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A Thousand Sleepless Nights By Teri Harman: Book Review and Tour Giveaway
About the Book
Is love stronger than grief?
After the death of her Aunt Jetty, the woman who raised her, Matilda
White packs a single suitcase, leaving behind her home, her small town
in Kansas, and the man she’s supposed to marry. Henry Craig is a writer—if only he could find the right words. While
sitting at a worn table in a Detroit library he sees a new librarian,
Matidla, and suddenly the world erupts with words. Six years later, Matilda and Henry load their young daughter Lucy,
two antique typewriters, and a box of Henry’s love letters into the car
and head off to a new life. But one snowstorm and a slippery road take
it all away. In that black moment of tragedy Matilda turns to Henry and
says, “I wish I’d never met you.” The world goes dark. Matilda wakes up in Jetty’s dilapidated house with no memory of the
last six years. Beside her on the bed, a book and an antique typewriter. Henry wakes up in his familiar spot in the library, a book and old
typewriter squatting on the table beside him. He can’t remember the last
six years. Can words on a typed page, sent from one typewriter to another, push aside tar-thick pain and resurrect love?
Teri Harman has believed in all things wondrous and haunting since
her childhood days of sitting in the highest tree branches reading Roald
Dahl and running in the rain imagining stories of danger and romance.
She’s the author of three previous books: Blood Moon, Black Moon, and
Storm Moon. She also writes about books for ksl.com,
and contributed regular book segments to “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker,”
Utah’s number one lifestyle show. She lives in Utah with her husband
and three children. Visit her at teriharman.com.
As soon as I started reading, A Thousand Sleepless Nights, I couldn't get over what beautiful words had been written in this novel. This author paints a world, both dark and light with her words. There is so much feeling in what you're reading. A perfect example is a paragraph found on the back of the book...
"I sit beside you and I breathe more air. I look at you and I see a universe. I touch you and I connect with everything that has ever lived. I kiss you and I exist."
This story hooked me from the beginning. I love how this story is told, chapter by chapter from either Henry or Matilda's point of view. You were able to connect to both characters so much by having the novel written this way. I'm not going to go into details about what happens in the story because you can read that yourself up above. Instead, I want to tell you about a few other passages that really affected me. This book is very much a lesson in learning to live after grief. Henry is given advice about dealing with grief from Abby, an older woman who took him in and treated him like a son. Abby was childless after losing eight children, from miscarriages',a stillbirth, and an infant death.Abby knew and had lived with pain.
She told him, "After each one,I wanted to give up.I wanted to hide from the pain I had and the possibility of more pain.But after I stopped hurting so bad I couldn't sleep, I realized something else.Fearing the pain also kept me from the chance of having some joy. And Henry, joy is worth the pain." Wow! Those words shook me to the core and spoke to me so much. The only way I can describe how I felt is another passage I read in the book describing how Henry felt after reading a certain book, "Each word lingered inside him, like bees in a hive buzzing."
This slow burn romance has a hint of the magical to it's story. You have to keep your mind and heart open to a little fantasy playing out in it's pages. I can promise you, you'll enjoy this book and the wonderful story that was meant to be shared.