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Jane Austen Ruined My Life Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Jane Austen Ruined My Life giveaway last month. With the help of random.org, a winner has been selected for this book. Congratulations to Ruth over at Bookish Ruth! I hope you enjoy the novel.

http://www.random.org List Randomizer

  1. Ruth
  2. Nina
  3. KittyKay
  4. Valorie
  5. Emily
  6. KittyKay
  7. Valorie
  8. Laura
  9. Jessica
  10. Blacklin
  11. Carrie
  12. Laura
  13. Lesley
  14. Belle of Books
  15. Koolaidmom
  16. Koolaidmom
  17. Laura
  18. Blacklin
  19. Emily
  20. Lahni
  21. Sheri


Dont forget that tomorrow is the last day to enter for the Jane Austen Ruined My Life Giveaway. All you need to do is post a comment with your favorite Jane Austen book.

Also, don’t forget to listen in to Blog Talk Radio tomorrow morning at 10 am (Pacific Time) to hear Miriam Parker’s interview with author Josefina Lopez, of A Hungry Woman In Paris.


Get Glue Winner + Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Get Glue Decewy Decimal Challenge last month! Through a random name-picking-out-of-a-hat, the winner of February’s giveaway is Eva from A Striped Armchair!!.


But don’t despair. I have another prize this month! But this is one more general. I’m giving away an extra copy of Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo. Just leave me a comment with your favorite Jane Austen book and why. Double points if you link to this giveaway on your blog, Triple points if you also include a review for the Dewey Decimal Challenge. I’ll name a winner at the end of the month (April 1st).

Jane Austen Ruined My Life

Jane Austen Ruined My Life – Review

When I was first offered this book to review, this thought ran through my mind: I like Jane Austen, whose life did she ruin and why?

This wonderful novel by Beth Pattillo did a good job answering my question.

Jane Austen Ruined My LifeThe novel starts with the main character, Emma Grant, on a plane trip to England, set to destroy Jane Austen’s reputation through a set of undiscovered letters written by Jane Austen. The reason behind Emma’s determination? Emma was a University Professor and a Jane Austen scholar who found her husband and her teaching assistant having sex on the kitchen table. The TA later accused Emma of plagerizing one of her papers and the husband, Edward, backed up the TA, leading to Emma’s dismissal from her position. Without a home, a husband and a job, Emma blames Jane Austen’s promise of “happily ever after” after marriage for the end of her marriage and professional career.

In London, Emma stay’s at her cousin’s house, and wouldn’t you know it, her ex-boyfriend is staying there too, also invited by the cousin, who happens to be in Paris. Emma sets out to meet an elderly women named Mrs. Parrot who puts Emma through a series of tasks, each task is rewarded with one or two of the coveted letters. Mrs. Parrots holds the proverbial carrot over Emma with these letters, as they are an undocumented set, protected a secret society known as The Formidables. If Emma can acquire these letters, authenticate their history, they will be the vessel that places her back in the good graces of academia. While Emma’s plan seems sure-fire, she is not prepared for the emotional attachment and revelations that spring from these letters as well as the tasks she sets out to do. While on this secret missions, Emma learns more about Jane Austen’s life and love, as well as her own. Emma takes an introspective look into her life coming to mini realizations about herself and her relationship with Edward.

This book is well written and very funny. I started reading it before work, and had to very reluctantly put it down. The book was never too corny, it has just the right amount of wit, I had myself half hoping that iwas all based on a true-story at one point. Pattillo has a great admiration of Jane Austen, and while this is still “chick-lit” its intelligent chick-lit with a surprising ending, but an ending that I readily approved of. This book makes me want to fly out to England and scout out all the notable Jane Austen landmarks. Now that I’ve read almost all but one Jane Austen book, I felt that I could appreciate books about Jane Austen and her career more.


Jane Austen Ruined My Life
by Beth Pattillo
Guideposts, 2009
ISBN 0824947712
265 pages

Teaser Tuesday (Feb 24th)

https://i0.wp.com/www.devourerofbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/teaser-tuesday.jpgTEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

Grab your current read.

Let the book fall open to a random page.

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Please avoid spoilers!


“On the train to Bath, I opened my copy of Jane Austen’s letters and looked through the book, searching for any clues about Jack Smith.

Surely some inkling of her relationship with him remained, although I was beginning to suspect that Cassandra’s caretaking of her sister’s legacy had been far more thorough than anyone had dreamed. “


Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Patillo

Jane Austen Ruined My Life

“He dragged a shredded tarp to the top floor of the house and climbed in the fiberglass garden tub sitting unplumbed in the master bedroom.

He made a nest and slipped into dreams.”

From: Jesus Swept by James Alexander Protzman

Jesus Swept