Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 Days of a Jane Austen Christmas Giveaway Day 1

Day One

For me, Christmas and Jane Austen go hand-in-hand. My Great-Grandmother had a first edition of Pride & Prejudice and she would read it to my older cousins on Christmas Eve after baking cookies. I would curl up on the chair drinking my tea in what I referred to as a big girls cup and saucer, (I was five at the time so an English china cup and saucer was a special treat, especially since the older girls had one) and listen to the tale of Lizzy and Darcy.

  Then I received my first Jane Austen book, Pride & Prejudice for young readers as a Christmas gift two years later.  I simply couldn’t get enough of this book. I loved it. I read it so many times the pages fell out. As I grew older I started reading the original editions of Jane Austen. Now I am an avid Janeite. I read any and everything Jane Austen related.

Every Christmas I pull out my copy of Pride & Prejudice, fix me a cuppa tea  and remember my first introduction to this amazing author.

Today’s giveaway is :

Captain Wentworth Home from the Sea - A Persuasion Novella by Mary Lydon Simonsen

In 1806, Frederick Wentworth returned to the sea in hopes of leaving behind memories of his lost love, Anne Elliot of Kellynch Hall. After eight years serving as the captain of the Laconia, he had failed to jettison recollections of the only woman he could ever love, that is, until a shipboard accident robbed him of his memory. When he is once again thrown into Anne's company, he knows nothing of their previous engagement. With the slate wiped clean, will Anne Elliot be able to secure the love of Captain Frederick Wentworth or will all opportunities to reclaim a lost love be denied her?

If you would like to know more about Mary Lydon Simonsen or her Jane Austen-inspired novels, please visit her website:
Austen Inspired Fan Fiction by Mary Lydon Simonsen

I would like to thank Mary Lydon Simonsen for her donation as well as allowing this giveaway to be worldwide.

Today’s Rules:

1. Leave a comment with your name and an answer to the question:

What is your favorite Jane Austen novel?

2. Giveaway is open worldwide.

3. You do not need to leave your email address as the winner will be announced the next day. The winner will also be announced on the right side of the blog under the Winners banner. You have until the 23rd to respond with your shipping address. You may want to
subscribe via feed burner which is located on the right side of the blog.

4. Followers will receive an extra entry, so make sure you let us know if you follow us. You will also receive an extra entry if you help spread the word about this giveaway.


  1. My favorite Jane Austen novel is Emma. I follow your blog. My name is Eva-Joy and my e-mail is kraftyhorselover@hotmail.com

  2. It's so hard to choose! I LOVE them all but, if I have to, I must say that I have a particularly soft spot for Mansfield Park. Thank you for the giveaway! I follow as Farida Mestek. I've twitted about it and shared the link on Facebook too.

  3. While I loved Pride and Prejudice, I have a special place in my heart for Sense and Sensibility, as it was the first Jane Austen story I was exposed to.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. My favorite is Pride and Prejudice. It was my Mom's favorite too so it's kind of extra special to me now. I'm a follower. Thanks!

  5. That's so hard! I love them all. But I guess it's a tie between Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion.

  6. I'm a blog follower and email subscriber.

  7. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/Margay/status/146726246078885888

  8. I too, came by my Jane Austen love through family and wore out my first copies of the books. My favorite Jane Austen is 'Persuasion' with 'Mansfield Park' a close runner up.

    GFC: Sophia Rose
    email follower too

    I shared on FB as Sally Michele Shaw and Google +1 as Sophia Rose

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I love Mary Simonsen's books.

  9. I'm a follower of your blog.

    My favourite JA novel is Persuasion. Actually it was hard to choose between this and P&P but the love letter won it for me.

    I love to win a copy of this Persuasion novella.

  10. Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice are constantly fighting for first place in my affection, generally with whichever I read most recently in the lead...or whichever one I have read/seen and adaptation of most recently. :)

    I love Mary Simonsen's books and I can't wait to read this one!

    GFC follower - Lieder Madchen

  11. Persuasion is definitely my favorite!!

    I'm a new follower :)

  12. I have just posted the giveaway on my blog. Do check it here.

  13. I first read Pride and Prejudice in 6th grade. The teacher's passion for it rubbed off on me and I introduced it to my younger sister who quickly became a fan. Years later we bonded again over 1995 BBC production - who didn't! On many occasions we get together for "a dose of P&P". For the memories and close ties it created, I love P&P the most.