Book Giveaway: The Salt House by Lisa Duffy

Yes, ANOTHER book giveaway!


This time I’m teaming up with a wonderful group of bookstagram friends @jessicamap @prose_and_palate @kourtneysbookshelf and @wherethereadergrows to share with you the amazing June 13 release The Salt House by Lisa Duffy! There are FIVE copies up for grabs here!

Here is a little more info on the book, with the giveaway information linked below!


SaltHouseThe Salt House by Lisa Duffy
(Touchstone – June 13, 2017)


In the tradition of Jodi Picoult and Lisa Genova, this gorgeously written, heartbreaking, yet hopeful debut set during a Maine summer traces the lives of a young family in the aftermath of tragedy.

In the coastal town of Alden, Maine, Hope and Jack Kelly have settled down to a life of wedded bliss. They have a beautiful family, a growing lobster business, and the Salt House—the dilapidated oceanfront cottage they’re renovating into their dream home. But tragedy strikes when their young daughter doesn’t wake up from her afternoon nap, taking her last breath without making a sound.

A year later, each member of the Kelly family navigates the world on their own private island of grief. Hope spends hours staring at her daughter’s ashes, unable to let go. Jack works to the point of exhaustion in an attempt to avoid his crumbling marriage. Their daughters, Jess and Kat, struggle to come to terms with the loss of their younger sister while watching their parents fall apart.

When Jack’s old rival, Ryland Finn, threatens his fishing territory, he ignites emotions that propel the Kelly family toward circumstances that will either tear them apart—or be the path to their family’s future.

Told in alternating voices, The Salt House is a layered, emotional portrait of marriage, family, friendship, and the complex intersections of love, grief, and hope.


Heartbreaking and hopeful, The Salt House drew me in and wouldn’t let me stop reading until the very last word. The first half of the book had me aching with sadness for the Kelly’s family horrific loss of their baby daughter (I had to take a short break from reading to process it), and the second half had me combining that sadness with awe for the perseverance and determination of this family in their quest to survive their grief.

The multiple narrators (all 4 members of the family had their own alternating chapters, both parents as well as their 8-year-old and 16-year-old daughters) fully immerse readers into the family’s grief and attempts to cope, and give the story a richness that would not be possible if the story were told from only one perspective. The daughters, Jess and Kat, are refreshingly honest in their youthful take on the past year, while the parents, Hope and Jack, are achingly raw in their inability to return to life as normal.

Duffy’s descriptions of the coastal Maine fishing town are absolutely beautiful, and reinforce my desires to visit this area of the US at some point in the not too distant future.

This book will stay with me for a long time, and I will recommend it to everyone I know. However, if you are a parent of a baby or young toddler, be aware that it made me eternally grateful that my children are past the age of Maddie in the story, as I don’t know if I would be able to put my little one down for a nap again after reading this book. Grief is hard to read when you can’t imagine yourself exactly in the shoes of the grieving, but almost unbearable when you can.

Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a finished copy of this book for review – all opinions are my own.


Just follow the directions in this Instagram post!

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GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED – thanks for entering 🎉🍾 GIVEAWAY TIME! I am so excited to be partnering up with the lovely @jessicamap @kourtneysbookshelf @prose_and_palate and @wherethereadergrows to give away 5 copies of the fantastic debut novel from @lcduffy "The Salt House". "In the tradition of Jodi Picoult and Lisa Genova, this gorgeously written, heartbreaking, yet hopeful debut set during a Maine summer traces the lives of a young family in the aftermath of the unthinkable". This book was a 5 star read for me and I am thrilled to give you the opportunity to discover this talented new author! •*•*•*•*•*•*•*•* Here's how to enter: 1. Follow @lcduffy • 2. Follow @jessicamap @kourtneysbookshelf @theloudlibrarylady @wherethereadergrows @prose_and_palate (yes all of us! Feel free to enter on all 5 of these accounts – more entries means a better chance of winning!) • 2. Tag two reading buddies in the comments •*•*•*•*•*•*•*•*•*•*• That's it!! The contest will run through Tuesday, June 13 (US only). This giveaway is not affliated with Instagram. GOOD LUCK!!! • #thesalthouse #newrelease #touchstonebooks #giveaway @touchstonebooks

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2 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: The Salt House by Lisa Duffy

  1. This sounds like a good, but intense read, Kate. I don’t think I can handle it at this point, with the crazy and uncertain political climate. Some day, perhaps…

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