HFVBT Spotlight & Giveaway: Stillwater by Nicole Helget

Today I have the honor of hosting a spotlight & giveaway as part of Nicole Helget's virtual tour for her novel Stillwater.

Pub: February 4, 2014 | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Hardcover; 336p 

Clement and Angel are fraternal twins separated at birth; they grow up in the same small, frontier logging town of Stillwater, Minnesota. Clement was left at the orphanage. Angel was adopted by the town’s richest couple, but is marked and threatened by her mother’s mental illness. They rarely meet, but Clement knows if he is truly in need, Angel will come to save him.

Stillwater, near the Mississippi River and Canada, becomes an important stop on the Underground Railroad. As Clement and Angel grow up and the country marches to war, their lives are changed by many battles for freedom and by losses in the struggle for independence, large and small.

Stillwater reveals the hardscrabble lives of pioneers, nuns, squaws, fur trappers, loggers, runaway slaves and freedmen, outlaws and people of conscience, all seeking a better, freer, more prosperous future. It is a novel about mothers, about siblings, about the ways in which we must take care of one another and let go of one another. And it’s brought to us in Nicole Helget’s winning, gorgeous prose.

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About the Author

Nicole HelgetBorn in 1976, NICOLE LEA HELGET grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota, a childhood and place she drew on in the writing of her memoir, The Summer of Ordinary Ways. She received her BA and an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Based on the novel’s first chapter, NPR’s Scott Simon awarded The Turtle Catcher the Tamarack Prize from Minnesota Monthly.

Nicole Helget shares her thoughts on writing and her influences, as well as beautiful photos of her family (including six children!) at her blog. You can also follow her on Twitter.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, February 24
Guest Post & Giveaway at La Vanity Victorienne

Tuesday, February 25
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, February 26
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Thursday, February 27
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection

Friday, February 28
Review at Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book

Monday, March 3
Review at Lost in Books
Review & Giveaway at Staircase Wit

Tuesday, March 4
Review at Confessions of a Book Hoarder

Wednesday, March 5
Review & Giveaway at Books in the Burbs
Interview & Giveaway at The Maiden's Court

Thursday, March 6
Spotlight & Interview at MK McClintock

Friday, March 7
Review at A Rose in the City
Review at Flashlight Commentary


I have one hardcover copy of Stillwater up for grabs. Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on March 6th. To enter, please complete the form below.
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  1. Beautiful review would love to read it.

  2. I've been to Stillwater! This sounds like a wonderful story and can't wait to read it.

  3. The book sounds like an amazing read. I love the setting, but find it very sad that one child was adopted while one was left in the orphanage. I would enjoy reading it. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  4. What a great plot and I'm betting this will be a fabulous book to read. The underground railroad was an incredible way to help people at a time in this country that was fraught with such strife. Thank you for sharing this generous giveaway. I would so love to win a copy of the book.

  5. This novel sounds captivating. Thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. I read the reviews of this book on Amazon. I'd be happy to read and review it myself.

  7. This sounds like a book I would enjoy! Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. An interesting time period in an area of the country not often written about.

  9. My heart is already breaking at the idea of twins separated at birth and only one being adopted by the town's wealthiest family! What hardship and struggle they and their contemporaries endured in the effort to better our world.

  10. This sounds like a really enjoyable book and the setting is very close to one of my old stomping grounds so that would make it extra fun for me. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Stillwater.

  11. I am so excited to read this and proud to state my interest first among commenters! :) Thank you!


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