Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LuLu's Christmas Story - Review & GIVEAWAY!!!

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Disclaimer: I received the above item in exchange for my honest review and opinion.
Lulu is a young girl living in a small Wisconsin town during the Great Depression, where she dreams of receiving a real Shirley Temple doll for Christmas. Anticipation becomes anxiety, however, when Daddy loses his job. Mama reveals her own brutal Christmas as an orphan, creating new worries; Lulu's coveted Shirley Temple doll seems farther away than ever.
In her memoir, the award-winning playwright and novelist Ludmilla Bollow recounts the year before her family's toughest Christmas. While encountering two "oddities" at a circus sideshow, a disastrous Thanksgiving at Grandma's, and, of course, the long-awaited Christmas, Lulu's spirit of love and joy radiates throughout this emotive family tale. - Blurb of Lulu's Christmas Story
 From the moment I began to read this book, a new world was opened and I stepped back in time to the 1930's. I have always loved history, and  as I traveled through a year of Lulu's life in her small town of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, I found myself drawn not only to her story, and her family, but to this part of history I could never imagined experiencing. There are few people left alive that are truly able to retell the story of life during the Great Depression and Bollow tells it with such eloquence and feeling. Reading this book, and sharing it with my daughter was a reminder to us both that even in hard times, we can always find reasons to be thankful for the love we have in our family and for the gift of having one another. Our culture today seems to feed a self-centered attitude in so many ways. "Put yourself first." "It's all about you." "Have it your way." Our society seems to have forgotten "treating others the way you want to be treated", and " put others before yourself".  I love that the message of this book truly reminds us to care for each other - especially our families. After all, sometimes, each other is all you have.
If you grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books, or even American Girl books, you will love Lulu's Christmas Story, by Ludmilla Bollow! Aside from the wonderful spirit this story will leave you in, here are some other things you will find in this literary treasure:
  • Easy to read and follow. I would recommend this book to middle school readers and above.
  • Descriptive and expressive writing style.
  • Captivating story line.
  • Written in First Person narrative makes the reader feel close to the author and truly see the story through her eyes.
  • Short chapters make it perfect for young students who struggle to spend long periods of time reading,  or even perfect for reading out loud as a family.
  • "Author's Notes" following the story allow the reader a "where are they now" experience after following in love with so many characters and events
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This Christmas, let Lulu carry you away to a different place in time. A place filled with dreams, wonder, and even times of heartache and loss. Let this story inspire  and encourage you to overcome your own hardships and spur you to speak up and stand up for others.  Invite Lulu into your home this Christmas and share her story with your own family and friends. What better gift to give at Christmas than the spirit of love, joy, and family.

 You can Purchase Lulu's Christmas story on Amazon for $20.66 (price subject to change) in hardcover book or on your kindle for $9.99
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WIN IT! 8 (yep, count 'em - eight!) lucky readers will win their own copy of LuLu's Christmas story by Ludmilla Bollow, valued at $20.66 each.

The giveaway will end November 26th, 2014 at 11:59. It is open to residents of the US only. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

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  Disclosure: I was sent an advanced copy of LuLu's Christmas Story at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of Midpoint Trade Books and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. 

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