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September 19, 2013 / Leslie

Spotlight & Giveaway: The Wedding Gift

I enjoy historical fiction and am eagerly anticipating reading the soon to be published The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden. Thanks to the publicist, I also have a copy to give away to one of my readers with a US mailing address.

Following is a little information about the book and the author.

The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa BoddenThe Wedding Gift
by Marlen Suyapa Bodden

Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: September 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover | 320 pages

About the Book

When prestigious plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa’s hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah — her slave and her half-sister. Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not the proper southern belle she appears to be with ambitions of loving who she chooses and Sarah equally hides behind the façade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape. Both women bring these tumultuous secrets and desires with them to their new home, igniting events that spiral into a tale beyond what you ever imagined possible and it will leave you enraptured until the very end.

Told through alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius’ wife, Marlen Suyapa Bodden’s The Wedding Gift is an intimate portrait that will leave readers breathless.

About the Author

Author Photo_Marlen S BoddenDr. Marlen Suyapa Bodden is a lawyer at The Legal Aid Society in New York City, the nation’s oldest and largest legal services organization. She has more than two decades’ experience representing poor people and low-wage and immigrant workers, many of whom are severely underpaid, if paid at all.

She drew on her knowledge of modern and historical slavery, human trafficking, and human rights abuses to write The Wedding Gift, her first novel.

On May 20, 2012, the University of Rhode Island conferred on Marlen an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Marlen is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Tufts University.

Giveaway Information

Giveaway is open to those 18 years or older with a US mailing address. To enter, leave a comment on or before September 28, 2013. For an extra entry tweet or blog the giveaway and leave the link in your comment. I will draw a random winner who will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address.

[Giveaway Has Ended]

Winner: Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach

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  1. carlrscott / Sep 19 2013 9:36 am

    I bet this sort of gifting happened with wealthy people more often than not when the children got married. It sounds like wonderful piece of historical fiction I think we’d both enjoy it. Thanks.
    I also tweeted a link to this post: Thanks again.


  2. carolee888 / Sep 19 2013 10:01 am

    I hadn’t read about gifting slaves before. I have heard so much about this books and I would really love to read it. I love historical fiction.



  3. carolee888 / Sep 19 2013 10:02 am

    I tweeted:



  4. Suko / Sep 19 2013 11:41 am

    This sounds like a wonderful book, Leslie! I will add this giveaway to my blog’s sidebar (although I’ve been having some problems adding images). Thanks for hosting this!



  5. Lisa Graham / Sep 19 2013 1:13 pm

    This sounds like a great book. I enjoy historical fiction.


  6. Lisa Garrett / Sep 19 2013 3:12 pm

    I love historical fiction and this plot sounds very intriguing.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com


  7. Karen B / Sep 19 2013 4:18 pm

    One of the parts of our past that wasn’t included in American History classes and books. Sounds fascinating.



  8. windicindi / Sep 19 2013 11:24 pm

    I love the time period and that the two women, seem like strong individuals!
    Many thanks, Cindi


  9. WordsAndPeace / Sep 20 2013 10:34 pm

    sounds interesting. thanks for the giveaway!
    and here is my tweet:

    Emma ehc16e at yahoo dot com


  10. Anita Yancey / Sep 22 2013 1:24 pm

    This book sounds like an amazing read. I love reading books about this time period in history. Please enter me. Thanks!


  11. Diane / Sep 23 2013 10:10 am

    Thanks for this fascinating book giveaway.


  12. Nicole Bonia / Sep 23 2013 12:42 pm

    I just read a wonderful guest post Marlen at Shelf Life. I am looking forwrad to this one.


  13. Vicki / Sep 23 2013 2:05 pm

    Would love to win this book, thanks for the chance!


  14. Vicki / Sep 23 2013 2:07 pm



  15. Mary / Sep 24 2013 7:59 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway, Leslie. I spotlighted this book today on my blog. I’d love to read it when I have more time.
    I tweeted:


  16. ellie / Sep 24 2013 8:44 pm

    Thanks for this giveaway. Sounds captivating.


  17. stacybuckeye / Sep 26 2013 9:23 pm

    Oh, I’d love to win this one!
    stacybooks at yahoo


  18. stacybuckeye / Sep 26 2013 9:24 pm

    I did tweet about it 🙂



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