Monday, August 5, 2013

Emma by Rebecca Jamison: Giveaway and an Excerpt too!

Title: Emma: A Latter-day Tale
Author: Rebecca H. Jamison
ISBN: 978-1-4621-1260-9
Price: $16.99/$19.99

256 pages

NOT Looking for Love: Single woman (23) seeks best friend to chat on the phone, shop the clearance racks, watch chick flicks, try out messy cooking projects, and eat Dove dark chocolates.

Emma isn’t so good at the whole life-coaching thing. Her first client ended up with a broken heart and is threatening to relapse in her bad habits. Now Emma has problems of her own to deal with, and all those problems start with one name: Justin.

Justin is her best friend, so it’s hard for Emma not to feel betrayed when she suspects he is falling for her childhood rival. And she knows she’s losing him despite her best efforts. No matter how much she tries, she keeps running up against obstacles. How is she supposed to help other people when she’s drowning in her own failures?

Fans of Jane Austen’s Emma will love this modern retelling of the classic romance novel. Fall in love with Emma’s latter-day tale of redemption, forgiveness, and the quest for true love.

This is an LDS fiction book and retelling of the classic, Emma (which I love, btw).  Jane Austen is one of my very favorite's.  I love modern day re-tellings of old classics.

One thing that I loved was knowing basically how the story would unfold but wondering how the author would go about it in the world of today.  I guess that's what makes re-tellings great.

Modern day Emma was endearing even though her many mistakes.  Her intentions are good but things just always seem to go wrong because Emma doesn't always take the most thought through approach.  She is often blinded by what she wants instead of what others may be feeling and thinking.  I was rooting for Emma to figure things out and make good with everyone.

I thought Justin was a good character but I didn't really connect with him.  I could see his good qualities and patience with Emma, but I didn't feel that growing attraction from him.  I don't think the sparks really flew at any point between Emma and Justin but it was a sweet relationship that finally came round.  I just wanted to feel more of a connection to Justin and feel his attraction to Emma.

This book is squeeky clean and a very fun read.  I loved the modern cross over of characters.  I read through this book very quickly.  It was interesting and kept my attention.  I also loved the Virginia setting as I lived there for a short period of time.  I love Virginia.  :)

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Enjoy the following excerpt from Emma:
It was amazing how much more snow Phil could pick up with his shovel than I could with mine. He cleared three feet of the driveway before I was done with one.
“When we’re done, if you have time, you should come in and meet Harri. I think you two will get along.”
Phil stopped and looked at his watch. “I’m planning to do a couple more driveways before it gets dark.”
“I’ll go get Harri now if you’re in a hurry. She wants to meet you.”
Phil leaned on his shovel. “Harry is a she?”
 “Her real name is Harriet. She moved here a couple months ago and she’s hardly met anybody. I think you’ll like her.”
Phil threw his head back, laughed, and started shoveling again. “I thought you were trying to introduce me to your new boyfriend.”
“You think I would be out here shoveling snow while my new boyfriend stays inside?” I grabbed a handful of snow and threw it at him. I didn’t mean to hit him in the face, but that’s where it landed.
Phil wiped the snow off his face and grinned. “I wondered why you were dating such a loser.” I expected him to throw a snowball at me, but he just stood there. “So you don’t have a boyfriend?”
I giggled a little at his awkwardness. “Nope. Harri doesn’t either.”
Phil threw another shovelful of snow away from the driveway. “So you . . . I mean, you and your friend are . . . available?” Phil didn’t open his mouth enough when he talked. That was the one thing about him that always distracted me. I couldn’t help staring at his mouth.
I had to force myself to look into his eyes. “Why is that a shock, Phil? Every woman in that house right now is available. You can take your pick—Harri, me, or Barbara. You’re surrounded by single women.” It was safe to assume Phil wouldn’t pick me. I was at least three inches taller than he was, and it was a rare man who dated a taller woman.

Rebecca H. Jamison Biography
Looking for love? Rebecca H. Jamison would love to set you up with that special someone, but you’re better off reading her books. She has a terrible track record as a matchmaker.

Rebecca grew up in Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a BA and MA in English with an emphasis in creative writing. In between college and graduate school, she served a mission to Portugal and Cape Verde.

Rebecca enjoys running, dancing, reading, and watching detective shows. She and her husband have six children. You can learn more about her at

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  1. My favorite Jane Austen book is Persuasion. Love it. I should reread it as soon as I run out of other books to read....

  2. My favorite J.A. book is also Persuasion! I already have this ebook and can't wait to read it! I love retellings for the same reason because I know what's going to happen but not how it'll happen. If I win I'll be gifting this book to a friend. :)
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  3. My favorite has got to be Pride & Prejudice -- can't go wrong with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy!

  4. My favorite book by Jane Austen is Pride & Prejudice.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! :D

  5. Okay, I have to admit that I've actually only read one JA book. Northanger Abbey. It was good, I really should read more of them...


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