Monday, June 21, 2010

Giveaway of Anne Elliot, A New Beginning

I am having a giveaway of my new novel, Anne Elliot, A New Beginning.* A little bit about the novel: When Anne reaches her 25th birthday, her family declares her to be a spinster and barely worthy of notice. But Anne decides to take her life in a different direction, and she begins the first day of the rest of her unmarried life by becoming a long-distance runner. This alteration changes everything about her, and a new, supremely confident, Anne emerges. This evolved Anne has an impact on her sisters, father, and most importantly, on Captain Wentworth who has returned after eight years to find that he is as much in love with Miss Anne Elliot as he ever was.

However, there is a complication. The heir to Kellynch, the Elliot estate, William Elliot, has also come back into the picture after being estranged from Anne’s father, Sir Walter Elliot, Baronet, and he has set his sights on Anne. Now living in Bath, Anne senses that something is not right, and with the help of a street urchin named Swoosh, she sets out to discover William Elliot’s true nature.

This book is a light-hearted take on Jane Austen's Persuasion. There are anachronisms aplenty, but the heart of the story, Anne and Frederick's love for each other, remains the same. Here is a review from Irena at This Miss Loves to Read:

This is the third book by Mary Lydon Simonsen that I’ve read and I have to say, she never disappoints. I enjoyed reading this novel so much that I read it in one single day.

Anne Elliot is a new person and a strong, independent woman in this novel. On her 25th birthday, when she is declared to be a spinster, Anne decides to take life in her hands and free herself. I really wanted to hug Anne for her brave decision that brought such delightful changes to her character. I loved the original by Austen, Persuasion, but Anne’s resigned and quiet, sort of like a grey, quiet mouse, in the original. In Simonsen’s rewriting, she’s something else – strong, independent, with a sharp tongue and wit. I really loved it how she was able to talk back to her family. In the original novel, she swallows their humiliating remarks, but not this Anne. The main thing that strengthened Anne so much mentally, and also physically, is running. In this novel, Anne is a long-distance runner. I know, very anachronistic. But let me tell you, anachronisms really works so well in this novel. This story is meant to be a humorous take on Persuasion and a bit of a parody, and it has to be read as such. I found myself giggling several times.

There are many wonderful and funny allusions to modern times. Puns, fun and funny references to modern times, humour and irony are wonderful ingredients of this novel. I don’t know why, but for some reason my favourite reference was the “Avon Calling!” one. That really got me. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, buy the novel, read it and you’ll know. Really, you won’t regret it if you like humour and Jane Austen.

The novel also has serious and emotional moments. The serious moments refer primarily to William Elliot, the nasty heir to Kellynch, who is a bad man, indeed, and also to Anne and Frederick becoming forced to endure another separation due to Napoleon’s escaping from Elba. There is also romance, mostly between Frederick and Anne. It was really memorable to read about a jealous Frederick. Anne is not the only person who undergoes a great change for the better...

I really, really loved the novel. It is so cleverly written and has many funny, as well as some less funny moments that are really enjoyable to read…This novel made me love Persuasion even more. It reminded me why Austen is such a great author. Simonsen really is an Austen connoisseur.

 THIS MISS RATES: **** For the full review and to visit Irena's blog, click here.

Now for the rules of the giveaway:
(1) Make any comment(s) you want about why you like Persuasion. For example, I like this story because it is a mature romance, Frederick's devotion to Anne, and "the letter."
(2) Followers of my blog are entered twice.
(3) You must include your e-mail. The winner of my Austen give-away has not claimed her prize, and I have no way to contact her to let her know that she has won b/c I do not have her e-mail.
(4) This giveaway is open to everybody.
(5) Your entry must be in by 10:00 p.m. on June 29th. The winner will be announced on June 30th.

I am looking forward to reading your comments. Thanks. Mary

*This book originally appeared as a fan fiction story, Anne Elliot, I Am Woman, on this blog.


  1. I like Persuasion because it's a story about second chances. I can really sympathize with Anne because she seems like kind of a meek person (like me), and I feel bad for her because everyone walks all over her. Persuasion is actually my favorite Austen novel right now. :)

    I'm following your blog. Here's my email addy: srfbluemama[at]gmail[dot]com

  2. Yay! The person who wins this novel will not be disappointed!

  3. I love Persuasion for so many reasons. But I have to say that "the letter" is the BEST letter ever written. Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice are my very favorite Austen books and I read them every year.

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  4. i'm really excited you have a new novel out. i will always love the darcy/elizabeth romance, but Anne/Wentworth is a REALLY close second. i like this story because wentworth doesn't mean to lead Louisa on, but as a result realizes his love for anne. he is just a man who was madly in love and rejected returning to the marriage mart, and anne felt she was too old to be noticed. they're just so perfect together. :) (email -

  5. What could be more romantic than Wentworth's letter? "You pierce my soul." Come on! That is some swoonworthy stuff.

    Persuasion comes in second to P&P for me. I love Anne, and I want her to be happy. Make it so. :)

  6. Mary, you sly thing! I am ashamed to say I knew nothing about your new book until this moment. It sounds enchanting. Best of luck. LA

  7. I love Persuasion because it is Austen's most mature novel about second chances in love. Previously in her earlier novels, the heroine has a lot to learn in life before gaining the heart of the hero. However, Anne has already past her bloom and is on the verge of spinsterhood when the novel begins. Her family ignores her and does not see her true worth and she is ill-used by all of them. Only Wentworth realise that and in the process, falls in love with her the second time.

    And I have to say, the letter was the most romantic letter I have ever read. If only I could find someone as good as him in real life.

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  8. Persuasion is my second favorite Austen (Emma is currently my first) I love the beautiful loyal love that Wentworth has for Anne and she for him.

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  9. Katy: I like the idea of "second chances" as well. I was so shy as a kid that I can really relate to Anne, and being a middle child in a family of six girls, I was always trying to keep the peace.

    Elegant Female: Yes, "the letter." Every girl dreams of receiving a letter like that.

    ngrahampfan: "Wentworth doesn't want to return to the marriage mart." Well put.

    Debbie: In my new novel, I not only make Anne happy, I empower her!

    Luthien: I like the fact that this is a mature romance. I think Amanda Root's portrayal was spot on b/c she is a mature actress.

    Katherine: It's hard to believe that a love could survive 8 years, but Austen makes it work.

    Irena: Thanks for the promo!

    Laurel Ann: The roll out for Anne Elliot was definitely "a soft opening." I'm hoping people who like my writing will give it a chance. It's the funniest thing I've ever written, and I have to say, it's my favorite novel to date. Thanks for checking in. Love your P&P Without Zombies.

  10. I love Persuasion almost more then Pride and Prejudice. I like it b/c even though Wentworth is trying to forget Anne or show her no interest he can't help but be concerned for her (ex. getting her in the Admiral's curricle) its like his heart is telling him unconsciously that he is in love with her still, but his mind/pride is fighting it.

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  11. Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novel. It's a sweet story that touches my heart, a romance that makes me really feel the desire and love between Anne & Wentworth. I've read and reread it and will continue to do so, it has a special place in my heart.