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A Contest for a Recommended Read: The Little Women Letters

Sunday, June 12, 2011 | Contests & Giveaways

UPDATE: This contest has ended. Please check back another time for more contests and giveaways.

A few months ago, Touchstone sent me the manuscript for Gabrielle Donnelly's forthcoming novel, The Little Women Letters, in hopes that I would read it and enjoy it enough to offer a quote they could use in their publicity. You've no doubt seen these sort of quotes on book jackets before, brief reviews praising the story and author—but you won't find many from me. Sadly, there aren't enough hours in the day to read every manuscript publishers send me, and of those advance readers' copies I do read, I provide quotes for only a small fraction. That's because I want my readers to know that when I recommend a book, I loved it and believe they will too.

That's exactly how I felt after finishing Gabrielle's book. The Little Women Letters tells the story of three contemporary sisters, descendants of Jo March, the beloved heroine of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. If, like me, you include Little Women in your list of favorite classic novels, you'll love Gabrielle's homage to the March sisters, their family, and friends. If you've never read Alcott's beloved novel, you'll enjoy the story of contemporary sisters exploring their heritage and their relationships with one another.

As I wrote in my review, "Marvelously entertaining, Gabrielle Donnelly's The Little Women Letters evokes the spirit of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women with warmth and affection. I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this wonderful book." Thanks to Touchstone, ten Elm Creek Readers will win a copy of this charming novel so you can see for yourselves why I loved it so much.

To enter, take the "Which March Sister Are you?" quiz on Gabrielle Donnelly's website to see which March sister you most resemble. Then post your results here in the comments. Five commenters chosen at random will receive a copy of The Little Women Letters. I'll select five winners from this page and five from my Facebook page, so feel free to enter on both sites. The contest closes at 11:59 PM Central Time on Sunday, June 19, 2011, so be sure to enter soon.

After you take the quiz and enter the contest, you can read an excerpt from The Little Women Letters and learn more about Gabrielle Donnelly on her website. Good luck and happy reading!

Reader Comments said on June 12, 2011 at 8:57am

who would have known, I am Amy. I would have thought I was more a Jo.
either sister is wonderful.
I looks like a wonderful read.
Thank you.

Sharon Scott Sharon Scott said on June 12, 2011 at 9:08am

I was pretty sure I would be a Jo, but this proved it smile  I cant wait to add this book to my library! Thank you for the giveaway!  Looking forward to your next book.

Colleen_NY Colleen_NY said on June 12, 2011 at 9:14am

I am Meg.  I love Little Women.  It was my first book and I have read it over and over again.  I cannot wait to read this new book.

Carol Hartley Carol Hartley said on June 12, 2011 at 9:32am

Suprise! I am a Meg - I think Jo must be my alter-ego.  “Escape” is the key word for me in reading—Little Women, Miss Read, Little House, Elm Creek Quilts (of course) - take me away from everyday trauma & stress!

Diane Diane said on June 12, 2011 at 9:44am

I am a Meg all the way.

Jenny Jenny said on June 12, 2011 at 10:40am

I’m Meg!!

Linda Long Linda Long said on June 12, 2011 at 12:00pm

I am a Meg.  Looking forward to reading this book.

Jean Frazer Jean Frazer said on June 12, 2011 at 12:47pm

I’m a cross between Meg and Jo, with Meg the winner by one.  Little Women has been my favorite book since I first read it in third grade.  I now have a digital version of it on my i-Touch and am rereading it bit by bit while waiting in lines or whatever.

Wendy Kasmarick Wendy Kasmarick said on June 12, 2011 at 1:13pm

I am Meg! Surprise! What a fun contest. Thamk you for the opportunity to enter.

Heflinam Heflinam said on June 12, 2011 at 1:19pm

I’m a Jo.  Haven’t read Little Women in many, many years.  Maybe it’s time to reread, no?  but it will not be an electronic copy….

Linda Linda said on June 12, 2011 at 1:46pm

I am hands down Meg, I can’t wait to read this new book.

stephkc stephkc said on June 12, 2011 at 2:20pm

I’m a cross between Beth & Meg.

Brenda Brenda said on June 12, 2011 at 3:57pm

I am a Meg.  I grew up in Massachusetts, not far from Louisa May Alcott’s home in Concord.  Can’t wait to read this book!

Deb Paris Deb Paris said on June 12, 2011 at 4:22pm

I am mixture of Meg and Jo ..... who could have guessed ..... the nuturing tomboy!  It has me pegged, that’s for sure.

thesheltiehouse thesheltiehouse said on June 12, 2011 at 5:23pm

I’m a Meg. said on June 12, 2011 at 8:28pm

I scored mostly As, which means I’m more Meg than anyone else.  But…I played Jo in the play and always identified with her in her books more than anyone else.  Perhaps I’m like Deb (above) and am the nurturing writer…

Thanks for the review and recommendation of the book.  I can’t wait to read it!

Anne Arlett Anne Arlett said on June 12, 2011 at 8:47pm

I came out of the quiz as Meg scoring mostly A’s.  I still have the books that I read as a child more than 60 years ago, really loved them.  Also love your books Jennifer as I am a quilter too!

June C. June C. said on June 12, 2011 at 8:53pm

I’m most like Jo with a little Meg and Amy mixed in. I enjoyed the question about childhood dreams, thinking someday I would do something that would make me extremely famous. I’m still dreaming….I am writing something with my life everyday…for my grandchildren to hold on to when I’m gone.

Ksoppelt Ksoppelt said on June 12, 2011 at 10:52pm

I’m mostly Meg with a bit of Jo and Beth.  You’ll like the Alcott House if you ever get to Concord, MA - fun to learn more about the Alcotts.  Thanks for the recommendation and the chance to win a copy…I know my daughter will be interested in learning of this book as well!

Vicky Bartelt Vicky Bartelt said on June 13, 2011 at 12:43am

I’m mostly Meg, that appears to be the majority of us smile  Can’t wait to read it.

mcoppola mcoppola said on June 13, 2011 at 7:36am

Since the very first time I read Little Women, I knew I was Meg.  After taking the quiz I was not surprised to find out that my personality matches Meg’s perfectly.  I have watched every movie version of Little Women and have always identified with Meg.  I am so anxious to read the Little Women Letters.  What a great concept!!!

k-lynn k-lynn said on June 13, 2011 at 7:47am

Turns out that I am Meg—and I guess I’m not all that surprised (especially after reading question #6 and having to truthfully answer “A”!!)...
I am looking forward to reading this new book and have it on my must read list!

Samanda Samanda said on June 13, 2011 at 1:20pm

I am a mixture of Jo, Meg and Beth.  Who would have guessed that not me.

Julie Julie said on June 13, 2011 at 1:44pm

Happy Monday,

  Meg & Jo are prime examples of the women we should all aspire to be. Meg is sweet and kind hearted, and Jo is quick with her tongue and stands up for what she believes in. I can only hope to be half as strong as these ladies in my own life.

Cynthia Barger Cynthia Barger said on June 13, 2011 at 2:27pm

I am Meg.  Sounds like a great book!

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