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“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

International Giveaway & Review... The Sari Shop Widow by Shobhan Bantwal

A rare and insightful glimpse into the vibrant world of Indian-American fashions and immigrant culture. A young businesswoman rediscovers the magic of love, family, and tradition as she fights to save her failing sari boutique in New Jersey…

Congrats to Amanda who won the signed copy of The Sari Shop Widow! And Thank you to EVERYONE for joining in on the fun!

Since becoming a widow at age twenty-seven, Anjali Kapadia has devoted herself to transforming her parents' sari shop into a chic boutique, brimming with exquisite jewelry and clothing. Now, ten years later, it stands out like a proud maharani amid Edison’s bustling Little India. But when Anjali learns the shop is on the brink of bankruptcy, she feels her world unraveling…

To the rescue comes Anjali’s wealthy, dictatorial Uncle Jeevan and his business partner, Rishi Shah—a mysterious Londoner, complete with British accent, cool gray eyes, and skin so fair it makes it hard to believe he’s Indian. Rishi’s cool, foreign demeanor triggers distrust in Anjali and her mother. But for Anjali, he also stirs something else, a powerful attraction she hasn’t felt in a decade. And the feeling is mutual…

Love disappointed Anjali once before and she’s vowed to live without it—though Rishi is slowly melting her resolve and, as the shop regains its footing, gaining her trust. But when a secret from Rishi’s past is revealed, Anjali must turn to her family and her strong cultural upbringing to guide her in finding the truth…

"In my books, I try to weave social themes into stories of romance, intrigue, drama, and high emotion. My aim is to educate, inform, and entertain readers who may not ordinarily have an opportunity to learn about women's issues in India and other similar cultures." ...And in the Sari Shop Widow Shobhan Bantwal certainly does that! Shobhan's writing flows easily across the page as we enter the world of India. With the wonderful descriptions of Indian food and beautiful fabrics, we are taken into the sari shop of 27 year old widow Anjali Kapadia and can almost touch everything around us, but we are there to see how life can take some heartbreaking turns, and how the resolve of this one woman can overcome quite a lot while still holding on to the traditions of her upbringing.

Wonderful writing, characters that almost walk off the page and a great story, make The Sari Shop Widow a must read. And a great book club pick too! Here is a link to some great discussion questions. Would you like to read an excerpt? Here is a link to the first chapter. And if you missed Shobhan Bantwal's guest post earlier this month on Chick with Books, Here is the link to her insightful post on starting her writing career after age 50!

Would you like a chance to win an autographed copy of The Sari Shop Widow? And enter the world of Anjali Kapadia? Thanks to Jaime of Pump up Your Book, who is promoting Shobhan Bantwal's Book Tour this month, I have a extra copy of The Sari Shop Widow, signed by the author to give away!

To Enter This Giveaway...

*For one entry leave me a comment with your email address!

*Get an extra entry for following my blog! Just leave a comment letting me know you're a follower! ( Not a follower yet? No problem, sign up by clicking on the 'followers" button! Just let me know you became a new follower!)

*Blog or tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link.

This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents and Internationally! If I can mail a book to you thru the U.S. Postal Service you are eligible to enter! Contest ends 11:59pm EST on Nov. 14th. I will randomly pick the winner the next day and email him or her! (please check your email.. winner must reply to me within 3 days! Thanks!) Good Luck!

And Thanks Jaime for the review copy of The Sari Shop Widow! It was a wonderful read!

P.S. This Book is Kindle Ready!

91 comments:

Marjorie said...

What a super giveaway, please count me in.

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mel u said...

Hi -please enter me in this giveaway contest-thank


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Marjorie said...

I am also a google reader follower.

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Kay said...

Please count me in too :)

I'm a follower (a new one but I have been a RSS subscriber for quite a while now).

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Tea said...

I would love to read The Sari Shop.

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Tea said...

I have blogged about The Sari Shop Widow giveaway on my blog linked to here.

http://readwithtea.blogspot.com/2009/10/sari-shop-widow-by-sobhan-bantwal.html

Renee said...

i'd like to be entered.

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Renee said...

I'm a follower

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KiraR said...

I would like to enter.

