Spring Carnival Blog Hop Giveaway

Hosted by:
The Reading Angel, Pure Imagination, Candace’s Book Blog, and The Book Swarm

I’m trying something new, and participating in the Spring Carnival Blog Hop. It’s a chance for book bloggers to help promote one anther, find new favourite blogs to follow, and reward our readers.

From Mat 1 to 8, visit the participating blogs for your chance to win great book prizes. I am giving away a $20 gift card to your choice of Chapters.ca or Amazon.com.

To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you are currently reading. I am enjoying The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood, and also still reading Moby Dick. Also, it isn’t required to enter, but please consider following me by email, RSS or on Twitter.

Good luck, and check out the other blogs participating, for great reviews and more chances to win.
Have fun hopping!

1. Reading Angel 72. Carina L. Tai 143. Erika @ Moonlight Book Reviews
2. Candace’s Book Blog (Int) 73. Muggle- Born. net (US) 144. ~ Sweeping Me~( INT)
3. Pure Imagination 74. Samantha Jo @ YA Enthusiast 145. PJ Schnyder
4. The Book Swarm 75. Between the Bookcovers 146. pamela black
5. Reading Teen 76. Lovely Lit (US) 147. glenda cates
6. Bookworm Lisa (Intl) 77. Anne K. Albert 148. My Love Affair With Books (Int)
7. Supernatural Snark (Intl) 78. Kate George 149. Jen @ In the Closet With a Bibliophile
8. Down The Rabbut Hole (Intl) 79. Sheery’s Place 150. The Cait Files (Int)
9. Confessions of a Bookaholic (INT) 80. Mimi @ SoMany Books (US) 151. Absconditas (INT)
10. I Am a Reader, Not a Writer (Int.) 81. Lov Liv Life Reviews (Int) 152. Book Lungs ♥ (INT!)
11. Poisoned Rationality (Int) 82. Books R Us (Int) 153. Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind
12. Kate (I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!) 83. Colloquium 154. Whispers by Rhiannon Ellis
13. The Reading Fever (US & CAN) 84. Lorielle 155. Read Now Sleep Later (US)
14. Black Fingernailed Reviews 85. Amanda @ letters written inside out (US) 156. Two Readers Reviews
15. Book Addictions by Christina 86. Julie Anne Lindsey 157. Evie @ Bookish
16. Shell’s Stories 87. Jen @ At Random (US) 158. Stella @ Ex Libris (INT)
17. Hott Books 88. Rebecca Irvine 159. Cedar Fort Books (US/ CA)
18. Star Shadow 89. PNR & UF Fanatics! 160. Gina C.
19. Books Devoured 90. Lori’s Reading Corner 161. One Book Per Week (US/ CA)
20. The Elliott Review (INT) 91. Helen Smith (Int) 162. Bianca (Wicked Good Books)
21. Vampires and Tofu 92. Truly Bookish (US) 163. The Bookish Brunette (INTL)
22. bookgoonie 93. The Zealous Reader (Canada) 164. Confessions and Ramblings of a Muse in the Fog (Int)
23. My Bookish Ways 94. Hope @ A Little Hope… Amidst the Chaos 165. Pimpin’ Reads
24. Laura Kreitzer (US) 95. darkangel88 166. Book Savvy Babe
25. Books Like Stars (US) 96. Diversion Press 167. Sarah @ The Brazen Bookworm
26. Manga Maniac Cafe (US) 97. Cleverlyinked 168. Laurie Carlson – lauriehere US & Canada
27. Actin’ Up with books 98. Marilyn’s Romance Reviews 169. Jen @ What’s on the Bookshelf (Intl)
28. Dfor Darla’s Definite Reads (US) 99. Carissa @ Preternatural Primer 170. Natalie (Id So Rather Be Reading)
29. Cem’s Book Hideout 100. Icey Books 171. My keeper shelf (INT)
30. I Like These Books – (INT) 101. The Enchanted Book 172. Living, Loving, Laughing, Reading
31. See Scoot Read (Int) 102. Mommies Point of View 173. Sara @ Just Another Story (Int)
32. Mysteries And Cupcakes 103. Susie Bookworm 174. Books & Other Creative Adventures (Int)
33. Joy @ Edgy Inspirational Romance 104. Ruby’s Reads (Int.) 175. Muriel Reeves
34. Minding Spot 105. Book Flame 176. E. B. Walters
35. Southern Fiber 106. Just Children’s Books (US) 177. Ednah Walters
36. Bitsy Bling Books 107. Lorien Velez (US) 178. PK Hrezo
37. Gabrielle Carolina @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf 108. Valarie 179. Book Passion for Life
38. Truth Be Told (US) 109. Lori Calabrese Writes! (US/ Canada) 180. Hedgeland
39. Ruth @ Bookish Ruth 110. Joyce@ whereismymind 181. Dr A Nyland (International)
40. Mary -FOREVER YOUNG (adult) 111. Lisa Peters 182. Love & Money with Feng Shui (INT)
41. Mary – Book Hounds 112. Safari Poet 183. Lorielle
42. Betty- Reflections with Coffee 113. Kelly’s Lucky You (US) 184. Dr. Stravagante
43. The Lucky Ladybug (Int) 114. Lisa’s Loves Books Of Course( Int) 185. Amy Jones
44. A Myriad of Books (US & CAN) 115. Do Not Disturb My Books 186. Elaina@ New Reading Mania
45. What Book is That? 116. Bada Bing Now 187. Hale & Salvatore Supernatural Must Reads { Canada/ U.S }
46. Mommies Point of View 117. Kadambari 188. Jess resides here
47. Stacy Juba: Mysteries, Murder & More 118. Beverly @ The Wormhole 189. Inga Silberg Books
48. Laurie, Meg & Caity (Reader Girls) 119. Brenda Pandos – Author 190. A Bookful of Thoughts (Int)
49. Chelsey @ Starry Sky Books 120. The Daily Harrell – YA (Int) 191. Family Literacy and You
50. Figuring Out the Small Stuff 121. Rex Robot Reviews 192. Simply Stacie (International)
51. Sugar Creek Cottage- International 122. Book of Secrets (International) 193. Midnight Bloom Reads (INT)
52. Sarah Reads Too Much 123. Roof Beam Reader 194. Livingston Hall Publishers (US, CA)
53. Books and Things US 124. Rachel (US/ AU) 195. 24/7 Book Cafe (US, CA)
54. Amethyst Daydreams 125. Meredith@ Mint Tea and A Good Book 196. TEENS READ AND WRITE (Intl)
55. Cuzinlogic (INT) 126. ROOTS IN MYTH 197. Must Love Books
56. paula schuck 127. Bookworming in the 21st Century 198. To Read or Not To Read
57. Extreme Reader Book Reviews 128. Demon Lovers books & more (US) 199. Reading With Bakin_ Goddess
58. Andrea Contillo 129. Paperback Treasures (Int.) 200. Talking with Tundra (US/ CAN)
59. Mysteries and My Musings (US & Canada) 130. Lady Reader’s Bookstuff 201. Barb @ Sugarbeat’s Books
60. Guen @ Ezine of A Random Girl 131. Joan Holub 202. Nikki
61. From the Trees 132. Fiction Flurry 203. Laurie Carlson
62. Alyssa @ The Babbling Bookworm 133. Reading, Writing and Waiting 204. The Book Fiend (Int)
63. KM @ One Page At A Time Reviews (US Only) 134. Got YA 205. Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
64. Jennifer @ An Abundance of Books 135. The Itzel Library (Int) 206. Spades High Reads
65. Fiction State Of Mind 136. Books Like Breathing 207. Brave New Adventure
66. A & C Book Junkies (INTL) 137. Devon Ashley 208. Loretta @ Between The Pages
67. Paranormal Opinion (Int.) 138. Cynthia (A Blog about Nothing) 209. Book Twirps
68. Fire and Ice 139. The Book Pixie (US only) 210. A.G. Wright
69. Between The Pages 140. A Tale of Many Reviews (Int) 211. Curling Up By The Fire
70. Getting Naughty Between the Stacks 141. Nastasha
71. Coffee Table Press (INT) 142. Mayra’s Secret Bookcase

