Every Holiday Needs … (coffee contest continues & a book)

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Winner is: Eileen —> email me @ kim (@) mommyknows (dot) com.

As most of you guessed, we’re on the way Disneyland. After some troubles we’re a few hours behind schedule. We hope to make SLC by 9 pm.

Every holiday needs … a good book! I have several along with me. Today, I enjoyed reading, riding and taking in the scenery.

A while back, I was lucky enough to win an advanced readers edition of Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay from Jaime’s Blog.

Sarah's Key

Book Blurb: Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

I love a good story and Sarah’s Key is definitely that, but what makes it great, is that it blends a good plot with historical fact. Sarah’s Key is my favorite kind of book; it both entertained and moved me, while educating me about the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup of 1942.

I consider myself, well educated and well read; yet I had never even heard of the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup. Sarah’s Key had me weeping. I still want to cry. It wasn’t just me either (even though I am kind of a softie), Mr. MK cried too.

Whoever, wins this posts ‘coffee card’ will also win my ‘used’ copy of Sarah’s Key. I want to make sure lots of people read this book –> You’ll promise to pass it along once you’ve read it right?

I’ll be doing my NaBloPoMo thingy all during the holiday. I’ll also be twittering the road trip away –> follow me on twitter @ http://twitter.com/mommyknows.

All comments and back-links for this post will be entered to win a $10 Starbucks Gift Card (includes shipping and handling) in my ‘Have a Coffee on Me’ Contest. If you comment and blog about the contest you’ll receive two entries (too easy). I have a whole ‘schwack’ of Gift Cards to give away, so make sure and come back often for a chance to ‘have a coffee on me’.

MK xo
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Naomi · November 8, 2008 at 8:25 pm

I’ll have to put that on my list of things to read.

Have fun at Disneyland!

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Anastasia · November 8, 2008 at 8:34 pm

i’ve heard about this book
would like to read it :)

crystal adkins · November 8, 2008 at 9:33 pm

I would love to have it! And I would pass it on :) Thanks so much for sharing and enjoy your trip :)

Crystal Adkins

Noreen · November 9, 2008 at 12:48 am

I love those kinds of books too.

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Nicole · November 9, 2008 at 2:14 am

oo this looks like a good read!! and i’d give it to the patinets in the hospital i volunteer at!! =)

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Nicole · November 9, 2008 at 2:19 am

I subscribed by email

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Nicole · November 9, 2008 at 2:19 am

i blogged about ur giveaway here!!

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Auntie Gayle · November 9, 2008 at 9:22 am

Sounds good……..and you won’t have to pay postage if I win. What “troubles” did you have?

Lynne · November 9, 2008 at 9:26 am

Enjoy your time at Disneyland!

kimmy · November 9, 2008 at 9:59 am

have a wonderful time at Disneyland!!

Eileen · November 9, 2008 at 10:57 am

OOOh – I love me a good book recommendation! And I’m ashamed to say that as a French major, I also have never heard of the roundup.

I blogged about your contest here: http://egtully.blogspot.com/2008/11/you-gotta-love-giveaway.html

Have fun and say hi to Mickey for me! :)

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Alice Hansen · November 9, 2008 at 11:47 am

This looks like a great book – thanks for introducing it to me!

Jennifer C · November 9, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Have fun at Disneyland. That is one trip I would like to make when my kids are older.

Jaime S · November 9, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Hey Kim! I’m glad that you enjoyed the book. It really is an amazing book that had me guessing until the very end. Besure to stop by and check out other amazing contests running right now!

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Jaime S · November 9, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Blogged about your contest here: http://imanoptimisticbeauty.blogspot.com/2008/11/loving-sarahs-key.html

If I happen to be drawn I would love the giftcard, but a 2nd winner should get the copy of Sarah’s Key :O)

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Safire · November 9, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Wow, that book sounds great! Hope you enjoy your stay in SLC. My old home town. Ahh…I miss it.

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Deborah · November 9, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Oooh! I want to read that! Please, pick me!!

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Felicia Eis · November 9, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Over from Jaime’s A Bargain Hunting Mommy. I would love to read this book as I am a history major and have never heard about this story. I’ll have to find it if I don’t win to educate my self of this matter. Thank you for such a great giveaway!!

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lace · November 9, 2008 at 11:13 pm

I’ve heard great things about that book. I’d love to read it and then pass it on. Books are best when shared.

I always make sure to have at least 2 books with me on any trip. And if it’s a very short trip like to the grocery store and I’m not driving, I make sure to have one book with me. You never know when that short trip will turn into a long one with nothing to do. Always carry a book with you.

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Susy-Q · November 10, 2008 at 5:15 am

I always love finding out about a good book. Guess what I just added to my Birthday/Christmas Wish List? Thanks for the tip–sounds like a lovely book.

Leighann · November 10, 2008 at 8:14 am

A good book and coffee. Just what a mommy needs!!
Have fun in Disney!!!

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Tamara B. · November 10, 2008 at 12:22 pm

I have read wonderful reviews for that Book. Would love to win, thank-you. Have lots of fun at Disney!

Diane S · November 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Would like to read this.

Theo · November 11, 2008 at 1:01 am

I really have been waiting too long for people to return that book to the library so that I could borrow. thanks for this contest! :) coffee and good book = time well spent

Tatiana de Rosnay · November 12, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Thank you so much for this great review of my book ! I am actually finishing a US tour for SK and am flying back to Paris tomorrow.
All best !

Tatiana de Rosnay


Locksmiths · September 10, 2009 at 10:48 am

I’m going to the library and see if I can get my son to read this book. This would make a good book report.

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