here. Thank you for your great contest.

    • Elaine R on November 16, 2008 at 17:36

    This sounds like such a touching,emotional story and one I’d like to read.

  13. I am a photographer and a newlywed. I chanced upon your blog through searching for meanings through photographs. Now I am hooked reading your blog. I would love to get the chance to win a copy of the book. I am very much interested to know how the main character in the book used photography in her journey. Maybe, I will find the meaning in what I am looking for as well. Thank you so much!

    – Joyce

    • ann on November 17, 2008 at 13:39

    I want to read this book because
    would impress my North Dakota
    family and friends, winning

    • Vicky on November 18, 2008 at 20:26

    For once in my life, I would like to read a fiction book and enjoy it.

    thanks, Vicky

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