Thursday, May 2, 2013

*TOUR+GIVEAWAY* The Women Gather by Katalin Kennedy

Title: The Women Gather
Author: Katalin Kennedy
Pages: 215
Release Date: August 13, 2012
Publisher: Baico Publishing Inc.
Event organized by: Book Marketing Services
Source Of Copy/Format: author/ paperback
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My Rating: 4/5

Nora’s mission had been demanding. She wanted to find a way for women to rediscover their true selves, denied to them throughout the centuries ‒ and to make the world a better place. When the young girl Aideen asks Tunde if she may come to Lemuria, Ontario and learn about the beginnings of the Norean Order founded in 1998, she agrees. Tunde’s preoccupation, however, is with the smooth flow of the ‘Gathering’ symposium of 2066. Women from all the Sanctuaries throughout the world are in attendance and await the momentous event: the opening of the Portal to the Outerworld. She has little time to spend with Aideen who unravels layers and layers of stories found in letters, articles, diaries, newspaper clippings and videos about the struggles and triumphs faced by Nora’s family and by the Order itself. What Aideen also detects is something she considers to be mystical ‒ that no one wants to acknowledge.

My Review

Innovative and positively inspirational, a must read for every woman! The underlying messages within the pages of The Women Gather will entice you to keep reading. You will find yourself lost within the sanctuary of the Norean Order. You will crave to find out the truth behind the mysteries. You will learn that with joy, sorrow is soon to follow. You will also realize that you must take your own path in life to discover who you are meant to be.

Writing Style:

The Women Gather may be Katalin Kennedy’s first book, but her writing skills are on par with a veteran novelist. This story is a work of fiction but reads like non-fiction in some parts.  The emotionally charged passages throughout the novel really drew me in. The present time in the story reads much like any novel, but the way the past is presented is truly unique. The past is told by means of letters, diaries, interviews, newspaper clippings, and videos. This allows you to identify with each of the characters on an intimate level. An absolute stunning debut!

My Opinion:

I would like to say that this book was way out of my usual comfort zone. The synopsis caught my attention right away and I am so pleased I had the chance to read this wonderful novel!

The Women Gather is a book intended for women of all ages and ethnic groups. It is an enlightening tale about women coming together through knowledge, respect, and understanding to prosper and gain equality. Their journey is proved to be a difficult one, but they work together towards common goals: To make the world a better place and to be treated as equals. Aimed with their knowledge about their past, The Norean Order is an unstoppable force!

I agree with the idea of the right of equality for women. Sadly, in our society women tend to be regarded as the weaker sex and normally placed below their male counterparts. This notion has always infuriated me. I believe women to be strong and courageous and I love that this book portrays that message. It’s refreshing to realize that other women feel it’s important to fight for our rights! Can someone say girl power?! (Sorry…I couldn’t resist!)

Besides women’s rights, this book also touches on many other topics such as: religion, death, infanticide, the occult, education, and environmental matters. (Just to name a few) Many of these are pressing issues even still today! I also enjoyed the many different cultures that were represented in this novel. I found it rather interesting to look up many of the topics and plan on researching more on some of the subjects. Like the book implies, knowledge is power!

My advice to you… if you’re a women you need to read The Women Gather. It will spark something deep inside you that you may have never realized you had. It will empower you to stride for something greater, to be everything you can be, and to chase your dreams.

A Giveaway
What you can win:
1 of 3 Autographed Copies of The Women Gather

About the Author

On Christmas Eve, 1956, Katalin (Kennedy) and her parents escaped from Hungary, their homeland. The following April, they arrived as refugees in Saint John, New Brunswick. She spent most of her adult life in Ottawa, Ontario. Katalin graduated from Carleton University and joined Health Canada. She managed major national projects as Program Consultant on Seniors’ and Women’s Issues. Katalin is involved in various community activities including writing her monthly Kindness column for Cornwall’s Seaway News. Her first novel “The Women Gather” has been published by Baico Publishing Inc.

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  1. Hi Helena, Many thanks for hosting Katalin today on Accepted Wisdom. She is delighted to be here and have The Women Gather reviewed by you. Katalin will be by later in the day to respond to any questions and/or comments you or your readers may have.
    To all readers, please take a moment to enter the giveaway to win an autographed copy of The Women Gather. Today is your last opportunity to enter the giveaway.
    Have a great day!

  2. Hello Helena, My sincere gratitude for hosting my novel "The Women Gather" --and for this generous most review. I am utterly astounded, and grateful! You have highlighted so many aspects of the book which I had hoped would resonate with readers!! Thank you indeed. I wish you the very best as you continue to harness your vision. Katalin