Mar 19

*CLOSED* Spring Cleaning Book Giveaway Hop – ends 3/27

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Welcome to the Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop, hosted by BookHounds!  This hop helps us bloggers clean off our bookshelves by giving away books that need to go, for whatever reason.  Be sure to check the end of this post for the complete list of participating bloggers.

I’m giving away an advanced reader’s copy of Unremarried Widow: A Memoir by Artis Henderson!


“A frank, poignant memoir about an unlikely marriage, a tragic death in Iraq, and the soul-testing work of picking up the pieces” (People) in the tradition of such powerful bestsellers as Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and Carole Radziwill’s What Remains.

Artis Henderson was a free-spirited young woman with dreams of traveling the world and one day becoming a writer. Marrying a conservative Texan soldier and becoming an Army wife was never part of her plan, but when she met Miles, Artis threw caution to the wind and moved with him to a series of Army bases in dusty Southern towns, far from the exotic future of her dreams. If this was true love, she was ready to embrace it.

But when Miles was training and Artis was left alone, she experienced feelings of isolation and anxiety. It did not take long for a wife’s worst fears to come true. On November 6, 2006, the Apache helicopter carrying Miles crashed in Iraq, leaving twenty-six-year-old Artis—in official military terms—an “unremarried widow.”

In this memoir Artis recounts not only the unlikely love story she shared with Miles and her unfathomable recovery in the wake of his death—from the dark hours following the military notification to the first fumbling attempts at new love—but also reveals how Miles’s death mirrored her own father’s, in a plane crash that Artis survived when she was five years old and that left her own mother a young widow. Unremarried Widow is “a powerful look at mourning as a military wife….You can finish it in a day and find yourself haunted weeks later” (The New York Times Book Review).

I received this book to review but never got around to it, so now it’s time for one of you to get it! It’s trade paperback size, so has the cover above.  It’s never been read but has been on my shelf for several years.  If you’re allergic to cats, please note that I have 3.

This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and older.  This giveaway ends Sunday, 3/27/16 at 11:59pm EDT.  To enter, just use the widget below.  After you enter, keep scrolling down to see the complete list of participating bloggers.  Good luck!



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  1. 34
    Lily Kwan


  2. 33
    Nancy Burgess

    Shampoo rugs

  3. 32
    LeAnn Knott

    I open the doors and let the fresh air in while cleaning. The hardest part of spring cleaning is all my books!!!

  4. 31

    I reorganize my closets and donate unused items to charity.

  5. 30

    Clean all the windows.

  6. 29
    Nicole Ortiz

    Clean the windows inside and out and the blinds.

  7. 28
    Daniel M

    go through all the boxes of stuff

  8. 27
    Amber Ludwig

    Empty and reorganize closets!

  9. 26
    Dia a So

    I definitely pack up things to donate–anything from toys, furniture or clothes. Or find anyone who needs it.

  10. 25
    Kristen P

    I organize closets and drawers as part of Spring cleaning.

  11. 24
    jenny stratton

    I try to donate everything to the goodwill and clean out all the cabinets

  12. 23

    I go through all my clothes and donate items I do not wear regularly

  13. 22

    I clean out all of the winter gear, snow boots, snow pants, etc. Donate what doesn’t fit any more and take inventory on what needs to be bought before the next winter. Then try to buy what we need at mega clearance.

  14. 21

    I clean out all the closets, drawers and storage, gift things to people, donate the rest.

  15. 20
    Jeanna Massman

    I go through closets and drawers and box up things to donate.

  16. 19
    Mia J

    I usually clean off all of the window blinds and floorboards and also go through all of our closets to see what can be sold or donated.

  17. 18
    Jan Hall

    As part of my spring cleaning I clean out my closets and take things to be donated.

  18. 17
    Vicki Wurgler

    air out drapes, clean windows and the closets

  19. 16
    Judy Cox

    I start early by cleaning out my closets. I can do them without much mess and not cluttering my house even more.

  20. 15
    Anita Yancey

    I go through all of my closets and bookshelves.

  21. 14
    Debbi Wellenstein

    I purge a lot of stuff that I’m not using-not books, though!

  22. 13

    I tackle the closets.

  23. 12
    Angelica Dimeo

    I dust and try to air out my apartment lol

  24. 11
    Jan Lee

    I clean out the toybox for one thing, discard any broken or unusable toys, then donate older ones that we don’t play with anymore. 🙂

  25. 10
    Sonya Sanderson

    I clean all the curtains.

  26. 9
    Cynthia Mercado

    I donate a lot of stuff I don’t use any more.

  27. 8
    danielle hammelef

    Wash windows inside and out and vacuum screens.

  28. 7
    Barbara Lima

    Oiling furniture.

  29. 6

    Stove is a must clean Inside and out

  30. 5
    Myra Ball

    I clean out all the cobwebs from the ceiling fans and put the light fixtures in the dishwasher.

  31. 4
    Connie Lee

    I try to get the windows cleaned inside and out.

  32. 3
    Robin Abrams

    As part of spring cleaning I take down the curtains wash them and wash the windows

  33. 2
    Ann Fantom

    I clean the windows as part of Spring cleaning

  34. 1
    janet woodling

    As part of spring cleaning I go through all the closets & drawers getting rid of the unwanted, etc.

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