Friday, December 2, 2016

Blog Tour: Secrets of Worry Dolls by Amy Impellizzeri

Author: Amy Impellizzeri
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing 
Date of publication: December 2016

According to Mayan tradition, if you whisper your troubles to the Worry Dolls, they will do the worrying instead of you–therefore, it follows that Worry Dolls are the keepers of a great many secrets . . .
On the eve of the end of the world–according to the Mayan calendar–Mari Guarez Roselli’s secrets are being unraveled by her daughter, Lu.

Lu’s worry dolls are at-capacity as she tries to outrun the ghosts from her past–including loved ones stolen on 9/11–by traveling through her mother’s homeland of Guatemala, to discover the painful reasons behind her own dysfunctional childhood, and why she must trust in the magic of the legend.

I was really intrigued by the idea of a worry doll and was eager to try this book out.  Who wouldn't want to be able to have something help take our worries away. I may have to explore using them with my kids who constantly worry about things.  I will admit to having a little trouble getting into the book at first, but was gradually drawn into this heartbreaking and bittersweet story of a mother and daughter. 

Secrets of Worry Dolls  is told through the eyes of Lu and her mother Mari.  The unique part is that Mari is in a coma after a plane crashes in her neighborhood.  The reader learns about Mari's past as Lu discovers her mother's secrets for herself in a trip to Guatemala.  Through her discoveries, Lu begins to learn to let go and move past the grief  and guilt over all of the loved ones she has lost. Mari story was just heart-breaking.  While much of the book is a little grim, the ending left me with a sense of hope and peace.

This is the first book I have read from this author.  I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

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Early Praise for Secrets of Worry Dolls (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2016):
“Spanning decades and continents, Secrets of Worry Dolls is a heartbreaking story about the ripple effect of our choices and the sometimes tragic consequence of survival. Mari and Lu will capture your imagination and your heart, and with Impellizzeri’s signature magical touch, keep you flipping pages well into the night.”–Kate Moretti, New York Times best-selling author of The Vanishing Year
“A truly original book – told with grace and style. Lu and Mari are vivid characters whose intertwining stories will move and surprise you.”
–Sarah Pekkanen, Internationally best-selling author of The Opposite of Me
“In Secrets of Worry Dolls, masterful storyteller Amy Impellizzeri interweaves the tales of Mari and Lu to create an unforgettable, tender portrayal of mother – daughter relationships, love, and hope.”–Cynthia Swanson, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Bookseller: A Novel

.“With heart, humor and her signature touch of magic, Amy Impellizzeri brings to life the tale of a mother and daughter each facing all together extraordinary circumstances. Secrets of Worry Dolls will make you laugh, cry, and, in the end, leave you completely spellbound. It is easily one of my favorite books of the year!”—Kristy Woodson Harvey, best-selling author of Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love

About Amy Impellizzeri

Amy is a reformed corporate litigator, founder of SHORTCUTS Magazine, and award-winning author. Her first novel, Lemongrass Hope (Wyatt-MacKenzie 2014) , was a 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Bronze Winner and a National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist. A favorite with bloggers and book clubs, Lemongrass Hope was named the #1 reviewed book in 2014 by blogger, The Literary Connoisseur, and topped several bloggers’ “Best of” Lists in 2015. Amy’s second novel, Secrets of Worry Dolls is releasing December 1, 2016 by Wyatt-MacKenzie.

Amy is also the author of the non-fiction book, Lawyer Interrupted (ABA Publishing 2015). She is a proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers and President of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Amy currently lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband, three kids, and one energetic weimaraner, where she keeps up on all of the latest research confirming that caffeine is, in fact, good for you.

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Amy Impellizzeri’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Wednesday, November 9th: Chick Lit Central – “Books We’re Looking Forward To”
Monday, November 28th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Thursday, December 1st: Reading Reality
Friday, December 2nd: From the TBR Pile
Monday, December 5th: The Paperback Pilgrim
Wednesday, December 7th: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, December 9th: Bibliotica
Monday, December 12th: Write Read Life
Thursday, December 15th: Books and Bindings
Monday, December 19th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Tuesday, December 20th: Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, December 26th: Patricia’s Wisdom


Penelope Sanchez said...

So excited to get Secrets on release day. I've been walking around all day reading every time I get a spare moment! I feel like I keep saying that Amy's novels are gripping- but it is so true!


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Bittersweet seems to be a very appropriate description of this story.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

Amy Impellizzeri said...

Thank you for this kind review and for being part of the tour!
-Amy Impellizzeri