But that wasn't the only prize given away. Nancye Davis and Valerie Ipson each won a copy of Awakening Avery. (Yeah for free books)
And in case you missed all the wonderful things said about Awakening Avery during the blog tour, read the highlights here.
Sheila Stayley from Why Not? Because I Said So!
Laurie Lewis . . . has written a heart warming and very emotionally driven book. . . . I was hooked from the very first page. . . . As a reader you are drawn in so quickly to the emotions of Avery and her heartache. She is someone that is flawed, but you choose to cheer for her from the start. . . . Laurie truly knows how to draw the reader in and never let you go until the very last page. Awakening Avery is a story that will stay with you for a very long time.
Alison Palmer from Tangled Words and Dreams
Awakening Avery would be a good choice for a few lazy summer days. It carries some beautiful messages of love, forgiveness and family that are great for pondering over a few hot, slow days. I highly recommend spending some time with Avery. Well done, Laurie!
Kimberly Job from Scribbled Scraps
Awakening Avery is a thought provoking book that will tug at your heartstrings. It is a novel unlike any other I’ve read, and I highly recommend it.
Nichole Giles from Star Crossed Book Reviews
Though I didn’t originally expect the plot to be centered on religion, it does all circle back to that. Though, not in a preachy way. It just came down to the choices of the characters involved deciding what they believed was right, or how they should live.It's very much a feel good book.
I did feel like the ending wrapped up a little too neatly, but then I’m a huge fan of happy endings.
Annie Speaks Her Mind from LDSBookCorner
Awakening Avery reminded me of an LDS version of the Shell Seekers by Rosemund Pilcher. It has that same sense of realism, with characters that are complex and a plot that is sweeping in its emotional honesty. It’s a book that entertains, inspires and makes one stop for just a moment and consider the fragility of life… before going back to being entertained.
Tristi Pinkston from Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author
I appreciated [Awakening Avery] a lot. It has a literary style to it that I find refreshing - we don't often see literary writing in this market, and I think this book was a good representation of how to write a literary novel that uses words to create pictures and yet isn't so literary that it loses the reader.
C.S. Bezas from For the Love of the Written Word
The main protagonist in the story, Avery Thompson, will forever live on in my life as the inspiration for complete change. I now choose to stop living my life in fear. I choose to stop avoiding life’s experiences. I choose to visit “the beaches” in my life by simply enmeshing myself in the sand they offer and enjoying the experience. . . . I think it will change you in ways you’ll forever celebrate.
Joan Sowards from Joan Sowards
I very much enjoyed this character-driven novel. Not only Avery, but each supporting character takes his/her own journey of growth. I personally love staying on the beach, so reading this novel was also a beach holiday for me. I could feel the ocean breezes, heard the waves rolling in and the winging of the seagulls.
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen from The Write Blocks
Awakening Avery is more than a simple love story. It is also a quiet, yet sometimes insightful portrayal of a woman's self-awakening from grief and creative suppression into a world where second chances at love and personal growth are possible.
Awakening Avery is definitely not a fast-paced, heart-pounding story, but it's charm not only held my attention, but it also continues to touch my heart.
If you're interested in purchasing Awakening Avery you can find it online at Amazon, Deseret Book, and of course at your local LDS bookstore. Lastly, don't forget to check out Laurie's blog.