Queenie’s Place Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Queenie’s Place by Toni Morgan
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Adelaide Books Publishers
Paperback & eBook; 302 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

Queenie’s Place, set in rural North Carolina in the early seventies, is the story of an unusual sisterhood between a thirty-something white woman from California and a fifty-something black woman from the south. From the moment Doreen Donavan sees the ìWelcome to Klan Countryî sign outside Goldsboro, North Carolina is one culture shock after another. She thinks the women she meets on the military base, where she and her family now live, are the dullest, stuffiest, most stuck-up women sheís ever run across, and frankly, they donít think much of her either. Sheís hot, miserable, and bored. Then one day, BAM, her car tire goes flat, right in front of a roadhouse outside the town of Richland, near where MCB Camp Puller is located. Inside, Queenie is holding forth at the piano. The place is jumping. Besides the music, thereís dancing and the best barbecue in North Carolina. Doreenís husband, Tom arrives and must practically peel her out of the place. Queenie doesnít expect to see Doreen again, but Doreen comes back and their unlikely friendship begins. Without warning, Queenieís place is closed, the women accused of prostitution and bootlegging. A born crusader (she cut her teeth demonstrating against the Vietnam Waróyes, even with her husband over there), Doreen quickly dons her armor and saddles up. Things donít go quite as planned.

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Review

This book features such a beautiful combination of powerful women and friendship. You know, sometimes you’ve just got to read a book that makes you feel empowered and this was the perfect book for that. And given the times it just has such an important message to spread. Plus the writing just draws you in anyways.

I feel like the content in this book is, sadly, still so prevalent today. The book has a heavy focus on racism and segregation and I just find it such an important topic to discuss and have open conversations about. Plus the story just draws you in and makes you become so invested in the characters. It’s not often that I find myself so invested in the main characters, but I couldn’t help but get drawn into the two mcs lives and friendship.

This book just has so much going for it that all successfully comes together into one amazing story. There is a complexity to the story as the characters evolve through not only their interactions with one another but also the decisions they make. There is a strength in this book that really just hooks you.

About the Author

A longtime military spouse, TONI MORGAN has lived in many parts of the US and also for nearly four years in rural Japan. There she had the good fortune to work part-time in a Japanese pottery factory. That rich experience led to the first in her WWII trilogy ECHOES FROM A FALLING BRIDGE, which gives a unique view of life in rural Japan during the war. Second in the trilogy is HARVEST THE WIND, partially set in a Japanese internment camp in Idaho’s Magic Valley. The third in the series is LOTUS BLOSSOM UNFURLING, which continues the saga after the war ends. She also wrote PATRIMONY, and TWO-HEARTED CROSSING, companion books set in Montreal Quebec Canada during the Quebec Separatist Movement and 20 years later, in northern Idaho. Her novel QUEENIE’S PLACE is a 2019 National Book Award in Literature nominee. Her short stories have appeared in various literary magazines and journals, and her short story “Tin Soldier” was included in MOORING AGAINST THE TIDE, a creative fiction and poetry textbook published by Prentice Hall. Her most recent release is BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE, a collection of short stories, including Pushcart Prize nominee “The House on East Orange Street” and the aforementioned “Tin Soldier.”

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, March 16
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, March 17
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, March 19
Feature at View from the Birdhouse

Saturday, March 20
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Monday, March 22
Excerpt at Bookworlder

Wednesday, March 24
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Friday, March 26
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Saturday, March 27
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, March 28
Interview at Reader_ceygo

Monday, March 29
Review at Reader_ceygo

Wednesday, March 31
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Thursday, April 1
Review at American Historical Novels Book Club

Friday, April 2
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Giveaway

Enter to win a set of signed paperback copies of Toni Morgan’s WWII Trilogy!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on April 2nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Queenie’s Place

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!*