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Book Review: “The Jane Austen Society” by Natalie Jenner

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Thank you @stmartinspress @librofm & @macmillan.audio for my gifted physical & audio copies of “The Jane Austen Society” by Natalie Jenner! (pub date 5/26)

Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable..One hundred & fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England’s finest novelists. Now it’s home to a few distant relatives & their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen’s legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen’s home & her legacy.

These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, & a movie star, among others—could not be more different & yet they are united in their love for the works & words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss & trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.

A powerful & moving novel that explores the tragedies & triumphs of life, both large & small, & the universal humanity in us all, Natalie Jenner’s “The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with readers for years to come.

Initially I started reading the physical copy of this book, & although it is well-written & quite interesting, historical fiction isn’t quite in my wheelhouse. But I am trying to branch out. (Baby steps!) Plus, I am super busy and on the go, so I need a book that can be on the go with me. Thankfully I am a fan of audiobooks, & I found that I was more able to connect with the characters & the storyline by listening to it. The narrator did a fantastic job of bringing all of the very charming characters to life. It did take me a a bit to keep track of everyone, but once I got hold of who was who, the story really took off for me.

The Jane Austen Society” is a tip of the literary hat to Miss Austen & her iconic novels & Jenner has sprinkled quotes from those novels throughout this book. This book got me wanting to re-read some of Austen’s novels I read way back when. This was such a lovely, heartfelt, nuanced, uplifting story that many people have said gives them “Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society” vibes. This story touches on family, love, loss, second chances, friendship, the importance of literature & so much more. A very impressive debut novel! Highly recommend!

To buy it on audiobook, I encourage you to use Libro.fm. They support independent bookstores with their audiobook sales, unlike other audiobook apps. Independent bookstores need our sales now more than ever, whether it be with physical books or audiobook sales. Click HERE or use use my referral code MOMLOVESREADING to get a 3-for-1 audiobook deal when you start a Libro.fm account & subscription. You can cancel anytime, so there is no long term commitment.

Those of you that entered my big thriller giveaway on Instagram (the post is HERE), stay tuned for the winner announcement in the next 24 hrs or so. I have to go through all the entries still & everyone’s bonus entries & of course make sure all the entry criteria was met. Another giveaway will be coming soon! Hope everyone has had a wonderful week so far! They seem to be going by so quickly for me these days…

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Happy Independent Bookstore Day! (well, sort of…) [TAKE 2]

(****Ok I will start off by saying you probably already got an email with this post, but for some reason it was not showing up on my blog & is still in my “draft post” file. So I am hitting the “publish button one more time. I put a lot of work into the post & just want it to actually show up on my blog & get out of the wrong file. Thanks for understanding….)

Happy Independent Bookstore Day!! Especially to my fave, Gathering Volumes Bookstore in Perrysburg, OH! And thank you @readforeverpub & @hachetteaudio for my free copies of ‘The Happy Ever After Playlist‘ by Abby Jimenez!

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While the “official” Indie Bookstore Day is now postponed until Aug 29th, we are still having an online celebration today to recognize, thank & support our local & independent bookstores! During these difficult times I can tell you that reading (whether physical books or audiobooks) has really helped me get through some tough days.

Me reading The Eye of Zeus by Alane Adams with my youngest

I listen to audiobooks during the day to help with the stress & anxiety of being isolated for weeks with my overly loud & bored kids, & I have also incorporated daily outloud reading time with them as part of our new homeschooling routine, which I will continue to do even when our official school year ends. Then in the evening when I can sit quietly, I read my physical books.

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Right now I am listening to ‘The Happy Ever After Playlist‘ with of my Libro.fm app. Libro.fm is an audiobook app that supports Indie Bookstores with their sales. By choosing Libro.fm over other audiobook companies, you support a local bookstore of your choice.

Most people think you can only buy physical books from indie bookstores, but that’s not true. Many bookstores have partnered with Libro.fm to support audiobook sales as well. No more waiting for your library holds to come in. Get the audiobook you want as soon as it is released via your Librofm app or use BookStoreLink.com to find the books you want at an independent bookstore. Many have curbside pick-up or will ship the books to you.

My independent bookstore of choice is Gathering Volumes Bookstore in Perrysburg, Ohio. They also have a special going on this weeekend which includes a FREE Independent Bookstore Day totebag! Click HERE to go to their Instagram post that tells you the details. I think I will be making a purchase from them this weekend for sure! They also ship books, sell e-books & audiobooks, & have some really fun, nicely curated book subscriptions for all ages. They also have a used book section with some fantastic deals!

Today ONLY, anyone who has a Librofm app will get TWO pre-selected audiobooks for FREE (info link in bio) & if you start an audiobook membership & use my code MOMLOVESREADING, you will get a 3-for-1 audiobook deal (books of your choice!) That’s FIVE audiobooks for one low price TODAY only! (However, my code deal is good anytime!)

To help out our bookseller community even more, Libro.fm has partnered with a range of artists to create 10 pairs of socks for book lovers. Profits will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to support booksellers across the nation affected by COVID-19.

1-Browse the Designs: These one-of-a-kind socks feature art from illustrators, authors, and designers who love books just as much as you do.

2-Name Your Price: All socks start at $15, but you can choose to pay as much as you’d like to increase your impact.

3-Support Booksellers: Pull on your socks, put on an audiobook, and stay safe at home while supporting booksellers across the nation.

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Independent bookstores are not just stores. They are community centers & local anchors run by passionate readers. Bookstores are like an entire universe of ideas & places to visit. They are my happy place! I miss them & they miss us & need our sales more than ever to help them stay afloat when their doors open back up. Be sure to download your FREE Libro.fm today to get your FREEBIE’s then consider starting a membership using my code. You can cancel anytime, but if you are enjoying the app & the audiobooks while supporting indie booksellers, why would you want to? Click HERE for more info on how Libro.fm works.

