Sunday, February 5, 2012

Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison Blog Tour - Review, Guest Post, Giveaway!



Welcome to my stop at the Persuasion: A Latter-Day Tale Blog Tour! The tour is organixed by the publisher Cedar Fort Inc and by the author Rebecca H. Jamison. My spot includes a review, a guest post by the author, some information about the author and a giveaway!

Let's start with the review!



Author: Rebecca H. Jamison
Title: Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale
Release date: 7th of February 2012
Published by: Cedar Fort Inc.
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance, LDS
URL: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5232980.Rebecca_H_Jamison
Pages: 240 pages in eBook
Source: NetGalley received from the author and Cedar Fort for reviewing

From Goodreads:


When Anne broke off her engagement seven years ago, she thought she'd never see Neil Wentworth again. But when Neil's brother buys the house she grew up in, it seems fate has other plans in store, and Anne is woefully unprepared for the roller coaster of emotions that accompanies Neil's return. Fans of Persuasion will love this fast-paced, modern retelling of Jane Austen's most romantic novel.


My review:

It is the first book of Rebecca H. Jamison to read. I received the book from the author and publisher for the blog tour and I was glad that I read Persuasion. It was easy to read, the language was smooth and the sweet romance was slightly, but smoothly combined with some suspense.

Regarding the plot:

Anne meets with her ex-boyfriend after the break-up 8 years ago. She was engaged to Neil, but due to some doubts and complications from her family’s side, she ended the engagement and hasn’t seen or spoken to Neil after that. They meet when Anne is returning to her father’s house to help her father to sell and move out the house.

The story itself is a sweet romance and it is little complicated because Neil has already some other interests of affection in the horizon and Anne is pursued by Will who is trying to warm up Anne’s interest. Anne realizes she still loves Neil, but will it be enough? Things get more complicated when Will shows his real face and makes Anne’s life more difficult.

I have read Jane Austen’s original book and there were really some similarities, but Persuasion stand as a dependent book itself. The aspects I liked were the dialogues, some of the characters and the writing style. What I had difficulties with where the Will’s sudden change of character which did not seem very believable and also the terms and ways of Mormons. Since I do not know much about Mormons and their beliefs it was in one way interesting world to come in to, but the same time there were things which I simply did not understand.

Regarding the characters:

Anne was a sweet woman, placing everybody else higher than herself. It was likable, but at the same time frustrating, because it seemed that she does not have will and life of her own. Neil was a character whom I liked the best in the Persuasion. He was charming, with the sense of humor, trustworthy, reliable.

As for the supporting characters, it was mixture of complicated family, interesting single women wanting Neil, other Mormons.

Generally:

If you want to read a book with sweet romance or you want to know more about the life of Mormons, then this book is definitely for you. Otherwise it was well-written, the story developed smoothly, there were some unexpected twist in the story. It’s a good read and would be a good Valentine Day present!

5 Flowers!
3 stars.

Thanks goes to the author Rebecca H. Jamison and to Cedar Fort for the review copy of the book!

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The author, Rebecca H. Jamison also wrote a guest post and I am very happy about it. So ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Rebecca!




Positive Self-Talk
Guest Post by Rebecca H. Jamison

The older I get, the less I care about what other people tell me, and the more I care about what I tell myself. You read that right—I talk to myself. We all do. Each of us has a little voice inside our head. Mine tends to be pretty mean sometimes—“Your butt looks fat,” “She doesn’t like you,” and “You’re a terrible mother” are some of the comments I’ve heard lately from my inner voice. This type of thing has been going on for most of my life, but I haven’t tried to change it until recently.

Research shows that the voice inside our head, otherwise know as our attitude, can have a huge affect on our lives. William James, the famous psychologist, wrote “The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”

Here are some things I’ve done to improve my inner voice:

Choose Uplifting Media: We have to be careful about what we read, watch, and listen to. I like to watch comedies and read books with happy themes.

Being Kind to Ourselves: Women, especially mothers, tend to ignore their own needs. When we start to take care of ourselves a little better—by choosing a nice outfit, going to the doctor when we need it, and getting enough rest—our inner voices start to say nicer things.

