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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen -- Blog Tour Review and $25 Giveaway





Product Details:
Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen

Publisher: Hidden Falls Publishing

Published: August 13th, 2013

Genre: Romance

ebook: 300 pages

FTC FYI: I received an ePub copy in exchange for an honest review.







Book Description:

A Proper Romance
Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she’d imagined.
"I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me."

My Review:
I was so pleasantly surprised  by this book. This is 

one of those books that slowly wraps you up in it's 

story never freeing you until the last word. The 

characters in this story are varied, but so 

memorable. I especially loved Princess Ariella or as 

she likes to call herself, Ella. She is not like her six 

sisters who love being royalty. Ella is bored with her 

life and in the process makes friends with a gardener
 

by the name of Gavin. Their friendship grows into, 

as Ella says, "The most precious thing I've ever had 

the pleasure of owning." It was quite funny as Gavin 

teaches her to do things like pull a weed and Ella 

finds it just fascinating.


 This story takes place over a 2-3 year time period. 

Ella goes through many changes in her life and 

emotionally she grows and matures into a 

courageous woman who is not afraid to chase after 

her dreams. I love what a strong woman she 

becomes. Her relationships with 

her parents and of course Gavin, go through many 

transitions too. Even though this is 

an adaptation of a fairytale re-telling with a twist, 

the feelings and situations are very realistic.  


This story is a clean read with some nice kissing. 

You will fall in love with this story like so many 

already have. I could best describe it as being 

"Enchanted" by Ella and her story. This book is 

coming highly recommended for teen and adult 

readers who want to finish reading a book and come 

away with a smile on their face. This will be a book 

that I will revisit again and again because I liked it 

that much.

 **Excerpt**

I changed behind a couple of close-growing trees at the base of the hill, then squeezed the water from my hair and tried to restore it to some semblance of order. I wrung out my clothes before wrapping them in a shawl and putting them in my bag. I decided against putting on my shoes, instead walking barefoot back to the maze, enjoying the feel of the earth under my feet. A lightness filled me; whether from knowing the secret of the waterfall or from abandoning propriety and tromping around barefoot, it didn’t really matter. New life had been breathed into me. The looks thrown my way while entering the palace with bare feet and disheveled hair made me smile. I couldn’t find it in myself to be ashamed.
I bounded up the stairs to my room with no poise at all, and had to suppress a grin when I hurried past Lorraina, who stopped suddenly upon seeing me and didn’t recover before I passed her by. I slipped into my room and shut the door firmly, unable to keep a broad smile from my face as I considered my excursion. It was liberating.


Praise for Just Ella:

"I fell in love with this book. Treat yourself to something wonderful. You can't go wrong with Just Ella!" ~Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

"By far one of the best romance novels I've ever read. Pulls you in with great, likable characters and keeps you going with a sweet and exciting love story--plus a good plot to give it even more substance. Full of those tender moments you want to go back and read again, plus exciting moments, clever humor, and some suspense as well." ~Jana Miller

"Annette Larsen writes a love story that takes time, is complicated, and yet still sweeps you up in the romance (without the cheese, thank you). It's compelling and emotional and sweet and you will love every page." ~Kimi
Book Blast/Blog Tour Special
Grab your copy of Just Ella for just $4.99!



Meet: Author Annette K. Larsen:
annette
I was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff Arizona and St. Louis Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended college at Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children.
I have Charlotte Bronte to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to sacrifice what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but it the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it.

I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.  I write clean romance. Why? Because that’s what I love to read, but over the years I’ve discovered it’s quite a challenge to find good clean romance. I believe it’s a genre that many people are looking for and too few authors are writing. My first novel, Just Ella, took me many years to write because I wanted it to be more than just a cutesy love story. I wanted it to have depth, to feel genuine. Hopefully I succeeded, but you’ll have to be the judge.
Blog Tour Giveaway:

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 11/5/13
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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