martedì 6 ottobre 2015

Review & Giveaway: The Story She Had to Tell by Sarah Tauber

The Story She Had to Tell
by Sarah Tauber


GENRE: Romance



Madeleine had a secret, a story that happened over fifty years ago in Havana, Cuba. Before she died, she wanted to share her story with the world.

After growing up on a farm in Maine and graduating college, this intelligent but naive young woman traveled to Havana with a girlfriend, looking for adventure. What happened there changed Madeleine’s life forever. From the moment she laid eyes on Carlos, she was turning over her fate to a man she barely knew.

This is a heart-wrenching love story that promises to stay with you long after the book is finished.


My Review:

It 's a novel really exciting, sometimes touching and heartbreaking, other fun, a magical and romantic love story. It was hard to put down because from the first chapter I really wanted to know what would happen next.
Madeleine knows she has left little time to live. She's happy and satisfied because she had had a beautiful life, but now that the end is near has the strong desire to share her story. She wants to write a book but needs a ghostwriter. Who can be better than her closest friend Heidi? It's the perfect opportunity to meet again after many years. Since losing her husband Heidi has never done a trip alone. It's time to start over. Just Madeleine begins the story of her life Heidi is captured and intrigued by her story, and I with her. What had forever changed her life was an unforgettable trip to Cuba, where she met a wonderful person.
I loved all of the characters, are people I would like to know. It was also interesting the historical aspect of the story, there are many references to the situation of Cuba in the pre and post war period.
It was really amazing to read the story of Madeleine and see her light up and come to life only to think back to those great moments. It's well written, with vivid descriptions, engaging and warm characters and an intense storyline.
I loved every page and I definitely recommend this one.



I remember thinking to myself as I walked through his home, Mina, you really don’t know this man. But strangely enough, I was not frightened. There was a quality about him that made him familiar. He no longer felt like an exotic stranger, more like a new friend. I was beginning to really like him, and it felt reciprocated. I was smiling on the outside and on the inside.

“Are you hungry? My chef has prepared a wonderful Cuban dinner for us, which we can eat out on the patio. It’s such a beautiful night I thought it would be nice to dine outside.”

“Yes, that’s a lovely idea.”

There was music playing inside the house that we could hear while we were eating. The dining experience left nothing to be desired, nothing. After dinner, he invited me back inside to listen to the lovely Cuban music. “Care to dance?” I gave him my hand, and we started moving to the rhythm. It was all so perfect, so romantic. “My house feels like a home again for the first time in a long while. Thank you for agreeing to stay after you learned it was not a restaurant. I think you are an extraordinary woman, Madeleine, with style, intelligence and grace. I am privileged to have you here.”

And then he kissed me. This time it was not on the cheek. He kissed me firmly on the mouth. Tender at first and then with passion. It both thrilled and scared me a little. What have I gotten myself into?


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sarah Tauber is a world traveler who retired three years ago from a corporate job to pursue her passions of dressage riding and writing. Her first book, “For Dear Life”, is a memoir covering two years she lived in Tehran, Iran in the 1970’s. It is available on, and    “The Story She had to Tell” is her first novel. Sarah lives in San Diego County with her husband of ten years.
Her blog and website can be found at She can also be reached on Facebook and LinkedIn.


A little interview

Where are you from?   

Providence, Rhode Island

What was your favorite book as child? 

“The Velveteen Rabbit”

How/when did you realize you wanted to become a writer? 

After listening to an old friend tell me for over a year that she was writing a memoir. I always supported her but was never interested in writing one. One day in January 2013 it hit me, and hard. I decided that I had to write a memoir! I signed up for an online memoir writing class and about five weeks in, began writing my first book.

Do you have a special place you like to write? 

Yes. After writing my first book on our computer in my husband’s home office, I decided I needed my own space. We bought a used desk, chair, lamp, computer, monitor and printer. I set up my office in our large entryway. I can look out to our courtyard and pool area. It is the perfect place for me to write and it is off limits to my husband!

What are you working on next? 

Earlier this year I worked with a travel agency and traded a trip for a travelogue. I enjoyed the experience so much I will be continuing to do travelogues for them over the next few years. I also write a weekly blog on my website.  ( As for my next book, I am sure there will be one but the storyline hasn’t come into my conscious mind yet.

Describe your book in 5 words:  unforgettable, poignant, passionate, engaging, exotic.

Thank you so much for this opportunity! I enjoyed it thoroughly!



Sarah Tauber will be awarding a $40 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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6 commenti:

  1. I enjoyed the post, thanks for sharing it and your review, sounds like a really good book,

  2. Thanks for sharing your great review!

  3. The author is having some trouble commenting, but asked me to share her thanks to you for hosting and the lovely review. Thank you!

  4. I enjoyed the interview. Thank you for the review, post and giveaway!

  5. I enjoyed the interview. Thank you for the review, post and giveaway!


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