And as always…stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands!

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Book Tour for “The Essence of Perfection” by Nita Brooks (and some very important Libro.fm audiobook info…)

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Thank you @kensingtonbooks & @tlcbooktours for my gifted copy of ‘The Essence of Perfection‘ by Nita Brooks & for inviting me to be a stop on your digital Book Tour!

Wickedly entertaining, insightful, and always surprising, Nita Brooks delivers a delicious new novel about a celebrity perfume designer forced to add a daring new ingredient to her carefully curated life . . .

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Among the uber-famous, she’s the most highly sought-after fragrance maker—and a well-kept secret. But designing a scent for pop’s newest superstar could take Nicola King and her family’s business from elite to downright legendary. Of course, mystery is part of Nicola’s brand—so no one knows she’s actually an over-cautious person who always puts her own life on permanent hold. Until her ultra-personal list of regrets is accidentally put on a social media blast—and she’s challenged to go after everything she really wants.

From finding a hobby to reconnecting with a family member, Nicola’s getting some surprising results. But when she reveals her deepest, darkest secret of all to her troubled sister, the fallout threatens her budding romance, her career, and her reputation. Now between ambition, heartbreak, and hard truths, Nicola must risk the courage to fix the damage—and decide what success truly means.

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The Essence of Perfection‘ is a fun read while self-isolating! And a main character that you will root for! Not to mention the fact that you will be reminded how much social media can be both a pro & a con! ‘The Essence of Perfection‘ was released on 3/31 from Kensington Books. Thank’s again, TLC Book Tours! Look for this book at your local, independent bookstore! Click HERE to look for it using BookStoreLink. The independent bookstores need our sales right now more than ever!

And if audiobooks is your jam, I encourage you to use the Libro.fm app. Libro.fm is an audiobook app that supports independent bookstores with their audiobook sales. I LOVE listening to audiobooks during the day while I am on the go & saving my physical books for evening time in my rocker with my cozy blankey & a cuppa tea. Sometimes audiobooks just make certain books so much more engaging & better, & you are STILL supporting the author, publisher & bookstore with your audiobook purchases.

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To try Libro.fm for yourself, click HERE to use my promo code for a special 3-for-1 offer or you can use my promo code MOMLOVESREADING. Be sure to download your FREE Libro.fm app now because on Saturday, April 25th they are celebrating what would have been Independent Bookstore Day (which is now postponed until August 29th) & they are giving away 2 FREE audiobooks (pre-selected titles) to everyone that has an account. This will happen ONLY on April 25th, so be sure to download your app before then and be sure to follow Libro.fm on Facebook & Instagram & get in on all the IBD celebration fun!

And as always, stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands…

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Libro.fm helps out the book community even more with some cool bookish socks you can buy!

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To help out our bookseller community, Libro.fm has partnered with a range of artists to create 10 pairs of socks for book lovers. Profits will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to support booksellers across the nation affected by COVID-19.

Step 1: Browse the Designs

These one-of-a-kind socks feature art from illustrators, authors, and designers who love books just as much as you do.

Click HERE to learn more

Step 2: Name Your Price

All socks start at $15, but you can choose to pay as much as you’d like to increase your impact.

Click HERE to learn more

Step 3: Support Booksellers

Pull on your socks, put on an audiobook, & stay safe at home while supporting booksellers across the nation.

***Spread the Word***

Share this campaign with #SocksforBinc & tag them at @librofm! I am planning to buy a few pairs for myself & my daughter.

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Libro.fm is an audiobook company that supports independent bookstores with their audiobook sales. I love audiobooks & I love that Libro.fm supports the little guys (& not the billionaire…). If you already enjoy audiobooks or are wanting to give them a try, I strongly encourage you to do so now. You can use my referral link HERE & get a 3-for-1 audiobook deal when you start your membership. There are no long term commitments & you can cancel anytime.

I LOVE using my Libro.fm app & audiobooks really help get me through some long days. My son can’t get over how quickly he has been getting through his TBR list by incorporating audiobooks into his reading. He goes on a long run or walk & gets through several chapters of a book (he uses 1.8x speed, I use 1.25x usually.) My referral code is also MOMLOVESREADING if you want to use it that way.

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Plenty of people are making the #audiobookswitch–choosing Libro.fm & their independent bookstore over the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). Why? They were hoping you’d ask:

1- Support Local Bookstores

When you choose Libro.fm, you get to purchase audiobooks directly through your local bookstore of choice.

2- Enjoy Expert Bookseller Recommendations

Libro.fm offers real recommendations from real people rather than algorithms which might be unreliable or harmful.

3- Own Your Audiobooks

They are 100% DRM-Free. With Libro.fm you actually own each audiobook purchased & have the freedom to download & listen on any device you like. Read more about our “cage-free” audiobooks.

4- Get 2 Free Audiobooks

Make the #AudiobookSwitch & get 2 free audiobooks when you start a monthly membership. That’s $14.99 for 3 audiobooks with the code “MOMLOVESREADING”.

5- Talk to Real People

Libro.fm is staffed by real people who love local bookstores, audiobooks, & customers. Reach them at hello@libro.fm & they will get back to you, day or night.

6- Create Local Jobs

When you support your local bookstore, you’re supporting the individuals who work there & so much more.

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So what are you waiting for? Make the switch today! Or at least add some cool socks & audiobooks to your to-do list & spend some of that stimulus money (when you get it) on indie bookstores. I plan to, for sure!

And as always, stay home, stay safe, stay sane! Now go wash your hands!