Friday, July 22, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: What Remains of Love by Suzanne Trauth

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for What Remains of Love by Suzanne Trauth. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a fantastic guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: What Remains of Love
Author: Suzanne Trauth
Publication Date: July 19th 2022
Print Length: 281 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction
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At the reading of her beloved father’s will, Kate, a divorced French professor, learns of his affaire de coeur during World War II with a French artist named Emilie, to whom he has left a substantial bequest. Kate, stunned to discover the existence of this woman who captivated her father, is determined to unravel the mystery of his past and unearth the truth.

Though Emilie has passed away now, her daughter Yvette sends a box of her mother’s keepsakes from the war that are even more unnerving – among them a dried flower, a photograph, two smooth stones, and a train ticket. 

Kate wonders about her parents’ marriage. After the war had he abandoned passion for honor? Did he really love her mother, or was he compelled to marry her out of his sense of duty? How well did she really know her father? Or her mother? She embarks on a journey to the south of France to reconcile the past and confront her own demons, as well as the legacy of her father’s wartime love affair and the price he paid to live an honorable life.

Kate’s life is changed forever…

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EXCERPT:
“I’d still like to know what there was between them.” I swaddle a picture in bubble wrap and secure it with a length of packing tape.

“I’d say that was pretty obvious.” DJ could be snarky where Dad was concerned.

“What if it was more than a fling?” I say.

He sits down on the easy chair and fixes his gaze on me. “So, you think he never got over her?”

“I’m not saying that. I’d just like to know more.” The gift to Emilie Renault hints at a passion that disturbs me. A side of him I never saw. Dad was generous and thoughtful. But passionate? He and Mother had a caring but polite relationship. I don’t ever remember them sneaking a kiss or hugging with enthusiasm when they were younger. And since she died over twenty years ago, there hasn’t been another woman in his life. That I’m aware of. It seemed to me to be a well-bred, civil marriage, a peck on his cheek, an arm under her elbow.

DJ gathers up the putter and irons and jams them into the golf bag.

I have to say it aloud. “Maybe they were in love.” My statement hangs in the air.

DJ releases a deep sigh. His voice is firm but low. “Kate, you dumped on Mom while she was living and now you’re doing it again on her memory.” DJ slings the bag over his shoulder and bangs the door as he leaves the carriage house.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Suzanne Trauth is the author of What Remains of Love and the Dodie O’Dell mystery series—Show Time, Time Out, Running out of Time, Just in Time, No More Time, and Killing Time. She co-authored Sonia Moore and American Acting Training and co-edited Katrina on Stage: Five Plays. In her previous career, she spent many years as a university professor of theatre. She lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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GUEST POST:
- What is your favorite romance trope and why?

This is an easy question for me and my answer is ready: second chances at love! It’s so much fun to watch or read about a couple that connected—maybe even married—and then somehow things went awry, the love affair ended, and hearts were broken. Each one in the couple moved on, maybe found another partner or remarried. And then time passes and circumstances, and maybe geography, conspire in favor of love. The couple meets again and gets a second chance. This time, as it usually happens in second chance romances, these two get it right and live happily ever after!

I love that books and movies are filled with this kind of scenario, from classic authors like Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre) to contemporary dramas and romances (The Fault in our Stars and Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook). I enjoy watching the Philadelphia Story from the 1940s with Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, and Cary Grant over and over again. Katharine Hepburn splits with husband Cary Grant and, just as she is about to remarry a very different type of guy, she discovers some truths about herself and voila! A second chance to make things right with her first, and real, love.

Beyond making for great storytelling, this romance trope is solidly based in reality. On numerous occasions I have run across narratives of folks who dated someone in high school or college, then broke up for any number of reasons, moved on to someone else and another life. Years later—sometimes as much as fifty years—they find themselves back in touch with their youthful sweetheart and the flames are rekindled. (Social media and the Internet provide a lot of help here!) From what I can tell, these second romances are lasting, heartfelt, and secure.

Does life imitate art or vice versa? Either way, a second chance at love can create a fictional romance but also a real-life sweet ending.
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GIVEAWAY:
Suzanne Trauth will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes &Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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32 comments:

  1. Good book for Summer reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Hi Jamie...some of the best advice I received early on: be persistent and don't give up! Also, when you have a manuscript ready, find an editor that you trust to give you feedback before you start to send it out. Good luck!

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  3. This sounds like an emotional read. Such a beautiful cover.

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    1. Yes, lots of emotions in this story. The publisher did a great job with the cover. Thanks.

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  4. I love this kind of book. Thank you

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    1. I appreciate your comment! Thanks for joining the conversation.

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    1. Thank you. I love it too...the art director at Between the Lines Publishing did a great job.

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  6. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book to read

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and for joining the conversation!

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    1. Yes, I think it's beautiful. Also the excerpt gives a hint of mystery to come! Thanks.

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  8. Thanks for including me on this blog! It was fun to write the post! Suzanne

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  9. I love a second chance romance too

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    1. Right? They are satisfying and give the reader a sense of completion...thanks for joining the conversation. Suzanne

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  10. Sounds like an enjoyable book.

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  11. sounds like a very lovely book to read

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  12. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  13. This sounds like a book that will have your questioning your own feelings about love, honor, passion, and duty. Thanks for the introduction.

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  14. David HollingsworthJuly 22, 2022 at 5:41 PM

    This book sounds really intriguing.

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  15. The book sounds interesting and I like the book cover.

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  16. Congratulations on your release of What Remains of Love, Suzanne, great guest post and excerpt, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like a book that I would enjoy reading! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a glorious TGIF!

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  17. Happy Friday! Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work throughout this book tour and I am looking forward to reading What Remains of Love. Have a great weekend!

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