Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Review & Giveaway: The Life O'Reilly By Brian Cohen

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!
The Life O'Reilly, A Novel By Brian Cohen



Here's what the back of the book says:


At once a bittersweet love story and a young lawyer's journey of self-discovery, this auspicious debut delivers an emotional wallop and will move readers in unexpected ways.

On the outside, Nick O'Reilly has it all: a high-flying legal career, as a partner of an elite Wall Street law firm, and financial security, with an apartment overlooking Central Park. Having grown up in a working-class family, as far back as Nick can remember this was his dream. But at the age of thirty-six, after several years of sacrificing his personal life for professional gain, Nick has started to ponder his future and consider the mark he wants to leave on society both professionally and personally--his legacy.


After being chastised in the press for turning a cold shoulder to the community, the firm calls upon Nick to help rehabilitate its image by handling its first pro bono case. Nick is asked to represent Dawn Nelson, a domestic violence victim who is fighting for custody of her young son, Jordan. A far cry from Nick's specialty of defending the misdeeds of Corporate America, it is up to Nick to set Dawn and Jordan on a path to a better life. But Nick gets much more than he signed on for, as Dawn forces him to reassess his life choices and, ultimately, be true to himself. Only when Nick finally realizes what is truly important in life does he face his toughest--and possibly final--challenge: a battle for his own survival.


Exploring the flaws of being human and the importance of controlling one's own destiny, The Life O'Reilly reminds us of how precious life is and how quickly and tragically it can change. Written with great empathy, The Life O'Reilly is an emotional and unforgettable tale that will challenge one's expectations of the modern love story and introduces a poignant and sensitive new voice in fiction.


A little about the Author:
Brian Cohen's debut novel, THE LIFE O'REILLY, was awarded the 2010 Bronte Prize, was named the Winner in the Best First Novel category of the 2010 Indie Book Awards, the Winner in the Best Romance category of the 2009 Reader Views Literary Awards, and a Finalist in the Best Fiction category of the 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards. Cohen resides in the suburbs of New York City, where he is at work on his next novel. Visit the author online at briancohenbooks.com.




Brian Cohen's debut novel, THE LIFE O'REILLY, was awarded the 2010 Bronte Prize, was named the Winner in the Best First Novel category of the 2010 Indie Book Awards, the Winner in the Best Romance category of the 2009 Reader Views Literary Awards, and a Finalist in the Best Fiction category of the 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards. Cohen resides in the suburbs of New York City, where he is at work on his next novel.


Visit the author online at briancohenbooks.com.


Here's What I have to Say:
Though it starts out a little slow, this novel takes you on a realistic journey through the life of Nick O'Reilly. I instantly fell for Nick, as I am sucker for "the good guy". And ultimately Nick is a good guy who's slightly misguided choices lands him in a life he doesn't want. I was literally brought to tears, both of joy and sadness, by the rapid, but again realistic, turn of events. It is not often that an author can make a work of fiction so plausible, and still entertaining to read. This book reminds me of The Friday Night Knitting Club, by Kate Jacobs, in that right away I wanted the main character to get what they wanted and to be happy. The book does get a little intense in a few spots (with some language) but ultimately a great love story about family, friends and the meaning of life. This book seriously made me do an assessment of me and mine and I think it will have you do the same. The only negative I can think of is that at times the descriptions (of appearance, and surroundings) can be a bit long-winded.








WIN A COPY OF THIS Coming of Age BOOK! Thanks to Brian Cohen, I am able to offer 1 lucky winner a SIGNED copy of The Life O'Reilly!


Here's How It Works:
A Few Rules:


You must be a US or Canadian Resident. And You must provide a Street Address upon notification of winning (NO PO BOXES)


 Mandatory Entry: (you must do this one first or I will be forced to remove all of your entries)


Answer this question:  Do you agree with this statement? It is never too late to find true happiness.  

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All entries must be in by July 23th at 11:59pm PST. I will pick a winner using a Random Number Generator and announce the winner on by the following day!
I wish you the best of luck!


Disclaimer: I received no direct compensation for the post and review, other then a copy of the title reviewed from Brian Cohen.
If you are an author or publisher and would like for me to review your book please contact me directly: polsen11[at]comcast[dot]net




73 comments:

  1. I feel it is NEVER too late to find happiness as long as you allow yourself to. Don't feel stuck like so many men/women do and allow yourself to be happy!
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  2. GFC follower!
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  3. Tweeted:
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  4. Following you on Twitter:
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  5. Hi there!

    Yes, I believe that statement a I am living proof of it. I have written about how I fulfilled some of my dreams late in my life, including this story of how I finally, finally became a flutist: So what's the deal with the flute, anyway?"

    JHS
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  6. Google follower.

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  7. Twitter follower.

    JHS
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  8. FB fan.

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  9. Stumbled.

