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Giveaway: At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole

[ 6 ] June 27, 2016

at the edge of summer book coverI have a copy of At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

Luc Crépet is accustomed to his mother’s bringing wounded creatures to their idyllic château in the French countryside, where healing comes naturally amid the lush wildflowers and crumbling stone walls. Yet his maman’s newest project is the most surprising: a fifteen-year-old Scottish girl grieving over her parents’ fate. A curious child with an artistic soul, Clare Ross finds solace in her connection to Luc, and she in turn inspires him in ways he never thought possible. Then, just as suddenly as Clare arrives, she is gone, whisked away by her grandfather to the farthest reaches of the globe. Devastated by her departure, Luc begins to write letters to Clare—and, even as she moves from Portugal to Africa and beyond, the memory of the summer they shared keeps her grounded.

Years later, in the wake of World War I, Clare, now an artist, returns to France to help create facial prostheses for wounded soldiers. One of the wary veterans who comes to the studio seems familiar, and as his mask takes shape beneath her fingers, she recognizes Luc. But is this soldier, made bitter by battle and betrayal, still the same boy who once wrote her wistful letters from Paris? After war and so many years apart, can Clare and Luc recapture how they felt at the edge of that long-ago summer?

About the Author

Jessica Brockmole is the author of the internationally bestselling Letters from Skye, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly, and Something Worth Landing For, a novella featured in Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War. She lives in northern Indiana with her husband, two children, and far too many books.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Love & Friendship by Whit Stillman

[ 9 ] June 20, 2016

love & friendship book coverWelcome to the Janeite Blog Tour of Love & Friendship by Whit Stillman!

Enter to win one of three hardcover copies of the book below–and visit the rest of the blog tour stops for more chances to win!

About the book

Whit Stillman has taken Austen’s never-finished epistolary novella, Lady Susan, reimagined it as a straight narrative, and added the hilarious new character of Rufus, Susan’s apologist nephew, who aims to clear Susan’s good name come hell or high water (even if he is doing it from “the ignoble abode” of debtors’ prison ). Despite many indications to the contrary, Rufus insists that Susan is, “the kindest, most delightful woman anyone could know, a shining ornament to our Society and Nation.” Rufus then appends his earnest tale with a collection of his aunt’s letters, which he claims have been altered by Austen to cast the estimable Lady Susan in a bad light.

Impossibly beautiful, disarmingly witty, and completely self-absorbed, Lady Susan Vernon, is both the heart and the thorn of Love & Friendship. Recently widowed, with a daughter who’s coming of age as quickly as their funds are dwindling, Lady Susan makes it her mission to find them wealthy husbands——and fast.

But when her attempts to secure their futures result only in the wrath of a prominent conquest’s wife and the title of “most accomplished coquette in England,” Lady Susan must rethink her strategy.

Unannounced, she arrives at her brother-in-law’s country estate. Here she intends to take refuge——in no less than luxury, of course——from the colorful rumors trailing her, while finding another avenue to “I do.” Before the scandalizing gossip can run its course, though, romantic triangles ensue.

With a devoted Austenian sensibility and absurd theological commentary, filmmaker and writer Whit Stillman ingeniously reimagines and completes one of our greatest writers’ unfinished works. As much homage to its muse’s perennial influence as testament to its author’s brilliance, Love & Friendship is a sharp comedy of manners, and a fiendishly funny treat for Austen and Stillman fans alike.

Love & Friendship brings a healthy helping of scandal, along with lots of laughs, to Georgian and Victorian London. Whit Stillman has also created a film version of Love & Friendship, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, opens in select theaters on May 13th.

love & friendship blog tour bannerReview, by Kelly Ferjutz

Lest you think that ‘snark’ is a creation of the late 20th Century, I bid you take notice of the creations by the famed Spinster Authoress (otherwise known as a Lady) who actually created the art form in the very late 18th Century. Her name shall not pass my lips at this point.

No, we shall stay firmly in the early-middle 19th Century, where we were first privileged to become acquainted with Lady Susan Vernon, and her illustrious relations. Sad to say, there is no Mr. Darcy in this book to provide material for dreams by the countless young misses who will have to learn to live without him. However, all is not entirely lost, as we may yet come close, in the personage of the young Rufus Martin-Colonna de Cesari-Rocca, Lady Susan’s nephew.

