Hi Brittany and thanks for inviting me to hop on over to your blog!
Last week, The Matchmaker, the second book in my Amish Classics series, was released. It is the retelling of Jane Austen’s classic book, Emma. So I’m especially glad to be able to be here and talk about this book, one of my personal favorites.
Based in an Amish setting, my Emma follows the same trials and tribulations of Jane Austen’s Emma. She thinks a little too highly of herself and those around her. She is quite happy to express her opinions, often when she shouldn’t. Personally, I love Emma as a character because she is so real. Let’s face it…she’s flawed. Aren’t we all? But her flaws get her into a few situations that will make the reader chuckle. That’s the best part of retelling Jane Austen’s novels: She had the greatest characters!
Reading classic literature—such as Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, Charles Dickens, and Victor Hugo, to name a few—can be a daunting task. Many of us were forced to read one of these authors’ books in English class during our high school years. As adults, many of us prefer lighter reads to balance our stressful lives as we juggle home, family, and work. Picking up a classic book might not be at the top of our TBR pile.
Yet, there is something intellectually stimulating about the classics that is missing in many of these lighter reads. Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. Her writing style is brilliant, her attention to detail is amazing, and her character development is second to none. So I decided to challenge myself and retell Jane Austen’s book in an Amish setting, combining the Amish culture and religion with a Jane Austen style of writing and story-telling.
With the Amish Classics series (First Impressions and The Matchmaker), I wanted to provide more than a great, authentic experience for the reader; I wanted to also provide quality literature while introducing my readers to a higher level of reading. It has been my hope that after reading my versions, many of them would be curious and want to read Austen’s books.
If you would like to learn more about The Matchmaker and visit other tour stops here is the link to take you to the Blog Tour List.
Sarah Price is graciously offering a copy of The Matchmaker to one commenter on this blog post. Please see below for contest rules.
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Contest begins on 2/10/15 and ends on 2/16/15. Winner will be announced on my blog on 2/17/15 and will receive an email. Winners have one week to claim their prize.
Thanks in advance to all those who comment and enter the giveaway! You are greatly appreciated! And don’t forget to check back tomorrow and read my review of The Matchmaker by Sarah Price. I am a huge Jane Austen fan…so see what I thought of this unique combination of Amish & Austen. 😉
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area’s first wave of Mennonite families. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years.
As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years. Sarah now resides in Morris County, New Jersey with her family.
While she started out as an Indie author, she signed on with Realms, an imprint of Charisma House and Waterfall Press, an imprint of Brilliance Publishing. Her first book, First Impressions: An Amish Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was released in May 2014.