    JHS
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  10. we make our own happiness- and it is never too late mrs.mommyyatgmail

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  11. I absolutely agree! Thanks for the giveaway.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

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  13. of course i gives us all something to strive for
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  14. I don't feel like it's ever too late to find happiness -- but I also believe that too many people think that there is always MORE happiness just around the corner, and they don't appreciate the happiness they already have.

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  15. As I am a cock-eyed optimist, of course, it's never too late!

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  16. I don't think it is ever too late to find true happiness. Besides, what makes you happy at 20, probably won't be the same thing that makes you happy at 40.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  17. I am a gfc follower.
    debbie
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  18. I agree it is never too late to find true happiness.My aunt and uncle met later in life and had many happy years together.

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  19. I follow through google friend.

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  20. I follow on twitter as 409cope.

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  21. Yes, I agree that it is never too late to find happiness, if one is open to new possibilities!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  22. I don't believe it is ever too late to find true happiness, and that people are always looking in the wrong places for it!

    aigcanada7 at hotmail dot com

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  23. like" you on facebook (hannah k..) and left a comment

    aigcanada7 (at) hotmail [dot] com

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  24. follow you on twitter (achrissmile)

    aigcanada7 at hotmail [dot] com

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  25. Happiness is a state of mind. You can be in the worst situation and, depending on your additude, you can find happiness. If you decide you really want to be happy then it's never to late. most of the time you'd surprised by what really makes you happy.

    Tami
    tc_hamilton@comcast.net

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  26. @busyworkingmama follows you on twitter

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  27. I'm not sure yet. I'm not looking anymore, but won't rule it out completely.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

    bloggyig at gmail dot com

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  28. GFC follower

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

    bloggyig at gmail dot com

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  29. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/18180589387

    aigcanada7 at hotmail dot com

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  30. I follow on GFC ( hannah . chrinahxxx@..)
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  31. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/18407003539

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  32. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/18482372615

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  33. I feel it is NEVER too late to find happiness as long as you allow yourself to.

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  34. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/18573236709

    aigcanada7 at hotmail dot com

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  35. It definitely is never to late to find happiness and if it takes long it is appreciated even more.

    I am international so unable to enter, but thanks for letting me know.

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  36. It's never too late. Happiness is always something to strive for.

    Leasa2[at]gmail[dot]com

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  37. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/18646447189


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  38. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/18732797454

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  39. Yes, I agree. I'm 41 and still trying.

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  40. GFC follower
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  41. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/18812423031

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  42. please put us down 4 this book, I'd know my 13, 14, 15, 16,17, and 18 yr olds will read this book thanks

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  43. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/18855211488

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  44. Absolutely! Sounds like a great book. :)

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  45. I absolutely agree with the statement!
    The book sounds wonderful!

    Thank you.

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  46. I'm following via GFC. Thanks again!

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  47. I agree. If you open your heart, true happiness will follow

    rhondastruthers atyahoo.ca

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  48. I follow 1outnumbered on twitter
    rottawa
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  49. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/18958908117

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  50. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/19042126650

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  51. Yes it is definitely not too late!

    Thanks.
    Laura_in_TX
    123yes456@gmail.com

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  52. 'old' follower.

    Thanks.
    Laura_in_TX
    123yes456@gmail.com

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  53. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/19221579465

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  54. I absolutely believe that it's never too late to find true happiness. Life is a journey that takes, well a lifetime! It's that constant quest to learn and to be true to ourselves.

    mryward(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. I follow on GFC. (mamie316)

    myrward(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  56. Yes, it is never too late to find happiness; cultivate your garden!

    edgenemmers@gmail.com

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  57. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/19308955959

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  58. tw : http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/19344923744

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  59. I do believe that it is never too late to find true happiness if one is willing to take a risk.

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  60. This books seems wonderful, I like that it's sort of about second chances.



    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  61. Being a true optimist, yes I agree wholeheartedly that it is never too late to find happiness. And, with all the shows, talk, etc about the afterlife, maybe even then you can find true happiness. (Well, according to many religions, that is when you really do find true happiness...) But the earthbound kind, well...you hear about 80 and 90 year olds being reunited with a youth sweetheart, and being deliriously happy.....so a big YES.

    (And you thought that this novel was long winded! Looks like I would make a good match for winning a copy of the Life O'Reilley!)

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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  62. I am a newer follower of Busy Moms Who Love To read.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway of a signed copy of The Life O'Reilley.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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  63. FB fan of yours too. Thank you for this giveaway.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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  64. I follow Brian on FB.

    Thank you.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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  65. I also signed up for Brian's mailing list. His book sounds quite interesting, and captivating.

    Your review makes me want to learn more.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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  66. I would agree- you're never too old to find true happiness. I think it may be harder to find as you get older --- but that's only because our lives may be clouded by our prior experiences.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  67. http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/19389390695

    aigcanada7 (at) hotmail [dot] com

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  68. I agree that it's never too late to find true happiness.
    ncschools at yahoo dot com

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  69. I follow you on twitter - ncschools.

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  70. I agree its never too late to find true happiness. There are lots of couples who find each other in their later years. garrettsambo@aol.com

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