Friday, September 14, 2012

Julie Klassen Library Giveaway



The culmination of our week of English countryside dreaming is a generous giveaway from Bethany House Publishers. Author Julie Klassen proclaims, "If you love romance, English accents, Jane Eyre, or anything by Jane Austen, then you and I are soul sisters and I write for you!" Viewers who swoon over BBC period dramas like Downton Abbey and Lark Rise to Candleford are sure to love Klassen's English Regency novels.


I have read all five of Klassen's books, and they are a delight. I was eager to read her latest release, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, as soon as it came out, but some books need to be savored. So I set it aside for a romantic anniversary trip to The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala. I tucked it in my bag when I set out for a morning at The Grand's luxurious European spa and first opened the book in the flickering candlelight of the spa's Quiet Room. I continued reading that afternoon on the beach, my toes brushing against the sand as sunlight streamed over Mobile Bay. And finally, after a delicious dinner of fresh seafood and a moonlight stroll through the hotel grounds, I settled in to read just a few more chapters in my hotel room before drifting off to sleep.


When I returned home, I was eager to finish the book, but discovered I had left it behind. It was such an engaging read that I promptly ordered a second copy. And although I began the book in an idyllic setting where I was a lady of leisure, I think I enjoyed it even more when I returned home and resumed my responsibilities as a wife and mother. That's the beauty of a book worth reading.


Bethany House has graciously offered one reader of A Little Loveliness a complete library of Julie Klassen's works. Take a look at the glowing reviews of her books, and I don't know how you will decide which one to read first.






The Maid of Fairbourne Hall



"Christy winner Klassen mines another gem of a story from the rich Regency vein. In a tale of disguise and transformation with echoes of The Prince and the Pauper...Margaret's character and judgment are enriched as she works for a living. The upstairs-downstairs dynamic of the upper and serving classes puts meat on the story's bones. The reliable Klassen has produced a well-realized genre winner in which Christian elements are subtle and historically appropriate."

~ Publishers Weekly








The Girl in the Gatehouse



"This book has scandal, mystery, secrets and a budding romance. The characters are written in such detail the reader will forget they are fictional! Klassen has outdone herself with this latest novel. Her writing is comparable to Jane Austen's. She writes with passion and readers will not be able to put this book down."

~ Romantic Times






The Apothecary's Daughter



"Klassen blends her tale well; each ingredient—romance, friendship, healing arts, mystery—is measured to produce a lively, lengthy tale that will satisfy Regency aficionados and general readers, too."

~ Publishers Weekly








The Silent Governess



"This is an inspired and well-told story of mystery, intrigue and the politics of upstairs and downstairs folk in 19th-century England. The author takes the reader back in time effortlessly. If you enjoy Jane Austen or the Regency period, you will love this book."

~ Romantic Times







Lady of Milkweed Manor



"Twenty-year-old Charlotte Lamb is the daughter of a heartless English vicar, as we discover when she becomes pregnant and he throws her out of her childhood home. Vulnerable and unprotected, she is forced to a lodging place for unwed mothers. Soon, Lamb must make decisions involving true love and sacrifice, providing many powerful turning points throughout the story. "

~ Publishers Weekly




You have three opportunities to enter this giveaway for a set of five Julie Klassen books. Please leave a separate comment for each here or on my Facebook page. I plan to announce the winner next week.

(1) Leave a comment telling me about your favorite English author, book or costume drama.
(2) "Like" the A Little Loveliness blog page on Facebook.
(3) "Like" Julie Klassen's author page on Facebook.


Have a blessed weekend!


47 comments:

Melanie said...

These books look intriguing! I hope to win! Jane Eyre is my favorite British author!

Melanie said...

I "Liked" the A Little Loveliness blog on Facebook!

Melanie said...

I "Liked" Julie Klassen's author on Facebook!

Anonymous said...

I like Jane Austen.

Debbi

Anonymous said...

I liked a your blog on my FB page.

Debbi

Anonymous said...

I liked Julie Klassen on Facbook.

Debbi

faustx2@yahoo.com

Southerner said...

I liked your FBook page

Southerner said...

I liked Julie's FBook page

Southerner said...

I absolutely love the Jane Austen books and movies. My girls and I have an Austen marathon every summer and watch all the movies. I absolutely love the dresses and houses and dances.

Deborah said...

I love Jane Austen. Thanks for the opportunity.

Deborah said...

I already like you on Facebook.

Deborah said...

I liked Julie Klassen on facebook.

Lori said...

I have read the apothecary's daughter. Was great I need to try the others. I'll wait and see if I win! Also, I am a Downton Abbey fanatic. I think I hooked my mother and mother in law over the weekend.