Book Review and Giveaway: The Nymph and the Lamp

Author: Thomas H. Raddall
318 pages
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
ISBN-10: 1551095769
ISBN-13: 978-1551095769

It is only fitting that I follow up my review of Jane Eyre with another longtime favourite, known to some as “Jane Eyre’s conservative Canadian cousin.”

The Nymph and the Lamp was written by Halifax writer T.H. Raddall and originally published in 1950, becoming one of Canada’s most popular novels in its day. The story begins in Halifax, but is set predominantly on Sable Island, known in the novel as Marina.

Isabel Jardine, the heroine of Raddall’s novel is an orphan, in her mid to late twenties, working as a secretary in the Marconi Depot in Halifax. She lives alone in a rundown boarding house at the end of Barrington Street. Not particularly pretty and already viewed as an old maid, Isabel has long ago stopped waiting for romance. She meets Matthew Carney, the Operator in Charge of the Marconi Station on Marina, when he makes a rare shore visit. Overcome with surprise when Carney asks her to dinner, Isabel says yes, despite not being particularly attracted to him, and his reputation as a bit of an oddball.

A little false advertising, but I do love this cover. Yes this is a scene in the book, but a minor one.

Through a bizarre series of events, including being accosted by a drunken neighbour, disgraced and thrown out of her boarding house, Isabel agrees to marry Carney after only three days, and travels with him to begin a new and lonely life on Marina. Enter radio operators Skane and Sergeant, and the other inhabitants of Sable Island in the 1920s: the live-saving station workers and their families. And of course, a love triangle. Two love triangles, to be precise.

Now, I have always been a sucker for historical fiction, and more particularly so when it is a local story. Behind the love story, the novel is full of interesting tidbits about the history of Sable Island, the shipwrecks, the horses, the Marconi wireless system, and Halifax during and just after World War I. There is even an excursion to the fishing outports of Newfoundland. I have read and reread this book many times, and love it more every time.

I don’t want to say much about the outcome of the story, except it does have a few remarkable similarities to the Bronte novel, despite being a very different story overall, and definitely not a feminist tale. But really, I want you to read this one for yourself. And to make that happen, I am making this post into my first giveaway on onebookperweek.ca. Leave a comment below telling me about your favourite historical fiction novel. One lucky reader will be randomly selected to win a copy of the 2006 edition of The Nymph and the Lamp, from Nimbus Publishing. Good luck.

* Contest open to readers in Canada and the USA only, and open until April 30, 2011 at 11:59:59 Atlantic Time.