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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.
I typically prefer books where the main character is likeable early on. Don't get me wrong, I like a good character transformation, but there's just something about being able to root for someone from the get-go.
That in mind, Emma isn't my favorite Austen story, what with Emma's cluelessness and somewhat selfish actions. HOWEVER, Jamison's modern re-telling of Austen's story is good because even if you are put off by some of Emma's actions initially, you know that she will transform for the better.
Emma's personality transformation includes quite a bit of entertainment with some quirky supporting characters and laugh out loud situations. By the end, Emma is quite likeable, and the romance that comes together is great! There's even a touching moment that brought tears to my eyes.
Emma: A Latter-day Tale is well-written LDS fiction with a good message about self worth and forgiveness.
If you are looking for a light and fun read (especially if you enjoy Austen's Emma), don't miss Emma: A Latter-day Tale.
Guest Post from author Rebecca H. Jamison about how she met her husband:
"Do you want to get together and play spin the bottle?" That's what it said on the note my husband wrote to ask me out on our blind date. He thought if he wrote something really obnoxious, I wouldn't want to go out with him. He'd had a few bad blind dates and really didn't want to add another to his list. Plus, he was dating someone else.
There was another problem too. He had a mustache. I have always had issues with facial hair. If I had to rate my disgust for it, it would look something like this (with 10 being really gross and 1 being sometimes acceptable):
- a 3-day to 1-week old beard
- a well-groomed goatee
- a well-groomed, short beard
- a longer goatee
- a short mustache
- a medium-sized beard
- a mustache on a woman
- a long mustache
- a love patch
- a handlebar mustache
We ended up having probably one of the longest blind dates in history, during which we ate at Chick-Fil-A, browsed a bookstore, watched a movie, read short stories out loud, made milkshakes, and went grocery shopping. A few dates later, he shaved off his mustache--phew.
The bad thing about having a successful blind date is that it makes me want to set other people up on blind dates. Sad to say, I don't have the talent for it at all. Either that or the people I set up just happen to avoid me for months afterwards.
Have you had a memorable blind date? I'd love to hear about it.
Publisher Cedar Fort is offering an eBook of Emma: A Latter-day Tale to one lucky Literary Time Out follower. Enter before midnight (EST) on August 12th by using the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will be contacted via the email address provided on the form.
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About the Author:
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 on her website.
Title: Emma: A Latter-day Tale
Author: Rebecca H. Jamison
Publisher: Bonneville Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc.
Published: August 2013
FTC FYI: I received an eCopy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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