Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Half Wives by Stacia Pelletier

Happy Friday, dear Readers! Today I am so excited to be sharing with you a spotlight on Stacia Pelletier's new historical novel, The Half Wives! I just started reading the book and am loving it so far! I have two copies to give away to two lucky readers of Passages to the Past, thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!

Read about the book below and enter to win a copy for you or a friend!

The Half Wives by Stacia Pelletier

Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover & eBook; 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 0547491166

Genre: Historical Fiction

Over the course of one momentous day, two women who have built their lives around the same man find themselves moving toward an inevitable reckoning.

Former Lutheran minister Henry Plageman is a master secret keeper and a man wracked by grief. He and his wife, Marilyn, tragically lost their young son, Jack, many years ago. But he now has another child—a daughter, eight-year-old Blue—with Lucy, the woman he fell in love with after his marriage collapsed.

The Half Wives follows these interconnected characters on May 22, 1897, the anniversary of Jack’s birth. Marilyn distracts herself with charity work at an orphanage. Henry needs to wrangle his way out of the police station, where he has spent the night for disorderly conduct. Lucy must rescue and rein in the intrepid Blue, who has fallen in a saltwater well. But before long, these four will all be drawn on this day to the same destination: to the city cemetery on the outskirts of San Francisco, to the grave that means so much to all of them. The collision of lives and secrets that follows will leave no one unaltered.

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"Pelletier's second novel unfolds a complex story in the span of 24 hours... [The author] expertly fills in the back story—introspection and memories mingle smoothly with the present... Well-crafted characters struggling alone with shared grief furnishes a coursing river on which this intriguing story effortlessly flows. Tough to put down." —Kirkus Reviews

The Half Wives is a profoundly hypnotic and mesmerizing work. The characters do not capture you as much as claim you, as the writing—languid, heartbreaking, and hopeful—pulls you deep into their world. The backdrop of Old San Francisco comes gloriously alive, as though the mist of the city itself rose from every page.”—Kathy Hepinstall, author of Blue Asylum and others

“Stacia Pelletier’s The Half Wives is set in the past, but it is a story for any time: a poignant, sometimes heart-rending, beautifully crafted, always gripping tale of loss and love, and the human need to try to set things right. A great read.”—Kevin Baker, author of The Big Crowd

About the Author

Stacia Pelletier is the author of Accidents of Providence, which was short-listed for the Townsend Prize in Fiction, and the forthcoming The Half Wives. She earned graduate degrees in religion and historical theology from Emory University in Atlanta. A two-time fellow of the Hambidge Center, located in the mountains of North Georgia, she currently lives in Decatur, Georgia, and works at Emory University's School of Medicine.

For more information, please visit Stacia Pelletier's website.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, April 4
Kick Off at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, April 5
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, April 6
Review & Giveaway at Rainy Day Reviews

Friday, April 7
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, April 11
Review at West Metro Mommy

Friday, April 14
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict

Tuesday, April 18
Review at Books, Dreams, Life

Wednesday, April 19
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Thursday, April 20
Review at A Bookaholic Swede

Monday, April 24
Interview at Author Dianne Ascroft's Blog

Friday, April 28
Review at Reviews by Room With Books

Tuesday, May 2
Review, Guest Post & Giveaway at Brooke Blogs

Wednesday, May 3
Giveaway at CelticLady's Reviews

Thursday, May 4
Review at Book Nerd
Review at Clarissa Reads It All
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Friday, May 5
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee


Passages to the Past has two copies of The Half Wives up for grabs! To enter, leave a comment below. Please include your email address or alternate way to contact you should you win.

Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on April 21st. Good luck to all!


  1. Thanks for this captivating novel which interests me greatly. This historical sounds fascinating and unforgettable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. The story, plot and characters as well as the emotional component and being a historical this book would be savored. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  3. Wow. This sounds fabulous; I don't know how I missed it ... But I'm so happy have found it here on your blog. Love historical fiction, and this sounds lovely. Would love to win a copy!

  4. sounds fascinating. annefitza at

  5. This one sounds absolutely fascinating. And growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area means it's one of my most favorite literary settings! I'd love to win a copy!

  6. It looks like an emotional story.
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  7. So proud of Stacia! I'm her "auntie" and I remember her reading and writing stories as a little girl!

  8. This book sounds amazing! I love historical fiction!

  9. Sounds like a wonderful book! I'd love to read it.

  10. This sounds like an engrossing story, I'm sure we'd both enjoy reading it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  11. I read the first book and really liked it. I would love to win a copy of this one! So excited she wrote a second one and it is based on SF which is were my husband is from.

  12. 1890s? San Francisco? I'm definitely interested! nrlymrtl at gmail dot com or on twitter @nrlymrtl

  13. This sounds wonderful - I love historical fiction about San Francisco (almost as much as I loved San Francisco when I visited) - thank you!

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  14. I'm glad you noted excerpts from Kirkus Reviews. That's what convinced me I want to read this. I watch their Web site often for book recommendations.

  15. I commented that I'm glad you noted the Kirkus Review of this book. But you need my email: bethvollbach(at)sdbcglobal(dot)net

  16. This looks like a fascinating read! I love historical fiction and I'm really intrigued by this storyline. I also think I the setting would be fascinating.


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