Goodreads Awards Nomination for Gilded Hour

GCA_NomineeHere’s a bit of an email I got from 



Dear Sara,

Are you sitting down? Good: Your book has been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award!

The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by readers. We poured over statistics from the millions of books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads in 2015 to select 15 nominees in 20 different categories ranging from Romance to Science Fiction to Mystery & Thriller.

gilded hour cover focus topThe Opening Round kicks off today, and there are two more rounds of voting before the winners are announced December 1st.

Rally your friends, family, and most importantly, your fans to increase your odds of winning. 

So here I am, rallying. If you have a moment to pop over there and vote for The Gilded Hour, please do. You’ll find it with the ‘historical fiction’ nominees.  

And while I’ve (1) got your attention and (2) am already in blatant self promotion mode,  let me tell you that The Historical Novel Society’s November 1 issue has both a glowing review and a feature article about The Gilded Hour

An excerpt from the review:

This is a sweeping, captivating novel that continues the Bonner heritage by focusing on two female descendants of Nathaniel Bonner. There is a dark mystery involved, and the plight of orphaned immigrant children in New York receives much attention. Donati is a master at weaving real-life people into her stories, and she does it superbly in this novel. Above all, however, are the characters themselves, finely drawn and deeply emotional, making you experience their lives and feel their challenges acutely.

This is an outstanding first novel in a new series, and with it comes all the best feelings evoked by good writing: empathy, concern, drive, despair, and ecstasy. It’s the beginning of the best of journeys in historical fiction.