Book Review and #Giveaway: An Unexpected Guest by Anne Korkeakivi {3 Winners}

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
On a lovely spring day in Paris – post-9/11 and several months after the London Underground bombings — Clare Moorhouse, the Irish-American wife of a high-ranking British diplomat, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband’s career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the abrupt arrival of her son from boarding school in England and a random encounter with a man on the street, who may be a suspected terrorist. More unnerving still is a recurring face in the crowd, one that belonged to another, darker era of her life. But it can’t be him…

Like Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway, Anne Korkeakivi brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party.

My Thoughts
An Unexpected Guest covers a day in the life of Clare, the wife of a diplomat stationed in Paris. She is the perfect wife, a gracious hostess, and a devoted mother. On that day, her many skills are put to the test, as at a short notice Clare and her husband have to host an important dinner, one that may make or break his career. Clare's day will be busy as the task is challenging but she is confident she can swing it. After all, Clare has had two decades of practice.

As the day unfolds, Clare is tested in many unexpected ways. A dark secret from her past comes back to haunt her, a stranger needs her help, her son is in trouble, and a long-lost love threatens to derail her carefully arranged existence. Suddenly, the choices Clare has to make are no longer just about a diplomatic dinner. At first, Clare tries to postpone things - she wants to stay focused, to organize the event perfectly because her husband deserves her full support. Her son's drama can wait, she should not get involved as a witness, she can't afford to waste precious minutes pondering the past. Will Clare live up to her reputation as a decent person who always does the right thing? Or will she take the easy road, one of a spectator and not a participant?

Anne Korkeakivi has penned an irresistible story of many layers. The city of Paris comes to life in vibrant color, much more than a background to Clare's day. The complexity of Clare's character and her dilemmas are masterfully entwined with political turmoil and the intricacies of diplomatic life. An Unexpected Guest is a remarkable debut novel, and I can't wait to see what Ms. Korkeakivi will write next.

An Unexpected Guest is new today from Little, Brown, a division of Hachette Book Group.

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32 comments:

  1. Char W said...

    I am currently not reading a book but I do have a bunch downloaded on the kindle app. I just need to pick one to start :)

  2. Char W said...

    I am currently not reading a book but I do have a bunch downloaded on the kindle app. I just need to pick one to start :)

  3. Marjorie/cenya2 said...

    Right now I am reading Left Neglected by Lisa Genova.

  4. holdenj said...

    Just started Winter Solstice, an oldie that's a favorite of a co-worker!
    I loved Mrs. Dalloway, hope this will be as good!

  5. Carl said...

    I managed to snag an ARC of Drawn Together by Aline & R. Crumb. It's a hoot!

  6. bettycd said...

    I'm reading Game of Throwns Dance with Dragons

  7. gahome2mom said...

    Bringing Up Girls by Dr James Dobson

  8. lag123 said...

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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  9. Tore said...

    I am reading Awake at Dawn. Tore923@aol.com

  10. Patricia said...

    Goodbye Columbus (Philip Roth)

  11. PoCoKat said...

    As The Crow Flies

  12. AnneLoyd said...

    I am in between books right now!

    Anneliz702@hotmail.com

  13. Na said...

    I'm reading RAINSHADOW ROAD :)

  14. Carrie Phelps said...

    I am between books right now. Great review, this sounds interesting.

  15. Carol M said...

    I'm almost done with The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid.

  16. Debbie said...

    I am reading Mercy. By Jodi Picoult.

  17. Patricia N said...

    I'm reading This Body of Death by Elizabeth George.
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  18. Kathy said...

    50 Shades of Grey

  19. Jen H. said...

    I'm reading Surrender by Pamela Clare.

  20. Kristie said...

    I'm reading "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. It's nonfiction about biology. Pretty good so far. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  21. corey said...

    I'm reading Bible Basics - not sure of the author.
    coreybrennan26@hotmail.com

  22. andalene said...

    Right now, I'm still reading Joyce Meyer's seven things that will steal your joy.

  23. Anita Yancey said...

    I am reading Exile Trust by Vincent H. O'Neil.
    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  24. Maureen said...

    I am reading If I Fall by Kate Noble.

  25. Anonymous said...

    unbroken by lauren hillenbrand
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  26. Anonymous said...

    i am reading unbroken by lauren hillenbrand
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  27. kitblu said...

    The Book of Lost Fragrances by MJ Rose, a novel of suspense. My sense of smell is ... adequate. The notes that the main character can distinguish is phenomenal and makes me jealous. Although, considering the 'great unwashed' maybe I have the better talent.

  28. Emma said...

    I am currently reading Sunrise Point (Virgin River)by Robyn Carr.

  29. momma8385 said...

    I am reading A Wallflower Christmas.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.
    :)Jeanne, jeannebates_t@yahoo.com

  30. Darcie K. said...

    True Colors by Kristin Hannah

  31. Elena said...

    I am reading Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka.
    elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

  32. Lana Bradstream said...

    I'm reading A DARK HISTORY: THE POPES.

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