Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sleeping Tigers by Holly Robinson


Sleeping Tigers
by Holly Robinson

Goodreads:

Jordan O'Malley has everything she ever wanted: a job she loves, a beautiful home, and a dependable boyfriend. When her life unravels after a breast cancer scare, Jordan decides to join her wildest childhood friend in San Francisco and track down her drifter brother, Cam, who harbors secrets of his own.
When Cam suddenly flees the country, Jordan follows, determined to bring him home. Her journey takes her to the farthest reaches of majestic Nepal, where she encounters tests—and truths—about love and family that she never could have imagined.

Funny, heartbreaking, and suspenseful, Sleeping Tigers reminds us all that sometimes it's better to follow your heart instead of a plan.


Review:

Jordan O'Malley is at a juncture. By all rights she should be content with the current state of her life, she has what all women want, stability and a reliable mate.  Until the big "C" came into her life, she was satisfied with things just as they were, but cancer has a way of shaking things up. The world looks different when your mortality is laid out in front of you, once your perspective shifts everything changes.

When she takes a trip to visit her crazy friend, Karin, and get a handle on the whereabouts of her brother, Cam, her world tilts completely off its axis.  Jordan will get a stamp in her passport before she finds her footing and her brother, but even more than that she finally discovers herself.

The title, Sleeping Tigers, gives nothing away. This book caught me completely by surprise. The cover is beautiful! It's the kind of cover that asks to be picked up and read, a silent visual invitation to find out what lies inside.  The image on this blog doesn't do it justice, not by a long shot.  I don't normally go on and on about cover art, but there was something about this cover that grabbed me. I am happy to report that the story lives up to the cover!

The imagery is subtle, not in your face, but I couldn't help but imagine what the characters look like and I was able to picture the locations vividly.  I felt a full range of emotion, I laughed, I cried, I got pissed and frustrated, and I smiled... a lot.  I haven't come across very many authors that can evoke this kind of emotion in me, but Holly Robinson is one of them.  If you have a book club, Sleeping Tigers should be your next selection!


I give this book:

Sleeping Tigers is currently available in paperback on Amazon and in your local Indie Bookstore. You can as download the ebook on Smashwords and Amazon too!


About the author:
Holly Robinson is a freelance writer who has written for The Boston Globe, Ladies Home Journal, Parents Magazine, among other notable publications.  Her first book, The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: A Memoir landed in the Breakout Book Selection at the Red Store (Target). She lives in northern Massachusetts with her husband and children. To learn more about Holly Robinson visit her website.


I received a copy free copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

7 comments:

Heather said...

I've GOT to read an author that can evoke that kind of emotion. This book sounds amazing! Thanks for featuring it.

Lisa Weidknecht said...

Great review! I'm intrigued.

mglawler said...

Another book I need to read!

JulieJ said...

I love books that allow you to picture all of the story in your mind! Definitely a thought-provoking topic without being a book that is all gloom and despair. This seems like something that I would really enjoy reading.
Great review!

Cass said...

Visiting from the blogaholic Hop! Thanks for the review! great rating, Ill have to add it :)

Justine said...

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Mich9 said...

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