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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tumble Down the Rabbit Hole and Win a copy of Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin! It's a Blogoversary Celebration!

Tumble Down the Rabbit Hole and...
Win a copy of Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin!
It's a Blogoversary Celebration Giveaway!

And the Winner is... Rebecca! Congrats! And Thank you to EVERYone who joined in on the fun by entering, tweeting and blogging about the giveaway!

At the end of January, I participated in Melanie Benjamin's Virtual Book Tour for her soon to be released book Alice I Have Been! If you love historical fiction you should READ THIS BOOK! This book was wonderful! The writing and the story! Here's what I wrote about it...

I never really thought about the real Alice. Aren't most characters in a story inspired by someone or something? But when I heard all the buzz about Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, I became fascinated. It seems that the author of Alice in Wonderland, Charles Dodgeson (who wrote under the pen name of Lewis Carroll) met young Alice Liddell and her rather large family while photographing the cathedral at Oxford... Alice Liddell's father was appointed to the deanery at Christ Church, Oxford... Alice was 5 years old at the time... And Dodgeson's fascination with the young girls , Alice & her two sisters, began... And Melanie Benjamin does a wonderful job blending history with fact. She captures the precociousness of the real Alice, and the Alice we all know from Alice in Wonderland.

The story is told through the eyes of Alice. We meet her family, including the sisters she was most close with, Lorina & Edith, her governess, the servants, Charles Dodgeson, and even Royalty. The story goes beyond Alice and the man who wrote the story that would keep her a child forever... Melanie shows us how sisters can love and hate each other. There is jealousy, deceptions and an underlying uncomfortableness in the fascination that Charles Dodgeson has with Alice. There is love, first kisses and consequences. Melanie's writing is compelling in the voice of Alice and I found myself not being able to put the book down. The story also does a perfect job of showcasing the restrictions on young women during the victorian age. How each and every action and the way a young lady dressed all played a part of a "proper" upbringing and how rumors and speculation can ruin a reputation, whether or not the rumors were founded. I don't want to give too much away here, but I felt so much empathy for Alice as her life seemed to fall apart! You'll know what I mean when you READ THIS BOOK! You can read my Full Review for Alice I Have Been by following the link to the Jan. 28th post! Would you like to win a copy of your very own!? There has been so much great buzz about this book, don't miss out!

Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours and Random House join in on the fun by sponsoring a giveaway for a copy of Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin! Pump Up Your Book Promotions is a full service public relations agency specializing in online book promotions! Thanks Cheryl & Pump Up Your Book Promotions for joining in on the festivities! Here's how you can enter...

*For One Entry, leave me a comment with your email address!

*For One more entry, Blog or tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link.

This giveaway is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.(No PO boxes). The book will be shipped to the winner directly from the publishers. Contest ends 11:59pm EST on March 3rd, 2010. I will randomly pick the winner the next day and email them! Good Luck!

43 comments:

MJ said...

Please count me in!

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Page said...

This sounds like a great book. I love your blog.

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Renee said...

sounds like a great book.

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FOKXXY said...

absolutely I would love to be entered. Thank you.

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Jeanne C. said...

sounds great! Please include me:
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wheresmyrain said...

would really love to read this one, love the idea of this book

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mountie9 said...

Love the cover and the book sounds amazing - count me in
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I tweeted http://twitter.com/mountie9/status/9580819261

Sarah said...

Sounds like a good read!

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amanda18228 said...

I would love to win this book.
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amanda18228 said...

I tweeted. http://twitter.com/amandawk/status/9582845654
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Sue said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Heidi V said...

I would love to read this one I got a copy of Alice in Wonderland to read before I read it.

Thanks
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J.T. Oldfield said...

Please enter me. I retweeted about the contest (@bibliofreakblog)

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Ingrid Vining said...

Sounds lovely!

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Lexie said...

I have always been fascinated by the whole Alice Liddel part of Alice in Wonderland...so this book is wonderful!

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/lexilewords/status/9588631613

Lexie
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Shooting Stars Mag said...

I would really like to read this. Thanks for the giveaway. I have a HUGE book lover's basket giveaway going on now so come on by and enter. Please spread the word if you can

-Lauren
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Thuy said...

Happy Blogoversary :)
I tweeted: http://twitter.com/ThuyTNguyen/status/9591714350

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Jennifer said...

Another great giveaway, thank you!

Margaret said...

Count me in. I tweeted
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Virginia said...

This sounds like a great read! I live historicals.

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Linda Kish said...

Count me in, please.

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FrankSandy said...

Please enter me. walkerd@primus.ca

Anonymous said...

Count me in.

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Michele said...

This sounds interesting, please enter me. Thanks!

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stpand said...

Please enter me, thanks!

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skkorman said...

Sounds like a good read—please enter me to win!

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Rebecca said...

Ooh, this sounds interesting.

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couponmom said...

sounds like a wonderful read. Would love to win this

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couponmom said...

I have tweeted this
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Meg said...

Have read such great things about this one -- thanks for the chance! :)

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couponmom said...

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Esme said...

Sign me up please-I have been wanting to read this one.

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Esme said...

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couponmom said...

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Sandra K321 said...

I never really thought about Alice being based on a real person until I read a review of this book. I would love to read this book.
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justpeachy36 said...

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Please enter me in the giveaway.

E.J. Stevens said...

I would love a chance to win!
xx,
E.J.

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couponmom said...

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Atypical Girl said...

I'd love to win!

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Linda said...

Thanks for this giveaway - I've been hearing great things about this book.

couponmom said...

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nunah said...

OUCH! I missed this entry by 10 mins! I've always loved the story of Alice in Wonderland, and when I learned about the real Alice and her relationship with Carroll, though questionable, it certainly made for a good story. Whoever wins this one, will hopefully be satisfied. What a great topic for a historical novel!

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