What’s in your beach bag this summer?

Can I tuck a few summer book reads inside?

All Summer Long – Book Reads Giveaway 2019

June’s special feature is a smart, romantic comedy—my shoutout to brides, June weddings, and the newly engaged: a hardcover copy of Lindsey Palmer’s Otherwise Engaged.

Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jennifer Weiner, Otherwise Engaged explores the life we seek when the life we have … suddenly goes down the drain.

Otherwise Engaged by Lindsey Palmer is the June 2019 featured book giveaway on Julie Valerie's website during her "All Summer Long - Book Reads Giveaway"

Otherwise Engaged by Lindsey Palmer. Julie Valerie’s “All Summer Long – Book Reads Giveaway” pick for June 2019.

Life is sweet for New Yorkers Molly and Gabe: They’re young, in love, and newly engaged.

But when Gabe sells his first novel—a thinly-veiled retelling of his wild love affair with ex-girlfriend Talia—and it becomes a national sensation, Molly can’t help but feel like the third wheel. To make matters worse, Talia reappears in Gabe’s life, eager to capitalize on the book’s success and to rekindle what she had with Gabe… at least, that’s how it seems to Molly. But of even more concern? Gabe doesn’t seem concerned at all. Instead, he’s delighting in his newfound fame and success.

Jealous, paranoid, and increasingly desperate, Molly starts to spin out of control. Her social life, work life, and love life all go to pieces. As fact and fiction, and past and present, begin to blur, Molly realizes the only way out of this downward spiral is to fight her way back up. But what—if anything—will be left of her life and her relationship when she arrives?


Enter to win Lindsey Palmer’s latest novel (in hardcover) by submitting one summer-themed item for my OF THE MONTH newsletter column. (Here’s a sample: . Here’s another sample: .) I’ll share the winner’s first name as well as their OF THE MONTH item in my July newsletter. (You’re not required to subscribe to my newsletter to win—but you’d miss a snazzy monthly newsletter if you don’t subscribe!) You can use the form on my Contact page to submit your answer. Please enter by Sunday, June 30, 2019. (USA entries only. It’s a postal thing.)