Thursday, July 1, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Finding Marco

Finding Marco by Kenneth C. Cancellara

(For review from Phenix Publicity)

Giveaway details following the review.


As a young boy, running through the mountain valleys of Italy, Mark Gentile dreams of success-the kind of success that happens in a boardroom, far away from the country life. So after graduating from law school, Mark quickly climbs the corporate and legal ladder, eventually becoming CEO of a leading auto manufacturer. But after butting heads with company leaders, Mark fears he has compromised his ethics. With his wife's blessing, Mark returns to Acerenza, his birthplace in southern Italy. While enjoying the leisurely pace of the new life he's found in his old home, however, Mark must make a decision: Should he abandon his roots for a second time and satisfy his innate hunger for the struggles and rewards of corporate life? Or should he embrace his native land and create a more balanced life for himself and his family?


Mid-life crisis usually means fast cars and younger women for most men, but not Marco Gentile. When Marco feels his ethics are being challenged, he quits his corporate job and returns to his childhood home in Italy to find himself and decide what his future is going to look like. In Finding Marco, author Kenneth Cancellara relies on his own experiences in Acerenza, Italy. Being raised in Italy, the author has first hand knowledge of the customs and every day life that his character, Marco could experience. That made the book seem a lot more authentic and heart felt.

You could tell that the author was really invested in this book and his characters. The character development was shown through the events in Marco's life and how he dealt with them as well as his family. The book at times took on the tone of being almost an autobiography of this period of time in the characters life. The main theme of the book is self-discovery and finding out what is truly important in life.

I give this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!


Thanks to Phenix Publicity, I have 2 copies of Finding Marco to giveaway! Here are the rules of the giveaway:

1.) You must be a follower of this blog.
2.) You must leave a comment with your e-mail address on this post.
3.) This giveaway is International
4.) The giveaway will end at midnight on July 15th.


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Thanks for participating!


Marjorie/cenya2 said...

I am a email and google follower.

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Marjorie/cenya2 said...

I would like to win and read this book, the storyline sounds very

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Mystica said...

I follow on GFC


Mystica said...

Thanks for offering this book as a giveaway. Sounds good.


Llehn said...

Thanks for opening this giveaway up internationally :D

+5 old follower


buddyt said...

+5 I am a Google Follower.

I haven't read a "mid-life crisis" type book for a long time and this one sounds like it takes a different and interesting slant. Hope there is some of his boyhood in the novel as well.

Please enter me in the giveaway.


Carol T

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Brandy B aka Brandlwyne said...

Wow you don't see many international contests... That is awesome of you.

Brandy B aka Brandlwyne said...

I am a follower on google and twitter @brandlwyne I also put the blog up on my Facebook pgs!/profile.php?id=100000491289112!/group.php?gid=116958684997453&ref=ts

Andie said...

I'm a new follower.

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Anonymous said...

I follow on GFC. I saw that someone is an e-mail subscriber but I couldn't find that place on this site. I would prefer e-mail.


Anonymous said...

I also entered the Pearls of of the Stoneman contest.


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Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!


Judylynn said...

I am a new follower. +3


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