Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sinful Folk - Teaser Tuesday

Sinful Folk
Ever since studying Canterbury Tales in school, I've been curious about life in the Middle Ages. In Sinful Folk, the author gives us a glimpse into that era through the eyes of a woman. Although at first I wasn't sure whether or not I would enjoy the book, I soon became caught up in the plot and couldn't put it down. It's a quest and a mystery, as well as a story about a mother's love. I'm not quite finished, but I can tell you that the scenes describing that bitterly cold winter have renewed my appreciation for Gore-Tex and thermal underwear!

Teaser (from 8% on my Kindle):
There is a stab of pain in my side. My limbs are weak as water, for I have not been able to eat much this winter with no food in the larders or the mill. And now my feet and toes feel each lump of frozen mud.

Genre: Mystery / Historical
Number of Pages: 362 Pages
Amazon Link: Sinful Folk

Synopsis from Amazon:
A tragic loss. A desperate journey. A mother seeks the truth.
In December of 1377, four children were burned to death in a house fire. Villagers traveled hundreds of miles across England to demand justice for their children's deaths.
 
Sinful Folk is the story of this terrible mid-winter journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. For years, she has concealed herself and all her history. But on this journey, she will find the strength to redeem the promise of her past. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and transcendence.
 
The remarkable new novel by Ned Hayes, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author / illustrator Nikki McClure, Sinful Folk illuminates the medieval era with profound insight and compassion.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away -- you don't want to ruin the book for others)
  • Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers
  • Leave a comment on MizB's Teaser Tuesday post (HERE) and include your link so everyone can find your post.

43 comments:

  1. What a teaser! Thanks for sharing!!

    Here is my teaser

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  2. Wow that sounds like a fascinating read. My historical novels are usually more recent than the Middle Ages but this one has definitely caught my eye. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The author gave a fascinating glimpse into the gritty life of the 14th century. He made me appreciate all we have these days.

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  3. I could feel her cold. Brrrr. Thanks for sharing, Sandra. I too appreciate the benefit of warm layers and a warm house.

    Kay xx
    Love Bites and Silk

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    1. While reading this book, I wondered how anyone managed to survive that terrible winter. Actually, a lot of people didn't.

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  4. A former nun living disguised as a mute man and raising her son - I'm intrigued!

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  5. Good teaser! I feel terrible for that woman. I hope things get better for her. Thank you for stopping by.

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  6. Ooh that sounds amazing! I love the Middle Ages and even though Chaucer sometimes grates of my nerves he does make me laugh. Although this sounds more serious, I'm definitely putting it on my TBR list! Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a great week :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. It is hard to grasp the harsh life people lived back in those times. The author of this book did a great job showing how bleak things were.

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  7. This sounds awesome. I love the cover, very much captures the feel of winter and struggle. It sounds heavy though!! Thanks for stopping by my TT.

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    1. I like the cover too. It's so different from other covers I've seen and really caught my eye.

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  8. Good teaser and I very much like the cover art.

    Thanks for commenting on my teaser today: http://pubwrite.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/teaser-tuesday-the-heart-in-conflict-dreamsongs-volume-ii/

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    1. The cover art is just right for the story -- stark and simple. It reminds me of a wood print.

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  9. I don't often read books from this era, but you reeled me in with these excerpts. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy. Here's MY TUESDAY POST

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    1. I haven't seen many books set in the 14th century! This story is quite different and captured my interest.

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  10. What an interesting teaser. I can feel the cold and hunger pains. I agree with everyone else, I like my little heater in My Reading Corner, on these cold Iowan nights. Thanks for the visit today, and I am enjoying your book "Bluebonnets for Elly." I walked to my local library this morning (warm day today) and spend about an hour reading your book on my iPhone before walking home. I love visiting the library and just lounging around and reading. It is so relaxing...

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words about my book! I'm delighted that you're enjoying Elly and Derek's story, and I appreciate your featuring the book on your blog today.
      I agree with you about libraries. There's something calming about reading among all those books, isn't there?

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  11. I love historical fiction but I haven't read many historical mysteries. This one sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. This author definitely takes you waaay back! It's an amazing story.

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  12. Terrific teaser. Love that simile -- weak as water.

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  13. Sounds like a great book! Glad you are enjoying. I like being surprised by how much I like a book. ~Deanna

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    1. I'm usually open-minded (maybe even optimistic) when I start reading a book, and I'm always thrilled when the author entertains me.

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  14. I love books set in that era too. This sounds like a good one.

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  15. Just the cold seeping through my windows this year has given me a deeper appreciation for Gor-Tex.

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  16. What Alice said, regarding the cold, LOL. Sounds like a good book--enjoy the rest of it!

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  17. This sounds like a fascinating story. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate you stopping by The Busy Mom's Daily.

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  18. I like the teaser--the kind of description that puts you right into that moment in the book. I also like the sound of this one from the synopsis. I haven't read too many books set that far back in history. I hope you enjoy the rest of the book!

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    1. This is probably the only book I've read that takes place in the 14th Century! It's fascinating to me.

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  19. Sounds interesting. Enjoy your reading and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  20. it's great if an author can make history alive for us. I would enjoy this book as well. I live quite close to where the Canterbury tales are set

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    1. If you decide to read SINFUL FOLK, I'll be interested in hearing your opinion of the story.

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  21. Oooh, sounds very interesting!

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  22. Great teaser. sounds interesting for sure. Thanks for stopping by my site.

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  23. Great teaser, and really interesting blurb.

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  24. That sounds awful! I wonder what happens to her. Not a huge fan of Historical novels, but I might give this one a go. xD

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

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    1. Some parts of the story area awful, but they're nicely written!

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  25. Interesting teaser! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Oh, very interesting! I hope things turn out okay. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. It sounds like my kind of book.

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  28. Oh chilly, chilly cold! This sounds like a pretty intriguing book! I hope you're enjoying it!
    Cyn @ Book Munchies

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  29. (This is the author of Sinful Folk... I appreciate your interest in the book -- I wasn't able to find a way to contact Sandra on this blog... but I'd love to do a giveaway of the book for the readers here. Sandra, if you can contact me at ned@nednotes.com .... I'd be happy to give some books away, and do an interview (if appropriate to your readers ;-)

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