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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

On Tour: The Golden Apple by Faerl Marie - Review + Excerpt

Faerl Marie is now on tour with CLP Book Tours with her book, The Golden Apple. Please visit her CLP Book Tours page for more blog stops. Don't forget to leave a comment on the tour page with your email address for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

The Golden Apple
by Faerl Marie

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance
Publication: October 2013
Source: ARC, CLP Blog Tours
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Buy the book: Amazon
MEET POPPY PARKER, a recent widow who knows she must move forward but has no idea which direction to take. To start fresh, Poppy moves from her idyllic home in Georgia to the grimy glamour of New York City to open up her own boutique and find a way to live and love without her husband.

Austin Bandy has been in love with Poppy since the moment he laid eyes on her years ago, right before her wedding. Now she is back, grieving and broken hearted by her nearly-perfect husband’s death—not Austin’s ideal romantic situation. He needs to wait for her to recover but not so long that someone else has the chance to move in and sweep his dream girl off her feet and keep him as a “good friend” forever.

Poignant, hopeful and fresh, Faerl Marie’s enchanting debut novel will have you hooked and ready to pursue your own hopes and dreams the moment you turn the final page. The Golden Apple is a charming and fashionable novel about loss, love and moving on without betraying your self, your past or those you love.
Poppy had lost her husband unexpectedly and had no idea what she should do next. She felt lost without her husband and decided to move to New York to start a new with the support of her family and friends. 

Austin had been in love with Poppy years ago and was devastated when he learned that she’s getting married. Now that Poppy was without husband, Austin decided to win her heart. It was not easy when Poppy was still grieving. I really like him. Austin was really nice and patient towards Poppy. He waited and helped Poppy to pass her grievance. And Poppy learned to be independent without her husband who would always take care of everything when he was still around and moved on. I love the romance between Poppy and Austin. It was nice that their relationship that was not based on sex or anything like it.

The Golden Apple was a book about dealing with loss and moving on. I certainly did not expect to read about Poppy dealing with her loss if I were to judge this book by its title or cover.  I bet that fans of chick lit and women’s fiction would enjoy this book.

I received a copy of The Golden Apple by Faerl Marie from the author/CLP Blog Tours as part of the book tour. 

Excerpt: The Golden Apple by Faerl Marie

Viv, Let’s go! We’re going to be late.” Poppy glanced at her watch-— an anniversary gift to mark the fourth year of her marriage. Four diamonds gleamed from the mother-of-pearl face above the twelve, three, six and nine. Josh had told her the smaller diamonds circling the watch represented all the years to come, forty-eight in total. She had teased him about putting an expiration date on their marriage, fifty-two years hadn’t seemed like enough.

                She checked the closure of the watch and looked at the time again, 6:30 pm. “Viv, you said the party started at seven and it takes at least ten minutes to find a cab.”

                “It’s New York Pop!” Vivian shouted from her bedroom, “Nothing starts on time and half the people invited won’t even be dressed until nine, they probably won’t even be serving cocktails yet.”

                Vivian grabbed a leather bomber jacket off the coat hook and pulled it on. The black leather extinguished the glitter and shine of the violet sequins composing her dress.

                “You said this was just a cocktail party. Not a big thing. You’re dressed like we’re going dancing. Am I under-dressed?” Poppy glanced down at her black lace cocktail dress. She ran manicured hands down the full skirt and smoothed the high collar at her throat.

                “You’re never under-dressed and you look perfect, but… you’re wearing all black.” Vivian’s pink lips turned down as her arched brows rose.
                “Not all black;” Poppy pointed one foot forward, “my shoes are a color.”
                “Poppy, honestly, nude? Nude is not a color.” Vivian rolled her blue eyes as she gathered up her keys, overflowing jeweled clutch and cell phone. Vivian usually had a lot of accouterments.

“I’m going to steal all your fabulous, colorful clothes if you don’t start wearing them. Ready? We better hurry or we’ll be late.” She smiled coyly and held the door open. Poppy rolled her own eyes and headed out the door.

As she walked through the door, she glanced at the dry-erase board. Austin’s number had been erased and replaced by the super’s new phone number and six weeks’ worth of changing grocery lists, reminders and to-do’s. They had seen each other several times, at various dinner parties and restaurant run-ins but she hadn’t called him. It seemed strange, purposefully confiding in a man other than Josh. The first time had been embarrassing enough; a second would probably just make her look pathetic.

Author Bio:

Faerl, Marie is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and minors in English and Social Welfare. She has worked as a style consultant, personal shopper and wardrobe curator, among other things. Faerl Marie spends her days writing, dreaming about new stories and characters, walking her dog and adoring her husband. She lives in the idyllic mountains near Santa Fe, New Mexico. "The Golden Apple" is her first novel.

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