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Monday, August 10, 2009

A Walk with Jane Austen and Free Books!

"It's actually an uncomfortable thing to pursue one's dreams, however attractive they may sound. Perhaps this is why most of us only dream dreams and never live them."

Before discussing today's book (from which the above quote comes), I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Shelley Shephard Gray's novel, Forgiven, is:

virginiakeckler@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

PhotobucketFor this month's post for the Everything Austen Challenge, I read Lori Smith's memoir, A Walk with Jane Austen. Smith, the author of 2002's The Single Truth, takes the reader with her on a summer's journey through Austen's England. We not only experience the places Jane did, we experience the places her characters did. And we live inside Smith's head and life in the process.

I found the different perspectives enjoyable and fascinating in the ways they intertwined. Smith, like Austen, is a single woman making her living through her writing. Because of her admirable adherence to her Christian faith, she is a woman who waits, in contrast with many of her contemporaries. No tawdry summer fling for her (which is certainly not to say she doesn't experience summer love). So, while we know Jane's romantic fate, we await word on Smith's while she treks from Steventon to Chawton, from Chatsworth to Stoneleigh.

One of my favorite aspects of Smith's book is her Notes section at the end. I watched Roger Michell's 2000 film version of Persuasion during the week I read this book, so I was able to use Smith's Notes in order to see how her walk coincided with what I had just watched on film. It was a double Austen whammy, and I loved it. I plan to hang onto this book and do the same with the rest of my Austen Challenge experiences.

If you're a fan of memoir and/or a fan of Jane Austen, I think you would enjoy this book. Kudos to Smith for an honest, compelling journey.

Now, since I'm not giving away my copy of Smith's book, I'd like to give away two copies of my novel, Too Good to Be True. Just leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing. And if you'd like to be entered a second time, see my column on Christian Fiction Online Magazine and then E-mail me, telling me what item I said might protect us better than car airbags. I'll draw two names next Monday.

This Thursday, we'll hear from Camy Tang, author of Deadly Intent, and we'll give away a copy of Barbara Dickson's Mountains for Maddi. You can enter to win Barbara's book by commenting under her interview, below.

Happy reading!


gahome2mom said...

Hi, I surfed in from your newsletter. Thanks.


Holly said...

Trish, I would love to win a copy of Too Good to Be True. I've got both of your Beach House books and loved them. I think I liked Grig better than Jeremy. I haven't seen your earlier books in my local store, though.


Carmen7351 said...

I'd love to be entered for your book, Too Good to be True. Thank you.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

hippmom said...

Love to win a copy of your book!

angelahipp (at) charter (dot) net

squiresj said...

I am getting so frustrated trying to enter your book giveaway today. This is my fourth attempt and they keep asking if I want to navigate away from page and then erase what I write.
Please enter me to win the Walk with Jane Austen.
God Bless your day better than mine is going thus far.
I go to see surgeon this afternoon and storms are in forecast.
I enjoy this blog and rarely have this much trouble on it.

mez said...

A Walk with Jane Austen sounds great, I'll have to look for it. Please include me in the drawing for Too Good To Be True. Thanks!


Edna said...

I would love to win your books, love you style of writting.


Carrie Turansky said...

Thanks for telling us about a Walk with Jane Austen. Sounds lovely!
carrie (at) turansky (dot) com

Sara said...

Gotta admit I was reading the blog looking forward to a chance to win and read the Austen
novel ! LOL But I'm more then happy for a chance to win a Trish Perry novel as well. :-)

Carolynn W. said...

I would love to win your book! I haven't read it yet and I loved "The Guy I'm Not Dating"
Thanks for the chance to win!

Martha A. said...

Huh, haven''t read this one yet!! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

*~Virginia~* said...

awesome!!!! I read your book, "beach dreams" and loved it!

Patty Wysong said...

:) Looks too good to be true, Trish. :)

patterly at gmail dot com

Audra E. said...

I would love, love, LOVE to win Too Good To Be True!

thepeachykeenwriter [at] yahoo [dot] com

Anonymous said...

I love to read and would be so thrilled to win your book! Thanks for entering me.

windycindy said...

I would be honored to win your book! Please count me in.
Many thanks.....Cindi

Jo said...

Oh, I would love to win your book.Please enter me in your drawing.




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