Pay attention, readers: I’ve got a very special giveaway for you today.
Harper Collins Christian Publishing is giving away three sets of Katherine Reay’s novels: three lucky readers will win a copy of Reay’s first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, (published in late 2013) AND an advanced review copy of her forthcoming Lizzy & Jane, which doesn’t hit stores till October 28.
Reay’s books aren’t fanfiction, but she manages to weave a little Jane Austen into her heartfelt, contemporary novels. They’re easy reading, but have a lot of emotional heft. (Think Brené Brown, but fiction.)
Dear Mr. Knightley is actually patterned after Jean Webster’s 1912 classic Daddy-Long-Legs, and Reay’s contemporary version features a heroine who borrows a voice from her favorite literature when she can’t find her own.
Lizzy & Jane tells the complicated story of two sisters named after the eldest Bennet daughters, but their lives aren’t exactly Austen-ish: Jane is social media manager in Seattle; Lizzy is a top chef in New York.
(Have I ever told you that my parents almost named me Elizabeth?)
You can read my full review (of sorts) of Dear Mr. Knightley here, and Lizzy & Jane makes a twitterature appearance here. You can also read the first chapter of Dear Mr. Knightley on the publisher’s website, for free.
To enter, just leave a comment. Giveaway ends Sunday, August 22 at midnight Eastern time.
The fine print: Entrants must be 18 or older, U.S. only. (I’m sorry! I’d gladly pay to ship outside the border if you won, but it’s a legal thing.) Three winners will be chosen via random.org, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Employees and contractors of Harper Collins Christian Publishing are ineligible. (Sorry!)