June 1, 2015

Spotlight + Giveaway: Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen

Today I have the pleasure of featuring ENCHANTED AUGUST by Brenda Bowen, which will be releasing this Tuesday, June 2nd, by Pamela Dorman Books. Read on for more information on the book, check out the awesome online book club kit, and don't forget to enter to win your own copy!

Enchanted August: A Novel 
Author: Brenda Bowen
Genre: Women's Fiction/Chick Lit
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books


Set on a picture-perfect island in Maine, a sparkling summer debut that offers readers a universal fantasy: one glorious month away from it all...

On a dreary spring day in Brooklyn, Lottie Wilkinson and Rose Arbuthnot spot an ad on their children’s preschool bulletin board:

Hopewell Cottage
Little Lost Island, Maine.
Old, pretty cottage to rent on a small island.
Springwater, blueberries, sea glass.

Neither can afford it, but they are smitten—Lottie could use a break from her overbearing husband and Rose from her relentless twins. On impulse, they decide to take the place and attract two others to share the steep rent: Caroline Dester, an indie movie star who’s getting over a very public humiliation, and elderly Beverly Fisher, who’s recovering from heartbreaking loss. If it’s not a perfect quartet, surely it will be fine for a month in the country.

When they arrive on the island, they are transformed by the salt air; the breathtaking views; the long, lazy days; and the happy routine of lobster, corn, and cocktails on the wraparound porch. By the time of the late-August blue moon, real life and its complications have finally fallen far, far away. For on this idyllic island they gradually begin to open up: to one another and to the possibilities of lives quite different from the ones they’ve been leading. Change can’t be that hard, can it?

With a cast of endearingly imperfect characters and set against the beauty of a gorgeous New England summer, Enchanted August brilliantly updates the beloved classic The Enchanted April in a novel of love and reawakening that is simply irresistible.


“Four virtual strangers are brought together by a secluded cottage off the coast of Maine in Bowen’s charming adult debut…Bright and kind and optimistic…A thoroughly pleasant summer read as breezy as the island itself.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A bewitching story with characters as rich and delightful as summertime in Maine, ENCHANTED AUGUST indulges its readers with stories of friendship, love and new beginnings.” —Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl

“Brenda Bowen has written a book filled with turns and reveals as twisty as the flower-bordered island paths. Recommended for those who treasure books filled with heart, humor, friendship, love, and forgiveness, and for those who love Maine.”— Morgan Callan Rogers, author of Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea 

“ENCHANTED AUGUST is as lovely and salty as an afternoon on an island in Maine. Brenda Bowen writes with humor and with love about the spell cast on the unsuspecting by a cottage by the sea. And her endearing characters wind up, at summer’s end, with something even more precious than lobster: a second chance.”  —Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She’s Not There

“ENCHANTED AUGUST is a frothy delight—witty, poignant, and surprising…a magical summer sojourn.”—Lauren Belfer, author of A Fierce Radiance and City of Light

“ENCHANTED AUGUST is a true charmer of a novel, written with humor, sensitivity, and a huge amount of heart. I fell in love with the glorious Maine setting and with the quirky and endearing characters who find themselves thrown together there. It’s a perfect summer read—for any time of the year.” —Will Schwalbe, author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Your Life Book Club

“A delightful retelling of the enchanting classic. I'm dreaming of blueberries and Maine lobster. We all need a sunny island or castle to which we can run away.”—Helen Simonson, bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Find the fabulous online book club kit HERE!

Check out the classic novel that the book is based on:

A former children’s book publisher, Brenda Bowen is now a literary agent and children’s book author. She lives and works in New York, and spends as much of her summer as she can on an island much like Little Lost Island in Maine.

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 The publisher is generously allowing me to give away (1) finished copy of ENCHANTED AUGUST along with (1) copy of THE ENCHANTED APRIL! Open to US only!


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