This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
However, unless the exception is something that you can recover from and still produce a valid object, it is better to let the constructor throw the exception and handle the problem somewhere else. Bill