Book Review and Giveaway: Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

I’m so excited to be giving away a copy of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb. I reviewed it here a year ago when it came out in hardbound format, and I really believe it’s a delightful book for mother-daughter book clubs to read. Today, to celebrate one year in print and the release of Autumn Winifred Oliver in paperback, the author is celebrating by giving away one signed copy of her book in paperback to a reader here at Mother Daughter Book Club. Just leave a comment after the review, and you’ll be entered into the drawing. The giveaway ends at midnight, Pacific Standard Time this Friday, March 12, 2010 and it is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. (Please note: the giveaway is closed.) Here’s the review:

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

Autumn Winifred Oliver has a lot going on for an 11-year-old living in the tiny, mountain settlement of Cades Cove, Tennessee. She’s waiting to move with her mom and big sister Katie to Knoxville, where her dad already lives and works. She’ll miss the beautiful mountains she lives in, but in the 1930s the “big city” offers the allure of indoor plumbing, movie theaters and automobiles, all nearly non-existent in her neck of the woods. Everybody says she does things different, and she keeps reminding herself of that as she gets herself in and out of several pickles.

First, she hears the church bells toll her reputed death—they always toll the number of years for the recently departed, and she’s the only one around who is 11 when she hears them ring. Then she finds out her grandpa almost died, and her mom has decided Knoxville can wait while she moves into his cabin in the woods to help care for him.

There’s also more activity than usual in Cades Cove, a settlement that’s totally cut off from the outside world each winter when the only road in gets covered in snow. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is being created right on the edge of town, and everyone is abuzz about raking in money from tourists. But Autumn Winifred Oliver suspects that everything is not as it seems with the park, and she won’t rest until she finds out the real story.

Autumn is a delightful character with a down to earth voice, and through her eyes we see the beauty of the mountains, streams, and countryside around her home. She is placed within the real story of Cades Cove, Tennessee, and the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You’ll be charmed by the  folk tales, old-time remedies and superstitions woven seamlessly by author Kristin O’Donnell Tubb throughout the story. This is Tubb’s debut novel, and I hope to see more books from her in the years to come. Moms and daughters alike will fall in love with Autumn and her way of looking at the world. I highly recommend it for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged nine and up.

8 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

  1. Julie P. says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book for my daughter (and me too! We’d love to win a copy!

    bookingmama(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Bridget says:

    Love this book! Read it last year. As a native East Tennessean, I liked the time period and setting. If I win the book, I will donate it to my local library so lots of moms & daughters can enjoy it.

  3. Denise says:

    Love this website—what a great resource! Sounds like a great book, one with a title to remember.

  4. Kristin Tubb says:

    Thank you for the nice words, all! And big thanks to The Mother-Daughter Book Club – a wonderful resource indeed!

  5. mary branham says:

    This sounds like a good book for grandma, mom and granddaughters to read. I love reading to my 2 granddaughters.
    One is 11 like in the book and the other is 3.
    Pick us as the winners.

  6. Ellen Saunders says:

    I can tell from your review that I would love Autumn right away. I want to read it even though my daughter is out of the suggested age range… would a 16 year old fall in love with her too?

  7. Nina says:

    This book sounds great, my daughter and I read books together and are also in a mother /daughter book club, would love to read this with her and them.

  8. Carol says:

    We just started a new book club. It would be great to win a new book.

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