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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Now I'm giving away Ransome's Honor by Kaye Dacus (with bonus review!)

To have your name entered for a chance to win this novel simply post a comment telling me which Jane Austen Novel is your favorite. I will pick a winner next Sunday. As for me, I've only watched one movie, Sense and Sensibility starring Kate Winslet and I really enjoyed it. But I have no others to compare it to.

About the book:

July 1814. The war with France has ended, and Captain William Ransome, known for never letting women aboard his ship, has returned to Portsmouth, England. Julia Witherington, considered an old-maid at 29, discovers that she must marry immediately to receive a large dowry. Julia knows that the only man she doesn't want to marry is William Ransome. And the only man her father will approve of is- William Ransome.

When the couple strikes a financial deal to feign marriage for one year, the adventure begins. These stubborn people face humorous and hard situations that reveal what else they have in common-a growing affection for one another. This intriguing tale of faith and loyalty is a wonderful new offering for readers of all genres.

My review:

I really enjoyed reading Ransome's Honor. The title fit the story perfectly. It was like a blend of Marylu Tyndall's pirate stories as well as Linore Rose Burkard's novels. I've never read Jane Austen (oh the shame...) but I hear it has a similar feel to it. Ransome's Honor was filled with culture and details about the mid 1800s that gave it an authentic feel. Plus the use of language from that day in age made it seem like I was part of the era as I read along. I found William to be quite the gentleman and an exciting hero as well.

The story had just enough romantic tension to make me smile when things got tense between them. Julie was a likeable heroine and I found her feelings and responses to be authentic. I loved that she didn't wuss out and that she cared about other people more than herself, especially toward the end. It was interesting, too, how this book contained the other man's POV on occasion as well as a few other characters. It wasn't distracting like it often is when you get just a snapshot from one character's POV. In Ransome's Honor it added to the story rather than distracting from it.

All in all, I found this story delightful and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys Regency era novels.

Ransome's Honor was published by Harvest House and released in July 2009.


fredamans said...

I too have not read any of her books, but also saw Sense & Sensibility. I'm sure it was mildly different as most books adapted into movies are, however from that film it was most intriguing and something I would further get into. Plus I really love romance!
Great contest! Thank you for the entry.


Lynn McCallum said...

I love all Jane Austen's writing, but Pride and Prejudice has got to be my favourite. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest.


CherryBlossomMJ said...

*not an entry*

Love this book! And her contemporary fiction too.

cathikin said...

I absolutely adore Pride and Prejudice. Each time I read it, I get more out if it. I also like Sense and Sensibility and Emma a lot, but since I read them in a hurry, I feel need to read them again at my leisure. One of my goals is to someday read all of Miss Austen's novels.

Your review of Ransome's Honor definitely makes me want to read it. It does sound something like an Austen novel, and comparing it to MaryLu's books makes it even more appealing!

Buukluvr81 said...

Please enter me! Many thanks!

Mollydawn1981 at aol dot com

Charity said...

Michelle, Please enter me in this giveaway!! I would love to read this book:) Thanks!


Abi said...

I've never read any of her books; however, I'd love to win this one.


ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Sylvia M. said...

I love Kaye Dacus' books and Jane Austen! I'd like to enter this giveaway.


Hope said...

Please enter me, I'd really like to read this book!

Anonymous said...

l havent seen the movies or read any of the books... but if l win, next time l can answer your question! enter me pppplllleeeeaaassseeee!! Percy :)

Katie said...

I enjoy all of Jane Austin's books, but i think my all time favorite is Sense and Sensibility...because Elenor and Marieanna are so like my sister and myself! :-)



Casey said...

I know I am going to stick out like a sore thumb, but I don't like Jane Austen, I had to read one for school and just couldn't get into her. BUT, I do love Julie Klassen and her regency and enjoy a good regency novel, so I would love to enter to win this one. Thanks!


Carole said...

When it comes to Jane Austen, I prefer to watch a movie version and really enjoyed Sense & Sensibility. I love books set in the Regency period (like Georgette Heyer) and would love to read Ransome's Honor. Thank you for the chance to win a copy, Michelle.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

kellie said...

Jane Austin both the book and the movie were good.But I found the movie the best.Please enter me into the giveaway thanks.

Anonymous said...

my first book was 'pride and prejudice.' this book is still my favourite.


lovedandamazed said...

I have been on the lookout for Kaye Dacus's books ever since I heard about them! I'm a big Regency fan. My favorite Austen novel: "Pride and Prejudice," although "Sense and Sensibility" and "Northanger Abbey" are right up there.


Carman said...

I would love to be entered.

I have no favorite Jane Austen novel. I've read them all, but can't choose. :/ They are all really great in my opinion. :D


Ashley W. said...

Carman said to stop by and I'm glad I did. Sounds like my type of book:~) I hope it's not too late to enter.


Love Y'all,

collettakay said...

It's tough to pick a favorite, but I'll say Pride & Prejudice.


Katy said...

I LOVE Jane Austen. My favorite is Persuasion. :) This book sounds lovely--I love this time period.


Janet Ruth said...

Sense and Sensibility is my favourite by Jane Austen as well. I would love to read this book, please count me.


Shmologna said...

Looks like a great book! My favorites are tied...I love Pride & Predjudice AND Sense & Sensiblity

Angie said...

Pride & Prejudice is not only my favorite Jane Austen it is my favorite book period. Would like to see how this compares


MarthaE said...

Pride and Prejudice was always my favorite but I do love the movie Emma!
Thanks for a chance to win a good book!

Michelle Sutton said...

And the randomizer picked...


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