The artist’s daughter

There’s something magically delicious about entering a story, when you get lost in the setting, the sights and smells, the delightful word play that sharpens the focus as you imagine the story unfold in your mind. And when that great story can help you live a better story of your own? Even better.

The Artist’s Daughter is Alexandra Kuykendall‘s story of how she grew up a nomad with her single mother in the 80s, traveling between the U.S., Italy, and Spain—and how she first met her Spanish father at eight years old.

From there, she regales personal stories of disappointment and surprise in her father, what it was like to live life in the States while he lived a different one in Europe, and how this significant relationship has affected her up till now, as an adult with a family of her own.

the artist's daughter

Alexandra bravely delights in motherhood and in being a wife, learning how to make friends, live in new locations, and cultivate her gifts—all in the backdrop of being the child of a eccentric Spanish father and a loving American mom.

I love the questions her book poses: Am I lovable? Am I loved? And am I loving?

Her first book is her own story, and it’s a beautifully-told one. Turning the pages means getting permission to travel through France, walk cobblestoned Spanish streets, and set up grown-up lives in Colorado and Oregon. And the end left me delightfully hanging, wanting to know what happened with her father’s will.

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This book is a great summer read that’s both a good story and a good thinker. Who defines us? Why do we matter? And what do we choose to do when life is less than ideal?


Ten readers will win a copy of Alex’s book, The Artist’s Daughter! To enter to win, leave any comment on this post. (If you’re reading this via email, please click over to the post to comment.)

The giveaway has now ended. We’ll announce the winners soon!

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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Who doesn’t love a well-told story. This sounds like a great book.

  2. I love memoirs! Bring it on!

  3. That sounds like a great book! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  4. Tracy N says:

    Send it my way….sounds lovely!

  5. Robin C says:

    Please me! It has been on my to-read list for a while already!

  6. Sounds interesting.

  7. sounds like a great summer read while the kids play in the sprinkler

  8. This looks like a great read! I always have my eyes open for books about strong women.

  9. Oh I would love to win! It’s been too long since I just read a good story. This would be a great change of pace for me!

  10. Christine says:

    This does sound like a great summer read!

  11. Ooh! This sounds like something I’d love and that would be great for my bookclub.

  12. Anne Marie says:

    This looks like an awesome summer read! Thanks for the opportunity!

  13. This is video is so touching and honest. I look forward to reading her book.

  14. Michaela says:

    Sounds like a winner! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Natalie says:

    Sounds like an interesting one! I’d love to read it. 🙂

  16. jessica says:

    always looking for a good summer read!

  17. This sounds like a perfect summer read.. Thanks for introducing the book..Jonni

  18. Sounds like a really good book!

  19. danielle says:

    I would love to read this!

  20. Heather says:

    Ooh Adding this book to my to read list!

  21. Lindsay says:

    Sounds like a great read!

  22. Angie Lindsay says:

    Oh, I love memoirs. Would love to read this one!!

  23. Pick me! Pick me!

  24. I love reading memoirs in the summer! Sounds like a great read.

  25. Jermaine D. says:

    I love a good summer read!

  26. Tina/@teenbug says:

    Powerful questions –> “Am I lovable? Am I loved? And am I loving?”

  27. Sounds like a good one to put on the summer reading list!

  28. Stephanie says:

    Would love to read this!!!

  29. Sounds like a good read 🙂 I’d love to win! Thanks!

  30. sounds like a great book!

  31. bonnie walker says:

    I would love to read this book! Being estranged from my birth father I have often asked myself those questions.

  32. I love her writing for MOPS and would love to read her book!

  33. This sounds wonderful! Hope I win!

  34. Kristy B says:

    This sounds really good. I’d love to read it.

  35. Sounds like just what I need!!!

  36. Natalie Nix says:

    Looks like a great book to start out the summer with!

