This was an easy pick for me. Annette K. Larsen’s Just Ella was hands down my favorite debut of the year! Ok I admit I didn’t read many reviews but even if I had I’m sure I would have still topped my list.
Repost of my August 30th Book Review
Title: Just Ella
Author: Annette K. Larsen
Publisher: Self (but don’t let that scare you – pick it up anyway – this is proof self-publishing has a bright future)
Released: August 14, 2013
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.
Once in a while I come across a book that I fall in love with. That happened yesterday.
I got an email from Amazon a couple days ago with a “recommended” book – Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen. I looked at the cover and summary and was intrigued by it. It sounded right up my alley. I spent a while perusing the author’s website and fell in love with the author before even starting this book.
Read these paragraphs from her bio and tell me she isn’t the perfect match for the types of books I love to read:
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 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.
I just spent the day yesterday reading her book Just Ella. The kids had freezer burritos for dinner and chores went undone because this was one of those rare books where I just had to finish reading before doing anything else.
I help authors promote a lot of different books. Typically they come to me asking for help. But every so often I read a book and decide I am going help promote a book just because I want to. That was the case with The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson. That will be the case with this book. I’ll be pushing it because it deserves some attention.
So treat yourself to something wonderful. The author spent 7 years writing this book and it shows. It’s awesome!!
I’m a lover of cheesy romance but there is no cheese in this book. Seriously the author achieved her goal of writing something more than a cutesy love story. She has written an amazing book that has it all without anything inappropriate (no sex, no language not even any real innuendo or violence – it is squeaky clean and yet so romantic & wonderful). You can’t go wrong with this one.
Grab your copy for $4.99 on Amazon. It’s definitely worth the splurge!
If you have Prime you can borrow it for FREE!
Add it to your Goodreads Shelf now!!
Rating: 5 Stars – I Loved It & Recommend It to EVERYONE!
Content: Squeaky Clean
Source: Review copy
“Now, wait just a minute. You can’t just plunge into a pool of water.”
“Why not?” I should have said something cleverer, but I felt a bit scatterbrained, all thoughts having fled when Gavin’s arm went around me.
He made a noise of exasperation. “Why not, she asks. Because, Princess, what’s going to happen when you show up for your lessons completely drenched? Or, what happens when we both show up on the palace grounds completely drenched? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to explain that to anybody.”
Unfortunately, he had a point. “Don’t call me Princess.” He had been so relaxed today, so willing to be himself and let me be myself. I hated that he felt the need to remind me of my rank. I was tempted to be angry and walk away but I also wanted to see how long he would keep his arms around me. Simply out of curiosity, of course.
If you haven’t read this book you should!!
Debut Author Giveaway
1 copy of Just Ella
Paperback open to US only OR ebook copy open Internationally