Today we begin a countdown. To what? The release of J. Grace Pennington’s new book, October. Yes, the name of the book is the same as the month in which she releases this new novel! Check out the great giveaway, and the other posts in this countdown! I think this book sounds so intruiging, and I can’t wait to read it! (I shall be sharing a review of it in a few weeks, God-willing!) I love the name, too. October is one of my most favourite months. :)
About the Book
For Emily Baxter, life is simple. Her world is made up completely of school, church, and the community in the small farming town she calls home. All that changes one fateful Sunday, when a new girl shows up at Pleasanton Baptist—a girl unlike anyone Emily has ever seen. A girl with long red hair, crystal green eyes, and style and posture like royalty.
A girl named October.
The months that follow are filled with magic—the magic of ordinary things, of finding pictures in the stars, of imagination and a new sense of beauty. But as time goes by, Emily begins to sense that her enchanting new friend may have secrets that could break the spell. Is October really all she seems to be?
Purchase this book: Amazon
About the Author
Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them down since age five. Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading good books, having adventures with her husband, and looking up at the stars.
Despite not being the title or central character, Emily is the protagonist of “October.” She is the narrator, the one through whose eyes we see the story—and October herself.
So who is Emily?
Emily is a small-town, seventeen-year-old girl who lives with her parents and her younger brother. She goes to school and does her homework. She goes to church every Sunday. She goes to the mall with her friends. She hangs out with her cousin, Jax, who lives just down the road from her.
She’s a good girl. Sheltered. Respectful. She loves reading, particularly books about dragons. She loves the color teal. She loves poetry. She loves spring, when the leaves come back to cover the nakedness of the trees. She loves her parents, but finds them difficult to talk to, especially her mother. Like many girls, she feels much more affection for her father. She loves her little brother, but mostly writes him off as a somewhat annoying little kid.
She’s very close with her cousin, and somewhat close with her best friend, but still doesn’t feel quite like there’s anyone who can really relate with her on a deeper level. Especially now—in that awkward period on the brink of adulthood but not seeming able to quite break into it. She knows who she is, but she doesn’t seem to have that undefinable something that brings someone out of the innocence of childhood and into the grown-up world.
Enter October Blake. A beautiful, somewhat mysterious, slightly older girl who shows up unannounced in Emily’s hometown and immediately captures her heart. Could October be the friend she’s always hoped for?
Grace has generously offered a paperback book of her new book as her giveaway prize. You can enter at this link.
October 25, 2017
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory post
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Character Spotlight
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima – Character Spotlight
Lisa Swinton – Queen of Random – Book Spotlight
Audrey Rich – Book Spotlight
October 27, 2017
Liv K. Fisher – Author Interview and Excerpt
Opinions, Thoughts, and General Rambling – Character Spotlight and Excerpt
Leila’s Bookshelf – Book Spotlight
Britbear’s Book Reviews – Guest Post
October 29, 2017
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway Winner