This young gentleman is quite the stickler for enlarging the vocabulary of the reader of his chronicle, as is evidenced by the multitudinous footnotes to be found throughout the book, in which he explains not only the origin of such words, but also their purpose, should we readers be otherwise entirely too stupid to have figured out all of this by our very lonesomes.

And then, too, there is also the ‘after-the-fact’ re-interpretation of known facts, but – I am sorry, I digress.

Methinks, however, now that I have successfully navigated my pathway through both portions of this involving tale, that you, gentle reader, might better begin by first reading the latter portion – that of the Spinster Authoress herself – before reading the newer version, written as it is, by a male personage. It will perhaps help to place the characters more firmly in your mind. Or not.

Considering that the beginning portion was notated, as I say, by a male, while the latter was by the Spinster Authoress herself, the reader is quite struck by the amount of ‘he said’ vs. ‘she said’ or indeed, as it were, it boils down to a battle of the sexes, with unfortunately, no allowance for her rebuttals, which tactic he utilizes to good effect, and which are indeed, heavily laden with the above-mentioned ‘snark’.

Of course, as neither portion was ever published previously to this particular version, it is well to remember that it is all in the realm of ‘hear-say’ and is thus not considered acceptable to a court of law. For that, we should all be most grateful.

That said, there is indeed some value in reading the entire volume; the definitions of older, archaic words, as illustrated in the voluminous foot-notes, as mentioned above, are well worth the time and trouble of pursuing them further. As to the latter portion? I think it quite permissible to state that the prose contained therein will be discovered to be remarkably more lyrical than that which preceded it.

Despisefy, indeed!  It does, however, imply a ‘certain’ something, doesn’t it?

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

First and foremost, Kelly is a reader, then a writer and editor. She adores Regency-set novels, and cozy mysteries. Every now and then, however, she finds something else to enjoy if it has a great premise with characters who belong in there, and fabulous writing! She writes under her own name, as well as her pen-name, Hetty St. James.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Little, Brown & Company. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

Grand Giveaway Contest

In celebration of the release of Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated, Mr. Stillman’s publisher, Little, Brown & Co has kindly offered a chance to win one of three hardcover copies of the book!

To enter the giveaway contest, simply leave a comment on any or all of the blog stops on the The Love & Friendship Janeite Blog Tour starting June 13, 2016 through 11:59 pm PT, June 30, 2016. Winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments and announced on Austenprose on July 1, 2016. Winners have until July 07, 2016 to claim their prize. Shipment is to US addresses. Good luck to all!

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Giveaway: Bukowski in a Sundress by Kim Addonizio

[ 6 ] June 17, 2016

Giveaway: Bukowski in a Sundress book coverI have 2 copies of Bukowski in a Sundress by Kim Addonizio to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

If Nora Ephron and Amy Schumer had a baby, it would sound a lot like Kim Addonizio. Like Mary Karr before her, Addonizio turns her poet’s sensibility to the art of memoir. In Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life, Addonizio gives readers a backstage look at her life in letters—the good, the bad, and the hilarious. From surviving alcohol-fueled hook-ups at writer’s conferences to explaining the appearance of one of her stories in Penthouse to her teenage daughter to visiting her mother in the Geriatric Psych Ward, Addonizio writes with verve and candor about love, lust, family, and her career.

Addonizio has been hailed as “one of our nation’s most provocative and edgy poets.” It was a literary critic who first described Addonizio as “Bukowski in a sundress.” Though she suspected he was not being complimentary, Addonizio chose to embrace her new moniker because, she explains, it’s preferable to be a writer who is spoken about than one who is ignored. In chapters like “What Writers Do All Day” and “How to Succeed in Po Biz,” she illuminates what life is like as a writer, sharing stories of poorly attended readings, sexual advances from workshop students, and the mental wrestling matches and crippling self-doubt involved in getting words onto paper.

Equally compelling are the poignant and often uproarious stories about Addonizio’s family and romantic partners. Addonizio writes honestly and empathetically about her tennis champ mother whom she assisted through old age, her father who instilled in her a love of poetry, and her now adult daughter. Along the way, readers meet boyfriends, flings, and ex-husbands, all wrought in exquisite detail. With a glass of wine in hand, Addonizio chronicles the joys and indignities of being a writer, the optimistic bloom of new love followed by the crushing low of its unraveling, and the emotional obstacle course of familial ties.

