'Tis the Season | Book Giveaways Galore!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hello, happy readers. Happy Tuesday. For two weeks in  a row there is giveaway fun going on here on Finding Wonderland. Why, you wonder? Simple answer is, I have extra copies of books to give to you, lovely readers. Plus, what better time IS there to have said giveaways than at Christmas? 

BOOK REVIEW | The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay – Escapism at its Brightest, Most Classy and Finest

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Now onto the fun part: what can you win in this giveaway? Well, for entrants who can provide a US address (sorry!), you can enter to win one of two physical copies of books. Below you find find all the details as to what you can win along with the respective Goodreads synopsis'.

PS: book one is absolutely fabulous! Don't miss reading this one.  

PSS: Enter the other giveaway currently running here on Finding Wonderland - it all ends TODAY (December 6)!!

Synopsis: After years of following her best friend’s lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen’s Regency England paves the way towards a new future.

Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys—particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally fragile childhood friend Isabel Dwyer offers Mary a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in Bath, Mary reluctantly agrees to come along, in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways. But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes that she lives in Regency England. Mary becomes dependent on a household of strangers to take care of Isabel until she wakes up.

With Mary in charge and surrounded by new friends, Isabel rests and enjoys the leisure of a Regency lady. But life gets even more complicated when Mary makes the discovery that her life and Isabel’s have intersected in more ways that she knew, and she finds herself caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this triangle works out their lives and hearts among a company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation. – Goodreads

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Part two of this giveaway features a beautiful book entitled Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair. Published by St. Martin's Press and authored by Daisy Goodwin, this book is stunning! Of course, for anyone wondering what this book celebrates, it's a kind of companion to the Masterpiece Theatre series, Victoria, which chronicles the love story of Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert. And also, this series is lovely. 

When I was first contacted about a giveaway (by a St. Martin publicist), for some reason I thought it was a novel. Instead, from what I can tell, it's more of a non-fiction book full of stunning photos - some of which feature Prince Albert. You can see a brief snippet of the book in my latest book haul video, and keep an eye out! 

Photos will be taken and posted here OR Twitter. They'll appear... somewhere. Either way, trust me when I say this is a stunning book - and with Christmas just around the corner, perhaps it'd be the perfect book to gift that British TV aficionado on your list.  

Synopsis: More than 16 million viewers watched the first season of the Masterpiece presentation of Victoria, created and written by Daisy Goodwin--the highest-rated PBS drama in twenty years, second only to Downton Abbey. But what happened after the Queen married her handsome prince? Did they live happily ever after, or did their marriage, like so many royal marriages past and present, fizzle into a loveless round of duty?

This all-new companion book by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan transports us to the private world of Victoria and Albert. Though first cousins, they could not have been more different: Victoria was impulsive, emotional, and capricious, Albert cautious, self-controlled, and logical. But together they forged a bond with each other and with their people that would change the world. Drawing on letters and diaries and fresh insights into royal history, this gorgeous book charts the constant ebb and flow of power within the couple's surprisingly ardent and modern marriage.

Sumptuously illustrated and full of rich insider detail, Victoria and Albert takes us behind the scenes of the magnificent TV drama, including fascinating, in-depth information on the actors, the props, and the costumes - and bringing an extraordinary royal marriage even more fully to life. - Goodreads

And now let's get those annoying rules and regulation details out of the way. 

+ both giveaways are open to US Readers, unless otherwise noted (US readers might have a paperback option when applicable). 
Anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment (I ask this in consideration of fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify). S
+ The winner is chosen randomly (via Rafflecopter); failure to complete the "tasks" does result in disqualification 
+ The winner(s) will be contacted via the Rafflecopter email address within 1-3 days of giveaways close
+ Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification (you'll be contacted at the email address in the Rafflecopter form) before another winner is randomly chosen.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The giveaway ends December 13. Happy Rafflecopter-ing!

*Or you must have a parent's permission to provide a mailing address

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  1. Victoria and Albert looks like an interesting book!
    And, of course I love that you are promoting The Austen Escape.;)

    1. It's beautiful, Amanda - and hopefully, if the sun comes out, I'll take some photos tomorrow (or Saturday).

      'Austen' is an amazing read. But then, with Katherine's name on the cover, I'd expect nothing less. :)

  2. This Reay book and especially the one about an art restorer or somesuch sound quite intriguing!

    I like lots of ITV and BBC series! I watch English shows all the time!

    1. Katherine's book is amazing, John; and me too! BBC and ITV always produce amazing series.

  3. Queen Victoria really was a fascinated and complex woman. As much as I have enjoyed all the films and TV series about her, I still don't think any of them have truly done her justice.

    1. She was! And I know the TV shows romanticize her story, but I do believe there is LOTS of truth in how they portray these characters. Do you have a favorite (portrayal/series) thus far?

  4. I LOVED The Austen Escape and would love to own a print copy for my bookshelves! Today I'm starting A Promise for Tomorrow by Michele Paige Holmes, the second book in a series that I've been anxiously waiting for- the first book ended in a cliffhanger, which I normally hate but it was so well-written I still gave it 5 stars ;)

    1. Isn't it amazing?? No question, one of THE best of 2017.

      I've not read any of Michele's books, but I'm always glad for a new author. I hope this follow up lives up to those 5-star expectations, Heidi! Happy reading. :)

  5. I'm actually reading The Austen Escape right now and loving it -- if I won, I would be giving that copy to a friend as an extra Christmas present. I'm quite confident she would dig it too :-)

    1. How awesome! Love that you're thinking of Christmas gifts, Rachel. I'm sadly, not doing as well as I planned with my Christmas shopping... but slowly, it's getting there. :)

  6. I haven't read any books by Katherine Reay yet, but she's author I've been wanting to read. Right now, I'm reading From the Start by Melissa Tagg and Trouble in Loveland by Jennifer Peel.

    1. Her books are amazing! (No other word I can think of... :D) I do hope if you have a chance to read any of them, you enjoy. Three cheers for Melissa Tagg; another of my all-time favorite authors. :)

  7. I am currently reading The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray, which is book 3 of her Amish of Hart County series. I saw Katherine the other day on the Christy publicity party, and it made me realize I need to purchase one of her books!

    1. Katherine's books are amazing, Cathy - I do hope when you have the chance to read them, you enjoy. :)

  8. I read Dear Mr. Knightley and it was soooo good. Would love to win the other book in the series.
    I have really enjoyed watching Victoria and would like that book as well! Thanks paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet


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