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Are you having the #BestSummerEver with BookSparks’ 6th Annual Summer Reading Challenge? Welcome to July! Our third book for the month is So Close by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus.

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From international #1 best-selling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus comes a story about a girl from the trailer parks of central Florida and the two powerful men who shape her life—one of whom will raise her up to places she never imagined, the other who will threaten to destroy her.

Amanda Beth Luker has spent her whole life desperately looking for someone who can show her the way out of her trailer park Florida town. And then, finally, help arrives—in the form of Tom Davis, a successful lawyer who grew up just a few miles over from Amanda and has aspirations of making a difference in towns just like hers all across the country. But it’s his wife, Lindsay, who really captures Amanda’s imagination. Strong, smart and determined, she gives Amanda something she’s never had—a role model. Meanwhile Amanda is introduced to the wealthy, charismatic, and deeply troubled Pax Westerbrook. He clearly desires Amanda, but if she gives in will that move her closer to the life she’s always dreamed of—or make it impossible?

Can a girl from a trailer park make it to the White House? What will it cost her? When her loyalty is tested will she save the only family she’s ever known—even if it means keeping a terrible secret from the American people?


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Newsweek declared Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus’s The Nanny Diaries a “phenomenon.” It is a #1 New York Times bestseller and the longest-running hardcover bestseller of 2002. In 2007 it was released as a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, and Alicia Keys. McLaughlin and Kraus are also the authors of three other New York Times bestsellers—Citizen Girl, Dedication and Nanny Returns—as well as the soon-to-be-released novels Between You & Me and Over You. They have appeared numerous times on CNN, MSNBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, and The View. In addition to writing for television and film, McLaughlin and Kraus travel around the country speaking to young women about feminism and gender issues in American corporate culture.

 


Interested in reading along with us? Here’s how you can participate:

Bloggers: Please sign up for the Blog Tours by month: May, June, July, August. Check out the instructions on how you can participate in the challenge here. *You are not guaranteed spots. Our SRC is the most popular campaign of the year. If you are not selected for publicity copies, you can still participate by buying the books and then posting along. You can then still be entered to win the amazing prizes all summer long! Please read this special note for our beloved bloggers.

Book Lovers: Travel along with us by purchasing the books, reading them, and then tagging us in your posts to win prizes all summer long. Check out the instructions to participate in the challenge here.

Brands:Want to join in on the #BestSummerEver fun? We are working with brands and influencers to share our best picks for summer! Email janay@sparkpointstudio.com for more information on how we can partner!

RSVP: Be sure to RSVP on the official Facebook event page and share the news with your friends! We’ll be offering special giveaways just to our event page, so be sure to RSVP for the #BestSummerEver, #BestSRCEver #SRC2016.

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