Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading.

Today’s featured book is an ARC from Amazon Vine:  Leaving Haven, by Kathleen McCleary.





Intro:  (Prologue) – Georgia – June 19, 2012

Georgia sat up in her hospital bed, holding her baby.  She studied his little face—just visible beneath the striped blue and pink knit cap the nurse had pulled over his head after cleaning him off.  She tried to remember how Liza had looked as a newborn, all those years ago.  But this baby didn’t look like Liza, maybe because there was nothing of her, Georgia, in this baby.  Instead John’s features bloomed on this tiny boy—the ears that stuck out just slightly, the dark hair, the full lips.

Outside the window the sun broke through the clouds and streamed into the room.  Georgia noticed the shift in the light, but didn’t take her eyes off the baby in her arms.  She picked up one of his hands, rubbed his palm with her thumb.  His fingers were long—she could see that even in such new, tiny hands—nothing at all like Georgia’s own hands.  The baby opened his eyes.

Georgia gazed at him.  “Hi?”  she said.  “Who are you?”


Teaser:  (Alice – June 24, 2012)

The one thing Alice had learned since her affair was that no matter how well you thought you knew someone (whether another person or yourself), you could still be surprised, very surprised. (p. 243).


Blurb:   In Leaving Haven, Kathleen McCleary, author of A Simple Thing, explores the intricacies of love, friendship, and parenthood.

Georgia longs for a baby, but she’s had miscarriage after miscarriage since her daughter was born more than a decade ago. Through a miraculous egg donation, Georgia is thrilled to find herself pregnant—until she makes a startling discovery that changes her mind about how much she really wants the baby…

Georgia’s best friend, Alice, has a happy teenage daughter, a faithful husband, and a perfectly organized life. But her world spins off its axis when she falls for a man who is everything she knows she doesn’t want…

Leaving Haven is a provocative and touching novel that will appeal to readers of contemporary fiction and fans of Jodi Picoult, Luanne Rice, and Kristin Hannah.


Would you keep reading?  I know that I can’t wait to immerse myself in this story.


  1. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    I love the featured excerpts from this book and Kathleen is certainly a new to me author, to be added to my list.

    I like the way that her stories centre around home, family, relationships and children, to varying degrees. The emotional turmoil those three things can evoke, either separately, or in any combination, must be the most difficult to deal with for any wife or mother and Kathleen handles it with sensitivity and more than a touch of humour, I should imagine.

    Thanks for featuring and I hope that you enjoy the rest of the book.



  2. I like that last line: “Who are you?” In my experience it’s something we all ask when we gaze at a newborn baby, So many ways to go. I definitely like the beginning of this book.


  3. Georgia’s story sounds interesting and I’d want to see how that develops, but I have a feeling like I’d be very annoyed when reading about Alice. Though, I would still be interested in seeing what happens to her. :p

    Thanks for stopping by and great teaser!


    1. Yes, and I felt that way, too, pdbkwm….but the author cleverly tells the story with alternating perspectives, so we get to see Alice’s side of things, too. I’m loving the story…and thanks for stopping by.


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