Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Spotlight/Guest Blog/Giveaway: The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

About the Book

Genre: Historical Fiction, Suspense, Mystery
Publisher: Touchstone
Release Date: February 6, 2018

Synopsis from Goodreads...

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller comes a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truths.

In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever.

When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side.

Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

Through Silja’s flashbacks, Angie’s discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby’s strategic dissection of her parents’ state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.

Cynthia Swanson’s Book Club Picks

- By Cynthia Swanson

Authors are often asked what they like to read. Here are a few books that generated great discussions in my own book club – and others that I simply found thought-provoking.


·  The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. The author claims to write “mysteries with a literary edge” – and I'd say that’s an accurate description of this page-turner.

·  The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain. Part family saga, party mystery. Riley must determine what happened to the sister she’s long believed dead.

·  The Scribe of Siena by Melodia Winawer. Historical/fantasy fiction featuring a resourceful heroine and her charming love interest.

·  The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor. A “what if?” story about a fictitious neighbor of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.

·  Bottomland by Michelle Hoover. Mystery, family, and culture collide in post-World War I American heartland.

· Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
 by Ruth Reichl. A bohemian memoir (complete with recipes) set in 1950s/60s Greenwich Village.

·  Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond by Jane Maas. An entertaining look at life as an adwoman in New York City.

·  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. The classic, bone-chilling tale (based on true events) of murder in the Midwest.

I hope these picks provide inspiration for your book club! For more of my favorites, follow me on Goodreads.

Cynthia Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller: A Novel, which is soon to be a movie starring Julia Roberts. Her second novel, a literary thriller titled The Glass Forest, releases on February 6, 2018. Cynthia lives in Denver, CO with her family. Find her at


Now is your chance to win a hardcover copy of The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson.  Thanks to the author, I have one copy to giveaway to one lucky winner.

Just a few simple rules...

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The giveaway begins on February 21st (midnight est) and ends on February 28th (midnight est).

The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. I will announce the winner here on my blog.

Good luck!

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  1. Thank-you for sharing your list of books with us. I always enjoy seeing what authors enjoy reading. Great list!

  2. Awesome! I love a good mystery! Following on twitter/bloglovin and im am sure more. Have a great day!

  3. Thank you for the opportunity.

    ~Sarah Lieurance

  4. Awesome, who doesn't love a good mystery? Thanks for the chance to win, good luck to all!

  5. Thanks for this intriguing feature and giveaway.

  6. Love reading recommendations.Your book has been getting rave reviews.

  7. I have been hearing good things about this book. And thanks for the recommendations.

  8. Replies
    1. Thank you, Rita! Good luck and I hope you like The Glass Forest!

  9. Thank you for the chance to win this great sounding book

  10. Book sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing the books you read.
    Carol Smith

  11. I really enjoyed the synopsis of the book. Sounds like a great read. Adding to my TBR list.

  12. Looking forward to reading The Glass Forest. Thank you

  13. This sounds like an amazing book. I haven't read much fiction set in the 1960s. Thanks for the book list. I'll have to check them out. I have started reading "In Cold Blood" though.

    Yvonne, thanks for inviting me to this giveaway. Hope you're doing well. We miss you at Cat Thursday. Hope the kitties are well too. <3

  14. Enjoyed the book description.

  15. This sounds like a fantastic thriller that I will enjoy reading. I really love this type of book!!

  16. Thanks for sharing your list of favorite books - I really enjoyed The Silent Sister.

  17. I would love to win your awesome book! Thank you for this giveaway!

  18. Thanks for the chance to win this book. Looking forward to reading it.

  19. Thanks for sharing your list and for the chance at winning this book. This is one that I really want to read. Fingers crossed!


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