I’m delighted to be taking part in the book blitz for Breaker and the Sun by Lauren Nicolle Taylor. It’s the second book in Lauren’s Paper Stars series, a follow-up to the best-selling Nora & Kettle.
We’re spoiling you today because, as well as a guest post from Lauren to read below, there’s a giveaway with a chance to win a Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box (ebook for INTL winner). Make sure you enter by 18th May 2017.
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About the Book
Times means nothing. It’s just the sun and moon changing places.
Breaker Van Winkle is a recently returned Vietnam vet, struggling with PTSD and the difficulties of readjusting to civilian life with his mother. Sunny is a high-achieving eighteen-year-old Chinese-French immigrant who fled Vietnam during the war. Sunny is usually as cheerful as her name implies, but she has her struggles too. Haunted by violent memories of the bombing that killed her parents, and chafing under the rule of her eccentric grandmother, she finds solace deep in the Catskills, at a place she calls the Ugly Tree.
When Breaker stumbles upon Sunny and the Ugly Tree, things start to change. They are drawn to each other, and feel called to the tree. As they spend more time together and their relationship deepens, they notice that their time at the tree is becoming twisted somehow. Sunny’s mind yawns and her ambitions begin to slip away. Breaker feels safe and carefree, his memories finally burying themselves in the distant past. They are being lulled toward a tempting, peaceful sleep—but there is a cost to this magical serenity, and it may be more than either of them can bear…
- Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
- Publication date: 8th May 2017
- Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
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Guest Post by Lauren Nicolle Taylor: ‘How is Breaker and the Sun a sequel to Nora & Kettle?’
The short answer is; it’s not. It’s about different characters and it’s set in a different time. The long answer is; but it is… Both stories are explorations of those years just following the end of a war. The wounds left behind on the survivors, civilian and non-civilian.
The books centre around two young people struggling to overcome adversity, seemingly pelted with outside attacks and huddling against the internal scars they carry. What softens these confronting issues of racism, violence and PTSD is the fairytales woven through both novels. My hope is they provide relief and beauty against the harsh realities the characters are facing.
And finally, love. They are both about star-crossed love: Interracial relationships in an intolerant environment. The kind of prejudice bred by war. Differences in class and education. But they find solace in each other. They begin to heal.
The characters are certainly independent of each other and have their own personalities but their stories follow common threads, similar journeys. I would say if you loved Nora & Kettle, you will find Breaker and the Sun very enjoyable.
About the Author
Lauren Nicolle Taylor lives in the lush Adelaide Hills. The daughter of a Malaysian nuclear physicist and an Australian scientist, she was expected to follow a science career path, attending Adelaide University and completing a Health Science degree with Honours in obstetrics and gynaecology.
She then worked in health research for a short time before having her first child. Due to their extensive health issues, Lauren spent her twenties as a full-time mother/carer to her three children. When her family life settled down, she turned to writing.
She is a 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semi-finalist and a USA Best Book Awards Finalist.
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