We’re giving away copies of Rosamund Lupton’s thriller Afterwards well in advance of its April 24, 2012 release, which means you could be among the very first readers in the U.S. to enjoy this the highly anticipated follow-up to Lupton’s bestselling debut Sister. As always, fill out the form to enter for your chance to win a copy. But wait, there’s more! If you’ve ever received a book from Read It Forward, we want to hear from you! We’re gathering SuperRIFers – Read It Forward “superfans” who Read It First and Pass It On. SuperRIFers love to read and share what they read online. To thank you lovely big-mouthed members of our community, we’re giving SuperRIFers advance access to some of our most popular books.
Sister was an instant bestseller in the U.K. and quickly climbed the bestseller lists in the U.S. as well. The New York Times compared Rosamund Lupton to Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith, and Ruth Rendell, and called Sister “both tear-jerking and spine-tingling.” But don’t just take the New York Times’ word for it! We all know that a recommendation from a friend is the best way to find a great new read. Your fellow RIFers are smart, voracious readers like you, and they have great things to say about Sister. Enjoy excerpts of just a few of the amazing reviews RIFers shared with us. Read It First and Pass It On!
Fans of The Art of Racing in the Rain, get ready for a memoir that Garth Stein calls “stunning . . . an incredible journey, both inward and outward.” Read It Forward favorite Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted and Cowboys Are My Weakness, says Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild “is a big, brave, break-your-heart-and-put-it-back-together-again kind of book. Cheryl Strayed is a courageous, gritty, and deceptively elegant writer. She walked the Pacific Crest Trail to find forgiveness, came back with generosity – and now she shares her reward with us. I snorted with laughter, I wept uncontrollably; I don’t even want to know the person who isn’t going to love Wild. This is a beautifully made, utterly realized book.”
Chris Pavone’s debut spy thriller The Expats has been compared to the early works of Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, Robert Ludlum, and John le Carre. Some of the biggest names in thrillers are rallying behind Pavone’s remarkable first novel. Patricia Cornwell thinks you won’t soon forget the “powerful female protagonist.” John Grisham says The Expats is “smart, clever suspense, skillfully plotted.” John Connolly believes it’s “one of the most accomplished debuts of recent years.”
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes’s Emmy Award-winning PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.
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