ARC Review+GIVEAWAY: The Weight of Words by Georgina Guthrie

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ARC Review+GIVEAWAY: The Weight of Words by Georgina Guthrie

ARC Review+GIVEAWAY: The Weight of Words by Georgina GuthrieThe Weight of Words by Georgina Guthrie
Series: Words #1
Published by Omnific Publishing on November 26, 2013
Pages: 340
Format: eARC
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Aubrey Price is in the final months of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Bright,

witty and fiercely independent, Aubrey works part-time for the college Dean and has her sights

set on graduating with distinction. When she meets Dean Grant' s son, Daniel, the TA in her senior

Shakespearean studies course, a shared love of the Bard' s works and an instant mutual attraction draw

Aubrey and Daniel together. Unfortunately, a strict anti-fraternizing policy, made more perilous by a

black mark on Daniel' s record, keeps them apart.

Against this academic backdrop, Aubrey and Daniel navigate their way through a steamy courtship,

their forbidden romance aided, abetted and sometimes thwarted by a colorful cast of friends, family and


First, there was Shakespeare. Then, there was Georgina Guthrie.

Sometimes you stumble upon a book that appeals to all your senses. A book that wraps itself around you, and warms you to your core like a chenille sweater during a Canadian winter. The Weight of Words is one of those books. In my mind’s eye, TWoW is leather-bound in Oxblood-red with roughly edged, cream colored pages. It’s a romantic contemporary classic that deserves to be shelved with the likes of Austen, Browning, and Dickens. It’s that book that you thank you’re lucky stars you stumbled upon, and want to recommend to all of your friends. Georgina Guthrie is a writer’s writer, and a reader’s reader. Not only does her love for Literature and writing become contagious in this story, but her love for The Bard is infectious. You will find yourself pondering Shakespeare in a whole new way after reading TWoW.

Aubrey Price. A witty, intelligent, beautiful woman in her last year of university. Daniel Grant. An intelligent, brooding, and sinfully attractive TA. Aubrey Price and Daniel Grant are destined to be together, but leave it to a few crossed-stars and some red tape to make these two work for it.

Georgina takes us on a heart-warming, nail-biting, panty-dropping semester of Shakespeare, shennannegins, and sentiment. The quick rapport that  builds between our two main characters is driven by ”love at first site”, and a mutual fervor for The Bard. As the semester sets in, Aubrey and Daniel find the pull of attraction harder and harder to resist. Daniel decides to take their courtship undercover, and tales of clandestine romance never played out so beautifully. The witty and suggestive banter that takes place between Aubrey and Daniel is like Godiva chocolate melting on your tongue. It’s sensual and seductive, and drives the story and character’s into every crevice of your brain. If you are not a fan of Shakespeare’s work before reading this book, you will be by the end of it. Georgina has honored The Bard by her ingenious use of his words to move things along between Daniel and Aubrey, and to bond them.

The poetic backdrop used to stage Aubrey and Daniel’s relationship is one of my favorite layers to this story. Georgina leaves nothing to the imagination when it comes to the story’s setting, and that’s a good thing. I felt like I owed GG for a plane ticket after reading TWoW. Her beautiful and streamlined descriptions painted me right into the story, as if I was observing every place that made up Aubrey and Daniel’s environment first hand. The secret meetings, secret stares, secret touches, and secret words exchanged between D and A were the stuff of dreams. Georgina managed to take everything I ever daydreamed about, or ever wanted from my college experience, and rolled it into this book. On top of lyrical writing that gives this story wonderful structure, the character’s were all like sculptures within. Even the minor ones came off the page in realistic detail. Georgina didn’t cut corners with any of the players in TWoW, and it gave satisfying depth to the experience of this story.

TWoW feels like the perfect book to read over the holidays. It will wine, dine, and unwind you. It’s a special treat, and the best combination of naughty ‘n’ nice. Georgina is a poet. What, in a nutshell, is a poet? A poet is, of course,  a writer. A writer who makes music with words by setting them to a rhythm that is close to their heart. By this definition, I believe a writer is also a musician. It’s no secret that music played an essential part in Shakespeare’s plays. It’s fair to say The Bard really did, in fact, believe music to be ” the food of love”, and he artistically used it to carry the plots of his plays along. That is one of the things that’s so genius about Shakespeare’s work, and I find that golden quality mirrored in The Weight of Words. Georgina orchestrates such a clever, compelling, and warm story in a way that I can tell is close to her heart, and maybe to some of her own experiences. Her writing is like music to my ears, and was pitch perfect at every peak. Scroll down to listen to some of the music that fed Georgina’s words for The Weight of Words, and for your chance to enter to win the book.

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About Georgina Guthrie

Georgina Guthrie has been a self-professed book hugger for as long as she can remember. An avid reader

and compulsive diarist, she is thrilled to be taking the leap into the world of publishing. GG resides in Toronto,

Canada, but she still considers herself a Brit through and through and can often be found roaming the aisles of

her favourite British import shop.

A graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied English literature, GG is happy to fill her hours

reading and writing, but she’ s just as likely to be found enjoying a good film with her husband, dancing around

the kitchen with her daughter, or hanging out with friends and family, almost certainly with a glass of red wine

in one hand a bag of cheese and onion crisps in the other.


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