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Monday, December 13, 2010

Stay With Me - Giveaway and Review

"If I ever forget who I am,
bring me here and I'll remember"

Such a haunting premonition of things to come for the abandoned children who were found aboard an old boat, For Tuna when they were only 5 and younger.

Now David, Taina, Holly Adrian and Ray each have grown but managed to stay in contact with one another. Long ago, one night they were discovered with no parents beneath the hatch of an old boat. Dressed in fine clothes and unable to speak much, they were all put into foster care. The only strange thing uniting them was a hand drawn starfish on each of their left hands. Each of them still carries that reminder with them, all permanently tattoed on their hand in various shapes and sizes.

When David learns that he has a fatal brain cancer, he brings all his brothers and sisters together on Griswold Island, off the Connecticut coast. This is the home of his former ex-girlfriend, Julia, but also one whom David wants to marry. Each of them believe they are here to help David get his mind off of dying and spend some quality time with him.

Yet David has other ideas, beginning with the flashbacks he had when they discovered his brain tumor. Are the flashbacks merely part of his cancer attacking his brain or are they secrets of who they really are and how they arrived in Puerto Rico?

In the book, Stay With Me, by Sandra Rodriguez Barron, we are taken into the lives of each of the five children who are dealing with their own personal struggles of what happened to them. Each of them is attempting to push the past back and move forward with the present, but are unable to.

I received the book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review, and have to say, this story really captivated my heart and took me for a ride. I love the struggle with David most of all, because of his cancer, he has nothing left to fear in uncovering the truth that brought them all together and discovering what happened to them those many years ago. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

For more information on this book, the author and where to read even more amazing reviews on this book tour, click on the link below:

Stay With Me by Sandra Rodriguez Barron

Thanks to the generous folks at TLC Book Tours, they are offering a giveaway copy to one lucky follower of my blog. Here are your guidelines:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address and No P.O. Boxes please.

3. I must have a way to contact via email, so please include it with your comment. You can use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Leave me a comment telling me why you'd love to win a copy of this book. The giveaway ends on December 20th. I will contact the winner after that date by email.


  1. Sounds like a good mystery, which I love in a novel. I am a follower.


  2. I love the storyline of this novel. Especially the fact that the siblings stayed close even though they were forced into separate families at such a young age! I would love to see how this mystery unfolds!


  3. Sound like a book of loving siblings staying in touch despite circumstances. Adoption can lend many different lives, which would be interesting to read about. Please add me.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  4. Forgot to say I am a follower by GFC.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  5. Wow! Great idea for a book.
    I'm a follower


  6. sounds like a wonderful story...please count me in...i'm a follower :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  7. Sounds wonderful, love a good mystery.
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

  8. Oh my goodness, this sounds so good! Please enter me, & thanks for your wonderful giveaways!
    Email subscriber


  9. I'm a subscriber and email follower in the US, I'd love to read this book it sounds very mysterious.
    Theresa N

  10. I love the storyline of this book. It's great that they were able to stay in touch and then get together.

    I'm a follower

  11. I'm a follower and an email subscriber. Please enter me in the contest!

    dancealert at aol dot com

  12. This sounds like a winner! Love that children stick kept together despite being separated. They know the true meaning of family. I am wondering what about the flashbacks, are they of the past?

    I am an e-mail subscriber and a Google Friend Connect Follower.


  13. Sounds like an amazing book!

    kays-brookside at hotmail dot com

  14. Google Friends Connect - following your blog publicly as Louis
    omg, this book looks like i would read it in one weekend, love the story line

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

  15. I'm a google friend connect follower and an email subscriber. :)

    I'd love to win this book because your review really peaks my interest. It sounds like a book that weaves many stories together and is a mystery as well. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for the opportunity!

    reducefootprints at gmail dot com

  16. 5 out of 5? Sounds like this book was a real winner! Thanks so much for being a part of the tour - I'm thrilled that you loved the book.

  17. This book sounds so good! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. This sounds like a wonderful story.

    I am a GFC follower

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  19. I would love to win this, Kat. TY
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  20. I have always been a sentimental reader of people with illness, disabilities, or tragedy. don't really know why.
    follow you as jhb.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com


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