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KiraR said...

I'm a follower.

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ccqdesigns said...

I would love to read this book. It has been on my wish list for a while.

ccqdesigns said...

http://twitter.com/ccqdesigns/status/5199034282
Here's a tweet.

ccqdesigns said...

I am a long time subscriber in google reader.

mariag said...

Love the author. Great story-teller.
Please enter me to win.

mariag said...

I follow on Google Reader

Kaye said...

ooh, I just love the cover on this one and the synopsis sounds great. Please enter me in the contest.

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Kaye said...

I am a google friend connect follower

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Ooh, please enter me!
+1 I'm a follower.
+1 I tweeted: http://twitter.com/bookmonstrosity/status/5202374116

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Kristen said...

Great giveaway. Please enter me. And I follow through Google Reader.

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Jonita said...

Thanks a ton for hosting this giveaway! I've wanted to read this book since I first started hearing about it, and what's better than an autographed copy?? Please enter me into your giveaway!

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Jonita said...

I'm currently a Google Follower!

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rubynreba said...

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I follow.
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bashtree said...

Oh this book sounds great!

bashtree said...

I follow via google reader.

Jonita said...

I've added your contest to my sidebar at http://book-chic.blogspot.com!

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kalynnick said...

Please enter me in. Thanks:)

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Heidi V said...

I been waiting for this one since your review!

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Amanda said...

I would love to win this book!
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Amanda said...

I follow your blog.
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Amanda said...

I retweeted this giveaway @amandawk.
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Louise said...

Yeah, always great with an international giveaway:

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And I'm already a follower :-)

Louise said...

And I also tweeted this post louise_al

etirv said...

I would like to be entered!

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etirv said...

Already follow!

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Pam said...

I've been wanting to read this. I've read previous books by her and loved them.

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Carol said...

This sounds interesting. Please enter me in the giveaway.

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Carol said...

I follow on Google Reader.

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Shobhan Bantwal said...

Thanks for the great review, Suzanne, and for hosting me on such a wonderful and popular blog. Keep up the good work and keep on blogging!

Good luck to the winner of my book.

Shobhan Bantwal
Author of THE SARI SHOP WIDOW
www.shobhanbantwal.com

Indigo said...

I've been enchanted with this book since I've heard about it. Please include me in this drawing. Thanks! Indigo

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Indigo said...

I'm also a follower. Thanks! Indigo

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austenfan said...

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austenfan said...

I'm a follower. :)

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I tweeted this:

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Anonymous said...

have read many good reviewsl...please enter me in this giveaway...thanks.

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gaby317 said...

Nice review! This sounds like something I'd enjoy. Please count me in.

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+ I follow

Sandra K321 said...

I think I would enjoy this one. I have seen several reviews of it, all positive.
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I follow your blog.
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Dar said...

I'd love to enter for this book and I'm already a follower!

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Sarah said...

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DarcyO said...

I'd love to read this one. Please include me.

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Alessandra said...

Please enter me, too! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Alessandra said...

Now following your blog :)

Alessandra said...

I tweeted about your giveaway here: http://twitter.com/alessandra83/status/5312240177

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Milka said...

Oh, I almost forgot, I am a follower!

J.T. Oldfield said...

Please enter me!

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I'm a follower w/ Google Reader

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kohsamui14 said...

At first I thought it would be an actual sari... but I now realise its a book... cant wait to read it
following you and here is my tweet
http://twitter.com/kohsamui14/status/5361276696
@kohsamui14

buddyt said...

I have joined as a Follower with Google.

Please enter me in the giveaway.
Thank you.

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okbolover said...

what a great giveaway! thanks!

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Sharon said...

Thanks for having a giveaway of such an interesting sounding book! Pleae throw my name in the hat.

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I am a follower!

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JoanneR said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this great sounding book!

Anonymous said...

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Aik said...

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I'm a follower.

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Edu Chico said...

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Maria D said...

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Caty said...

Oh, I'm not very lucky, but I will try!
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Susy said...

Oh, great giveaway!
:O
And international, non the less!
Thank you!
:)

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Mil said...

Greetings from POrtugal and than you for this opportunity!
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CherylS22 said...

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I already follow
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