Thursday, August 9, 2012

Try it Thursday & Review {The Rent Collector & Giveaway}

This week on
"Try it Thursday & Review,"
{There is also a giveaway at the end of the review}

I had the opportunity of reviewing a marvelous book called
The Rent Collector.


Sang Ly and her husband live in the Stung Meanchey dump in Cambodia. As her husband scavenges near their home for things to sell, Sang Ly tries to find a way to heal her ailing son. When she discovers that the bad-tempered rent collector can read, Sang Ly begs the woman to teach her. The unlikely relationship that ensues is the beginning of life-changing quests for both.

The Rent Collector, a beautiful work of literacy-promoting fiction a la The Book Thief, is the second novel from author Camron Wright (Letters for Emily). Wright was inspired to write his latest work after his son met the real-life Sang Ly, who still lives in Stung Meanchey, while filming a documentary in Cambodia.

The Rent Collector is a story of hope, determination, and the strength of family. It is one woman’s journey to save her son and another woman’s chance at redemption. It demonstrates that even in a dump in Cambodia—perhaps especially in a dump in Cambodia—everyone deserves a second chance.

Wright will visit 20 states on an author tour that begins the day of release, Sept. 4, in Salt Lake City, UT. The Rent Collector will be available at bookstores nationwide on that date.

Check it out

A book trailer and other information regarding the novel can be found at

 About the author

Camron Wright received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in writing and public relations from Westminster College. He currently works as a public relations, marketing, and design consultant. His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. Camron lives with his wife, Alicyn, in Utah. He is the proud father of four children.

In my opinion

I absolutely loved this book!  It was a story about survival, hope and love. It was inspiring! I couldn't put it down for one second. The story made me feel grateful for my life, friends and family. It's amazing how much we take for granted. For example, Sang Ly (main character) was excited about finding a dirty old book that someone threw away. It was the only one she had and she even gave it away later on. I felt that Sang Ly was positive and yet she lived in the worst of circumstances. I can't imagine how dreadful it would be to live in a dump but she made it work for her family. I definitely feel that doing service for others is very important especially after reading about Ly's hardships. I definitely recommend this book to everyone and know that you will enjoy it as much as I did.

{This is a Rafflecopter giveaway so please be patient}

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services from Shadow Mountain Publishing for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 



  1. I have wanted to read this book. Great write-up.

  2. I love your advent calendar stockings!

  3. It looks like an interesting book! The trailer was great!


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