  37. Will read it for sure! I really love story that is based on true story! worth to read!

  38. Would love to win! However, I plan on reading!!!

  39. Sounds like a great read.

  40. This sounds really interesting! I love memoirs.

  41. Sounds like an excellent read!

  42. Sounds wonderful!

  43. Hannibal says:

    Would love to read this book.

  44. I have been looking for a good summer read. This looks like a great one!

  45. Would love to read this book. Sounds like a wonderful story. I never seem to have enough to read!

  46. Sounds like the perfect summer read!

  47. Sounds like such a good read!!

  48. Oh I have had this book on my reading list since I first heard about it a month ago. I love hearing about great books!

  49. Sounds like an interesting read. If I don’t win it I’ll definitely look for it in the bookstores or library.

  50. I would LOVE the chance to win. Some of the best books I’ve read this summer were recommended by Tsh or The Simple Mom links. Summer is my reading time, so I’m enjoying the chance to “soak up” as many books as I can. Thanks for this opportunity!

  51. Looks really good!

  52. Just what I need… Another book for my TBR pile! 😉 Sounds deliciously readable though!

  53. This book sounds like a great read!

  54. Kendra Allen says:

    I love a memoir…..and this one sounds thoughtfully written and intriguing. I am especially interested as we are planning a trip to Italy in the fall. I’m putting it on my list. Thanks for sharing it and thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  55. Adding this to my reading list. Sounds interesting.

  56. Deanna Valded says:

    I would love a new summer read! This one sounds amazing! Putting it on my wish list.

  57. Sounds like a captivating story!

  58. Sounds wonderful!

  59. Leslie M says:

    I would like a book to read!

  60. This sounds like a lovely book to read while on vacation at the beach!

  61. I’m always looking for a new great book to read! Sounds perfect!

  62. Perfect summer reading.. pick me please 🙂

  63. I would love to read this book! As someone who grew up with a very unique single mother herself, this book appeals to me a lot. 🙂 Thanks for having this giveaway!

  64. Caroline says:

    Me, please!

  65. This sounds like a great read! Thank you for the chance to win.

  66. Linda Alexander says:

    ♥ Could use some grace soaking ♥

  67. Cheryl A. says:

    This book looks Fabulous!

  68. Heather k M says:

    Sounds fabulous, would love to win!

  69. Cecelia H. says:

    This story sounds lovely.

  70. Heather k M says:

    Sounds like a great book. Adding to my list.

  71. Sounds like a great summer read!

  72. I need to read this!!

  73. Sounds right up my alley!

  74. Michelle says:

    Sounds great and questions I have asked too!!

  75. This book sounds like something I would enjoy reading.

  76. Rachel Goochey says:

    Sounds like just the summer read that I need!

  77. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  78. I need some good summer reading!

  79. I would love to read this book

  80. Becky Carlson says:

    Sounds like a good read to me!

  81. I hope I win!

  82. Just looked for this on my library’s website and they don’t have it! Guess I’ll just have to win it. And recommend that the library get a copy.

  83. I’d love this book. I’ve been hunting for a good summer read. Thanks for this opportunity.

  84. Sounds like a great read!

  85. Sounds like a fascinating book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  86. Thank you for the opportunity to win what sounds like a really awesome book!

  87. Sounds like a good summer read to me!

  88. I would LOVE to win this book. It seriously sounds amazing. If I don’t win, I might just buy it.

  89. cindy schueneman says:

    this sounds like a great book.

  90. Sounds like an interesting book!

  91. Suzanne says:

    Always looking for new books to read. Thanks.

  92. Dorothy says:

    The book looks fantastic! I’m looking for a great summer reading book.

  93. This sounds like a great summer read! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  94. I love to read and to have this book of memoirs would just be a treat 🙂

  95. Sounds great!

  96. I love a good memoir, and this sounds like a really good memoir. Thank you for posting about it.

  97. This book looks great!

  98. Lindsey S. says:

    This book looks like a great read! I’m almost finished with my current book. This would be perfect timing!

  99. Sounds interesting.

  100. I would love to win a copy!