New contest: “A Wedding in Springtime” by Amanda Forester

ETA: This contest is closed. Jeanne won the book!

Amanda Forester’s new Regency, A Midsummer Bride, is out next week, so I thought this would be a good time to give away a signed copy of the first in her Marriage Mart series (tied together by a society matchmaker), A Wedding in Springtime.

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I should warn you, if you need 100% historical accuracy to enjoy a story, this is probably not the book for you. But I loved it. I’ve been mostly drawn to deeply emotional, heartwrenching historicals recently (although I need those to have a sense of humor, too). It was wonderful and refreshing to read a book that reminded me of the slim, witty Jane-Austen-and-Heyeresque Regencies I ate up in high school–sparkling, sweet comedies of manners.

I’d still be eating those books up if they were still being published, let me tell you. Are there still loads of these out there and I just haven’t been reading them? Recommend me some witty romps, guys! I adore Julia Quinn, obviously, but apart from her I’ve completely fallen away from that part of the genre.

A Wedding in Springtime hearkens back to the faves of my youth in the best possible way, with the same focus on banter and conversational chemistry. There’s even a street urchin the hero reluctantly brings into his home to please the soft-hearted heroine! I love that trope, and I was thrilled when the urchin actually turned out to have a key part to play in the plot.

The heroine is endearing, the hero is an adorkable sweetheart (the highest praise I can give a hero!) who is completely, satisfyingly smitten from the moment he sees the heroine, the secondary characters are drawn sharply and with warm-hearted generosity, and best of all…

…the jokes are funny. I cannot emphasize enough how funny the jokes are. I laughed out loud many, many times reading this book. More than anything else, the humor kept me enthusiastically engaged all the way to the last page.

Just comment on this post to enter, and make sure you enter your correct e-mail address (NOT in the body of the comment, just in the form where it says Name:, Mail:, Website:, make sure the e-mail address you enter for “Mail” is right). It won’t show up to other commenters, but I’ll get it and then I can easily notify you of your win. As always, if you want to be alerted when a new contest goes up, I recommend signing up for my newsletter.

NB: I got this book signed at a conference. Amanda isn’t involved in the giveaway and the book isn’t personalized. So if you want to tell her how much you loved her books, this isn’t the place. That would be her website. (But this IS the place to tell ME how much you loved it!)

19 Responses to “New contest: “A Wedding in Springtime” by Amanda Forester”

  • Anita H.:

    I love a good historical romance with witty characters that makes me laugh. I haven’t read this Amanda Forester book yet but it sounds right up my alley! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • I looooove funny Regencies! So if this contest is international, I’d love to enter. (But no worries if it’s not!)

    • Rose:

      You know, I have always kept my giveaways open internationally, but last time I went to mail a book to Australia the price had gone WAY up! I think I’ll stick with open for international entrants this month, but next month I might put a note that says US and Canada only. I hate to do it but eep!

  • Jeanne Miro:

    Hi Rose!

    I’ve read Amanda’s “Highlander” books but didn’t realize that she had also written A Wedding in Springtime or that A Midsummer Bride was being released on November 5th!

    I love both books based in Scotland and England but I must admit that Historical Regency are my favorite genre!

    For those of your followers who haven’t had the pleasure of reading her previous stories they should be sure to check them out!

    Thanks for giving your followers the chance to win a copy of A Wedding in Springtime and you can be sure I’m going to Amazon now to pre-order a copy of A Midsummer Bride at Amazon so it can “magically” appear on my Kindle on the 5th!

    • Rose:

      Regency is my fave too, although it seems more and more of my favorite authors right now write Victorians, so I’m getting fond of that time period too. After all, early Victorian is PRACTICALLY Regency! Also, good call, I need to pre-order Midsummer Bride too…

    • Rose:

      Congratulations, you won the book! You should get an e-mail from me shortly asking for your address. :)

  • Joan Woods:

    Love reading about the Scottish people. Amanda’s Highlander books are among my favorite.

  • Joye:

    The book sounds fascinating. I love the word “adorkable” I know a couple of young girls that word fits.

  • Jackie Wisherd:

    Enjoyed reading the blog today. This book sounds like one I would enjoy reading. Regencies have always been high on my list of book generes I enjoy.

  • Dee Feagin:

    Thanks for introducing me to Ms. Forester. I am always looking for new-to-me authors and your review of her first one makes me think I will like her style and the characters.

  • bn100:

    This sounds interesting

  • Mel K.:

    What a beautiful cover! Rose, I’m sold! It would be so nice to win this book. I enjoy funny in Historicals. Happy Halloween!

  • earlene gillespie:

    Regencies are my fav genre to read. I like to have humor in the stories I read. Too much angst, anger and violence aren’t really my style. Life is hard as it is and I read to get away for a little bit and go to other worlds and times.

    • Rose:

      I love darker books but I need it to be in a certain RANGE of darkness. I definitely can’t deal with thrillers or suspense books. I am very easily scared, and also pretty squeamish! It’s too bad because there are so many great romantic suspense authors out there who I’d love to read, but I just can’t.

  • Janie McGaugh:

    I haven’t read any of Amanda’s books, but this sounds great.

  • Marcy Shuler:

    I really love witty books so this one sounds great! Amanda Forester is a new-to-me author but I’ll be sure to check out her books. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. :)

  • Ada:

    I love historical romances anyways but ones that are funny/witty make them all the better. I think it just makes the time period all the more interesting, I’ve only read one other book by Amanda but I so enjoyed it so I’m pretty sure I”ll enjoy this one too! :)

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