Sylvia said...

Right now I am loving Downton Abbey, and I have rented Lark Rise on your recomendation!

Amy O'Quinn said...

I've read two of Julie's books and actually reviewed one of them for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. They were awesome, and I'd love to read the others.

In addition to Julie's books, I also enjoy Kate Morton's books. And, of course, Jane Austen is always a favorite! P&P is one I read (and watch) at least every year or so! Jody Hedlund's book, The Preacher's Bride, is also another 'English-themed' pick!

I'd love to be entered. I've really enjoyed your whole series this week!

oquinn1(at)windstream(dot)net

Amy O'Quinn said...

I 'liked' you on FB a while back, and I always enjoy your posts there as well!
~Amy O'Quinn
oquinn1(at)windstream(dot)net

Amy O'Quinn said...

I 'liked' Julie Klassen on FB!
Thanks!
~Amy O'Quinn
oquinn1(at)windstream(dot)net

Anonymous said...

I had previously liked you on Facebook!

Anonymous said...

I had previously liked you on Facebook!

Lisa A. said...

I am in love with Downton Abbey and am so glad you told us about Lark Rise to Candleford and Julie Klassen books. I can't wait to check them out!

Lea said...

By far my favorite English author is Miss Read. I remember as a young teenage girl spending long evenings babysitting and reading Miss Read books... this was long before TV became popular. I made .50 an hour and thought I was in pure bliss... after the children were in bed I was paid to read my favorite books!

I have "like you on facebook for quite awhile now :), and also liked Julie.. these books seem right up my alley, and now when I am watching the grandchildren and they are in bed, I can settle in with a good book again.... history repeats...Thanks for offering this Melissa

Sarah said...

The BBC production of Pride and Prejudice is my favorite.

Sarah said...

I liked "A Little Loveliness" on facebook.

Aunt Honey said...

Jane Austen for author, and Downton Abbey for TV show. Thank for the opportunity to win these books!

Anonymous said...

I love Jane Austen. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. If you enjoyed the Lark Rise to Candleford series then I highly recommend "Cranford" with Judy Dench (my favorite British actress). Thank you for the chance win.

Mennie
apagan1027@gmail.com

T. Brodie said...

Pride and Prejudice as well as Sense and Sensibility. Granted, I love those movies too!

T. Brodie said...

I like you on Facebook!

T. Brodie said...

I liked Julie Klassen as well- I could use a few new books!

ashley said...

I love Jane Eyre!

Amanda said...

I love Downton Abby and will now have to checkout Lark Rise to Candleford.

Anonymous said...

Since my ancestors are from Kent, England I am fascinated by anything from that time and place. I've been a fan of Downton Abbey and am so glad you recommended the others! I checked in Walmart yesterday but I didn't see the books. I'll have to check Barnes and Nobles.
Elle Allen

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog last week and what a treasure it is. I love Downton Abbey although I haven't had a chance to watch all of it yet. I would love to win these books. My 12 yr old granddaughter loves to read and I'm sure she would like them also.
Dana Kaye Adams

Lisa A. said...

I liked A Little Loveliness on facebook!

Kathy said...

My favorite English author is Frances Hodgson Burnett. The writer of The Secret Garden.

Becky W said...

LOVE Jane Austen!!!!! Can't get enough.

Lisa A. said...

I liked Julie Klassen on facebook!

Becky W said...

Of course I like you on Facebook!

Becky W said...

Liked Julie on facebook too!

chelle2030 said...

I love English writers. I love the flow and feel of the writting. My favorite author? I really don't have one. I try to love them all.

Holley Collier said...

Oh... reading is my "get away" from the monotony of everyday life. My favorite author is Lynn Austin (who happens to have a new book to be released next month!!). I don't know about an English author...I like Jane Austen, but I don't know who all falls into the "English" category!

Tatyana said...

I'm not very familiar with English authors, but would love to fix it by winning this generous giveaway from Bethany House Publishers.

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Anonymous said...

I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Emma. I liked Julie Klaussen on FB and already like yours!! Deana Brannan

Anonymous said...

My current favorite is Lark Rise to Candleford!

Kristen said...

Jane Austen has been my favorite English author for many years now. And Downton Abbey is my favorite costume drama...so I'm fairly certain that I would enjoy Julie Klaussen's books! They sound perfect. =)

Suzanne said...

I absolutely LOVE Downton Abbey:) This would be a great addition to my home library.

Suzanne said...

Liked A Little Lovliness on FB

Suzanne said...

Liked Julie's FB

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