Wednesday, March 2, 2011

'The Bird House' by Kelly Simmons (TLC Tour Book) + Autographed Copy Giveaway

Synopsis: This is a story of one woman's inexorable slide into dementia and her growing bond with her granddaughter. Together, they uncover family secrets of both the past and the present that have the power to either destroy---or heal.
 "Beneath the surface of any problem, if you scrabble a bit, you'll find a secret. 
  It may take a while-decades perhaps-not for your excavation, mind you, but for your desire to appear; for that childlike curiosity to float up again. Indeed, you may need an actual child to summon it, as I did.
  But this is what drives us--the historians, the trash pickers, the gossips, the shrinks. And yes, the readers of books. We're all rooting around, teasing out other people's hidden reasons." [p.1]

......I absolutely fell in love with the opening sentences of The Bird House. Why? Because as a reader I do want to find out that deep, dark secret someone is hiding or learn what motivated someone to betray a friend or a lover. This is one of the biggest reasons why I love to read. The other reason? Is to find wonderful gems that touch me emotionally as this one did. I could go into detail about the book and why I found it to be a stellar read, but I really feel that would be robbing you, the new potential reader, of experiencing this one without knowing much beforehand. Suffice it to say that you will come to love Ann and her granddaughter Ellie. I really enjoyed seeing this story unfold through Ann's eyes because you were never quite sure if what you were seeing had actually taken place or not, due to her dementia. Ellie became the grounding force for me. She was sort of the guiding light in the story and helped fill in the gaps or missing pieces. I thought the author's use of a family project was genius in bringing two generations together. The author took this plot device and really worked it seamlessly into the story. I finished this book over the period of 24-hours. In fact, I had a hard time turning the light off Sunday night to go to bed and couldn't wait until my free time on Monday to finish the book. 

Recommend? Oh yes!! I know that my review really didn't go into depth and honestly I hate to tell a reader too much about any book I read. I will say this, I loved the characters, even the ones I didn't care for very much (daughter-in-law) because the author made them REAL. The story could happen and has happened to many, many people. I was intrigued, captivated, and couldn't put this one down!! 

Rating: 9/10
*** Let me know in the comment section if you would like to be put in the hat 
for the chance to win an autographed copy of "The Bird House." 
Please leave me your email address or a way to contact you!! 
** Open to U.S. and Canada only
Closes March 16th

About Kelly Simmons

Kelly Simmons is the author of the critically acclaimed Simon & Schuster novel, Standing Still, and coming in February, The Bird House. She is a former journalist and advertising creative director who lives in the Philadelphia area with her family, and divides her time between writing, teaching, public speaking, and vacuuming up dog hair. She was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois, and credits weekly visits to the Waukegan Public Library for her literary prowess. (Her determination to succeed, however, could only come from being a Cubs fan.) Visit her website at
Connect with Kelly on Facebook and Twitter.

Kelly’s Tour Stops


Published: 2011
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Pages: 272
Genre: Family Drama in a good way
ISBN: 9781439160930
Disclaimer:Thank you to TLC Book Tours for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel

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  1. This would be an extermely emotional read for me as I am currently dealing with watching my father's dementia take away the dad I knew. It does however, sound like an amazing story and you did an excellent job relaying just how intriguing and captivating it is.

  2. I'd love to read this book. I recently saw a play about dementia--very good, but tough to watch. And I think this book might be a bit like that. Thanks for reviewing, Staci! Oh, and put in for the giveaway. Always fun! ;)

  3. Staci, this book has been on my TBR list since I heard about it and now your wonderful review makes me want to read it even more. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks for telling me exactly what I want to know about a book :-)

    meah56 at gmail dot com

  4. Loved your review Staci. I do have a copy and am anxious to read it.

  5. Wowwwwwwwwwww! This sounds AMAZING!!! Put my name in please!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. I thought this book looked good and after your review, I'm dying to get hold of it. Please enter me in the great contest! kathy(at)

  7. I'm going to be reading this in the next few weeks so I didn't read all of your review yet except to see if you liked it. I could however see myself wanting to use that very same quote. Lol.

  8. I prefer non in depth reviews as I like to discover/uncover things for myself. Thanks! I look forward to this book.

  9. Oops, would love to entered into the giveaway.


  10. Hey thanks for the great review -- I'm so glad you enjoyed my book!
    Good luck to all the entrants!

  11. I would love to win The Bird House.

    Please enter me.

    pocokat AT gmail DOT com

  12. Yes, please do enter me for the giveaway- thank you! You can reach me at :)

  13. Sounds like a good book! Glad you enjoyed it!

  14. I'd love to read this one too! The first time I saw the cover I think I fell in love with it. Thank you for not giving away half the book. Your review style is fantastic - it just always makes me want to read the book immediately.


  15. I loved your review of this book and appreciate that you are careful not to give to much away. And the recommendation let's me know if it's worth my time. I like how you review. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  16. I do like that opening too! Nice cover and review. Please enter me in the drawing; contact me here:

  17. I love books that you can't put down!

  18. Moving emotional reads are good to have in between the fluffy wones. Reminds us about real life. Love your enthusiasm for this book so please enter me in the contest.


  19. Great review. Sounds like keeper for sure. I truly must read some fiction set in modern times soon

  20. I would love a chance to win this book. I work with seniors who are early-stage Alzheimers.
    laura at laurafabiani dot com

  21. This sounds like a good read although I'm sure very emotional.

  22. this looks really good! i'd love being entered in the contest.

    thewindowseatreader @ yahoo (dot) com

  23. Please include me in this great giveaway. Thank you! This book sounds great.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  24. Your review sold me. I'd love to be entered. Love the cover!

    stacybooks at yahoo

  25. This is going on my TBR list! I'm not exactly sure what draws me to the topic, but it does. Please add my name to the hat. Thank you!

  26. First, the cover is great!

    Second, I would love to enter for a chance to win

    Third, your review is just lovely. Makes me what to go buy a copy today.

  27. This book sounds wonderful and I would love to be a part of the giveaway! Great review Staci!

  28. As Jan said in the first comment, this would be an emotional book for me to read too. Dementia grabbed my mom and, at times, it wasn't pretty. There were some humorous moments, however. If the book is done right, it may do some good for people dealing with the problem.

  29. I'd love a chance to read this book.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

  30. This sounds like a really interesting read. I haven't heard of it before now but I'll be adding it to my wishlist. And I like when reviews don't go into depth me a little mystery and makes me want to read it more :)

  31. Please enter me in the contest. I want to pretend that I am sitting on that chair, instead of here on this office chair, staring at my computer.

    sidewalkshoes2 AT gmail DOT com

  32. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I had a chance to talk to the author last year and found her to be very engaging, so I'm happy readers are enjoying her second book. :)

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  33. This book looks great, and I would love to be entered!

  34. Unfortunately I can't enter the giveaway but I still wanted to say I loved your review and I'll be keeping an eye out for this one; it sounds like my type of read :)

  35. Yes please - toss my name in the hat ;) This sounds so interesting!

  36. This sounds like just my kind of book! Please enter me in the contest. And thanks for the great review!

  37. I loved it, too. AND I didn't give too much away (my post goes live on Weds) either. I just couldn't figure out what to say, I think the book says it all by itself!

  38. Please count me in!!! Thanks!
    schaefer7382 at aol dot com

  39. Although I know it'd make me cry, I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the chance!

    safoga at gmail dot com


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