I recently received two advance copies of Tethered by Amy MacKinnon. I'm devouring my own copy of the book (in between doses of Tylenol Cold & Flu) and thought I would offer the second ARC to a reader here at Bookish Ruth. (Please note that the ARC has a different cover than the cover image posted here.)
Here's a description of the book:
Clara Marsh is an undertaker who doesn’t believe in God. She spends her solitary life among the dead, preparing their last baths and bidding them farewell with a bouquet from her own garden. Her carefully structured life shifts when she discovers a neglected little girl, Trecie, playing in the funeral parlor, desperate for a friend.
It changes even more when Detective Mike Sullivan starts questioning her again about a body she prepared three years ago, an unidentified girl found murdered in a nearby strip of woods. Unclaimed by family, the community christened her Precious Doe. When Clara and Mike learn Trecie may be involved with the same people who killed Precious Doe, Clara must choose between the stead-fast existence of loneliness and the perils of binding one’s life to another.I love the fact that the reader gets a look at a fairly unusual profession in Tethered. Leave a comment here for one chance to win. For an extra entry, tell me a title of a book you've read that featured a character with an unusual job. For three extra entries, link to this post on your blog. The contest will run until October 16, 2008 and I'll announce the winners the next day.