At once intimate and outrageous, Bukowski in a Sundress is a seductive cocktail of wit, heart, and utter originality.

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Giveaway: The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay

[ 9 ] June 14, 2016

tumbling turner sisters book coverI have a copy of The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

Fans of Orphan Train and Water for Elephants will be thrilled with Juliette Fay’s compelling new historical novel. Named “one of the best authors of women’s fiction” by Library Journal, Fay’s latest effort, The Tumbling Turner Sisters introduces a colorful cast of characters and explores major issues in the U.S. in 1919.

The Tumbling Turner Sisters features the four Turner sisters, Nell who is happily married with one child; 13-year-old Kit who hopes to one day stop growing taller; Winnie who has a deep love for learning and Gert who aspires to live a better life than her mother. When their father suddenly loses his job placing the family barely above the poverty line their mother enters the girls into the world of vaudeville though none of them have any interest or skills at performing.

Fay’s great-grandfather experiences performing on the vaudeville circuit along with famous other performers provided inspiration for The Tumbling Turner Sisters. Fay also explores popular issues of the day including women’s rights and racial inequality on the cusp of the Great Depression. It is ultimately a story of awakening — to unexpected possibilities, to love and heartbreak, and to the dawn of a New American era.

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Review & Giveaway: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

[ 1 ] June 13, 2016

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Enter to win 2 complete sets of signed Taylor Jenkins Reid books below!

Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Right from the very first page, I knew I was going to love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s newest heroine, Emma Blair. From how she viewed herself to her thoughts on love, I could very much identify with Emma. Her first person narrative takes readers on a heartbreaking journey in One True Loves as Emma finds love, loses love, and then has a second chance at love.

In a story such as this one where the main character must seemingly make a decision between two men, there is often one man that is more of a villain than the other. But Emma has two very different men fighting for her heart, on a level playing field. Jesse is Emma’s high school sweetheart, whom she eventually marries. Life throws Emma a curveball when Jesse is suspected to be dead after his helicopter goes down over the ocean.

Several years after Jesse’s presumed death, Emma is finally moving on with her life. Sam, someone she also knew in high school, comes back into her life. Emma falls in love for the second time, and just as she is about to marry him, Jesse is found and comes home. Will Emma and Jesse find their way back to one another, or has Emma moved on completely from her past?

One True Loves was very much a page-turner for me; I had a difficult time concentrating on anything else because I wanted desperately to know how Emma’s life would turn out and whom she would choose. I didn’t prefer one of the men over the other; I thought they were both good with Emma, but that it depended on when each was a part of her life.

I think I did know how everything would resolve itself, but I didn’t necessarily agree with the path that Emma took to get there. My heart aches for anyone who may have gone through a real-life version of this story; it’s impossible for anyone to make it through without getting hurt and losing someone he or she loves. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master at confronting matters of the heart head-on and keeping her readers’ attention from the beginning to the end.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Washington Square Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Giveaway: Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford

[ 9 ] June 9, 2016

radio girls book coverI have a copy of Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

In this deliciously smart read, one young woman will discover her voice while working alongside the brilliant men and women of the BBC. Radio Girls beautifully captures 1926 London as newspapers and the newly-minted radio industry bring the city to the brink of both political unrest and creative renaissance.

London, 1926: The Great War is over, and change is in the air. Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job as a secretary at the BBC, whose use of radio—still new, strange, and electrifying—is captivating the nation. But the hectic pace, smart young staff, and intimidating bosses only add to Maisie’s insecurity.

Soon, she is seduced by the work—gaining confidence as she arranges broadcasts by the most famous writers, scientists, and politicians in Britain. She is also caught up in a growing conflict between her two bosses, John Reith, the formidable Director-General of the BBC, and Hilda Matheson, the extraordinary director of the hugely popular Talks programming, who each have very different visions of what radio should be. Under Hilda’s tutelage, Maisie discovers her talent, passion, and ambition. But when she unearths a shocking conspiracy, she and Hilda join forces to make their voices heard both on and off the air. . . and then face the dangerous consequences of telling the truth for a living.

Throw in illicit romantic relationships between 1920’s literati; a dark political conspiracy; and a compelling fictional portrayal of one of the most influential feminists you’ve never heard of; and you’ve got a script for one of the most original historical fictional novels released this year.

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