Going after the Scary Goals: All the best things I’ve done in life have been scary—choosing a university, getting married, buying a home, and having children were all high-stakes decisions. Even deciding to publish my novel was a risky decision for me. But they were also decisions that helped me to become more confident and positive about life. Yes, I’ve had failures, but, in a way, they’ve made me a stronger, more positive person too.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide on, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe that your critics are right.” In my novel, Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale, Anne is so afraid of risk that she prevents herself from having the joy she could have. After she’s learned her lesson, she gives this advice: “I think if you make decisions because you’re afraid of something, then you’re going to have a lot of regrets.”

What have you done to help your inner voice become more positive?

 
Very good question, Rebecca! We will come back to that question little later, when we come to the giveaway!
Thanks for taking time for writing an interesting guest post for Me and Reading!


About the Author:

Rebecca Jamison met her husband on a blind date. His first words to her were, "Do you want to get together and play spin the bottle?"(He was trying to avoid another bad blind date, but she went out with him anyway.) Rebecca grew up in Vienna, Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, earning a BA and MA in English. In between college and grad school, she served a mission to Portugal and the Cape Verde islands. Rebecca and her husband have six children. She enjoys running, dancing, making jewelry, reading, and watching chick flicks. You can learn more about her at http://www.rebeccahjamison.com/

Links


Blog: http://www.rebeccahjamison.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/RebeccaHJamison
Youtube book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKgM9tuCzSo
To buy: http://www.amazon.com/Persuasion-Latter-day-Rebecca-H-Jamison/dp/1599559471/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326255452&sr=8-1

And now, last, but not least the giveaway!


Rebecca agreed to give away 1 copy of the Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale! In order to enter the giveaway you will have to answer to the question what Rebecca asked at the end of the guest post:

What have you done to help your inner voice become more positive?


To enter, please comment, answer the question, add your contacts, be a follower of my blog and that's it!
Giveaway is open to International entries.  If someone outside North America wins, you will receive ebook; otherwise a paperbook! Giveaway runs until 14th of February!

Good luck!

You can find the next stops of the blog tour here: http://www.cedarfortbooks.com/blog-tour-persuasion-a-latter-day-tale/

Happy reading!

12 comments:

  1. I think I'm still working on it. I've had a very negative year and still havent' fully recovered, but I'm now trying to see the bright side of life!

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  2. Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen story and it has a good premise to be used for a modern story.

    What do I do for my inner voice? I keep track of what I have to be thankful for, I maintain strong relations with others, I journal and read, and I try to keep up my health.

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  3. I'm still working on it but I'm trying to basically make my inner voice like me and not think negatively about myself. Thanks for the contest! Your book sounds awesome!
    -Amber
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  4. Unfortunately, I'm one of those people who lets my inner voice take over and pretty much rule my life in most situations- not very healthy, I know. This was brought to my attention by a friend last year and since then, every time I hear that inner voice criticizing me, I try to imagine her voice and what she would say about that thought. She always puts such a wonderful spin on it, that I can't help but view things in a positive light thereafter. So, my friend has become my new inner voice- a very positive one!

    Thank you for this giveaway:) Persuasion was the very first Jane Austen novel I read. I would love to read this modern-day version.

    Best wishes for 2012! :)

    Sarah

    sarah.setar@gmail.com

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  5. I am trying to talk my inner voice out of being negative with positive reinforcement talks! Yes, my kids think I'm nuts talking to myself, but I really think it works! At least, I HOPE it works :D Thanks so much for the giveaway! I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan and love to read any book that is based on one of her works :D
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  6. The thing that helps keep my inner voice positive is to stay busy. I just had my second child and haven't had a minute to stress about things cuz I'm too busy with the kiddos!
    Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read this book!
    GFC follower: Lexie@BookBug
    email: lexie.bookbug@gmail.com

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  7. I sometimes have to list aloud the positive things I have going on to help my inner voice veer towards the positive side of things.

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    nayjf at yahoo dot com

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  8. To make my inner voice more positive, I try to come up with positive things about me so as to think of myself in a better light. I also try to view things from other peoples' perspectives.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! This book looks awesome!

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  9. Sometimes it is tough but I think about what I can do to make things better.
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